Maren

Free Concert in La Jolla Cove to kick-off La Jolla Summerfest!

The 26th annual La Jolla Summerfest kicks off this Tuesday July 31, 2012 at 7:30 PM with a free public concert in Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove. The nationally recognized chamber music festival features over 70 world-class artists and ensembles performing from July 31 – August 24, 2012 in various locations throughout La Jolla.

Two performances of note this season will be Tan Dun’s Water Passion at 7:30 PM on August 4th in the La Jolla Playhouse Mandell Weiss Theatre and an evening with jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis at 7:30 PM on August 8 at the MCASD Sherwood Auditorium. The Water Passion is drawn largely from Gospel of St. Matthew and explores a remarkably wide range of vocal styles, from the overtone singing of Mongolia to the unique colors of Peking Opera. Branford Marsalis has a mixed program, including songs of Samuel Barber and a trio by Paul Hindemith as well as a selection of jazz works.

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Hats, Horses and High Rollers: Opening Day at the Del Mar Races

Opening Day hats on display at the Del Mar Racetrack
Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack

…and they’re off!

Seventy-five years have passed since Bing Crosby and his friends opened up the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, but the glamour and prestige of Opening Day hasn’t faded with age. Every year, locals and visitors alike flock to the seaside racetrack to soak up the first day of racing action, not to mention gawk at all the elaborate hats on display, and this year’s Opening Day was no exception.

Opening Day hats on display at the Del Mar Racetrack

Those looking to visit the Del Mar races this season can embark on the journey car-free; just hop on the North County Transit District’s COASTER commuter train. Ride the train to Solana Beach, then hop on one of the free shuttles that take you directly to the track’s front gate. The best part is the view – it sure beats staring at the cars stuck in traffic!

Ride the Coaster train to the Del Mar Racetrack

No need for a designated driver when you take the Coaster to the racetrack, and the view is outstanding.

While the races are the main event, Opening Day is one heck of a party with plenty of smiling faces under those elaborate hats. It’s best to make a day of it, so dress up, grab a few of your friends and a Del Margarita and settle in for afternoon.

Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack

Even after Opening Day has come and gone, the action at the track is just warming up. All season long, the Del Mar racetrack is home to events that appeal to visitors of all ages, like the Gourmet Food Truck Festival on July 28, where more than 50 trucks come to the track to offer a wide range of delicious, fun and funky dining options. Parents can bring the kids out for Family Fun Day on July 22, and dog lovers can cheer on the fastest runners on four legs…four very short legs! The Wienerschnitzel Wiener Dog Nationals take place at the track on Sept. 3. And of course, Fridays are all about music at the track, with Del Mar’s Summer Concert Series. After the races end, race-goers can enjoy free live music from a lineup of performers including Wavves, Dashboard Confessional, Ben Harper and more. Check out the full lineup for information on performances schedules.

Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack

Opening Day 2012 broke attendance records, with more than 47,000 people attending

If you’re planning on attending Opening Day next year, or any of the other days this season that feature concerts or special events, be sure to plan on arriving early and give yourself extra travel time.

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.

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