Top Things to Do in San Diego: Nov. 27 – Dec. 1, 2013

Surfing Santa Seaport Village San Diego holiday event

The holiday season has definitely arrived in San Diego. This weekend, you’ll find lots of festive events, as well as live jazz and and a tasty chili fest to keep things a little spicy.

Here are the top things to do in San Diego, Nov. 27 – Dec. 1 , 2013:

San Diego Jazz Fest

san diego jazz fest

A New Orleans-style street band is just one of the jazz types you’ll find at San Diego Jazz Fest.

Presented by the America’s Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society, this annual festival features all types of jazz, ranging from traditional to ragtime to rockabilly and everything in between. Held every Thanksgiving weekend, the 34th Jazz Fest will offer big dance halls as well as small listening rooms to draw jazz lovers of every taste and style.

Where: Town & Country Hotel and Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108
When: Nov. 27 – Dec. 1, 2013
Time: 7 – 11 p.m. (Wed. and Thurs.), 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Fri.), 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Sat.), 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Sun.)
Cost: Varies; single day tickets start at $15 and multi-day tickets start at $95
>Find out more about the San Diego Jazz Fest

Surfin’ Santa’s Arrival at Seaport Village

Surfing Santa Seaport Village San Diego holiday event

Take a picture with surfing Santa!


The magic of the sea comes to life at Seaport Village when Santa arrives by jetpack and soars above the ocean surface to greet kids and adults. This family event will include pictures with Santa surfing a giant wave, ornament making, live music and plenty of holiday cheer at this cobblestoned shopping and dining hub located along the Downtown waterfront.

Where:  Seaport Village, 849 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When:  November 30, 2013
Time:  1 – 5 p.m. (Santa arrives at 1pm in front of the Pier Café)
Cost:  Free
>Find out more about Surfin’ Santa at Seaport Village

Jingle Bell Jump at Mission Marketplace in Oceanside

santa parachute jump

Where else can you see Santa arrive by parachute?

Kids and families will witness Santa parachuting from the sky to greet those who attend this fun-filled community event in the city of Oceanside. The festivities include photo opportunities with Santa, a complete snow playground, kids’ crafts, live music and much more!

Where:  Mission Marketplace, 471 College Blvd, Oceanside CA 92057
When:  November 30, 2013
Time:  12 – 3 p.m.
Cost:  Free
>Find out more about Jingle Bell Jump

SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off

SoNo Chili Fest San Diego

Enjoy chili, beer, live music and more at the SoNo Fest.

The neighborhoods of South and North Park come together in a friendly chili competition among 29 top local restaurants competing as guests try out their chili in hand-spun ceramic bowls. The event offers two free live music stages, great holiday gifts and crafts from local artisans, five food trucks, a game truck and a kids’ activity zone with free cookie decorating, and craft beer and wine garden featuring 10 local breweries.

Where: 3216 Thorn Street, San Diego, CA 92104
When: Sunday, December 1, 2013
Time: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Festival is free; handmade ceramic bowls with chili tastings: $20
>Find out more about the SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off

Luminaria First Light in South Park

buona forchetta south park san diego

Enjoy some pizza from Buona Forchetta or other tasty treats in South Park.

The historic craftsman neighborhood of South Park kicks off the holiday season with a beautiful display of luminarias presented by local businesses and homeowners. After 5 p.m. tree lighting, stroll the scenic streets to shop local boutiques and enjoy live music and tasty treats from neighborhood eateries.

Where: Beech St., between Fern St. and 30th St., San Diego, CA 92102
When: Sunday, December 1, 2013
Time: 5 – 9 p.m.
Cost: Free
>Find out more about the Luminara First Light in South Park

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Top Things to Do in San Diego: Oct. 24-27, 2013

dia de los muertos mission san luis rey oceanside san diego

The weekend weather forecast calls for 70-degree days, but fall is in full swing in San Diego, thanks to these upcoming festivities.

6th Annual Fall Fest on Avenida de la Playa

La Jolla Shores Fall Festival 2013 San Diego

Join the fun at the Fall Fest along La Jolla Shores

Dubbed “Party on the Playa,” bring the kids and costumes for this super fun block party near La Jolla Shores, one of San Diego’s most iconic beaches. The fun festivities feature local restaurant tastings, a costume contest, bouncy house, live music from Hullabaloo, giveaways, and super spooktacular prizes from local merchants.

Where: 2160 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, 92037
When: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Time:  4 – 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 in advance, $10 day of event
For more information, call (619) 840-3482 or email

Halloween Dinner & Party Cruise

San Diego Flagship Cruises and Events Haunted Halloween Dinner Party Cruise 2013

Break out your costumes for Flagship Cruises & Events’ Halloween Cruise (Photo by David Veit for Flagship Cruises & Events)

It’s going to be a scary good time aboard Flagship Cruises & Events’ special Halloween dinner cruise. Dig up your most ghoulish friends and best Halloween costume, and come out for a night full of screams out on the water! Your ticket includes a 2.5 hour cruise around San Diego Bay, dining, dancing, musical entertainment, a complimentary boarding cocktail, and the chance to win a great costume contest prize.

Where: 990 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, 92101
When: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Time:  7 – 10 p.m.
Cost: $54.50 – $80.50
> Find out more about Flagship Cruises’ Halloween Dinner & Party Cruise

Family Fun at Old Town San Diego’s Fall Festival

Old Town Fall Festival San Diego 2013

History comes alive in Old Town San Diego

Hop on the San Diego Trolley’s Green Line to get to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park for its annual Fall Festival, which features tons of unique merchants and artisans peddling one-of-a-kind creations. Kids will get to experience craft making and activities like never before – organizers let their creative juices flow recreating old-fashioned activities that families enjoyed back in 1872. Be sure to check out the nearby Mormon Battalion site where kids can participate in an interactive tour that is educational, state-of-the-art and, most importantly, tons of fun.

Where: Old Town State Historic Park 4002 Wallace St, San Diego CA 92110
When: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Time: 12 – 4 p.m.
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Old Town Fall Festival

12th Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival at Old Mission San Luis Rey

dia de los muertos mission san luis rey oceanside san diego

The culture and traditions of Mexico shine at Mission San Luis Rey’s Dia de los Muertos Festival

Dubbed the “King of the Missions,” Oceanside’s Mission San Luis Rey celebrates the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos. In addition to elaborate and beautiful altars and offerings to departed loved ones, the celebration includes 75 vendors, traditional food, a chalk cemetery, plus a carnival for the kids. The event even includes a creative car show, where classic car and lowriders become makeshift alters to the departed.

Where: 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside, 92057
When: Sunday, October 27, 2013
Time:  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Free ($5 parking fee)
> Find out more about Mission San Luis Rey’s Dia de los Muertos Festival

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – August 1-4, 2013

Ford Supergirl Pro - Top Things to Do

From North County to South Bay – eat, play, relax and enjoy the upcoming weekend in San Diego with these top things to do:

From Farm to Bay Food & Wine Classic

From Farm to Bay Food and Wine Classic at the Living Coast Discovery Center

Indulge in a wide array of tempting treats. Enjoy sweeping sunset views of the wildlife refuge and San Diego Bay. Wander through beautiful indoor and outdoor exhibits showcasing endangered sea turtles, sharks, snakes, reptiles, rays, owls, hawks and shorebirds. Get up-close and personal as some of the center’s amazing animal ambassadors come around to greet you and pose for photos. There’s no better way to enjoy a warm summer evening in San Diego.

Where: Living Coast Discovery Center – 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: August 3, 2013
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $40-$50
> Find out more about the Farm to Bay Food & Wine Classic

Summer Break 2013: Double Portraits

Summer Break 2013: Double Portraits

Soak up contemporary art, culture, and performances during, Summer Break, the San Diego Museum of Art’s new contemporary art festival. The festival features 10 continuous days of art, music, lectures, films, readings, workshops, and performances inspired by Arnold Newman: Masterclass.

Where: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 1-10, 2013
Cost: Varies
> Find out more about Summer Break 2013: Double Portraits

Ford Supergirl Pro

Ford Supergirl Pro - Top Things to Do

Watch the world’s top female surfers carve it up at the Ford Supergirl Pro. Photo courtesy of Peter Naganis.

More than 90 of the world’s top female pros will compete in the largest field of any female surfing event in the world.

Where: Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: August 2-4, 2013
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Ford Supergirl Pro

Gourmet Food Truck Festival

Del Mar Gourmet Food Truck Festival

Enjoy a variety of some of the hottest eats in Southern California at more than 50 food trucks, all in one location, with real gourmet chefs their eclectic bests at super prices (most items $4-$8). There will also be more than 60 craft beers to pair with your food items.

Where: Del Mare Racetrack – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: August 3, 2013
Time: 10:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: Entry free with racetrack admission
> Find out more about the Gourmet Food Truck Festival

Midnight Madness Fun Bicycle Ride

San Diego Midnight Madness Fun Bicycle Ride - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Light up the streets of San Diego during the San Diego Midnight Madness Fun Bicycle Ride

Get your bike, your funky pajamas, your headlights and let’s ride the 17 mile course along some of San Diego’s most beautiful waterfront and historic areas. The festival before the ride will include costumes, decorated bicycles, contests, food and plenty of entertainment.

Where: Liberty Station – Cushing Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
When: August 3, 2013
Time: Festival at 9:00 PM. Ride at Midnight.
Cost: $20-$40
> Find out more about the Midnight Madness Fun Bicycle Ride

National City Automobile Heritage Day Car Show

National City Automobile Heritage Day Car Show

Marvel at Corvettes and more classics at the National City Automobile Heritage Day Car Show

The 22nd Annual National City Automobile Heritage Day will feature the Corvette with a dazzling display of cars from the very early models to the latest Super Cars now being produced. The days activities also include great food from some of National Cities popular eateries and a wide variety of live music performers.

Where: 901 National City Blvd, National City, CA 91950
When: August 4, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about National City Automobile Heritage Day Car Show

Farm to Yoga Dinner

Farm to Yoga Dinner at Suzie's Farm

Get in touch with yourself and the food you eat at Farm to Yoga Dinner at Suzie’s Farm

Spend a relaxing day at Suzie’s Farm, indulging in the best of San Diego’s year-long harvest season. Tour the farm with Suzie’s farmers, stretch out in Suzie’s shaded event space with a yoga class led by the truly gifted yoga teachers. Following yoga, nourish your body with a farm to fork meal grown in Suzie’s field and prepared by the holistic Chef Gage and the Green Truck team.

Where: 2570 Sunset Avenue, San Diego, CA 92154
When: August 4, 2013
Time: 12:30 to 6:00 PM
Cost: $40-$90
> Find out more about Farm to Yoga Dinner

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – June 27-30, 2013

Sun & Sea Festival in Imperial Beach

Make the most out of the last weekend in June by enjoying these top things to do in San Diego:

Please note: It’s expected to get very warm this weekend. Please make sure to wear sunscreen, drink plenty of water and spend a few moments in the shade when you’re out exploring San Diego.

MVCBF Presents New Kids on the Block II

MVCBF Presents New Kids on the Block II

Taste new brews from San Diego’s newest breweries at MVCBF Presents New Kids on the Block II

The Mission Valley Craft Beer Festival is bringing together San Diego’s newest brewers for a night of showcasing the exciting new beers coming to market. Chefs from Toronado, Stone Liberty Station and PubCakes are on board to help Chef Karl get everyone fed. Admission gains you unlimited tastings of beer and food from the numerous stations.

Where: Handlery Hotel San Diego – 950 Hotel Circle N, San Diego, CA 92108
When: June 27, 2013
Time: 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: $30
> Find out more about MVCBF Presents New Kids on the Block II

Summer Pops – Music of the Rolling Stones

San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Concert Series

San Diego Symphony Summer Pops pairs music with the beautiful downtown skyline.

The original bad boys of rock ‘n roll are back via a high-energy tribute to Jagger and company. Their songs are legendary. Mick’s strut iconic. The British Invasion returns with Satisfaction, Under My Thumb, Brown Sugar and Paint it Black.

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South – 206 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 28-29, 2013
Time: 7:30 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $20-$84
> Find out more about Summer Pops – Music of the Rolling Stones

> Enjoy more waterfront concerts in San Diego

Oceanside Independence Day Parade

Oceanside Independence Parade 2013 - Top Things To Do in San Diego

Join in the fun at the 20th Annual Oceanside Independence Parade with floats, bands, walking groups, cool cars and much more. This year’s theme is “The Spirit of Freedom.”

Where: South Coast Highway – Wisconsin Avenue to Civic Center Drive, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: June 29, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Oceanside Independence Parade

> Start planning your 4th of July Weekend in San Diego

San Diego Latino Music Festival

17th Annual San Diego Latino Music Festival - Top Things to Do

Celebrate Latino culture at the 17th Annual Latino Music Festival with live music, food, arts, unique hand-crafted items, Impalas San Diego Car Club and a Fun Zone with activities for kids. Those over 21 can relax and quench their thirst at the Cantina Rockola.

Where: 2258 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92102
When: June 29, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Latino Music Festival

Sun & Sea Festival

Sun & Sea Festival in Imperial Beach

The Port of San Diego invites kids and their families to enjoy art, live music and circus acrobatic performances and lessons.

Spend Sunday afternoon with the family learning circus arts, dance, gymnastic tumbling and more.  You can also dance to music and stage performances from local and regional young talents, or create art work at “Make and Take” stations. Kids 12 and under can put their architectural skills to work at the Kids’ Kastles sandcastle competition at the nearby beach.

Where: Pier Plaza – 10 Evergreen Avenue, Imperial Beach, CA 91932
When: June 30, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Sun & Sea Festival

Taste of Adams Avenue

Taste of Adams Avenue 2013 - Top Things to Do in San Diego

This gastronomic trek will feature 30 restaurants, coffee houses, pubs, wine bars and unique eateries in one of San Diego’s hottest and historic neighborhoods. Food lovers can access their favorite restaurants by foot, bike, or by complimentary trolley service available along Adams Avenue.

Where: Adams Avenue – Oregon Street to Marlborough Drive, San Diego, CA 92116
When: June 30, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: $30-$35
> Find out more about Taste of Adams Avenue

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – March 25-31, 2013

Escape to San Diego for a sunny spring weekend enjoying the beach, ocean, outdoors activities and these top things to do:

Craft Beer Dinner Series – Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment

Craft Beer Dinner Series - Lodge at Torrey Pines

Craft beer, brewer talks, great food and an amazing view. Can you ask for anything more?

The Grill, overlooking the Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean, has partnered with Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment to bring you an evening of great food, local craft beer and the chance to meet the brewers at one of San Diego’s newest breweries. The five course menu has been meticulously planned to compliment the handcrafted brews and includes coconut crusted local seabass, shrimp and grits, Jamaican jerk chicken thigh, slow roasted leg of lamb, followed by almond milk panna cotta.

Where: The Lodge at Torrey Pines – 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: March 27, 2013
Time: 6:30 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $75
> Find out more about the Craft Beer Dinner Series – Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment

Easter in San Diego

Easter Eggs

Spend Easter weekend in Sunny San Diego!

From teas in Downtown to brunches on the water to egg hunts in Coronado, San Diego is a great place to spend Easter weekend with the family.

> Find fun Easter activities in San Diego


ACCOMPLICE: San Diego - La Jolla Playhouse - Top Things to Do in San Diego

La Jolla Playhouse’s ACCOMPLICE: San Diego offers a completely unique experience, taking the audience out of the theater and on an adventure through Little Italy. You’ll be sent on a mission, aided by clues and mysterious cast members strewn throughout various locations such as street corners, bars and out-of-the-way spots. Groups of 10 piece together the clues of a meticulously crafted criminal plot and rely on their own street smarts to make it to the end.

Where: Little Italy
When: March 26 – April 14, 2013
Time: 4:30 to 7:30 PM
Cost: $35-$45
> Find out more about ACCOMPLICE: San Diego

Ironman Oceanside California

Ironman Oceanside California - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Andy Potts won the Ironman 70.3 California event for the 4th time in 2012.

It may be too late for you to enter and compete in the Ironman Oceanside, but you can still go down to the course and cheer on these amazing athletes. This incredible test of endurance begins with a 1.2 mile swim in Oceanside Harbor, followed by a 56-mile bike ride through the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base and ends with a 13.1-mile run along the Pacific Ocean and ending at the Oceanside Pier.

Where: San Diego’s North County Coastal Region
 March 30, 2013
> Find out more about Ironman Oceanside California

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Robert Arends

Did You Know: Surprising San Diego Trivia!

Sunset at Oceanside Pier.

Three of my favorite words are “Did you know.”

As in did you know these surprisingly fun, eye-opening facts about San Diego? There are A LOT of factoids about America’s Finest City I’ve been collecting over the years, but following are five to start with and really impress your friends. 😉

Did you know…

1. SoCal’s Only Gold Rush

Family Panning for Gold - Julian Mining Company

Gold panning in Julian!

The only Gold Rush to take place in Southern California was in 1870 in San Diego’s historic East County mountain town of Julian. In March 1870, the richest SoCal gold mine, Stonewall Mine, was discovered.  Before it was abandoned in 1893, the mine produced $2 million in gold (valued today at $60 million).

2. The Most Missions

Did You Know - Mission San Diego Alcala is one of four missions in San Diego County

Mission San Diego de Alcala

San Diego County has the most missions in the state – four in all: Mission San Diego de Alcala, Mission San Luis Rey, Mission San Antonio de Pala and Mission Santa Ysabel near Julian. Mission San Antonio de Pala is the only California mission still used as a school and place of worship by Native Americans.

3. The Largest Collection of Outdoor Murals in the Country

Chicano Park, Barrio Logan.

Chicano Park, Barrio Logan.

Chicano Park, located beneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge in the downtown neighborhood of Barrio Logan, is home to the largest collection of outdoor murals in the country. In the early 1970s, resident artist Salvador Torres envisioned local Chicano painters and sculptors turning the bridge’s pylons “into things of beauty, reflecting the Mexican-American culture.” There are 20 large, colorful outdoor murals within Chicano Park.

4. A Head Above Our Piers

Sunset at Oceanside Pier.

Sunset at Oceanside Pier.

The Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach is the only pier on the West Coast that provides lodging over the ocean. The Oceanside Pier in Oceanside is the longest (1,942 feet), wooden construction over water pier on the Pacific Coast.

5. The Largest State Park in the Continental US

Anza-Boreggo Desert State Park Wildflowers

Wildflowers in the Anza-Boreggo Desert State Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego’s East County is the largest state park in the continental United States, encompassing over 640,000 acres.  It was through the Borrego Springs Valley that Spanish soldier Juan Bautista de Anza discovered the first land route to California in 1774.


Top Things to Do in San Diego: August 9-12

Here’s our top picks for this weekend. What will you be doing?

1. Hillcrest Cityfest

Hillcrest’s Cityfest

Head over to the eclectic neighborhood of Hillcrest on Sunday, August 12th for the annual Hillcrest Cityfest. Arts, crafts, food and live entertainment are featured at this popular annual street festival, held along Fifth Avenue.

2. 2nd Annual San Diego Wine Country Festival

The Bernardo Winery, located in Rancho Bernardo, will be host on August 11, 2012 to the San Diego Wine Country Festival. Over 20 of San Diego’s local Wineries pouring their latest releases from 1:00 to 5:00 PM on August 11th. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the winemakers and get the inside scoop into San Diego Winemaking while sampling wine under the olive trees on the picturesque grounds of the 120 year old Bernardo Winery.

3. Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro

Catch the world’s top female surfers compete in Oceanside at the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro. This event will serve as the only ASP Star event on the 2012 ASP North America calendar. Twelve of the top sixteen ranked surfers in the world will be competing from August 9th through the 12th. Event is free.

4. Cardiff Dog Days of Summer

The fastest-growing street fair for dogs and dog lovers in Southern California is set for Saturday, August 11th, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Aberdeen Drive and Newcastle Ave in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Highlights of this year’s Cardiff Dog Days of Summer event include the Purina Pro Plan Rally to Rescue Ambassador Program, an obstacle course sponsored by K-9 Connection, a Kid Zone with a bird show and games, silent auction and contests such as, Cutest Puppy, Best Dressed Dog, Best Kisser to name a few.

5. Kettner Nights

Little Italy’s Kettner Boulevard comes alive as visitors mix and mingle their way through the many boutiques and galleries, August 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM between West Grape West Laurel Streets on Kettner.


5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

Cinco de Mayo in San Diego doesn’t get any better…and on a weekend? Fabulous! Here are my 5 to Try for this weekend. What will you be doing?

29th Annual Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo

1. 29th Annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo

A celebration of Mexican spirit and culture, the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in Old Town, the birthplace of San Diego, features music, food and entertainment for the entire family. Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo will be extending its celebration this year from a two-day free festival to a three-day Free festival starting on Friday, May 4th at 3:00 pm and concluding on Sunday, May 6th at 5:00 pm.

Carlsbad Village Street Faire

Carlsbad Village Street Faire

2. Carlsbad Village Street Faire

One of the largest one-day street fairs in California takes place on May 6 in downtown Carlsbad and features hundreds of exhibitors, international food booths and children’s rides.

Oceanside Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

3. Oceanside Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

Guests can celebrate Mexican Independence at the Oceanside Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, held May 6 at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre in San Diego’s North County. In partnership with Univision, the event features live entertainment, vendor booths, food booths, music and more.

16th Annual Festival Cinco de Mayo

4. 16th Annual Festival Cinco De Mayo

On Sunday, May 6th, head to downtown Chula Vista, in San Diego’s South Bay to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The festival includes over 200 vendors, live entertainment, authentic Mexican food and beverages, arts and crafts, a kid’s zone, rides, fashion shows and salsa dancing contests.

Coronado Ferry Landing Concert

Bayside concerts at Coronado Ferry Landing.

5. Coronado Ferry Landing Summer Concerts

Every weekend through September, the Coronado Ferry Landing will have free concerts from 2:00 – 4:00 pm on Sundays. This weekend come visit Coronado, sit on the grass, enjoy the views of the Big Bay and listen to Cool Fever.


5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

1. San Diego Beer Week: From November 4-13, hundreds of beer-centric events take place throughout the county during this 10-day festival that highlights San Diego’s award-winning craft beer, breweries and pubs. Two capstone events are the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival’s kick-off on November 5 at Liberty Station on Point Loma and the closing event, a beer and food pairing at the Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla on November 13.

2. Fall Back Festival: On Saturday, November 6, experience life in San Diego in the 1800s by heading on down to the historic Gaslamp Quarter for real gold pannin’, authentic Wild West shootouts, western bands and fun interactive activities. This annual children’s historic street faire will feature ice cream eating, pig calling, spaghetti eating and a costume contest. Kids will also love the pony rides, wagon rides and a chance to visit the William Heath Davis House for a tour of the “House of a Thousand Spiders.”

3. An Evening with America: In conjunction with the Getty-initiated Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, The GRAMMY Museum, along with Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, is honored to present iconic, GRAMMY Award-winning rock group America, this Friday, November 4 at 8:00 p.m. Hear the band in discussion about their success as hit writers of enduring rock-folk-pop classics, their celebrated 40th Anniversary Tour and the release of Back Pages, their newest album, a collection of glimmering interpretations of timeless songs. After the interview, moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, America will take audience questions and will perform an acoustic set.

4. Bike the Coast-Taste the Coast: On November 5th, grabe your bike and take a tour of the coast. The Bike the Coast, Taste the Coast takes cyclists 7, 15, 25, 50 or 100 miles up the coast to the Oceanside Pier, where food, beer and music await. Must register by November 4, or just join in the fun at the Pier.

5. Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend: Head up to Temecula for this two day event, November 5-6, gives ticketed guests the opportunity to visit over 30 Member wineries for a fun-filled food and wine adventure. Delicious foods and wine samplings are offered at each stop as well as barrel and/or tank samples of finished and unfinished wines often not available to the general public.


5 to Try This Weekend

1. Gourmet Food Truck Festival: Pack your appetite Saturday, August 20 as Del Mar Horse Races hosts the largest Food Truck Festival. Guests will have the opportunity to sample a treasure trove of delicious and eclectic foods from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm served by Southern California”s top food truck chefs. The festival will take place in the concert area and is free with track admission.

Photo courtesy of UT

  1. 35th Annual World Body Surfing Championships: International and U.S. body surfers compete at the Oceanside Pier and Beach August 20 and 21 starting at 6:30 am. Over 300 body surfers will compete and will be judged in how well they perform in their 15 minute heats. There will also be booths from sponsors such as Bud Light, Muscle Milk, and Rockstar.

3. Stone Brewing Anniversary Party: Help Stone Brewing celebrate its 15th Anniversary with fresh kegs, online casino 10 tastings and over 40 guest breweries. Thousands of people are expected to attend and will be held on the California State University, San Marcos campus on August 20.

4. San Diego Polo Club Match: Experience Polo in a whole new way by tailgating. Pack up your car with food, snacks, chairs and sit back and enjoy a polo match. First match starts at 1:00 pm with the featured match starting at 3:00 pm. Don”t forget to partake in the divot stomp at 3:45 pm. This Sunday”s match is the Fernando Gutierrez Memorial Cup Final.

5. San Diego Padres: Ok so we”re not in the penant race, but a Padres game is always fun and this Saturday, following the game Dierks Bently will be performing and Sunday kids will receive Padres backpacks…just in time for school!