La Jolla & San Diego Weekend Events: May 18th – 20th

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It’s going to be another wonderful weekend in San Diego and La Jolla! Gather up your family and friends, and go explore. Check out what’s coming up.

Friday, May 18th:

Movies on the Bay: Wizard of Oz
6:30 p.m., Tidelands Park
We’re off to see movies on the bay! Grab a blanket and head over to Tidelands Park on Coronado. This week, Movies on the Bay is presenting the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz.”

Saturday, May 19th:

Fiesta del Sol 2018
9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fletcher Cove (Solana Beach)
Head over to Solana Beach and get ready for a a two-day festival to kick off the summer This music and arts festival is a free event which features arts, crafts, gourmet food trucks and vendors, bounce houses, and all kinds of fun for kids. Don’t miss it!

Yoga in the City
9 a.m., The Headquarters at Seaport Village
Calling all Yogis! Grab your mat, and head to Seaport Village this Saturday for a free teacher-led yoga session presented by Scripps Health. All levels welcome!

Sunday, May 20th:

Gaslamp Artisan Market
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fifth Avenue
Go check out the new Gaslamp Quarter’s Fifth Avenue between Market Street and Island Avenue and let us know what you think! Pop through different restaurants and shops, and explore the new exciting area!

BYOD: Bring Your Own Dog 
12 to 5 p.m., Quartyard
Have a day out with your best friend!  Quartyard is holding a reopening party for your furry companions. Bring your dog(s) to East Village for a free event which features music and more!

 

Springing Into La Jolla This Season

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Spring is in the air, and there may be no better place to enjoy outdoor activities than the Greater San Diego area. A mild climate reminiscent of the Mediterranean along with lovely beaches, beautiful bays, scenic lagoons, and breathtaking canyons makes it the place for spring fun. La Jolla is located along the central coastline and is ideal if you to access the area’s possible activities. You can enjoy San Diego in new ways whether you’re a lifelong resident or a visitor. One of the great things about the area is you can enjoy yourself on land, air or sea!

Want to keep your feet on the ground? There are a great many ways to enjoy the outdoors in La Jolla. How about a trail? You can find walking trails, jogging trails, hiking trails and running trails through La Jolla and all through San Diego. Walk from the beaches and bays to the canyons and parks. If you take some of the canyon trails, you’ll be amazed. You’ll travel past waterfalls and streams and you’ll forget you’re in the city! Of course, there are tours as well! You can find guided walking tours for bird watching and nature loves as well as urban safaris and food and drink tours. You can get a guided tour in Balboa Park or you can learn a lot about San Diego’s history with a guided tour of Old Town. Let’s not forget the volleyball and basketball courts on the beaches as well as the golf courses. Like to cycle? You’ll find plenty of bike trails, too.

Want to get a bit higher? Do you love to fly? Well, there are a lot of opportunities for that as well. You can enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the area with a trip on a hot air balloon. Can you imagine flying over the coastline and watching the waves lap at the beach? Want to be even more adventurous? You can go hang gliding. Fly your own glider or paraglider or fly with an experienced piolet. Go to the Torrey Pines Gliserport and get ready for an adventure. You could choose special tours and watch the sunset from up in the air, high above the sea! You can enjoy fun in the air in the San Diego Area, and there’s no doubt it will take your breath away.

Of course, you can’t really enjoy the outdoors in San Diego without thinking about the water. There are fifteen major beaches along the San Diego Coastline. From Torrey Pines in the north all the way down to Ocean Beach in the south, you’ll find great opportunities to enjoy a picnic, surfing, bodyboarding, snorkeling and more. Some are kid friendly and some are pet friendly. You’ll also find many more beaches and parks surrounding Mission Bay. Swim, explore tide pools, surf, scuba dive, snorkel, sail, row, kayak, motorboat or… the possibilities are endless! Lessons for just about everything are available as well. Of course, you could also go on a fishing trip or a mini tour around the area. There’s no lack of water in San Diego and no lack of ways to enjoy it.

Air, ground, or sea… The choice is yours. It’s all available in La Jolla and the Greater San Diego Area in the spring. Get outside and enjoy yourself!

La Jolla & San Diego Events This Weekend: July 22 – 23

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Another fantastic weather weekend is in store for San Diegan’s so why not get out and explore? There’s plenty do and see in fantastic SoCal so make the best of it with these exciting and entertaining events!

Comedian Tim Gaither
Friday and Saturday at The Comedy Store – La Jolla

Laughter is indeed the best medicine to uplift the spirits and create wellbeing. This weekend comedian Tim Gaither headlines and delivers the giggle and guffaws at The Comedy Store in La Jolla. Gaither is a well-known Vegas headliner and recently filmed an hour long special at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in front of a sold out audience. If you’re looking to tip a few back and laugh your whoopee cakes off Tim is your best bet, but beware you hecklers! Tim has performed live in every state of our fantastic union, Canada (eh?) and performed for our troops. Opening for Tim this weekend will be Andy Haynes and Jonny Loquasto. The doors open Friday at 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 show and Saturday at 9:15 p.m. for the 9:45 performances. Please note this is a 21 plus drink, er, show with a two drink minimum. Tickets will only set you back an Andrew Jackson. The Comedy Store is located at 916 Pearl St. in fantastic La Jolla.

High Tide Dinner
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p.m., at Friday through Sunday at The Marine Room in La Jolla

Take a chill pill and enjoy a scrumptious and expertly prepared dinner menu as waves pound against the windows next to you at The Marine Room’s special High Tide dinner hours. This weekend, expect high tide around 8:19 p.m. on Friday, 9:06 p.m. on Saturday and at 9:52 p.m. on Sunday. Local San Diegans and visitors alike can experience the sensation of tides virtually at their table. This special event only happens on specific days of the year so make it a point to arrive early and chillax in an ambiance that alone is like a great massage. The Marine Room’s dress code is business casual, jackets and ties for men are not obligatory but fitting. The Marine Room is classy thus it does not allow beach or active wear in the dining room (t-shirts, shorts, flip-flops, etc.). This fantastic weekend patrons have the opportunity to skip on over to The Marine Room located at 2000 Spindrift Drive in where else but scenic La Jolla.

Heroes Brew Fest 2017
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p.m. to 8 p.m. at Waterfront Park in San Diego

The annual Comic-Con themed event comes back to super smooth San Diego once again, only this time at the Waterfront Park. What better way to get you craft beer taste buds titillated and peep out leading exhibits from leading comic book artists? Each and every attendees of the appropriate age can try beers from dozens of breweries, including many local favorites such as Green Flash and Mission Brewery. Supporters, fans and patrons are highly encouraged to don their favorite superhero costume and take part in several contests. General admission tickets are $27 from 4 to 8 p.m. but include no beer. Say what? No worries, go for the Early Access Tasters Ticket at $57. Waterfront Park is just a hop, skip and a jump from the Convention Center and located at 1600 Pacific Highway. Be there!

Taste of the Turf Clu
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a.m. Sunday at the Del Mar Racetrack

The opening weekend of the Del Mar Racetrack’s fall season is filled with awesome perks and entertaining activities! This Sunday, make it a point to partake in an exclusive special menu when you get your dine on at the ever fashionable Turf Club in Del Mar. Celebrated Chef Brian Malarkey, one of the San Diego’s best, will prepare the menu for the exciting morning. Please note that tables are limited. A $100 ticket gets you Turf Club admission for the entire day, your choice of an appetizer, entrée, dessert and bottomless mimosas or champagne. Attendees must comply with the Turf Club Dress Code. Check out the dress code by following the link above. Children 17 years and younger will be admitted for free to the venue and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times. Once inside the Turf Club, cuisine and beverages for kids may be ordered from the expansive dining menu. Further information is available by calling (858) 755-1141.

Four Great Spots for Easter Brunch

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Whether you’re an Easter morning church-goer, Easter basket opener, or just appreciate good brunch, come 11am, you’re going to want to go get brunch at one of these fabulous places. Hop on down and enjoy! Cheers!

The Marine Room

(2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037)

For well over 75 years, The Marine Room has been a seaside staple in La Jolla. Long celebrated for its superb views and surf pounding outside the restaurant’s windows, the culinary embodiment of luxury draws people from La Jolla and well beyond. This Easter Sunday, The Marine Room will serve its holiday brunch buffet beginning at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The awesome and ever creative menu includes breakfast fare such as leek goat cheese frittata and first course options such as sweet potato orzo salad. For main courses, delectable foods include Signature Spindrift Seafood Crepes and many, many other items. A delightful and ever tempting dessert station rounds out the impressive buffet. The Easter holiday meal is priced at $72 for adults and $36 for kids. Due to the immense popularity, reservations are required and may be made quickly online here.

Nine-Ten Restaurant

NINE-TEN will be hosting a delicious Easter Sunday Brunch.  Chef Jason Knibb and Pastry Chef Jose Alonzo, III, will prepare a very special Easter Sunday a la carte menu featuring everything from Strawberry Salad, Salmon Rillette Toast, and House-Smoked Salmon Benedict to Short Rib Hash, Shrimp & Grits, and Chilaquiles….and bottomless Mimosas for just $16 per person. If pastries and coffee are more your breakfast speed, the acclaimed Sunday Brunch Pastry Bar will be even better than ever.  Reservations strongly recommended and can be made by calling 858.964.5400.

The Shores Restaurant

Easter brunch on the water- does it get any better than that? You’ll find something for everyone with Carlsbad Strawberry and Spinach Salad and Herb De Provence Leg of Lamb. There’s also a complete children’s station for the kiddos, and plenty of tasty sides and a selection of seasonal desserts.

George’s at the Cove

(1250 Prospect St.)

A long time feature in the quaint seaside community of La Jolla, George’s at the Cove only serves brunch twice a year, and Easter Sunday is one of those special occasions. Easter brunch will commence at the charming restaurant’s California Modern area beginning at 10 a.m., as well as George’s Ocean Terrace and Level 2 beginning at 11 a.m. The menu proudly features individually priced selections such as warm French Toast at $18, a scrumptious Baja shrimp omelette for $22, and various vegetarian and vegan options, all served against the backdrop of the magnificent Pacific oceanfront view. Patrons who enjoy fine brunches are encouraged to make reservations online here.

What’s Good in La Jolla this Weekend? April 14 – 16

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Springtime is in full swing, and San Diego is celebrating the beauty of this season. Whether you’re looking to be outside in nature, or to have an Easter egg hunt, we have you covered with a weekend packed-full of activities. Have fun!

Spring Egg Hunt in La Jolla

10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the La Jolla Recreation Center

The La Jolla Recreation Center located at 615 Prospect St. will host its annual Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. For the price of a fast food burger with the works, or a mere $5, attendees will partake in the egg hunt and other associated Easter activities such as arts and crafts and, wow, get this, a meet and greet with Peter Rabbit. What kid doesn’t like Peter Rabbit!?

Charles Arnoldi exhibit at R.B. Stevenson Gallery

R.B. Stevenson Gallery will be presenting new paintings and drawings by Los Angeles artist Charles Arnoldi. The exhibition will open on Saturday, April 15th. and will remain on view through May 27th, 2016. An opening Reception will be held on Saturday, April 15th, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Season runs through May 14), Carlsbad Ranch

The well-renowned Flower Fields in Carlsbad Ranch continues its vibrant spring run, offering visitors outstanding views of bright blooms in all of their stunning and elegant glory. The fields are open each and every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and runs through May 14, 2017. Patrons will delight in nearly 50 full acres of colorful displays of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers, which are in bloom for only six to eight weeks. Ah, the short life of a flower! The celebrated fields also include various roses, orchids, sweet pea blossoms, petunias and poinsettias. Be sure to maintain any changes on the Flower Fields website, too, because Flower Field introduces special events throughout the bloom season. You simply have to see these blooms to marvel at nature’s unmatched beauty!

Sculpture in the Garden

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Diego Botanic Garden

Running through the end of April at the San Diego Botanic Garden is “Sculpture in the Garden,” a magnificent and stunning display of 53 sculptures from 32 regional artists set against the backdrop of a lush garden. Visitors can use a map provided by the Botanic Garden and enjoy a self-guided tour of the various works of art. The exhibit is included with general admission into the garden. Adults are $14, $10 for seniors, students and active military, and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Kids two years of age and under get in free. Parking is available on-site for $2.

Easter Bunny Teas

2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Friday & Saturday) at The Westgate

San Diego’s premiere hotel, The Westgate located in downtown San Diego will be hosting some kid-friendly tea sessions along with traditional egg hunts this Easter weekend. The quaint Easter Bunny Teas take place from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Children will be thrilled to snack on mini pastries and kid-approved petit-fours paired with traditional European afternoon tea. Traditional Easter egg hunts will commence on the Riviera Terrace and children will have an opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny. The tea sessions are priced at $50 for adults and $35 for kids 12 and under, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Spring Eggstravaganza

9 a.m., Santee Lakes

Patrons will want to be sure to bring the entire family out to Santee Lakes this Saturday for the 14th Annual Eggstravaganza! The community event begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. The Spring Eggstravaganza features continuous egg hunts for kids 8 years of age and under. In addition, the annual event features carnival rides, can’t miss pony rides, crafts, Primo DJ and additional fun for one and all no matter what age. And don’t fret about the cost because the event is always free!

What’s Good in La Jolla This Weekend? April 8 -9

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La Jolla Concours D’Elegance

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ellen Browning Scripps Park

The renowned auto show returns to the lovely seaside community of La Jolla this weekend. The event runs from Friday through Sunday and features more than 150 rare, painstakingly restored vehicles. These stunning cars will be on display at the La Jolla Cove lawn against the ever magnificent Pacific Ocean backdrop. This year’s car show also includes an aviation show featuring antiquated, restored aircraft that are a must see! In addition, there will be a “champagne and honey tasting garden” where attendees may sample flights of sweet honey from various California regions. If that weren’t enough, live music and a cheese tasting zone top the event off. General admission tickets to Sunday’s party are a bargain at $70 for adults the day of the event, and a generous $30 for military and children ages 11 to 18. Kids 10 and under are admitted absolutely free.

18th Annual Tea & Tonic

1 p.m., Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines

If you haven’t attended previous events, you won’t want to miss this 18th annual fundraiser! The annual Tea & Tonic benefits the Center for Community Solutions in its quest to back prevention and intervention programs focused on terminating relationship violence, sexual assault and stalking. The worthy cause begins promptly at 1 p.m. at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. The event includes a charming champagne reception, a high tea service, both live and silent auctions, various raffles and live entertainment. In addition, celebrity keynote speaker, actor and former defensive player in the NFL, Terry Crews will delight attendees. Tickets are $150, with proceeds benefitting the Center for Community Solutions. Get out and be a vital part of this praiseworthy cause!

David Koechner

7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. at The American Comedy Co.

You know David Koechner, right? No? C’mon! He played the role of Champ Kind in the Anchorman movies and has also made various appearances on several TV shows such as The Office, The Goldbergs and American Dad. Oh, now you know David! This weekend comedian David Koechner takes command of the stage at downtown San Diego’s American Comedy Co. David will be headlining two shows each on Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. On Sunday David will do only one show at 7 p.m. (Hey, a man has to pack his bags sometime!) Tickets are a mere $18. Woot! Hey, it’s ever classy San Diego! Don’t miss it!

Fashion, Flowers & Fido Show

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., The Flower Fields at Carlsbad

Seeking all San Diego area trend-setters and furry fashionmonger’s! San Diegan’s will want to make a point to peep out the festivities at the barn at The Flower Fields located at Carlsbad Ranch Thursday evening. What’s in store for patrons is a charming night of fashion, foodstuffs, brewski’s and adorable pups. The night consists of designer fashions from Carlsbad Premium Outlets swaggering down a runway complemented by dogs currently up for adoption from the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. All those in attendance will also have the opportunity to be treated to various food and beer tastings. Tickets are $40 per person, well worth it for a great cause for our furry friends.

VinDiego Wine and Food Festival

3 p.m. at Liberty Station

Calling all wine aficionados! The biggest and leading “wine only” tasting occasion blazes into San Diego’s Liberty Station this weekend. Attendees may spend the afternoon savoring virtually hundreds of sunny California’s finest vintage and award-winning wines. In addition, the festival will offer gourmet food samples and feature live music. Please note that the event is for adults 21 years and older. Tickets begin at $95.

Eggstravaganza

9 a.m., The Village Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe

Easter time is here again! This free event is sure to be both a child and adult pleaser. Patrons are invited to enjoy one of the holiday’s finest traditions this Saturday by participating in an Easter egg hunt. Eggciting! In addition, the event will feature a petting zoo, a balloon artist, face painting and various crafts on the church campus. Did we mention it is free? It is! Be sure to scoot on over and revel in an eggcessivly great time for one and all and don’t forget those cameras!

The 2017 La Jolla Concours d’Elegance Returns

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The 2017 La Jolla Concours D’Elegance and La Jolla Motor Car Classic returns to the Cove Friday, April 7 through Sunday, April 9th featuring 300+ spectacular vehicles situated along the Pacific Ocean including French Curves.

The Concours has become one of the most anticipated and must-have “Save The Date” for automobile aficionados internationally. This years theme is Celebrating French Curves, featuring some of the best preserved and stunning examples of French automobiles.

“It’s exciting to see the exquisite preservation and restoration of these incredible automobiles,” says La Jolla Concours d’Elegance Chairman, G. Michael Dorvillier. “We are grateful for the success and growth of the event over the last decade and treasure the uncompromising quality of automobiles and motorcycles that the participants bring to our show field.”

Pricing

General admission tickets ($65 each). Children under 14 years of age are free. VIP tickets are offered at different prices and are available for purchase at the link below.  100% of net proceeds benefit local charity: The La Jolla Historical Society.

For more information on the Concours or purchase tickets please visit LaJollaConcours.com or call 619-233-5008.

3 Must Visit La Jolla Beaches

Cruise south along Highway 101 and the seaside community of La Jolla and its 7-mile pristine coastline and you’ll encounter 10 stunning beaches. Picking one can be difficult as each is unique in its own way. Running north to south, the beaches consist of Torrey Pines State Beach, Black’s Beach, La Jolla Shores, La Jolla Cove, Boomer Beach, Shell Beach and Seal Rock, Children’s Pool, Wipeout Beach, Marine Street Beach and Whispering Sands, and Windansea Beach. Let’s take a look at three of these amazing beaches.

La Jolla Cove

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La Jolla Cove is quite popular and is conveniently located close to the very heart of La Jolla. It is a relatively small beach, but nonetheless a perennial favorite for those who enjoy swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. One of the unique features is that the beach is protected from ocean swells since it does face north. Another feature is its great visibility, at times up to 30 feet deep. La Jolla Cove is home to an underwater marine reserve where thankfully the spoils of mankind have left marine life unharmed. In addition, and despite its calm waters, lifeguards keep a close watch on the area. Every September dating back to1916, the annual Rough Water Swim draws swimmers of all ages. Just above the Cove rests Ellen Browning Scripps Park with spacious areas for family or romantic picnics, hiking, or just feastings one’s eyes on the majestic scenery. Restrooms and showers are easy to avail of but parking is limited. La Jolla Cove is a must visit and those who take the time to drop by will not regret their stay. Be sure to bring along a camera to capture amazing views to ruminate on long after, or hey, come back frequently as the Cove is well worth repeat visits.

Torrey Pines State Beach

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Torrey Pines State Beach is La Jolla’s northernmost beach. The stunning views and sands extend approximately four miles between Del Mar, past Los Penasquitos Marsh Natural Preserve, and to the base of the sandstone cliff at Torrey Pines Mesa and the Gliderport. It is next to the well-known Torrey Pines State Reserve and is a preferred locale for visitors and local San Diegans. Ah, but how to get there? It’s easy, just enter the beach from North Torrey Pines Road or by trail from the Reserve. Torrey Pines is a quality beach for all of your outdoor activities including swimming, surfing, getting your tan on, or casting a line to catch a trophy fish. At low tide, Torrey Pines is a spectacular spot for taking a romantic stroll with that special someone. Tall cliffs line the shoreline and make for memorable views during sunsets. Atop the cliffs you’ll find the scenery to be unmatched for their sheer beauty.

So how do you access this spectacular beach? For easy entry to hiking trails, simply take the steps north of Flat Rock (also known as Bathtub Rock). There you’ll be pleased to find all of the parking space you need, since there are about 700 slots. Visitors should know in advance that since Torrey Pines State Beach is a California state reserve, both parking and access fees are required. You can get there early to snag your preferred spot because the gates open at 8 a.m. When sunset comes around its time to find other area attraction since the gates do close. General admission is mere $10, and seniors 62 and over get a slight discount at $9. If you happen to be disabled, the admission is only $5 (with a qualified Department of Parks and Recreation pass). At the north end of the beach you’ll find lifeguards, and restrooms to change in. Of course, picnic areas and the expansive parking is near the entrance on North Torrey Pines Road.

La Jolla Shores

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La Jolla Shores is a common attraction for beachgoers. It is family friendly because of its mild waves and runs approximately one mile in length. Parking is not a problem so don’t sweat it, let it. There are grassy picnic areas, swings for the kiddos, fire rings for torching up your favored meats, and volleyball if you’re so inclined. It is conveniently located near local shops and several restaurants to get your eat on. But be forewarned, during the summer months La Jolla Shores can be packed to the proverbial gills. If you’re looking to boat, sail or toss a line in the sea, these activities ares permitted on the north side of the pier. La Jolla Shores is an excellent location for scuba diving because of its mild surf. First time surfers will also find it the perfect spot for learning the ropes. Another cool feature is that there is a public kayak launch. While safety is primarily everyone’s responsibility, lifeguards are always keeping a dutiful watch on beachgoers. Of course, public restrooms and outdoor showers are available. Additionally, if you happen to venture south of the beach and north of the pier (you don’t need a compass), you’ll run smack dab into private Scripps Beach, which belongs to the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. Get out there and enjoy your tie with family, friends and loved one at fantastic La Jolla Shores.