Spooktacular Activities in San Diego

| Family Fun

Halloween is fast approaching and the fall festivities continue! We want to share with you a list of spooky events happening right here in San Diego. Don’t worry, we also included activities for the faint-hearted.

The Haunted Trail

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Take a stroll through Balboa Park that you will never forget. Watch your back as you twist and turn through the mile-long path. The Haunted Trail will be featuring The Conjuring, Stranger Things, Krampus and Game of Thrones. Leave kids under 10 at home. Click here if you dare.

[time]September 29-October 31, 2017[/time]

[cost]Tickets start at $59[/cost]

[location]Corner of Balboa Drive & Juniper, San Diego[/location]

LEGOLAND Brick-or-Treat Party Nights

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Brick-Or-Treat! Here is something the whole family can enjoy. Every Saturday through the end of October, LEGOLAND will be filled with tricks and treats – costume contests, treat stations and a Ghost Cruise. Special Brick-or-Treat event tickets are required to enter the park after 5PM. Click here to see what package deals are available for you and your little ones.

[time]September 30-October 28, 2017 – 10AM-9PM[/time]

[cost]Tickets start at $59[/cost]

[location]1 Legoland Dr., Carlsbad[/location]

Boomont Park

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It’s that time of year again when Belmont Park transforms into Boomont Park! Grab your little ghouls and goblins and start celebrating Halloween. The amusement park by the beach will include zombie laser tag, superhero zip line & rock wall, and a pumpkin patch station.

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September 30-October 31, 2017

Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday – 5PM-close

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[cost]Free[/cost]

[location]3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego[/location]

San Diego Zombie Crawl

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Photo Courtesy of San Diego Zombie Crawl

The San Diego Zombie Crawl has been named one of the top 3 Halloween events in So Cal. If you love a good pub crawl and have a passion for Halloween, this may be your favorite 21+ event in San Diego. A ticket will give you access to 20+ venues without a cover charge, a map of suggested routes, extended happy hour prices, and a special code offering $15 off of your first Uber Ride. Click here to see what pubs are included and to purchase a ticket. Don’t forget to wear a costume as some of the selected venues will be hosting Costume Contests featuring a variety of prizes!

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October 27-October 28, 2017

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[cost]Tickets start at $100[/cost]

[location]Trailer Park After Dark, Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA[/location]

Monster Bash San Diego

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This annual Halloween Block Party is a unique experience for attendees as they witness our beloved Gaslamp Quarter transform into a wicked underworld. The evening starts at 6 p.m. and will showcase five frighteningly themed stages such as The Clown Carnage, The Asylum, Twisted Dream House and The Big Top of Terror (open to general admissions), as well as The Black Butterfly stage for VIPs. You can visit the official website of the event to review the line up of musical artist. There will also be a Halloween Costume Contest with a $5,000 prize for the winner, so don’t hold back!

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October 28, 2017

6PM-midnight

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[cost]Tickets start at $50[/cost]

[location]East Village at 7th Avenue between Market and J Streets[/location]

[location]Island Avenue between 6th and 8th Avenues[/location]

October Is Kids Free Month

| Family Fun

Make way for kids kingdom because San Diego is declaring October Kids Free month! Several spots around the county are offering tremendous perks for your little ones – from free admission to theme parks to meals on the house. We’re celebrating by giving away free gift bags to all our guest with children. Kids rule!

Kids Go Free to LEGOLAND California

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A day at LEGOLAND is twice as fun when your kids enter for free! Purchase an adult ticket to LEGOLAND or SEA LIFE Aquarium and your youngsters will reap all the rewards.

Click here to redeem and enter the promotional code 17025.

[location]One LEGOLAND Dr., Carlsbad[/location]

SeaWorld & Aquatica

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Until the end of the month, kids (ages 3-9) receive a free Single-Day ticket with each full-price adult Single-Day ticket to SeaWorld or Aquatica. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get wet n’ wild at your favorite animal theme park.

Dine with Orcas

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In addition to the attractions, dining at SeaWorld is an experience you won’t want to miss! Kids (ages 3-9) receive a free Dine with Orcas reservation with each paid adult reservation. You and your family can encounter majestic killer whales up-close from a private, poolside patio. Breakfast buffets include bacon, sausages, eggs, oatmeal, and toast, while lunch and dinner buffets feature striploin, chicken, salmon, pasta, and so much more!

Dolphin & Beluga Interaction

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Step into the waters and play with dolphins and white beluga whales. Kids (ages 10-12 and taller than 48”) receive a free interaction program reservation with each paid adult reservation. You’ll have the opportunity to feed and play with these mammals, as well as learn different hand signals to communicate with them.

Experience all that SeaWorld has to offer by purchasing tickets here.

San Diego Zoo

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With over 4,000 rare and fascinating animals, San Diego Zoo is something for the whole family to enjoy. All month long, children (ages 11 and under) enter for free when accompanied by an adult who purchases a pass. Be sure to add African Treasure Hunt, HalGLOWeen and Dr. Zoolittle & Friends Explore Australia to your agenda.

Purchase tickets here.

[location]2920 Zoo Dr., San Diego[/location]

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Are you ready for an adventure? Purchase an adult ticket for a guided safari expedition and receive a free ticket for your child (ages 11 and under). Watch herds of rhinos, zebras and giraffes roam around right in front of your eyes.

Purchase tickets here.

[location]15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido[/location]

Belmont Park

Photo Courtesy of Fort Worth Star-Telegram 

Grab your kids and spend your day at Belmont Park, San Diego’s beachfront amusement park! From rides and games to shopping to oceanfront dining, what else do you need? With a purchase of an adult unlimited ride wristband, you will receive a free child wristband (must be 12 or under). You can go on the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, Tilt-a-Whirl, Bumper Cars and Octotron as many times as you want. Stop by The Sweet Shoppe to get a free cotton candy when you buy an ice cream cone.

[cost]Starts at $18[/cost]

[location]3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego[/location]

Flagship Cruises & Events

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Time to set sail and cruise down the San Diego waters. A purchase of a full fare adult on all North Harbor, South Harbor or Full San Diego Bay Tours comes with two free fares for children (ages 12 and under). Nothing but breathtaking views during your Flagship cruise.

Call (619) 234-4111 or visit their ticket booth to make reservations.

[location]990 N Harbor Dr., San Diego[/location]

The New Children’s Museum

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It’s the perfect time for your kids to “think, play and create.” When accompanied by an adult who purchases a full price paid admission, two kids (ages 12 and under) receive a free entry. The New Children’s Museum is currently featuring several installations, including The Rain House and Sandbox Gallery. And don’t forget to sign your kids up for the museum’s October 7 cooking class. They will learn how to make chilaquiles with homemade salsa and poached eggs.

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Wednesday-Saturday – 9:30AM-4PM

Sunday – 12PM-4PM

Monday – 9:30AM-4PM

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[location]200 W Island Ave, San Diego[/location]

Riverwalk Golf Club

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Train your kids to be the next Rory McIlroy or Annika Sorenstam! Kids get to play 18 holes for free with each paid adult green fee. Riverwalk hosts several junior tournaments and is a perfect practice spot with the angulated greens, over 100 bunkers and picturesque water features.

Click here to book a tee time.

[location]1150 Fashion Valley Rd, San Diego[/location]

Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen

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Right in the heart of Little Italy, Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen is offering one free kids meal per one adult paying for the meal. Treat you and your family to their Full Buffet, Braised Short Rib Grilled Cheese or Birthday Cake Doughnut while sitting on a patio that overlooks the San Diego bay and harbor.

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Monday-Friday – 6AM-10AM, 4PM-10PM

Saturday & Sunday – 7AM-12PM, 4PM-11PM

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[location]2137 Pacific Highway, San Diego[/location]

Warm Welcome

| Only at OPI

We would like to take this opportunity to celebrate you, our customers! We greatly appreciate all the wonderful reviews, social posts and likes. Ocean Park Inn is your home away from home and we do our best to give you a memorable experience. Happy Customer Appreciation Month!

Reviews

Whether you’re looking for a family getaway, a breathtaking ocean view, excellent shopping, or scrumptious restaurants, Ocean Park Inn is the place for you.

Family getaway by Linda N. – August 2017

First of all, let me say the location of this hotel is absolutely perfect. The view from our 3rd floor room was spectacular!!! The hotel staff was friendly and helpful. Room was clean and even had a fridge which was nice since we were in walking distance to a grocery store. The complimentary breakfast buffet was very nice with many choices! You were within walking distance to shops restaurants you name it. Also, it’s a short drive to the zoo gas lamp district old town seaport village etc. Pool was also nice. We enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back next year:)

Room Tip: If you want an ocean view it’s a little extra but well worth it. Absolutely breathtaking to see. Awesome…

Pleased by Audrey C. – August 2017

My husband & I went for a quick beach getaway. Friendly staff, clean room (although small), beautiful ocean view from balcony & easy beach/shopping/restaurant access. Woke up to the sound of the ocean as we kept our balcony door open.

On the beach! by George S. – August 2017

I picked this hotel because of its location, but it ended up being so much more!!! We had a balcony room on the second floor…what a view!!! Staff were friendly and very helpful! Our room was very nice and comfortable. Regarding the noise issues other reviewers had reported, we were not aware of any issues, but our stay was mid-week, too. Ocean Park Inn is our new ON THE BEACH Hotel!!!

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Get a glimpse of how your stay at Ocean Park Inn would look like. We say it’s pretty picture perfect.

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Ivan enjoying a “typical Wednesday breakfast.”

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Amy photographs her son and his girlfriend enjoying the boardwalk in front of the hotel.

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Amy and her husband are seen relaxing in the hotel’s hot tub.

Keep on sharing your experiences with us and you may be featured on our next “Customer Appreciation” blog post!

Home Is Where Dessert Is

| Food + Drink

There’s no better way to top off your trip than with something sweet. Look no further for a list of places to visit during your days of indulgence. Grab your favorite dessert and walk along the water because Pacific Beach has got you covered.

Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream

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It’s time to let your ice cream dreams take flight! With the original Hammond’s Ice Cream Flight, you can sample up to 32 flavors! They’ve got your classics like chocolate and vanilla, but wait until you get a taste of their peanut butter and guava or chocolate coconut macadamia nut. Hammond’s was featured on Zagat and a part of NBC San Diego’s Summer Scoop: Cool San Diego Ice Cream Shops.

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Sunday-Thursday – 12PM-10PM

Friday & Saturday – 12PM-11PM

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[location]1418 Garnet Ave, San Diego[/location]

The Baked Bear

Photo Courtesy of CynEats

Time to bring your creativity to this custom ice cream sandwich shop! Five minutes from the Inn, you can mix and match cookies, brownies, or doughnuts, choose from a variety of ice cream flavors and toppings. Don’t forget to have them warm it up for you!

The owners of The Baked Bear, Rob Robbins and Shane Stanger, share a passion of serving inventive sweets in their home town of San Diego. This is a go-to spot for locals as it’s been praised by Forbes, Eater and Thrillist.

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Sunday-Thursday – 11AM-12AM

Friday – 11AM-1AM

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[location]4516 Mission Blvd, Suite C, San Diego[/location]

Afters Ice Cream

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San Diegans, are you ready for this? After opening numerous locations around California, Afters Ice Cream is finally coming to you. Do yourself a flavor and take a six-minute stroll to grab their Milk Bun. They put a twist on classic sweets by filling a warm glazed donut with ice cream. You may have to come back for seconds or thirds with the number of flavors they offer. Peanut Butter S’mores, Milk & Cereal, Cookie Monster, Cookie Butter… the list goes on. See what Locale Magazine, Zagat, Food Beast, and several other publications are raving about.

[time]Sunday-Saturday – 12PM-12AM[/time]

[location]855 Garnet Ave, San Diego[/location]

HappiYeti

Photo Courtesy of Happy Yeti Instagram

Taiwanese shaved ice will leave a smile on your face! Shaved snow is silky, sweet, creamy, and ice-cold. It instantly dissolves in your mouth, so it’s as if you’re eating clouds. Choose from HappiYeti’s signature creations or make your own! Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way? They proudly use the best organic and natural ingredients.

HappiYeti loves to bring joy to the community with the Pass it Forward; Yeti Family program. Each week, a family from the local community can come in as many times for free snow! At the end of the week, that family selects a new family to enjoy the prize.

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Sunday-Thursday – 12PM-9PM

Friday & Saturday – 12PM-10PM

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[location]1560 Garnet Ave, San Diego[/location]

Mr. Frostie

Photo Courtesy of La Jolla Mom

Mr. Frostie’s has been a Pacific Beach classic since 1949. Their simple soft serve ice cream cones, specialty shakes or a show-stopping sundaes have become a tradition for local San Diegan families.  John, the current owner, bought the shop in the 60s after the original founders sold it. To this day, it’s primarily a family business.

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Sunday – 12PM-9PM

Monday-Thursday – 10:30AM-9PM

Friday & Saturday – 10:30AM-10PM

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[location]1470 Garnet Ave, Pacific Beach[/location]

Pure Cupcakes

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Now’s your chance to taste a true winner! Pure Cupcakes won Food Network’s Cupcakes Wars in 2013 and was ranked second in San Diego A-List’s 23 Best Cupcakes. Come in for your daily dose of cupcakes or inquire about their catering services as they bake cookies, cakes, cake pops, bars, and pies, as well. It’s time to give in to those cupcake cravings!

To view their daily menu, click here.

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Sunday & Saturday – 10AM-4PM

Monday-Friday – 11AM-7PM

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[location]1772 A Garnet Ave, San Diego[/location]

Cinnaholic

Photo Courtesy of Go Dairy Free

Obsessed with cinnamon rolls? We are too. At Cinnaholic, you can customize your own with their 20 different frostings and toppings. Oh, and did we mention they’re vegan? Cinnaholic founders, Shannon Michelle and Florian Radke, are vegans, so the cinnamon rolls are dairy and egg-free. You are luckily an eight-minute walk away from trying the new fall flavors: Pumpkin Pie, Tiramisu, and Apple Cider.

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Monday-Friday – 10AM-10PM

Saturday & Sunday – 8AM-10PM

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[location]4652 Mission Blvd, San Diego[/location]

Fall in Love with San Diego

| Explore San Diego, Family Fun

Summer may be over, but the fall festivities are just beginning! Classic autumn traditions like sipping on Pumpkin Spice Lattes or going apple picking can still be the highlight of the season, but we put together a list of activities that could become brand new fall favorites!

23rd Annual San Diego Festival of Beer

Photo Courtesy of San Diego Magazine

Calling all beer enthusiasts! Head over to Broadway Pier to sample from 60 breweries while listening to live music. Your ticket includes admission, as well as unlimited 2 oz. beer tastes. Food and a selection of fine wines are available for additional purchase.

Here’s a tip: arrive early because the first 1,500 guests will receive a free souvenir event logo tasting mug that you can use throughout the evening and then take home with you.

All proceeds from the Festival benefit local cancer charities. It’s raised more than $600,000 to date!

Purchase tickets online.

[time]September 22, 2017 – 6PM-10PM[/time]

[location]1000 North Harbor Drive, San Diego[/location]

13th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week

Photo Courtesy of DJhere

Ready for a culinary tour? San Diego Restaurant Week is the time to share food and laughs with friends and family. Restaurants throughout San Diego County will be offering a prix-fixe menu ranging from $10-$50 – from appetizers, to entrées, and desserts. Eight days, 180 restaurants, it’s going to be a feast for the senses.

To learn more about participating restaurants and prices, click here.

[time]September 24-October 1, 2017[/time]

Zoo Food Wine and Brew Celebration

Photo Courtesy of SanDiegoVille

Food, wine and brew taste better at the zoo! It will be a widely enjoyable event with the 160 Southern Californian vendors, dancers and entertainers. This globally-inspired event will also be offering exotic animal interactions.

Purchase tickets online.

[time]September 23, 2017 – 6:30PM-11PM[/time]

[location]2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego[/location]

Oktoberfest

Welcome the new month of October with Oktoberfests around San Diego County!

La Mesa Oktoberfest

Photo Courtesy of San Diego Travel Blog

If you’re looking for German food, music, dancing, games, and beer, La Mesa Village is the place to be. La Mesa Oktoberfest is celebrating its 44th year by making it bigger and better than ever! Gather your whole family and be a part of the La Mesa tradition.

[cost]Free[/cost]

[time]September 29 – 4PM-1:30PM

September 30 – 10AM-10:30PM

October 1 – 10AM-6PM[/time]

[location]Spring Street and La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa[/location]

Ocean Beach Oktoberfest

Photo Courtesy of Ocean Beach San Diego

Are you ready for Ocean Beach Oktoberfest? A beachside festival is the only way to spend the first weekend of October. It will be filled with yoga classes, games, drum circles and live music.

On October 7th, there will be a German and local microbrew tasting, which benefits the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station. This special tasting, “Poured with Courage,” is served by active and retired wounded service members.

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Free

5 entry fee for Beer Garden

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October 6, 2017 – 12PM-6PM

October 7, 2017 – 9AM-11PM

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[location]5099 Newport Avenue, San Diego[/location]

CRSSD Festival

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An electronic musical festival is coming to the San Diego Waterfront Park! Two days, 36 performers, craft beer, mixed drinks, food, and so much more!

To view the Instagram story-worthy lineup, click here.

Purchase tickets online.

[cost]Starts at $115[/cost]

[time]September 30-October 1, 2017[/time]

[location]1600 Pacific Coast Highway, San Diego[/location]

Final Padres Game

Photo Courtesy of Friars On Base

Don’t miss the last swing of the season! Support San Diego’s Padres as they battle out the Rockies in their last home game.

To view the schedule and purchase tickets, click here. Grab tickets for their games against Diamondback from September 18-20 while you’re at it!

[time]September 21-24, 2017[/time]

[location]100 Park Blvd, San Diego[/location]

San Diego Blues Festival

Photo Courtesy of Pacific San Diego

Got blues? All it takes is one Blues Festival to make endless memories. The AimLoan.com San Diego Blues Festival aims help raise money to support the battle against hunger in San Diego by providing amazing blues music at an affordable price. Get your blues on at Embarcadero Marina Park North.

Purchase tickets online.

[time]September 9, 2017 – 12PM-8PM[/time]

[location]400 Kettner Blvd, San Diego[/location]

Fashion Week San Diego 2017

Photo Courtesy of Fashion Week San Diego

It’s time for designers to strut their stuff. This year, Fashion Week San Diego is bringing in 21 talented and dynamic brands from around the world! They will showcase their never-before-seen collections on the FWSD Runway.

To learn more about the designers, click here.

Purchase tickets online.

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150: Front Row VIP

100: VIP

50: General Admission

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[time]October 4-8, 2017 – 6PM-9:30PM[/time]

[location]1000 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego[/location]

Halloween Spooktacular

Photo Courtesy of San Diego Travel Blog

Halloween will be here before you know it, so it’s never too early to start planning! SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is something for the whole family to enjoy. Your kids can embark on a sea-inspired adventure throughout the park while dressed up in their most creative costumes. Don’t forget to grab a seat and watch the Halloween-themed shows, including Clyde & Seamore’s Big Halloween Bash and Sesame Street’s Who Said Boo?!

[cost]Included with park admission[/cost]

[time]September 23-October 29, 2017 (Saturdays & Sundays) – 10AM-9PM[/time]

[location]500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego[/location]

Miramar Air Show

Photo Courtesy of San Diego Union Tribune

Witness the nation’s largest military air show taking place above Miramar! Interested in wartime equipment? There will be an exhibit that will feature past and present aircraft, along with an extensive collection of ground-combat equipment.

Purchase tickets online.

[time]September 22-24, 2017[/time]

[location]Marine Corps Air Station Miramar[/location]

San Diego Asian Film Festival

Photo Courtesy of Times of San Diego

Be a part of the festival that has been showcasing the diversity and breadth of Pan Asian images since 2000. It’s one of the most respected festivals in Southern California bringing films from around the world to San Diego. In the past they’ve screened Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder and Patrick Wang’s award-winning In the Family. Discover international cinema this fall!

Stay tuned for more information as the festival approaches.

[time]November 9-18, 2017[/time]