2018 Guide to San Diego Summer Camps

Summer 2018 is almost upon us! This year, there plenty of different summer camp programs in San Diego for kids of all ages to enjoy and experience!

General Camps/Programs

Army Navy Camp Pacific

The Army Navy has been hosting Camp Pacific for 75 years now and has an overnight and day session that offers a variety of fun indoor and beach activities! More information here.

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OutPost Summer Camp

Outpost summer camps are back again to kick off the 2018 summer with a bang! Outpost’s entirely outdoor environment allows campers to reconnect with nature, get the exercise their bodies need and see their inner creativity spring back to life untethered to devices or at-home comforts. More information here.

YMCA Camps

The YMCA has several programs dedicated to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Y offers a multitude of camps in San Diego County including Day Camps, Specialty Camps, and Sleep-Away Camps.  Unique to each neighborhood, the Y is a benefit to the community. More info can be found here.

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Academic Camps 

InGenious Summer Camps

Ingenious Summer camps include programs specializing in Science Technology, engineering, arts and math! More information here.

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San Diego Children’s Museum

The San Diego Children’s Museum includes exhibits focusing on science, culture, art, math and engineering.  They’re mission is to inspire children to learn through hands-on exploration, imagination and experimentation.  More information here.

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The San Diego Area Writing Project Summer Programs 

The San Diego Area Writing Project (SDAWP) at UC San Diego is dedicated to the improvement of student learning through the effective teaching of writing. The SDAWP believes that writing is critical to learning and a vital tool for communication and should occur regularly in all classes and across the curriculum. More information here.

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Animal Camps

San Diego Zoo Summer Camp

Explore the world of animals through the Summer Camp adventures at the Zoo! This includes animal experiences, exclusive exhibit visits, bus rides, games and crafts! They have camps spanning from Pre-K to12th grade! More information here.

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 San Diego Safari Park Summer Camps 

Discover an adventure like no other during the Safari Park’s Summer Camp! There may be many types of summer camp for kids, but few will have campers connecting with creatures, meeting meerkats, getting up close to cheetahs, feeding okapis, and discovering African wonders the way the Safari Park’s will! More information here.

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Zovargo Animal Summer Camp

Zovargo Animal Summer Camp 2018 San Diego is unlike most animal summer camps! Animals, Nature, and FUN are at the center of everything we do at this animal summer camp!  The memories made at THIS camp will last a lifetime!  More information here.

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Art Camps

A Colorful Universe Art Camp 

What a fun way to spend the school break with exciting art projects and an awesome group of kids. Campers will engage in creative seasonal projects with different experiences each day. Campers will be exposed to different mediums of art including Painting Pottery, Glass Fusion, Clay Sculpting , Painting Canvas, and Board Art! Click here for more information.

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Oceanside Museum of Art Summer Camp

During the summer the museum hosts week-long art camps with various themes. During the week campers will explore different art mediums such as paint, clay, printmaking, and collage. At the end of the summer, all campers are invited to participate in a group art show!  More information here.

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Music Camps 

Bach to Rock

Bach to Rock offers camps that cover a wide range of interests and skill levels that instills the joy of music in kids of all ages! Younger  campers can learn the basics of music by the exposure to real instruments while the older campers can join a Rock Band, sing with a Glee Club or learn the basics of how to be a DJ! More information here.

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Express Yo Self: Expressive Arts Summer Camp

Express Yo Self is an arts youth camp! It is a 5-day day camp providing opportunities for high school aged youth to further their art or begin their involvement in the performing arts. Participants will get hands-on experience in one of four enrichment tracks (instrumental chamber music, music production, improv comedy, or photography). Campers will receive instruction from professional teaching artists from partner organizations! More information here.

Young Actors Theatre Camp

Professional teaching artists lead four separate classes focused on acting, singing, and dance, with one specialty class that varies from session to session depending on the themes within the play that week.  Examples of the specialty class include: improv, fight choreography, stage makeup, and puppetry! In a fun and creative environment, campers develop theatre skills, gain confidence and develop social skills through collaboration and performance. More information here.

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Sports Camps

Nike US Sports Camps San Diego 

The Nike US Sports Camps have a variety of programs all over San Diego County for all kinds of sports! Some include football, baseball, golf, water polo, basketball and much more! This camp connects passionate coaches with young athletes to inspire personal growth and development! More information here.

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Momentum Training Center Camp

Momentum Training Center Camps offer indoor soccer camps focusing on speed, agility, technique, conditioning and strategy! This camp utilizes state-of-the-art equipment to teach technique and tactical understanding.  Camp sizes are limited to 10 students per coach ensuring quality training!  More information here.

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Fulcrum Surf Camp

If your child’s idea of the perfect summer day includes heading to the ocean, consider Fulcrum Surf School for a week of hanging out at the beach, surfing instruction, and a ton of fun! More information here.

Science Camps

Digital Media Academy – UCSD Tech Camps

Digital Media Academy has been offering tech summer camps for kids and teens in San Diego since 2004. Students have an opportunity to experience college life at the picturesque beachside campus of UCSD. In modern tech classrooms, students can learn to build a world in Minecraft, make their own short film, design a video game, and more! More information here.

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Fleet Science Center Summer Camps

The Fleet turns curious kids into happy campers! Their science-themed summer camps provide exciting experiments, intriguing investigations and fantastic fun. (Oh—and don’t tell the kids, but they’ll be learning a lot, too!) They have something for all ages, from Pre-K through 8th Grade! More information here.

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Where to Enjoy Easter Brunch in San Diego – 2018

This year, Easter falls on Sunday, April 1st! If you’re looking to enjoy a delicious Easter Brunch at one of the many wonderful San Diego restaurants, this guide is for you!

Hotel Del Coronado

The Hotel Del Coronado’s Crown Room and oceanfront Ballroom will each host Champagne Brunch buffets on Easter Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., respectively, complete with live musical entertainment.  Visit their website to make reservations.

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The Hake

What’s better than an upscale Easter buffet? Try one with panoramic ocean views from a prime La Jolla Village location! The eclectic menu includes mouthwatering dishes like prime rib and tres leches french toast. Add a bottomless mimosa for $15. For more information visit their website.

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The Westgate Hotel

Celebrate Easter in San Diego at the Westgate Hotel! The hotel will be full of Easter joy at its festive Easter Champagne brunch from 10 a.m to 3 p.m Visit their page to make a reservation.

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The US Grant

From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the US Grant will host its Easter Brunch Buffet.  Entertainment includes photos with the Easter Bunny and live music.  To make a reservation, visit their page.

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Pacifica Del Mar

Enjoy brunch with an ocean view! Pacifica’s brunch includes classic items like Smoked Pork Shoulder Hash as well as Pacifica favorites like Ruby Red Tuna Tartare. Visit their website to make reservations.

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Lakehouse Hotel & Resort & Decoy Dockside Dining 

Dine dockside this Easter at the beautiful Lakehouse Hotel! The brunch buffet will include hand-carved meats, breakfast favorites, a chilled seafood display, and dessert bar. More information can be found here.

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Chandler’s Oceanfront Dining

Celebrate Easter Sunday at Chandler’s between 10:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m with a celebration fit for the whole family! Enjoy brunch classics, ocean views, face painting, an egg hunt, and photo ops with the Easter Bunny. Click here for more information!

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Fairmont at The Grand Del Mar

Celebrate Easter at The Grand Del Mar Resort! The chef satisfys hungry diners with his delicious, approachable cuisine that keeps you coming back for more.  To book a reservation click here!

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608 Oceanside 

Enjoy Easter Brunch with your family at Oceanside’s newest hot spot, 608. Book your reservations early to ensure a spot.

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The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe 

Come celebrate Easter at the beautiful Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. For your tasting pleasures, an elaborate brunch buffet will be prepared by their talented culinary team. Click here for more information!

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San Diego Events January-March 2018

Looking for fun events and activities? Here is a list of upcoming events and happenings in San Diego!

Poway Winter Festival

January 12th

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Join us for Winter Festival! Whether you’re building a snowman, sledding down the snow hill, roasting marshmallows by the campfire, making silly faces in our free photo booth, or taking a spin around the synthetic skate rink; there is bound to be something for everyone!  Click here for more information.

 

Kids Marathon Mile at Legoland

January 13th

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Though created for kids ages 12 and under, everyone is welcome to participate. Moms, dads, and big kids are invited to join the fun in this noncompetitive 1-mile run/walk through Legoland California! Click here for more information.

Travel and Adventure Show

January 13 – 14

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At the Travel & Adventure Show, the #1 series of travel shows in the U.S., you never know who you are going to meet. Get expert packing tips, technology trends and budget travel hacks on the Savvy Traveler Theater. Talk to local destination experts who have the inside knowledge of where to go and what to do at the Destination Theater. Click here for more information.

San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

January 13th

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The San Diego Alpha Foundation Inc. is excited to host the Multi-Cultural Festival in partnership with the Port of San Diego, Commission for Arts and Culture, the World Beat Cultural Center, Pazazz and many other Community organizations. The Festival is free and open to the public and is being held at San Diego’s beautiful downtown waterfront park at the corner of Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway. Click here for more information.

Monster Jam

January 20th

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Monster Jam is one of the world’s largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring some of the biggest names in monster trucks. Don’t miss this chance to see the carnage unfold! Click here for more information.

San Diego Restaurant Week

January 21 – 28

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The 14th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, January 21st through Sunday, January 28th with a FEAST for the senses at over 180 participating restaurants. Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego. Click here for more information.

 

Farmers Insurance Open

January 25 – 28

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Mark your calendars now, because one of San Diego’s biggest events of the year returns January 25-28, 2018, at the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course. Come enjoy everything San Diego has to offer! The ocean views, the world-class competition, and fan attractions including, The Michelob Ultra Zone, Fan Village, autograph areas, a variety of locally themed concession stands and much more! Click here for more information.

Big Bay Boat Show

January 25 – 28

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Welcome to the 2018 San Diego Sunroad Boat Show. If you are a boater, don’t miss this once a year event! We’ll have the brands and companies you’ve come to know and love, as well as new marine services and products, free boating seminars, boat rides, libations and more. Click here for information.

 

Shen Yun

February 2 – 4

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After sold-out shows last season, Shen Yun is back with a brand-new production. Embark on a wondrous journey through China’s 5,000 years of divine culture. Watch glorious legends and heavenly realms spring to life. See dazzling costumes and powerful flips fill the stage with color and energy. Let the orchestra’s exquisite melodies uplift your spirit, and the dynamic animated backdrops transport you to another world. An inspiring experience not to miss. For more information click here.

Cardiff Kook Run

February 4th

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The Cardiff Kook Run 5K, 10K and Costume Contest is a celebration of one of the greatest community in the most amazing town on the map. The course starts under the world famous “Encinitas” sign on historic HWY 101 in beautiful Encinitas, California. This scenic loop passes by the famous “Cardiff Kook” statue, rises above some of the most popular surf breaks in the world and heads down to Cardiff.  Click here for more information.

 

Mermaid Half Marathon

February 10th

Mermaid returns to San Diego’s Mission Bay for a scenic women’s 5k, 10k, and half marathon. Come out and experience the joy of crossing the finish line. The course features beautiful Bay views and the majority of the course takes place on closed roads. The flat course is ideal for both runners and walkers. Click here for more information.

Gaslamp Quarter Mardi Gras

February 13th

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Experience Gaslamp Mardi Gras, Southern California’s most beloved block party, parade and celebration headlined by Warren G! The famous Fifth Avenue in downtown SD will be transformed into a gigantic street party filled with 20,000 international revelers, 3 mega stages, DJs, dancing, live entertainment and an epic parade with fabulous floats and tossing of beads, beads and more beads! Click here for more information.

 

San Diego Tet Festival

February 16 – 18

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The San Diego Tet Festival features Lion Dancing, Music, Rides, and More! Join us in welcoming the Year of the Dog as we Spring To New Horizons! This prosperous Year of the Dog will be celebrated at Mira Mesa Community Recreation Park. Click here for more information.

San Diego Winter Brew Fest

February 24th

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This special 1-day only fest will celebrate craft beverages from California and beyond and features live local music, food, and other vendors. Get first taste of great brews by getting in an hour early with this exclusive, limited admittance VIP power hour including a special beer and Venissimo cheese sampling. Click here for more information.

American Ninja Warrior Experience

March 3 – 4 

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Test your skills and race on an authentic American Ninja Warrior course and watch the very best American Ninja Warriors from the show compete live! Do you have what it takes? You’ve seen the show, now experience the course for yourself! Click here for more information.

EC Craft Beer Invitational

March 4th

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Calling all enthusiasts and explorers of the Craft Beer Scene! The EC Craft Beer Invitational invites you to join us and celebrate the finest craft beers from breweries nationwide along with food trucks, live music, entertainment, and great company! Click here for more information.

Saint Patrick’s Day Half Marathon

March 4th

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Join in the fun at the St. Patrick’s Day half marathon and 5k, the Green Mile for kids and adults with special needs in Downtown El Cajon. The ultimate St. Patrick’s Day Competition and Fun!  Click here for more information.

 

Shamrock San Diego

March 17th 

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San Diego shamROCK is back to celebrate its 24th year! Over 20,000 attendees from across the U.S. flock to the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village each year to partake in a celebration so grand that it will leave you wondering what side of the pond you’re on. Grab your friends, don your green attire, and head to the Gaslamp Quarter this St. Patrick’s Day. Click here for more information.

Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival

March 31st

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You don’t pay for food at MVCBF. It’s a festival! You cannot be festive if you’re not feasting, and let me tell you what, we’re getting festive. Allows entrance 90 minutes early, a MVCBF Brew Caddy (a lanyard that holds your beer while you stuff your pie hole with  awesome food) and exclusive specialty beer samples. Click here for more information.

2017 San Diego Thanksgiving Dining Guide

Thanksgiving is almost upon us once again! Everyone wants to enjoy a feast and make memories, but some don’t want to spend their whole day in the kitchen preparing for it. Not to mention the clean up after! We’ve gathered a list of a few of the best restaurants and hotels that would be more than happy to make your Thanksgiving a special one!

 

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Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Best known for their delicious steaks, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is serving up a wonderful 3-course Thanksgiving Day dinner menu with all your holiday favorites: turkey, stuffing, pumpkin cheesecake, and more! They will also be offering a children’s menu. Reservations are recommended. For more information, visit their website here.

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Addison at The Grand Del Mar

Celebrate Thanksgiving at The Grand Del Mar! The award-winning Addison will be serving an eight-course tasting menu featuring a selection of Thanksgiving-inspired dishes. While pricey, this is sure to be a Thanksgiving Dinner to remember! Addison will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Visit their website here!

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Sbicca Del Mar

For the holiday, Sbicca in Del Mar is serving up a three-course prix fixe menu! Choose from the traditional turkey breast entree or more unusual holiday fare like sea scallops, trout, jidori chicken, and more. They will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m on Thanksgiving Day. Visit their website here for more information.

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Vigilucci’s

Vigilucci’s is a San Diego institution. And they also happen to serve one of the best Thanksgiving Dinner restaurant experiences around! It might not be Mom’s cooking, but you can still enjoy a Turkey dinner or delicious pasta dish. They will be open on Thanksgiving Day dinner from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information, visit their website here.

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The Argyle Steakhouse

The award-winning Argyle Steakhouse at The Park Hyatt Aviara will be offering a Thanksgiving brunch from 10am-2pm on Thanksgiving Day! Served buffet-style, the brunch will feature such delicious dishes as Pumpkin Pie French Toast, Chilled Seafood, Turkey, Stuffing, Short Rib Hash, and more. Check out their website here.

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Chandler’s at Cape Rey

Chandler’s at Cape Rey in Carlsbad is a wonderful restaurant encompassing a beautiful ocean view and exquisite dishes! For their Thanksgiving meal they have a 4-course feast planned with a seasonal prix fixe menu that will have your mouth watering! Dishes like herb-crusted turkey, pumpkin bisque and many others will keep you and your family satisfied.  Click here for more information.

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Twenty/20 Bar and Grill At the Sheraton

Thanksgiving at Twenty/20 Bar and Grill is going to be one for the books! Come down to the Sheraton and enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal, including slow-roasted turkey, whipped potatoes, vanilla bourbon bread pudding and much more! The buffet will be served from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. For more information, visit their website here.

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 333 Pacific

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day dinner with an ocean view when you dine at 333 Pacific.  If you want to enjoy this great holiday with ease, look no further!  This longtime Oceanside restaurant has a Thanksgiving Day menu that includes 3 courses of delicious dishes the whole family will enjoy.  333 Pacific’s menu will be served from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. For more information visit their website here.

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Asado Grill at Hotel Karlan

Asado Grill at the Hotel Karlan invites you to join them for Thanksgiving Day brunch from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dishes including; Mustard Braised Pork Belly or Roasted Salmon with Orange Butter Glaze will be available. Let Asado Grill at Hotel Karlan take care of you and your family this Thanksgiving and enjoy their delectable dishes! Pricing for this event is $45 for adults and $20 for kids. For more information visit their website here.
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Mille Fleurs
Celebrate Thanksgiving in comfortable elegance. Mille Fleurs is a delightful French restaurant located in Rancho Santa Fe. The Thanksgiving meal at Mille Fleurs is going to be one you won’t want to miss.  With plenty of delicious Thanksgiving meals prepared, Mille Fleurs has you covered! This Restaurant is located right in the heart of the charming Rancho Santa Fe village. Come down and experience a Thanksgiving you won’t forget!  For more information visit their website here.
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Vintana
 Vintana Will also be holding a Thanksgiving feast for the whole family! Their delicious three-course meal will satisfy any family’s needs!  Dishes are going to include items such as Organic Roasted Turkey and Macadamia and Coconut Crusted Sea Bass.  Food will be served from 12:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m.  For more information visit their website here.

Everything in San Diego You Must Do This Fall!

Looking for fun events and activities in the Fall? Check out our guide to what you absolutely must see and do this Fall!

Festival of Sail

September 1-4

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Celebrate the largest tall ship festival on the West Coast over Labor Day Weekend with live entertainment, cannon battles and 100+ food, art and craft vendors. Hosted at Maritime Museum of San Diego, Festival of Sail transforms the North Embarcadero into a nautical theme park for 4 adventure filled days. Click here for more information.

Burgers & Beers

September 9

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Try gourmet burgers from more than 30 of the San Diego’s best restaurants as they compete to win the “Best Burger” award at Burgers & Beers. Are you ready for the ultimate battle of the burgers? Of course no burger is complete without a beer! Enjoy unlimited beer samples from 30+ local breweries. Curated exclusively by our food writers, this event brings together the very best burger vendors and local breweries—and you decide who will ultimately win. Click here for more information.

KAABOO Del Mar

September 15-17

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KAABOO is three days of fun, packed full with memories and it has all of the makings of a comfortable event. We have plenty of shade and seating, all restrooms are clean with flushable toilets (no porta-potties), and there is no dirt, dust or mud to fight through just to have a good time. Enjoy the world-class music, hilarious comedy, incredible cuisine, craft libations, inspiring contemporary art, and personal indulgences. Get ready for this journey of discovery! Click here for more information.

2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show

September 22 – 24

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Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is once again hosting the largest military Air Show in the country! This year’s theme is A Salute to Vietnam Veterans. MCAS Miramar is honored to host an amazing lineup of military and civilian performers including the world famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels for what is sure to be another thrilling performance. Click here for more information.

San Diego Restaurant Week

September 24 – October 1

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Dine at over 180 participating restaurants during the 8 days of San Diego Restaurant Week! Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego.  Click here to find participating restaurants near you and browse their menus!

La Mesa Oktoberfest

Sep 29 – Oct 1

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Since 1973, the La Mesa Oktoberfest has featured hundreds of exhibitors, family friendly activities, German food, music, dancing, games and of course beer. Celebrating its 44th year in 2017, the locally loved La Mesa Oktoberfest is going back to its roots to bring guests more entertainment, more vendors, more beer, and more “Prost!” (Cheers!) than ever before. Click here for more information.

The Scream Zone

Sep 29 – Aug 31

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San Diego County’s largest haunted experience, The Scream Zone is considered among the scariest, and screaming-est fright fests to be found in the dark corners of Southern California. The Scream Zone is assembled from a collection of body parts and roughly stitched together into four terrifying haunts and other monstrous attractions. Click here for more information.

The Haunted Trail

Sep 29 – Oct 31

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The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park is a stroll you will never forget. As you walk the mile-long Trail, spine-tingling sights and sounds will leave you trembling. Located in San Diego’s world famous Balboa Park, The Haunted Trail is a stroll through the park you will never forget! Click here for more information.

Día de los Muertos

October 28 – Nov 2

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Old Town San Diego’s Día de los Muertos is a celebration of the history, culture, and heritage of the region that honors one of its most important holidays. Día de los Muertos, celebrated on November 1 and 2 of each year, is considered to be one of the most important holiday’s of the year by many in Mexico and other Latin American countries. The unity between life and death is celebrated when families come together and offer hospitality to the spirits of their loved ones.  Click here for more information.

 

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Throughout October, kids receive free admission to the San Diego Zoo! Kids Free continues a long-standing dedication to youngsters by providing free admission for the month of October to every child ages 11 years old and younger, a maximum 10 children free per each supervised ticketed adult. Throughout the month, Saturdays and Sundays at the Zoo will feature special interactive activities and experiences to help kids connect with wildlife and nature. Click here for more information.

Pacific BeachFest

October 7

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Pacific BeachFest has something for everyone including a fish taco contest, surf competition, beach volley ball, craft beer, kids activities and music! There will be plenty of free, fun and family friendly action on the beaches and along the boardwalk at this year’s Pacific BeachFest being held on Saturday, Oct. 7th  from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. This will be the 20th anniversary event for Pacific Beachfest! Click here for information.

MCRD San Diego Bootcamp Challenge

October 14

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The MCRD Bootcamp Challenge features obstacles used only by Marine Recruits plus over 60 USMC Drill Instructors providing direction and encouragement. Includes a 3-mile obstacle course on paved roads and hard-packed dirt – flat and fast. Over 50 obstacles to complete, including tunnel crawls, trenches, cargo netting and push-up stations. Drill Instructors at each station to make sure you complete your obstacles! Come check it out! Click here for more information.

Fine Wine and Gourmet Food Walking Tour

October 20

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Enjoy a 3 to 3.5 hr leisurely walking tour with a local resident guide and experience the tasty delights of La Jolla by-the-sea. Gourmet food, local and international wines, guided historic walk, wine tasting appreciation presentation. Tons of upscale fun! Their epicurean Walking Wine Tours introduce La Jolla’s wine, food and culture scene. On this delightful 3 to 3.5 hour tour you’ll be guided by a local expert with years of fine wine and culinary experience. Experience the tasty delights of La Jolla by-the-sea. Fore more information click here.

A Night with Janis Joplin

October 25-26

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Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock & roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. Now, San Diego is invited to share an evening with the woman and her musical influences in the hit musical A Night With Janis Joplin! Click here for more information.

2017 Breeder’s Cup World Championship

November 3-4

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The Breeders’ Cup makes its debut at another iconic racing venue for the first time: Del Mar, where the turf meets the surf Southern California style. With San Diego’s vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches and sunny days creating a perfect trifecta. In the world of horse racing, the Breeders’ Cup is equivalent to the Super Bowl. The two-day event brings the best horses and riders from across the country and around the world. Click here for more information.

San Diego Beer Week

November 3-12

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San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local beer and promoting San Diego’s brewing culture with events across the county. The San Diego Beer Week will kick off with the VIP Brewer Takeover and the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival on Friday and Saturday night. The 10-day “week” will feature over 500 brewery sponsored events and culminate at the Beer Garden at The Lodge at Torrey Pines on November 12th. Click here for more information.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

November 18

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The Hip Hop Nutcracker is an evening-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ and violinist. A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, sets out on a third national tour following the success of two previous sold-out tours. Click here for more information

Encinitas Fall Festival

November 19

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With 450+ booths, plus dozens of unique downtown retailers, the Encinitas Fall Festival is a perfect opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping. Enjoy the music of popular local bands in The Lumberyard Courtyard and dance, music and other entertainment on the Community Stage next to Ace Hardware. Take your young ones to the Kids Zone for a variety of fun activities.  And walk your furry friends into Dog Zone for some treats and special attention. Click here for more information.

Where to Find EV Plugs at 5 Iconic San Diego Destinations!

Live in San Diego and own an electric car or thinking of purchasing one? You may be wondering where you’ll be able to charge your car during your summer adventures around the county! Whether you’re spending the day on Coronado or cruising out to Mount Laguna for some stargazing, alleviate your range anxiety with this list of Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers in San Diego’s most iconic destinations!

1. Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, CA

Have brunch at the Hotel Del Coronado while charging your car! The Del offers its own EV chargers (you need to either be a guest of the hotel or park in their lot), but you can also find more EV chargers at Coronado City Hall located at 1825 Strand Way.

2. Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

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While at Balboa Park you can thoroughly enjoy the museums and beautiful grounds without the anxiety of wondering how you’ll make it home! Balboa Park offers more than fifteen EV chargers. You can find charging stations outside the San Diego Air & Space Museum, the Fleet Science Center, and at the San Diego Zoo. Bonus: If you ever find yourself with nothing to do on a Tuesday, visit Balboa Park as different museums and facilities offer free admission for San Diego residents!

3. La Jolla Shores, La Jolla, CA

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If you’re thinking of swimming with the leopard sharks at La Jolla Shores know that you can plug in your car at the La Jolla Shores Hotel or the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. There are also some additional EV charging ports at the Hotel La Jolla. You will want to check with each establishment about any fees for use.

4. Del Mar, CA

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Whether you’re spending the day at the beach or shopping in the Del Mar Village, you can rest easy knowing that there are many EV charging ports in the general vicinity. Visit L’Auberge Del Mar, Del Mar City Hall, or the Del Mar Community Services Department. Don’t forget to come visit us at our Del Mar office location at 1217 Camino Del Mar!

5. Mount Laguna, Cleveland National Forest, CA

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If you plan to do some stargazing this summer, plan a trip to Mount Laguna during the Perseid Meteor Shower (which peaks around Mid-August). Just be sure to charge your car before you head up the mountain! There are no EV chargers at the actual observatory however you can find some charging stations on the way at Santa Ysabel, Julian, and Pine Valley.

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(All Information in the Guide Was Sourced From Plug Share)

7 Best Places to Staycation in San Diego

Summer is officially here! If you haven’t booked your vacation yet, consider making it a staycation in our beautiful city at one of these 7 fabulous hotels. After all, just because we’re lucky enough to live in America’s finest city, doesn’t mean we can’t play tourist for a weekend!

Hotel Del Coronado

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This elegant vacation spot is a place the whole family can enjoy.  Perfectly situated on one of America’s favorite beaches, the Hotel Del has everything to suit your every vacation needs! The legendary Hotel del Coronado provides a variety of in-room and resort amenities to make your stay comfortable and memorable. Enjoy relaxing in-room amenities, several ocean-view restaurants and bars, an array of recreational activities, a full-service spa and salon, seventeen unique shops, and more.

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L’Auberge Del Mar

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This resort is located on the historic site of the Stratford Inn, which eventually became the original Hotel Del Mar – a favorite hot spot for Hollywood film stars.  It’s stellar location allows you to reach the beach and Del Mar Racetrack all within a brisk walk! Del Mar Plaza, located directly across the street, offers world-class shopping, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and entertainment for your pleasure!  Don’t forget to check out the full-service, award-winning ocean inspired wellness spa which offers massages, facials and body treatments as well as waxing and nail services. The atmosphere surrounding this hotel is unbeatable!

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Omni Hotel La Costa

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This exquisite hotel is the perfect place for summer vacation!  Indulge in relaxation at The Spa at La Costa or dive into one of their eight swimming pools, including family-friendly waterslides and splash pads or the Edge adult pool, offering panoramic views of their championship golf courses.  Tee off at one of the championship-quality golf courses or practice your back hand at one of seventeen tennis courts. Discover serenity at the Chopra Center for well-being and satisfy appetites at one of their on-site restaurants. The activities are endless at the Omni in La Costa!

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Omni San Diego

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Located in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter across from the convention center, The Omni San Diego Hotel puts you close to the city’s top sites and attractions.  Explore Balboa Park, take a harbor cruise, or catch a Padres baseball game at PETCO Park, connected to the hotel via a pedestrian skywalk. Take in the extraordinary views of the San Diego Bay, the downtown skyline, or ballpark from the comforts of your room. Enjoy fabulous amenities including a full-service fitness center, 24-hour business center, outdoor terrace with stone fireplace, heated pool and jacuzzi and the famous McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant!

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Catamaran Hotel Resort and Spa

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This beautiful tropical hideaway is situated on the waters of Mission Bay!  This resort offers casual elegance with palm trees, lush vegetation, Tiki torches, Koi ponds, waterfalls and more. The Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa has an outdoor pool and hot tub, fitness center, and more! The Catamaran Spa, San Diego’s only beachfront spa, offers a South Pacific-inspired menu of treatments with only all-natural marine and botanical elements.  Whether you enjoy sunbathing at the beach, relaxing by the pool, paddle boarding, or cruising up and down the boardwalk, this hotel has something for everyone!

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The Ranch at Bandy Canyon

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If you’re in the mood to connect with your historic roots, The Ranch at Bandy Canyon is the perfect vacation spot! The Ranch is nestled in the heart of the San Pasqual Valley and offers fun events like the Hoe Down, County Fair or Carnival.  With it’s numerous amenities including an equestrian center and pool, you are guaranteed to have a great time!

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Carlsbad Seapointe Resort

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If you’re looking for a beautiful ocean-front resort full of entertaining amenities, look no further! Located directly across from the Pacific Ocean, this Carlsbad resort sits along the legendary Pacific Coast Highway. Take a short drive to the quaint village of Carlsbad, where you can can discover cafés, galleries, restaurants, pubs, historic homes, and more. The resort offers a full complement of amenities and activities including BBQ grills, a fitness center, tennis court, two Jacuzzis, and sparkling pools.

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