What’s Happening in La Jolla & San Diego This Weekend: September 22 – 24

Screen Shot 2017-09-22 at 2.50.24 PMToday is the first day of fall! Did you forget? Maybe you were too busy and the time just slipped you by. No worries. Perhaps it’s time to take a break with loved ones and family and enjoy and unwind from the daily grind. Let’s hope you won’t forget to check out one or more of these San Diego area events this weekend.

Pier Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser 2017

Saturday, 7:30 to 12:00 p.m. Ocean Beach Pier

You won’t have to put popcorn in your pancakes this Saturday so they turn over by themselves, because the ever friendly folks from OB will be flippin’ the flappies. If you haven’t previously experienced this event, the Ocean Beach Pier Pancake Breakfast is a blast and an enduring and popular tradition in OB. It also kicks off a big fundraiser, the OB Food and Toy Drive and all of OBTC’s holiday events.

Pancake and breakfast lovers can purchase tickets at the entrance to the pier on the morning of the event or buy them online at the link above. The price is a paltry $10 for adults and a five spot for the kiddos. All proceeds, yes, all proceeds, benefit the Annual OB Toy and Food Drive, which aids in excess of 90 area families and senior citizens in need during the forthcoming holiday season. Come savor a fantastic, piping hot breakfast, a few mimosas, and revel in the best view in all of OB. If you are able, kindly consider bring along your own plate, cups and silverware.

San Diego Zoo Food, Wine & Brew Celebration

Saturday, September 23, 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Have you ever heard a jungle at night? Imagine the sounds of over 400 animals and 800 species after the sun dives behind the horizon! The zoo’s globally-inspired food, wine, and brew tasting event features in excess of 160 of Southern California’s finest vendors, along with live entertainment and dancing – all set on the spotless premises of the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Come out to back and defend wildlife while releasing your innermost party animal! This flavorsome evening for wildlife benefits the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy. If you haven’t been to the San Diego Zoo (you should!), it is located in expansive Balboa Park at 2920 Zoo Dr in San Diego.

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show

Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. – 4:20 p.m.

A fantastic family event, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration team and the Patriots Jet Team gear up for fast-paced formation flying and choreographed aerobatic maneuvers. In addition, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (NCAS) is grateful to host a line-up of citizen entertainers, including Sean Tucker’s “Oracle Challenger,” John Collver’s “Wardog,” the Shockwave Jet Truck, and Steve Stavrakakis’ “Tribute to Vets.”

Additionally, experience the thrill of watching performances from military parachute teams and aerial demonstrations by the F-35B Lightning II, the AV-8B Harrier, the MV-22B Osprey, and an intense Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration. These are highly trained soldiers you’ll have more respect for, trust us. The MCAS Miramar flight line will also feature stationary displays, including past and present aircraft and ground combat equipment, air show mementos, and a veritable host of vendors and various activities. Regular entrance is absolutely free, and preferred seating options are available online or at the Miramar ITT Office, Bldg. 2524. The air show and festivities are located at MCAS Miramar, Miramar Way/Miramar Road in San Diego.

Halloween Spooktacular & Trick-Or-Treat at Sea World, San Diego

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. until closing

Gather up the family this weekend and head on over to Sea World San Diego to catch a peep of a variety of silly and scary live entertainment. Take a chill pill and watch the kids trick or treat for candy and treats throughout the park in a safe, family-friendly environment, included with the price of admission.

Halloween Spooktacular is one of the San Diego area’s largest fall festivals. Get in the spooky spirit and catch popular live shows like Clyde & Seamore’s Halloween Bash and Sesame Street’s Who Said Boo?! Why not take a selfie or join in an impromptu dance party with Sea World costumed characters!  And if you look around, you may be surprised to see singing pumpkins in the park.

Spooktacular is included with all park admissions, and if you cannot make it this weekend, the annual event takes place every Saturday and Sunday from Saturday September 23 through October 29, 2017. Bawahahahahahahahahahahaha!


San Diego Weekend Events September 15-17

lance-asper-153771Stuck on what to do this weekend? Ever sat around all day wondering what to do until it was too late to get off the sofa? Don’t sweat it, let it this weekend, because we have some great events for you to consider attending. Food, fun, and freebies abound!

San Diego Bayfair Powerboat Racing

Friday through Sunday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mission Beach

In excess of 75,000 spectators and RV owners are anticipated to be present for the three-day event on San Diego’s East Vacation Island and Fiesta Island to watch the world’s fastest powerboats. Get out to Ski Beach to catch the World Series of Power Boat Racing, presenting the most extreme competition on water and the fastest power-boats in the world! The event consists of a full three days of continuous boat racing, a kids’ zone, a large vendor area with abundant food choices open to the public on East Vacation Island, must have beer gardens, fireworks, and in excess of 700 RV spots for a exceptional occasion to sleep the night away in Mission Bay Park. Testing and qualifying with limited boat racing is on tap for Friday, while heat races and championship races are the featured events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. The main event, the HomeStreet Bank Bill Muncey Cup for H1 Unlimited is set to start at 4:15 pm on Sunday. Tickets start at $25 for one day, and a three-day Super Pass is obtainable for $45. Bring the kids! Children under age 12 are free. Sorry, no pets or alcohol allowed to be brought on site. Parking starts at $10. The event takes place at 9085 Kenamar Drive.

3rd Annual Landlubbers Day

Saturday, 12 noon to 4 p.m., Seaport Village

Arrrrg, bilge rats, carousers and buckos, the third annual Landlubbers Day is a jolly good time featuring everything pirate! Beginning at noon, there be nary a need to hornswaggle the gate, as the event is absolutely free. Come ye and lift an eye patch and have a blast with arts and crafts, live musical entertainment from the Jackstraws (a pirate-themed band), a costume and “Talk Like a Pirate” contest for ye knaves and adults, a mermaid grotto where ye may get a pic, and grub and grog specials from Seaport Village shops and eateries.

Whether ye be a lad or ye be a lass of any age, ye be invited to put on yer eye patches and pirate garb for a chance to win a host of prizes from a treasure chest of goodies. Beginning at 2 p.m., the costume and “Talk Like a Pirate” contests will commence. These contests are open to various age groups who will be rewarded for donning the best costume and best pirate accent. Aye, and ye furry critters will also have a chance to compete for the first time in the new pet costume category. To compete, the first 20 contestant scallywags can sign up at noon. All ye freebooters and landlubbers take heed – parking is available!

San Diego Ultimate Women’s Expo

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Ladies! Are you ready to get your shop on at virtually hundreds of boutique shopping booths? The Woman’s Expo has what you’re looking for featuring the absolute finest San Diego has to offer with regard to shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, travel, jewelry, accessories, home decor, entertaining and considerably more! Spend an hour, or spend the day chillaxing as you’re spoiled with luxurious spa treatments, soothing and invigorating massages, shopping, a host of free samples, inspiring celebrity Keynote Speakers Melissa Rivers, Brooke Burke, Mariel Hemingway and uninterrupted retail therapy! Tickets are only $5. The event is at the San Diego Convention Center, located at 111 West Harbor Drive in awe-inspiring San Diego.

Infinity Cube
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Birch Aquarium, La Jolla
Take a refreshing break from the mundane and peep out the latest installment at Birch Aquarium, the “Infinity Cube.” This is an immersive, 8-foot cube that explores bioluminescence. Say what? Thankfully, this is science speak that translates to light created by living organisms from the marine world. Gotcha. Artist Iyvone Khoo labored in conjunction with Scripps Institution of Oceanography marine biologist Michael Latz to bring this awesome project to life, shooting in excess of six hours of footage of single-celled marine organisms called dinoflagellates reacting to various stimulants, which include the human heartbeat, music, water flow and air pressure. The Infinity Cube revolves around these impressive videos, which are projected and reflected into larger-than-life images of bioluminescence accompanied by soundscape, engaging fans and attendees in this thought-provoking world. The exhibit is included with your paid entry into Birch Aquarium, which costs $18.50 for adults, $14 for kids aged 3 to 17 (kids 2 and under are free), $15.50 for seniors and $15 for students with ID. You can find this fascinating look at marine life at 2300 Expedition Way in stunning La Jolla.

La Jolla & San Diego Weekend Events: September 8 – 10


Another weekend is upon us, San Diego, and there is always something to see or do in greater San Diego County. This week is certainly no different. Take a gander at some of the more awesome events to enjoy with family, friends, and other loved ones.

San Diego Blues Festival 2017

Saturday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Embarcadero Marina Park North

An exciting blues filled day is in store for attendees of the San Diego Blues Festival. Headlining this year’s event is Grammy Award winner, Mavis Staples, a member of both the Blues and Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. In addition, there will be a total of nine acts over the course of Saturday featuring a wide-range of blues styles. Furthermore, patrons will enjoy locally brewed craft beer, various food vendors, wine, specialty cocktails, as well as vendors with a host of arts & crafts. All proceeds and food-drive donations benefit the San Diego Food Bank. This is a rain or shine event. General admission tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 at the gate. The awesome event is located at 500 Kettner Boulevard in none other than fantastic San Diego.

Street Food Cinema: Dirty Dancing 30th Anniversary

Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., La Jolla

What better way to spend an evening than with a picnic, a live music performance, and then a favorite classic outdoor movie? Bring the kids, bring the beloved dog, bring your chairs and blankets to the grassy field and have a blast! Various superb food trucks will be on hand serving up fresh, hot food that attendees can take to their picnic blanket. John Barger MC’s the event and DJ DeCon brings the music. Doors open at 5:30, music at 6:30, and the film begins at 8 p.m. Reserved seating price is $18 in advance, $21 at the door, general admission $13, and $16 at the door, and kids 6-12 are $11, while tickets for toddlers under 6 are $6. The Nobel Athletic Fields and Recreation Center is located at 8810 Judicial Drive in La Jolla. Street parking is available but is not associated with the event.

10th Annual Brazilian Day San Diego

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Belmont Park – Mission Beach

Woohoo, Sunday is looking great in Mission Beach! The entire family can enjoy the West Coast’s biggest Brazilian festival brimming with South American arts and crafts, a kids zone for the little ones, a colorful parade, live musical entertainment (samba anyone?), sports and fitness, as well as a must try beer garden. The event absolutely free and is being held at 3146 Mission Blvd., in ever popular Mission Beach. There is a variety of parking lots near the event location. Bicycle parking is available on the premises.

Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon

Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dog Beach – Del Mar

Everybody’s gone surfin’, even the dogs! You’re seen the dog surfing videos on television and other popular online media, but now you are cordially invited to watch the pooches get their hang paws on this Sunday at 12th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon at Dog Beach in Del Mar!

Attendees can expect a full morning and early afternoon of sun and amusement. All spectators are invited to kick back on the sands and enjoy as 80 surfing dogs compete for the prestigious title of “Top Surf Dog.” In addition, there are also cooperating vendor booths, a host of food, a costume contest for doggies, a canine agility course, live musical entertainment, opportunity drawings, and other fantastic summer fun! The event is entirely free, but donations are highly encouraged. Your welcome donation directly benefits the pets and programs at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. In fact, 100% of the proceeds go to community programs and orphan pets at Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Wondering where to park your ride? No worries! Lot parking is available for attendees at the corner of Border Avenue/Via De La Valle and Hwy 101/Camino Del Mar for a suggested $12 donation. In addition, street parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis, as per regular Del Mar city regulations. Get out with the kids and watch the pups pilot the Pacific!

The 2017 San Diego Blues Festival

shutterstock_557948161When the AimLoan.com San Diego Blues Festival originated six years ago in 2011, it began with an unassuming mission, that is, to provide exceptional blues music at an reasonable price, and to solicit preciously needed finances to back the ongoing fight against hunger in the greater San Diego community.

Ever since then, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank has shared some of the finest blues musicians around the world with a grateful and ever growing audience. In the festival’s initial four years, our champions as well as our faithful festival goers have assisted by subsidizing an incredible 12n tons of food, and more than $585,000 to help the Food Bank combat hunger in greater San Diego County.

This year we are privileged to introduce to our attendees and patrons Mavis Staples as our headliner. Not only is she a Grammy Award winner and member of the Blues and Rock And Roll Halls of Fame, Ms. Staples was additionally bestowed with a Kennedy Center Honor in December of 2016, the United States utmost arts honor. This year’s lineup also features an additional Blues Hall of Famer, Joe Louis Walker and the ever popular California Honeydrops. Furthermore, all things considered, there will be a grand total of nine acts during Saturday, encompassing an extensive variety of blues styles.

In addition, for those who opt to secure Super VIP tickets, you will be entitled to attend our Friday night VIP Party at Ginger’s in The Gaslamp Quarter from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Robin Henkel will be on hand to provide exceptional entertainment for the duration of the evening. Kindly CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS.

With the assistance of in excess of 28,000 dedicated volunteers, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank provides nourishment to some 370,000 individuals each month in San Diego County. This is accomplished via direct food allocations to those people in need and through a network of in excess of some 350 non-profit cohorts, inclusive of food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, low-income daycare centers, senior centers, various churches, as well as schools and day centers for the elderly and the disabled.

Unbeknownst to many San Diego residents, approximately 467,000 people exist in abject poverty and are faced with “food insecurity,” that is, with an insignificant amount or even no food available at their respective homes. In fact, these people frequently have no idea where they will obtain their next meal. Unfortunately, and quite sadly, approximately 30 percent of those living in poverty consist of innocent children.

In 2016, the Food Bank distributed in excess of 22 million pounds of food, or the equivalent of about 18.3 million meals, to various neighborhoods and communities all throughout San Diego County.

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What to Expect at The 2017 San Diego International Film Festival


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The San Diego International Film Festival

THE SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is the area’s foremost film event and one of the more prominent stops on the independent film festival circuit. The festival provides a truly distinctive film experience, inclusive of world premieres, never before seen studio releases, the very best in indie filmmaking, and a jam-packed agenda rife with glitzy parties and cosy events with various filmmakers. Join them in downtown San Diego at the Balboa Theater for opening night, the Regal Cinema, and the ArcLight La Jolla for screenings, and featuring the delightful Pendry San Diego as our festival center of operations.

What Not to Miss!

Opening Night Film – Oct 4

Be sure not to miss a minute of opening night! The films on opening night frequently go on to win major industry awards! For example, some of the previous films with this distinction include: Silver Linings Playbook, Wild, 12 Years a Slave, Septembers of Shiraz, and many, many more!

VARIETY Night of the Stars Tribute – Oct 5 

The VARIETY Night of the Stars Tribute brings Hollywood to San Diego for a fashionable evening of revelries and awards. On Thursday, the Gregory Peck Award of Excellence in Cinema, 2017, will be bestowed upon Sir Patrick Stewart at the Pendry San Diego. You also won’t want to miss what’s coming next regarding other honorees, so hang in there and keep an eye out for updates!

Friday Night Party with a Purpose – Oct 6

Mingling amusement for a specific cause, the Friday Night Party with a Purpose in downtown San Diego is an ideal way to conclude your day of exceptional screenings. We crank up the evening with a veritable bang! To this end, there will be live music and art, additional entertainment to revel in, can’t miss food trucks with fresh, hot food, courtesy adult beverages, and various games in the beer garden.

Studio Premieres – Oct 4-8

They will début some of the major films emanating out of Hollywood and the independent film circuit. Make sure you mark your calendars and get out to the festival for an opportunity to catch films such as: Lion, Hell or High Water, Silver Linings Playbook, 12 Years a Slave, and sundry others weeks or perhaps months prior to hitting the big screen.

Unique Film Tracks – Oct 4-8 

The film festival also presents a schedule of film tracks that echo both the inimitable culture of San Diego and those that fulfil our dedicated task to truly “Make a Difference” with film. Specific tracks include American IndianEnvironmentalMilitary, and new this year, Equestrian.

Meet the Filmmakers – Oct 4-8

Attendees will want to hang around subsequent to films and take note as various filmmakers chat about what inspired and the creative process that saw their films to the big screen. Additionally, filmmaker panels and our filmmaker awards show are definitely stimulating and well worth attending.

Culinary Cinema – Oct 8

Be sure to enjoy a cinematic venture into the world of food and then take part as you savor delightful bites from local sustainable chef’s and eateries. In addition, with 2000 plus submissions from independent filmmakers from over 60 countries, you recognize that the 100 plus films that are carefully chosen for the San Diego International Film Festival are, quite simply, the very best in features, documentaries, and lovable shorts in the world. In addition to watching films prior to being released, question and answer gatherings with various filmmakers after their respective screenings transport you into the creative process in a most personal manner.

All during the San Diego International Film Festival, as an attendee you will have the occasion to listen to various filmmakers, thespians, directors and big deal makers. In addition, you will acquire the backstories concerning why a particular film was produced, get the lowdown on the behind the scenes capers of the cast, or even the strains and toils of obtaining distribution deals.

For the comprehensive schedule and to acquire additional information concerning the film festival, be sure to visit: https://secure.sdiff.com/e/passes-2017/preview

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 In La Jolla & San Diego this Weekend: August 26 – 27


The great thing about La Jolla and the greater San Diego area, aside from our near-perfect weather, certainly has to be the wide spectrum of events each and every day of the week. The weekends are always chock full of fun things to see and do, whether alone, with your loved one, or with the entire family. Here are some of this weekend’s notable happenings.

Carlsbad Music Festival

Friday 6 p.m. through Sunday, St. Michael’s Campus in Carlsbad

Get ready for a full weekend of a wide variety of musical entertainment as the 14th annual Carlsbad Music Festival takes over the St. Michael’s Campus. The festival highlights include in excess of 60 musical performances of creative music across all categories. Indeed, contemporary classical, indie rock, world music and electronic for the nationally renowned event mere steps from the ocean. While some of the concerts are absolutely free, others are ticketed (please see the website link). And what would a great variety of musical entertainment be with a Green Flash beer garden, an artisan market, and plenty of food trucks? Tickets for one day begin at $40 and include access to all ticketed venues. The festival is located on the sea at 2775 Carlsbad Blvd.

Pizza & Beer Festival

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Suds, swag and song take front and center stage Saturday at the Seaside Concert Area. Get your free sample brewski’s and peep out in excess of 100 different craft brews. These include difficult to locate specialty brews and esteemed faves from the San Diego brewing scene. Brewery representatives will be present offering up awesome beer swag, as well as answering your questions about their specific brewery and beers. And what goes better with beer other than deliciously melted, hot pizza!? Some of the San Diego areas finest mobile pizza ovens will be serving up heavenly cheesy delights that pair up with your favorite suds. Additionally, those in attendance will be able to take a chill pill, kick back, and listen to various DJ’s as well as live bands all throughout the afternoon. Admission to the Summer Concert Series is absolutely free, and features Slightly Stoopid performing on the Seaside Stage following the final exciting race of the afternoon. Patrons will be able to sample five 7-oz. tastings (hey, that’s 3 regular sized beers!) for a mere $20. In addition, regular-sized craft beers are on hand for purchase. Admission into the Pizza & Beer Festival locale is free with a track admission of $6. The event is located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard in sunny Del Mar. Get some!

San Diego Festival of Books

Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Point Loma

The maiden book festival for the entire San Diego community takes root this Saturday in Point Loma. Grab the whole family and head for a celebration of books! Readers and authors alike will have a chance to swap stories, bond, and share their appetite for all things books. More than 40 San Diego area published writers will partake in the inaugural festival via dialogs and book signings. In addition, there will be live entertainment, food, various vendors, a Children’s Pavilion and much, much more. Join notable authors such as local star, Bill Walton, and many more. Admission to the festival is free. Panel discussion tickets are only $3 each. For every ticket sold, $1 will be donated to the San Diego Council on Literacy. The San Diego Festival of Books takes place at VENUES Liberty Station in Point Loma. The physical address is 2641 Truxtun Road, which is located across the street from The Lot Movie Theater. Parking is available.

Bike the Bay

Sunday, 7 a.m., Coronado Bay Bridge

7 a.m., Coronado Bay Bridge

If you’re like many San Diegan’s, you have probably wondered what it is like to park your car and walk the Coronado Bay Bridge. Don’t get your hopes up walking, but consider taking advantage of a fantastic opportunity to ride your bike across the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge. Rise and shine like the star you are early this Sunday, don your required helmet, and prepare for an enjoyable day. Please note that this is a non-competitive event. Instead, the 10th annual bike ride is for riders of all skills to adore San Diego’s scenic, spectacular views. The 23-mile ride takes riders through five communities and ends with a post-ride festival with food, drinks and entertainment. The ride begins at the Embarcadero Marina Park South. Proceeds from the Bike the Bay event benefit the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, a non-profit organization enthusiastically devoted to making bicycling better in San Diego. Kindly note that no riders under the age of 10 are permitted, and also no pets are allowed. Click the link for additional information and FAQ’s.

What’s Happening This Weekend: August 18 – 20


Summer is winding down but several fun and exciting events are on tap for the La Jolla and greater San Diego area this weekend. Whether with your bestie, other half, or the kids, consider one or more of these notable events.

2017 Del Mar BBQ State Championship
Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

What better way to wrap up the summer weekend than with some of the absolute best BBQ in the world! In excess of 40 of the country’s eminent pro BBQ pit masters, indigenous restaurants and cooks will be vying for top billing in the State Championship for more than $15,000 in cash awards. Attendees looking to get their eat on may opt to buy four 2 oz. competition-ready samples of brisket, pork, pork ribs, chicken, steak and/or dessert for a mere $10. The easy on the pocketbook Hamilton also includes a People’s Choice ballot to vote for your favorite BBQ contestant. Get out and kick it with yummylicious BBQ samples, craft beer, and live entertainment all through the day. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard in Del Mar.

9th Annual Fairy Tales in the Park
Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Prado Theater

For the 9th year running, the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet in Balboa Park is proud to present “Fairy Tales in the Park.” Parents of youngsters will want to bring along the kiddos for this awesome introduction to ballet. Think of it as a fascinating morning or afternoon of storytelling through dance for ballet devotees of any age. This year’s shows, directed by Artistic Director Danika Pramik-Holdaway, feature enduring stories such as “Rapunzel,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Beauty and the Beast.” The 9th Annual Fairy Tales in the Park also offers attendees a first look at the freshly heralded spring ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream which is narrated by a professional storyteller. It is a quirky, interactive dance routine that fuses the splendor of ballet with the exhilaration of cherished narratives fun for families and audiences of all ages! Head on over to the Casa del Prado Theater stage in Balboa Park! And, prior to or subsequent to the show, be sure to visit Fairy Tale Village for entertaining interactive activities such as face painting, crafts, and more. Families may access this enchanting event at 1650 El Prado for $12 a head.

41st Annual World Bodysurfing Championships
Saturday & Sunday 6:30 a.m. onwards – Oceanside Pier

Entries are already closed for the 41st annual bodysurfing competition which is set to host around 400 bodysurfers from around the world. Participants will vie for world titles in their respective age divisions for trophies and prizes. The men and women’s Grand Champions will be crowned on Sunday, the final day. The contest is expected to begin at 6:30 a.m. both mornings. The event is adjacent to Oceanside Pier and is entirely free.


Spanish Sunday
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at La Plaza La Jolla

Get out to La Plaza in La Jolla this Sunday for Spanish Sunday brought to you by Monarch | Arredon Contemporary. Need to brush up on your conversational Espanol? De nada! Pop in and practice your informal Spanish all the while kickin’ back to Spanish music in the very heart of downtown La Jolla. During the free event, an overview of all current Spanish artists on display, including Lei Tang and Andre Desjardins, will be presented in, what else, Spanish! La Plaza La Jolla is easy to find at 7863 Girard Avenue. RSVP is recommended by calling (858) 454-1231.