Month: August 2010

Long Beach, California

A- Overview:
Long Beach, California’s fifth largest city, is located just 21 miles south of Los Angeles, at the southern end of Los Angeles County. Long Beach offers all the amenities of a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city, while retaining the charm and tranquility of a seaside community. Visitors seeking the California dream of beach, sun and ocean need look no further.

Long Beach is the perfect spot for people who enjoy the sun. Sea kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and jet-skiing are popular year round. Early in the year, whale watchers observe the migrating California Gray Whale, and year-round harbor cruises entertain young and old . The city’s well-designed beachside bike path is ideal for in-line skating, jogging, bicycling, or a quiet walk.

Long Beach became popular in the late 19th century as a seaside resort. Long Beach Harbor and the neighboring Port of Los Angeles are two of the busiest shipping centers on the Pacific Coast. The entire area is rich in petroleum resources, both on land and offshore.

California State University, Long Beach, is home to 27,000 students. Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center at Ocean and Long Beach boulevards encompasses the Long Beach Arena, Terrace Theater and Center Theater, where concerts, plays, trade shows and sporting events are held.

Boat cruises to Catalina Island leave from near the Queen Mary and from downtown. Long Beach AquaBus and AquaLink provide regularly scheduled service to Long Beach’s major attractions such as the Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific daily from mid-June to mid-September, and Friday through Sunday the balance of the year.

The roar of Grand Prix race cars echoes through the city streets in early April during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Most Saturday mornings, the Long Beach Heritage Society conducts narrated two hour walking tours: of the downtown area the first and third Saturdays of the month, and of the East Village, (which is being developed as an arts district), the second and fourth Saturdays. Nearby, eclectic boutiques welcome shoppers seeking rare treasures, and international cuisine is served alfresco. Along the waterfront, more than 12,000 marine animals welcome you and your friends to their aquarium home

The Queen’s Marketplace, near Pier J, is an open-air mall designed to resemble an old English village. Shoreline Village, at the foot of Pine Street, is a harbor side shopping center with specialty shops, restaurants, a restored Looff carousel, and occasional live boardwalk entertainment.

Bring along a good book you’ve been wanting to read. Get ready to stretch out, relax, and watch the waves of the Pacific Ocean roll gently toward shore. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll along the beach, the roar of world-class stock cars racing in the shadow of glittering skyscrapers, a picnic at one of the many local parks, or a concert under the moonlit sky, Long Beach is a perfect vacation getaway. You can even experience a serenade by gondoliers rowing an authentic gondola in the Venetian style on a cruise through local canals. Ocean breezes waft gently off the Pacific along a stretch of coastal paradise, while in the distance, a tall ship sets sail.. These sights and many more await the visitor to romantic Long Beach. Time to pack!

B- City Information:
Long Beach City Facts

Population: 429,400

Elevation: 29 feet

Land area: 50.4 square miles

Location: Located 21 miles south of Los Angeles at the southern tip of L.A. County. It is on San Pedro Bay on the Pacific Ocean.

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
57.0
58.3
59.7
63.0
65.9
69.8
73.7
75.0
73.4
68.6
61.8
57.1

High temperature (°F)
68.0
68.5
68.9
72.7
74.0
78.3
82.9
84.5
83.1
78.9
73.4
68.8

Low temperature (°F)
46.0
48.1
50.4
53.2
57.7
61.2
64.5
65.5
63.6
58.3
50.1
45.3

Precipitation (in)
3.0
3.0
2.5
0.6
0.2
0.1
0.0
0.1
0.2
0.4
1.1
1.8

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precip.
6
5
5
3
1
0
0
0
1
2
3
5

Wind speed (mph)
5.2
6.0
6.7
7.4
7.1
7.0
6.8
6.6
6.2
5.6
5.2
5.0

Morning humidity (%)
76
78
80
80
81
82
82
82
83
81
79
77

Afternoon humidity (%)
53
54
55
51
55
56
54
53
54
54
53
52

Sunshine (%)
71
71
71
69
61
60
69
71
70
69
75
72

Days clear of clouds
12
10
11
12
10
12
18
19
15
13
13
13

Partly cloudy days
8
7
9
10
13
12
11
10
11
11
8
8

Cloudy days
11
11
11
8
8
6
2
2
4
7
8
10

Snowfall (in)
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Local Seasons:

Enjoy a cool ocean breeze with nearly 345 days of sunshine every year. Summer temperatures range in the comfortable range of 70-80 degrees F, and winter temperatures are quite enjoyable at 55-65 degrees F, making Long Beach the ultimate year-round vacation destination. You can expect the summer to be the most crowded with tourists visiting many of the local and nearby attractions, enjoying the beach, and “star watching”. The fall becomes a little less crowded with a slight change in the temperature but not the activity. The fall in Long Beach is a peak time for events, including the annual Lobster Festival. Spring brings more of the same and is the perfect time for a romantic stroll on the beach. Whatever the time of year, the weather in Long Beach is beautiful!

Getting There:

By Car

Getting to and around Long Beach is easy! To get to Long Beach take the 405 south from Los Angeles or take the 405 north from Orange County. Then take the 710 south and Long Beach is located at the end of the 710 freeway.

By Air

Long Beach Airport

4100 Donald Douglas Drive

Long Beach, California 90809

562-570-2600

This is the most convenient airport for air travel into the Los Angeles/ Orange County area. Offering several daily flights on many of the largest airlines as well as regional carriers, Long Beach airport is the “plane easy” way to travel.

These alternative area airports offer hundreds of flights into and out of the area and are only a quick 25 minutes from Long Beach.

Los Angeles International (LAX)

1 World Way

Los Angeles, California

310-646-5252

Santa Ana/Orange County (SNA))
18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707

949-252-5200

Car Rental:

All of the major car rental companies are available at or near all three airports.

Getting Around:

By Car

To access over 5 1/2 miles of beach is easy. Let’s start at the heart of Long Beach. You can access the beach by going to Marina Green Park off of Shoreline Drive, or continue driving to Bluff Park at the corner of Ocean Blvd. and Junipero Avenue or proceed on Ocean Blvd. towards the peninsula and park in one of many parking lots available for the beachgoer.

By shuttle

Long Beach Transit

1963 E. Anaheim Street
Long Beach, CA 90813
562-591-8753

It is possible to conquer Long Beach without a car. Catch the convenient Passport shuttle, which runs approximately every 5-10 minutes. It’s free in the Downtown area and transports visitors to all of the must-see Long Beach attractions, including the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, Shoreline Village, and Pine Avenue.

Take advantage of the city’s bright red Passport Shuttle, a “free” transportation system that offers service to major Long Beach attractions. The new Purple Pine Avenue Link is also a “free” service from downtown to the Convention Center, Shoreline Village and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Or, let the Passport Tour D’Art whisk you quickly to downtown’s cultural spots.

By Water Taxi

Long Beach Transit and Catalina Express

562-591-2301

Service frequency is every 90 minutes

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 5:40 p.m.

Fares Charged

Or visit us at the Transit Information Center on First Street and Promenade

You can hop on board the Aquabus between the downtown waterfront attractions such as the Aquarium of The Pacific and the Queen Mary. For a high-speed trip to the south end of Long Beach, you can catch the Aqualink, the link between downtown and Alamitos Bay.

The AquaBus is the red 40-foot harbor shuttle in Queensway Bay connecting the Queen Mary / Catalina Express, the Coast Hotel, Catalina Landing, The Aquarium of the Pacific, Pine Avenue Circle at the Pike, and Shoreline Village. Service frequency is hourly and hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children 2 years and under ride free.

National Holidays

New Year’s Day: Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day: 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day: 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day: last Mon. in May

Independence Day: July 4

Labor Day: 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day: 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way

Long Beach, California

562-590-3100

Open Daily 9am-6pm

Admission Charged

This is the only aquarium in the world to focus on the Pacific Ocean. Visitors can enjoy 550 species, 17 living habitats and 30 exhibits which take them on a journey throughout the Pacific Ocean’s three regions: Southern California/Baja, the Tropical Pacific, and the Northern Pacific. With its sweeping, curving, wave-like architecture, the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific is designed to emulate the ocean.
Over 12,000 creatures are on view at this fascinating, state-of-the-art aquarium, which re-creates three different ecosystems and brings visitors face to face with sharks, sea lions, eels and other residents of giant tanks.

Museum of Latin American Art

628 Alamitos Ave.
Long Beach, California 90802

562-437-1689

Hours: Tuesdays – Friday, 11:30am – 7:00pm, Saturday 11:00am – 7:00pm, Sunday 11:00am – 6:00pm.

Admission Charged

Known as MoLAA, this combination museum and cultural center is devoted exclusively to contemporary Latin American art, including paintings, lithographs and sculptures. It also offers shows, classes, wine tastings, an open-air market, gift shop, and a restaurant.

Long Beach Museum of Art

2300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90803
562-439-2119

Galleries & Store Tuesday – Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission Charged

Located high on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, this museum complex features the historic Elizabeth Milbank Anderson summer home and carriage house, both built in 1912, plus magnificent gardens, a permanent collection of European and California art, and a two-story gallery with changing exhibits.

Queen Mary

1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802

(800) 437-2934
(Phone) (562) 435-3511

The ship’s hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. with extended hours for restaurants & lounges.

First Class Passage ticket includes Ghosts & Legends show, admission to the adjoining exhibit of a Russian Cold War submarine, two Guided Tours and all exhibit areas. Casual to elegant dining

General admission passport includes the Ghosts and Legends and self-guided Shipwalk tour.
Behind the Scenes Guided Tour and World War II Tour and First Class Passage package also available.

The Queen Mary was already an icon before arriving at its permanent home in Long Beach. “The grandest ocean liner ever built” was hostess to the rich and famous during the 1930s and considered by many as the only civilized way to travel. World War II saw the Queen Mary’s conversion to a troop ship know as the “Grey Ghost”, carrying up to 15,000 troops at one time. She later carried more than 22,000 war brides and children to the United States and Canada.
After her arrival in Long Beach in December of 1967, she was removed from British registry and ownership turned over to the City of Long Beach. Her operation, maintenance and preservation are entrusted to the non-profit RMS Foundation.

Soviet Foxtrot Submarine ( code name Scorpion)

1126 Queens Hwy.

Long Beach, California 90802

562-432-3316

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Admission includes a short film. The submarine is open 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.

The Soviet Foxtrot submarine, code name Scorpion, is on display just outside the Queen Mary. Touring the sub gives an idea of what life was like in close quarters. Steep ladders, small hatches, narrow corridors and lowered ceilings created an atmosphere much like an obstacle course. Imagine 78 crew sharing two showers and three toilets for up to three months at sea!

Whale Watching

From December to early April, take a cruise to spot gray whales on their yearly migration. You may see the whales “spy hopping,” poking their heads above the water a bit, or “breaching,” a spectacular display as the whales propel themselves out of the water and fall back with a big splash. Bring your binoculars.

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site
4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach, California 90807
562-570-1755

Open to the public Wednesday – Sunday from 1 — 5 (except on major holidays).

Admission Free

Rancho Los Cerritos was originally a Spanish land grant of 27,000 acres, but is still impressive at its present size of 4.7 acres. The complex includes an 1844 Monterey-Colonial two story adobe house (combining both Mexican and American architectural styles )and historic gardens. behave fun taking “Tea with Margaret Bixby.” You’ll enjoy a Victorian tea and find out about 19th century ranch life from “Margaret Bixby” in a living history presentation.

The Pyramid

1250 Bellflower Blvd.
California State University Long Beach
Long Beach, California 90840

562-985-4949

Admission Free to View

This imposing edifice on the campus of California State University Long Beach, is one of only three pyramid-shaped buildings in the U.S. It is used for various functions including sporting events, conferences, weddings and filming for movies and commercials.

Rancho Los Alamitos

6400 Bixby Hill Road
Long Beach, California 90815
562-431-3541

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free

This historic site was part of a massive Spanish land grant in 1784 and today serves as a living history museum comprised of six agricultural buildings, working blacksmith shop, magnificent gardens and a rambling adobe ranch house built in 1800.

California State University Long Beach

1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, California 90840

562-985-4111
Call for additional information

Long Beach Arena

300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, California 90802

562-436-3661

Call for additional information

Admission Free to View

Used for conventions, exhibits and special events, this large arena offers 46,000 square feet of exhibit space plus seating for more than 13,500 people.

Naples Island

5437 E. Ocean Blvd.

Long Beach, California

562-433-9595

Call for schedule of departures

Admission Charged for Trip

A peninsula on the southern most tip of Long Beach. Naples was patterned after the Italian city of the same name (with canals). Authentic gondolas glide along the waterways while spectators watch from the waterfront sidewalks.

Signal Hill Farmers Market

2701 Walnut Ave.
Long Beach, California 90806

866-466-3834

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free
Weekly open-air market situated on a scenic grassy field features fresh fruits, vegetables, fresh herbs, , cut flowers, live orchids, farm fresh products, and baked goods.

Gondola Getaway

5437 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, California

562-433-9595

Call for additional information

Admission Charged

A romantic one-hour Alamitos Bay cruise on an authentic Italian gondola, complete with gondolier (who will croon upon request) and complimentary food basket.

Shoreline Pedestrian/Bicycle Path

Alamitos Avenue to 54th Place
Long Beach, California
Biking trail; Jogging path/track

Pine Avenue

Between Ocean Blvd. and 3rd Ave.
Long Beach, California

Open Daily

Admission Free
Shop in the daytime or party at night within this trendy retail and restaurant district, with historicbuildings, shops and eateries. A sizzling nightlife takes over when the sun goes down.

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

562-985-8885

Tuesday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m.,Sunday: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Holiday and Seasonal Closures:

Winter: Mid December to the end of January
Spring Break: The week before Easter
Summer Holidays: The Fourth of July
Fall: Thanksgiving Day through the following Sunday

Admission Charged. However, there is no fee to visit the garden unless a public program is offered that day. On the Cal State University Long Beach campus, you’ll find the quiet beauty of this large Japanese Garden. Enter through a tile roof gate modeled after one in Kyoto, Japan to another world. Explore a three-tiered Buddhist pagoda, wander the path in the White Birch Woods, and don’t miss the ceremonial teahouse where you pass through the sliding shoji doors into another world. There’s also a wonderful koi pond, bonsai gardens, waterfalls, and a “zigzag bridge”: built to ward off evil spirits that, legend holds, can travel only in straight lines.

Shoreline Village

419 Shoreline Drive
Long Beach, California 90802
562-435-2668
Call for days and hours of operation

Quirky shops, souvenir stores and restaurants line this popular waterfront boardwalk, which also features a carousel and fun zone for kids, live entertainment, beautiful views of the city, and dynamite sunsets.

Californian

419 Shoreline Village Drive at Pine Avenue
Long Beach, California
800-432-2201

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

This 145-foot replica of the C.W. Lawrence is California’s “Official Tallship.”

Long Beach Waterfront

54th Place and Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, California

Admission Free

Enjoy a scenic bike ride along the trail

East 4th Street

Long Beach, California

Admission Free
Shoppers looking to buy vintage clothes, furniture and other memorabilia from the 1950s up through the ’70s will enjoy the many shops that span more than two-blocks on this popular, busy street.

El Dorado Regional Park

7500 East Spring Street

Long Beach, California

310-570-1771

Open Daily from 7am – dusk

Admission Charged

There are 3 fishing lakes, with pedal boats, and ducks that love to be fed. There is an archery range (you must bring your own equipment) a model glider field, a Frisbee golf course (byo), playgrounds, and bike trails (byo). Steam train rides. (Is this a miniature train or full size.? Where does it go: around the park or elsewhere?

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Rainbow Harbor

419 Shoreline Village Drive at Pine Avenue
Long Beach, California

800-432-2201

Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Climb on board the tallship Californian, a full-scale re-creation of the 1848 Revenue Marine Cutter, C.W. Lawrence, one of fastest and grandest cutters on the California coast. Kids jump right into the adventure of clambering around the riggings and exploring below decks. If you really love tall ships, there are day cruises available.

Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way

Long Beach, California

562-590-3100

Open daily 9:00am – 6:00pm

Admission Charged

Over 5,500 species, from moon jellies to sharks, in 17 exhibits from the Bering Sea to Southern California to tropical barrier reef environments. The huge, three-story-high tanks are the most popular exhibits, but don’t miss the Soft Coral Lagoon’s Plexiglass underpass: peer up at tropical fish weaving through the coral and watch divers feeding the fish. Ready for a rest? Have a seat in the theatre, and watch a documentary on sea life.

Mothers’ Beach

At Marina Park (Appian Way)

If you have toddlers, head for “Mother’s Beach”. Lifeguards on duty in summer, sandy beach and gentle waves, barbecue grills, grassy areas, and a whale to climb on that spouts water.

El Dorado Regional Park and Nature Center

7500 East Spring Street

Long Beach, California

310-570-1771

Open Daily from 7am – dusk

Admission Charged

There are 3 fishing lakes with pedal boats, and ducks that love to be fed. There is an archery range, (you must bring your own equipment) a model glider field, a Frisbee golf course (byo), playgrounds, and bike trails. Steam train rides too.

El Dorado Nature Center

Near the El Dorado Regional Park

7500 East Spring Street

Long Beach, California

310-570-1771

Open Daily from 7am – dusk

Admission Charged

The Center has streams and lakes and hiking trails, making it a great place to stretch your legs. The Center is set in a meadow surrounded by trees and is home to everything from turtles to weasels to rabbits. Bicycling and walking are free, but there is a small parking fee. At the Center Museum, children will love the hands-on exhibits and workshops.

Rancho Los Alamitos

6400 Bixby Hill Road
Long Beach, California 90815

562-431-3541

Open Wednesday through Sunday with tours every half hour

Admission Charged

The 7 ½ acre ranch has an adobe house built in 1800 and barns with draft horses, goats, sheep, and other farm animals. It is set in four acres of gardens, and has a working blacksmith shop. This is a great way to spend a couple hours watching farming demonstrations (you’ll have the opportunity to take part in some yourselves!) pecial events are held all year long. Call for details.

Rancho Los Cerritos

4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach, California 90805

562-570-1755

Call for additional information

Admission Free
Originally a Spanish land grant of 27,000 acres; the ranch has shrunk to 4.7 acres. It contains an 1844 Monterey-Colonial adobe house and historic gardens. Have fun taking “Tea with Margaret Bixby.” You’ll enjoy a Victorian tea and find out about 19th century ranch life from “Margaret Bixby” in a living history presentation.

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

6300 State University Drive
Long Beach, California 90815
562-985-5930

Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 8:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Sunday: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Holiday and Seasonal Closures:

Winter: Mid December to the end of January; Spring Break: The week before Easter
Summer Holidays: The Fourth of July; Fall: Thanksgiving Day through the following Sunday

On the Cal State University Long Beach campus, you’ll find quiet beauty in this large Japanese Garden. Enter through a tiled roof gate modeled after one in Kyoto, Japan and emerge in another world. Explore a three-tiered Buddhist pagoda, wander the path in the White Birch Woods, and don’t miss the ceremonial teahouse where you pass through the sliding shoji doors to more wonders. There’s also a wonderful koi pond, bonsai gardens, waterfalls, and a “zigzag bridge” built to ward off evil spirits (which, legend holds, can only travelin straight lines).

Queen Mary Seaport

At the end of I-710

Long Beach, CA

562-435-3511

Call for additional information

Admission Charged

One of the main attractions in Long Beach is this huge ocean liner with its opulent public rooms and staterooms. This ship is one of the glories of the 1930s deco design period with gorgeous woods everywhere (even the decks are made of teakwood). Some believe that the ship is haunted!

E- Events & Entertainment:
Antique & Collectible Market

323-655-5703

Long Beach Veterans Stadium located at Lakewood Blvd. and Conant Street near the Long Beach Airport.

Held the 3rd Sunday of Every month

Admission Charged
The Long Beach Outdoor Antique & Collectable Market offers over 800 Dealers with a huge selection of antiques, collectibles and home furnishings at bargain prices

April

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

3000 Pacific Ave.
Long Beach, California
United States

882-88-SPEED

Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The annual race is billed as the largest sport special event of the West Coast, roaring engines, 180pmh speeds, and perfect weather, make for a fun filled day.

May

Long Beach Community Band Classics Concert

Lakewood First Baptist Church

5336 East Arbor Road

Long Beach, California

562-403-2923

Call for exact dates and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The annual spring concert features the Shoreline Concert Band.

June

Bixby Knolls Street Fair

Atlantic Ave between Carson and Bixby
Long Beach

Admission if Free
The Annual Bixby Knolls Street Fair takes place on Atlantic Avenue, the District’s central commercial corridor, which is closed to traffic for several blocks to allow arts and crafts vendors, local business people and food purveyors to set up booths and boutiques in the street. The Fair is a free open-air festival that is attended by over 10,000 local residents and visitors who come to enjoy the free, family-oriented fun that includes shopping, food, kids’ activities and all sorts of live entertainment on the outdoor stage and on the street.

Long Beach Bayou Festival Long Beach

Queen Mary Events Park
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
562-435-3511

Call for additional information

Admission Charged

The Long Beach Bayou Festival is a three-day celebration that brings together authentic Louisiana music, food, shopping, arts, crafts and dancing. There are two live entertainment stages that offer a variety of musical options including Creole zydeco and jazz and blues. Come listen to the music or take some free dancing lessons.

September

Harvest Festival

Long Beach Convention Center

300 E. Ocean Blvd.

Long Beach, California

800-321-1213

Usually held Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-5pm.

Admission Charged

This annual event is America’s leading marketplace of handmade art, clothing, gourmet food and thousands of unique items. The Harvest Festivals are a testimony to savvy shoppers who think outside of the mall for solutions to home decorating, wardrobe sprucing, gift giving and jewelry purchasing dilemmas. For those who crave more out of their shopping experience than just purchasing innovative items, the Harvest Festival has an exciting lineup of entertainment throughout the weekend, along with gourmet food sampling and much more.

Annual Brazilian Street Carnival and Independence Day Celebration

100 North Promenade, Downtown Long Beach

Long Beach, California

562-438-3669

Usually held 10:00am – 10:00pm

Admission Charged

Downtown Long Beach turns into a Rio Carnival every September with Brazilian bands, food, crafts, and the highlight of the day: a big Rio-style parade.

Annual Grecian Festival

562-494-8829

Call for exact dates and additional information

Admission Charged

This event features authentic Greek food, game booths and entertainment.

Long Beach KKJZ Blues Festival

Long Beach’s North Athletic Field

Long Beach, California

562-985-1686

Call for additional information and times

Admission Charged

KKJZ FM 88.1 presents this famous festival held at Cal State, spotlighting top Blues musicians.

Belmont Car Show

562-434-3066

Usually 10:00am – 3:00:pm

Admission Charged

The largest one-day show on the West Coast.

Annual Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival

Port’s O’Call Village

562-434-3066

Usually held Friday – Sunday, call for exact dates and times

Admission Charged

The annual Lobster Fest is coming. Get your appetite ready.

International Sail & Power Boat Show

Long Beach Convention Center and
Downtown Marina

714/633-7581
Call for exact dates and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The Long Beach tradition continues, nearly forty years of boat shows produced by the Southern California Marine Association and presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California. The International Sail and Power Boat Show is the West Coast’s largest in-water and indoor boat show featuring hundreds of motor yachts, cruisers, sailboats, fishing boats, performance sport boats, family trailerables, ski boats, pontoons, inflatables and personal watercraft.

October

Homeworld Fall Show

300 East Ocean Blvd.

Long Beach, California 90802

562-436-3661

Call for additional information

See everything new at the Fall Home Show

Shipwreck

Aboard the Queen Mary

Long Beach, California

562-435-3511

Call for days and hours of operation

A month-long Halloween terror fest featuring haunted mazes aboard the Queen Mary.

Long Beach International City Bank Marathon

562-728-8829

Call for exact date and additional information

This popular and scenic course runs from the Aquarium along Ocean Blvd. througout Belmont Shore, Naples and back to the downtown area. Events include Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, inline Skating Marathon, Bike Tour, Children’s Fun Run.

December

Christmas Boat Parade

Long Beach, California

Boat Parade is usually held the second Saturday in December. Boaters may decorate their vessels and enter the parade. This parade attracts large crowds in and around the canals of Naples and it is always great fun.

Arts & Entertainment

The Terrace Theater

300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, California 90802

562-436-3661

Call for schedule

Admission Charged

Edison Theatre

213 East Broadway
Long Beach, California 90802
562-432-1818

Call for schedule and additional information

Admission Charged

Sports

Skylinks Golf Course

4800 East Wardlow Road
Long Beach, California 90808

562-421-3388

Call for tee time and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Eighteen-hole challenging design is an enjoyable experience for all players, which offers an exciting blend of water hazards, numerous bunkers and excellent fairways and greens.

Long Beach Ice Dogs Hockey Club
Long Beach Arena
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
562.ICE.DOGS (423.3647)

Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Bakersfield, California

A- Overview:

The name Bakersfield brings to mind its association with country music, and in particular with the “Bakersfield sound.” Former Oildale resident and retired Sonoma State University professor Gerald Haslam’s book Workin’ Man Blues proposes that this Bakersfield Sound grew out of several different styles of music and that performers picked and chose the styles they liked and thus created their own brand of music found nowhere else in the country.

The Bakersfield Sound was marked by the sharp, loud, high-end sound of the electric and steel guitars, fiddles, and lead and harmony vocals influenced by rock and roll and rockabilly as well as traditional country music. It was a reaction to the early (’50s and) ’60s sweetening of country music as characterized by the Nashville Sound. Bakersfield music was, by comparison, rawer, twangier and more in line with rock music.

Performers such as Cousin Herb Henson, Bill Woods, Billy Mize, Oscar Whittington, Eugene Moles, Jelly Sanders, Johnny Cuevelo, and others played to appreciative crowds within the smoke-filled honky tonks in and around Bakersfield. The Blackboard Café, Bob’s Lucky Spot, the Rainbow Gardens, the Pumpkin Center Barn Dance, the Beardsley Ballroom, the Clover Club, Tex’s Barrel House, Trout’s, and a number of other establishments offered music seven nights a week.

This rich musical heritage, along with oil and agricultural production, is what put Bakersfield on the map as a California travel destination. The local music scene has produced popular performers such as Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and the alternative band, Korn. Buck Owens still makes his home in Bakersfield and performs regularly at the Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace Steakhouse. The Crystal Palace features veterans of country western music alongside some of the hottest up-and-coming young artists.

The downtown theater district offers visitors an opportunity to view live performances while dining in intimate surroundings. Vintage movies appear on the big screen and national touring theatrical companies perform. For more than 70 years, the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra has made beautiful music.

Visitors can catch some of the greatest touring performances at the Bakersfield Centennial Garden. The Garden converts into one of the most competitive sporting arenas in the San Joaquin Valley and has hosted basketball’s L.A. Lakers, hockey’s L.A. Kings, Fight Night at the Garden, and WWF Smackdown.

When spring arrives, thoughts turn to rafting, and the Kern River offers some of the best white water rafting available. If fast action is not your attraction, make sure to enjoy the many hiking trails, natural sites, and the famous Spring Kern Wildflower Tours. Beauty abounds as the wildflowers bloom and blanket the hillsides with color. Make sure to bring your camera for those perfect shots.

The city’s downtown area invites you to enjoy a day of shopping and experience the award-winning streetscape. Downtown offers time for relaxation as you can take in the architecture of the past; dine at many of the downtown eateries and browse through antique and specialty stores. Corner benches allow visitors to rest and enjoy the beauty of the flowers planted in the street medians.

If the visual arts appeal to you, tour the remodeled Bakersfield Museum of Art, located in downtown Bakersfield, where the architecture promotes a feeling of grace and elegance. Find outstanding displays of artwork in three different galleries featuring local artists and world-renowned traveling exhibits. In addition to the arts, evening concerts in the park, ballet, original plays and multi-cultural displays engage all ages and interest levels.

Professional sporting events and entertainers are featured at the City’s Centennial Garden & Arena. For those who enjoy exercising and having “cool fun”, check out Bakersfield Ice Sports Center located behind Centennial Gardens. The Bakersfield Ice Sports Center offers public skating, figure skating, and more. In addition, the Ice Sports Center is the official practice facility for the Bakersfield Condors Hockey Team. Most weekends bring topnotch auto racing at Bakersfield Speedway and streetracing is an ongoing and very popular attraction.

For water enthusiasts, the completion of the McMurtrey Aquatics Center offers additional fun to those visiting during the hot summer months. The multi-purpose swim facility is located next to the Ice Sports Center of Bakersfield. The Center has an 8,551 square foot recreation pool and a 50-meter competition pool as well as a double water slide, interactive wet play equipment, and a water volley ball area.

Those who enjoy the great outdoors may want to bring along a bicycle, roller blades, or running shoes and experience first hand the beautiful scenery of the Kern River Parkway. The Kern River Parkway extends nearly 20 miles along the banks of the Kern River, starting at the California Living Museum northeast of town and ending near Cal State Bakersfield.

Visit Bakersfield soon for a fantastic country experience, and help keep the Bakersfield sound alive!

B- City Information:
Population: 267,900

Elevation: Bakersfield is 492 feet above sea level.

Location: Centrally situated along California’s main transportation corridor between major population centers in southern and Northern California, Bakersfield is the hub for three key freeways – Interstate 4 and State Routes 99 and 58. Bakersfield is located at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley. The valley is partially surrounded by three mountain ranges, the Temblor Range to the west, the Tehachapi’s to the south and the Sierra Nevada’s to the east. The Kern River flows through the valley adding natural beauty to the area.

Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone

Weather: For National Weather Service Information call 559- 584-3752

Month
High
Low

January
40F
24F

February
43F
26F

March
54F
36F

April
65F
47F

May
75F
57F

June
84F
66F

July
88F
71F

August
87F
69F

September
80F
62F

October
68F
50F

November
54F
38F

December
43F
28F

When to go: With so many interesting places to visit in Bakersfield, it’s difficult to choose one season over another. Spring temperatures averaging in the 50’s make it a great time to attend the many outdoor sports and festivals. Summer, with daytime temperatures averaging in the mid-80’s, allow the visitor to enjoy the many parks and water activities. The Fall is a great time to experience the Kern County Fair, a local favorite. Enjoy a brisk walk in the winter where temperatures seldom fall below 40 degrees or visit one of the many museums.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve Dec. 31

Getting there:

By Air

Meadows Field Airport

661-393-7990

Meadows Field Airport provides commercial flight service. Regular non-stop flights to three of the West Coast’s largest hubs, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Francisco, are conveniently scheduled throughout the day. With many arrival and departure times to choose from, travelers have easy access to virtually any city throughout the world.

Bakersfield Municipal Airport

Bakersfield Municipal Airport offers a full range of business, agricultural, recreational and personal aviation activities.

By Train

Amtrak

800-872-7245

Amtrak’s San Joaquin route offers service to San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Stockton, Fresno and Hanford to the north.

By Bus

Greyhound Bus

800-231-2222

Throughway buses provide service to Los Angeles, Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, Oceanside and San Diego to the south as well as to major airport connections both north and south.

Distances From Bakersfield, in Miles

Anaheim 136

Los Angeles 110

Las Vegas 279

Napa 301

Pismo Beach 145

San Diego 235

Las Vegas 289

Sacramento 272

San Francisco 288

Sequoyia Nat. Park 122

Yosemite Nat. Park 207

EMERGENCY SERVICES

Emergency Calls 911

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Bakersfield Museum of Art

1930 R Street, Bakersfield, Ca 93301

661- 323-7219

Features a permanent collection of California regional art and traveling exhibits, situated in Central Park. Call to reserve guided group tours.

California Living Museum (CALM)

10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy. Bakersfield, CA 93306

661- 872-2256

Offers a wide array of fascinating exhibits pertaining to California plant and animal life.

Live exhibits focus on native California wildlife.

Buena Vista Museum of Natural History

2018 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield 93301

661- 324-6350

Collection of fossils from Kern County, educational collection of area gems and minerals and Native American artifacts from local Yokuts group.

Minter Field Air Museum

401 Vultee, Shafter 93263

Lerdo Hwy & Freeway 99

661- 393-0291

Open Saturdays from 10AM – 2PM

Museum admission and Parking is Free! Donations are accepted.

The Museum is housed in the original fire station built at Minter Field in 1941. The base was a major basic training facility where 11,261 pilots received basic training in BT-13’s (Vultee Valiant), UC-78’s (Cessna Bamboo Bomber), and other aircraft.
Minter Field is a center for aircraft restoration, with several shops that specialize in WWII aircraft

12 Miles North of Bakersfield on Highway 99, exit Lerdo Highway, then one mile West.

Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace

2800 Buck Owens Blvd., Bakersfield, CA 93308

661- 328-7560

Admission charged.

The Crystal Palace is an all-in-one restaurant, museum, country store and theater focusing on the rich history and sounds of country music.

Golden West Casino

1001 S. Union Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93307

661- 324- 6936

Card Club Casino. Play poker or California games. Restaurant and lounge and weekend entertainment. Open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Edwards Air Force Base

15 E. Mojave Blvd.
Edwards, CA 93524

Base Operator: 661- 277-1110

[Due to the attacks of Sept. 11, and in accordance with established security procedures, Edwards Air Force Base is suspending all public tours until further notice. While it is important for the public to come and see their Air Force firsthand, it is paramount Edwards Air Force Base takes the necessary steps to support our primary mission of flight test and national defense objectives.]

Located on the western edge of the Mojave Desert, about 90 miles north of Los Angeles.

Air Force Flight Test Center Tours
Edwards Air Force Base – home of the Air Force Flight Test Center, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and the Air Force Research Laboratory – offers visitors a flight line bus tour, a flight test center museum and, once a year, an Open House and Air Show.

Tours are available for both the Edwards Air Force Base flight line and the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.

Sports

Public Golf Courses

Admission charged.

Sycamore Canyon Golf Course, 661- 854-3163

North Kern, 661- 399-0347

Kern River, 661- 872-5128

Buena Vista, 661- 398-9720

Peppertree, 661- 832-2259

Wasco Valley Rose, 661- 758-8301

Tennis

Bakersfield Racquet Club, 661- 325-8652

Village Premier Rio Bravo Resort Includes 4 clay courts, 661- 872-5000

Laurel Glen Tennis Club, (661) 833-3740

Water Sports

Bakersfield attracts thousands of visitors each year because of the great climate for water recreation. White water rafting, water skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing and sailing are just some of the activities available.

White Water Rafting

Mountain & River Adventures 760-376-6553

Kern River Tours 800-844-7238

Experience the thrill and challenge of white water rafting. Take an adventurous ride down the Kern River and view the river as you’ve never seen it before.

Racing

Mesa Marin

11000 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, CA 93306

661- 366-5711

Admission charged.

One of California’s finest racing facilities with a half-mile, high banked paved oval track and test track. NASCAR California 600, late model Stock Cars, Modified Stock Cars, Grand American Modified, Craftsman Trucks, and NASCAR Winston West Series 200 races are held at the raceway.

Famoso Raceway

33559 Famoso Road, McFarland, CA 93250

661- 399-2210

Admission charged.

12 miles north of Bakersfield, CA.

Quarter mile drag strip featuring the Good Guys Nostalgia March Meet, NHRA FM series in April, and the NHRA CHRR IX in October.

Willow Springs International Raceway

3500 75th St. West, Rosamond, CA 93560

661- 256-2471

Races every weekend, 5 circuits available. Car, motorcycle, kart driving & racing schools.

Buttonwillow Raceway Park

24551 Lerdo Hwy. Buttonwillow, CA 93206

661- 764-5333

Admission charged.

Three-mile road racing track.

Bakersfield Blaze Baseball – Sam Lynn Baseball Park

4009 Chester Avenue.

661- 322-1363

Admission charged.

April through September

Directions: From State Route 99 exit California Ave. Go east on California, turn left (north) on Chester Ave. to 4009 Chester Ave.

Home of the Bakersfield Blaze, a co-op Single A farm team, affiliated with the California League.

Bakersfield Condors Professional Ice Hockey

1001 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, 93301

661- 324-7825

Admission charged.

October – April

Home games are played at Bakersfield’s new Centennial Garden Arena.

Kern River Parkway Bike Path

The parkway is located along the Kern River from Lake Ming in the northeast to California State University, Bakersfield in the southwest and offers many miles of scenic bike path for bicyclers, joggers and roller blading.

818 Real Road, Bakersfield, CA 93309

661- 325-6428

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Camelot Park Family Entertainment Center

1251 Oak Street (corner of Oak and California Ave.)

661- 325-1379, 325-5453

Admission Charged.

Seven acre family park includes miniature golf, bumper boats, go-carts, batting cages and a 10,000 square foot arcade.

John’s Incredible Pizza

3709 Rosedale Hwy

661- 859-1111

Experience Bakersfield’s only pizza buffet. Large arcade area complete with bumper cars, video skill & carnival games, simulator ride, and more.

Kern County Museum

3801 Chester Avenue

661- 852-5000

Experience Kern County’s past in this restored Victorian Village. You will see buildings such as an 1899 general store, a one room schoolhouse and a grand Queen Anne Victorian home.

Lori Brock Children’s Museum

3801 Chester Avenue

661-861-2132, 852-5000

Monday –Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sundays, 12- 5pm

Tickets for admittance to the museum are sold until 3:00 p.m. each day.

Admission Charged.

Exhibits and classes are offered year round for “hands on” teaching. Displays include art, history, humanities and science and encourage creative thought.

Kern County Fairgrounds

1142 South P Street

661- 833-4900

Admission Charged.

Home of the Great Kern County Fair, held each year in September. The fairgrounds host many annual events: car shows, gem & mineral shows, equestrian events, rodeos and much more.

Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area

1361 Iron Bark

661- 861-2063, 661-763-1526

Camping Reservations 661- 868-7050

Directions: approximately 25 miles southwest of Bakersfield, CA, off I-5 onto Highway 119, then about two miles south on Highway 43.

Admission Charged.

Activities available include waterskiing, sailing, jet skiing, fishing, swimming and picnicking. The Recreation Area has a play area for children in the shape of a giant toy soldier as well as concession buildings, covered picnic areas reserved for large groups (400 capacity) or small groups (100 capacity), numerous other picnic spots throughout the park, three boat launching sites and an RV dump station.

Lake Ming

Lake Ming Road, 10 miles northeast of Bakersfield, off the Alfred Harrell Highway on the Lake Ming Road exit.

661- 868-7000

Closures: Approximately 20 days a year the lake is closed to the public and reserved for special, organized boating activities. Call the Kern County Parks Department for closure information.

The national boat drag races attract thousands of visitors each year to the Bakersfield area. The lake offers boating, water skiing, sailing, windsurfing and provides a great picnic and playground area. Hills surround the lake, and the Greenhorn Mts. stretch along the eastern horizon. From a hilltop picnic ground overlooking the lake, the view is breathtaking. Fishing is allowed between October 31 and March 31 in designated sections with a valid CA State Fishing License.

Bakersfield Museum of Art
1930 R Street (at 20th and R Streets, downtown in Central Park)
661- 323-7219

Tuesday – Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday / Sunday noon – 4pm

Admission Charged.
Three galleries showcase a wide range of international artists as well as rising local talent. Art education classes are available.

Buena Vista Natural History Museum
2018 Chester Ave

661-324-6350

Thursday-Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM, and by appointment.

Closed on most major holidays.

Admission Charged.
Millions of years ago this area was an ocean bay. Some of the sendiment has been eroded and exposed in a nearby area called Sharktooth Hill. This bonebed covers over 110 square miles, but much of it is still deep underground.

California Living Museum [CALM]
14000 Alfred Harrell Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93306-9654
Tuesday–Sunday, 9am-5pm

Admission charged.
California’s Premier Native Zoo and Garden. CALM displays and interprets native animals, plants, specimens, and artifacts to teach a respect for all living things through education, recreation, conservation, and research. Zoological and biological exhibits cover California wildlife and plants including mountain lions, desert tortoise, fox, eagles and reptile house. Summer education programs for children.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Arts and Entertainment

Dore Theater

9001 Stockdale Hwy., Bakersfield, Ca 93311

661- 664-2213

Admission charged.

Located on the campus of California State University Bakersfield.

Bakersfield Music Theatre/Stars Theatre

1931 Chester Ave., Bakersfield, Ca 93301

661- 325-6100 – Dinner Theater

Admission charged.

Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

1328 34 Street, Suite A, Bakersfield, CA 93301

661- 323-7928

Admission charged.

Theatre Arts Productions/Spot Light Theater

1622 19th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301

661- 634-0692

Admission charged.

Located in the Historic Hayden Atrium Building in downtown Bakersfield, Spotlight Theatre showcases performances on weekend evenings and Sunday matinees throughout the year. Every seat in the ninety-nine seat theatre offers a great view and excellent acoustics.

Bakersfield Community Theatre

2400 South Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, Ca 93304

661- 831-8114

Admission charged.

Having staged seasons uninterrupted since 1927, Bakersfield Community Theatre holds special recognition as The Oldest Continuing Community Theatre in California.

Historic Fox Theater

2001 H St., Bakersfield, CA 93301

661- 636-0918

Admission charged.

This historical theater in downtown Bakersfield hosts many nationally acclaimed

performers and productions.

The Marketplace Shopping & Entertainment Center

9000 Ming Ave

661- 664-6513

A premier shopping and entertainment center, the Marketplace is home to Edwards newest multi-plex theatre and offers many exclusive shops and restaurants.

Major Event Facilities

Bakersfield Centennial Garden and Convention Center

1001 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301

661-852-7300 Or 852-7308

Admission charged.

With seating capacity up to 10,000, a variety of events are held at the convention

center throughout the year. Bakersfield Condors Hockey & California State University, Bakersfield Basketball Team call the Centennial Garden home.

Bakersfield College Memorial Stadium

1801 Panorama Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93305

661-395-4326

Admission charged.

Seating capacity 19,044. Home of the Shriner’s Potato Bowl and home of the Bakersfield Renegades.

Events

April-September

Bakersfield Blaze Baseball – Sam Lynn Baseball Park

4009 Chester Avenue.

661- 322-1363

Admission charged.

Call for exact dates and times.

Directions: From State Route 99 exit California Ave. Go east on California, turn left (north) on Chester Ave. to 4009 Chester Ave.

Home of the Bakersfield Blaze, a co-op Single A farm team, affiliated with the California League.

May-August

Downtown Street Fairs

Sponsored by the Downtown Business Association

2000 K Street #120

661- 325-5892

The association sponsors evening street fairs on Chester Avenue. the annual Up on the Roof event and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Festival.

May-September

The Marketplace Shopping and Entertainment Center

9000 Ming Avenue

661-664-6513

Thursday nights, 7-9pm

Call for exact dates.

Admission Free.

Summer concert series at the fountain.

Bakersfield Jazz Festival

California State University

9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA

661- 665-6142 Or 664-3093

This annual event takes place in May on the Cal State University campus.

The festival features local jazz artists, as well as performers from around the state.

September

Kern County Fair

661- 833-4900

1142 South P Street

Usually held at the end of September through early October. Call for exact dates.

Admission Charged.

The Kern County Fair has been serving Bakersfield and the surrounding communities for over 75 years with food booths, concerts, carnival rides, displays, contests, rodeo, livestock shows and auctions. A variety of interim events go on year-round such as home and garden shows, concerts, antique shows and more!

October-April

Bakersfield Condors Professional Ice Hockey

1001 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield, 93301

661- 324-7825

Admission charged.

Call for exact dates and times.

Home games are played at Bakersfield’s new Centennial Garden Arena.

November-December

Holiday Lights at CALM

Lightasmic

Usually held the end of November through December.

661-872-2256

Call for hours and dates.

Admission charged.

Josh Barnett’s Lightasmic is a visual holiday spectacular including two million lights in 35 displays featuring animation and themed music.

San Diego, California

A- Overview:
From its world-famous zoo and aquarium to its bountiful beaches, San Diego’s vibrant and exciting lifestyle has plenty to offer visitors and their whole families. It’s the kind of city where every day is a beach day, and where everyone is busy having as much fun as possible. A relaxed atmosphere pervades the city, probably one of the reasons that draw more than 30 million visitors a year to San Diego. Given the beautiful weather and outdoor activities abound, San Diego is probably one of the most pedestrian friendly cities in America. Families walk, skate, and bike their way to over 70 miles of beaches or any one of San Diego’s numerous attractions.
San Diego’s natural beauty is one of the city’s greatest attractions. An officially designated 52-mile long Scenic Drive brings visitors through the city and its many neighborhoods. From the Harbor Islands through Old Town and Balboa Park all the way to La Jolla, the Scenic Drive is a great way to see all of the city’s beautiful districts and neighborhoods.

Balboa Park itself is the 1,200 acre home to the world-famous Zoo and museums. This park is the cultural center of the city. The Rose Garden has more than 2,000 rosebushes, and the entire park is really one giant botanical garden full of beautiful flowers and trees. The Zoo, one of the best in the world, holds nearly 4,000 animals representing more than 800 species. The animal habitats are designed to replicate each animal’s original ecosystem as closely as possible, down to the type of grass used. Birds, gorillas, tigers, bears, hippos and other animals have helped make this one of the most admired zoos in the world. In addition to the zoo, Balboa Park is home to over a dozen museums dedicated to history, science, art, cars, railroads, mankind, and of course, San Diego itself.

Visitors who want to spend as much time as possible near the glittering Pacific Ocean will love the Mission Bay area and its greatest attraction: Sea World. The Mission Bay aquatic park covers 4,600 acres, and includes 27 miles of bay shore beaches and 17 miles of ocean front beaches. Admission to the beaches is free, and swimming, sunning, and windsurfing are the preferred activities. Playgrounds and picnic spots are found throughout the park, but the best place for kids has to be Sea World. Covering over 100 bay-front acres, this park features the world famous killer whale Shamu, as well as hundreds of other water animals, like penguins, fish, and sharks. Sea World is one of the most famous aquatic parks in the world, and kids and adults alike will love it.

San Diego has it all: sunny weather, great beaches, wonderful museums, zoos, and aquariums, and history too. Old Town is the historical heart of San Diego, and a great place to finish up a visit to the city. The Spanish and Mexican heritage of the city is celebrated here, amidst the famous Presidio fortress, the historical park, and the adobe houses with Spanish tile roofs. San Diego has evolved immeasurably since those early days as a Spanish settlement on the Pacific, and that evolution has produced one of the most beautiful and happy cities in the world. Visitors to San Diego are always sorry to leave behind what residents know is heaven on earth.

B- City Information:
Population: 1,223,400

Elevation: 40 feet above sea level

Land Area: 324.3 feet

Location: San Diego sits at the southwestern-most point of California, just minutes from the border of Mexico

Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone (when it’s 9AM in San Diego, it’s noon in New York City and 11am in Chicago). San Diego observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
57.7
58.8
59.8
62.5
64.6
67.5
71.1
72.7
71.8
67.6
61.7
57.5

High temperature (°F)
66.3
66.9
66.9
69.3
70.0
73.0
76.7
78.5
78.0
74.8
70.5
66.8

Low temperature (°F)
48.9
50.7
52.7
55.5
59.1
62.0
65.3
66.8
65.5
60.4
52.8
48.2

Precipitation (in)
2.3
2.1
2.3
0.8
0.2
0.1
0.0
0.1
0.2
0.5
1.1
1.3

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
7
6
7
5
2
1
0
0
1
2
4
6

Wind speed (mph)
6.0
6.6
7.5
7.8
7.9
7.8
7.5
7.4
7.1
6.5
5.9
5.6

Morning humidity (%)
72
74
76
76
78
81
82
83
81
77
73
71

Afternoon humidity (%)
58
60
61
60
65
67
67
67
67
65
62
59

Sunshine (%)
72
71
70
68
59
58
68
70
69
68
75
73

Days clear of clouds
12
10
11
10
8
9
13
15
15
14
15
14

Partly cloudy days
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
12
10
10
8
8

Cloudy days
11
10
11
10
11
9
5
4
6
8
7
10

Snowfall (in)
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Local Seasons:

While summer may be slightly busier than the other seasons in this most-desired California city, there are not any real “slow seasons”. With perfect weather year round and a host of attractions, adventures to be explored, as well as fine dining; any time of year is perfect for a visit. The afternoon humidity virtually never gets over 67%, making the climate ideal for any type of activity. Summer is the warmest time of the year yet the temperature rarely goes above 80 F in the day and stays comfortably near 60 F at night. And there really isn’t much of difference during the other three seasons. Winters are mild with an average daily temperature near 60 F. Spring and fall bring the averages into the 60’s F, making both day and night good times to see the sites and enjoy the variety of entertainment available. Whether for business or leisure, San Diego is waiting with warm sun and festive nights.

How to Get There:

By Car

San Diego is easily reached via Interstate Highway 5 from the north (Los Angeles), Interstate 15 from the northwest (San Bernardino), and Interstate 8 from the east (Yuma). The Mexican border is just south of the city.

By Air

San Diego International Airport

619-400-2400

The airport is located just minutes from the center of the city as well as close to virtually all of the major attractions. It is served by many of the national and internationally known airlines as well as certain local and regional carriers.

Ground Transportation:

All of the major rental car companies, as well as taxis and limousine service are available at the airport.

By Train

Amtrak

1050 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

900-USA-RAIL

Greyhound

120 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

619-239-3266

How to Get Around:

Like most southern California cities, the best way to get around is by car; either personal or rental. Rental cars are readily available at both the airport as well as throughout the city.

There is also Trolley service as well as local bus service in and around the city. The trolley route is the 16 miles between the Mexican border and the Santa Fe Depot in town.

619-234-1060

Call for schedule and additional information

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day, January 1

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the third Monday in January

President’ Day, the third Monday in February

Memorial Day, the last Monday in May

Independence Day, July 4

Labor Day, the first Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve, December 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Belmont Park
3100 block of Mission Boulevard
Phone: 619-491-2988
Located directly on the Mission Bay Boardwalk, this park features a beautifully restored wooden roller coaster guaranteed to delight enthusiasts of classic amusement park rides.
Sea World
World Drive off I-5
Phone: 619-226-3901
One of San Diego’s premier attractions, Sea World gives visitors the opportunity to view impressive performances by Shamu the killer whale, be amazed and amused by the acrobatic antics of dolphins, and come face to face with fearsome looking sharks in the Shark Encounter. Those who wish to keep nature at a slightly greater distance can view one of the bird shows occurring periodically throughout the day. Other featured attractions include the Penguin Encounter, Manatee Rescue, Wild Arctic and Shipwreck Rapids ride.

San Diego Harbor Excursion Whale Watching
1050 N. Harbor Dr
Phone: 619-234-4111
Seemingly placid by comparison to the more widely known killer whale, the California gray whale is by no means less beautiful. Those wishing to observe the California grays during their southerly migration can do so by means of daily tours departing both morning and afternoon from the foot of Broadway (downtown).

San Diego Wild Animal Park
Highway 163/I-15 to Via Rancho Parkway (in Escondido)
Phone: 619-234-6541
For those wishing to see nature in an uninterrupted state, the Wild Animal Park is the place to go. With two animal shows, a quiet monorail, and unobtrusive paths, this 851 hectare (2,100 acre) preserve dedicated to the preservation of endangered species strikes a balance of preserving nature while still allowing visitors to appreciate the beauty of the animals and exotic plants found within its grounds.

San Diego Zoo
In Balboa Park
Phone: 619-234-3153
One of the most widely known zoos in the entire world, the San Diego Zoo is also one of the largest. Numbering among its eight hundred species of animals are some of the rarest and most exotic species in captivity. Most widely known for the animals it houses, the Zoo also contains a wide variety of tropical and semitropical plants. Its 40 hectares (100 acres) feature over 6,500 species of plants. Some of the featured exhibits at the Zoo include the Tiger River, Sun Bear Forest, Gorilla Tropics, Polar Bear Plunge and the new Ituri Forest and RainForest Aviary. Also available to visitors at no additional price are a guided bus tour and a skytram.

Stephen Birch Aquarium Museum
2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla
Phone: 858-534-3474
The Stephen Birch Aquarium Museum, associated with the world-renowned Scripps Institute of Oceanography, is the largest oceanographic exhibit in the U.S. With over 3,000 fish from waters cold to tropical, the museum features enough species to keep even Jacques Cousteau busy. The museum’s bookshop sells a variety of works focusing on marine science and oceanography and includes teaching materials.

Balboa Park
Phone: 619-232-2721
With perhaps the most to offer of any area of San Diego, the beautifully landscaped acres of Balboa Park include museums featuring world class collections, the San Diego Zoo, the Starlight Bowl outdoor theater, the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, the Old Globe Theatre complex, rose and cactus gardens, and the Japanese Friendship Garden, where the occasional traditional tea ceremony can be observed. If you are in the mood for a walk or a picnic, this is the area for you. Even the open areas feature entertainment with both artists and street performers being common sights during the weekend.

San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
Phone: 619-232-7931
The largest museum in San Diego, the Museum of Art features works by Old Masters from several continents.

San Diego Natural History Museum
In Balboa Park
Phone: 619-232-3821
For those who enjoy the collected works of nature more than the collected works of man, the San Diego Natural History Museum presents to its visitors a variety of environmental habitats. These include desert, ocean and shore habitats, as well as displays of a variety of gems and minerals.

Old Town State Historic Park
2510 Juan
Phone: 619-298-3317
The six blocks of San Diego’s first settlement is a pedestrian-only zone that preserves the original site and Mexican influence of California’s oldest city in its reconstructed and restored 1800s structures.

Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center
1875 El Prado, Balboa Park
Phone: 619-238-1233
Fax: 619-231-8971
With activities both entertaining and educational, the Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center has something for every member of the family. With the latest technology, giant OMNIMAX films treat visitors to a variety of entertaining, educational topics. From the comfort of their seats, visitors can go on exciting adventures or view planetarium shows. The Science Center portion of the facility is definitely a hands-on experience, where visitors are both invited and encouraged to experience the variety of exhibits firsthand.

San Diego Aerospace Museum
2001 Pan American Plaza
Phone: 619-234-8291
Fax: 619-233-4526
Located in Balboa Park, the San Diego Aerospace Museum is the place to be for aviation enthusiasts both young and old. Whether it is an interest in historical flight or merely a child’s fascination with the wonders of flying that brings one here, there is plenty here to view, entertain, and educate.

Cabrillo National Monument
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr., Point Loma
Phone: 619-557-5450
With over 1.2 million visitors each year, the Cabrillo National Monument is one of the country’s most visited national monuments. Dedicated to Juan Rodruiguez Cabrillo, who arrived in the San Diego area in 1542, the monument consists of a statue that sits at the tip of Point Loma. Visitors can also view the restored lighthouse (circa 1855), or visit the nearby Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Visitors are invited to partake in guided tours of the Cemetery or view one of the hourly films on Cabrillo, the history of San Diego, and the California gray whales, whose yearly migration can be seen from Point Loma from December through March.

Firehouse Museum 1572 Columbia St
Phone: 619-232-FIRE
Complete with shiny fire engines, hand and horse-drawn engines, a turn of the century steam pumper, and historical memorabilia such as antique alarms and fire hats, the Firehouse Museum is a complete collection of firefighting artifacts. In fact, the only thing missing is the Dalmatian.

Maritime Museum 1306 N. Harbor Dr.
Phone: 619-234-9153
Consisting of three uniquely historical vessels, the Maritime Museum exhibits the variety of naval architecture and function of the 19th and early 20th century. Visitors can board each vessel and explore for themselves or view movies on-deck (April – October). The vessels that comprise the Museum are the full-rigged merchant vessel Star of India (1863), whose impressive masts are an integral part of the San Diego cityscape, the gleaming white San Francisco-Oakland steam-powered ferry Berkeley (1898), which worked round-the-clock to carry people to safety following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and the sleek Medea (1904), one of the world’s few remaining large steam yachts.

San Diego Museum of Man
1350 El Prado, Balboa Park
Phone: 619-239-2001
FAX: 619-239-2749
Those interested in the early history of American Indian, Mayan, and Egyptian art and culture can view exhibits here. The exhibits vary from American Indian art to early Egyptian mummies. The museum also features a Children’s’ Discovery Center for younger museum patrons.

Mission San Luis Rey
4050 Mission Avenue
Phone: 760-757-3651
View a piece of the early history of California, as well as look through a window into the lives and culture of the early Californians. Beautifully maintained and restored, Mission San Luis Rey is the largest of California’s missions. The main sanctuary is of particular interest, while the well cared-for grounds offer the opportunity for a picnic.

Coronado
1047 B Avenue
Visitor’s Center
Coronado, CA 92118
800-622-8300
If an interest in getting away from it all has led you to San Diego, let upscale shopping and beautiful white sand beaches bring you to Coronado. Spend a few hours strolling or shopping, explore the yacht harbor or visit the Imperial Beach, then relax and enjoy one of the many excellent restaurants located on this beautiful island.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Belmont Park
3100 block of Mission Boulevard
Phone: 619-491-2988
Located directly on the Mission Bay Boardwalk, this park features a beautifully restored wooden roller coaster guaranteed to delight enthusiasts of classic amusement park rides.
Legoland California
Legoland Drive off I-5
Phone: 760-918-5346
With 128 acres, 40 interactive exhibits, elaborate miniaturized cities, and millions of the multicolored plastic bricks for which it is world renowned, Legoland California has something to delight children of all ages. With areas specially tailored to appeal to children of various ages, Legoland California has become a popular site for visitors since its opening in March 1999.

Sea World
World Drive off I-5
Phone: 619-226-3901
One of San Diego’s premier attractions, Sea World gives visitors the opportunity to view impressive performances by Shamu the killer whale, be amazed and amused by the acrobatic antics of dolphins, and come face to face with fearsome looking sharks in the Shark Encounter. Those who wish to keep nature at a slightly greater distance can view one of the bird shows occurring periodically throughout the day. Other featured attractions include the Penguin Encounter, Manatee Rescue, Wild Arctic and Shipwreck Rapids ride.

San Diego Wild Animal Park
Highway 163/I-15 to Via Rancho Parkway (in Escondido)
Phone: 619-234-6541
For those wishing to see nature in an uninterrupted state, the Wild Animal Park is the place to go. With two animal shows, a quiet monorail, and unobtrusive paths, this 851 hectare (2,100 acre) preserve dedicated to the preservation of endangered species strikes a balance of preserving nature while still allowing visitors to appreciate the beauty of the animals and exotic plants found within its grounds.

San Diego Zoo
In Balboa Park
Phone: 619-234-3153
One of the most widely known zoos in the entire world, the San Diego Zoo is also one of the largest. Numbering among its eight hundred species of animals are some of the rarest and most exotic species in captivity. Most widely known for the animals it houses, the Zoo also contains a wide variety of tropical and semitropical plants. Its 40 hectares (100 acres) feature over 6,500 species of plants. Some of the featured exhibits at the Zoo include the Tiger River, Sun Bear Forest, Gorilla Tropics, Polar Bear Plunge and the new Ituri Forest and Rain Forest Aviary. Also available to visitors at no additional price are a guided bus tour and a sky tram.

Stephen Birch Aquarium Museum
2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla
Phone: 858-534-3474
The Stephen Birch Aquarium Museum, associated with the world-renowned Scripps Institute of Oceanography, is the largest oceanographic exhibit in the U.S. With over 3,000 fish from waters cold to tropical, the museum features enough species to keep even Jacques Cousteau busy. The museum’s bookshop sells a variety of works focusing on marine science and oceanography and includes teaching materials.

Balboa Park
Phone: 619-232-2721
With perhaps the most to offer of any area of San Diego, the beautifully landscaped acres of Balboa Park include museums featuring world class collections, the San Diego Zoo, the Starlight Bowl outdoor theater, the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, the Old Globe Theatre complex, rose and cactus gardens, and the Japanese Friendship Garden, where the occasional traditional tea ceremony can be observed. If you are in the mood for a walk or a picnic, this is the area for you. Even the open areas feature entertainment with both artists and street performers being common sights during the weekend.

Plunge and Giant Dipper
3146 Mission Blvd
Phone: 619-491-2988
Phone 858-488-3110
Perfect for entertaining families, the combination of the Plunge and Giant Dipper can either relax or excite the entire family. Located in Mission Beach, The Plunge, dating back to 1925, is the largest swimming pool in Southern California. The Giant Dipper is a wooden roller coaster featuring 13 hills, the largest of which is 70 feet in height.

Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center
1875 El Prado, Balboa Park
Phone: 619-238-1233
Fax: 619-231-8971
With activities both entertaining and educational, the Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center has something for every member of the family. With the latest technology, giant OMNIMAX films treat visitors to a variety of entertaining, educational topics. From the comfort of their seats, visitors can go on exciting adventures or view planetarium shows. The Science Center portion of the facility is definitely a hands-on experience, where visitors are both invited and encouraged to experience the variety of exhibits firsthand.

San Diego Aerospace Museum
2001 Pan American Plaza
Phone: 619-234-8291
Fax: 619-233-4526
Located in Balboa Park, the San Diego Aerospace Museum is the place to be for aviation enthusiasts both young and old. Whether it is an interest in historical flight or merely a child’s fascination with the wonders of flying that brings one here, there is plenty here to view, entertain, and educate.

Children’s Museum of San Diego
200 W. Island Ave.
Phone: 619-233-KIDS
A definite must for travelers with children, this interactive attraction, which encourages participation, is a home away from home for kids. Among the attractions are supervised activities, as well as a monthly special celebration recognizing important issues such as earth awareness or African-American history. Children are invited to take part in a variety of activities from the indoor-outdoor art studio to the theater, complete with a variety of costumes for actors to don. The observation walk above the exhibits gives children a birds-eye view of what the museum has to offer, as well as a playground feel when they exit it via a spiral slide. The museum also has a shop where toys, games, crafts, and books suitable for children of all ages are available.

San Diego Museum of Man
1350 El Prado, Balboa Park
Phone: 619-239-2001
FAX: 619-239-2749
Those interested in the early history of American Indian, Mayan, and Egyptian art and culture can view exhibits here. The exhibits vary from American Indian art to early Egyptian mummies. The museum also features a Children’s’ Discovery Center for younger museum patrons.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

January

Annual Penguin Day Ski Fest
Held in early January

Location: De Anza Cove in Mission Bay

858-270-0840

Hours: 9am – noon

Brave the cold water at De Anza Cove in Mission Bay and water-ski without a wetsuit to earn a Penguin Patch.

Mainly Mozart Spotlight
Location: Neuro Science Institute La Jolla

Held January – April

619-239-0100

The annual spotlight concert series highlights chamber music.

San Diego New Year’s Day Race

Held on New Year’s Day

Location: Shelter Island Yacht Club

619-221-8400

Traditional regatta with all classes and multi-hull boats.

February

Mainly Mozart Spotlight Series
Held thru April

Location: Neuro Science Institute La Jolla

619-239-0100

The annual spotlight concert series highlights chamber music.

Whale Watching
Season is mid December – mid March

Location: Cabrillo Nation Monument or on special whale-watching cruises

619-557-5450

Annual migration of California gray whales to the warm breeding grounds off the coast of Baja California.

Buick Invitational

Held in early February

Location: Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla

800-888-BUICK

Annual PGA Tour men’s golf tournament. Buick Invitational Pro-Am with local and national professionals.

Wildflowers Bloom
Takes place in February, depending on weather conditions

760-767-4684

Call for additional information

In the desert depending on rainfall in winter, the natural beauty of the Anza Borrego Desert State Park is enhanced by the almost magical appearance of desert wildflowers in the spring.

Kumba Fest
Held in early February

Location: Lyceum Theatre, Horton Plaza, downtown San Diego

619-544-1000

A black history month celebration of African-American arts, creativity and cultural heritage. Co-produced with the San Diego Repertory Theatre’s African-American Council. Showcases African American art and cultural heritage, with a variety of drama, song and poetry.

San Diego Brazil Carnival
Held in February

Location: Downtown San Diego

619-224-4684

The annual Gala Event will be held at a downtown location. The Brazilian ‘Mardi Gras’ Ball features a samba show, Mardi Gras Beads, Cappeira (exhibit of dance with martial arts), carnival bands, parades and a costume contest with the first prize winner receiving a trip to Brazil.

San Diego International Auto Show
Held in mid February

Location: San Diego Convention Center

619-525-5000

Features foreign and domestic cars, futuristic concept cars, never-before seen models and many others.

World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship
Held in late February

Location: La Costa Resort

800-918-GOLF

The Accenture Match Play Championship returns to the La Costa Resort and Spa. The prestigious event features the world’s top 64 players from the Official World Golf ranking in dramatic head-to-head, single elimination match play competition. Mon and Tues: practice rounds, Wed-Sat am: competition rounds, Sat pm: Semifinal Match and Sun: Championship

March

Annual America’s Schooner Cup Charity Regatta

Held most of March and April

Location: San Diego Harbor

619-223-3138

Schooners compete in San Diego Harbor.

San Diego International Film Festival
Held most of March

Location: Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD, La Jolla and Hazard Center

858-459-8707

Premieres of feature films from around the world. Also includes “Celebrating Animating” and the “The Short Night” featuring short subject films.

April

Butterflies & Orchids
Held early – mid April

Location: San Diego Wild Animal Park’s Hidden Jungle exhibit

619-234-6541

Thousands of butterflies from around the world swarm the San Diego Wild Animal Park’s Hidden Jungle exhibit. The Crevasse, adjacent to Hidden Jungle, features stick insects, leaf bugs and leaf cutters ants. More than 300 orchids are displayed during this two week spring fling and the horticulture staff gives daily presentations on orchid care and cultivation during park hours.

Annual Jewish Film Festival
Held the first two weeks of April

Location: AMC Theaters at La Jolla and Hazard Center

858-457-3161

Annual presentation of American and International features, documentaries and short subjects that explore the Jewish experience.

Annual Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair/Parade
Held in late April

Location: San Diego

858-560-0871

Call for exact location and further information

Parade route travels from Levant to Comstock on Linda Vista Road. Fair is located at Linda Vista Road, between Comstock and Ulrich Streets, and features ethnic food and entertainment.

Annual San Diego Adams Avenue Roots Festival
Held in late April

Location: San Diego

619-282-7329

Free vintage blues, folk, jazz, country and international music on 6 stages.

Annual Union-Tribune San Diego A La Carte Festival
Held in late April

Location: Presidents Way & Park Blvd, Balboa Park

619-338-1726

Food from San Diego’s best restaurants, unique micro beers, live music, entertainment, special activities for kids and celebrity chef demonstrations.

Art Walk
Held in late April

Location: Little Italy, downtown San Diego

619-615-1090

The two day festival showcases visual and performing artists in their work environment and in stage areas.

May

Buds ‘n Blooms
Held all of May

Location: Balboa Park

619-235-1100

The magnificent horticulture of Balboa Park is the centerpiece for this annual spring celebration. Features floral-themed activities, museum exhibits, tours, performances and free outdoor family activities.

June

Score Baja 500

Usually held in early May

Location: Ensenada

818-225-8402

Admission Free

Annual off-road car, motorcycle, truck loop race in Baja California, Mexico. Starts and ends in Ensenada.

Annual Fiesta Del Sol

Held in June

Location: Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach

858-755-4775

Celebrate the beginning of summer with music, entertainment, children’s games, arts and crafts.

Del Mar Fair
Usually held in mid June

Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds

858-755-1161

San Diego’s annual county fair.

Annual Mainly Mozart Festival
Usually held in June

Locations: San Diego Baja California, Mexico

619-239-0100

An all-star orchestra performs the works of Mozart and other baroque, classical and romantic composers.

Annual Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival
Usually held in mid – late June

Location: Lake Skinner

909-676-6713

This festival features food, entertainment, wine-tasting, exhibits, kids fair and balloon launches. The balloons are launched at 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Lake Skinner, weather permitting.

Old Town State Park Fourth of July Celebration
Held on the fourth of July

Location: Old Town State Park Plaza

619-220-5422

Free old fashioned 4th of July celebration with flag raising event, pony rides, hay rides, stage entertainment and family games.

San Diego Balloon Association Hot Air Balloon Classic
Held on the fourth of July

Location: Del Mar Racetrack Grandstand

858-481-6800

Balloon Race begins at 6 p.m. Viewing is included in Del Mar Fair admission.

Annual San Diego Lesbian and Gay Parade, Rally and Festival
Held in late July

Location: Balboa Park

619-297-7683

Annual San Diego Lesbian and Gay Parade, Rally and Festival include a rally, parade, 5k run, and a 1.5 mile walk.

Annual US Open Sandcastle Competition
Usually held in mid July

Location: Imperial Beach Pier

619-424-6663

Saturday events include parade at 10am and children’s sandcastle contest at 2pm with a fireworks display at dusk. Sandcastle competition is Sunday starting at 7:30am-12:30pm, with awards following the contest.

Annual World Championship Over-The-Line Tournament
Held in mid July

Location: Fiesta Island, Mission Bay

Over-the-line softball is played on a small field and is unique to San Diego. There is free viewing of San Diego’s original beach softball event at Fiesta Island, Mission Bay.

California State Summer Games
Held in mid July

Location: Vary throughout San Diego County including Qualcomm Stadium, Balboa Stadium and University of San Diego

619-682-3436
California State Games create an Olympic style competition for amateur athletes of all age ranges and abilities to challenge themselves and excel their individual past performances. The athletes, from youth to adult will participate in twenty different sports ranging from archery to track & field.

August

Acura Classic
Held in early August

Location: La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad
A WTA Tour event featuring world famous tennis.

Annual World Body Surfing Championships
Held the entire month of August

Location: Oceanside Pier and Beach

International and U.S. bodysurfers, equipped with swim fins, ride and perform on ocean waves. Open to all ages 12 and up.

November

San Diego Historical Society Holiday Home Tours

Held November – early January

Location: Varies

619-232-6203

View the period style decorations that adorn the ornate, historic Villa Montezuma & the historic Marston House. Tours are given Thursday through Sunday.

December

San Diego Historical Society Holiday Home Tours

Held November – early January

Location: Varies

619-232-6203

View the period style decorations that adorn the ornate, historic Villa Montezuma & the historic Marston House. Tours are given Thursday through Sunday.

Whale Watching
Usually the entire month

Location: Cabrillo Nation Monument or on special whale-watching cruises

619-557-5450

Annual migration of California gray whales to the warm breeding grounds off the coast of Baja California. Glimpse these peaceful “giants of the sea” from Cabrillo Nation Monument or on special whale-watching cruises.

Arts and Entertainment:

San Diego Opera
Civic Center Plaza
1200 Third Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

619-232-7636

Call for schedule of performances

San Diego Opera, ranked by Opera America as one of the top 10 opera companies in the United States, is a widely respected member of the international opera community and an invaluable cultural resource to the San Diego community.

San Diego Ballet
5304 Metro Street, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92110

619-294-7378

Call for performance schedule

Each year since 1996, the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture has awarded the San Diego Ballet an arts-organization rating of “excellent”. San Diego Ballet continues to enjoy growth and critical acclaim with original pieces.

San Diego Symphony

1245 Seventh Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
619-235-0800

Call for schedule of performances

The San Diego Symphony has become one of the leading orchestras in the United States. It is committed to providing musical experiences of superior quality for the greater San Diego community and beyond. Through a rich mixture of innovative and educational programming designed to appeal to all ages and cultures, the Symphony makes music an integral part of the cultural and intellectual fabric of the San Diego Region. The Symphony offers wide range of concert experiences and performs over 100 concerts each season.

Broadway/San Diego
401 B St.

San Diego, CA 92101
619-231-8995

Touring Broadway musicals.

La Jolla Playhouse
2910 La Jolla Village Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093
858-550-1070
This Tony Award-winning San Diego theater presents musicals, comedies, world premieres and classics. Located on UCSD campus, La Jolla.

San Diego Civic Theatre
1100 Third Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
619-615-4000
Premiere venue for productions, presentations of San Diego Opera, California Ballet, La Jolla Music Society and Broadway/San Diego.

San Diego Junior Theatre
Casa del Prado, Balboa Park
1650 El Prado, Suite 208
San Diego, CA 92101
619-239-1311
Provides engaging, innovative, high-quality theater education and productions for children of all cultural heritages, ages, abilities and levels of interest.

San Diego Repertory Theatre
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
619-231-3586

An established professional theater presenting a six play season. Dramas, musicals and four annual festivals.

Season run September – June.

Spreckels Theatre
121 Broadway, #600
San Diego, CA 92101
619-234-8397

1,466 seat, historic theater, reminiscent of a London opera house, in the heart of Downtown San Diego.

Starlight Theatre, San Diego Civic Light Opera
1549 el Prado Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
619-544-7827

An established professional musical theater company producing large-scale Broadway- quality musicals at Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park under the stars.

The Old Globe
1363 Old Globe Way
San Diego, CA 92101-1696
619-23-GLOBE
This Tony Award(r)-winning Theatre produces 15 works annually, from Shakespeare to Stoppard to Sondheim, at a 3-venue complex in Balboa Park.

Theatre in Old Town
4040 Twiggs St.
San Diego, CA 92110
619-688-2494
Operated by Miracle Theatre Productions, intimate theater in the heart of Old Town that offers innovative and award-winning productions year-round.

Triple Espresso…a highly caffeinated comedy
444 Fourth Ave. Horton Grand Theatre
San Diego, A 92101
619-234-9583
Every Wednesday through Sunday, this family-friendly comedy keeps audiences of all ages laughing from start to finish. Absolutely hilarious!

Sports

San Diego Padres
Professional Baseball

Games played at PETCO Park, San Diego
San Diego, CA 92112

877- 374-2784

Season runs April – October

San Diego Chargers
Professional Football (NFL)

Games played at Qualcom Stadium

4020 Murphy Canyon Rd.
San Diego, CA 92123
858-874-4500

Season runs September – January

San Diego Gulls

Ice Hockey

3500 Sports Arena Boulevard
San Diego, California 92110

619-224-GOAL

Call for schedule and additional information

Games played at the Sports Arena

San Diego Sockers
Indoor MISL soccer team

9606 Aero Drive

San Diego, CA 92123
858-836-GOAL

Call for schedule and additional information