San Diego: Bayfair Festival in Mission Bay

Mission Bay will be the place to hang out this weekend at the 49th Annual Bayfair Festival. San Diego’s oldest and largest festival, this three-day event (September 13-15) centers around boat races, most notably the thunderboats and the piston-powered boats of the Grand Prix West. But the real stars of the weekend are the H1 unlimited hydroplanes, considered the fastest watercraft in the world with speeds exceeding 200 mph.

For those who prefer land-based sports, freestyle motocross exhibitions—featuring top freestyle motocross riders Jimmy Fitzpatrick and Derrick Garland of Metal Mulisha—will be performed three times daily, with a special course set up to allow for some sick tricks and aerial maneuvers. The Freestyle Moto X exhibition takes place Saturday at noon, 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

In addition to the fast action, festival goers can enjoy live music, food, and cocktails. This year, there are two concert stages (Crown Point and East Vacation Island) that will feature 28 local bands, running the gamut from country to rock to hip hop. For those 21 and over, a craft brew festival will take place on Crown Point and will also offer specialty foods from around the world.

Kids are not forgotten at this festival, with a specially designed Kids Expo Zone at Bayfair on Crown Point.

The full schedule of events for the San Diego Bayfair can be found here.

Bayfair Festival
: Crown Point, West Mission Bay, San Diego
: Friday September 13 to Sunday September 15
: $25/general, $45/3-day pass, $20/3-day pass Military (available here)


San Diego: Hess Brewing Company Opens in North Park

San Diego is rapidly becoming the new destination for breweries and brewpubs, with the latest addition being Hess Brewing’s new production facility and tasting room in North Park. Spanning 3,000 square feet, with a capacity for 170 brew aficionados, Hess Brewing Company will serve a rotating selection of 10+ beers, each in a specifically designed glass. They’ve also worked out a food delivery program for patrons, with both food trucks and local establishments providing dining options.

Hess Brewing was created in 2010, selling out of their first batch on opening day. This expansion into North Park means they have an increased production capacity, marrying the brew facility with an open-plan pub. Regularly produced beers include Habitus Rye India Pale Ale, Grazias Vienna Cream Ale, Ex Umbris Rye Imperial Stout, Amplus Acerba San Diego Pale Ale, Intrepidus India Pale Ale and Claritas Kolsch. They also make a seasonal brew and have limited production on 4-6 additional types of beer.

Hess Brewing Company
3812 Grimm Avenue, San Diego

Hours: Sunday thru Thursday Noon to 10pm, Friday & Saturday Noon to Midnight


SAN DIEGO: Kids Free for the Month of October

Legoland Family Fun -Courtesy Joanne DiBona,

Families love San Diego, but during October, parents can add up a number reasons to love it even more. For the entire month, kids eat, stay and play for free at 100+ attractions ranging from hotels and restaurants to amusement parks and museums. Plan it right and families can save a bundle of cash when they join the San Diego Kidvasion

The website makes it quick and easy to browse the numerous kids free options. The list of attractions is impressive, including some of the most popular family choices.

San Diego: Sublime Tavern Brings Craft Brews to Del Mar


Local restaurateurs James Limjoco and Josh Richardi have added a new venue to their Sublime Group stable: Sublime Tavern. With amazing views of the San Diego Polo Fields, Sublime Tavern serves up affordable craft brews along with approachable gourmet fare. Patrons have the option of 120 bottled beers and 55 craft beers on tap to go with their tasty culinary offerings, which include Lobster Gumbo, Beer Steamed Carlsbad Aqua Farms Mussels, Fettucini Wild Boar Bolognese and Locally Caught Yellowtail.

According to owner Limjoco, “Sublime Tavern’s concept is multifaceted, providing a food menu that is artfully flavorful while complementing the beer and wine selection that enhances the overall sensory experience of the diner.” We’re already big fans of the Sublime Alehouse in San Marcos, and can wholeheartedly recommend the killer mac n cheese.

So what are you waiting for? Sit amongst the reclaimed wood décor, belly up to the bar made entirely of barrel-aged beer casks, or relax on the 1,700-square-foot covered patio and enjoy.

Sublime Tavern

3790 Via De La Valle #301, Del Mar

Hours: Monday – Thursday 4 – 11 pm, Friday 4pm to 1am, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 1am

San Diego: Spirits Festival on Tap This Month at Broadway Pier


Culinary cocktails come to Broadway Pier for San Diego’s Spirits Festival on August 24th & 25th. Tickets for the two-day event include unlimited spirit and food tastings, bartender battles, chef demonstrations, craft beer and the Bayside Art Festival. And to keep you entertained during the event there will be Brazilian Carnivale Samba performances, a pin-up girl fashion show, the Risque Drop Dead Dames Burlesque, as well as musical guests. Among those guests will be Vince Neil, who will be opening the festival and launching his Tatuado Vodka label. More than 50 purveyors of spirits will be in attendance, which includes both large-scale as well as small-batch distillers. Must be 21 or older to attend.

San Diego Spirits Festival

When: August 24 & 25, 1-5 p.m.

Where: Port Pavilion On Broadway Pier, 1000 N. Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92101

Cost: $90/day