Tourism to Cabrillo National Monument
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 842,000 visitors to Cabrillo National Monument in 2018 spent $49.7 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 654 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the San Diego economy of $67.5 million.
What’s Driving the Balboa Park Leadership Vacuum
The Balboa Park Conservancy, founded eight years ago to act as a leader for Balboa Park, has never found its footing in that role. Advocates and power brokers who rarely align on what’s right for Balboa Park quietly agree on the need for change in the weeks since the Plaza de Panama plan fell apart.
It’s official, San Diego’s downtown planning agency is finished
On Tuesday City Council members voted 5-2 to implement a settlement agreement that separates the two entities, effectively returning downtown land use decisions to the city and leaving Civic to stand alone as a public benefit company with a focus on community investment programs.
Timken Museum lease agreement sets precedent for Balboa Park institutions
The city of San Diego and the Timken Museum of Art are set to execute a 20-year lease agreement that will have the institution pay rent for the first time in history, and set a precedent for all nonprofit leases in Balboa Park.
San Diego joins dining elite as first Michelin star goes to Addison
At a ceremony for the inaugural Michelin Guide California in Huntington Beach, which was attended by a who’s who of the state’s top chefs and restaurateurs, Addison executive chef and San Diego native William Bradley accepted the illustrious award for the 13-year-old bastion of fine dining at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar.
Gator By The Bay-Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival
Date & Time- May 9 - May 12, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Largest, authentic Louisiana-themed festival this side of the bayou. Features 4 days of live music - more than 100 performances on 7 stages, dancing, delicious Southern food - including beignets, gumbo, jambalaya & 10,000 lbs of crawfish. Family Friendly & Fun!
Art Around Adams
Date & Time- Jun 1, 2019, 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Adams Avenue District continues to evolve, and so has our event. Come visit the many participating storefront businesses with galleries and stages curated just for the event.Enjoy Adams Avenue in a friendly, relaxed and carefree environment where taste-makers and free thinkers mix freely with family and friends. Experience exhibits and performances that will dazzle the eye and stir the senses. Each year we strive to infuse new and exciting artists and talents that reflect this year’s local trends in art and business.
San Diego Festival of the Arts
Date & Time- Jun 8 - Jun 9, 2019, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Since its inception in 1987, the San Diego Festival of the Arts (www.sdfestivalofthearts.org) has raised in excess of $2.5 million in support of 33+ adaptive sports programs benefiting more than 150,000 San Diegans with disabilities.
Mission San Diego de Alcala Festival of the Bells
Date & Time - Jul 13 - Jul 14, 2019, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The festivities include food, live entertainment, dancing, and traditional activities like the Blessing of the Bells and the Blessing of the Animals. All five Mission bells are rung during the weekend festivities, including the original bell dating back to 1802. The Festival of the Bells is a great family event and an opportunity for everyone to visit and learn more about this historical landmark.
The Spirit of the Fourth
Date & Time- Jul 4, 2019, 9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Fireworks start at 9:00 PM.
The Spirit of the Fourth Community Fair is a fun and exciting family event that includes live entertainment, classic cars, a parade, and fireworks.
The Spirit of the Fourth festivities takes place throughout the day at various venues in the community.
Bates Nut Farm
15954 Woods Valley Rd Valley Center, CA 92082
Five generations of the Bates family have owned and operated the Bates Nut Farm. It started out as a walnut farm but they now sell nuts from all over the world in addition to other old-fashioned delights. Shopping is part of what you do here and not-to-be-missed is are the candy barrels and other specialty items in the huge shop. But fall is when many families make an annual trek out to the farm to celebrate the seasons. Bates Nut Farm has a petting zoo, straw maze, fall activities and a 15-acre pumpkin patch where you can take out a wheelbarrow in search of your perfect pumpkin.
Baja Vino does weekly group tours and daily custom private tours from San Diego and Northern Baja to Mexico's Wine Country, Valle de Guadalupe. All Baja Vino tours are ALL-INCLUSIVE which includes transportation to/from Valle de Guadalupe, personal tour guide, tastings at 3 of Baja's premier wineries, and a gourmet lunch provided by a top chef of the region.
San Diego Zoo
Founded in 1916, the Zoo has been an icon in San Diego for nearly 100 years—and an absolute must-see in Southern California. Spend the day monkeying around in our tropical oasis as you visit beautiful habitats that are home to gorillas, eagles, tigers, sun bears, Asian leopards, rare reptiles, a palette of colorful birds, and more. Visit the Australian Outback to delight in our colony of 24 koalas, and travel along Panda Trek to experience giant pandas and other animals that share their bamboo forest habitat.