San Diego is the perfect place to visit during the holidays! In addition to our always beautiful weather there are tons of free activities to enjoy with the family or as a couple.
All year we love taking care of our guests at the Ocean Park Inn, but it is even more special during the holiday season. Click the link below to find out about all of the fun you can have in America’s Finest City this year!
25+ Free Holiday Events in San Diego!
The annual Pride festival is coming to San Diego from July 17th – 19th, and will boast multiple stages of entertainment, more than 80 musicians, bands, comedy and dance performers, great food and much more. The ultimate goal of the festival is to celebrate pride and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, locally, nationally and globally. This festival will include special performances and appearances from current dance, pop, hip-hop, Latin and other stars including Emma Hewitt, Late Night Alumni, Mary Lambert, Taryn Manning, and dozens more all hosted by Carmen Electra. This two day event starts Friday evening with The Pride of Hillcrest Block Party, and continues the following day with the Pride Parade in Balboa Park. If you’re looking for a place to stay while enjoying San Diego’s Pride Parade, look no further than the comfort of a beachfront room at Ocean Park Inn. The Ocean Park Inn offers gorgeous ocean views and a great location on the Pacific Beach boardwalk, just a short drive from the festivities in Balboa Park.
If you need any more reasons to join in the celebration, consider the following:
- Music Festival: San Diego’s Pride Parade music festival will host about 40,000 people from across the nation, and will feature music, food trucks, five stages, 200 exhibitor booths, craft beer and more. Come enjoy the music and food while celebrating this beautiful festival that calls for equality for all people.
- Block Party: Kick off Pride weekend on Friday, July 17th at the San Diego Pride and Fabulous Hillcrest hosted Pride of Hillcrest Block Party. This signature party kicks off Pride weekend with urban style and flare. This Block Party boasts complimentary drinks and food from 6-7pm, and all guests are welcome!
- Parade: The Pride Parade spans 1.1 miles from 11am-2pm on July 18th, 2015, and is open for the public to enjoy. The parade begins at the Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Ave. and ends at Laurel St. The parade will accommodate more than 200 floats and is viewed by a crowd of nearly 200,000 people each year.
Worried about transportation? Don’t be! There are shuttles running from 8am-2pm, and public parking is provided around the Hillcrest area as well. Come be a part of this exciting event pride event, and enjoy live music and tasty food. Let the Ocean Park Inn make your stay in San Diego as comfortable as possible: visit oceanparkinn.com for booking information and room details.
It’s that time of year again: the weather is getting warmer, Summer is on the horizon, and the fair is on its way into town! Experience this once-a-year event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, from June 5-July 5. Consider staying down the coast a bit at Pacific Beach’s most-loved family hotel, the Ocean Park Inn.
The Del Mar Fair features many musical and talent performances from artists across the board, from nationally known performers, to local professionals and amateur groups. There are also dozens of contests that you can participate in, ranging from agricultural efforts to cooking and even flower arranging. The county fair also includes many animal exhibits such as a petting zoo, where you can feed the animals. The Del Mar Fair theme changes every year, which is a fun way to keep the attendants guessing on what to expect from the attractions and musical performers. In past years the themes have ranged from camping, to music mania. The theme for 2015 will be Planes and Aircraft, and we can’t wait to see what they do with this exciting topic. Still not convinced? Here are a few more reasons to get excited for the Del Mar Fair:
Musical Performers: This year the fair will be hosting musical performers such as Andy Grammer, Austin Mahone and Switchfoot. Along with the musical guests, the world tour of Legends of Rock will be in attendance. This tribute band performs in the Coors Light Rock On Series, a nightly entertainment series that features the finest tribute artists from southern California.
Easy Transportation and Cheap Tickets: You can purchase your tickets to the county fair online, at the Del Mar fairgrounds and even at your local Albertsons or Vons. The tickets are usually around $25, and there are many discount deals available as well. When it comes to figuring out transportation, there are many options available to you. Attendees can drive to the fairgrounds, but keep in mind parking is paid. You may also consider taking public transportation like the trolley, or hop on the shuttle bus!
Festivals: Along with the food, rides, contests and music, there are also individual festivals inside of the county fair. This year the festivals will include the “International Beer Festival,” “Toast of the Coast wine festival,” “Spirit and cocktail festival” and many more. At these festivals, you are able to taste all of your favorite alcoholic beverages and maybe even find a new favorite drink.
So get your tickets and come on down to Del Mar to find out for yourself why the fair is such a talked-about San Diegan event. Get ready to start your summer off on the right note and come stay with us at www.oceanparkinn.com.
Looking for a fun, charitable event for to enjoy at the end of May? Look no further than the Rock’n’Roll marathon, which offers multiple distance options ranging from 5ks to marathons, all benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This marathon lasts for only two days and is in San Diego from May 29- May 31.
To rest up before and after the race, choose a luxurious room at Ocean Park Inn, an oceanfront oasis just a short drive from downtown San Diego where the race will be held. The Rock’n’Roll Series started in 1998 in San Diego, and now has expanded to over 30 cities annually, including Las Vegas, Chicago, Nashville, Washington DC, Madrid and Mexico City.
The Rock’n’Roll Marathon offers a running experience like no other. Not only are you running for a good cause, but from the start to the finish line there will be a block party surrounding you and cheering you on, complete with special musical performers. In the past, the finish line concert boasted performers like the Goo Goo Dolls, Pitbull, All American Rejects, Macklemore, Lady Antebellum and many more. The Rock’n’Roll Marathon series is defined by great entertainment, and “music festival” energy, but its participants have also raised more than $310 million for participating charities.
Here is some more information if you are considering participating in the Rock ‘roll marathon or just want to lend a helping hand:
Volunteer: Even if running isn’t quite your favorite pastime, you can still do your part and help support your community, as well as the thousands of runners and walkers, by volunteering at the event. There are more than 2,400 volunteering positions available to teams, families, corporate groups and friends. If you are interested in volunteering, all the information about how to sign up is on the Rock’N’Roll website.
Training: Since not everybody is a natural born runner, there is a training staff that can help you through your journey. The coaches will be with you every step of the way, whether it’s your first time running a marathon or you are an experienced runner trying to earn your personal best time.
Sign up today for a good cause. No matter how far you are traveling from, book a room at Ocean Park Inn for a wonderful San Diegan experience.
Graduation time is nearly here, and this big event is particularly exciting for San Diegans, who have a number of great universities to celebrate each year. These ceremonies mark the achievement of students’ hard work and dedication to their education. San Diego State University, University of San Diego and University of California San Diego’s graduations are right around the corner, and local hotels and restaurants are gearing up for the influx of visitors who will be attending the ceremonies in our city. Make sure you book your stay at Ocean Park Inn and make a graduation dinner reservation before it books up!
To help you plan the post-ceremony party, we have put together a few recommendations for great Graduation Dinner spots throughout San Diego:
Downtown: Mister A’s offers a modern American cuisine with French and Mediterranean influences. Mister A’s easily accommodates large groups, making this fining dining restaurant the perfect place to get the whole family together. The stunning panoramic views are the ultimate pair with their tantalizing menu.
La Jolla: Donovan’s by the Cove is known for its standard of fine dining excellence. It is truly a classic steakhouse that is a classy place to celebrate any achievement. Private dining rooms are available as well as regular seating. This La Jolla staple will put an elegant touch on any college graduation celebration.
Little Italy: Bencotto is one of our favorites. Their unique approach to Italian cooking offers hand-made “home style” dishes in a modern and inviting way. The menu is “designed-to-share” so that guests can casually pick and choose dishes, making it ideal for a big family celebration.
Mission Beach: For a laid back, beach celebration, we recommend Cannonball. Newly renovated oceanfront views and irresistible sushi are the name of the game. Enjoy some cocktails, layback and enjoy the views. The open feel of the restaurant is stress free, and it is the perfect place to let loose with friends after four years of hard work.
Mission Valley: King’s Fish House has many special occasion rooms and is a seafood lover’s paradise. The owners have been in the restaurant business for three generations, and it really shows at King’s. This would be a great family style option for any graduation celebration.
Wherever you decide to dine, there is nothing quite like celebrating with great company amongst the positive and exciting buzz of the graduation season. Congratulations to all of San Diego’s 2015 graduates! We wish you the best of luck. Don’t forget to book your stay at Ocean Park Inn!