Ideal San Diego Valentine’s Day Dates

| Activities, Entertainment, Events, From Ocean Park Inn, Greater San Diego

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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

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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

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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

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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.

5 Ways to Celebrate Lunar New Year in San Diego

| Activities, Entertainment

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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

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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 info@sdchm.org.

When: Saturday (1/28) 2pm – 4pm

Where: SDCHM Chuang Archive & Learning Center, 541 B Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Lunar New Year Festival

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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

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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

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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

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

ABNORMAL DINNER SERIES NO. 18 | AUGUST

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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!

1. AMAZON
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

2. ADULT SWIM ON THE GREEN 

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.


3. THE COMIC-CON HQ LIVE STAGE
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

4. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’S CON-X
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

5. FOX TELEVISION
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

NEW!
7. HBO PRESENTS GAME OF THRONES: THE HALL OF FACES
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


8. HER UNIVERSE GEEK COUTURE FASHION SHOW
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

9. M·A·C COSMETICS
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

11. THE SOUTH PARK 20 EXPERIENCE
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

12. NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON PRESENTS SPACE ODYSSEY
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

13. NINTENDO VIDEO GAMING LOUNGE
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

14. WARNER BROS.: BATMAN V SUPERMAN FAN EXPERIENCE AT THE OMNI
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.