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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
When: September 18-20, 2016
3 days, 7 stages, 100+ music acts, and many more happenings you’ll just have to discover for yourself.
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.