Archive for the ‘Events / Things To Do’ Category

Fourth of July is quickly approaching, and the one question every year, besides “which beach will we park ourselves at from 9am til 9pm?” is “where can I watch the best fireworks this year?”  Lucky for all San Diegans and visitors alike, we are in a city that has been named one of the top ten places to celebrate Fourth of July…so no matter where you end up, I don’t think you can go wrong.  Shows seem to always change, and it’s fun to see a new one each year, or perhaps situate yourself in a location where you can view several shows at once.  If a clear day, the coastline would definitely be a wise choice, with views of Oceanside, the Del Mar Fairgrounds, La Jolla, and maybe even all the way down to Downtown San Diego at the Embarcadero or Coronado.  Although I prefer to be right where the action is, laying down with an unobstructed view to the sky above, where it feels as if the fireworks are going to fall on top of me. If this is your plan, arrive early! Parking always seems to be the major issue at these different show locations.

Take a look at the posting from SanDiego.org for some of the best shows in the area.

Here is the article from Shermans Travel on the top ten places to celebrate the 4th of July…San Diego happens to be the only location on the west coast.


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It’s that time of year again…time for deep fried s’mores, endless infomercial demonstrations, and queezy rides.  Whether this is your cup of tea or not, this is an annual San Diego event that should not be missed…for the people watching alone.  And yes, anyone, young or old, is bound to have a good time, from the food to the gadgets, from the beer gardens, live music, rides, games, animals, and art shows, there truly is something for everyone.  And what better location to have a fair than in the gorgoues North County setting of Del Mar, situated off of Highway 101, right on the ocean.  My favorite “to do” is the Ferris-wheel at sunset….the views are breathtaking of the Pacific Ocean coastline.

Tip: Purchase fair tickets at any San Diego participating Albertson’s store and receive $2 off of admission, and if you can make it to the fair on a Tuesday, tickets are only $2 total!


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Living coral reefs at Birch Aquarium at ScrippsWhether you are living in or visiting San Diego, you have the opportunity to become scuba certified. There are few places in the world where this is an option, and being in San Diego I think it is something everyone should take advantage of! (more…)

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birch aquarium at scrippsI have personally never been to Birch Aquarium, but after browsing their website, I think I am going to have to plan a day to visit. Now this is not your average aquarium – there are different events going on all of the time, including snorkeling with sharks, kayaking in La Jolla Shores, and many wonderful exhibits, one in particular called the “Art of Deception” stands out to me…basically it is an entire exhibit on how sea life can hide in plain site and how they will use their own forms of deception for survival. Another exhibit, “Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge” is an award-winning exhibit presenting the science of global climate change. The exhibit is hands on and is aimed at ending the confusion of global warming…come check it out and decide for yourself what you think.  (more…)

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If you are looking to celebrate Oktoberfest in San Diego, you will have plenty of opportunities!  Oktoberfest originated in Germany in the 1800s and is still very much a celebration today, to drink, eat, and be merry.

Here are a couple Oktoberfest events in North County San Diego, close to our vacation rentals

Oktoberfest in Encinitas – September 21, 10am to 5pm.

Oktoberfest in Carlsbad – October 4, 1pm to 10pm

And known as the “granddaddy” of San Diego Oktoberfests…

Oktoberfest in La Mesa – October 3-5 (see times on website)

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Oceanside Harbor Days is taking place on September 20th and 21st, 2008 at the Oceanside Harbor.  Bring the entire family along, for a day of food, arts and crafts, exhibits, a Pirate’s Cove area, and activities.  Open from 9am to 6pm.  This event is a chance to experience fun new activities in the area, including the new Pirates Cove exhibition, vintage pirate ships, a children’s area, Military, Police & Fire displays, and more.

This is a free event open to the public!  Held by the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce and Oceanside Harbor District, Cox Communications and Genentech.  Visit the Oceanside Harbor Days website.

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We are already midway through summer here in San Diego. Yet our best months are still yet to come (to me, mid-August through October are Southern California’s prime time of the year).

Looking for something to do, places to visit, events to attend? The summer lineup of events in San Diego does not fall short, and there is sure to be something for every one. Here are a few that seem worth mentioning… (more…)

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