Ok, so I am not a vegetarian or vegan, even though the idea has crossed my mind. However, I do have friends who are vegetarian and I see how frustrating it can be when we go out for dinner and there is only one vegetarian or vegan option on the menu. I believe in the beauty of having choices, especially when it comes down to food, so in honor of my vegetarian/vegan friends I asked around to find out what are some of the restaurants locals prefer when it comes down to vegetarian and/or vegan gastronomy. My vegetarian and vegan friends, this blog is for you.
Keep in mind that besides all the vegan/vegetarian choices mentioned below, San Diego also has many veg-friendly restaurants that offer varied options and substitutions.
Find comfort with a ‘duck’ spicy noodle soup. Don’t worry the duck is vegetarian and gluten-free.
Located in University Heights, this popular small Thai food restaurant offers vegan and vegetarian food options free of fish sauces and animal products with the exception of optional egg in some dishes. Also, they use only organic and gluten-free tofu and soy milk. Among the favorite dishes you can find the flower cups with tofu, onions, peas and carrots served in small crispy flower cups and the duck spicy noodle soup with rice noodles and vegetables in a chili garlic sauce.
Ride the healthy wave at SOL CAL Cafe in the East Village.
SOL CAL Café opened its door this past October in the East Village. The plant market café and juicery houses a naturopathic doctor’s office with holistic healing treatments. Seekers of GMO-free, dairy-free and gluten-free foods can find cold-pressed organic juices, organic coffee, teas, salads, sandwiches, soups, tacos, wraps, vegan ice cream and desserts. The café is a creation of former NFL player Jacob Bell and Food Network’s chef, Anne Thornton.
A chick’n sandwich that tastes like chicken but it’s not chicken.
Here is proof that fast food can be healthy, Evolution offers a selection of vegan burgers with a choice of gluten-free and soy free patties. Sweet potato fries, sandwiches and wraps can also be ordered at their convenient drive-thru. The vegan fast food joint commits on offering a menu without animal ingredients, refined sweeteners, hi-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and artificial additives.
Try the BBQ Fuzion Roll with avocado, cucumber, onion tempura, and “chicken” covered by cashews, carrots and BBQ sauce.
At Sipz fusion is their game, offering a variety of Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese and Japanese dishes. The restaurant started out as a small coffee and boba tea shop and has now two locations in San Diego. From noodle bowls to sushi, to curry and desserts, you will be able to find a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes.
Be neat and don’t eat meat, the Neatloaf has been a favorite since their opening in 1986.
Besides satisfying your palate, food can also satisfy your spirit. The Normal Heights all-vegetarian restaurant is owned and operated by students of Indian spiritual master Sri Chinmoy, who promote inner peace and a meditative lifestyle. The “Neatloaf,” a brown rice/tofu baked dish topped by a tangy tomato-based sauce, is the most popular item on a menu filled with healthy, simple, classic dishes.
Feeling lucky? try the lucky chowmein with stir fried yellow noodles, vegetables, soy protein, tofu and vegetarian mushroom sauce.
Loving Hut is a worldwide vegan fast food chain that has found its way into San Diego with a location in North Park and Mira Mesa. Their varied menu offers a wide selection of Asian and Western vegan dishes. Some of the favorites include the Spicy Cha Cha, a soy sea nugget dish, and the lucky chowmein seen in the picture above.
It”s a winter wonderland at La Mesa Christmas in the Village
Don”t miss the strolling minstrels, carolers and street entertainers, food and commercial vendors. Live Music is featured in a number of stage areas and Bonfires fill the Boulevard. The kids will love Santa, the Carnival Rides, Ponies and the Puppet Shows. All Specialty Shops, Boutiques and Restaurants open late during event. Thousands of unique gifts all season long!
The San Diego Zoo stays open late for fun holiday activities, shows and light displays during Jungle Bells.
Jungle Bells are ringing – it”s holiday time! The San Diego Zoo is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Guests can enjoy displays of lighted animal sculptures throughout the Zoo aboard the Twinkle Light Trolley, live animal presentations, Dr. Zoolittle”s lively version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas, special music and entertainment, delicious holiday treats, encounters with animal ambassadors, visits with Santa, and much more.
Are you looking for a great way to get into the holiday spirit and create family memories that will last a lifetime? Witness Christmas traditions come to life including Christmas tree lighting followed by the arrival of Santa & Mrs. Claus; horse-drawn hay and pony rides, petting zoo, and face painting; steam locomotive, model trains, and live entertainment; and holiday sweets and warm dinner foods.
This free, distinctly California celebration features boats decorated for the annual holiday season that will sail around Mission Bay. A highly anticipated event in the San Diego community, dozens of vessels take to the water for the parade.
Boats of all sizes get decked out with holiday lights and circle Oceanside Harbor
Fishing boats, sailboats, yachts, kayaks and dingys dressed up in holiday swag and circle the Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers at the harbor, casino restaurants and beach. Many of the boats feature people dressed up like Santa waving to the crowd.
Everyone with 2 to 4 Legs will have fun at the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade!
San Diego”s furriest festive parade returns to Downtown as the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade. All pet owners and their furry, feathered and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes and put their best paw, wing and fin forward for this jolly promenade and pet expo.
View more than 80 decorated boats at the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights!
Join us for the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, an annual time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community.The parade takes place on San Diego Bay with more than 80 boats lavishly decorated to a new theme each year. Held on two consecutive Sundays in December, the parade proceeds from Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and the Ferry Landing in Coronado. Whether you”re a participant or spectator, the Parade of Lights is a festive and delightful experience for all!
Please note, some light displays and events are weather dependent.
Here are just a few of San Diego’s Christmas Lights highlights:
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
View more than 80 decorated boats at the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights!
More than 80 lavishly decorated boats will sail over the calm waters of the Big Bay during the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights. The parade starts at Shelter Island and makes it way down to the Ferry Landing on Coronado. Make sure to arrive early at one of the viewing spots that include: Harbor Island, Shelter Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and along the pathway on Coronado.
Dozens of vessels will take to the waters of Mission Bay with decorations and lights aboard. Arrive early to secure a good viewing spot on Crown Point, the east side of Vacation Island or the west side of Fiesta Island.
Boats of all sizes get decked out with holiday lights and circle Oceanside Harbor
Fishing boats, sailboats, yachts, kayaks and dingys dressed up in holiday swag and circle the Oceanside Harbor to enchant onlookers at the harbor, restaurants and beach. Many of the boats feature people dressed up like Santa waving to the crowd. One of the best viewing spots is along the side of the Oceanside Harbor near the fishing dock and police station. From this vantage point, you can see the parade twice!
Lights, flowers and s’mores – what more could you ask for? (photo by by John Bryant)
At night, the San Diego Botanic Garden is transformed into a winter wonderland with over 100,000 lights, live music, horse drawn wagon rides, warm beverages and snow (on certain days, make sure to check in advance). Just make sure to bring a sled (no metal runners please).
A labor of love by two parents for their two sons with autism, the Schimka family has been lighting up Belardo Drive for the past seven years while raising money for the National Foundation for Autism Research. The display, which is synchronized to the music on 106.1 FM, has grown tremendously over the years and this year will include a new animated snowman and an improved spiral mega tree!
Popular San Diego Neighborhoods with Christmas Lights
There are plenty of San Diego neighborhoods who collectively get into the holiday spirit with entire blocks lit up with Christmas lights. San Diego Family Magazine has collected all the locations on one printout you can download via the link below.
Every year on November 1st and 2nd, Mexico remembers the dead by celebrating their lives. The Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday that dates back hundreds of years and honors those friends and family members who have passed away. It is believed that the spirits of loved ones who have died return to earth to reunite with friends and family, and to welcome their spirits and aid them in their journey back to earth, family members create altars with their favorite foods, drinks, personal belongings, flowers, candles and incense. Also, vigils are held, and families go to cemeteries to fix up their graves. Day of the Dead has become one of the biggest holidays in Mexico, and celebrations are becoming more common in areas of the United States with a large Hispanic population.
Celebrate life and remember the departed at one of the many lively festivals and events being held throughout San Diego.
Dia de los Muertos at La Vista Memorial Park
Celebrate life and death with an array display of traditional Mexican dances
Held at one of the oldest cemeteries in California, the fifth annual community celebration of Día de los Muertos at La Vista Memorial Park will feature catrina and altar building contests, dance rituals, stilt walkers, a tribute to Frida Kahlo and a varied live entertainment line up including a performance from highly acclaimed New York band, Pistolera. This family event will also offer an array of booths, old-school carnival games and Mexican lottery.
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14th Annual Día de los Muertos Old Mission San Luis Rey
The Old Mission San Luis Rey will celebrate the Day of the Dead with a lively family event featuring carnival rides, altar displays, arts & crafts, a classic car show, chalk cemetery, live entertainment and delicious traditional food. Let your creativity come to life at the Día de los Muertos Catrina Court Contest open for women all ages.
The Encinitas Library will host its first Día de Los Muertos celebration. The admission-free event will feature hands-on workshops, art exhibits and demos, food trucks, prize drawings and performances by Ballet Folklorico El Tapatio and Rafael Renteria and Danza Azteca. A community ofrenda (remembrance shrine) featuring Surfing Madonna will be on display at the lobby on November 1stand 2nd, and attendees are encouraged to contribute a photo or non-valuable remembrance in honor of a loved one who has passed away.
The 19th Annual Día de los Muertos Festival – Escondido
Only on Nov. 1, enjoy free access to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s special exhibition “Colores de la Muerte” curated by Lisette Atala-Doocy
The 19th Annual Día de los Muertos Festival will feature traditional Mexican fare and live entertainment by Mariachi Los Caballeros de San Diego. Guests will have the opportunity to decorate their own sugar skull and create altars in honor of their loved ones. Also, attendants can explore the rich history of Mexico at The California Center for the Arts, Escondido museum exhibition, Colores de la Muerte. Admission to the exhibition will be free only on November 1.
Altars can have from two to seven levels and are created to honor de deceased – View one of the 50 altars on display at the Dia de los Muertos in Old Town
Old Town San Diego will celebrate the history, culture, and heritage of the region by honoring Día de los Muertos. Join this annual community wide event by touring the museums and shops within Old Town, viewing up to 50 festive altars and enjoying mariachi music, dances and other live performances. A candlelight procession to El Campo Santo Cemetery will take place on the night of Sunday, Nov. 2. The public is encouraged to bring their mementos to add to a public altar in the historic cemetery.
First Annual Day of the Dead Festival presented by Jacobs and Izcalli
The festival will feature traditional native dances and a blessing by the Kumeyaay Nation.
Celebrate history, culture and the multitudes of the human spiritual experience at the First Anual Day of the Dead Festival, organized by The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and Izcalli. The event will feature a comedy performance, traditional native dances, Mariachi bands and an appearance by Grammy Award-winning bilingual Latin band Quetzal. Besides the opportunity to taste traditional Mexican food and view art exhibitions, activities will include calavera face painting, hands-on workshops, a Catrina competition and Calaveritas (poems of the dead).
Kids have a ton of fun with hands-on arts and culture throughout San Diego!
There’s so much to do and explore in San Diego with kids and the arts are no exception. In fact, a little learning without the kids even realizing it makes enjoying the mastery all the more fun. From jewels to hands on projects, music and more, here are five ways to add some culture to your visit that will be fun for the whole family.
Lux Art Institute
Ready to show the kids artists at work? Then you won’t want to miss this destination! Meet internationally recognized artists as they create their pieces and observe their process first hand. From “Family Fridays” to “Open House,” this museum located in North County San Diego also allows you to take a tour of the exhibits and finish with a hands-on project.
And because diamonds are a girl’s best friend, take some time to explore some of the most gorgeous jewels in the world! Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is the world’s leading organization for education on jewels. Watch presentations in cutting, collecting and more. Take a tour and enjoy exhibits, such as a parrot comprised of 1,100 gems, including rubies, sapphires, tsavorites and black and colorless diamonds!
Just down the street from the Gem Institute, enjoy some hands on music discovery! Walk through and see old and new instruments alike. Exhibits highlight popular music during the different eras and include audio and video clips. Enjoy hands on drumming, keyboards and more in the interactive area – a true treat for the kids!
Located in downtown San Diego, get ready for art geared toward the kids! From hands on exhibits (think: painting a real car!) to enjoying the specifically designed tactile art encouraging children to explore, this museum is a whole lot of fun for the whole family. Exhibits change but one thing stays the same: the fun times exploring!
It’s not unusual to enjoy a day at the beach and find yourself exiting through an art exhibit! Art walks are common in San Diego and often set up near the water. Strolling through the boardwalk after a day at the beach is a great way to expose the kids to new art. Choose from Seaport Village near downtown where artists often display, Carlsbad Village Drive every fourth Thursday, the annual Leucadia Art Walk with a Kids Zone, the annual North Pacific Beach and more. Or join the ArtWalk San Diego’s kid’s walk at their two annual events in Little Italy (April) and NTC Liberty Station (August).
As fall starts to slowly take over San Diego and daylight begins to shorten, many begin to seek for more indoor activities. If you are looking to stay indoors during fall, I invite you to visit one of the many wonderful museums San Diego has to offer and to fall in love with the new exhibitions debuting this month.
Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Spirits of the Dead Watching by Paul Gauguin, 1892. Enjoy this rare opportunity to view paintings by some of the biggest names in modern art. Image property of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.
This new art exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art and features some of the biggest names in modern art like Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Frida Kahlo, to name a few. Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery presents a stunning opportunity to witness the development of the major movements that shaped the course of modern art from the 19th century to the present.
Joining the citywide celebration of Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”), California Center for the Arts, Escondido honors a tradition deeply rooted in pre-Columbian Mexico with the special art exhibition, Colores de la Muerte.
Explore the rich history of Mexico and celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido with Colores de la Muerte. Amble through history with Tren de la Historia, a series of train car sculptures that recount the turning points of the Mexican Revolution along with 36 mixed media sculptures from the Mingei International Museum and an altar installation honoring the Mexican author, Octavio Paz. Chronicling Mexico’s history from early days of revolution to modern day independence this exhibition gives insight into the role of women, political life and Mexico’s perilous fight for independence.
The tomb and treasures of Tutankhamun have been reconstructed to scale, giving visitors a realistic impression of the offerings meant to serve the king on his journey into the Underworld.
During Balboa Park’s 2015 Centennial Celebration the San Diego Natural History Museum will host the West Coast debut of the blockbuster exhibition, The Discovery of King Tut. The exhibition recreates the moment of Howard Carter’s remarkable finding of the lost tomb of Tutankhamun. Visitors will be able to experience the splendor of 18th dynasty Egyptian history though more than 1,000 reproductions of the treasures discovered in the tomb.
Collective Restraint: Four Decades of Czech Photography and New Visions: Art & Invention in the 19th Century
Untitled, 1813 – 1877, James Anderson, The Monsen Family Collection. New Visions: Art & Invention in the 19th Century displays how pioneering photographers brought the world to people with images.
From now through February 2015, The Museum of Photographic Arts will showcase two new photo exhibitions. Collective Restraint: Four Decades of Czech Photography will present photographs that reflect the political and social climate that challenged and shaped Czechoslovakia’s rich history and influenced artists during the 1930s through 1960s, while New Visions: Art & Invention in the 19th Century will display how pioneering photographer brought the world to people with images that reflect the faces and architecture of Europe, Egypt and the Holy lands and the American West
Rita McBride: Public Tilt and This is How We Walk on the Moon: Colter Jacobsen
Colter Jacobsen, Another Another Thought, 2014, Watercolor, 8 ½ x 9 in., Courtesy of the artist. This is Jacobsen’s first solo exhibition in a museum, This is How We Walk on the Moon will also include a selective survey of key works made over the past several years.
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will open two new exhibitions this fall featuring two distinct, singular voices. Rita McBride: Public Tilt and This is How We Walk on the Moon: Colter Jacobsen opened simultaneously at MCASD Downtown. Rita McBride’s exhibition comprises three major installation pieces that will fill the Foster, Farrell, and Strauss galleries. San Francisco-based artist Colter Jacobsen’s practice explores the workings of time and memory through intimate drawings and assemblages.
Find out what’s hiding under the bed! The San Diego Museum of Man will feature beasts familiar and strange, real and imagined, kind-hearted and troublesome, from across the span of human history and culture. For this exhibition, the museum reached into its vast collections to bring out unusual monster artifacts you can see and touch.
San Diego Fashion Week brings local and international designers together in an amazing destination
Fashion Week San Diego is the largest collaborative entertainment fashion event in San Diego that celebrates emerging designers by showcasing and highlighting the pulse of these entrepreneurs and what they are creating. It includes events like: The Art & Beauty Behind Fashion, Runway Shows and Trunk Show/Shopping Day.
Dance, drink, eat, shop and more at the free La Mesa Oktoberfest
The Munich celebration may have more than 150 years on us in San Diego, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to throw a party. Here’s where you can chug a hefty stein of lager, chow down on a Bratwurst and oom-pah-pah to your heart’s content this weekend:
Carlsbad Oktoberfest Where: Holiday Park – Chestnut Avenue and Pio Pico Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008 When: October 4, 2014 Cost: Free. Dinner – $10-$12
Julian Melodrama brings the mining town of old to life every October
The Julian Triangle Club is “fired up” for an all new Melodrama The Villain Wore a Dirty Shirt or Always Wash your Long Johns ‘Cause it Makes a Lotta “Cents”. With so many miners in Julian during the gold rush, the laundries are doing a good business. Our hero, the young sheriff, Jack B Nimble, is in love with the orphan heroine, Sweet Sally, but every time he gets close he turns into a babbling fool. Will he ever conquer his shyness and propose to Sweet Sally?
The Art & Craft Show Old Town San Diego features contemporary artists, fine craft, fashion and home décor artisans. This event brings together the essence of Southern California; beautiful San Diego weather, the Flavors of Old Town international foods, a wine tasting pavilion and continuous live entertainment.
Apple pies, live entertainment, children’s activities and more at the Julian Apple Days Festival
The highlight of the fall apple harvest is the Julian Apple Days Festival, a two-day celebration featuring apple displays, music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children’s games and activities, gold panning demonstrations, a beer and wine garden, food and merchandise vendors, contests, the coronation of Mr. and Mrs. Apple Days, and, of course, apple pie. The first 250 people through the gate (paid admission only) each day receive a free pie server.
Visitors and residents of San Diego are welcome to “Discover the Action” this year at the annual Pacific BeachFest. This one-day event is perfect for visitors looking to enjoy all that San Diego beaches have to offer. Whether traveling or walking from your house down the street, young, old or somewhere in between Pacific BeachFest has something for everyone!
This Eastern Pacific Green Sea Turtle is turning 5 and he is inviting you to join him in his birthday celebration.
Our Eastern Pacific Green Sea Turtles are turning 5 years old! The splashy sea turtles that we fondly call Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello will be 5 years old this October. Join us on Saturday, October 4th, as we give the boys special sea turtle celebration cakes, play fun turtle themed games, drop in on lunchtime story time, and, of course, have some yummy cake yourself.
The San Diego Night Market brings together a fusion of Asian street food, culture and entertainment within the bustling Convoy District, an emerging cultural, economic and innovation hub in central San Diego. The Market offers a spacious, open-air, evening-time urban experience, inspired by the lively Night Markets found in large cities throughout Asia. Don’t miss this exciting night that is unique to San Diego.
If you are like me, you are chomping at the bit for when the time comes that you can steal, er, um, share your kid’s Halloween candy! The wait leading up to chocolate bliss can be torture, but there are plenty of fun ways to celebrate the spooktacular fun in San Diego throughout the month of October! Here are 5 fun ways to make splurging on those over the top Elsa and Ninja Turtles costumes worth it!
Del Mar Pumpkin Station
All Aboard the 3:10 to Del Mar Station for some pumpkin picking Halloween fun!
What would October be like without the requisite visit to the pumpkin patch?! Sure, you can generally get yours for a much cheaper price at the grocery store, but where is the fun in that? With so many pumpkin patches to choose from, I’m starting with the most centrally located and a personal favorite. Located right across from the racetrack, the Del Mar version is fairly easy to keep an eye on the kids, has rides, a petting zoo and more! In fact, I’ve been to a birthday party there, too. More for the under 10 set, it’s an easy in and out that will be a lot of fun for the whole family.
Looking for more of an adventure? Head to this historical pumpkin patch site! Be warned that the closer to the 31st, the more traffic trying to get in (and slimmer pumpkin pickings), but it’s definitely a whole lot of fun! Get your giant pumpkins or just enjoy running through the fields. Check out the petting zoo, delicious food, tractor hay rides and so much more! Plus, have fun weighing your pumpkin as you leave!
LEGOLAND invites the whole family for a “block” party full of ghoulish fun
Get your ghoul on at LEGOLAND California! Every Saturday (plus Friday the 17th and 24th!), the park offers candy stations and healthy snacks. Kids 12 and under can enter the costume contest for a chance to win 4 Resort Membership Passes and a gift basket! With festive music, Halloween themed live shows and fireworks, the whole family is sure to get in the “spirit” of things.
Encinitas 101 Main Street Association invites ghouls and goblins of all ages for a night of trick or treating
Kids don’t want to miss out on trick or treating while in town? Visit the Lumberyard and Coast Highway 101 Encinitas on Halloween! From Encinitas Blvd through to K street, several stores participate in the fun and hand out candy. Great for kids who are visiting and for those that don’t have a trick or treat friendly neighborhood. And don’t miss the kids zone with games, music and more at the Lumberyard.
Join over 24 museums and attractions at San Diego’s Balboa Park for a day of fun. Get in on the crafts, costume contest, story time and more! Enjoy a free concert and mini-carnival as well as a costume contest for dogs! And don’t miss the free puppet making at the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater!
It’s that time of year – the days grow shorter, the weather grows colder and our dearly (and not-so-dearly) departed rise again for their unwelcome annual visit. If you’re brave or foolish enough to say hello to them, head out to one of these haunted houses and trails throughout San Diego county.
Just remember the words of Frederick Loren (Vincent Price) as you enter – Once, the door is locked, there is no way out…
The Scream Zone
Just keep telling yourself it’s just a hay ride, it’s just a hayride…or is it?
Get ready for three horrifying experiences at San Diego County’s largest haunted attraction. The Scream Zone features the House of Horror with rooms filled with terrifying scenes and scares lurking at every turn, take the Haunted Hayride through the haunted barns on the Del Mar racetrack and walk through The Chamber with the largest spinning tunnel in San Diego. New this year is the Zombie Paintball Safari…test your aim under pressure! Other features this year include: The Dusk Till Dawn Bar, The Walking Dead Prison, The Exorcist, and look for Pennywise the clown.
Note: The Scream Zone is designed for a teen and older audience.
The staff at The Haunted Hotel is dying to check you in! Photo by Mike Rollerson
Named one of the top 13 haunted houses in America by Haunt World magazine, The Haunted Hotel is one of San Diego’s longest running haunted houses. Do you you dare ride the Hellevator to who knows where, explore Freddy Krueger’s workshop, and visit rooms inspired by Legion and Shutter Island? Ride the moving Subway and meet the night riders, and try to escape the virus outbreak in the Zombie office. The heart-pounding effects are so real, you’ll be screaming for your life as you try to find the way out.
Note: No pregnant women, infants, or children being carried will be allowed entry. Not recommended for children under 10.
What ever you do, don’t walk into any of the houses along The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park! Photo by Mike Rollerson
If walking through haunted houses isn’t your thing, take a stroll through Balboa Park that you’ll never forget. The mile-long Haunted Trail has plenty of spine-tingling sights and sounds that will leave you trembling amongst the twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks. In addition to the trail, you can make your way through “The eXperiment,” a maze that shows what can happen when Mother Nature takes her eye off the ball for even just a second.
Note: No pregnant women, infants, or children being carried will be allowed entry. Not recommended for children under 10.
Things aren’t always what they seem in the Ghastley Manor
Are you prepared to run for your life against hordes of the Undead? Can your heart handle coming face to face with the dark and twisted members of the Ghastley family? This year, you will be taken into the very depths of the Ghastley Family Manor, making your way through dark corridors, sinister rooms, and an army of the Living Dead.
Note: Monster Manor is targeted towards for ages 13+.
The Whaley House is one of the most haunted houses in America
Step into one of America’s Most Haunted Houses and immediately feel a chill! See something out of the corner of your eye that you can’t explain? Hear the sound of a ball bouncing off the wall but don’t see it? Throughout October, the Whaley House will be offering special tours, extended hours and the chance for you to have an actual paranormal encounter.
Spend the first weekend of Fall in San Diego enjoying the warm weather, autumn activities and these top things to do:
San Diego Restaurant Week
Leave the cooking to someone else and join over 140,000 diners in the celebration of Restaurant Week and indulge in discounted prix fixe menus including two-course lunches priced at $10, $15, and $20 and three-course dinners are $25, $35, or $45. No tickets necessary for this event, just make reservations for any of the participating locations, show up, choose from their prix-fixe menu and let your taste buds enjoy!
Kinky Boots is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible…proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.
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San Diego Film Festival 2014
This is the region”s premier showcase for award-winning independent films, studio premieres and director interviews – all against the backdrop of America”s Finest City. For film lovers and enthusiasts, it just doesn”t get any better. See it here first! 12 Years a Slave, August: Osage County and Silver Linings Playbook were all screened here at the San Diego Film Festival.
Lederhosen, Beer, Bratwurst and Family Fun at the Authentic Oktoberfest in El Cajon
Come and enjoy authentic German food, such as bratwurst, ox-on-the-spit, potato salad, potato pancakes, sauerkraut, red cabbage and a variety of German pastries. The El Cajon Oktoberfest offers a great selection of German beers and liquors, and soft drinks and water, to enjoy with your friends and family! Enjoy traditional folk dancing performances, compete in our numerous games and contests, check out vendor and craft booths, and treat your kids to their own Kids” Zone.
Dance like nobody is watching at SoCal”s largest free two-day music festival, the Adams Avenue Street Fair
The Adams Avenue Street Fair features more than 90 musical acts performing on seven stages on Adams Avenue. In addition to the exciting musical lineup, there will be beer gardens, a beer tasting area, giant carnival rides, and more than 300 food, arts and craft vendors selling their specialties throughout the street fair venue.
Where: 34th and Adams, San Diego, CA 92116 When: September 27-28, 2014 Cost: Free best online casino Street Fair” href=”http://www.sandiego.org/events/festivals-and-street-fairs/adams-avenue-street-fair.aspx” target=”_blank”>> Find out more about the 2014 Adams Avenue Street Fair
Western Fun at the Poway Rodeo
Professional rodeo cowboys from around the country compete during the 41st Annual Poway Rodeo. Guests can watch contestants compete in events such as Bareback and Saddle Bronc Riding, Barrel Racing, Tie Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Bull Riding. There”s even a “Mutton Bustin” event where kids under 50lbs. ride sheep. They try to hold on for 8 seconds, just like the cowboys.
Think you can build a better boat during Oceanside Harbor Days” Nail “n” Sail competition?
Two event filled days of sun, sand, and surf provide an outstanding opportunity for residents and neighbors to experience fun activities including the new Sandcastle competition, Entertainment Stage, Arts, Crafts and Food booth areas, Nail “n” Sail Competition, Military, Public Safety displays, and more.
Discover Unconventional Dance Spaces during the 2012 Trolley Dances. Photo by Yvonne M. Portra.
Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater returns with their annual celebration of dance that takes place within the community. This year, for the 16th Annual Trolley Dances, dancers will take to the streets and campuses of downtown and southeastern San Diego is this very urban version of the much loved event. Patrons then travel under the direction of trained tour guides to Market Creek Plaza and enjoy original dance created by some of San Diego”s best choreographers.
Where: 14th and C Streets, San Diego, CA 92101 When: September 27-28 and October 4-5, 2014 Cost: $15-$35 > Find out more about
The Mission Beach Centennial Festival is the last and largest event of the year-long Centennial Celebration and it is taking over the parking lots of Belmont Park with a large beer garden, live local music, decades bathing suit show, a chili cook-off, children”s area, more than 100 diverse vendors and much more! Fun, Family & celebrate 100 years of Mission Beach.
Learn about the history and cultures of San Diego at the Cabrillo Festival
The Cabrillo Festival is a fun event for the entire family, with educational activities, cultural demonstrations and exciting folkloric performances. Brightly colored clothing and dramatic music and dancing bring to life the traditions of the Native American, Mexican, Portuguese and Spanish cultures that are part of the Age of Exploration. The Cabrillo Festival features food booths with delicious traditional Mexican, Native American, Portuguese and Spanish food. Vendors will showcase their various artistic goods.
Sample the best Tequilas at the Spirits of Mexico Tasting Festival
Sample some of the top Mexican spirits on the market including: Tequilas, Mezcals, Sotols, Bacanoras and Raicillas among others. Meet The Masters gives you the chance to speak with the pioneers and heroes of the industry, the master distillers & blenders themselves, while tasting the Extra-Añejos, some of the most lovingly-crafted and finest spirits in the world!