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Disney Cruises returning to San Diego in 2020 with fewer sailings

Disney Cruise Line, now a regular presence on San Diego’s bayfront, has released its latest schedule for next fall, which will bring even more sailings here, although, for all of 2020, the number of cruises will be down from 2019.

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Residents file second lawsuit over Carlsbad airport

CARLSBAD — A group of residents opposed to San Diego County’s approval of an updated master plan for McClellan-Palomar Airport has filed a new lawsuit against Carlsbad and the county.

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Why Coronado is San Diego County’s next A-list dining destination

With new restaurants like Little Frenchie, Garage Buona Forchetta and Serea from Clique Hospitality at the Hotel Del, there’s a new dining vibe in this once sleepy community

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San Diego Ranked 6th Best Big City in America in New Report

Toronto-based Resonance Consultancy, which advises local governments on tourism and economic development, evaluated cities based on 23 factors across the key categories of “place, product, programming, people, prosperity and promotion.”

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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.

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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.

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Holiday Bowl, Mountain West face changes after new tie-ins announced

Official word came Tuesday when the bowl revealed its Mountain West tie-in will be replaced in 2020 with an SEC/Big Ten relationship that coincides with a move to the Raiders’ new Las Vegas stadium.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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San Diego County Fair

Date- June 1-July 4

It’s a candy land of adventure as guests discover with kid-in-a-candy-store wide-eyed wonder, the sweet summer splendors the fair has to offer.

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Greek Festival

Date - June 8-10
Authentic Greek marketplace with food, wine, beer, live Greek music and dancing, Kids’ Fun Zone and church tours.

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San Diego International Beer Festival

Date - June 15-17
With nearly 200 breweries represented from around the world, beer drinkers will down hard-to-find specialty craft brews alongside local brewery favorites.

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OB Street Fair and Chili Cook-off Festival

Date- June 23
The Ocean Beach community will be celebrating its 39th street and chili cook-off where more than 70,000 visitors attend the festivities every year.

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San Diego Scottish Highland Games

Date- June 23-24

The 45th annual celebration of Scottish heritage features competitions in bagpiping, drumming, highland dancing, athletics and sheep dog trials.

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Sun & Sea Festival

Date - July 13-14

“Superheroes in the Sand” is this year’s theme for this family-oriented festival that features world-class sandcastle sculptors, an expanded farmers market, international food fair and a “kids only” zone.

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San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Festival

Date - July 13-15

The 2018 edition of the San Diego LGBT Pride kicks off with the Spirit of Stonewall Rally on July 13, followed by the annual 1.1-mile Pride Parade July 14 and the two-day Music Festival July 14 and 15.

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World Championship Over The Line Tournament

Date- July 14-15; July 21-22

This softball-like competition with three-member teams has a dress code — as comfortable as you can get.

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Del Mar horse racing

Date- July 18-Sept. 3

Racing season gets under way at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Place your bets on the hottest race horses in the country.

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Comic-Con International San Diego

Date - July 19-22 (Preview Night on July 18)

Put on your favorite costume and join the tens of thousands comic book and comic art lovers for Comic-Con International.

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Chula Vista Lemon Festival

Date - Aug. 5

More than 45,000 spectators will attend the largest festival in the South Bay to celebrate Chula Vista’s heritage as the lemon capital of the world.

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San Diego Spirits Festival

Date- Aug. 25-26

Celebrating its 10th year, the San Diego Spirits Festival brings the best of cocktails to the Port Pavilion at Broadway Pier.

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Sea Chantey Fest

Date- Aug. 26

Visitors will join in sea chanteys and traditional folk music performed by local and national artists such as The Jackstraws, The Bilge Pump band, Gilman Carver and more.

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U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Exposition

Date - Aug. 31-Sept. 3

One of the top 20 “Must See” seaside festivals in the world according to American Express and USA Today’s 10 Best, this Labor Day weekend tradition features 12 world master sculptors.

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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!

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San Diego Surf Film Festival

Date- May 8 - May 11, 2019
The 8th Annual San Diego Surf Film Festival (SDSFF) invites everybody to come to celebrate the passion that we all share for simply being in and around the ocean.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Baja Vino

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.

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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.


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