San Diego is excited to welcome the AARP this September, when the organization will host its 1st Annual “Ideas@50+” National Event and Expo. This three day volunteer tourism project will take place Thursday, September 4 to Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center in downtown San Diego. If you have not yet booked accommodations for this heart-warming weekend of altruism, reserve your rooms at Ocean Park Inn, where you will be able to relax and watch the sunset after a long day of volunteering!
On Thursday, September 4th thousands of AARP volunteers from all over the country will be transported to various neighborhoods in San Diego to engage in service projects where they will immerse themselves in local communities with the goal of impacting lives and leaving behind a lasting legacy. Each community will receive a variety of help in order to support the growth of families and their communities.
This “Voluntourism Project” will include projects that focus on home refurbishing and community landscaping, as well as green projects that will build community gardens to beautify our local neighborhoods. There will also be plans that focus on senior center revitalization and community clean up. If you are looking for a service project that takes place inside of the event’s hub at the Convention Center, there will be a 3-day meal packing activity that will put together care packages for hunger needs within San Diego County.
Throughout the event celebrities and keynote speakers will take the stage to inform, entertain and engage with the convention attendees. AARP will also sponsor informational sessions that include topics centered around Health & Wellness, Travel & Lifestyle, Technology & Innovation and Money & Work. These sessions will allow you to further engage with AARP thought leaders and innovative thinkers.
To conclude the weekend and thank all of the volunteers, AARP will sponsor a concert with three exciting musical acts. John Mellencamp will perform along with special guests Los Lobos and Mavis Staples.
The convention concludes on Saturday, giving attendees all of Sunday to explore San Diego’s wonderful beaches. If you book your stay at Ocean Park Inn, a boutique ocean front hotel located in Pacific Beach, you’ll want to take advantage of the surf, sand, and shops and restaurants all within walking distance of your comfortable room. Also consider spending your Sunday enjoying a nice bike ride on the boardwalk, or tasting the local fare with brunch on the beach. Whatever it is you choose to do with your free time, you will definitely find everything you need surrounding your stay at the Ocean Park Inn. Click here to reserve your Ocean Park Inn accommodations during your trip out for AARP “Ideas@50+” convention.
This Labor Day, we invite you to take a step back from your daily routine and enjoy a long weekend in the heart of San Diego! With no work or school on Monday, September 1st, you’ll have extra time to enjoy an exciting beach vacation. Whether you are a local San Diegan or just want to take one last trip before the sunny days of summer conclude, make sure to book your stay at Ocean Park Inn for a Labor Day weekend full of festivities!
What: Festival of Sail (August 29th-September 1st)
Visit the Maritime Museum and enjoy the largest tall ship festival on the West coast! The festival is a great event for the family, boasting the chance to see visiting ships and their crews as well as enjoy cannon fire salutes, while the kids enjoy a petting zoo, fun crafts and colorful face painting. Whether you are planning to attend the Festival of Sail with your family friends, there is sure to be an activity to please everyone in the group. The festival will have live entertainment, many vendors, plenty of food options and even a beer garden. Don’t miss out on this event! Book your hotel stay at Ocean Park Inn and get your festival tickets here: http://www.sdmaritime.org/festival-of-sail/
What: US Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Expo
Where: B Street Cruise Ship Terminal Pier
Time: Friday- Monday: 9 a.m.- 7p.m.
Enjoy a little fun in the sun this Labor Day weekend at the cruise ship terminal pier where you can watch the world’s best sand sculptors create masterpieces! Along with astonishing sand sculptures, there will be vendors and a dozen gourmet food trucks. The children can enjoy a sandbox or attend a sculpture class before hopping on some carnival rides. This event will also feature live entertainment all weekend, including big bands, singers, dancers and circus performers. Adults won’t want to miss the twilight hour where you can view the gorgeous sand sculptures under the moonlight while enjoying a beer in the beer garden located at the end of the pier. Follow this link to purchase your tickets: http://www.ussandsculpting.com/event-info/tickets/purchase-tickets/
If you are coming to vacation at the beach and enjoy the laid back San Diego atmosphere with your friends, we suggest checking out the best happy hour spots in the surrounding area:
Location: 722 Grand Avenue, San Diego
Located right across the street from Ocean Park Inn and steps from the sand is a “Retro-American-Chic” eatery and lounge. With happy hour everyday from 6pm to close, you’ll be sure to find delicious eats and rinks here on Labor Day weekend. Firehouse has a friendly staff and a wonderful selection of unique food and cocktails to choose from. Choose to sit rooftop in the lounge and you’ll get the chance to enjoy an amazing sunset while throwing back a few unique cocktails with your friends!
Location: 721 Grand Ave, San Diego
Located across from Firehouse and half a block away from the shore is San Diego’s “world class microbrewery and restaurant”, the Alehouse. Known for their handcrafted beer, tasty food and cabin-like ambiance, Alehouse is the perfect fit at any time of day. Whether you want to sit rooftop for a sunny lunch or stay until the doors close, you will always find some sort of excitement at this popular local spot. Live DJs will make Alehouse a place to party this Labor Day weekend!
Location: 4190 Mission Blvd, San Diego
This unique three-story bar boasts a different vibe on each floor of the venue. From a panoramic view of the ocean, to casual dining, and dancing on the dance floor, you’ll be sure to feel an array of exciting beach vibes here. Located on the bottom floor of this venue is Pacific Beach’s one and only country bar, so whether you are showing up in your swim trunks or chaps you’ll be sure to be taken care of at The Wood.
For more entertainment options check out Duck Dive, Tavern, Miller’s Field and Shore Club, all located within walking distance of your comfortable accommodations at Ocean Park Inn. If you are our looking for other Happy Hour deals near Ocean Park Inn over Labor Day weekend, visit www.kingofhappyhour.com.
Whether you’re coming to San Diego specifically for the major downtown events or just want to go on a vacation by the beach, Ocean Park Inn is the place to stay! This Pacific Beach boutique hotel features a breathtaking ocean view and is walking distance to many of the area’s most popular shops, restaurants and bars. Visit http://oceanparkinn.com to book your reservations, and Happy Labor Day!
San Diego’s annual convention for comic, movie and science fiction fans, Comic-Con International, will be held from July 24th to 27th, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center in the heart of downtown. Make sure you don’t miss San Diego’s biggest weekend! Book your stay at Ocean Park Inn and allow us to take care of you during this fun-filled fantasy weekend.
Comic-Con is dedicated to building awareness and fostering appreciation for comics and other related artwork. This year boasts over 40 special guests, hundreds of exhibitors and plays host to more than 600 events throughout the course of the four day event. Comic-Con gives you the chance to get autographs from some of your favorite actors, writers and illustrators, and ask these professionals questions about the industry. There will also be Anime and Film screenings, an Art Show and a Children’s Film Festival. Along with these visual exhibits, as an attendee you will be able to participate in competitive gaming tournaments and play in the open game areas. Lastly, if you have a costume worth showing off, join the Masquerade costume show for your chance to earn prizes.
Over 120,000 people are expected at this year’s event, and the entire city will participate in Comic-Con related activities. Whether you have purchased tickets to Comic-Con or just want to enjoy the action on the outskirts of the Convention Center, we have provided you with some FREE activities throughout the city that you may enjoy.
SDCC 3DS Pokémon Tournament for Craft Beer Lovers: Attention Pokémon fans! If you’re over 21 and want to fill your Pokéball full of craft beer, this is the event for you. On Wednesday July 23rd, Ballast Point in Little Italy will host a 3DS Pokémon Tournament for Craft Beer Lovers from 6:00 to 10:30 p.m. Gather your Pokémon cards and hone your battling skills before you head over to Ballast Point.
Her Universe Geek Couture Fashion Show: Fashion Week is coming to Comic-Con International this year! Her Universe™, a groundbreaking sci-fi fashion apparel line, has announced that will be bringing the first-ever full-scale “Geek Couture” fashion show and design competition to this year’s event! The Her Universe Fashion Show will be held on Thursday, July 24 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel. If you want to be a “Geek Couture” designer, submit your design to HerUniverse.com or simply join the fun and see what these talented designers have to offer the fashion industry.
Star Wars: The Old Republic Community Cantina Tour: Join the Star Wars Old Republic Community Team on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at the The Commons Bar from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. You will have the chance to ask the development team questions and get answers. In addition to complimentary drinks, food, and giveaways, every attendee will receive a M8-3R Astromech code! Space is limited for this event so make sure you arrive early.
8th Annual San Diego Convention Center Zombie walk and Zombie Prom: The Zombie Walk is for all-ages, free to participate in, and will meet at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 26th in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter at the Children’s Park. After the walk, Horton Grand Hotel will host the 21+ “Zombie Prom” from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Make sure to dress in your zombie attire and enjoy music, food, a photo booth, a cash bar and much more.
Whether you have purchased tickets to Comic-Con or are just looking to see what all the hype is about, book your stay at Pacific Beach’s premier oceanfront hotel. At Ocean Park Inn you will be able to escape the massive crowds downtown and fall asleep to the vibration of crashing waves. We want to make sure you don’t have to hassle with looking for parking on Comic-Con weekend, so we will be providing our guests with a FREE shuttle service to and from the convention center the weekend of the event. Not only will you receive free transportation, but we will also provide our shuttle riders with a small snack. For more information about our FREE Comic-Con shuttle service visit: http://oceanparkinn.com/san-diego/comic-con/ We look forward to enjoying Comic-Con weekend with you.
And away they go! After training all year, the horses are finally coming out of the stables and on to the tracks for Opening Day at Del Mar! The racing season begins Thursday, July 17, 2014, and you won’t want to miss the exciting Opening Day action. Book your reservation for a race-filled getaway at Ocean Park Inn located in Pacific Beach, to experience all that San Diego has to offer.
Saddle up and kick off the start of an amazing racing season. The Del Mar racetrack will be hosting a handful of events on opening day, and the excitement will continue throughout the season. Don’t miss these key events:
Opening Day Events:
Hat Contest: Starting in the early 1900s, female fashion at horse races included a mass of pastel and spring colored hats and dresses. As the tradition continues, Del Mar racetrack is hosting a hat contest on opening day with chances to win up to $5,000 in prizes. More information about the contest can be found here: http://www.dmtc.com/season/events/index.php?id=2
Party on Opening Day: Join the ultimate opening day experience! Enjoy food trucks, DJs and a microbrew beer garden. You will have the chance to participate in interactive activities, photo booths and prize giveaways. If you’re a thrill seeker and are ready for a day of fun in the sun click here to purchase your tickets. http://www.dmtc.com/season/events/index.php?id=98
Newcomers Seminar: Are you not exactly sure how the horse races are conducted? Are you confused about how to bet on a horse when the time comes? Join the newcomer’s seminar to understand the odds, how to manage your money and also learn helpful insider racing tips to be more successful during this racing season.
Events Throughout the Season
Summer Concert Series: Enjoy a variety of summer concerts at Del Mar’s Thoroughbred club every weekend on Friday and/or Saturday. The warm summer weather makes for an enjoyable evening filled with live bands and nice cold beverages. With the purchase of your track admission you can enjoy a variety of artists all performing on the grounds of the racetrack.
Family Weekend: Are you trying to come up with something different to do with the family this summer? Consider joining in on the family fun every Saturday and Sunday at the Del Mar Races! Children receive free racetrack admission and adults are only $6. The free activities include a giant scramble slide and obstacle course, inflatable games and rides, the Del Mar Mascot “Pony Boy”, Pony Rides, magic shows & game zone, jockey stilt walkers and face painters. So pack your cars and head over to enjoy a day full of activities with your family.
San Diego Beer Festival: Join the Del Mar Race Track for San Diego Beer Fest on Saturday July 26th. Tickets will go on sale at 1:00 p.m. the day of the event. Sample five 7oz tastings for $18 and have the chance to talk to brewery representatives and check out brewery merchandise. Don’t miss out on this event!
Day Break at Del Mar: Come join the Del Mar racing team for breakfast while watching the team’s morning workouts. The Clubhouse Terrance Restaurant will serve breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Enjoy delicious breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, fruit, and other items all while learning racing tips and more about the notable workers on the track.
After enjoying a day under the sun packed with horse racing festivities, the last thing you’ll want to do is sit in traffic. So whether you are just joining the races for opening day or are making this a weekend long vacation, be sure to book your hotel reservations at Ocean Park Inn. This affordable beachfront boutique hotel sits 20 minutes from the racetracks in the heart of Pacific Beach. With a view of the ocean and a location just steps away from restaurants and shops, you’ll be sure to find something to do that fits your family’s needs!
The Environmental Systems Research Institute 2014 User Conference will be held July 14-18 at the San Diego Convention Center. The conference is just around the corner so make sure to book your stay at Ocean Park Inn today!
The ESRI conference will provide five days of technical instruction, geographic information systems training, hands-on seminars and networking opportunities for those in this exciting field. According to ESRI, “More than 15,000 professionals will attend this user conference from just about every commercial sector, government organization, and non-profit field…The ESRI UC is your exclusive opportunity to meet the developers, engineers and product team behind the new ArcGIS Pro.” Don’t miss your opportunity to experience 900 real-life projects, and the chance to get involved with the latest geospatial innovations.
Along with many other activities, ESRI will host a 5K fun run, yoga classes, kid’s camp, a family night and a party in Balboa Park. Bring your family along to turn this conference into a memorable family vacation! After a long day spent in the midst of downtown, withdraw from the fast-paced atmosphere by booking your hotel at the relaxing and family-friendly Ocean Park Inn. San Diego’s premier beachfront boutique hotel is located 15 minutes away from downtown in the heart of Pacific Beach. Not only will you be just steps away from the boardwalk, but you will be located within walking distance to many shops and great restaurants. Experience everything that San Diego has to offer! Spend your day at the ESRI conference in exciting downtown, and your night’s being lulled to sleep by the sounds of the Pacific Ocean.
After you have completed your conference registration, head over to OceanParkInn.com to make your hotel reservations. Whether you are bringing your family or traveling solo, make sure to check out local Kono’s Café for breakfast, dine rooftop at Firehouse or take a stroll down the boardwalk during sunset—all within walking distance from your ideal accommodations at Ocean Park Inn. We look forward to hosting you for the ESRI user conference!