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!

Pacific Beachfest

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Pacific Beach is pulling out all the stops on Saturday, October 5th as it looks to showcase some of the beach town’s best and brightest during Pacific BeachFest, held from 11am-7pm. Whether you are a PB resident, local San Diegan or just visiting for the weekend, Pacific BeachFest is the best way to “discover the action” and all that the area has to offer. The popular San Diegan beach town will see non-stop activity during the festival which features a surf competition, beach volleyball tournament, 5K run and of course a wide variety of the tastiest food vendors from the area.

Beachfest attendees will have a chance to fill their day with many of the best activities and food that PB has to offer. Those searching for activity or adrenaline may choose to partake in the Revolt Summer Surf Series, a surf competition for all ages, join in on an action packed game of beach volleyball or even take a jog with the fun run 5k on the sand.

Foodies, on the other hand, can spend the day satisfying satisfy their taste buds with offerings from some of PB’s top restaurants. Try a sample of the region’s premier craft beers in the beer garden, or get your grub on with local favorites like fish tacos. Top Pacific Beach restaurants and bars will be putting their best fish tacos forward for guests to sample in hopes of being crowned the “Best of the Beach” in the Fish Taco Challenge. A local artisan craft fair, games on the boardwalk and a lively music fest featuring local talent will provide entertainment for the entire family from start to finish.

Located in the heart of Pacific Beach, Ocean Park Inn is the ideal place to call home after reveling in the festivities. Truly experience the Pacific Beach lifestyle all day and night when you stay at the area’s premier boutique, ocean-front hotel. The Ocean Park Inn provides easy access to all Pacific Beachfest has to offer, and can’t wait to show guests the fun, beauty and adventure house within their beloved neighborhood.  For more information about Pacific BeachFest, go to http://www.pacificbeachfest.org

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 http://sdbeerfest.org/ 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 http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Street-Fair.html

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 Webkinz.com 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 http://bit.ly/OceanParkBooking.