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

San Diego Beer Week! November 1st – 10th

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San Diego Beer Week (Nov. 1-10)

Beer lovers unite! San Diego Beer Week 2013 (SDBW) is gearing up to wow you from November 1-10. The weeklong celebration kicks off with a two-day “San Diego Brewers Guild Festival” at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in downtown. This official kick-off event will provide samples from 50+ craft breweries from around the U.S. On Friday, November 1st, guests will get to talk one-on-one with award-winning brewers and learn how San Diego is quickly becoming one of the top cities in the country to find delicious craft beer. Taste some of San Diego’s “finest, rare and specialty beers from local breweries, including offerings brewed just for this event” (sdbw.org). Make sure to come thirsty on Saturday, when festival patrons will get to enjoy fifteen 3 oz. tastings from a commemorative tasting glass. You may be tempted to fill up on beer, but you won’t want to miss out on the gourmet food trucks that will be around to serve delicious eats! Tickets for the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival can be purchased here.

As the week progresses you’ll have the opportunity to attend several (or all!) of the 140+ events taking place in honor of craft beer. All over San Diego, beer connoisseurs will get to choose from beer dinners, cheese pairings, brew tours, rare cask tastings, and more!  Stone Brewing Co.’s “Rare Beer Breakfast” caught our eye, and includes 15 beer samples as well as all you can eat beer battered Monte Cristos, Belgian waffles and fried chicken. Another exciting option will be Green Flash’s “Bikes, Brews and Brats,” which includes a mountain bike ride from Cal Coast Cycles to the Regal Beagle via a scenic route through Balboa Park. Tickets include a jersey, Green Flash brew and a Regal Beagle brat.  For a complete list of SDBW events, please click here.

What better way to wash the week down than with a beer garden celebration? On Sunday, November 10th, the Arroyo Terrace of the Lodge at Torrey Pines will host the closing beer garden from 12pm to 3pm. Featuring 24 of San Diego’s best breweries and 12 amazing chefs, this event provides delicious pairings that will leave you wishing it was beer week all year long. We can dream!

Have Ocean Park Inn be your oceanfront oasis during your craft beer adventure. Right now, book an oceanfront room for only $169, an unbeatable price right in the heart of Pacific Beach. Sipping on your favorite brew just isn’t the same without an oceanfront view! Sit back, sip, relax.  Book online now.

Check out last year’s event for a taste of what’s in store this November 1st-10th!

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12th Annual San Diego Film Festival

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The San Diego Film Festival is back and bigger than ever this fall, where it will be celebrating its exciting 12th season! From October 2nd – 6th, the festival will be screening more than 100 independent films in downtown San Diego and La Jolla. The annual festival is growing, and ready to take on some of the top events of its kind and establish itself as a significant player in the film festival world. The San Diego Film Festival rolls the red carpets out for a five-day extravaganza of feature films, shorts, and documentaries, as well as VIP events and industry panels all on La Jolla’s sunny shores, as well as at the center of San Diego’s entertainment scene, the Gaslamp District.

Produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting both national and international independent filmmakers, the festival seeks to bring the magic of film to those who make them and those who love them. Through storytelling, compelling visuals and intelligent discussions, the San Diego Film Festival seeks to build and strengthen our community through the power of cinema. 2013 is a huge growing year for the festival, bringing in new leadership, an additional screen and even four new film categories: Native American Voices, Action Sports, Family-Friendly and Music and Horror.

Among the 120 new movies from over 55 countries being premiered at the event is the highly-anticipated documentary Ricky Whitlock, following the story of an injured surfer’s road to recovery after breaking his back in two places during a near fatal surfing accident. In addition, the event will host Running From Crazy, a compelling documentary following Mariel Hemingway’s journey to understand her family’s history of suicide and mental illness.

Having earned more than 12 Best Film Festival awards as well as being named one of the Top Ten Best Regional Film Festivals in the country, this cinematic experience is not to be missed. Pacific Beach’s Ocean Park Inn, centrally located between both screening locations, could not agree more that the San Diego Film Festival has rightfully earned its place as one of the best film festivals held in vacation destinations. With America’s Finest City serving as the acclaimed event’s backdrop, the combination of five-star films in a five-star city will get rave reviews by even the toughest of critics. Can’t wait to see you there! Check out http://sdfilmfest.com for more information.