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Extreme Sailing Series™ in San Diego this October

Extreme Sailing Series

Renowned for its intense racing, the adrenaline-fueled Extreme Sailing Series™ returns to Harbor Island, San Diego, following its successful debut in 2017. The penultimate stop on the action-packed global tour will play host to a fleet of elite-level international sailing teams, whose crew boasts Olympians, World Champions and America’s Cup superstars. Continue reading

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – April 28 – May 3, 2015

San Diego is the place to be this weekend! Check out this amazing list of top things to do with events from Mexico to Carlsbad and everything in between!

Filmatic Festival

The 2nd Annual Filmatic Festival takes adventurous digital media lovers on a 4 day journey of exploration through digital films, sonic and 3D events, gaming exhibitions, interactive performances, workshops, and so much more! Curated by respected digital media experts and thought leaders, the Filmatic Festival redefines and transforms traditional passive film-going attendance into fun, active, immersive and inspiring experiences.

Where: UC San Diego – 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093
When: April 30 – May 2, 2015
Cost: $12-$125
> Find out more about the Filmatic Festival

Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo

Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo 2015

Don’t miss the 32nd annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo 2015, a San Diego tradition since 1983. This celebration in Old Town is the largest event of its kind in Southern California. Three days of music, food and fun including 3 live music stages, a cantina garden, LowRider car show, historical demonstrations, equestrian performances, and more.

Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
When: May 2-3, 2015
> Find out more about Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo

SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival

SeaWorld's Seven Seas Food Festival

Explore and celebrate a world of flavor at SeaWorld San Diego’s Seven Seas Food Festival. Local craft beer and California wine are perfectly paired with fresh and bold culinary creations, which will feature local, sustainable ingredients and unique signature flavors from around the world. Nearly a dozen culinary stations will focus on seven different destinations from around the world: California, France, Latin America, Asian Street Food, Mediterranean, India and the Caribbean.

Where: SeaWorld San Diego – 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: Weekends – May 2-24, 2015
Cost: Included with Admission. Tastings available for purchase
> Find out more about SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival

Beach Soccer Jam

Beach Soccer Jam - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Beach Soccer Jam is a Faster, Hotter Version of the World’s most Popular Sport filled with Entertainment. Come enjoy the excitement including Beach Soccer, Brazilian Samba and Capoeira dancers, Cinco de Mayo Celebration, some of San Diego’s best Entertainment DJs and a Beer Garden.

Where: Fiesta Island – 1550 Fiesta Island Road, San Diego, CA 92109
When: May 2-3, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM
Cost: General Admission – Free. Team Registration – $550
> Find out more about Beach Soccer Jam

In Bloom Market

San Diego Made In Bloom Market

This exciting shopping and culture event will feature handmade goods by more than 40 local artists and craftsman, food trucks, spring-inspired craft cocktails and large-scale floral installations. Patrons can mingle in the enchanted garden lounge decorated with vintage furniture donated by Pow Wow, and hang out inside an interactive Teepee by Lester Corral of Fornature Designs. Live music performances by Adam Townsend, Rachel Aldous and the Road Home Band, Ruby Cloud, David Alan, Stage4Entertainment, and more. The first 75 people who arrive each day will receive a free grab bag with items donated by San Diego Made vendors.

Where: UNION – Barrio Logan – 2191 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92113
When: May 2-3, 2015
Cost: Free
> Find out more about In Bloom Market

Tacos and Tequila Festival

Tacos and Tequila Festival

Tacos and Tequila festival in a fun interactive event celebrating the best margaritas and tacos in San Diego. Ten of the best mixologists in town will be serving complimentary samples of their signature margaritas, guest vote for their favorites. Ten of the best restaurants will be serving complimentary signature tacos. Guests get two voting cards to pick their top choices. Winning restaurant will get the golden taco award.

Where: SILO in Makers Quarter – 753 15th Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 2, 2015
Time: 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $35-$45
> Find out more about Tacos and Tequila Festival

Flagship’s 100th Anniversary Party

Flagship's 100th Anniversary Party

In celebration of a century on San Diego Bay, Flagship Cruises & Events will host a 100th anniversary party. Guests will enjoy food, drinks and fun aboard Flagship’s fleet of luxury yachts, docked along the recently remodeled Embarcadero. Highlights include live music, complimentary appetizers, local craft beer and wine for sample and purchase, local olive oil tastings, kids entertainment, and free rides on the Patriot Jet Boat!

Where: 990 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 2, 2015
Time: 2:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Flagship’s 100th Anniversary Party

Uncorked Wine Walk and Concert

Uncorked Wine Walk and Concert

Enjoy a self-guided wine walk to 4 wine gardens throughout Westfield UTC. Savor some of Temecula Valley’s finest vintages while tasting bites from Westfield UTC’s finest restaurants. Enjoy live acoustic performances from top local Plaza Unplugged artists.

Where: Westfield UTC – 4545 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122
When: May 2, 2015
Time: 4:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost: $20-$30
> Find out more about Uncorked Wine Walk and Concert

Carlsbad Spring Village Faire

Carlsbad Village Faire San Diego 2013

Families will find plenty to do at the Carlsbad Village Faire

Just like at past fairs, over 900 vendors will sell everything fathomable, including clothes, accessories, plants, household products, art, antiques and home decor. The international food court will once again feature more than 50 booths serving everything from Thai to Hawaiian cuisine. The children’s area will entertain youngsters with games, a super slide, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall, face painting and arts and crafts. The Rotary Club of Carlsbad’s beer and wine garden will entertain fairgoers with a large screen TV and live bands.

Where: Carlsbad Blvd & Grand Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: May 3, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Carlsbad Spring Village Faire

Chef Celebration San Diego

Chef Celebration San Diego

Join Stone Brewing Liberty Station in their gardens for a delicious celebration of great food and beer! You’ll enjoy 14 small-bite courses created by each of the 14 local chefs from outstanding eateries, and each course will be paired with a craft beer hand-picked by “Dr.” Bill Sysak! And the best part is that in addition to enjoying a sumptuous repast, you’ll be helping to raise money for a special scholarship fund. Cuisine for a cause!

Where: Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens – Liberty Station – 2816 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
When: May 3, 2015
Time: 12:00 to 3:00 PM
Cost: $49
> Find out more about Chef Celebration San Diego

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Brent Bernasconi

Find Your Park – San Diego’s Cabrillo National Monument

Old Point Loma Lighthouse - Cabrillo National Monument

I must agree with Ken Burns that our National Parks are America’s Best Idea. 100 years since the founding of the National Park Service (2016 is the centennial), more than 400 locations throughout the United States and its territories have become National Parks. Each one of these wonders offers citizens of the world the chance to explore nature, absorb the local history and marvel at amazing vistas.

For more than 100 years, Cabrillo National Monument has offered locals and visitors the chance to explore the natural, historical and cultural history of the San Diego area.

In honor of the Find Your Park initiative and National Park Week, I invite you and your family to spend a day wandering through San Diego’s Cabrillo National Monument.

Visitor Center, Cabrillo Statue and the Million Dollar View

Cabrillo National Monument - the Plymouth Rock of the West

Cabrillo National Monument – the Plymouth Rock of the West

Almost every National Park visit starts off with a stop into the Visitor Center for everything from park maps to tour registrations to souvenirs to the pre-hike restroom break.

Take some time to explore the world of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo by walking through the “Age of Exploration” exhibit. Inside the exhibit, you will find relics, replicas and information of everything from the tools used and uniforms worn by the men aboard the historic San Salvador ship to the local population of Kumeyaay Indians.

There are also a few short documentary films shown throughout the day covering Cabrillo, the park, and gray whales.

After your history lesson, head toward the statue of Cabrillo located behind the visitor center and take in the million dollar views of the bay, Coronado and Downtown San Diego. On a clear day, you can see all the way south to the mountains near Tijuana, Mexico. Make sure your camera is ready!

Old Point Loma Lighthouse

Old Point Loma Lighthouse - Cabrillo National Monument

Step inside and back in time at the Old Point Loma Lighthouse. Photo courtesy of Brent Bernasconi

Next up is the Old Point Loma Lighthouse just west of the Visitor Center. The structure itself has been painstakingly restored to its 1880 appearance. Step inside and back in time to see how the family maintaining the lighthouse lived.

If you consider yourself a bit of a shutterfly, make sure to take a picture from the first floor of the winding stairs that lead up to the top floor of the lighthouse.

Learn more about the work required to maintain the lighthouse and get an up-close view of the actual light that guided ships into San Diego Bay in the lighthouse history exhibit located in the adjacent Assistant Keeper’s Quarters.

> Explore San Diego’s History and Heritage

Bayside Trail

Bayside Trail View - Cabrillo National Monument

Watch ships come and go as you hike along the Bayside Trail. Photo courtesy of Brent Bernasconi

Since you’re spending the whole day exploring Cabrillo National Monument, make sure to enjoy the 2.5 mile roundtrip hike on the Bayside Trail. Along the trail you will encounter many of the same coastal sage scrub and flora that Cabrillo would have seen when he arrived in 1542. Also be on the lookout for World War I and II structures and bunkers built to protect San Diego Bay.

Don’t worry if you or your little ones get tired, there are plenty of benches to relax upon while you take a break and bask in the views of the water and San Diego.

> San Diego Hiking Trails

Whale Overlook

Whale Overlook - Cabrillo National Monument

Learn about and possibly even see a few Grey Whales migrating by at the Whale Overlook. Photo courtesy of CNM

After you finished your hike along the Bayside Trail or are done exploring the lighthouse, walk on over to the beautiful Whale Overlook for a amazing vista of the Pacific Ocean. During the months of December and February (and sometimes through April), you can witness the majestic Pacific Grey Whales migrate past the shores of San Diego. There are a few coin-operated binoculars scattered throughout the overlook if you didn’t bring your own.

When we visit with our son, this is our spot to break out the string cheese and enjoy some downtime while looking out over the water.

> A Guide to Whale Watching in San Diego

They Stood Watch Exhibit

Radio Building - Cabrillo National Monument

The old radio building now houses the “The Stood Watch” military exhibit. Photo courtesy of CNM.

Last stop on the list for the main Cabrillo National Monument area is the They Stood Watch military exhibit. Located in the historic radio station building, the exhibit shares the stories behind the remains of the now abandoned bunkers, fire control stations and gun batteries built around the peninsula to defend the bay starting in 1852 and continuing through World War II.

Tide Pools

Tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument

Explore the tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument

If you and/or your kids still have energy, take the short drive down to the western edge of the park for amazing tidepools. During periods of low tide, pools form along this shore in rocky depressions. You may see flowery anemones, elusive octopi, spongy deadman’s fingers, and a myriad of other creatures.

Please be careful and respectful while you visit the tidepools. The intertidal area is a very sensitive ecosystem. Few animals in this ecosystem can harm humans, but many animals are delicate, and can even be killed, when handled or just touched by humans. Ask a ranger or volunteer how you can best explore the tidepools without harming them.

> Hanging Out at San Diego’s Tide Pools

Free Entrance Days at Cabrillo National Monument

While National Parks are already a great deal, a few days and weekends a year the National Park Services opens the gates and invites everyone to explore the beauty and history of America’s Best Idea for free.

2015 Fee Free Days and Weekend

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day – January 18, 2016
  • National Park Week – April 16-24, 2016
  • National Park Service Birthday – August 25-28, 2016
  • National Public Lands Day – September 24, 2016
  • Veterans Day – November 11, 2016

> Annual Free Entrance Day Schedule in the National Parks

Cabrillo National Monument Info

Where: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106
Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (All visitors must exit the park at 5:00 PM)
Entrance Fee (as of April 2015):

  • Passenger Vehicle – $10 per vehicle
  • Motorcycles – $7 per vehicle
  • Walk-ins and Cyclists – $5 per person

> Discover more of Cabrillo National Monument

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – April 14-19, 2015

From the largest West Coast kick off of the sportfishing season to a festival all about avocados, you want to be in San Diego this weekend to enjoy these top things to do!

5th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase

Welcome to the 5th Annual Spring Showcase, a presentation of 16 dynamic films from 9 countries from Asia and beyond. A key feature of this year’s Spring Showcase is, Cinema Little Saigon, a traveling five film retrospective commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. Curated by Pacific Arts Movement, the compelling retrospective will highlight films spanning from the 1990s to today.

When: April 16-25, 2015
Cost: $9-$100
> Find out more about the 5th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase

70th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show

Hunter Jumper Week - Del Mar National Horse Show

The Annual Del Mar National Horse Show is comprised of a week each of Western, Dressage and Hunter/Jumper competitions

One of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian competitions in the Western US, the show is comprised of a week each of Western, Dressage and Hunter/Jumper competition. Over 3,000 horses take part, representing many breeds. Spectators will see reining, spins, sliding stops, elegant dressage moves choreographed to music, daredevil show jumping, trick riders, comedy acts, thrills and spills, and more.

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: April 16 – May 3, 2015
Cost: Daytime Shows: Free. Night Shows: $10-$19
> Find out more about the 70th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show

Annual Lakeside Rodeo

Lakeside Rodeo in San Diego's East County

Putt on your boots for three days of traditional rodeo competitions at the Lakeside Rodeo

Bareback bronco rides, calf roping and other traditional rodeo competitions, along with food and crafts, bring the Wild West to life in the San Diego East County town of Lakeside.

Where: Lakeside Rodeo Grounds – 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside, CA 92040
When: April 17-19, 2015
Cost: $5-$20
> Find out more about the Annual Lakeside Rodeo

San Diego Opera’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert

San Diego Opera's 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert - Top Things to Do

Celebrate the San Diego Opera’s 50th Anniversary with an amazing concert filled with favorite arias, duets, ensembles and choruses from Aida, Candide, Nabucco, The Marriage of Figaro, Turandot and Tosca by composers Saint–Saëns, Puccini, Donizetti, Verdi, Mozart and many more. Please come and enjoy a tribute to their 50-year history and celebrate their new beginning.

Where: Copley Symphony Hall – 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 18-19, 2014
Cost: $35-$200
> Find out more about San Diego Opera’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert

Annual Coronado Flower Show

Coronado Flower Show

Stop and smell the roses at the colorful Coronado Flower Show.

The Coronado Flower Show is the largest tented flower show in the nation. Exhibits are placed inside tents surrounding a central gazebo, which becomes the stage for continuous entertainment, announcements and trophy presentations. A Wine and Beer Garden is now a permanent feature. Take a break from the show, relax and listen to the entertainment from the nearby bandstand.

Where: Spreckels Park – Orange Ave & 6th St, Coronado, CA 92118
When: April 18-19, 2015
Cost: $5
> Find out more about the Annual Coronado Flower Show

Citybeat Festival of Beers

Citybeat Festival of Beers 2015

The CityBeat Festival of Beers is the perfect marriage of two of San Diego’s best known exports – music and craft beer. San Diego has emerged as one of the most dynamic beer cities in the United States, arguably the world, with a diversity of style and technique that is unmatched.

Where: Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows – 2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
When: April 18, 2015
Time: 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $45-$60
> Find out more about the Citybeat Festival of Beers

Port of San Diego’s Day at the Docks

Port of San Diego's Day at the Docks

Signaling the official start of Southern California’s spring saltwater fishing season, the West Coast’s largest public celebration of sportfishing features boat rides on San Diego Bay, displays by marine artists and fishing tackle experts, great food, entertainment, fishing seminars, open house aboard sportfishing boats, kid’s fishing, contests, prizes and more!

Where: San Diego Sportfishing Landing – Scott Street and Garrison Street, San Diego , CA 92109
When: April 19, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Port of San Diego’s Day at the Docks

Fallbrook Avocado Festival

Fallbrook Avocado Festival 2015

Come prepared to visit the many craft and food booths – you can never go hungry at the Avocado Festival. Colorful booths line Main and Alvarado Street featuring unique clothing, hats, arts, crafts, jewelry, and farm-fresh produce for purchase. A variety of bands and other live entertainment are offered for the pleasure of festival-goers. Beer gardens and numerous food vendors cater to every whim.

Where: E Alvarado St & S Main Ave, Fallbrook, CA 92028
When: April 19, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Fallbrook Avocado Festival

San Diego EarthFair

San Diego EarthFair 2015

The annual EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. Produced by 400 volunteers, EarthFair 2015 will feature more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a Food Pavilion, a special Children’s Activity Area, five entertainment venues, the Children’s Earth Parade, the eARTh Gallery art show, and the Cleaner Car Concourse.

Where: Balboa Park
When: April 19, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about San Diego EarthFair

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – April 7-12, 2015

Make it a home run of a weekend by spending it in San Diego enjoying these top things to do including the home opener series of the San Diego Padres.

Padres Opening Series vs. San Francisco Giants

Inside Petco - Courtesy Petco Park

Watch the Padres take on their rivals at the beautiful Petco Park

It’s baseball season here in San Diego! Catch the San Diego Padres in their home opener series take on the reigning World Series Champs, the San Francisco Giants, at the picturesque Petco Park.

Just a note, the home opener on April 9 is sold out.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 9-12, 2015
> Find out more about San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants

VinDiego Wine & Food Festival

VinDiego Wine and Food Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Swirl and Savor more than 200 handcraft wines at VinDiego

Come sip, swirl and savor a selection of over 200 handcrafted wines from top tier wineries. Passionate winemakers and winery representatives welcome guests, offering practical knowledge and sharing their delicious wine. VinDiego offers a fantastic variety of wonderful local restaurants sampling their delicious culinary delights. To add fun and excitement to the event we will offer a steady stream of musical entertainment.

Where: NTC Liberty Station – 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106
When: April 10-11, 2015
Cost: Varies by Event
> Find out more about the VinDiego Wine & Food Festival

Goodguys Meguiar’s 15th Del Mar Nationals

Goodguys Meguiar's 15th Del Mar Nationals - Top Things to Do

Hot Rods, classics and more at the Goodguys Meguiar’s 15th Del Mar Nationals

A colorful “Full Throttle Fun” hot rod & custom car automotive themed festival featuring over 2,500 hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars & trick trucks through 1972 vintage. In addition to the acres of gleaming vintage vehicles, this event showcases vendor exhibits, indoor car show, a swap meet and cars-for-sale area, special “themed” parking areas on Saturday, Nitro Thunderfest, Goodguys Autocross, model car show, kids fun – PPG Coloring contest, Revell model car kit make ‘take sessions, and lots of fun for the entire family!

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
When: April 10-12, 2015
Cost: $6-$20
> Find out more about Goodguys Meguiar’s 15th Del Mar Nationals

La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

La Jolla Concourse d'Elegance

Classic cars meet classic views at the La Jolla Concourse d’Elegance

The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance features various types of fine automobile gems. Past years have showcased horseless carriages, Italian marques, British marques, Woodies, 50’s classics, American sports cars (with a salute to GM on their 100th anniversary), and the automobiles of Carroll Shelby. Spectators from all over the nation come to the breathtaking shores of La Jolla to view their favorite classics. This year, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance will be Celebrating Coachbuilt Classics of the 30’s and 40’s.

Where: Ellen Browning Scripps Park – 1133 Coast Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037
When: April 10-12, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $40-$235
> Find out more about La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

San Diego Botanic Garden ArtFest

San Diego Botanic Garden ArtFest

Art and gardens collide at the San Diego Botanic Garden ArtFest

A delightful combination of a Fine Art Show, Quick Draw Contest, Art Demonstrations, and Asian Art Show. There will also be delicious food by Divine Fresh Foods serving yummy Greek delights and Native Flute music with Didgeridoo, featuring Bob Ballentine and friends in the Australian Garden.

Where: San Diego Botanic Garden – 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: April 11-12, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free with admission
> Find out more about San Diego Botanic Garden ArtFest

Noche Cubana

Noche Cubana

Enjoy a night of authentic Cuban Music, Dance & Culture. Featuring Live Performances, free Salsa Class included, Live Cuban Music bands, Saoco Son & Kimba Light, non-stop dancing & entertainment! Delicious authentic Cuban cuisine & beverages available for purchase.

Where: Worldbeat Cultural Center – 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 11, 2015
Time: 7:00 to 11:00 PM
Cost: $15-$20. Kids 12 and Under – Free
> Find out more about Noche Cubana

Campagnolo GranFondo San Diego

Campagnolo GranFondo San Diego

Enjoy the Italian tradition in San Diego during Campagnolo GranFondo San Diego

Southern California meets Italy in this celebration of cycling, food, and San Diego’s picturesque waterfront. Held in beautiful Downtown San Diego, the two-day festival features a mass-start, timed GranFondo with 4 route options, timed King and Queen of the Mountain, The Bike & Fitness Expo, challenging and picturesque routes, outstanding Campagnolo ride support, and delicious food on course.
Where: 1747 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 12, 2015
Cost: $55-$107
> Find out more about Campagnolo GranFondo San Diego

Village Street Faire

Village Street Faire

Music, food, shopping and more at the Village Street Faire

The 2015 Village Street Faire returns for its third year! The Third Avenue Village Association’s spring festival is a free, family-friendly event that brings the party to Third Avenue, complete with live music, exotic foods, arts and crafts, games and more.

Where: Third Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: April 12, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Village Street Faire

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – March 3-8, 2015

Warm up by spending the first weekend of March in San Diego and revel in the beautiful weather and these top things to do.

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19th Annual San Diego Bird Festival

19th Annual San Diego Bird Festival

The San Diego Bird Festival celebrates the birds and habitats of San Diego County, which truly offers some of the best birding in the United States. In a world where social media and smart devices seem to be taking over, birds are a lovely reminder that the world is full of real experiences. All you need to do is Look Up!

Where: Marina Village Conference Center – 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109
When: March 5-8, 2015
> Find out more about the 19th Annual San Diego Bird Festival

TNT: Remixed

TNT: Remixed

Converge on Figi Concourse, the historic colonnade located between MCASD’s downtown location and adjacent train tracks

Join MCASD as they celebrate the opening of Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui at TNT: Remixed! This lively evening which will include two performances by Jimmy LaValle of famed San Diego band The Album Leaf, as well as interactive performances and art-making experiences with artist Keenan Harsten and his sound sculptures, food, drinks and more.

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – Downtown – 1001 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 5, 2015
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $8-$10. Members – Free
> Find out more about TNT: Remixed

City Ballet’s Balanchine Spectacular

City Ballet's Balanchine Spectacular

Three full-length masterworks choreographed by George Balanchine

City Ballet of San Diego presents three full-length masterworks choreographed by the 20th century genius, George Balanchine. George Balanchine’s ballets are presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust. City Ballet of San Diego is honored to be recognized by The George Balanchine Trust as having the technical skills and artistic quality to present these George Balanchine ballets.

Where: Spreckels Theatre – 121 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 6-8, 2015
Cost: $29-$79
> Find out more about City Ballet’s Balanchine Spectacular

SeaWorld Wild Days

SeaWorld Wild Days - Jack Hanna

Join Jack Hanna and Julie Scardina the weekend of March 7-8 for exciting animal presentations in the Mission Bay Theater

During SeaWorld Wild Days, get up close with SeaWorld’s zoological team and learning firsthand the ways they can make a difference with their own everyday actions. At the Wild Days Amphitheater, SeaWorld vets and animal care specialists will interact with guests and share information about the way they care for animals. Scientists from Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute will also be on hand, as well as representatives from the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.

Where: SeaWorld San Diego – 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
When: Weekends March 7-29, 2015
Cost: Included with Admission
> Find out more about SeaWorld Wild Days

Spring Busker Festival

Spring Busker Festival - Seaport Village

Step Right Up! See amazing feats of human strength at the Spring Busker Festival

The celebration brings colorful street performers from across the country to perform their bizarre talents like sword swallowers, jugglers on unicycles, escape artists and comedic stuntmen to the cobblestone streets of downtown’s Seaport Village. The extraordinary and bizarre talents will provide outdoor amusement for all unlike any other festival in the region.

Where: Seaport Village – 849 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 7-8, 2015
Time: 12:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Spring Busker Festival

Best Coast Beer Fest

Best Coast Beer Fest

You. Beer. Music. Food trucks. San Diego Bay. Taste beer from nearly 100 of the West Coast’s craft breweries, enjoy the sweet sounds of local bands and possibly enjoy a sensible lunch from our food truck alley. The whole shebang. According to Will Ferrell, there is no physical way in the universe you can enjoy a day better than this. He has done the research. It’s science.

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South – Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 7, 2015
Time: 12:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $20-$125
> Find out more about Best Coast Beer Fest

10th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

japanese friendship garden cherry blossom

Enjoy the sights and smells of cherry blossoms this weekend

Celebrate spring and the blooming of the Japanese Friendship Garden’s 150 Cherry Tree Grove with cultural performances, traditional food, unique local vendors, children’s corner and a beer tasting! Guests may partake in Hanami, the traditional custom of picnicking under the cherry trees.

Where: Japanese Friendship Garden – 2215 Pan American Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 8, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $5-$6
> Find out more about the 10th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

2015 Women’s Film Festival

2015 Women's Film Festival - Women's Museum of California - Top Things to Do

Join the Women’s Museum of California as they screen films that will educate and inspire future generations about the experiences and contributions of women through the art of film.

Where: Women’s Museum of California – 2730 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106
When: March 4-22, 2015
Cost: $8-$40
> Find out more about the 2015 Women’s Film Festival

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – February 17-22, 2015

Visit San Diego this weekend for a ton of great top things to do including half off museums, amazing opera, lunar new year’s festivals, dinosaurs, craft beer and more:

San Diego Museum Month

San Diego Museum Month - Top Things to Do

Leap into 45 museums in San Diego this February. Presented by Macy’s, this popular event allows participants to enjoy half-off entry fees at 45 San Diego Museum Council membership museums. The savings encourages locals and visitors to explore a variety of arts, culture and science-oriented destinations. From Oceanside Museum of Art down to the Tijuana Estuary, there are ample opportunities for edutainment, creating memories and fun for the whole family.

When: Through February 28, 2015
> Find out more about San Diego Museum Month

Mardi Gras

Samba Dancer at Mardi Gras -Courtesy Enne Bi Communications

Let Loose at a Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebration in San Diego

The rhythm of Brazil comes to San Diego during Mardi Gras. Let loose, dance and indulge at carnival celebrations ranging from massive block parties bumping with music from the best DJs to more traditional festivities with feather-adorned dancers in samba shows, performances of the Brazilian martial-arts dance form capoeira, caipirinhas, and more.

When: February 17, 2015
> Find out more about Mardi Gras Celebrations in San Diego

San Diego Opera’s Don Giovanni

San Diego Opera's Don Giovanni - Top Things to Do in San Diego

This intense opera stuns as Giovanni stalks his latest conquest, a beautiful young bride. But he cannot escape his past sins – the daughter of the nobleman who he brutally murdered and a woman he carelessly left at the altar – or the ones who try valiantly to bring him to justice. In a shocking conclusion, we find out that the living are not the only ones who can seek vengeance.

When: Through February 22, 2015
> Find out more about San Diego Opera’s Don Giovanni

Shen Yun: 5,000 Years in One Night!

SHEN YUN means “the beauty of heavenly being dancing.” Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, and takes you on a journey through 5,000 years. The 2-hour Shen Yun performance consists of about 20 pieces, moving from one story, region, and dynasty to the next.

When: February 18-24, 2015
> Find out more about Shen Yun: 5,000 Years in One Night!

Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair

Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Join in the New Year of the Horse celebration at the Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair

In 2015, we again welcome the San Diego community to share our celebration of the Year of the Ram – a time for family, friendship, and giving thanks. This is a free two-day event fun-packed with various cultural performance including lion dancers, martial arts demonstrations and acrobatics, children’s crafts, lantern parade and a wide variety of Chinese and Asian food booths.

When: February 21-22, 2015
> Find out more about the Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair

San Diego Winter Brew Fest

The San Diego Winter Brew Fest will celebrate craft beverages from around California and beyond and features; live local music, food, and other vendors. This event benefits Outdoor Outreach and the San Diego Mountain Bike Association (SDMBA).

When: February 20-21, 2015
> Find out more about the San Diego Winter Brew Fest

San Diego Tết Festival

San Diego Tet Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Immerse yourself in the Vietnamese culture with food, music, dance and plenty of fun!

The festival promises fun for whole the family with such activities as carnival rides and games, authentic Vietnamese food, lion dancing and firecrackers. And entertainment programs, such as the Miss Vietnam of San Diego and a Cultural Village to immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture.

When: February 20-22, 2015
> Find out more about the San Diego Tết Festival

Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Live!

Dinosaur Trail Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains. The show encourages basic scientific thinking skills as the audience learns about life science, natural history and paleontology.

When: February 21, 2015
> Find out more about Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Live!

Stone Belgian Fest

Stone Belgian fest

Trip to Belgium too expensive? Head to Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens – Liberty Station way for their first, annual Belgian Festival here at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station. With Lambics, Gueuzes, Dubbles, Tripels, Quadrupels, and Flanders Red Ales at your fingertips, you won’t know if you’re in Brussels, Bruges, or San Diego.

When: February 22, 2015
> Find out more about the Stone Belgian Fest

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Top Things to Do Weekend Forecast

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 22-25, 2015

You need to be in San Diego this weekend to enjoy the weather forecast calling for temps in the 70s, blue skies, and these top things to do:

San Diego Restaurant Week

San Diego Restaurant Week 2015 - Top Things to Do

Eat your hearts out at over 200 participating restaurants that will offer three-course prix-fixe dinner menus and/or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus. Also, Saturday is now included with San Diego Restaurant Week and there are new price points for dinner giving you even more variety in your dining options!

When: Through January 24, 2015
Cost: $10-$50
> Find out more about San Diego Restaurant Week

San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show

San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show

See the latest in Maritime technology while enjoying beautiful views, food and libations

In addition to the tremendous boats, there will also be a plethora of marine vendors and electronics with the latest nautical products and services, boating seminars, as well as food and beverages for attendees to enjoy a day on San Diego Bay.

Where: Sunroad Marina – 955 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 22-25, 2015
Cost: Adults – $12. Kids 12 and Under – Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show

Coming Up Onstage in San Diego

Enjoy everything from local talent to Broadway hits on stage in San Diego this weekend:

Kevin Nealon at the American Comedy Company

Kevin Nealon at the American Comedy Company

With his unique sense of humor, profound dry wit and likeable demeanor, Kevin Nealon has established himself as one of the premiere television, theatrical and stand-up comedians of his generation.

Where: American Comedy Company – 818 B 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 23-24, 2015
Cost: $30
> Find out more about Kevin Nealon at the American Comedy Company

La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini

La Bohème, San Diego Opera

Join San Diego Opera for their 50th anniversary as we journey back to the first opera they ever produced in 1965, La bohème, where they’ll traverse the lives of a band of Bohemian friends and a love affair between a young poet and his mistress whose love is so intense it is unbearable to be apart, yet impossible to be together. La bohème will mirror your own memories of young love and just starting out in life…the struggles, the joy and the good friends who got you through.

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1101 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 24-February 1, 2015
Cost: $45-$290
> Find out more about La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 14-19, 2015

With sunshine forecasted for the long-weekend, why not head to San Diego and enjoy everything from outdoor adventures to these top things to do.

Borrego Springs Film Festival

Borrego Springs Film Festival

Explore the desert town at 24 frames per second during the Borrego Springs Films Festival

In 1920 the pioneering filmmaker and actress, Nell Shipman, launched a new era for Borrego Springs, California with her film, Something New, and things have never been the same! Borrego Springs and the Anza-Borrego Desert have provided strange, stark and amazing locations for nearly a century of films and filmmakers. Come, be a part of the next 100 years of filmmaking in Borrego Springs.

Where: 590 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
When: January 15-19, 2015
Cost: $10-$100
> Find out more about the Borrego Springs Film Festival

Whale Watch Weekend and Intertidal Life Festival

Tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument

Explore the tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument at the Whale Watch Weekend and Intertidal Life Festival

Whale Watch Weekend is a chance for Cabrillo National Monument to invites you to the park to learn about the importance of protecting our oceans. The two-day festival will feature whale watching and exhibitors from a variety of organizations that support ocean conservation. The festival will include marine awareness, whale watching and lectures on federal and state agencies that protect our oceans. In addition, this year”s festival will feature tidepool exploration and a presentation on the Marine Protected Areas; Ranger programs on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the Kelp Forest Ecology and an interactive storytelling for children about the creation of the tides.

Where: Cabrillo National Monument – 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106
When: January 17-18, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Cost: $5 per vehicle. $3 for walk-ins, bicycle, motorcycles
> Find out more about the Whale Watch Weekend and Inter-tidal Life Festival

San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

Enjoy our multi-cultural heritage at the San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

Celebrate the 14th Annual Sheila R. Hardin San Diego Multicultural Festival. The family friendly festival showcases San Diego”s rich cultural and traditional heritage through live entertainment, food stations, vendors, and more.

Where: Ruocco Park – 585 Harbor Lane, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 17, 2015
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade - Top Things to Do in San Diego

A float commemorating Rosa Parks” bus ride participates in the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.

This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States. Our parade is filled with dazzling floats, soulful High School Bands, Drill Teams, Colleges, Fraternities, Churches, Organizations, Peace and Youth groups.

Where: Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 18, 2015
Start Time: 2:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

San Diego Restaurant Week

San Diego Restaurant Week 2015

For one week only, Sunday, January 18th through Saturday, January 24th, foodies will be able to eat their hearts out at over 200 participating restaurants that will offer three-course prix-fixe dinner menus and/or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus. Yes, you read that online casino correctly! Saturday is now included with San Diego Restaurant Week and there are new price points for dinner giving you even more variety in your dining options!

When: January 18-24, 2015
Cost: $10-$50
> Find out more about San Diego Restaurant Week

26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Festival

Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival - WorldBeat Center - Top Things to Do

Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. at this free festival in Balboa Park

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Worldbeat Center will feature outdoor cultural arts & craft vendors marketplace, and Oneworld Cafe – vegetarian food served!

Where: WorldBeat Center – 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 19, 2015
Time: 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Festival

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