La Jolla & San Diego Weekend Events: October 13-15

Screen Shot 2017-10-13 at 10.57.23 AMWe’re knee-deep into October and Halloween looms like a goose bump on a forearm. If you’re lurking for something to do this weekend, look no further than our crystal ball of outstanding and upcoming events for the family or just going it alone. Please proceed at your own risk.

Haunted Trail at Balboa Park

Saturday & Sunday, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Enter the Haunted Trail at Balboa Park at your own risk! But first enter the maze …and see if you can find your way out (15 minutes?). The maze is included with your general admission purchase. Then take an eerie stroll through the twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks. But be forewarned, you better have eyes in the back of your head because you just never know… This one mile trail of terror and thrills will test your mettle. The horrific, hair-raising haunt will leave you howling with fright and is not recommended for children under 10, nor those who are faint of heart. Emergency exits are available. There is also an additional maze called “The eXperiment”, where for five additional bones you can experience in excess of 3500 square feet of freak-infested dread. The Haunted Trail runs each and every night except Mondays and Tuesdays, and then daily from October 18 through October 31 (except Monday, October 23). Tickets are a scant $25 for general admission (cash only at the gate), but also available online to avoid the queue, and $10 – $15 extra for a Fastpass upgrade. The Haunted Trail is located at Balboa Park at 6th and Juniper. They’ll be lurking for you! Bawahahahahahaha.

40th Annual Fall Arts & Craft Fair

Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (4 p.m. Sunday)

The weekend is shaping up to be a blast at the Fall Arts and Craft Fair! Come out and check out over 125 exclusive vendors from all around SoCal. Each and every work is finely hand-crafted and actually sold by the artists and crafters (hint: negotiate!).  Such items as handmade jewelry, soaps, paintings and sculpture, local honey, clothing, pottery, items for the home and garden and more will be on hand. Oh, and to tease the palate, how about the multiple wine tasting areas, food court, winery village shops, and cafe and coffee shop? Sounds good to us! Wine will be available by the glass or bottle (we’ll have the latter, thank you very much). The annual Fall Arts and Crafts Fair is truly a popular San Diego tradition, and a veritable ALL-Artisan fair. There will also be live music, as well as parking and a shuttle. Bring the family! Kindly note that this is a NO dog event. And please, no outside food or beverages. The fair is absolutely free at the Bernardo Winery and is located at 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte in San Diego.


BooMont Park Fall Festival & Haunt

Friday – Sunday 12 p.m. onwards, Belmont Park, Mission Beach

Are you psyched up for the 5th consecutive year as Belmont Park transforms itself into a Halloween-themed beachfront amusement park? This truly inspiring event is a true family-friendly fall festival featuring activities for beasts, brutes, and giants of all ages. There will be free trick-or-treating from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Special attractions include Zombie Laser Tag where various creatures will join in on a three-floor adventure, a pumpkin patch station under the famous roller coaster with an option to purchase pumpkins to paint. Kids will love the costume contests on Saturdays, and various Halloween-themed crafts on Sundays. Boomont is the happening for kids and families and runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October in addition to Halloween day. Free admission and parking! Woot!! Belmont Park, as if you didn’t already know, is located at Mission Beach at 3146 Mission Blvd.

Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures

Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., San Ysabel

Country livin’ is real living! And it’s that time of the year again for the harvest at Fort Cross! You certainly can’t beat an exciting day for the entire family for free, right? You and the loved one will gain entry into the U-Pick pumpkin patch. There will also be abundant fun consisting of cider pressing, hayrides, hoedowns, various crafts, a petting zoo for the kiddos, candle dipping, archery, a tomahawk throw, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, Fairy/Dino/Halloween Garden Making, and a Ghost Town slingshot range. Get out to the countryside for some fresh air for a change! Fort Cross is located at 4425 Hwy 78, in soothing Santa Ysabel.


What’s happening in La Jolla & San Diego October 7 & 8

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Ideal weather during the day and cozy nights make for an opportune times to get out of la casa and make the most of San Diego area events. There’s plenty of family friendly events this weekend to enjoy.

35th Annual Carlsbad Oktoberfest

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Holiday Park

Are you ready for the longest running Oktoberfest in San Diego county? Great! The 35th Annual Oktoberfest kicks off Saturday at noon and runs until 10 p.m. in stunning Holiday Park! The Carlsbad Rotary Clubs invite one and all to join them for Carlsbad’s foremost tradition with your closest pals, BFF’s, family, and especially your kids and neighbors for an exciting day of food, fun, beer, costume competitions, and of course, music! There will be plenty to do for the kiddos and adults alike. The event features new costume contests, music, arts & crafts, various games, rides, and of course – awesome bonding with family and friends! There will be entertainment, dancing, and fun Kinder Korner activities for kids of all ages. Be sure to check out the photo booth, jump houses, and a fun pumpkin patch where the kids get an opportunity to bedeck pumpkins. The kids will thrill at performances by Ranger Jack (a one man band and puppeteer) and considerably more. For the big kid in all of us, chill out with fine craft and domestic beers all courtesy of Budweiser/Markstein to pair with your delectable food! Admission is $15 and includes a meal. Please note this is a strict no pets festival. The event is located at 3400 Pio Pico Drive in Carlsbad.

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. La Jolla

Art and wine! Can you think of anything better for lovers of both? The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival is your go to destination for artists, breweries, and wineries and aficionados of all to showcase their craft and make merry art along the ever scenic Pacific Ocean. The two-day art show presents more than 150 artists from San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Baja, and beyond. In addition, there will be roaming entertainment, a family art center, a gourmet marketplace, live music from the Sea Monks, Stone Horse, Jazz Pigs, Jimmy & Enrique & Earl Vaults, and several more! Of course, a wine and beer garden with sips from wineries and San Diego’s breweries is on hand. Convinced? We are! Admission is free and all proceeds benefit La Jolla area school art programs. The event is located at Girard Avenue between Torrey Pines Road and Prospect Street, in awesome, ever inviting and friendly La Jolla.

Maker Faire 2017

Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Balboa Park

The Maker Faire is truly a unique and fun event. What’s in store for you, family, friends and other loved ones? How about a full two days, with 7 participating venues, two outdoor zones, robots, drones, soldering, beer, awesome food trucks, music, crafting, and that’s only the beginning! With so much to do, see, hear and create, participants can certainly make the most of Maker Faire San Diego 2017. Each participating venue will provide various and definitely fun, and amazing makers. And guess what? All ticket holders will have general admission to all participating museums! Outdoor areas include the Plaza de Panama and the Bea Evenson Fountain. However, the vast majority of the event will be inside the venues this year. Why not visit them all? There will be plenty to feast the eyes and palate on as over 200 makers will be in attendance, so make it a point to get out to the Maker Faire San Diego 2017! Tickets are $30 ages 13 and above in advance, kids 3-12 are $18. Tickets at the gate are $38, and kids 3-12 are $23. Click the link for plenty of more information. See you there!

Taste of The Village

Sunday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., La Jolla

Take your taste buds on a tour and give back to your community with Taste of The Village! Hosted by The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch in the heart of Carmel Valley, this one-night event helps you find your inner foodie while supporting a local public school. On Sunday, October 8th, The Village is bringing the tasting to you with a selection of food favorites from participating tenants with the Taste of The Village, with 100% of the proceeds going to Canyon Crest Academy public school!

This Sunday hop in your ride or walk through scenic La Jolla and join in a true family-friendly event hosted by The Village benefitting Canyon Crest Academy. Grab a taste of all that The Village has to offer, including a selection of quality foods from Baked Bear, Westroot Tavern, Fresh Brothers, Nothing Bundt Cake, Vitality Tap, Dolce, Breakfast Republic, and Luna Grill. Activities include an art display and performances by students from Canyon Crest Academy, who will directly benefit from the 100% of the event proceeds. The happening takes place at the various restaurants, patios, and open pedestrian plazas at the ever appealing and expansive Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. You can expect the Taste of the Village to deliver a fantastic evening replete with unbridled fun, festivities, and food for friends and families. Come on out and join The Village in supporting Canyon Crest Academy and celebrating these awesome foodie finds for an unforgettable evening! Tickets are only $25. The event is situated in the roomy area at 13490 Pacific Highlands Ranch Parkway.


What’s Happening in La Jolla & San Diego This Weekend: September 29 – October 1


Drop the game controller, park the vacuum in the closet, and don’t even think about cleaning out the garage this weekend, because there are many events for you to consider attending this super weekend with your friends, loved ones and family!

La Mesa Oktoberfest – Bier Garden

Friday September 29 through Sunday October 1, La Mesa (times below)

What better way to unwind after another hectic week than at the 44th annual Oktoberfest in La Mesa? The 2017 fest will stage a rejuvenated and elevated experience for dad, mom and the kids, all beginning Friday at 4 p.m. and running through Sunday at 6 p.m. Aside from a plethora of area vendors, the entire family can peep out some fantastic craftwork and knick-knacks, wolf down a few mouthwatering sausages, pick from your favorite food truck grub, and kick back, relax and enjoy live entertainment. Grab a stein of stout German beers and contemporary cocktails, play games, ride the Ferris wheel and other exhilarating rides, feast your eyes on the German auto show, or check out Inspiration Station for educational workshops and speakers. The fun begins Friday at 4 p.m. until 10:30; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Entry is absolutely free. The La Mesa Oktoberfest is located at La mesa Boulevard or Allison Street. Parking is limited so grab a trolley or your fave transport.

San Diego Cabrillo Festival

Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Pt. Loma Naval Base

Are you down for some awesome music and a great time for the entire family? The San Diego Cabrillo Festival is where it’s happening this Saturday morning. Bring the tots and enjoy music, dancing, children’s activities and plenty of food of Native Americans, Mexico, Portugal and Spain. Get your history fix on while having a blast! Attendees can check out a display of Kumeyaay hunting and fishing artifacts and visit a 16th Century Spanish soldiers living history encampment. Come on out and be a part of history and welcome 16th century explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo as he steps ashore on Ballast Point in a re-enactment staring at 1 p.m. Additionally, the San Salvador galleon will be used.

The Cabrillo Festival is an entertaining event for the whole family, featuring educational activities, cultural demonstrations, and folkloric performances. Brightly colored clothing and dramatic music and dancing bring to life the traditions of the Native American, Mexican, Portuguese, and Spanish cultures that are part of the Age of Exploration. Be sure to grab a bite to eat as various and explore various vendors showcasing their various artistic goods. Admission is free. The festival is located at the south end of Rosecrans Street in San Diego.

CRSSD San Diego 2017 Fall Festival

Saturday and Sunday,

The 2nd annual CRSSD is the epitome of West Coast music festivals. The two-day San Diego event was initiated in the spring of 2015 by local dance music party purveyors FNGRS CRSSD. Taking prompts from European dance festivals like Sonár Festival, CRSSD steers clear of the formulaic frills of EDM culture to offer music lovers a more adult-like dance party. To this end, plenty of food and libations are available and are not restricted to typical beer gardens. Please note that the event is no-smoking, 21+ only. The lineup includes RÜFÜS DU SOL, Chromeo, Richie Hawtin, Dixon, Hot Since 82, The Magician, The Black Madonna, Emancipator, MØ, Cut Copy, Lane 8, Mura Masa, Broods, FKJ (French Kiwi Juice), Breakbot, Marcel Dettmann, Patrick Topping, KiNK, Floorplan, Gerd Janson, Prins Thomas, Destructo, Solardo, Chris Lake, SOHN, Damian Lazarus, Phantoms, Mathew Jonson, Prok & Fitch, Bedouin, Jesse Rose, Detlef, Latmun, Palms Trax, Denis Sulta, SAINT WKND, Dena Amy, Elohim, Lophiile, Cooper Saver, Julia Govor, Ashworth, Lee K, Hito, Alex Wax, Jax Jones, Abjo, Hotel Garuda, Whethan, Faker, Bearson, J. Worra, and Brothers Macklovitch. The two-day event is located at Waterfront Park San Diego at 1600 Pacific Highway. Tickets begin at $115.

Adams Avenue Street Fair

Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Normal Heights

SoCal’s gigantic two-day music festival kicks off the last weekend of September. This year’s 36th annual event features 80 musical acts on six stages, inclusive of various beer gardens and unlimited beer samples for $20, thrilling carnival rides, plenty of foodstuff, and in excess of 350 arts and crafts booths. Musically speaking, blues band Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers with Billy Watson, local pop rock band the Donkeys, San Diego rock quintet Dead Feather Moon, blues singer and Grammy nominee Janiva Magness, L.A. based soul/jazz jam band DJ Williams & Shots Fired, indie punkers the Creepy Creeps, all-girl rock band the Dinettes, avant-garde artists Gary Wilson & the Blind Dates, rock ‘n’ soul band the Routine, jazz trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos & the Young Lions, Le Château, Spooky Cigarette, King Taylor Project, the Sleepwalkers, and Big Bloom are just some of the feature acts that will entertain and soothe your soul. Admission is free! The event is located at 3438 Adams Avenue in San Diego.


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 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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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!