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.

SummerFest

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.

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

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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
FRIDAY (NOV. 6) FROM 6 – 9 PM

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
SATURDAY (NOV. 7) FROM 2 – 5 PM

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.

BEER COLLEGE
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.

UC SAN DIEGO EXTENSION BREWING CERTIFICATE
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.

SDSU COLLEGE OF EXTENDED STUDIES PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE IN THE BUSINESS OF CRAFT BEER
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.

PARTICIPATING BREWERIES
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
EATS
[FRI] [SAT]
Brothers Provisions
Currywurst Frankfurt
Draft
Flagship Cruises & Events
Islands Restaurants
J&M FOODS
Luigi’s At The Beach
Pacific Pizza
Slater’s 50/50
Sliced Pizza
The Pearl Hotel

MUSIC

FRIDAY NOV. 6 FROM 6–9 PM
VIP Brewer Takeover
The Flocculators
Stone Brewing Co.’s House Band includes: Mitch Steele, Jeremy Moynier, Mike Martinez, Tom Modifica, Ken Wright & Tony Davis

SATURDAY NOV. 7 FROM 2–5 PM
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.

 

Plan Ahead For Graduation Season in San Diego

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San Diego Graduation Season 2015Graduation time is nearly here, and this big event is particularly exciting for San Diegans, who have a number of great universities to celebrate each year. These ceremonies mark the achievement of students’ hard work and dedication to their education. San Diego State University, University of San Diego and University of California San Diego’s graduations are right around the corner, and local hotels and restaurants are gearing up for the influx of visitors who will be attending the ceremonies in our city. Make sure you book your stay at Ocean Park Inn and make a graduation dinner reservation before it books up!

To help you plan the post-ceremony party, we have put together a few recommendations for great Graduation Dinner spots throughout San Diego:

Downtown: Mister A’s offers a modern American cuisine with French and Mediterranean influences. Mister A’s easily accommodates large groups, making this fining dining restaurant the perfect place to get the whole family together. The stunning panoramic views are the ultimate pair with their tantalizing menu.

La Jolla: Donovan’s by the Cove is known for its standard of fine dining excellence. It is truly a classic steakhouse that is a classy place to celebrate any achievement. Private dining rooms are available as well as regular seating. This La Jolla staple will put an elegant touch on any college graduation celebration.

Little Italy: Bencotto is one of our favorites. Their unique approach to Italian cooking offers hand-made “home style” dishes in a modern and inviting way. The menu is “designed-to-share” so that guests can casually pick and choose dishes, making it ideal for a big family celebration.

Mission Beach: For a laid back, beach celebration, we recommend Cannonball. Newly renovated oceanfront views and irresistible sushi are the name of the game. Enjoy some cocktails, layback and enjoy the views. The open feel of the restaurant is stress free, and it is the perfect place to let loose with friends after four years of hard work.

Mission Valley: King’s Fish House has many special occasion rooms and is a seafood lover’s paradise. The owners have been in the restaurant business for three generations, and it really shows at King’s. This would be a great family style option for any graduation celebration.

Wherever you decide to dine, there is nothing quite like celebrating with great company amongst the positive and exciting buzz of the graduation season. Congratulations to all of San Diego’s 2015 graduates! We wish you the best of luck. Don’t forget to book your stay at Ocean Park Inn!