San Diego Festival of Beer

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Calling all beer lovers! The San Diego Festival of Beer is returning to the streets of downtown San Diego to offer a wide selection of brews and to raise funds for local cancer fighting organizations. This annual festival will take over Columbia and B Street this Friday, September 20th for an evening that will quench the palate of over 3,000 attending beer lovers.

San Diego is home to some of the most highly acclaimed craft breweries in the nation, so it’s fitting that it should play host to multiple beer tastings, gardens and festival events throughout the year. The San Diego Festival of Beer was the first festival of its kind, and is now approaching its 19th year on the scene. Guests will have the opportunity to sample over sixty different beers, many of which hail from local San Diego breweries. Participating in the event are local heroes Green Flash Brewing Company, Karl Strauss Brewing Company and Stone Brewery. The fun doesn’t stop with beer tastings, however, as guests will also have the opportunity to purchase food and wine by the glass as well as enjoy live music.

The festival benefits San Diego Professionals Against Cancer (SDPAC), a local non-profit that raises money for cancer research and patient treatment. To date, the event has donated over half-a million dollars to local organizations. The annual event is completely volunteer driven and is made possible by the countless people who donate their time and energy in support of the cause. The team comprised of local San Diego professionals has worked diligently to put on the San Diego Festival of Beer for the last 19 years, and this year’s event promises to be better than ever.

Just a few miles away from the hustle and bustle of downtown San Diego sits Pacific Beach’s Ocean Park Inn. The OPI encourages all hotel guests to check out the San Diego Festival of Beer to make the most of their San Diegan getaway! What better way to enjoy a vacation to America’s Finest City than to taste some local flavors and support a great cause! Go to for more information or to purchase tickets.

Adams Avenue Street Fair

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Street Festivals are the perfect event for families looking to spend a day enjoying the California sunshine and local fare. The Adams Avenue Street Fair is an annual event that will be run the weekend of September 28-29, 2013. Held in the Normal Heights business district, the street fair is just a 10 minute ride from your plush room at Pacific Beach’s Ocean Park Inn. Offering fun for all ages, the Adams Avenue Street Fair is fun, enjoyable and best of all: FREE! The event will close down 10 blocks of Adams Avenue to make room for 350 arts and crafts, retail, and food booths. Parents can also enjoy the Beer Gardens while the kids spend the day going on the giant carnival rides! This San Diego festival truly has something for everyone.

On top of the great opportunities to shop, eat, drink, and play are 7 stages boasting over 90 musical acts during the fair. A variety of genres will be showcased during the weekend, including: Rock, Americana, Jazz, Pop, Indie, R&B, and Blues. It’s a great way to experiment with different genres and see if you have been missing out on a hidden gem or amazing local band. Rock music lovers will enjoy Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Paladins, Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper. If you happen to be feeling the Blues, guitarist Coco Montoya or Junior Watson will suit you perfectly. There will even be a performance by the 13-piece Puerto Rican-based ensemble Piena Libre, so no musical taste will go untouched!

Adams Avenue is going to be a non-stop party for all ages from 10AM-10PM on Saturday, September 28th, and 10AM-7PM on Sunday, September 29th. Locals and visitors alike will enjoy this unique street fair! For more information visit

Family Fun at Del Mar!

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It’s not officially summer in San Diego until opening day at Del Mar. With the season just around the corner (July 17 – Sept 4), we can’t wait to see the flood of patrons enter the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club dressed to the nines, boasting bright argyle prints and large, decorated hats. Not to mention Family Fun Day on July 21st, and the Del Mar Concert Series which round out the excitement of summer at Del Mar.

On July 21st, guests are encouraged to bring their whole families to take advantage of the numerous FREE attractions. Plus, racetrack admission is FREE for children 17 and under, while adults are only $6. Children 12 and under will also receive a FREE plush horse! Each horse has an attached secret code, which gives each child entrance into the virtual world, where they can bring their horses to life with games and activities. This is an event that should not be missed by family’s visiting Southern California in the month of July.

Not only can a vacationer enjoy some of the finest equine racing on the planet at this great venue, but the racetrack also plays host to some of the best summer concerts on the West Coast. No one hesitates to buy tickets for these killer concerts, with crowds reaching 20,000 people in size. Artists for this year’s concert series include Weezer, Sammy Hagar & The Wabos, Iration, Ziggy Marley, The B-52s and some unknown “special guests!”

The concerts are free with track admission. If you arrive after the races and have not paid track admission, tickets to the concerts are $20.  Seating is general admission and standing room only.  Concerts start shortly after the last race, so arrive early enough to catch a horse race or two if you can. For the complete concert schedule please visit here.

Just a short drive from the racetrack is Ocean Park Inn, which will serve as an ideal, beachfront “home away from home.” Whether you’re traveling with a significant other, some girlfriends, or the entire family, Ocean Park Inn offers the quiet and relaxing vacation you deserve… and need! To look at our available rooms, please visit

The San Diego County Fair is Back!

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The San Diego County Fair is back in town! The fair attracts hundreds of visitors every year seeking thrill rides, novelty attractions, and fun in the sun. This year the fair’s theme is “Game On!”, and will breathe new life into the nostalgic games of our past such as pinball, classic board games, and early video games.

Open now through July 4th, the fair will feature music, theme park rides, exhibits, and more. This month long event ensures fun for every age and every family. Each weekend the fair will highlight different, exciting events such as a Wine Festival on June 15th and a Beer Garden on June 21st – 23rd. They also have family friendly activities such as “Family Feud Fun!” and the “Star Trek exhibit,” which allows your family to wander through a far off galaxy. In addition, this year’s Toyota Concert Series will feature big names such as Switchfoot, Train, Colbie Caillat, and Martina McBride. If you’re looking for kid-friendly acts you won’t want to miss Big Time Rush, Victoria Justice, and Bridgit Mendler.

A visit to the San Diego County Fair simply wouldn’t be complete without a mouthful of fried concoctions. This year’s fair boasts impressive new treats such as Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe burgers and Bacon Beer. Don’t think you can stomach a fried sloppy burger and a greasy drink? Other must eats are fried cookie dough, bacon truffle fries, bacon mac-n-cheese melt, deep fried cereal and a twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly. But traditionalists need not fear, as there will be an array of classic fair favorites such as funnel cakes, 2.5 pound turkey legs, and corn dogs.

Pacific Beach’s own Ocean Park Inn is the ideal place to stay during your visit to the San Diego County Fair. After a long day in the sun, it’d be nice to kick back and listen to the waves from the comfort of your room. Just a short drive to the San Diego County Fair, Ocean Park Inn ensures excellent memories with your family and friends during your time in San Diego. For booking information please visit:

Early Summer Fishing – Guest Blog from Paradigm Shift Charters

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Early Summer Fishing – Now is the time!

June marks the beginning of the serious fishing season in SoCal, both inshore and off. It may take until mid-July for the offshore season to get into full swing. While there are often yellowtail under paddies and the occasional early bluefin tuna, it’s not until later into the summer that tuna show in full swing. If albacore show, it’ll be around mid-July, and yellowfin will show by August. That’s about the time when dorado and yellowtail show under paddies in earnest as well. If marlin show this year (they haven’t the last few years), it should be in August and September.

Inshore, the kelp beds come alive this time of year. Barracuda and bonito make their way up from southern waters and start to invade our local kelp beds. Calico bass head up from the bottom and become much more aggressive at all levels of the water column as well. And you can never rule out the possibility of yellowtail and white seabass showing. Just keep in mind that the new bass regulations raised the minimum size from 12 inches to 14 inches.

Summer also normally marks the peak for mako sharks. Early June saw a potential world record mako of over 1300 pounds taken, even though our average size fish here in San Diego is less than 100 pounds–you just never know!

One of the fun things to keep any eye out for are the blue whales that show in pretty large numbers locally—and they are hard to miss! Along with the blue whales come minke and Fin Back whales, and even the great possibility of seeing Orcas and humpbacks, not to mention five or six species of porpoise and dolphin.

Summer usually also brings our most stable weather conditions, with calm winds and smooth seas. That doesn’t mean you can’t get a rougher day, but in general conditions are calmer and smooth. It never gets hot out there either unlike many locations in the summer.

All in all, summer in SoCal is definitely the time to be on the water.

Capt. Scott Leon
Paradigm Shift Charters