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!

Opening Day at Del Mar 2014

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And away they go! After training all year, the horses are finally coming out of the stables and on to the tracks for Opening Day at Del Mar! The racing season begins Thursday, July 17, 2014, Abstract Motion Blur Horse Raceand you won’t want to miss the exciting Opening Day action. Book your reservation for a race-filled getaway at Ocean Park Inn located in Pacific Beach, to experience all that San Diego has to offer.

Saddle up and kick off the start of an amazing racing season. The Del Mar racetrack will be hosting a handful of events on opening day, and the excitement will continue throughout the season. Don’t miss these key events:

Opening Day Events:

  1. Hat Contest: Starting in the early 1900s, female fashion at horse races included a mass of pastel and spring colored hats and dresses. As the tradition continues, Del Mar racetrack is hosting a hat contest on opening day with chances to win up to $5,000 in prizes. More information about the contest can be found here: http://www.dmtc.com/season/events/index.php?id=2
  2. Party on Opening Day: Join the ultimate opening day experience! Enjoy food trucks, DJs and a microbrew beer garden. You will have the chance to participate in interactive activities, photo booths and prize giveaways. If you’re a thrill seeker and are ready for a day of fun in the sun click here to purchase your tickets. http://www.dmtc.com/season/events/index.php?id=98
  3. Newcomers Seminar: Are you not exactly sure how the horse races are conducted? Are you confused about how to bet on a horse when the time comes? Join the newcomer’s seminar to understand the odds, how to manage your money and also learn helpful insider racing tips to be more successful during this racing season.

Events Throughout the Season

  1. Summer Concert Series: Enjoy a variety of summer concerts at Del Mar’s Thoroughbred club every weekend on Friday and/or Saturday. The warm summer weather makes for an enjoyable evening filled with live bands and nice cold beverages. With the purchase of your track admission you can enjoy a variety of artists all performing on the grounds of the racetrack.
  2. Family Weekend: Are you trying to come up with something different to do with the family this summer? Consider joining in on the family fun every Saturday and Sunday at the Del Mar Races! Children receive free racetrack admission and adults are only $6. The free activities include a giant scramble slide and obstacle course, inflatable games and rides, the Del Mar Mascot “Pony Boy”, Pony Rides, magic shows & game zone, jockey stilt walkers and face painters. So pack your cars and head over to enjoy a day full of activities with your family.
  3. San Diego Beer Festival: Join the Del Mar Race Track for San Diego Beer Fest on Saturday July 26th. Tickets will go on sale at 1:00 p.m. the day of the event. Sample five 7oz tastings for $18 and have the chance to talk to brewery representatives and check out brewery merchandise. Don’t miss out on this event!
  4. Day Break at Del Mar: Come join the Del Mar racing team for breakfast while watching the team’s morning workouts. The Clubhouse Terrance Restaurant will serve breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Enjoy delicious breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, fruit, and other items all while learning racing tips and more about the notable workers on the track.

After enjoying a day under the sun packed with horse racing festivities, the last thing you’ll want to do is sit in traffic. So whether you are just joining the races for opening day or are making this a weekend long vacation, be sure to book your hotel reservations at Ocean Park Inn. This affordable beachfront boutique hotel sits 20 minutes from the racetracks in the heart of Pacific Beach. With a view of the ocean and a location just steps away from restaurants and shops, you’ll be sure to find something to do that fits your family’s needs!

Call 858-483-5858 or visit oceanparkinn.com to complete your reservations.

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!

December Nights at Balboa Park

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… in Balboa Park that is!

Starting December 6th, San Diego’s Balboa Park will transform into a winter wonderland as the streets fill up with one-of-a-kind vendors, entertainment and 30,000 guests eager to enjoy this annual festival.

Coming into its 35th consecutive year, the December Nights festival will feature free admission from participating museums throughout the park. Activities range from the Annual holiday puppet tradition of “A Christmas Carol” at the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater, or to a few amazing excerpts of the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Or choose to take advantage of the Art Institute’s annual C-Note sale with original art works sold right off the walls for one $100, $200 or $300. You can even bring your family to the San Diego Zoo for an unbelievable aerial view of the city from the San Diego Zoo’s Skyfari!

Are you a beer lover? Stroll through the new BEERology exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Man, or enjoy the beer gardens and live entertainment at the Air & Space Museum. The possibilities are endless—and it’s all surrounded by holiday cheer! For a complete list of available activities, please click here.

Just a short drive from Balboa Park, let Ocean Park Inn serve as your perfect beach getaway for this Christmas celebration. Take a break from your hectic holiday schedule as you relax to the soothing sounds of the ocean from your room. Whether you’re visiting with your hubby for a romantic holiday getaway or with the entire family for an exciting Christmas vacation, let Ocean Park Inn accommodate you during this festive winter season.

Dates:

Friday, Dec. 6, 3-11pm
Saturday, Dec. 7 12-11pm.
Cost: FREE

Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”at The Old Globe Theatre

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The Old Globe Theatre is set to kick off the 2013 holiday season with a top-notch stage production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. San Diegans take their Seuss seriously, which is why this whimsical musical is returning for its 16th year. Featuring familiar favorites like “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze,” this musical is ideal for families and all ages. Transport yourself to snow-covered Whoville for a night of singing and laughter for all!

The Old Globe Theatre location is a reason in itself to attend this musical event. With a perfect rating of 5 on TripAdvisor, travelers from all over the world recommend this venue as one of the top three must-see attractions in San Diego. Built in 1935 for the intended purpose of presenting abridged versions of Shakespeare’s plays, “The Old Globe has [since] been home to the most acclaimed national artists, designers, directors and playwrights in the theatre industry” (theoldglobe.com). More than twenty productions produced at The Old Globe have gone on to play on and off-Broadway! The Globe is one of San Diego’s largest arts institutions, its leading arts employer, and among the nation’s top-ranked regional theatres.

The Old Globe is located in the heart of Balboa Park, where your family will be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautiful holiday décor throughout the holiday season. Turn your musical night into a jam-packed holiday extravaganza by attending Balboa Park December Nights Holiday Festival, where participating Balboa Park museums will open their doors free of charge!

Additional Details:

11 a.m. matinee performances are open to ALL AGES.
Everyone must have a ticket. Children under age 3 will not be
admitted except during 11 a.m. performances.

Tickets:

Where: The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 16, 2013 – December 28, 2013.
Cost: $27-57