Spring time is approaching and San Diego is blooming with festivals, flower fields and a few free activities! Whether you are enjoying a romantic weekend, spending a week with your family or vacationing with friends, the month of March has something for everyone.
Have you ever seen this many flowers?
Photo Courtesy of Tourism Spot
Experience a sea of color in the middle of The Flower Fields of Carlsbad, CA, which is only a 40-minute drive from Pacific Beach. During the month of March, visitors can roam freely through the facility’s 50-acre field of flowers, take a guided tour and participate in arts and crafts workshops. This unique annual phenomenon is something you can’t miss. Tickets are priced at $14 for adults and $7 for children under 10.
When: March 1st – May 14th, 9:00am – 6:00pm
Where: 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
It’s A-Boat Time…
Photo Courtesy of Hornblower Cruises
Hornblower Cruise tours are the best way to view San Diego’s gorgeous skyline. Board a ship and sail around San Diego Harbor – even under the famous Coronado Bridge! Whether you prefer a luxurious evening dinner cruise, a Sunday champagne brunch cruise, or a guided tour around the bay, Hornblower gives guests many options. They even offer whale watching excursions. Tickets and reservations can be made online.
When: Sailing all year long
Where: Two locations along North Harbor Drive, depending on type of cruise
Cheer on the Best Baseball Players in the World
Baseball fans, you’re in luck! Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, is hosting the second round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic. This tournament that happens every four years brings together the world’s best baseball players as they compete to bring their countries victory. There will be various tailgating celebrations and activities for the whole family. This is a rare event to take place in San Diego – so take your friends and family and root for Team USA! Single tickets, bundles and full packages available online now.
When: March 14-19
Where: Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Explore San Diego’s Tidepools
Photo Courtesy of the San Diego Union Tribune
San Diego’s coastal region is home to a diverse ecosystem. If you’ve never explored tidepools, the Birch Aquarium offers a tour guided by a naturalist. March is a prime time to see this native marine life in its natural habitat. Tickets available here and must be purchased in advance.
When: Saturday, March 25, 1:30 – 3:30pm
Where: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037 (Note: head to the address provided, the tours do not begin at the aquarium)
Beer + Music + Food
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What better way to enjoy a Saturday night than a beer and music festival in the heart of downtown San Diego? With 16 local breweries, 16 local bands and variety of food options, you’ll be grooving all evening. Tickets to Local Brews, Local Grooves hosted by 91X start at just $10.
When: Saturday, March 25, VIP begins at 5pm, General Admission and Show begin at 7pm
Where: House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Take St. Patty’s Day to the Next Level
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This St. Patty’s day in San Diego, the streets of downtown will be covered with green carpet, neon lights and live entertainment. You’ll want to be a part of San Diego’s 23rd annual shamROCK celebration with more than 20,000 guests! Enjoy Irish libations, entertainment from three stages and traditional Irish dancing! Tickets start at $40.00, available online.
When: Friday, March 17th, 6:00pm – 12:00am
Where: Fifth Ave. and G. St., Downtown San Diego
A Dino-Mite Exhibit
Photo Courtesy of theNAT
Walk among 16 life-size dinosaur skeletons, learn about a new breed of dinosaur discovered in South America and find out where dinosaurs lived in the ancient world all at theNAT’s Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibit. This new exhibition utilizes modern technology to create captivating displays and offers interactive learning opportunities for visitors. More information and tickets available here.
When: February 25 – September 4, 2017
Where: San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT), 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
Will you be in San Diego for Valentine’s Day? How about the weekend before? If so, here are some ideas to inspire your romantic side and maximize your weekend. With incredible weather, even in the winter, and an elevated restaurant scene, you are guaranteed a killer weekend in this city.
Go to a Museum
The month of February is very unique for San Diego – it’s Museum Month. Pick up your museum month pass at any San Diego Macy’s location and gain admission to 40+ San Diego museums at half price. Walk through the Hall of Fishes at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, admire vintage surfboards at the California Surf Museum, enjoy the peaceful outdoor garden at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum and explore the modern art at the Museum of Contemporary Art Downtown…and those are just some of your options.
Watch a Movie – Outdoors
Photo Courtesy of The Headquarters at Seaport Village
Whether you have your other half or the whole family with you, head to the Headquarters’ Couartyard (near Seaport Village) to watch Bonnie & Clyde at 6:00 PM on Feb. 14th. Bring blankets, chairs and snacks and enjoy this romantic and mysterious classic under the stars. No need to purchase a ticket, admission is free.
Enjoy a gondola ride through Coronado
Photo Courtesy of The Gondola Company
Cruise through the Coronado Cays in a gondola, complete with a dessert plate, an ice bucket, wine glasses and blankets. For the romantics, you may reserve a violin player to accompany you. Guests are invited to bring their beverage of choice. Pick up a bottle of bubbly and set sail.
Taste Local Craft Beer & Wine
Photo by Kim Marcelo
As you may know, San Diego is a craft beer capital. However, you may not know that San Diego County is home to more than 100 wineries. No matter your preference, you will find something you and your significant other love with this interactive San Diego winery map and this brewery guide. Our favorite: The Cork and Craft – a delicious restaurant with a unique bonus. It’s the only restaurant in San Diego County with a brewery and winery inside, award-winning Abnormal Beer Co. and Abnormal Wine Co.
Catch a Gull’s Game
Photo Courtesy of the San Diego Gulls
Only a 15-minute drive or Uber/Lyft from Ocean Park Inn, the San Diego Gulls hockey games are – in our opinion – one of the most fun places to be in the evenings. They’ve already won 18 games this season, be there for the next one. The next two games are Sunday, Feb. 12th and Tuesday, Feb. 14th, and the rest are listed on the schedule.
San Diego is home to many diverse cultures and celebrates many holidays. If you are in San Diego in late January or early February, you will have the opportunity to enjoy one of many Lunar New Year and Chinese New Year festivals. This year, 2017, celebrates the year of the rooster – also celebrated in 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957 and so forth every twelve years. The rooster symbolizes punctuality and loyalty. Roosters woke people up far before the alarm clock, making them a very dependable and punctual animal.
From weekend-long events to dumpling-making parties, here is your guide to San Diego’s Lunar New Year events. Happy New Year, or in Chinese, Gung Hay Fat Choy!
The 35th Annual Chinese New Year Fair
This weekend-long fair happening in San Diego’s historic Chinatown along Third Avenue and J Street downtown will ring in the year of the rooster with dance and cultural performances, traditional Chinese food, a lantern parade and crafts for children. Free admission, more information here.
When: Saturday (2/11) & Sunday (2/12) from 10am – 5pm
Where: Downtown San Diego on Third Avenue and J Street
Make Your Own Dumplings Day
Eat your good luck this new year! On Chinese New Year, the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum downtown is hosting a dumpling-making party. Skilled dumpling makers will provide you the skills and materials to make this essential new year food, symbolizing wealth and longevity. This event is $10 for adults and $5 for members and children under 12. RSVP to email@example.com.
When: Saturday (1/28) 2pm – 4pm
Where: SDCHM Chuang Archive & Learning Center, 541 B Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Lunar New Year Festival
Firecrackers, dancing, martial arts, painting, a variety of Asian food, carnival rides – what’s not to enjoy? Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for children. Bonus: Free admission for those born in the year of the rooster or active military personnel in complete uniform (Bring ID). Learn more on their website.
When: Friday (1/20) 5pm – 10pm, Saturday (1/21) & Sunday (1/22) 10am – 10pm
Where: Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Lunar New Year at SeaWorld
You and your palette will be entertained at SeaWorld’s Lunar New Year celebration! With Chinese acrobat shows throughout the day, lion dancers performing on stage and plenty of Asian food choices – it’s bound to be a great day. Event included with park admission – purchase tickets here.
When: January 28 – February 20th, Weekdays 10am – 5pm, Weekends 10am – 6pm
Where: SeaWorld, 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
12th Annual San Diego Tet Festival
The Tet Festival celebrates the Vietnamese New Year, with concerts, a beer garden, a carvnival and their signature Miss Vietnam San Diego Pageant! Check the Facebook event page for updates.
When: Friday (1/27) 5pm – 10pm, Saturday (1/28) 11am – 10pm, Sunday (1/29) 11am – 6pm
Where: Mira Mesa Community Park, 8575 New Salem Street, San Diego, CA 92126
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
ABNORMAL DINNER SERIES NO. 18 | AUGUST
( 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!