Brent Bernasconi

Contest: Win Tickets to the 2012 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl – Contest has Ended

Fireworks - Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl
Fireworks - Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

Catch the excitement at the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

On December 27, 2012, the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl festivities kick off with the free and family friendly Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade at 10:00 AM. The excitement continues later that evening when the UCLA Bruins take on the Baylor Bears at Qualcomm Stadium.

> Here’s a full rundown on San Diego’s Poinsettia and Holiday Bowls

Win Tickets to the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

Contest has ended.

Which team are you rooting for, UCLA Bruins or Baylor Bears? Tell us in the comments below for your chance to win two (2) tickets to the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl at 6:45 PM on December 27, 2012 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

The rules:

  • Leave a comment below on which team you are rooting for in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl. Duplicate entries will be filtered out and discarded, so adding additional comments won’t increase your likelihood of winning.
  • Contest is open to all residents of the 50 States.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly. One winner will receive a two (2) tickets to the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl on December 27, 2012.
  • If you are chosen, you will be notified by email. Winners must respond within one day of being contacted. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen.
  • The full list of rules, in all its legalese glory, can be found here.
  • Entries (comments) can be submitted until December 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM PST. Good luck!
Brent Bernasconi

Show Your Support for Tourism to Win Padres Tickets

US Tavel Bus - Vote Travel

The "Vote Travel" Bus on their 20,000 mile road tour across the U.S.

The U.S. Travel Association’s “Vote Travel” Bus arrives to San Diego on Thursday, April 19, and you have a chance to win tickets to a future Padres game! We’re giving away two (2) sets of Four (4) tickets to watch the Pads v. Brewers on May 8, or the Pads v. Angels on May 18.

Here’s how to win:

  1. Come down to Tony Gwynn Drive in front of PETCO Park from 4:30 – 7:30 pm.
  2. Take a photo in front of the bus. Get there early to grab some free US Travel swag to incorporate into the photo.
  3. Now submit the photo in one of two ways:

Facebook

Post your photo on the San Diego Facebook wall, telling us why you love to travel across the US, then share you post with your friends! The picture with the most likes by 10:00 am on April 24th will be eligible for one of the 4-pack of tickets.

Twitter

Post the photo onto Twitter. Be sure to mention @VisitSanDiego and use the hashtag #VoteTravelSD. Once it’s up, start spreading the word and get your post retweeted. The Tweet/Picture with the most retweets by 10:00 am on April 24th will be eligible for one of the 4 pack of tickets.

You can follow US Travel’s “Vote Travel” Bus on Twitter and Facebook.

Good luck!!

Maren

Win Tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM in San Diego!

The Southern California exclusive showing of Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM is coming to the Del Mar Fairgrounds from April 26 to May 13, 2012 and we want to send you and a friend! TOTEM guides you on a fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind with death-defying acrobatics, grace and laughter. It is the circus, after all!

The Crystal Man, doing his thing.

But the Crystal Man is no laughing matter. Elton John might love to get his hands on the velvet costume made up of 4,500 glittering mobile mosaics (as would I!), but not if it requires climbing down from the ceiling on a wire with any sort of confidence and grace. That is just hard. Magic crystal suit or not.

4,500 glitter mosaics! Wow. You want to know some more fun facts about TOTEM? I bet you do! It’s Monday after all! Officially* the best day ever to learn about Cirque du Soleil:

  • There are 18 countries represented by the 53 cast members of TOTEM: Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Mongolia, The People’s Republic of China, Russian Federation, Spain, Ukraine, The United Kingdom and the United States of America. Like a United Nations for Extremely Flexible Risk Takers.

The Circle of Life, TOTEM style.

  • TOTEM represents the circle of life both on and off stage. 23 children are on tour between the ages of 6 months to 17 years old. Currently, the youngest tour member is 6 months and the eldest is 61!
  • The site takes 8 days to set up but only 3 to take it down. Thanks, gravity.
  • 65 trailers transport 1,200 tons of equipment but not one, single elephant.

This is me and my bike club. We do this every Saturday. No biggie.

  • Cirque du Soleil was founded in 1894, with only 73 employees. Today they employ 5,000 people worldwide, including more than 1,300 artists. Artists as talented as my bike club, pictured above.

*Not at all official.

Want to see the Crystal Man in all his 4,500 glittering mobile mosaic splendor? We are giving away 2 tickets to see Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM on May 9, 2012 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Just leave a comment on this blog post by 10:00 am P.S.T. on Thursday April 19, 2012 for a chance to win. What’s your favorite Cirque du Soleil act?

Aki

12th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival

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My recommendation for the upcoming San Diego Asian Film Festival, October 20-28, 2011, has nothing to do with my Japanese heritage, my love for movies or being an ardent festival-goer. Sure, I was the obvious pick to cover this festival, but I am here to tell you that even if I was of Irish descent, watched only 80’s Rom Coms, and was agoraphobic, I would still be recommending this film festival.

Whether you’re an Asian film buff, a foreign film guru or just your run-of-the-mill movie goer, there is something for everyone. Now in its twelfth year, the festival is one of the largest showcases of Pan-Asian cinema in North America, screening over 160 films (feature-length and shorts) from 21 countries in the span of 8 days. From feature to indie films, shorts, animation and documentaries, you’ll be hard pressed not to find something that peaks your interest.

Read more and leave a comment on this post to win tickets to the 2011 SDAFF…