La Jolla and San Diego Weekend Events: October 20 – 22

Screen Shot 2017-10-20 at 4.51.31 PMAs we creep towards the end of the Spooktacular month and a bevy of things to do, here are just some of our favorite things to see and do this weekend. Either call the babysitter for a getaway date or lock up the digital devices and bring along the kids. Either way, these events look to be a great way to spend the weekend.

The Haunted Hotel
6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Gaslamp Quarter

Live Halloween haunts of larger-than-life proportions wait in every corner of the muck and mire at The Haunted Hotel. New frights this year will be sure to scare the … well, you know, out of you. For the past 25 years, this ultra-spooky fall attraction has invited courageous fans of all things horrific to try and make their way through a creepy hotel while attempting to escape from a veritable glut of monsters, ghouls and things that go bump in the night. The Haunted Hotel is located at 424 Market St., near Fourth Avenue, in downtown San Diego. The Haunted Hotel runs most evening now through Oct. 31. General admission tickets are reasonably priced at $19. Parking is $5 for three hours.

Casa de Oro Second Annual Fall Festival
Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Spring Valley

The 2nd Annual Fall Festival is kicking off in Spring Valley. Last year’s turnout was so big that it was necessary to find a new location for this year’s exciting event! The festival features in excess of 50 local vendors, a variety of food trucks serving up mouth-watering food, and, of course, live entertainment. Bring the whole family out for a day filled with fun! Hosted by the Case de Oro Alliance, admission is free. Get on over to the Spring Valley Academy, easily located at 3900 Conrad Drive.

10th Annual Howl-O-Ween Canine Carnival
Sunday, 10 a.m., Dusty Rhodes Park

Seriously, what’s cuter than more dogs than you throw a stick at than pooches garbed in costumes? Yeah, okay, kids for sure, but doggies come in 2nd. The Kiwanis Club of Ocean Beach invites one and all to get on over to OB for the 10th annual Howl-O-Ween Canine Carnival. The event features a street fair, games, music, lovely prizes, costume contests, a parade, and food. The event is absolutely free to attend. The Canine Carnival will be held at Dusty Rhodes Park, located at 2483 Sunset Cliffs Blvd in OB. Grab the kids, put on your costumes, get into the Halloween spirit, and have a blast with the entire family. Please note that all dogs must be on a leash.

1st Annual Day of the Dead Festival
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., North Park

The first-ever Day of the Dead Festival in North Park comes to life this Sunday afternoon. The energetic festival honors the special Mexican holiday whereby the living take some time out to reminisce about their loved ones who have passed on. The free event features live music, a tequila tasting and cerveza cantina (beer!), a variety of food trucks, craft workshops, artisan vendors, and awesome Dia De Los Muertos-style face painting. In addition, a community altar is available to pay tribute to the departed souls of loved ones and friends who have gone on before us. Oh, the first 100 individuals to arrive to the Cantina will received awesome Day of the Dead goodie bags! Woot! Bring the family to this free event located at 3803 Ray Street in San Diego (between University Avenue and North Park Way). If you’re so inclined, $15 tickets get you entry to the Cantina which includes Mezcal and Tequila tasting, and a 12 ounce pour of SouthNorte Beer Co. Either way, it’s all good!

Stone Craft Beer & Cheese Pairing
Sunday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Beer and Cheese. Wow, what pairs better?! Well, peep this: Some of the country’s finest cheeses encounter some of San Diego’s best craft beer at this exclusive pairing festival. Come on by and sip on Stone’s iconic brews while tasting decadent artisanal cheeses. A $55 ticket includes (count ‘em) 15 three ounce craft beer pours, unlimited tastes of cheeses (yes!), and a commemorative glass to tote on back to la casa. Tickets for designated drivers are only $25. Please note that this craft beer and cheese event is strictly 21 and over. Be sure to bring your ID. No exceptions. The fun and entertaining event is at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (Liberty Station), located at 1999 Citracado Parkway in Escondido. See ya there!

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

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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

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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!

What’s Happening In La Jolla & San Diego this Weekend: August 26 – 27

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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.