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Spring Arts and Crafts Festivals in San Diego

Tuesday April 22, 2014

If you love art fairs and warm San Diego weather, you don't want to miss out on these three upcoming spring arts and crafts festivals in San Diego:

Mission Federal ArtWalk Little Italy: April 26 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Carlsbad Village Faire: May 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bernardo Winery Spring Arts and Crafts Fair: May 10 and May 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Read more about these fun San Diego arts and crafts festivals!

Easter Brunch Restaurant Ideas in San Diego

Friday April 18, 2014

This Easter Sunday, take advantage of one of the special brunches happening at San Diego restaurants. Not sure where to go? I've put together two options -- one down south in San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood and one up north in Carlsbad. Here they are:

Indigo Grill

Located in Little Italy, Indigo Grill is a sophisticated, yet fun and eclectic restaurant. This Easter Sunday, April 20, Indigo Grill is putting together an inventive 3-course brunch menu. The menu will be served between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choose from items such as Pineapple Upside Down French Toast, Spinach and Mushroom Egg White Scramble with avocados and poblano chiles and a Chipotle Braised Chicken Burritos. There are also several delicious items for dessert plus fruit or yogurt for a first course. The 3-course Easter menu is $34.95. There is also a kids menu for $12.95, which features French toast or scrambled eggs with a chocolate sundae for dessert.

Miguel's Cocina

Miguel's Cocina in Carlsbad will have brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., but that's not all! The Mexican eatery will also have face painting and a balloon artist from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to keep kids entertained. Brunch includes an a la carte menu with options such as burritos, steak and eggs, coconut French toast, and pozole rojo.

How do you usually spend Easter in San Diego?

Taste of Hillcrest April 19: Restaurant Samples Galore!

Wednesday April 16, 2014

This Saturday, head down to Hillcrest and bring an empty stomach so you can fully indulge in all the Taste of Hillcrest has to offer. Running from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on April 19, the Taste of Hillcrest features over 40 restaurants that will be offering delicious samples of food from their menus.

Participating Hillcrest restaurants include popular eateries like Bamboo Lounge, Uptown Tavern, Saigon on 5th, Wine Steals, BabyCakes, Luna Grill, Crest Cafe and many, many more. All participating locations are within walking distance or you can jump on the shuttle provided by the event to go straight to the restaurant you most want to sample.

Tickets for Taste of Hillcrest are $30 and it is recommended you buy them in advance as this event is expected to sell out (tickets also go up to $35 the day of the event). Tickets can be purchased via the website for the event, www.tasteofhillcrest.com.


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.

-Photo courtesy of Del Mar Fairgrounds.

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!

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