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Top Things to Do in San Diego – July 16-21, 2013

Captain American at Comic-Con International - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Become your family’s super hero and take a plane, take a train, take a car or take a spaceship to San Diego to enjoy these top things to do this weekend:

Comic-Con International

Captain American at Comic-Con International - Top Things to Do in San Diego

You never know which super hero(es) you will meet at Comic-Con International

Holy Trolls and Goblins Batman, it’s time once again for the ultimate nerdi gras! Wookies, red-shirted ensigns, X-men, Avengers and plenty of other cos-play characters will fill up the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter and Convention Center this weekend. Even though the Comic-Con is sold out, there is still plenty to do nearby including people watching, industry sponsored parties and the highlighted events below:

> Find out more about Comic-Con International San Diego

Opening Day at the Del Mar Races

A plethora of interesting hats at the Del Mar Races Opening Day

Staying Classy in San Diego at the Del Mar Racetrack.

Bing Crosby’s song, “Where the Surf Meets the Turf,” written to promote the racetrack, lingers in air every summer in Del Mar. Men and women often don a special fedora or fascinator for their day at the Del Mar races, which serves the dual purpose of sun-protection and playful pageantry. Opening Day’s “One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest” brings out the best of them, with categories including Most Glamorous, Best Fascinator, Best Racing Theme, Funniest or Most Outrageous, and Best Flowers/All Others.

Please Note: There will be a lot of traffic around the racetrack on opening day. Please allow yourself plenty of time to find parking. Better yet, consider taking the coaster or other public transportation options.

> Read our 2013 Guide to the Del Mar Races

Where: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: July 17, 2013
Time: 11:30 to 7:00 PM
Cost: $10-$20
> Find out more about Opening Day at the Del Mar Races

The Steam World’s Fair

Steam World's Fair - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Take a break from the hustle and bustle in downtown this weekend and step back into our steam-and-coppered-powered future at the Steam Worlds Fair. There will be seven live entertainment stages, more than 80 vendors, a steampunk art gallery and much more. Costumes are encouraged! For those over 21, join in the pageantry pub crawl.

Where: Various locations along Adams Avenue in Normal Heights
When: July 19, 2013
Time: 6:00 to 11:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Steam World’s Fair

Sideways

Sideways - La Jolla Playhouse

From the big screen to La Jolla! Buckle up for this whirlwind road trip as two sharp-tongued bachelors cope with their midlife crises involving wine, women and disappointment.

Where: La Jolla Playhouse – 2910 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: July 16-August 18, 2013
Cost: Tickets start at $15
> Find out more about Sideways

Over The Line Tournament

Over the Line Tournament

Who will be the 2013 Over the Line Tournament champion?

Who will be the 2013 Over the Line champion? Find out during the last and final weekend of play. Remember, observe the five B’s rule: No Babies, No Bottles, No Bowsers, No Bikes, No Boas. Enjoy!

Where: Fiesta Island in Mission Bay
When: July 20-21, 2013
Time: 7:30 AM to Dusk
Cost: Free to watch
> Find out more about the 60th Over the Line Tournament

> 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.

Guest Blogger

Over the Line – A True San Diego Sport

Sand, Sun and OTL...a perfect San Diego Combination

“We Never Have Any Fun” is a phrase often linked with OMBAC (Old Mission Beach Athletic Club). However, if you have ever attended the Over the Line tournament, you would know different. The annual Over the Line tournament, held every year on San Diego’s Fiesta Island in Mission Bay, takes place over two weekends following the 4th of July holiday. Unlike other sporting events that take place across the nation, Over the Line (OTL) is a strictly San Diego creation. Compared to other team related sports, OTL radiates the beach atmosphere and attitude by only requiring two three-person teams and a small playing field. It’s the perfect game for a lazy Saturday afternoon on the beach with friends. Based on the game of baseball, the goal is to hit the ball “over the line” to score a hit. The game is quick, only three or four innings long.

Heidi Trent Burnett, Chrisy Schultz, Sara Trent- Charlie Sheen's Sister Wives

I had the opportunity to play on a team this year during the first Saturday of the tournament on July 9th. To be eliminated a team must lose two games. Needless to say, my team lost both of our assigned games but that did not stop us from enjoying the rest of the tournament. Unlike any other sporting event that I have participated in, OTL is one of comradely and good sportsmanship. There is an element of good will and fun that permeates the whole weekend. This may be due to less than serious team names that are encouraged if not required. My team name was “Charlie Sheen’s Sister Wives.” Other names are less than appropriate for this blog. The team names are by far one of the most entertaining aspects of OTL. Every year my friends and I listen and write down the best of the team names to reminisce about later. They range from clever to hilariously inappropriate. Amazingly, the announcer says every name over the loud-speaker without laughing or skipping a beat.

Swinging for the Fences...or just the line!

If you have never experienced OTL, it is a San Diego must. This San Diego institution has taken place since 1953 and has grown every year. Even the beach booze ban was not able to stop it. OTL is one of the few events in San Diego where drinking is allowed on the beach. Unlike other events where alcohol and crowds are often a bad combination, OMBAC maintains a low tolerance for violence. They work closely with the San Diego Police Department to ensure nothing gets out of hand. In the four years that I have attended OTL, I have never seen any violent behavior. The true attitude of San Diego beach communities is represented in the OTL tournament – fun, sun and beer.

The finals of the OTL tournament are taking place this weekend, July 16th and 17th. I encourage anyone who has never experienced it before to come check it out. You will not regret it. Remember, observe the five B’s rule: No Babies, No Bottles, No Bowsers, No Bikes, No Boas. Enjoy!

For additional information, visit OMBAC homepage www.ombac.org

Heidi Trent Burnett is a San Diego native and just completed a Master of Arts in History from the University of San Diego. Her master’s thesis is titled “San Diego’s Wilderness: The Changing Landscape of Cleveland National Forest.” Currently, Heidi is working for Bridgepoint Education when she is not practicing for next year’s OTL Tournament.