La Jolla and San Diego Labor Day 2017 Weekend Events!

shutterstock_594688190Another summer is passing us by, and as we head into the fall, there are no less events to enjoy in the greater San Diego area. And with our outstanding weather, fantastic community, and a vast playground, there are plenty of fun and exciting things to do and see. Here are just some of the recommended events happening this Labor Day weekend for couples and families.

5th Annual San Diego Bacon Fest

Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Liberty Station – Point Loma

Hear the chant? Bacon, Bacon, Bacon! It’s International Bacon Day and San Diego is celebrating the annual event this Saturday. Forget the diet, overlook the naysayers, and get on over to Liberty Station for a slew of bacon delights! After all, disliking bacon in un-American, right? This ever popular and all-embracing baconfeast includes unlimited (well, until it’s all gobbled up) bacon bites prepared by San Diego area chefs, as well as invigorating adult beverage samples from area breweries and distilleries. Bacon fanatics and aficionados who are 21 and over (ID required) get a free bacon sling so you can place your beer in it while you cram your craw with … bacon goodness! Proceeds will benefit the It’s All About the Kids Foundation, a local non-profit organization. VIP tickets are $100 and offer early admission at noon. General admission tickets are $70 and entry is at 1:30 p.m. Free parking is available, but kindly consider a designated driver or rideshare. Also, please note: no pets, no kids. The adult only event is located at 2600 Cushing Road. Woohoo!

SDSU Aztecs Football and KGB Sky Show

Saturday, 5:30 p.m.

The San Diego Aztecs take on UC Davis in the season opener of another season of exciting college football. Following the game, the KGB Sky Show 42 will feature an awesome, spine chilling production that fuses spectacular lighting, amazing video and thrilling special effects to enhance a fireworks display. Enjoy the game at Qualcomm Stadium or simply hang out neat the stadium. Tickets range from $18 to $62.

6th Annual Sand Sculpting Challenge

Friday to Monday, Broadway Pier and Pavilion, San Diego

I’m going to San Diego, and get some sand in my shoes! Get out and peep some of the very best sculptors spanning the globe as they vie against one another to create amazing sand sculptures. It’s the world against San Diego’s finest! You’ll be astounded by ten-ton behemoth sand sculptures as some 300 tons of sand are brought to the pier area. Attendees may avail of live entertainment all weekend long. Free activities for the kiddos include a sand box, sand sculpture classes, Bubble Fun, European Bungie and much more in the Kids Zone. Of course, gourmet food trucks and a beer garden (yeah!) will be on hand offering up some 100 menu items from all over the country and the world. Sorry, but please no pets, bikes, scooters, skateboards or sand related toys due to the large crowds. Hours for Friday and Monday are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are priced from $7 to $13. The event is located at 1000 North Harbor Drive, San Diego. Be there!

1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular

Friday/Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Embarcadero Marina Park South

The San Diego Symphony puts on their spectacular end of summer extravaganza with music from Tchaikovsky. Conducted by Sameer Patel, with Ray Ushikubo on piano, and Members of Navy Band Southwest (Friday and Saturday only), attendees will delight in the booming cannons, the blazing brass and, of course, fireworks! This year’s concert finale will additionally feature music by Piotr Tchaikovsky’s fellow Russian composers Modest Mussorgsky, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Serge Prokofiev. The lively event is located at 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego. Tickets are available by following the above link. Be sure to bring along the kids!

 

What’s Happening This Weekend: August 11 – 13

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Summer is cranking up and the sun is delivering the rays for awesome San Diegan’s to get out and enjoy a variety of parties, health oriented, and highly entertaining family events.

Arctic Zero’s Taste of Fitness
Saturday 9 a.m. to noon at Coronado Tidelands Park

Arctic Zero, makers of Fit Frozen Desserts, continues its Freedom Tour as it rolls back home to San Diego. The popular company is sponsoring a health and fitness event benefitting Heartland San Diego and the American Diabetes Association. The fitness festival showcases natural, healthy food and beverages from local companies Saturday at picturesque Coronado Bay. Participants can avail of a half hour boot camp class, a one-hour Vinyasa Yoga class led by Katie Burkeclass, and Yoga instructors who will provide hands-on adjustments. In addition to fitness events, there will free samples, prizes, a photo booth, and live music by DJ DTO. Tickets are a mere $7 donation. Get out and get your body in motion then relax to the music!

Clash at Clairemont
Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Love X Games? The Clash at Clairemont is a full day of skate, BMX and exceptional live music benefitting the Grind for Life cancer charity and the YMCA’s Krause Family Bike and Skate Park. The annual event features a star studded list of over 45 of today’s finest Action Sports athletes. In addition, live bands Cubic III, MC Intelligence, SLOKA, and international punk rock super group The Last of the Bad Men perform beginning at 12:30 onwards. If that weren’t enough, be sure to check out Vendor Village, munch out on a wide selection of food, and participate in various activities such as a BMX demo, Pro Vert Ramp Demo, and Skatercross skateboard racing that are great family friendly fun. Tickets are only $10. Clash at Clairemont is located at 3401 Clairemont Drive in ever awesome San Diego.

Beer X
Saturday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., Waterfront Park

Beer X is a lively all-day 21 plus festival featuring music and craft beer. Highlights of the event consist of live entertainment by bands including Iration, J Boog, Chicano Batman, Magic!, Trouble In The Wind and Splavender. Arrive early and you will receive a complimentary Beer X tasting glass to enjoy bottomless complimentary tastings from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Better yet, get a jump on festivalgoers and snag an early entry VIP ticket that allows access at noon. Patrons can choose from locally sourced food trucks and vendors who will be on hand to serve fantastic tasting grub throughout the event. Additionally, there will also be a variety of beer, wine and cocktails available to buy at concession stands all over the festival grounds. Beer X boasts of expansive grassy areas where you can chillax and watch all of the bands jam out. Waterfront Park is located at1600 Parkway Highway. A special parking pass by Parking Panda is available for purchase to guarantee parking. Tickets begin at $50 and some VIP tickets are already sold out for this awesome beer festival. Get your tickets now!

Hillcrest CityFest 2017
Sunday 12 noon to 11 p.m. in Hillcrest

Come join 150,000 plus people who attend this annual event this Sunday in Hillcrest! Hillcrest CityFest is the largest single-day street fair event in the greater San Diego area featuring a gigantic festivity of community spirit through music, arts, crafts, and plenty of food options. Attendees can shop and browse some 250 vendors and peep out Hillcrest’s numerous charming shops and restaurants. And what would a celebration of this magnitude be without live music, DJ’s, a beer garden, fun games, carnival rides, a dance party and more? CityFest is the quintessential family event and is easily accessed at University Avenue and 5th Avenue in the heart of Hillcrest. Oh, and the festival is entirely free!

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.

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.

Life IS a Picnic! Great Picnic Spots in La Jolla

picnic-areasLa Jolla has plenty of things to offer locals and visitors alike. Now that spring is upon us and summer is right around the corner, spending time outdoors in ideal San Diego weather is great for one’s health and leisure activities to get way from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Picnics are a great way to spend time with the family or that special someone in your life. La Jolla is the perfect location for picnics where unobtrusive meal times may be enjoyed on beaches or on grassy knolls. Why not whip up some of your favorite grub or shop at various La Jolla delicatessens for meals and make a trip out to one of several hotspots to enjoy an afternoon with loved ones? Let’s take a look at four of the more enticing spots in La Jolla to spend quality time with friends, family, or loved ones.

  • Shell Beach. This a fantastic location for picnickers located a tad south of La Jolla Cove. Shell Beach is an ideal spot for hunting shells, and there is even gentle wading for tots and younger kids. What makes this spot one of the better places to visit in that seals chill out a mere 10 yards from the shoreline. Be sure to bring your camera to take awesome pics or videos. To get to this recommended spot, simply shoot down Coast Boulevard past Ellen Browning Scripps Park and then look for the gazebo. There’s actually a sign for the beach as well as the stairs leading down to the sand. If you’re looking to mellow out, the ideal spots are the rocky areas away from the shore, or even the gazebo higher up that provides a panoramic view of the ocean and its surroundings. If you’re bringing along the kiddos for some fun, sun and eats, the shore is ideally your best option.
  • La Jolla Hermosa Park. This location is ideal for a picnic that even the community of La Jolla is unfamiliar with. Located in growing Bird Rock, Hermosa Park is a veritable treasure of La Jolla. It consists of a relatively small picnic area located at the intersection of Camino de la Costa and Chelsea Avenue. There is an easily accessible walking trail down to the beach. Hermosa Park is an attractive and somewhat isolated area that provides picnickers with a scenic vantage point. The park features a few picnic tables, benches, and BBQ grills that are excellent for cranking out your own food. Just bring along your goodies and charcoal and enjoy the sunset and spend a discreet, serene afternoon with loved ones.
  • Scripps Coastal Reserve. One of the more stunning locations for a picnic or a getaway. The Scripps Coastal Reserve actually begins at a trailhead on La Jolla Farms Road. The trail is about a 10-15 minute walk from the neighborhood street to the edge of the cliffs, and ends with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. There is plenty of space and certainly abundant room for pitching a blanket or beach towel on the rocks. To locate the trail, simply take La Jolla Shores Drive and make the first right onto La Jolla Farms Rd. Continue down the street a bit and look for a large vacant spot on the left hand side. There will be a faded black fence with a small opening at 9400 La Jolla Farms Road. Simply follow the trail down and chill like a villain. However, a caveat is in order: if you are sharing adult beverages, be sure to avoid the unstable cliffs for your own safety. Otherwise, enjoy!
  • Windansea Beach. This ideal picnic spot is more well-known and remains a popular spot among locals and visitors. Located at 6800 Neptune Place, this shorefront is typically less crowded than La Jolla Shores, Browning Scripps Park, or popular La Jolla Cove. There are adequate places to park oneself along the flattened rock formations on the beach. In addition, there are a few straw huts placed advantageously on the rocks near the water, thus making the location an excellent location to throw down a blanket and delight in scenic views of the beach. Better yet, for those who are concerned about potential damages to the skin from the sun’s harmful rays, there’s no sweat in finding a place to avoid those painful sunburns. The only drawbacks are the lack of public bathrooms or lifeguards, but it nevertheless makes the spot a fine location to mellow out and listen to wave’s pound against the shore while feasting on your favorite meals or snacks.

Contemporary life offers few opportunities to get away and relax. But when time permits, La Jolla’s seaside community is the ideal location to get away, relax, and have a picnic with family, friends or loved ones. Make the most of your leisure time and enjoy the scenic parks and picnic areas La Jolla has to offer. Chances are that you’ll find each location a special place to return to for not only scenic views, but as quality spots to enjoy a relaxing day.

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