San Diego’s annual convention for comic, movie and science fiction fans, Comic-Con International, will be held from July 24th to 27th, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center in the heart of downtown. Make sure you don’t miss San Diego’s biggest weekend! Book your stay at Ocean Park Inn and allow us to take care of you during this fun-filled fantasy weekend.
Comic-Con is dedicated to building awareness and fostering appreciation for comics and other related artwork. This year boasts over 40 special guests, hundreds of exhibitors and plays host to more than 600 events throughout the course of the four day event. Comic-Con gives you the chance to get autographs from some of your favorite actors, writers and illustrators, and ask these professionals questions about the industry. There will also be Anime and Film screenings, an Art Show and a Children’s Film Festival. Along with these visual exhibits, as an attendee you will be able to participate in competitive gaming tournaments and play in the open game areas. Lastly, if you have a costume worth showing off, join the Masquerade costume show for your chance to earn prizes.
Over 120,000 people are expected at this year’s event, and the entire city will participate in Comic-Con related activities. Whether you have purchased tickets to Comic-Con or just want to enjoy the action on the outskirts of the Convention Center, we have provided you with some FREE activities throughout the city that you may enjoy.
SDCC 3DS Pokémon Tournament for Craft Beer Lovers: Attention Pokémon fans! If you’re over 21 and want to fill your Pokéball full of craft beer, this is the event for you. On Wednesday July 23rd, Ballast Point in Little Italy will host a 3DS Pokémon Tournament for Craft Beer Lovers from 6:00 to 10:30 p.m. Gather your Pokémon cards and hone your battling skills before you head over to Ballast Point.
Her Universe Geek Couture Fashion Show: Fashion Week is coming to Comic-Con International this year! Her Universe™, a groundbreaking sci-fi fashion apparel line, has announced that will be bringing the first-ever full-scale “Geek Couture” fashion show and design competition to this year’s event! The Her Universe Fashion Show will be held on Thursday, July 24 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel. If you want to be a “Geek Couture” designer, submit your design to HerUniverse.com or simply join the fun and see what these talented designers have to offer the fashion industry.
Star Wars: The Old Republic Community Cantina Tour: Join the Star Wars Old Republic Community Team on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at the The Commons Bar from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. You will have the chance to ask the development team questions and get answers. In addition to complimentary drinks, food, and giveaways, every attendee will receive a M8-3R Astromech code! Space is limited for this event so make sure you arrive early.
8th Annual San Diego Convention Center Zombie walk and Zombie Prom: The Zombie Walk is for all-ages, free to participate in, and will meet at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 26th in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter at the Children’s Park. After the walk, Horton Grand Hotel will host the 21+ “Zombie Prom” from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Make sure to dress in your zombie attire and enjoy music, food, a photo booth, a cash bar and much more.
Whether you have purchased tickets to Comic-Con or are just looking to see what all the hype is about, book your stay at Pacific Beach’s premier oceanfront hotel. At Ocean Park Inn you will be able to escape the massive crowds downtown and fall asleep to the vibration of crashing waves. We want to make sure you don’t have to hassle with looking for parking on Comic-Con weekend, so we will be providing our guests with a FREE shuttle service to and from the convention center the weekend of the event. Not only will you receive free transportation, but we will also provide our shuttle riders with a small snack. For more information about our FREE Comic-Con shuttle service visit: http://oceanparkinn.com/san-diego/comic-con/ We look forward to enjoying Comic-Con weekend with you.
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, and 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:
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
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
The Environmental Systems Research Institute 2014 User Conference will be held July 14-18 at the San Diego Convention Center. The conference is just around the corner so make sure to book your stay at Ocean Park Inn today!
The ESRI conference will provide five days of technical instruction, geographic information systems training, hands-on seminars and networking opportunities for those in this exciting field. According to ESRI, “More than 15,000 professionals will attend this user conference from just about every commercial sector, government organization, and non-profit field…The ESRI UC is your exclusive opportunity to meet the developers, engineers and product team behind the new ArcGIS Pro.” Don’t miss your opportunity to experience 900 real-life projects, and the chance to get involved with the latest geospatial innovations.
Along with many other activities, ESRI will host a 5K fun run, yoga classes, kid’s camp, a family night and a party in Balboa Park. Bring your family along to turn this conference into a memorable family vacation! After a long day spent in the midst of downtown, withdraw from the fast-paced atmosphere by booking your hotel at the relaxing and family-friendly Ocean Park Inn. San Diego’s premier beachfront boutique hotel is located 15 minutes away from downtown in the heart of Pacific Beach. Not only will you be just steps away from the boardwalk, but you will be located within walking distance to many shops and great restaurants. Experience everything that San Diego has to offer! Spend your day at the ESRI conference in exciting downtown, and your night’s being lulled to sleep by the sounds of the Pacific Ocean.
After you have completed your conference registration, head over to OceanParkInn.com to make your hotel reservations. Whether you are bringing your family or traveling solo, make sure to check out local Kono’s Café for breakfast, dine rooftop at Firehouse or take a stroll down the boardwalk during sunset—all within walking distance from your ideal accommodations at Ocean Park Inn. We look forward to hosting you for the ESRI user conference!
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 partake 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!
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer, and what better way to kick off this beloved time of year than in beautiful San Diego? With so many exciting events taking place, we narrowed down the list of activities to a few of our favorites – enjoy!
Rent a Duffy!
Did you know that San Diego now has Duffy boats you can rent in Mission Bay? Host a party with your family and closest friends as you swiftly cruise along the San Diego waters. With a comfortable fit for up to 10 people, these “electric lounges” offer a great opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of San Diego from the comfort of a private vessel. Mission Bay has several great places to tie up and dine, or you can chose to bring your own assortment of food and beverages on board. Duffy’s are fully enclosed with a canopy roof and window enclosures, so your ride is sure to be comfortable. Don’t forget to pack your favorite music—all boats host stereos with either CD or iPod hookups!
Host a party, rent a Duffy! For booking inquiries, click here.
San Diego Jazz Fest
The Payne Pest Management San Diego Jazz Festival returns this Memorial Day weekend - May 23 – 25, 2014! Join the thousands of attendees as they welcome artists like Maxwell, Brian Culbertson, Boney James, Ledisi, Leela James and many more!
The Payne Pest Management San Diego Jazz Festival is an outdoor reserved seated event. This event is held rain or shine at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, CA.
Ticket options: 3 Day or Single Day (Friday, Saturday or Sunday). Purchase tickets here!
Tiger Trail at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park
Opening this Memorial Day is the brand new Tiger Trails exhibit at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park! Guests will be immersed in the mysterious world of the tiger in the Safari Park’s Tiger Trail complex. Three spacious habitats will feature an array of creature comforts for the Sumatran tigers including grasses for lounging, ponds for wading, and deadwood trees to use as scratching posts. One of the most exhilarating viewing opportunities is a special training wall, where you can watch keepers safely interact with tigers. There will even be a deep pool for underwater viewing! According to the San Diego Zoo, “You will be able to get so close to the tigers you can count their whiskers and the stripes on their tail.” Fierce!
From May 22 – 25, watch the Padres beat the Cubs at the beautiful Petco Park. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Petco Park is bringing some new flavors to Padres fans. Rimel’s Rotisserie, known for their rotisserie chicken and mahi mahi tacos, will open Rimel’s Rooftop Grill. Fans can also experience a miniature Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens experience with a 270-degree view of the baseball field. Ballast Point will also have a taproom called The Draft that will serve local beer on tap, as well as burgers from Hodad’s. In addition, the famous Luche Libre (seen on Man vs. Food) will be serving their famous California burritos. Have we mentioned that The Baked Bear (our favorite ice cream spot in PB) will be serving their famous freshly baked cookies and ice cream sandwiches? We’re officially drooling.
No matter how you choose to celebrate the holiday weekend, you’ll have an incredible time spending it in San Diego! Whether you’re looking for a luxurious and relaxing vacation, or a thrilling seascape adventure, Ocean Park Inn is your perfect getaway! Book your stay online, or call us to discuss room rates at 858.483.5858!