Top Things to Do in San Diego: Nov. 19 – 24, 2013

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From whiskey and jazz to holiday parades, there’s something for visitors of all ages this week in San Diego. Here are some suggestions for the top things to do in San Diego from Nov. 19 – 24, 2013.

Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Jam

Gilbert Castellanos jazz jam at seven grand whiskey bar San Diego

Gilbert Castellanos was named Artist of the Year by the 2013 San Diego Music Awards

Named Artist of the Year at the 2013 San Diego Music Awards, trumpet virtuoso Gilbert Castellanos plays both classic jazz that harks back to another era and fresh and lively Latin Jazz. His weekly jam sessions at Seven Grand San Diego, a North Park bar specializing in whiskeys from around the globe, vintage cocktails and craft beer, is a steal with no cover charge.

Where: 3054 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
When: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Time: 9 p.m.
Cost: Free
>Find out more about Seven Grand’s Weekly Jazz Jam 

Experience Sea Life in a Whole New Way with IMAX DEEP SEA

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Catch Deep Sea at The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s IMAX Theater

San Diego visitors may not be aware that Balboa Park’s Reuben H. Fleet Science Center installed the very first IMAX dome theater which opened in 1973. To this day, the Fleet continues to impress families and film buffs with its showcase of high quality flicks like DEEP SEA, a 40-minute documentary narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet that offers a visually stunning look at rare and mystical sea life the Wolf Eel and Giant Pacific Octopus on a 76-foot dome screen.

Where: 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 21-30, 2013
Time:  11 a.m. (weekends), 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. showings daily
Cost:  $17 adults $14 youth (3-12) free for kids under 3 (includes admission to gallery)
>Find out more about Deep Sea at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Sycuan Celebrates 30 Years of Gaming

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Sycuan’s anniversary features tribal traditions along with the gambling excitement.

The celebratory festivities at Sycuan Casino kick-off at 10 a.m. and include Vegas-style showgirls greeting guests, free gifts for all players, hourly cash giveaways totaling $30,000, and $300,000 in “must go” Bingo payouts including two brand new BMWs. Sacred ceremonial Bird Singers and Dancers will serenade and entertain guests at 6 p.m., after which Sycuan Tribal Chairman Daniel Tucker hosts a giant cake cutting service.

Where: 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon, CA 92019
When: November 23, 2013
Time: 10 a. m – 12 a.m.
Cost: Free
>Find out more about Sycuan’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

Paranormal Investigation of the Davis House

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The William Heath Davis House welcomes guests, both normal and paranormal.

Just because Halloween is over doesn’t mean that the haunting has stopped in San Diego. Amateur ghost hunters can join the pros as the San Diego Ghost Hunters take photos and video of paranormal activities inside the historic house, thought to be the Gaslamp Quaters’ most haunted destination. Advance reservations are required to join this spooky research outing.

Where: 410 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 23 and 24, 2013
Time: 10 p. m – 12 a.m.
Cost: $45
>Register to attend the Paranormal Investigation of the Davis House

67th Annual Mother Goose Parade

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Bring the family to the annual Mother Goose Parade.

A cherished holiday tradition attracting thousands of spectators to the streets of El Cajon in San Diego’s East County, the Mother Goose Parade is the largest parade in the county and also the largest of its type west of the Mississippi. The big annual holiday kick-off celebration features more than 100 colorful and exciting parade entries, including whimsical floats, marching bands and drill units, eloquent equestrians, clowns, giant helium balloons, celebrities and of course, Santa Claus.

Where:  Main Street, El Cajon, CA 92020
When:  November 24, 2013
Time:  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost:  Free
>See the details of the Mother Goose Parade

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St. Patrick’s Day Parties – Enter to Win Tickets (Entry Period Closed)

The luck of the Irish is with us this year! The forecast calls for plenty of golden sunshine and warm weather this weekend, perfect for all of the outdoor St. Patrick’s Day parties in San Diego you don’t want to miss!

Win Tickets to the St. Patty’s Cruise

Details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post.

William D. Evans Sternwheeler

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the San Diego way – aboard the William D. Evans Sternwheeler cruising the bay.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day San Diego style – aboard the 100-foot-long William D. Evans cruising the waters of Mission Bay. Two DJs will play top party hits and bartenders will serve specialty drinks at two cash bars while you groove on a two-story dance floor or wander about the boat’s three levels to marvel at handcrafted mahogany doors, handwoven rugs, and a vaulted skylight made from 50,000 pieces of European stained glass.

Details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post.

Dock: Bahia Resort Hotel – 998 W Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
Departure Date: March 16, 2013
Cruise Time: 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Cost: $30
> Find out more about the St. Patty’s Cruise

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With 60,000 square feet of green astroturf covering the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter, 3 stages of DJs, River Dancers, and an outdoor 150-foot Irish Pub serving up plenty of beer and Jameson Irish Whisky, shamROCK is a St. Patrick’s Day celebration you don’t want to miss.

Location: 5th Avenue, San Diego, California 92101
When: March 16, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM to Midnight
Cost: $35-$55
> Find out more about shamROCK

IRISH 4 A DAY – St. Paddy’s Eve Party Hop

IRISH 4 A DAY - St. Paddy's Eve Party Hop

Be IRISH 4 A DAY during this St. Paddy’s Eve Party Hop!

Show off your sexy green costumes or kilts in true Irish fashion, and prepare to drink like you are IRISH 4 A DAY on the ultimate San Diego pub crawl! Over 20 venues will be participating in this epic party hop with plenty of drink specials, buy one get one free food deals and free admission. The IRISH 4 A DAY pass also includes 11 drinks at 11 different locations.

Check In: Brick + Mortar – 820 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Date: March 16, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Cost: $29-$40
> Find out more about IRISH 4 A DAY – St. Paddy’s Eve Party Hop


Hooleyfest - St. Patrick's Day in East County

Enjoy music, food and drinks at Hooleyfest in San Diego’s East County

Hooleys Pub & Grill is once again bringing Ireland to San Diego’s East County with a Hooleyfest at their two locations in La Mesa and Rancho San Diego. Each location will be full of green-wearing revelers, Guinness, food and music. Be smart and take advantage of the free ride home within 5 miles of the event.

– Hooleys Grossmont – 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91941
– Hooleys Rancho San Diego – 2955 Jamacha Road, Suite 21, Rancho San Diego, CA 92019
When: March 16, 2013
Time: Starts at 6:00 PM
> Find out more about Hooleyfest

4th Annual Zane Patrick’s Day

Zane Patrick's Day

Hang with Zane and Steve at Zane Patrick’s Day.

Join Zane Lamprey from TV show ‘Drinking Made Easy’ for a St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza with live Irish music and performances, games, prizes, contest, and an Open Bar! Zane Patrick’s Day is a great kick-off for your St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Good times, fun people and booze fit for an Irishman.

Where: McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon – 731 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 16, 2013
Time: 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $75-$150
> Find out more about the 4th Annual Zane Patrick’s Day

More Places for St. Patrick’s Day Fun

For those wanting to celebrate on a smaller scale, you can always visit your friends at Dublin SquareThe FieldStout Public House, Gallaghers, Shakespeare and O’Sullivans. Or for the more active imbiber, check out a few pubs with the St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl.

Win Tickets to Board the St. Patty’s Day Cruise (Entry Period Closed)

Trying to find the gold on St. Patrick’s Day? Leave a comment in the comments below telling us what’s your favorite thing to do on St. Patrick’s Day and you could win two tickets to the St. Patty’s Day Cruise aboard the William D. Evans complete with 2 DJ’s, a 2 Story Dance Floor, 2 Full Bars, a rooftop deck and of course green drinks!

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Contest Rules:

  • Tell us in the comments below, what’s your favorite thing to do on St. Patrick’s Day? 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. Two winner will receive a two (2) tickets to cruise aboard the William D. Evans. Tickets are valid March 14-17, 2013.
  • 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 March 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM PST. Good luck!