Maren

Sizzling San Diego Summer Concerts on the Water

Summer weather, ocean views, live music concerts….what more could you want? Two tickets to enjoy this trifecta of San Diego summer? You got it! We want to send you to Humphreys Concert by the Bay to enjoy your own star-studded evening. We are lucky San Diego’s outdoor summer concerts don’t have to wait until June 21st to begin. With near perfect weather almost all year round many summer concert series are already in full swing with picturesque backdrops deserving of their own spotlight.

This summer, make sure to see a concert at one of the three waterfront venues below:

An oasis of palm trees surrounds Humphreys summer concerts

Humphreys Concerts by the Bay

Set amid palm trees and under the starry San Diego sky, there is nothing else quite like Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, located on Shelter Island with views of the Marina and the Point Loma hillside in the distance. Playing everything from rock and jazz to comedy, blues and international music, concerts run from May to October, which is just how long summer lasts for us San Diegans. Comment below to win 2 tickets to see Chris Botti on June 1, 2012.

Green Flash Concerts in the Tide-Pool Plaza

Green Flash Concert Series at Birch Aquarium

Enjoy a rockin’ sunset this summer at the seventh annual Green Flash Concert Series at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. The concert series, which kicks off May 16, combines live music with panoramic ocean views on the aquarium’s stunning outdoor Tide-Pool Plaza. Savory happy-hour appetizers, craft beers and wines are available for purchase. Keep an eye out for a real “green flash,” a rare optical phenomenon caused by refraction of light as the sun sets on the horizon.

The downtown skyline at San Diego Symphony Summer Pops

San Diego Symphony Summer Pops

Join the San Diego Symphony as they perform with some of today’s hottest pop acts in the annual Summer Pops concert series along the Embarcadero Marina Park South. The series starts off with a bang on June 29, 2012 including patriotic marches, American Idol stars and a spectacular firework display celebrating Independence Day weekend. The fun continues until Labor Day with stars like Roberta Flack, Burt Bacharach, and a live music screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

> Find More Great Concerts on the San Diego Event Calendar

Suzzanne

5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

San Diego Museum of Art's Art Alive

From an Avocado Festival to Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art, I love weekends in San Diego! What will you be doing?

San Diego Museum of Art & Bauman Photography

1. Art Alive

From April 12-15, the San Diego Museum of Art blossoms during Art Alive 2012, an enchanting spring exhibition. Transforming the museum into a colorful display of art and flowers, more than 100 floral designers take inspiration from the museum’s renowned art collection and create floral renditions of famous paintings and sculptures.

Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival

2. Fallbrook Avocado Festival

The city of Fallbrook celebrates its designation as “the avocado capital of the world” during the Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival on April 15. Highlights include arts and crafts, games and creative foods featuring the delicious, green fruit.

Julian Apples

Taste of Julian, More Than Just Apples

3. Taste of Julian

On April 14, visitors can sip and nosh their way through the charming mountain town of Julian. Cost is $20 per person and during the afternoon of the event, participants simply pick up a map of participating restaurants and show their colored wristband to receive tasty samples of local fare.

Ellis Hall, Tribute to Ray Charles

4. San Diego Symphony: Tribute to Ray Charles

Ray Charles was truly one of the legendary voices in American music. Ellis Hall, a former protégé of Ray Charles, pays tribute to the master with hits such as “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “This Little Girl of Mine,” “Hit the Road Jack” and perhaps his most popular, “Georgia On My Mind.” Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch leads this rocking, singing, soaring homage to a true American original on April 13 and 14 at 8:00 pm.

Journey through the Titanic at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Take a journey through the Titanic at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Science Center

5. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

On April 15, 1912, Titanic, the world’s largest ship of its time, sank after colliding with an iceberg, claiming more than 1,500 lives and shaking the world’s confidence in the infallibility of modern technology. One hundred years later, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, which showcases 200 artifacts retrieved from the wreck site of Titanic, has arrived at theNAT.

Suzzanne

5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

The Mark of Zorro

Remember to “jump ahead” this weekend by setting your clock forward by one hour. Spend that extra hour of sunlight this weekend enjoying one of these great events in San Diego. Here are your Five to Try:

The Mark of Zorro

1. Silent Movie Night, The Mark of Zorro

Starring Douglas Fairbanks and Noah Beery, The Mark of Zorro is a swashbuckling adventure from 1920, set right here in Southern California and accompanied by the mighty Fox Theater pipe organ. Movie starts at 8:00 pm on Saturday, March 10th at the Copley Symphony Hall.

2. San Diego Latino Film Festival

Starting March 8 and running through March 18th is the 19th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Hazard Center. There will be over 20,000 attendees and 150 entertaining and award-winning movies including a new sidebar dedicated to horror, sci-fi, and films that simply defy categories, labels and conventions.

Photo Courtesy of Paul Body

3. Washed Ashore: Plastics, Sea Life and Art

Fifteen extraordinary marine life sculptures with trashy origins will be displayed at the Chula Vista Nature Center. Tons of plastic pollution was used to create monumental sculptures that are awakening the curiosity and minds of citizens to the marine debris crisis. Exhibit runs through September 3, 2012.

4. A Room With a View

From the beloved novel that inspired the Academy Award-winning film comes an enchanting new musical. Comic, romantic, satirical and real, A Room with a View blends a gorgeous score with this timeless story that gives a new voice to these unforgettable characters. Playing at the Old Globe in Balboa Park March 2-April 8, 2012.

Christopher Titus at the American Comedy Co.

5. Christopher Titus

Spend the evening laughing with Christopher Todd Titus at the American Comedy Co. You may remember him from his hit show Titus. Shows are Friday-Saturday 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm; and Sunday at 8:00 pm.

Tell us in the comments below, what do you have planned for the weekend?

Maren

A New Year for Live Music in San Diego: January 5-18, 2012

Hello 2012! Maybe it’s this perfect, 75-and-sunny San Diego January, but I am feeling quite optimistic about my New Year’s resolution. I plan to sink my teeth into San Diego’s vibrant and diverse live music scene. Every two weeks I will post a handful of upcoming shows, ranging from Punk to Puccini, and I am counting on You to give me more suggestions, weigh in and tell me what shows around San Diego you are going to see. Below are my suggestions for the next two weeks. What are yours?

Anthology: Grab a booth, a drink and some nosh at San Diego’s swankiest supper club while listening to a major force in Latin music since the late ’60s, Pete Escovedo Y Familia, performing on January 13 and 14. Or break up the work week with The Milk Carton Kids, a harmonizing, minimalist indie rock duo on January 11.

San Diego Symphony at Copley Symphony Hall: Johannes Brahms wrote Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90 as a 50-year-old bachelor in 1883. The three note musical motto, F-A-F, heard throughout the work stands for Frei aber froh, “Free but Happy.” Cheeky gent. Hear it for yourself January 12.

House of Blues: There is nothing like a sudsy San Diego brew paired perfectly with local talent. And every Tuesday, HOB gives it up for San Diego with Local Brews Local Grooves. Listen local this January 10.

4th and B: In 2004, Public Enemy was ranked number forty-four by Rolling Stone Magazine on its list of Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. But if that doesn’t tempt you to see them live on January 15, then maybe group member Flavor Flav and his infamous clock chain will, “Yeah Boy!”

Follow this link for more great live music events in San Diego…