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69th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show

Monday April 14, 2014

Del Mar National Horse ShowThe horse racing season isn't the only time that the Del Mar Fairgrounds gets magnificent horses prancing around its grounds. Starting April 17 and lasting until May 4, the prestigious 69th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show will be underway.

The Del Mar National Horse Show highlights three different horsemanship competitions, each which is featured on different dates during the show. The three categories are Western (April 17 -- April 20), Dressage (April 24 -- April 27), and Hunter / Jumper (April 28 -- May 4).

The public is welcome to attend the event and learn more about the equestrian events. Weekday events from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. are free to watch. On weeknights, tickets for seats in the grandstand are $10 and box seats are $15. On weekends, the price goes up to $19 and box seats must be reserved in advance by contacting the box office at 858-792-4252. The Del Mar Fairgrounds Arena is located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Avenue in Del Mar.

Sailor Days at Maritime Museum of San Diego

Monday April 14, 2014

The Maritime Museum of San Diego is hosting its Sailor Days now through April 20. Sailor Days is a fun event that lets visitors explore the ships of the Maritime Museum of San Diego followed by free activities fun for kids.

Both kids and adult will enjoy the four ships you can visit at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, which includes the Star of India, the oldest active sailing ship in the world. Activities during sailor days range from hands-on demonstrations like knot tying and rope making to active  events such as a scavenger hunts and rowing.

Activities and events change daily so check with the Maritime Museum of what will be on the schedule for the date you attend Sailor Days. You can reach the museum at 619-234-9153. Sailor Days is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day until April 20 and costs the price of admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego, which is $16 for adults, $13 for seniors 62 or older and students ages 13-17 and $8 for children ages eight to 12.


Carlsbad Flower Fields in Bloom

Friday April 11, 2014

Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch seen from the Carlsbad Premium Outlets Shopping Center.The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are in bloom! Springtime means an assortment of reds, yellows, pinks, and whites covering 50 acres of the side of a small hilltop in west Carlsbad that gently slopes above the Carlsbad Premium Outlets. So whether you want to glimpse the flowers while doing some retail therapy or take the time to walk among the rows of flowers, head to the Flower Fields while they're still in bloom this month.

Tickets to enter the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch and walk around are $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 60+, $6 for children ages three to 10 and free for children under age three. Tickets can be bought online here.  There are also hayrides available around the flowers for $5. The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch is open until May 11 every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

-Photo courtesy of Gina Tarnacki

Carlsbad State Street Farmer's Market

Monday March 31, 2014

Have you been to the new and improved Carlsbad Farmer's Market yet? The Carlsbad Farmer's Market used to be a small market that took up part of the small parking lot off of Roosevelt Street between Grand Avenue and Carlsbad Village Drive. Now, the Farmer's Market has been expanded to stretch down State Street each every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and now has just as much prominence as Carlsbad's restaurants and shops for one day each week.

The Carlsbad Farmer's Market has organic produce, free-range meats and eggs, homemade crafts and much more that you can browse through and buy each week.

Have you been to the Carlsbad Farmer's Market yet on State Street? What did you think of the new layout?


San Diego Zoo Play Days are Here

Friday March 28, 2014

Giraffe at San Diego Zoo.It's time to visit the San Diego Zoo again! Why, you ask? Because Play Days are here!

Starting tomorrow through April 20, the San Diego Zoo will be hosting its informative, entertaining and family-friendly Play Days. Visitors to the San Diego Zoo will get the chance to learn about animals in a whole new, interactive way by observing how these animals play. Each week has a different animal play theme, including climbing, prowling and plunging, and you'll hear from the zoo keepers and animal experts on how these different types of "play" help animals interact with each other and their habitat. There will also be some Play Days contests going on that kids will enjoy participating in.

During Play Days, the San Diego Zoo has extended hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

San Diego Travel and Adventure Show

Friday March 28, 2014

If you're dreaming of heading somewhere on a jet plane and exploring a new part of the world, then San Diego is here to help this weekend with the Travel and Adventure Show at the San Diego Convention Center.

Running both Saturday and Sunday, the show will feature an exhibitor showroom with representatives from some of the top travel destinations in the world, including New Zealand, Fiji, Aruba, and many more. You might get inspiration on where to take your next flight from San Diego County to. Tour operators, tourism board authorities, and other travel industry professionals will be talking about their brand and destination and how it can give you a memorable vacation.

I'm most excited to see one of my travel idols, Samantha Brown of the Travel Channel, speak during one of the keynote presentations. She is speaking both on Saturday and Sunday in the Travel Channel Theater at the show. Other prominent travel professionals will also be speaking, including Patricia Schultz, the bestselling writer of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. In the Destination Theater there will be sessions that focus on a particular destination or type of travel, such as Costa Rica, the Philippines, or solo travel. Presentations on international cooking and dance will also be conducted at the show. To see the speaker and presentation schedule, click here.

Travel and Adventure Show Quick Tips

Where: San Diego Convention Center, located at 111 West Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego
When: Saturday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Ticket are $10 if bought online by March 27, $12 if bought online between March 28 and March 30, or $15 at the door.

Shout House 10th Anniversary Party

Monday March 24, 2014

Anyone who has spent a lot of time in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego has likely enjoyed a night out at the Shout House, a bar that puts a focus on dueling pianos and provides musical fun. Though it feels like the Shout House has been a San Diego staple forever, it is actually only a decade old and will be celebrating it's 10th anniversary with a rocking party this Thursday, March 27.

The Shout House 10th Anniversary Party begins at 7 p.m. with the pianos going live at 8 p.m. From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. you can take advantage of a hosted bar. There will also be free appetizers and special giveaways. To attend, email RSVP@theshouthouse.com with your name and number of guests in your party. Space is limited so make sure you receive a confirmation back.

Then head to the Shout House on Thursday evening and make a toast to another ten years of piano dueling fun for the San Diego Shout House!

Stone Brews Cruise - Almost Sold Out!

Thursday March 20, 2014

Now this sounds like a cruise I think most San Diegans would love to take: the Brews Cruise presented by Stone Brewing Company. But hurry! This fun evening harbor cruise is almost sold out. It takes place May 23 and right now there is a $52 March promotional rate for tickets (goes up to $75 next month).

What will that ticket get you? For starters, access to the cruise, which is on the Adventure Hornblower, a large yacht with a 300-person sundeck that sails around San Diego Bay plus a variety of bars and lounges below. You'll also get to take advantage of unlimited samples of Stone beer, including special releases. There will also be a special Stone menu onboard so you don't need to worry about leaving the ship hungry.

The event lasts from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 23, 2014, and tickets can be purchased here.

San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering

Thursday March 20, 2014

If you haven't checked out the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering yet, then head to Petco Park on March 22, because not only does the festival end that day, it's also free on the 22nd!  The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering is great for the whole family and March 22 is its Expo Day, lasting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Expo Day will have leaders from San Diego's science and technology community at the festival that you can learn from. Visit over 120 different stations that will have interactive experiments and other demonstrations and exhibits to teach kids and adults all about the world of science and engineering and how it applies to San Diego.

3rd Annual North County St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival

Thursday March 13, 2014

North County San Diego residents don't have to drive all the way downtown for some St. Patrick's Day parade and festival fun this weekend. Instead, take the family to Vista this Sunday, March 16, for the 3rd Annual North County St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival.

The festival lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is held in Vista's quaint downtown area between Vista Village Drive and Eucalyptus Avenue to the east of South Santa Fe Avenue. The festival will feature live Irish music, a street fair with Irish food and trinkets plus an activities tent for children to have fun in. This Irish celebration doesn't have a beer garden, but you can get a pint of beer at Mother Earth Brew Company. The parade lasts from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will also be in downtown Vista.

Another great thing about the North County St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival? It's free to attend!


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