Wednesday March 12, 2014
The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Festival in San Diego's Balboa Park is making its return this Saturday, March 15. The event is hosted by Irish Congress of San Diego and 2014 promises to be a fun year for the event.
The theme of the parade this year is "Celebrating People in Public Service" and it will also, of course, have an Irish flair. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and will have over 120 different floats and attractions. Before and after the parade there will be live entertainment on outdoor stages. You can also get an Irish souvenir without going to Ireland at one of the craft booths. There will also be food booths and beer gardens (where, yes, there will be Guinness served) plus an interactive kids zone. Visitors will also have fun exploring the San Diego Irish Festival's Celtic Village, which is set up as a Celtic Village would have been in 1600 A.D.
The San Diego St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Festival lasts from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The parade will travel along 5th Avenue starting at Laurel Street and ending at Upas Street, then it will travel back to Laurel along 6th Avenue. After the festival, you may want to stay downtown and head to the ShamROCK Festival in the Gaslamp Quarter for some more St. Patrick's Day fun in San Diego.
Monday March 10, 2014
This Saturday, get decked out in green and celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the Gaslamp Quarter at the annual ShamROCK Festival. March 15 will see lots of revelers take to the streets, which are transformed by green décor, live bands and lots of beer and whiskey.
Center stage at the outdoor festival is the Field Irish Stage, where the Irish Rock bands and other live bands featuring Celtic music will take to the stage to get everyone into a rockin' mood.
The ShamROCK festival lasts from 4 p.m. to midnight. Tickets for the festival are $40 if bought in advance and $45 on the day of the event. There are also VIP tickets for $75 ($85 the day of) that gives you a special entrance to the festival, VIP bathroom access, a VIP lounge and tickets for free cocktails.
Friday February 28, 2014
Attention Pet Lovers! The San Diego Pet Expo is tomorrow, March 1, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The expo is running from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and you'll find a slew of pet-friendly demonstrations and activities. Plus, pets are welcome!
The San Diego Pet Expo will have many exhibitors showcasing the latest and greatest pet products and businesses in the San Diego area. Your furry friend can also get discounted vaccinations or their nails trimmed while there. Don't have a pet yet, but want one? Then this is your day - the San Diego Pet Expo will have dozens of rescue groups on the premises and there will be available animals to adopt at the expo as part of its Mega-Adoption Event. There will also be lots of prizes given away, including a costume contest - yes, it's perfect acceptable to dress up your pooch or other pet for this event.
Entrance to the event is free, though parking costs $10. The Del Mar Fairgrounds is located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard in Del Mar. After the event, take advantage of being in Del Mar and head to a delicious Del Mar restaurant close to the sea.
Thursday February 27, 2014
$5 Burgers! $5 Burgers! You've heard of Restaurant Week in San Diego and now there's...Burger Week. San Diego has become a hot spot for gourmet burger joints over the past decade and now you can try them all (or at least a good sampling of them) without breaking the bank.
From March 7 through March 16
, San Diego CityBeat
is teaming up with dozens of burger places in San Diego
to provide you with Burger Week. During Burger Week, you'll be able to get $5 burger specials at places like Burger Lounge, Hamilton's, PB Shore Club, Small Bar, and West Coast Tavern.
Many participating location have a second burger special, like a specialty burger and a beer for $10 at Bub's Dive Bar. For a full list of participating locations, visit the CityBeat Hamburger Week page