Abnormal Dinner Series – August 15th, 2016

| Activities, Entertainment, Events, Greater San Diego

Will you be staying with us at the Ocean Park Inn in August? Join us at our sister business, The Cork & Craft at Abnormal for the 18th installment of our Abnormal Beer Dinner Series. This event is unique to the San Diego beer scene, come enjoy delicious courses prepared by The Cork & Craft and Ironside Fish & Oyster chefs paired with beers from Abnormal Beer and Mikkeller Brewing.

Event is held at:
The Cork & Craft at Abnormal
16690 Via Tazon
San Diego, CA 92127


( including tax + gratuity ) 

Monday, August 15th | 6 pm – 9 pm

Join us at The Cork and Craft for the 18th installment of our monthly dinner series. Enjoy an elevated multi-course dinner with carefully selected beer pairings. What makes these dinners “abnormal”? Not only are the pairing menus created just for this one night, but each dish’s flavor components are designed to compliment each beer that it is paired with. We are beyond thrilled to be collaborating with Mikkeller San Diego (their very first beer dinner out here!) and guest chef Jason Mcleod from Ironside Fish & Oyster. Here is a preview of the beer selection:

-Mikkeller SD Saison

-Mikkeller SD Amoeba Brett IPA

-Mikkeller SD Tripel

-Mikkeller SD Rauch Geek Breakfast Stout

-Mikkeller Euro SpontanYuzu

-Mikkeller Euro Bla Spogelse

-Abnormal Beer Co Thumbs Up IIPA

-Abnormal x Mikkeller SD Imperial Coffee Porter

Limited availability. Secure your spot today. Please stay tuned for more details & follow us for fun updates from behind-the-scenes!

Purchase tickets at https://abnormalbeer.co/products/abnormal-dinner-series-event-1. We hope to see you there!

Comic-Con 2016 is coming!

| Activities, Entertainment, Events, Greater San Diego

You do not have to have tickets to Comic-Con to enjoy in the festivities, there are tons of activities offered throughout San Diego!

There’s more fun outside Comic-Con International than ever before! In addition to our official programming and event rooms at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, the Manchester Grand Hyatt, the Horton Grand Theatre, and the San Diego Central Library, there are other offsite events to explore. Wear your Comic-Con 2016 badge for access to these events, if space is available!

Comic-Con 2016 Outside Events Map

Numbers on the map correspond with numbers on the list below. Click on the map for a larger view!

Harbor Drive

(Next to the 1st Ave. Trolley stop and Harbor Club condos)

Come and immerse yourself in Amazon’s Original Series: The Man in the High Castle and Thunderbirds Are Go.  

Step into the alternate reality of the Amazon Original Series, The Man in the High Castle. Walk amongst authentic costumes, props and set pieces; then go on a mission as one of the main characters in an exclusive 4D virtual reality experience.

Experience the magic behind Amazon’s original series Thunderbirds Are Go, including model sets, life size characters, and behind-the-scenes footage. Take part in International Rescue’s mission and help the Tracy Brothers, Kayo, Brains and Lady Penelope keep San Diego safe!

  • Thursday, July 21 & Friday, July 22: 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 23: 9:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 24: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM


Behind the Convention Center

(Next to the 5th Ave. Pier and Ferry Landing)

Featuring an Adult Swim Carnival Midway, the Meatwad Full Dome Experience, and Nighttime Events.

  • Thursday, July 21 through Sunday, July 24: 11:00 AM–6:00 PM

Nighttime on the Green (with nightly screenings)

  • Thursday through Saturday: 8:00–10:00 PM

Go to adultswimpresents.com for more info.

Hilton San Diego Bayfront Promenade Plaza

(Next to Fox Sports Grill)

Comic-Con HQ has landed! Join hosts Alison Haislip & Steve Zaragoza at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront for daily LIVE programming including the biggest names in comics, film, gaming, and pop culture, plus unparalleled access to the latest news from Hall H & beyond, and more con coverage than you can shake a lightsaber at!

  • Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, July 23: 9:30 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 24: 9:30 AM–5:00 PM

Embarcadero Marina Park North

(Behind the Convention Center, just steps from Comic-Con)

Entertainment Weekly’s Con-X, taking the fan where you’ve never been before! Featuring: T- Shirt Bar: create custom, limited edition t-shirts. Relax in the beautiful outdoors. Recharge your device at our free charging terminals. Refresh with food and beverage. Con-X concert stage and entertainment zone features exclusive evening concerts and video content.

  • Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, July 23: 10:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 24: 10:00 AM–4:00 PM

Hilton San Diego Bayfront Lawn

(Opposite Hall H)

Visit the FOX Experience with Son of Zorn and Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Don’t miss the FOX experience—fans will get to enter the world of Son of Zorn, climb a giant rock wall, dive into a huge stunt bag and then see Rocky Horror Picture Show through an immersive virtual reality experience.

  • Thursday, July 21 through Sunday, July 24: 11:00 AM–7:00 PM

6. FX
Hilton San Diego Bayfront Lawn

(Opposite Hall H)

Visit the FXHIBITION at Comic-Con International! Immerse yourself in the world of FX with installations inspired by your favorite series.  Face your fears in the American Horror Story VR Experience, be part of the art in the face swap sculpture garden, recline in our custom chair exhibit, and enjoy free wi-fi, giveaways, and more.

  • Thursday, July 21: 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Friday, July 22 & Saturday, July 23: 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 24: 10:00 AM–4:00 PM

L Street Fine Art Gallery

(675 L St. Opposite the Omni Hotel front drive)

Visit The Hall of Faces to experience Game of Thrones. The Hall of Faces activation will allow guests to enter the House of Black and White and “Become No One.”

Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, July 23: 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Sunday, July 24:  10:30 AM–2:00 PM

Manchester Grand Hyatt Harbor Ballroom

(2nd Level, Harbor Tower)

The 3rd annual Her Universe Fashion Show & Design Competition with Hot Topic is back! The audience helps decide the winner!

  • Thursday, July 21: 6:00–8:00 PM

Children’s Park

(Located across from the Convention Center at the corner of Island Ave. and Front St.)

Experience the M·A·C Star Trek™ collection as M·A·C and Star Trek join forces to deliver exclusive early access to our cosmic collaboration. Jump aboard the transporter to explore strange new worlds in a futuristic photo op and unique immersive experience. Comic-Con International fans are invited to shop the M·A·C Star Trek color collection six weeks early! Arrives in M·A·C Stores and online September 1.

  • Thursday, July 21 through Sunday, July 24: 10:00 AM–7:00 PM

10. NBC
Gaslamp Square, Fifth and Harbor Drive

NBC’s bigger than ever at Comic-Con with three new series! Experience the thrill of time travel with Timeless and take a ride on the time-bending adventure. Discover Emerald City as a new OZ arises and takes over the Tin Fish Restaurant. Don’t forget to get a taste of The Good Place with free frozen yogurt! Rides, photo opportunities, dessert, giveaways, exclusive content and more.

  • Thursday, July 21 & Friday, July 22: 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 23 & Sunday, July 24: 10:00 AM–6:00 PM

MLK Promenade

(Next to the Hilton Gaslamp Hotel)

South Park fans will step into 20 life-size 2D/3D builds of their favorite and most iconic moments at the South Park 20 Interactive Fan Experience. Enjoy a Hulu viewing lounge where you can sit back and watch all episodes of South Park, which are now streaming only on Hulu. Explore the Coon and Friends Experience featuring real-world items from the all-new video game South Park: The Fractured But Whole, sponsored by Ubisoft. Visit the art gallery that celebrates the 20th season by featuring 20 pieces from 20 unique artists curated by world-renowned pop culture artist Ron English. And check out a retrospective gallery featuring original cells from the pilot and much more.

  • Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, July 23: 9:30 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 24: 9:30 AM–5:00 PM

The Spa at the Hilton Gaslamp Hotel

(Across from the Convention Center)

Neil deGrasse Tyson Presents Space Odyssey headlines a unique exhibition area spotlighting immersive entertainment we like to call “VR Con at Comic-Con.” See the latest in VR, including “The John Wick VR Experience,” “NASA’s Journey to Mars” with additional stellar innovators, and much more!

  • Wednesday, July 20: Media & VIP Preview 3:00–6:00 PM; Open Preview: 6:00–9:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 21 & Friday, July 22: 9:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 23: 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 24: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

San Diego Ballroom, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

(Lobby Level, North Tower)

Bring your kids to the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel from July 21-24 for the ultimate Nintendo playground for families! Your junior gamers can enjoy Nintendo 3DS and Wii U game play, photo opportunities, live competitions, giveaways (while supplies last), and more!

  • Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, July 23: 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 24: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

MLK Promenade

(Southeast of Gaslamp Square Park, behind the Omni Hotel)

Visit Heroes Park at the Omni for the ultimate Batman v Superman fan experience. See the Batmobile along with exclusive giveaways and a daily scavenger hunt.

  • Wednesday, July 20: 4:00–7:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, July 23: 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 24: 9:00 AM–4:00 PM

San Diego Summer Fun

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Mid-70’s, Endless Sunshine, Cool Breeze, Relaxing Ocean Waves. As if you need another excuse to come visit San Diego, here are some of our favorite Summer events to attend…

Big Bay Boom (July)
Every year, locals and tourists alike flock to the bay to witness this notorious fireworks show
are discharged simultaneously from barges placed strategically around San Diego’s Big Bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North, Seaport Village, Embarcadero South Marina Park, Coronado Ferry Landing and Imperial Beach. The beautiful choreographed display will last around 15 minutes. | More Info.

LGBT Pride Parade & Festival (July)
San Diego Pride brings together  the skills, talents and vision of a diverse community. The annual LGBT Pride Celebration brings in over 200,000 participants to Hillcrest and Balboa Park. Not only is it America’s Finest Pride Parade and Festival, but it is an all around good time! | Tickets & More Info.

San Diego Comic Con (July)
The largest comic book and pop culture convention in the world. Started as a modest comic book collectors convention, over the years Comic Con has become synonymous with Hollywood blockbusters and the hottest TV shows. Panel discussions with top movie stars are common, as are in-depth production discussions with directors, animators and producers. Screenings, signings, and omnipresent Klingons keep this party going year after year. | Tickets & More Info.

Del Mar Racing Season (July – September)
What better way to spend a Summer day than viewing thoroughbred racing at the Del Mar Race Track in the beautiful seaside city of Del Mar? Compete in the annual opening day hat contest, place your bets, and enjoy “4 O’Clock Fridays” – free concerts each week. Keep an eye out for special admission deals throughout the season! | Tickets & More Info.

Julian Apple Harvest (September – November)
Fall foliage, small town charm, and deliciously succulent apples. A trip to Julian is always a good idea, especially during the Julian Apple Harvest. Only 45 minutes northeast of San Diego, this quaint and historic town offers homemade apple cider, art shows and entertainment during this favorite time of year. Stop by Mom’s for the best caramel apple pie! | More Info.

Sizzling San Diego Summer Concerts!

| Activities, Entertainment, Events, Greater San Diego

silhouettes of concert crowd in front of bright stage lights

This summer when you come visit the Ocean Park Inn make sure to check out all of awesome concerts being held all throughout America’s Finest City!

Ticketed Concerts

Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay

When: April 5 – October 20, 2016
The popular Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay features top name entertainers performing on an outdoor stage adjacent to a picturesque marina at Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn & Suites on Shelter Island.

Green Flash Concert Series

When: May 18 – September 21, 2016
The Birch Aquarium at Scripps’ annual Green Flash Concert Series offers a unique summertime experience with live music and spectacular ocean sunsets. The concerts occur on the third Wednesday of every month during May through September on the aquarium’s stunning outdoor tide-pool plaza and include food, drinks and a sophisticated mix of national performers.

Toyota Summer Concert Series

When: June 3 – July 4, 2016
The Toyota Summer Concert Series is the San Diego County Fair’s premier entertainment event, featuring internationally known artists on the Heineken Grandstand Stage every night of the fair.

91X Presents X Fest

When: June 5, 2016
2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick will co-headline with The Offspring. Plus Iration, Kongos, Wolfmother, Chevy Metal, The Shelters, SWMRS, The Frights, Grace Mitchell, and The Young Wild rounding out the bill.

Julian Blues Bash

When: June 18, 2016
Lose your blues and find some fun! Julian Blues Bash beings together some of the best blues bands with the best fans for a day of amazing music dancing, food, drinks and fun.
Vans Warped Tour

Bayside Summer Nights

When: July 1 – September 4, 2016
The San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights features food, fireworks and fantastic orchestral performances under the stars at picturesque Embarcadero Marina Park South in downtown San Diego.

Switchfoot Bro-Am

When: July 9, 2016
The Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am will feature a surf contest, live music performances, and nerf surf jousting exposition between surf contest heats.

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s Summer Festival

When: July 10-31, 2016
Pianist Gustavo Romero has become a cherished tradition in San Diego. The annual Athenaeum Summer Festival, a four-part series of concerts features the works of one famous composer each summer. The series also offers an optional dinner with Gustavo Romero following the concert.


When: August 3-26, 2016
The La Jolla Music Society SummerFest features more than 80 world-class classical artists and ensembles performing diverse concerts at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Sherwood Auditorium in La Jolla. A free outdoor concert usually occurs at Scripps Park near La Jolla Cove.

Vans Warped Tour

When: August 5, 2016
The nationally-renowned festival has become an icon for youth, punk rock and skate culture bringing together a diverse lineup of artists, stemming from every genre, for the summer.

KAABOO Festival

When: September 18-20, 2016
3 days, 7 stages, 100+ music acts, and many more happenings you’ll just have to discover for yourself.

Free Concerts

El Cajon’s Dinner and a Concert

When: May 6 – October 7, 2016
Occurring every Friday night, El Cajon’s Dinner and a Concert transforms the Prescott Promenade in downtown El Cajon into a dynamic live concert scene with free rock, country, big band and R&B performances.

Coronado Promenade Summer Concert Series

When: May 29 – September 11, 2016
A beloved local tradition, the Coronado Promenade Summer Concert Series takes place every Sunday evening in Spreckels Park near the center of town. Visitors can enjoy cool live music while picnicking.

Bird Park Summer Concerts

When: June 11 – August 6, 2016
For over a decade, North Park’s Bird Rock Summer Concerts have drawn hundreds of people to the beautiful Bird Park setting for picnics, dancing, and enjoying the music of local talent.

Santee Summer Concert Series

When: June 16 – August 25, 2016
Join the community of Santee for the Summer Concert Series and the weekly Food Truck Rally every Thursday throughout the summer.

Del Mar Summer Twilight Concerts

When: June 21 – September 18, 2016
Since the first Twilight Concert was held at Seagrove Park in the summer of 1983, the Del Mar Summer Twilight Concerts have been a great Del Mar tradition, providing an opportunity for Del Mar families and visitors to gather by the Powerhouse to socialize, picnic, and enjoy music together as the sun sets over the ocean.

Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts

When: June 21 – September 1, 2016
Balboa Park’s annual Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts offers a free concert series under the stars on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Twilight concerts feature a mix of musical performances, including military bands, Dixieland jazz, big band swing and Latin salsa.

Mission Hills Summer Concerts in the Park

When: June 24 – July 22, 2016
Put on by the community organizations and businesses every summer, Summer Concerts in the Park is a beloved musical traditions in Mission Hills.

TGIF Concerts in the Park

When: June 24 – August 19, 2016
Carlsbad’s TGIF Concerts in the Park offers great music, plenty of room to dance, beautiful park settings for picnicking, free shuttle buses, fun hands-on art activities for the kids – it’s the best in community programming.

International Summer Organ Festival

When: June 27 – August 29, 2016
Guests can also visit the Spreckels Organ Pavilion for its free International Summer Organ Festival, occurring at 7:30 PM every Monday. San Diego’s warm summer nights allow guests to enjoy the majestic sound of the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ, while enjoying music played by world-renowned concert and theater organists.

Point Loma Summer Concerts

When: July 8 – August 5, 2016
Families, friends and neighbors will enjoy a picnic and settle in for free concerts at Point Loma Park. This year’s Point Loma Summer Concerts lineup promises to please a variety of musical tastes including young talent on the “Junior Stage”.

University Heights Summer in the Park Concert Series

When: July 8 – August 5, 2016
Come out to Trolley Barn Park and enjoy an evening of free entertainment during University Heights Summer in the Park concert series.

La Jolla Concerts by the Sea

When: July 17 – September 4, 2016
The coastal city of La Jolla also hosts Summer Concerts by the Sea on Sundays over the summer. The family friendly outdoor concerts take place at Ellen Browning Scripps Park, overlooking La Jolla Cove, and feature artists performing a variety of styles, including blues, country, swing and classic rock.


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Memorial Day 2015 San Diego

1. Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Located in La Jolla, this aquarium is a great alternative to SeaWorld San Diego for families on a tight budget or limited time. At Birch Aquarium, the focus is on ocean education and conservation. I especially recommend this attraction for families with babies and toddlers who love to get an up close view of tanks filled with glowing jelly fish, beautiful but poisonous lion fish, crabs, sharks and other sea creatures.

Location: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037

Hours: Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

Website: http://aquarium.ucsd.edu


2. San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The Safari Park is just as impressive (if not more!) as its more well-known sister property, the San Diego Zoo. It is a whopping 1,800 acres, compared to the zoo’s 100. The “African Tram Safari” is by far the park’s most popular attraction as it takes visitors through a wide-open landscape similar to that of the African Savannah with animals, like lions, rhinos, giraffes and buffaloes. On hot summer days, make sure to bring swimsuits for the kids so they can cool off in the animal-shaped fountains at the Savannah Cool Zone.

Location: 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027

Hours: Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

Website: http://www.sdzsafaripark.org


3. Maritime Museum of San Diego

Take a tour on unique sailing vessels at the floating Maritime Museum. Steam-powered boats, sailing ships and submarines make up the museum’s fleet of nine boats. Highlighted is The Star of India, the world’s oldest active ship. After your tour, your family is in the perfect location to walk along the San Diego waterfront and eat some delicious fresh oysters at Ironside Fish & Oyster.

Location: 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Hours: Open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily

Website: http://sdmaritime.org


4. La Jolla Cove

La Jolla is best known for its boutique shops and upscale restaurant, but “The Cove” is also an excellent place to enjoy the great outdoors. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy live music on an expansive grassy field overlooking the ocean at Scripps Parkway during the summer. Walk along sea-cliffs and observe California Harbor Seals waddling around on the beach at Children’s Pool. From kayaking to sun bathing, your activity options are endless!

Location: Coast Blvd, San Diego, CA 92037

Website: https://www.sandiego.gov/lifeguards/beaches/cove

5. Balboa Park

Rich with history and culture, Balboa Park has been a staple of San Diego since 1892. This gorgeous outdoor destination is home to the city’s renowned zoo, 17 museums (including crowd favorites like the National History Museum, Museum of Man, and Museum of Art), botanical gardens, and more! Spend the day enjoying the beautiful weather that San Diego has to offer.

Location: 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, California, 92101

Hours: Open 24 hours, Hours vary for Museums

Website: http://www.balboapark.org