It’s A Date! Finding Romance in La Jolla


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Candlelight. Wine. Gazing at the stars. A moonlight walk on the beach. These are certainly characteristic images of romance for all the right reasons. Whether you have a special occasion to rejoice in or merely want to spend some remarkable time together, La Jolla’s ever scenic and sandy shores are always available to arrange the unspoiled backdrop for the picture-perfect date.

Why not have a Romantic Picnic?

Got romance? Begin a fantastic day off working in those exceptional details sure to prompt a sincere smile. Packing a picnic lunch is a great case in point. Lay down a blanket and embellish it with your date’s favorite appetizers and beverages to show you truly know what they like. A picnic on the grassy areas at La Jolla Cove or La Jolla Shores is highly recommended, where you and your date can munch out while overlooking the expansive Pacific Ocean. On the other hand, if you’re seeking to make a beach trip out of your date, give it a shot at Blacks Beach or Boomer Beach.

Go on An Adventure!

Nothing speaks true romance like an exciting activity! Perhaps your date has always wanted to try hang gliding or jet skiing? Why not grab your special someone and prepare for a great escapade? Conversely, how about a romantic day of horse back riding? If the ocean is more in tune with your flair and senses, you can always snorkel and scuba, or even venture out for a full day of sailing.  La Jolla definitely has everything for the perfect date that will long be remembered.

Dining with an Ocean View

Didn’t mama tell you that sometimes the way to a heart is through the stomach? Why not share an appreciation for both food and each another at one of La Jolla’s heavenly, fine dining locations? If you’re taking this route, ensure that you book reservations ahead of time. Not only do reservations assure a table of your choice if you book in advance, but it demonstrates to your special loved one that you went out of your way and took the extra time and thoughtfulness to plan the repast ahead of time. This is sure to make your date feel considerably more extraordinary. Unfamiliar with fine dining in La Jolla? No worries! Some of the more romantic restaurants in La Jolla consist of The Shores, which is positioned right on the sand, Brockton Villa, which extends a panoramic observation of the Pacific, and the Marine Room, a restaurant which is acknowledged as an influential part of the community and also the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award in 2013. Fine food prepared by exceptional chefs and decadent wines of the highest quality served by friendly and accommodating staff are the rule at these incomparable restaurants.

Get a Room

Getting all snuggly and comfy? If anybody advises you and your date to get a room, take them up on it and go for the gusto! It truly goes without saying (but why not say it anyway) that La Jolla has some of the finest hotels in the entire state. Be sure to check out La Jolla’s hotels HERE

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San Diego Weekend Events: August 4th & 5th

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Summertime is in full swing, and San Diego is popping with activities! Don’t miss out on the weekend fun!

La Jolla Music Society SummerFest
7 p.m., Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

The La Jolla Music Society SummerFest kicks off this weekend, and this year they are saying goodbye to Music Director Cho-Liang Lin after 18 years at their annual SummerFest concert series. Different ticket options are available, starting at $49 to 16-concert packages. SummerFest runs through August 24.
Farm to Bay
4 to 7:30 p.m., Living Coast Discovery Center 

Calling all foodies! Today is your lucky day. At Farm to Bay you’ll be able to sample delicious food from San Diego’s restaurants while supporting wildlife programs. This year’s event will feature creations from three local chefs plus local eateries. What about libations? They’ve got you covered! Farm to Bay will also bring together more than a dozen local beer and winemakers. Tickets are $100, and all food and drink is included with the purchase.
Movies on the Beach: ‘The Incredibles’
8 p.m., Hotel Del Coronado 
Grab a blanket and a lawn chair, and get ready to watch a movie under the stars…. and in the sand. Come watch “The Incredibles,” starting at 8 p.m. Different movies will play at the Hotel Del Coronado’s outdoor theater every Saturday through Sept. 1, and tickets are only $20.00
Nature Walk at Silver Strand State Beach
1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Lifeguard Headquarters (Silver Strand) 

It’s going to be a beautiful and warm weekend to get outside! Get in on this free, one-hour nature walk as you use learn about the scenery and the animals in their natural habitat. The walk begins at Lifeguard Headquarters.

La Jolla Hotels, Inns & Bed & Breakfasts

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Planning on visiting La Jolla? Super! You surely won’t be disappointed in the assortment and value of the area accommodations. Whether you are popping into La Jolla for a hurried business trip, a singular event, or a protracted vacation, visitors will find the appropriate rooms for all their needs. La Jolla accommodations consist of swank resorts, celebrated hotels, comfy bed and breakfast inns, and appropriately situated motels. While you’re visiting La Jolla, you may opt to holiday near the Pacific Ocean and the downtown Village area, or just a tad outside of town, and yet remain close to all of the foremost attractions in La Jolla and the greater San Diego area.

Visitors may choose from several motels in and around La Jolla. Several are to be found within a short hike of numerous shops, restaurants and the oceanfront. If you don’t fret over somewhat longer jaunts up or down the picturesque Pacific Coast, or even brief drives, you may choose to stay at a number of motels just south of La Jolla near the Bird Rock community and Windansea Beach, or north closer to Del Mar, or even east, near University City and a number of major shopping centers and restaurants. In short, you simply can’t go wrong in the La Jolla community.

On the other hand, if a resort or spa vacation is what you have your heart set on, you may choose to check into a host of lavish vacation spots in La Jolla. Some of these consist of the Hyatt Regency, the Marriott Hotel, the Hilton, the Estancia Hotel and Spa, the Lodge at Torrey Pines, and the renowned La Jolla Shores Hotel. When you check in at these finer resort hotels, fully expect to be indulged with all the spoiling you need. Indeed, from massages by the pool to beauty and rejuvenating treatments, visitors will find the treatment exemplary. In addition, you will experience fine dining at La Jolla’s resort hotels, all of which feature some of the preeminent restaurants and celebrated chefs in the greater San Diego area.

As an extra bonus, if you happen to be a golf or tennis aficionado, La Jolla offers two great hotels that will situate you and/or your loved ones right next to all the action. For one, the Lodge at Torrey Pines offers all the amenities of an extravagant resort and is situated nearby the acclaimed Torrey Pines Golf Course, a stop on the PGA tour. In addition, The La Jolla Shores Hotel is situated next to the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, and is positioned on one of San Diego’s finest beaches. Replete with an expansive grassy picnic area and mild surf, La Jolla Shores Beach is absolutely picture-perfect for the entire family.

On the other hand, if cozy and the romantic beckons you, by all means consider checking in to one of numerous bed and breakfast inns in La Jolla. For instance, The Bed and Breakfast Inn in La Jolla is situated mere steps from La Jolla Cove and offers more than a few delightful rooms with cozy fireplaces. Conversely, for business travelers, the smaller La Jolla inns are indeed a comfy home away from home and yet still provide suitable locales and sought after creature comforts.

For those visitors with a penchant for immersing themselves in La Jolla’s historical past and culture, you’ll immediately fall head over heels with refined and deep-rooted hotels, including the distinguished Grande Colonial and La Valencia. Both of these quality accommodations are located in the very heart of La Jolla Village near shops, quality restaurants, interesting museums and unique art galleries.

For a little background, consider that The Grande Colonial commenced business way back in 1913, thus making it La Jolla’s oldest, original hotel. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it was designed by Richard Requa, an architect who also conceived many of the historic buildings in San Diego’s world-renown Balboa Park.

During the Roaring 20s, the hotel attained the popular drugstore next door, moving it inside the hotel along with featuring an ice cream parlor on the sidewalk just out front. Consequently, both the sidewalk cafe and the hotel soon became an admired place to hang out for residents and celebrities who wanted to get away. Believe it or not, the drugstore pharmacist was none other than Gregory Peck, Sr., the father of well-known thespian Gregory Peck, who was born and raised in La Jolla and subsequently established the celebrated La Jolla Playhouse. Today the Grande Colonial remains a popular gathering spot for visitors to La Jolla. The hotel staff takes pride in offering guests an exclusive combo of up-to-date amenities and old-fashioned, European sophistication. And you surely don’t want to miss out on the award-winning Nine-Ten restaurant!

La Jolla boasts of other famous historic hotels such as the La Valencia, an amiable Spanish-style edifice looking out over the Pacific Ocean. Also known as the Pink Lady, La Valencia initially launched in 1926. Much like the Grande Colonial, La Valencia rapidly became trendy with numerous celebs, especially those who happened to be acting at the La Jolla Playhouse. In addition to La Jolla native Gregory Peck, other stars included Dorothy McGuire, Mel Ferrer, Jose Ferrer, Joseph Cotton, Richard Basehart, Charlton Heston, Ginger Rogers, Jennifer Jones, Lorne Green, and David Niven. Furthermore, La Jolla novelist Raymond Chandler often chose to frequent the hotel’s Whaling Bar and used La Valencia as a setting for his mystery thriller, Playback. The Pink Lady still appeals to visitors from around the world today, but natives and residents cherish it because of its lunches, Sunday brunches, and the scenic 180-degree view from the top floor Sky Room restaurant. La Valencia is also a very popular location for weddings and other jubilant merriments and unique festivities.

So why wait for somebody else’s distinctive occasion, when you may create your very own in ever-appealing La Jolla? Whatever your desires and circumstances when visiting La Jolla, there is a hotel accommodation that is historic, modern, simple or luxurious. Indeed, whether you seek to vacation or visit the very heart of the Village or close by, you will constantly discover something distinctive when you visit La Jolla.

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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.

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
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
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
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.

5 Things to do in La Jolla this Weekend: May 20 – 21


There’s always something happening in exciting La Jolla for people of all ages! Get out and have a great time this weekend at these five appealing places/events.

La Jolla Library events

Friday through Sunday

If you’re thinking libraries are boring, you couldn’t be more wrong, especially this weekend at the La Jolla Library. Located at 7555 Draper Avenue, the library has several fun events for kids and adults alike. From 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., Friday, Big Science for Little People: Inspect Inspectors promises to enthrall the kiddos. Take your children to discover remarkable variations of insects and be educated about food chains in this hour long program dedicated to the amazing insect world. On Saturday at noon, for those 18 and older, the library will host a writing workshop. Writers of any level will delight in experimenting with writing prompts to create unique experiences with their words. Led by published author Heather Fowler, this hour long workshop helps writers sharpen their skills and interact with other like-minded people. Finally, on Sunday, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the library features CSI: La Jolla. This intriguing workshop teaches those 12 and above the powerful molecular techniques for solving crimes with DNA and fingerprint analysis, chromatography, and other exhilarating scientific methods. All events are absolutely free!

La Jolla Secret Garden Tour

Saturday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

An exclusive opportunity presents itself this weekend sponsored by the La Jolla Historical Society. Those who are fond of gardens are free to roam through the garden gates and private courtyards of some of La Jolla’s most exclusive secret gardens. This élite tour is the single principal fundraiser of the year for the La Jolla Historical Society. Proceeds assist in supporting assorted programs for both La Jolla residents and visitors. The Secret Garden Boutique at Wisteria Cottage is open to the public throughout the day with an assortment of gardening accessories, plants, and gifts.

This is a self-guided tour that begins with a check-in at Wisteria Cottage. Once there, garden lovers will get a program booklet with all the locations of the secret gardens, a map of the tour, and a wristband which is a must have to gain entrance. Best of all, you can take a look at the map and visit any garden in any order to your heart’s content. Wisteria Cottage is located at 780 Prospect Street. Cost is $50.

Bite San Diego: La Jolla Walking Tour

Saturday and Sunday 12:30 p.m.

Looking to get your munch on this weekend? The La Jolla Walking Tour is an awesome place to spend 4 to 5 hours discovering La Jolla’s food establishments. The tour originates in the very center of La Jolla Cove, conceivably one of San Diego’s finest neighborhoods for getting your eat on.

As you start your journey on the fringes of the cove, you’ll listen to your guide enlighten you, your friends, and loved ones about the extensive history of the Spanish settlers dating back to the early 1900s. Your tour guide will also relate the history behind the Scripps family, and you’ll personally see where Ellen Browning Scripps once resided in the present day Museum of Contemporary Art.

La Jolla yet remains one of the more fashionable neighborhoods in the US and is one of the most popular areas in all of San Diego. Stops along the tour consist of Richard Walker’s Pancake House, Ohana Cafe, The Public House, We Olive, Jonty Jacobs, Prospect Bar, and Beaming. Tickets are a mere $47. For additional information, kindly call 619-634-8476.

Philanthropic Hobnob

Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If you are a fan of great theater, why not mix it up with New Fortune Theatre artists and friends for a fantastic charity evening? Scrumptious catering will be sponsored by The French Gourmet. Patrons will delight in La Jolla’s scenic ocean view, open bar, and live musical entertainment, all for a great cause. The Hobnob is an annual fundraising event for New Fortune Theatre. New Fortune is an award-winning 501c3 nonprofit organization enthusiastically devoted to presenting “Great Plays, Rarely Done.” All proceeds, yes, 100% of Hobnob ticket sales as well as additional donations will create an elegant and moreover relevant production, to be announced at the Hobnob this October 2017 at the Lyceum Space.

And just for a tease, this Nobel Prize-winning script relates an actual true and prominent story, which stimulates captivating thoughts as they concern contemporary matters. Located at 9530 La Jolla Shores Dr., La Jolla, tickets range from $65 to $85 for an exciting event you won’t dare want to miss.

La Jolla Playhouse

Sunday, 5:45 p.m.

Round out your weekend at the La Jolla Playhouse, located at 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, for Native Voices at the Autry. This program is returning for its second year as resident theatre company through the 2017/2018 season. Led by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, the Resident Theatre Program purposes to inspire the imaginative advancement of up and coming performing arts organizations, all the while advancing and contributing to the San Diego and Southern California theatre scene as a whole.

Native Voices at the Autry is the only Equity theatre company wholly dedicated to developing and producing new works for the stage by Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nations playwrights.

Visitors will experience staged readings of new works that examine inquiries of cohesion and community, spirituality and culture, environment and financial attainment, and the repeatedly antagonistic relationships that transpire. An audience talkback follows each reading. Admission is entirely free but space is limited. Reservations are recommended.

What’s Good in San Diego This Weekend? April 29 – 30

There’s always something to do, see or visit in the greater San Diego area. Sitting on the sofa complaining there in nothing to do? Be sure to consider these events if you’re looking to get out of the house this weekend.

San Diego Rose Show

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday & Sunday), at the McMillin Event Center at Liberty Station

For flower aficionados, you won’t want to miss the San Diego Rose Show presented by the San Diego Rose Society. The society invites amateurs to display their roses in the exhibit hall to be appreciated by judges and other attendees. Local rosarians will be around to reveal various tips as to how to choose and cultivate the best of the best of roses, contingent of course on where you grow your garden. Admission is a scant $5 per person, and kids under 12 get in absolutely free. Want another freebie? Park your car for free too!

Chocolate Festival

10 a.m. Sunday at the Maritime Museum of San Diego

Who doesn’t enjoy the melt in your mouth taste of chocolate? Can you think of a better day to spend a couple of hours to finish off your weekend with a special treat at the Maritime Museum of San Diego? Visitors can learn about the history of chocolate and how it came to the United States. Be sure to drop by this yearly event to take a look and sample an assortment of chocolate from more than twelve local retailers. For extra excitement, parents and their children can take part in making a chocolate pizza. For those over 18, there will be a wine and chocolate or beer and chocolate pairings, plus live baking and cooking demonstrations. Tickets begin at paltry $9.

San Diego Soul Festival

Saturday 8 pm at the Valley View Casino Center
Get your soul on at the Valley View Casino Center this Saturday evening. The San Diego Soul Festival is back with groovy performances by Anthony Hamilton, Keith Sweat and Guy featuring Teddy Riley and Dru Hill. The doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets begin at $39 but group discounts for 10 or more people are available by calling (619) 363-5330.

Decoy’s Walkabout Wine Series

5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Decoy Dockside Dining
This event features sumptuous tastes from Groth Vineyards and Winery as well as knowledge from the winery’s sales manager, Mark Bernstein. Patrons can also revel in a three-course dinner prepared by executive chef, David Warner. Each course is paired with Decoy’s fine wines. Patrons are free to socialize and ask questions throughout the Walkabout. The delicious dinner is moderately priced at $65 per person. It should be noted that prospective patrons may reserve a spot any time between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. by simply calling (760) 744-0120.

What’s Good In San Diego This Weekend? April 22 – 23


Red Velvet

8 p.m. at The Old Globe

“Red Velvet” takes you back to the tempestuous backstage world of London’s Theatre Royal in the early 1800s at The Old Globe this weekend. The play runs until April 30th with various performance times, so be sure to check the calendar if you can’t make it this weekend for the 8 p.m. performances. The multi-award-winning play by Lolita Chakrabarti relates the true story of a young American actor who steps into the role of Othello after one London’s most treasured actors of the era can’t go on. The only problem? No Black man has ever played the part of Othello before. Tickets begin at $34.

Earth Day Fair

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Balboa Park

San Diegans galore will be flooding to Balboa Park this Sunday for the 28th annual EarthFair event. The one-day festival is billed as the absolute largest free annual environmental fair in the entire world. Anywhere from 60,000 to 70,000 people come out annually to enjoy more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a food pavilion, a children’s activity area and live entertainment. Kids will have a blast with various crafts, fun games that educate, face painting, plus storytelling and hands-on activities for kids of all ages. The event is free. Consider helping the environment by car-pooling, taking the transit, trolley, or even bicycling to the event. Parking goes fast!

42nd Annual San Diego Wedding Party Expo

12 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort

If you’re thinking about or actually already planning a wedding, you won’t want to miss the 42nd annual San Diego Wedding Party Expo! The expo features in excess of 25,000 square feet of space at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort. This spectacular, eye-feasting event will be covered from top to bottom and side-to-side in wedding ideas, styles and planning resources. From venues to caterers, from florists to DJs, and from photographers to gown designers, there is something to enjoy for everyone! Tickets start at mere $11.

San Diego Gem Fair

12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (runs through Sunday the 23rd) at the Scottish Rite Event Center

Your heart is sure to sing, when your eyes see all the bling, bling! The Gem Faire returns again this weekend to the awesome Scottish Rite Event Center. The event runs Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In excess of 70 exhibitors will be on hand for the sparkling event.  Participants can check out a mass display of eye-catching jewelry and stones. Admission is just $7 for a pass that’s valid all weekend long. Children aged 11 and below get in for free.

San Diego Sights and Sips

5:30 p.m. at Hornblower Cruises and Events

Delightful California sunshine, smooth sailing and mouth-watering cocktails come together on this Hornblower cocktail cruise. Patrons can hop on board for a two-hour cruise with champagne, light Hors d’oeuvres and more, as they make merriment and relish in a beautiful view of the San Diego Bay during sunset. The boat leaves promptly at 6 p.m. Tickets start at a very reasonable $37.50 per person.