On Your Mark, Get Set: La Jolla Half Marathon Returns April 24

La Jolla Half Marathon

Attention, runners! The Kiwanis Club La Jolla Half Marathon and La Jolla Shores 5K will take place Sunday, April 24. A community favorite, the La Jolla Half Marathon covers a gorgeous route through Torrey Pines State Reserve and attracts over 7,000 runners yearly. All proceeds go to the Kiwanis Club, so register now!

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La Jolla Music Society SummerFest 2015 Schedule

la jolla music society summerfestThe La Jolla Music Society SummerFest returns this year with one of its most impressive and adventurous rosters yet. SummerFest is a nationally-recognized chamber music festival featuring over 80 world-class artists and ensembles performing concerts from August 5 – 28. This year’s Music Director is Cho-Liang Lin. Here’s the full La Jolla Music Society SummerFest 2015 lineup! Continue reading

La Jolla Concerts by the Sea Announces 2015 Season

la jolla concerts by the sea
The 2015 La Jolla Concerts by the Sea concert series returns to The Cove July 19th through September 6th. The free outdoor summer concert series, in its 32nd season, is a popular family-friendly event held every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Ellen Browning Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove. Continue reading

La Jolla Beach Spotlight: La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove

UPDATE 2/18/15: Named 6th best beach in US by TripAdvisor!

Our next beach spotlight is probably one of the most visited beaches in San Diego, La Jolla Cove. From swimming to snorkeling to fun annual events, The Cove has something for everyone to enjoy.
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La Jolla Cove 4th of July Fireworks

***UPDATE: After being shut down by the city temporarily, the 4th of July fireworks at the Cove are back on! Show your support and read about how to donate to the cause. 

La Jolla Cove Fireworks

The La Jolla Cove 4th of July fireworks annual display has faced obstacles and opposition nearly every step of the way and for the past several years, it’s been an almost constant battle between lawyers, environmentalists, and the rising costs of production and permit-holding. Each year, as the beloved homegrown production is threatened out of existence, the community of La Jolla comes together to raise money and show its support for a longstanding local tradition.
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Everything You Need to Know about La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove

It’s officially spring and while other parts of the nation are experiencing gusty winds and cooler temperatures, here in La Jolla we’re enjoying the sunshine! And what better way to take advantage of the beautiful whether than by heading to the picturesque La Jolla Cove. Whether you are a local San Diegan or are visiting La Jolla, CA to escape the less than friendly temperatures of your home state, the following is everything you need to know about the La Jolla Cove. Continue reading

La Jolla Concours d’Elegance Celebrates 10 Years

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

One of the top three most anticipated car shows of the year, the Concours d’Elegance returns to La Jolla on April 11th – 13th, marking its 10th anniversary in production. The event showcases some of the world’s most exquisite automobile displays celebrating the exhilarating history of European Racing – featuring the likes of Bentley, Ferrari, Maserati, and Rolls-Royce. According to Webster, “Concours” comes from the French and means “a crowd or confluence of things; also a park promenade.” The word calls to mind elegance, grandeur, sparkling coaches, and glistening groomed horses, and the renowned La Jolla Concours D’Elegance (previously simply the Motor Car Classic) isn’t too far off from that image today.

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A Monday Stroll to Sunny Jim Cave in La Jolla

A year ago, the iconic view from inside Sunny Jim Cave graced the cover of the La Jolla Blue Book. It’s one of the hidden gems tucked into our toothy coastline, enjoyed by seals, kayakers and tourists on a daily basis. Yesterday, under clear skies and in 72 degree weather, I decided to take a stroll down there to see it for the first time.

Sunny Jim's Cave On The 2012/13 La Jolla Blue Book Cover

2012/13 La Jolla Blue Book Cover

Getting to the Sunny Jim Cave Store from the village is easy enough – no tricky alleyways or hidden roads. Just look for Cave Street and follow your nose. From the roadside that overlooks the water’s edge, you can hear the seals barking and grunting in and around the cave, putting on a show for the people gathered around the sandstone cliffs. Straight away, I knew going there in jeans and flat shoes was a lousy choice. The water was clear and warm; the people snorkeling, swimming and paddling around the cave looked like they were having the most fun out of everyone, including the seals.

The $4 charge to gain land access to the cave goes towards maintaining the tunnel that takes you down there – a worthy investment once you find yourself navigating a pathway the size of a dumpster. There’s a really cool, Goonies-adventure typed atmosphere as you negotiate the 144 steps down and consider the effort that went into carving this trail with picks and shovels. That’s a true story. Gustav Shultz hired people to dig the trail back in 1902. The steps and lights were added a few years later. It’s a fun walk and pretty good exercise for a Monday lunch-hour activity. I’m also pretty claustrophobic and managed to get down there and back without feeling too stressed. You can hear the water and see light pretty quickly from either end of the tunnel, which brings down the anxiety for people scared of small spaces.

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At the bottom, the view from inside the cave is pretty fantastic – it looks just like the face of Sunny Jim, the old British Force Wheat mascot, who the cave is named after. I finished up by taking a stroll down the public walking trail atop the sandstone caves. The panorama from up there makes you feel pretty lucky to live and work in La Jolla. My only recommendation would be to pick a nice day and go there prepared to swim. There are masks, snorkels and fins for rent back at the cave store – next time I go I’m ditching the work clothes and renting a set.