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.

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: http://bit.ly/OceanParkBooking.

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
www.paradigmshiftcharters.com

San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon: June 2nd, 2013

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Dubbed the most active city in America, by MensFitness.com, San Diego boasts an array of thrilling and out-of-the-box 5K’s and marathons each year. From glow-in-the-dark 5Ks to military-modeled mud runs, this city actively looks for an excuse to exercise!

On June 2nd, over 20,000 San Diegans will hit the streets to participate in one of the biggest running events of the year: the 16th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon. The 26 live bands that perform at every mile mark set this marathon apart from all others. From reggae to blues, participants will get to rock out while they work out!

Registration for the race includes:

  • Scenic course highlighting San Diego’s famous sites, including Balboa Park, the Gaslamp District, Mission Bay Park and Sea World.
  • Live, local bands along the course
  • Spirited cheer squads lining the course
  • Brooks technical participant shirt
  • Official finisher certificates
  • Finishers medal
  • Swag bag
  • Plentiful course support
  • Free admission to the finish line festival and post race concert
  • Free admission to the 2 day Health & Fitness Expo

To top it off, all marathoners who participate are running for a great cause! The Rock ‘n Roll marathon supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), a nonprofit that supports blood cancer research in providing treatments for patients in need. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon allows the LLS to create a Team in Training, in which runners raise money and group recognition while training for the event. The Rock n’ Roll Marathon website speaks of the great success these Teams in Training have had:“Since 1988, participants in the Luekemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training have raised over 1.3 billion dollars for treatments that are saving the lives of blood cancer patients today.”

After the run, reward yourself with a long, relaxing day on the beach and a comfortable bed at the Ocean Park Inn! Located just a few steps from the water, Ocean Park Inn is the perfect place to rest those sore muscles. With rooms still available, visit http://www.oceanparkinn.com/ or call the front desk at 800-231-7735 to reserve a spot today!

To register for the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon, visit: http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/san-diego/register.