Ocean Beach Oktoberfest 2014

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Kick off the beginning of Fall 2014 with Ocean Beach’s 10th annual Oktoberfest. On October 10th and 11th Newport Avenue and Abbott Street will play host OB Oktoberfest, promising a weekend filled with live music, beer and bratwurst.Ocean Beach Oktoberfest 2014

Book your stay at Pacific Beach’s Ocean Park Inn to be just minutes away from this event and just steps away from the beach. This weekend is a hit so be sure to make your hotel reservations here.

The weekend’s festivities are set to include:

Friday October 10, 2014:

Band Slam (Battle of the Bands): The preliminary Battle of the Band contest was held and the winners of the show have been chosen. Now it’s time to come enjoy live local music and help cheer on your favorite band as you watch them battle to victory. The semifinalists will play Friday night, and the judges’ scorecards along with audience votes will determine the winners. So come out and support your favorite performers!

Beer Garden (Blonde-a-thon): Join us Friday night for happy hour in the beer garden and don’t forget to participate in the “Blonde-a-thon”. Wear your best blonde wig or braid your real blonde hair to participate in the German-themed costume contest for free admission. The doormen will be checking for the best dressed and if you arrive during happy hour you will receive a free raffle ticket!

German Beer Tasting: Get in touch with German flavor when you join us for VIP German beer tasting. For just $20.00 you will receive seven 7oz flights of delicious German Beer. Sign up online and be the first of 100 people to receive VIP seating.

Ms. Oktoberfest: It’s back! It wouldn’t be an Ocean Beach event without the Ms. Oktoberfest competition. The semi-finals of this Ocean Beach beauty pageant will take place on Friday night at happy hour, with the finals held Saturday afternoon. Be sure to stop by to watch the ladies show off their white cocktail dresses and compete in the stein-holding bikini contest.

Saturday October 11, 2014:

Brat Trot: Ocean Beach’s 3rd annual Brat Trot Beach Run will take place on Saturday October 11th. There are two events to participate in: the 2K Family Fun Run and the 5K Beach Run! The 2014 OB Brat Trot Beach Run is sponsored by Ocean Beach Community Foundation and all proceeds will benefit local youth sports! The course starts and ends near the entrance of the OB Oktoberfest Beer Garden and runs along the beach from the OB Pier to the river channel and back. Don’t forget to dress up as costumes are highly encouraged. Click here for more information.

Contests: On Saturday, the OB Oktoberfest will give out cash prizes for contests that include:

  • Stein Holding
  • Bratwurst Eating
  • Balloon Blow
  • Sausage Toss
  • Raffles

With all of these fun activities planned for the weekend, you will not want to miss out on OB Oktoberfest! Book your stay at Ocean Park Inn located just minutes away in exciting Pacific Beach and you’ll be able to make use of the Oktoberfest Bus that leaves from the nearby 710 Beach Club. Throw on your lederhosen and yodel your way down to the beach for beer and bratwurst!

Visit www.oceanparkinn.com to book your weekend get away!

Pacific Beachfest 2014

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Pacific Beachfest 2014Looking to make Summer fun last all the way into Fall this year? We’ve found an event you simply won’t want to miss! Join us on October 4th for Discover PB’s 2nd annual Pacific Beachfest, which encompasses San Diego’s most popular beachside race! This exciting 5k and Street Festival will take place in front of Ocean Park Inn, a proud sponsor of this year’s event, so be sure to book your stay here for front row seats to this exciting PB occasion. Fitness buffs won’t want to skip the 5k portion of this event, so be sure to strap on your running shoes and Click here to sign up for the race.

Thousands of locals and visitors alike will gather in our home of Pacific Beach on Saturday, October 4th,Pacific Beachfest 5k Event to run in the 5k or volunteer for the street festival. Every race participant will be given a free tank top and two refreshing (and free!) beers after the 5k concludes. Pacific Beachfest is more than just a run, however, and will feature live music, local food and art vendors. Foodies will want to attend the PB Fish Taco competition, which is sure to be a tasty celebration of one of San Diego’s favorite foods. There will also be hosted professional volleyball and surf competitions. So whether you are participating in the run or just want to join the community for an unforgettable weekend, there will be plenty to do and see at Pacific Beachfest.

The proceeds from the race will go to San Diego’s own “Discover PB,” a non-profit organization that supports the Pacific Beach community by funding new designs and improvements throughout the area. Discover PB also hosts fundraisers, leadership events and DUI prevention seminars. So join the fun and support the city of Pacific Beach at this year’s Pacific Beachfest!

ladiesDon’t miss out on a sun soaked San Diego weekend filled with beach, beer, bands and a 5k Run! Stay just steps away from all of the activity at Ocean Park Inn, a proud sponsor of this year’s event. Thanks to their luxurious rooms, gorgeous location just steps from the sand, and proximity to the PB Beachfest, the Ocean Park Inn is sure to sell out quickly, so don’t wait to make your reservations. Visit www.oceanparkinn.com to book your stay today!


Celebrate the 4th of July in America’s Finest City

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The Fourth of July is one of Americans’ favorite holidays, especially out here in San Diego! At OPI, we love hosting tourists and locals alike as they celebrate patriotism in sunny San Diego. This year, we want to help you find an unforgettable way to spend the Fourth. While there are countless options, here’s a short list of our favorite San Diegan activities to Fireworks in San Diegopartake in on July 4th:

For the early-bird athletes out there:
Want to get an early start and keep up your workout regimen before you indulge in the BBQs and party food? Look no further than the 4th of July Celebration in Coronado. Kick off your Fourth at the 5 AM parade, then start your active morning at the 7 AM Annual Independence Day 15K Run/Walk at Tidelands Park. Having too much fun to leave? Stay all day to enjoy an art walk, a live concert and more.

Get the fun started at the fair:
The San Diego Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds will be hosting a patriotic opening ceremony at 9:30 AM for Independence Day. The fair’s gates will open at 10 AM with plenty of rides, games, exhibits, concerts, food vendors and more entertainment to keep you busy and having fun all day long. The fair even stays open until midnight just for the holiday!

For the history buffs:
Check out San Diego’s Maritime Museum for a general admission pass, which gets you access to three different world-class ships. Learn about the mind-blowing history attached to these ships, then enjoy a celebratory picnic dinner and fireworks cruise. Tickets are only $35 for adults and $18 for children 3-12 years old.

Last, but not least…watch the fireworks!
No matter where you are in San Diego, there is bound to be a fireworks display close to you. Enjoy this timeless 4th of July tradition in East County, the South Bay, North County or Coronado, all of which host their own firework shows. The biggest shows, which happen to be closest to your beach accommodations at the Ocean Park Inn, are the Annual Bay Boom along San Diego Bay, the SeaWorld Sea to Shining Sea show, the Ocean Beach Pier show and the Old Town 4th of July show. There are countless places to enjoy this quintessential Fourth of July activity!

Don’t forget to plan ahead…
On these fun and crazy holidays, the last thing you’ll want to do is worry about heavy traffic driving from place to place. Stay in the heart of it all in an affordable, boutique hotel! Enjoy low prices and great views of our beautiful city from your balcony at Ocean Park Inn. Call 858-483-5858 now or go to our website to make your reservations!

Spend Mother’s Day 2014 in Sunny San Diego

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It can be a challenge to come up with a fun and exciting way to honor mom on her big day every year, so we’re here to help! What better place to spend Mother’s Day 2014 than in sunny San Diego? There are a ton of timeless activities to enjoy with mom in America’s Finest City, including:

Brunch! San Diego is home to some of the most delicious restaurants in the country, and boasts an array of spots to choose from that will satisfy every mother’s appetite this May. With such a wide variety of places to go for brunch, it might be overwhelming to pick just one. One of our favorites is Herringbone in La Jolla—bottomless mimosas and eggs benedict, anyone? Built around six large olive trees, this beachside oasis offers the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing day with mom.

Spend the day on the water! The Hornblower is offering a champagne brunch for families to enjoy a lovely cruise around the downtown San Diego marina, while enjoying a live jazz band. Mom is sure to enjoy this fabulous mix of great food, great music, and spectacular views.

If foodie options don’t hit the mark, try these Mother’s Day recommendations from OpenTable:

Adventurous Moms need look no further than famous Belmont Park in Mission Beach. This surfside parks offers an array of inexpensive attractions near the beach, including a ride on the iconic rollercoaster, and a fun-filled afternoon at the  WaveHouse.

Looking for the perfect place to take a stroll with your Mom? Visit San Diego’s famous Balboa Park! Or spend the day with mothers from the animal kingdom with a trip to Sea World. Even a casual movie will be special at one of San Diego’s amazing luxury cinemas.

The best gift you can give your Mom this coming Mother’s Day? Luxurious accommodations at the premier boutique hotel in Pacific Beach: Ocean Park Inn. The Ocean Park Inn is the perfect place to treat your busy Mom to a vacation filled with gorgeous views and a relaxing atmosphere. Call or visit our website to make reservations, and give mom the sunny San Diego getaway she deserves! Mother’s day is May 11th, so don’t wait, book your visit today!

Little Italy Festa 2013

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If you’ve ever ventured to Little Italy in San Diego, you’ll remember the mouth-watering eats and charming bistros that fill the area located just north of the hustle and bustle of downtown San Diego.  Don’t just reminisce—make the trip back for a celebration of Italian Culture at the Little Italy Festa on Sunday, October 13th.

The Little Italy Festa will of course boast delicious Italian food served al fresco from 180+ booths throughout the neighborhood, featuring a wide variety of flavors and specialties. From calamari to arancini to pizza, your taste buds will be thanking you for attending! The Festa will also provide the opportunity to attend cooking demonstrations, or even to put your recipe to the test by entering one of the festival cooking contests.

The Festa will also provide a feast for your eyes in the form of the Gesso Italiano (Italian Chalk) art painting, which is one of the largest sidewalk chalk art displays in the country! The chalk paintings are the Festa’s primary focus, as over 50 teams use their skills to create some of the most beautiful art imaginable.  Each piece of art is 8’x8’ and themed to depict Italy or Italian-American culture. “[This art will pay] homage to the heritage, history and culture that have made San Diego’s own Little Italy what it is today” (http://www.littleitalysd.com/).

After you stuff yourself full of lasagna and tortellini, visit the Ballast Point Beer & Wine garden to wash it all down. Then head over to the Italian Motorsport Show to gawk at some of Italy’s most enticing cars like Lamborghinis, Ducatis, Alfa Romeos and more!

Three stages of live entertainment will provide dancing and fun for all! From The Marine Band to the festival headliner, Oh What a Night—A Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, there’s something for everyone. This event is open to all ages, so bring the kids along to enjoy the Festa’s Kids Fun Zone. The Kids Zone will give your little ones the chance to create some of their own Gesso Italiano art, get their faces painted, play on inflatables and more.

This festival is widely popular among locals and tourists, so be sure to arrive early and come hungry! Many of the vendors have delectable eats at a low cost, but keep in mind, most of them accept only accept cash.

Just a 10-minute drive from Ocean Park Inn, the Little Italy Festa is the perfect way for you and your family to immerse yourselves in Southern California’s Italian-American culture. We provide all guests with an Uber discount (for first time users only), so make sure you talk to our front desk staff to find you the best transportation options in town!

To see pictures from last year’s Festa, please visit http://littleitalysd.smugmug.com/Events/FESTA-2012/26006112_MwC8mh#!i=2158561736&k=f24h7bZ

We hope to see you there. Ciao!