Spend the holidays in San Diego!

| Activities, Entertainment, Events, Greater San Diego

San Diego is the perfect place to visit during the holidays! In addition to our always beautiful weather there are tons of free activities to enjoy with the family or as a couple.

All year we love taking care of our guests at the Ocean Park Inn, but it is even more special during the holiday season. Click the link below to find out about all of the fun you can have in America’s Finest City this year!


25+ Free Holiday Events in San Diego!

San Diego Beer Week

| Activities, Entertainment, Events


Mark your calendars for November 6th-15th. Ocean Park Inn is a preferred hotel for the 2nd Annual San Diego Beer Week. Visit oceanparkinn.com and enter promo code “BEERWEEK” for a discounted rate and a growler of beer from our sister company Abnormal Beer Co. at check in as well as a $25 gift card to use at The Cork & Craft, home of Abnormal Beer.

Abnormal Beer

Join us for the 13th Annual San Diego Brewers Guild Festival at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego. This two day event is the official kickoff of San Diego Beer Week. Enjoy samples from more than 50 San Diego County breweries! The event raises funds for local charities and the San Diego Brewers Guild.

VIP Brewer Takeover

Rub elbows with some of San Diego’s award-winning brewers and see why San Diego beer is taking over palates everywhere. This exclusive event will showcase San Diego’s finest, rare, and specialty beers from local breweries, including offerings brewed just for this event. All-inclusive ticket includes unlimited beer samples offered throughout the evening coupled with unlimited food samples from local craft-beer friendly restaurants.

The best way to start off SD Beer Week is with a Two Day Pass, so you can enjoy the festivities on BOTH Friday and Saturday at a discount!

SD Brewers Guild Festival

Enjoy the Guild Festival with a commemorative tasting cup and unlimited beer samples. The event showcases San Diego County’s finest craft breweries! Food will be available for sale from local, craft-beer friendly restaurants and food trucks. And to top it all off, musical entertainment will be provided by some of San Diego’s most talented musicians!

Premier Access (Saturday Only)
Want to get in early and beat the crowd, then pick up a Premier Access Pass and enter the festival 1 HOUR early at 1 PM!
Event is rain or shine.

Attend Beer College during the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival general admission session on Saturday, 11/7. Each session will be approximately 30 minutes – first come, first serve.

2:00 — 2:30 PM
Come learn about the effects wild yeast can have on the flavor of beer. We will be focusing on Brettanomyces and discussing the characteristics, fermentation, handling, and propagation. Samples will be served to attendees.

2:45 — 3:15 PM
Join us to learn about Barrel Aged Beers through an introduction to the process and the different types of barrels used. Samples will be served to attendees.

2kids Brewing Co.
32 North Brewing Co.
Abnormal Beer Co.
Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment
AleSmith Brewing Company
Alpine Beer Company
Amplified Ale Works
Arcana Brewing Company
Automatic Brewing Co.
Aztec Brewing Company
Bagby Beer Company
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
Belching Beaver Brewery
Benchmark Brewing Company
BNS Brewing and Distilling Company
Bolt Brewery
Booze Brothers Brewing Co.
Breakwater Brewing Company
Callahan’s Pub & Brewery
ChuckAlek Independent Brewers
Coronado Brewing Company
Council Brewing
Culture Brewing Co.
Dos Desperados Brewery
Duck Foot Brewing Co.
Fallbrook Brewing Company, Inc.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Green Flash Brewing Co.
Groundswell Brewing Company
Guadalupe Brewery
Helm’s Brewing Co.
Hillcrest Brewing Company
Intergalactic Brewing Company
Iron Fist Brewing Company
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Kilowatt Brewing
Latitude 33 Brewing Company
Legacy Brewing Co.
Lightning Brewery
Magnetic Brewing LLC
Mike Hess Brewing Co.
Mission Brewery
Modern Times Beer
Monkey Paw Brewing
Mother Earth Brew Co.
New English Brewing
Novo Brazil Brewing Company
Offbeat Brewing Company
Oggi’s Sports Brewhouse Pizza
On The Tracks Brewery LLC
O’Sullivan Bros. Brewing Co.
Pacific Beach Ale House
Pizza Port Brewing Co
Prohibition Brewing Company, Inc.
Quantum Brewing
Rip Current Brewing
Rock Bottom La Jolla
Rough Draft Brewing Company
San Diego Brewing Co.
San Marcos Brewing Company
Second Chance Beer Co.
Societe Brewing Company
South Park Brewing
Stone Brewing Co.
Stumblefoot Brewing
The Homebrewer, LLC
The Lost Abbey
Thorn Street Brewery
Toolbox Brewing Company
Twisted Manzanita Ales
Urbn St Brewing Co
Valley Center Brewery
Wavelength Brewing Company
Brothers Provisions
Currywurst Frankfurt
Flagship Cruises & Events
Islands Restaurants
Luigi’s At The Beach
Pacific Pizza
Slater’s 50/50
Sliced Pizza
The Pearl Hotel


VIP Brewer Takeover
The Flocculators
Stone Brewing Co.’s House Band includes: Mitch Steele, Jeremy Moynier, Mike Martinez, Tom Modifica, Ken Wright & Tony Davis

San Diego Brewers Guild Festival
My Own Holiday
Presented by Karl Strauss Brewing Co.
Sure Fire Soul Ensemble
Billy Watson & the International Silver String Submarine Band

© 2015 San Diego Brewers Guild
Funded in part (or in whole) by the San Diego Tourism Marketing District Corporation with City of San Diego Tourism Marketing District Assessment Funds.


San Diego Pride Festival 2015

| Events, Greater San Diego

San Diego BeachThe annual Pride festival is coming to San Diego from July 17th – 19th, and will boast multiple stages of entertainment, more than 80 musicians, bands, comedy and dance performers, great food and much more. The ultimate goal of the festival is to celebrate pride and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, locally, nationally and globally. This festival will include special performances and appearances from current dance, pop, hip-hop, Latin and other stars including Emma Hewitt, Late Night Alumni, Mary Lambert, Taryn Manning, and dozens more all hosted by Carmen Electra. This two day event starts Friday evening with The Pride of Hillcrest Block Party, and continues the following day with the Pride Parade in Balboa Park. If you’re looking for a place to stay while enjoying San Diego’s Pride Parade, look no further than the comfort of a beachfront room at Ocean Park Inn. The Ocean Park Inn offers gorgeous ocean views and a great location on the Pacific Beach boardwalk, just a short drive from the festivities in Balboa Park.

If you need any more reasons to join in the celebration, consider the following:

  1. Music Festival: San Diego’s Pride Parade music festival will host about 40,000 people from across the nation, and will feature music, food trucks, five stages, 200 exhibitor booths, craft beer and more. Come enjoy the music and food while celebrating this beautiful festival that calls for equality for all people.
  1. Block Party: Kick off Pride weekend on Friday, July 17th at the San Diego Pride and Fabulous Hillcrest hosted Pride of Hillcrest Block Party. This signature party kicks off Pride weekend with urban style and flare. This Block Party boasts complimentary drinks and food from 6-7pm, and all guests are welcome!
  2. Parade: The Pride Parade spans 1.1 miles from 11am-2pm on July 18th, 2015, and is open for the public to enjoy. The parade begins at the Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Ave. and ends at Laurel St. The parade will accommodate more than 200 floats and is viewed by a crowd of nearly 200,000 people each year.

Worried about transportation? Don’t be! There are shuttles running from 8am-2pm, and public parking is provided around the Hillcrest area as well. Come be a part of this exciting event pride event, and enjoy live music and tasty food. Let the Ocean Park Inn make your stay in San Diego as comfortable as possible: visit oceanparkinn.com for booking information and room details.

4th of July in San Diego

| Events

Summer kicks into high gear all around the nation on the 4th of July, and San Diego is no exception. If you’re still trying to decide on the best location for a patriotic getaway this year, look no further than San Diego.

Father and son lighting sparklers on the beach at sunset4th of July parades, fireworks, and events will be held all over the county, but one of our favorite events is the quintessential Big Bay Firework show. The Big Bay Boom features some of the most spectacular fireworks you’ll ever see, and you can view them from all around the bay, including: Point Loma, Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Seaport Village, South Embarcadero and the Coronado Ferry Landing. The show will be viewed by over 500,000 people and is the largest annual event in the western United States.

Another one of the popular 4th of July events in San Diego will take place in beautiful Coronado. The island will host an exciting 2-hour parade, followed by a family concert in Spreckels Park. Enjoy this fun-filled afternoon on Coronado, and then stick around for a great view of the Big Bay Boom Fireworks!

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2015 Big Bay Boom:

  1. The Show: The Firework show will consist of about 18 minutes of the most technically advanced fireworks, choreographed to match up with music broadcast “live” on THE WALRUS 105.7FM radio. San Diego’s Big Bay Boom begins at 9pm.
  2. Transportation and Parking: Parking along San Diego Bay fills up quickly on the 4th of July, and Shelter Island is usually full by 1 p.m. Last year, Shelter Island was closed to incoming traffic at 1 p.m, and this year it is expected to close at about the same time. So make sure to get there early to avoid the frustration of sitting in traffic and not finding parking. The Big Bay Boom transportation partners help move you in and out of the bay quickly and safely with shuttles, trollies, the Coaster and Amtrack. Click here for more information on parking and transportation.

If you’re looking for a place to call home during these exciting 4th of July events, why not stay with us at Ocean Park Inn? Not only does Ocean Park Inn provide gorgeous ocean views, but we are located close to downtown and Mission Bay where you’re sure to get a great view of fireworks.

Whether you are here on vacation or are a San Diego native, there is no better place to celebrate America’s Independence than its finest city. Stay with us at Ocean Park Inn, grab your friends and family, and enjoy this great summer holiday San Diego style in 2015.

San Diego Fair 2015

| Events, Greater San Diego

It’s that time of year again: the weather is getting warmer, Summer is on the horizon, and the fair is on its way into town! Experience this once-a-year event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, from June 5-July 5. Consider staying down the coast a bit at Pacific Beach’s most-loved family hotel, the Ocean Park Inn.

San Diego County Fair 2015The Del Mar Fair features many musical and talent performances from artists across the board, from nationally known performers, to local professionals and amateur groups. There are also dozens of contests that you can participate in, ranging from agricultural efforts to cooking and even flower arranging. The county fair also includes many animal exhibits such as a petting zoo, where you can feed the animals. The Del Mar Fair theme changes every year, which is a fun way to keep the attendants guessing on what to expect from the attractions and musical performers. In past years the themes have ranged from camping, to music mania. The theme for 2015 will be Planes and Aircraft, and we can’t wait to see what they do with this exciting topic. Still not convinced? Here are a few more reasons to get excited for the Del Mar Fair:

Musical Performers: This year the fair will be hosting musical performers such as Andy Grammer, Austin Mahone and Switchfoot. Along with the musical guests, the world tour of Legends of Rock will be in attendance. This tribute band performs in the Coors Light Rock On Series, a nightly entertainment series that features the finest tribute artists from southern California.

Easy Transportation and Cheap Tickets:
You can purchase your tickets to the county fair online, at the Del Mar fairgrounds and even at your local Albertsons or Vons. The tickets are usually around $25, and there are many discount deals available as well. When it comes to figuring out transportation, there are many options available to you. Attendees can drive to the fairgrounds, but keep in mind parking is paid. You may also consider taking public transportation like the trolley, or hop on the shuttle bus!

Festivals: Along with the food, rides, contests and music, there are also individual festivals inside of the county fair. This year the festivals will include the “International Beer Festival,” “Toast of the Coast wine festival,” “Spirit and cocktail festival” and many more. At these festivals, you are able to taste all of your favorite alcoholic beverages and maybe even find a new favorite drink.

So get your tickets and come on down to Del Mar to find out for yourself why the fair is such a talked-about San Diegan event. Get ready to start your summer off on the right note and come stay with us at www.oceanparkinn.com.