San Diego County Events for July 31 – August 2

This weekend, enjoy movies with the family or watch dogs surf better than people! Besides the usual summer (and year-round) activities you can do in San Diego (view the Top 20 Must-Do Activities in San Diego list here!), check out the events going on today through Sunday:

San Diego county events this weekendUnleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition

At the Unleashed by Petco Surf Dog Competition, the most fearless dogs will jump on their boards, paddle out and surf! There will be more than just surfing going on, though; there will also be available on Saturday: dog food garden (food & treat samples), kid zone, beginners agility course, free video and photo booth (with green screen), dog adoptions, off-leash play area, and more.

When: Saturday, August 1 | 9am – 3pm
Where: 2 Elder Ave., Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Cost: Free | Registration Fee for Competitors
More information: unleashedby.petco.com/surfdog


El Cajon Dinner and a Concert

From May through September, the El Cajon Dinner and a Concert (formerly Concerts on the Promenade) take place every Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Prescott Promenade near the corner of Main St and Magnolia. Entertainment includes rock, western, rock-a-billy, country, caribbean and Spanish flamenco; tonight’s entertainment features The Jones Revival. Bring a chair/blanket, food and drinks.

When: Fridays, through September | 6 – 8pm
Where: Prescott Promenade | near the corner of Main St and Magnolia, El Cajon, CA
Cost: Free
More information: downtownelcajon.com/Events/DinnerandaConcert.aspx


Free San Diego movies for the family

Different cities in San Diego county host free family movies (this list is by SanDiego.org); here are the ones going on this weekend:

  • July 31 – Penguins of Madagascar – PG | Clairemont – South Clairemont Community Park – 3605 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117movie
  • July 31 – Penguins of Madagascar – PG | Lakeside – Lindo Lake County Park – 12660 Lindo Lane, Lakeside, CA 92040
  • July 31 – Grease – PG-13 | Old Town – Heritage County Park – 2454 Heritage Park Row, San Diego, CA 92110
  • July 31 – Home – PG | Southcrest – Southcrest Community Park – 4149 Newton Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113
  • August 1 – Big Hero 6 – PG | Mira Mesa – Hourglass Community Park – 10440 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, CA 92126
  • August 1 – Big Hero 6 – PG | Otay Mesa – Montgomery-Waller Recreation Center – 3020 Coronado Avenue, San Diego, CA 92154
  • August 1 – Home – PG | La Jolla – Nobel Community Park – 8810 Judicial Drive, San Diego, CA 92121
  • August 1 – Big Hero 6 – PG | Campo – Lake Morena – 2550 Lake Morena Drive, Campo, CA 91906

Baja By The Sea

Baja By The Sea will display the culinary and cultural heritage of Baja California, as well as its tourism attractions and infrastructure. The event will exhibit nine aisles, five of them will be represented by each city of Baja California: Tijuana, Tecate, Ensenada, Rosarito and Mexicali; each city will promote its main cuisine, hotels, travel agencies, museums, and recreational spaces.

When: Saturday, August 1 | 12 – 6pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park North | 500 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
More information: www.bajabythesea.mx


OzCon International

The 51st annual Oz convention includes Oz quizzes for all ages and levels, the Oz Treasure Hunt, the Oz Research Table, the Oz Dealers Room, Oz Show and Tell to share your discoveries, panel discussions, displays, and after-parties. And you can get your cOZplay on for the OzCon costume contest.

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday | 9am – 10:30pm
Where: Town and Country Hotel and Convention Center | 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego
Cost: $20 – $35
More information: www.ozconinternational.com


Watermelon Days

camelAdmission includes watermelon feeding with the camels, the Pollywood bird show, contests, a watermelon-carving contest, and exhibits. The 32-acre working ranch and camel milk dairy is home to a large herd of camels, donkeys, horses, sheep, dogs, cats, turkeys, exotic birds, and two ranchers. Runs Friday through Sunday.

When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday | 1 – 7pm
Where: Oasis Camel Dairy | 26757 Old Julian Highway, Ramona
Cost: Free – $15
More information: www.cameldairy.com

Housing Becoming Less Affordable

Real estate prices and interest rates are on the rise.

Both rising interest rates and higher-priced homes the first part of 2015 are lessening home affordability for would-be homebuyers.

  • Only 30% of potential homebuyers can afford the average-priced, single-family residence
  • The median price of a single-family home is $485,100
  • To qualify for a home loan to buy such a home, the average annual income needed is $96,160
  • The median-priced home requires a monthly payment of $2,404 (which includes taxes and insurance on a 30-year, fixed-rate loan)

PricesontheUptickInfographic from CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

San Diego County Events for July 24 – 26

Besides the usual summer (and year-round) activities you can do in San Diego (view the Top 20 Must-Do Activities in San Diego list here!), this weekend also has several fun events throughout San Diego County to join in with the family!

San Diego county events this weekendSummer Movies in the Park

Head to La Mesita Park in La Mesa for a free outdoor screening of “Despicable Me 2.” The movie starts at 8 p.m., but family-friendly, pre-show activities and entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. Pack a lawn chair, blanket and snacks for this event.

When: Friday, July 24 | 7:30 pm
Where: La Mesita Park | 8855 Dallas St, La Mesa, CA
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentCenter/View/6019


Point Loma Summer Concerts: LomaPalooza

The Point Loma Summer Concerts series is back for its 15th season. On Friday, an all-volunteer committee is hosting the “LomaPalooza,” an evening of free live music performed by local bands from Point Loma and Ocean Beach.

When: Friday, July 24 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Point Loma Community Park | 1060-1080 Catalina Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
More information: plconcerts.org


The 2015 Summer Walkabout

Enjoy the fun-filled evening festival that showcases all the unique businesses in South Park. There will be complimentary treats, special offers and live entertainment. Come support local businesses!

When: Saturday, July 25 | 6 – 10 pm
Where: South Park neighborhood in San Diego | The Walkabout starts at Kalmia and 30th St. and goes to Beech and 30th St.
Cost: Free, unless you buy from and support the local businesses!
More information: www.southparkscene.com/walkabout


The 35th Annual Padres Tailgate and Fire Fighter Chili Cook-off

Petco Park

Petco Park

Go to Embarcadero Marina Park South for the 35th Annual Padres Tailgate and Fire Fighter Chili Cook-off to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, then head on over to Petco Park for an exciting game of Padres baseball!

Sponsored by San Diego City Fire Fighters Local 145, more than 25 local fire departments are expected to compete for bragging rights for the best firehouse chili in all of San Diego. The Padres Tailgate & Fire Fighter Chili Cook-off will feature all-you-can-eat hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwurst and snacks

Admission is all inclusive! $50 for adults and $20 for children includes a ticket to the Padres vs. Marlins game at Petco Park that evening.

When: Saturday, July 25 | 12 – 4:45 pm, the game begins at 5:40 pm
Where: Tailgate Party/ Chili Cook-off: Embarcadero Marina Park South, 1 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101 | Padres vs. Marlins Game: Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: All-inclusive tickets (includes both admission to the tailgate party/chili cook-off and the Padres game): $50 for adults, $20 for kids. Tickets are available at an increased price the day of the event (game tickets are available while supplies last).
More information: www.kpbs.org/events/2015/jul/25/35th-annual-padres-tailgate-fire-fighter-chili-coo/?et=49959 or call MDA to purchase tickets at (858) 492-9792


23rd Annual Sea Chantey Festival

Star of IndiaTake a trip back in time when you spend an afternoon aboard the Star of India Sunday, the world’s oldest active sailing ship. Enjoy sailors singing the chanteys they used to sing during their off-watch time and bring the kids to sing along.

When: Sunday, July 26 | 11 am
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego | 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $8 – $16 museum entrance; festival is free with price of museum admission
More information: sdmaritime.org/tickets


Sundays at Six Summer Concert

“Sundays at Six” summer concerts are held 6:00-7:00 pm on Sundays at the Harry Griffen Park Amphitheatre. This Sunday features Fanny and the Atta Boys (Folk/Swing).

When: Sunday, July 26 | 6 – 7 pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentCenter/View/2535

San Diego County Events for July 17 – 19

Enjoy your weekend in San Diego County at one of the following events — there’s horse racing to watch, food to be enjoyed, media to see, and so much more down here!

San Diego county events this weekendDel Mar Racetrack – Racing Season

The annual Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racing season, starts up this week, from mid-July to early September.

When: July 16 – September 7, 2015
Where: Del Mar Racetrack | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Stretch Run: $6 | Clubhouse: $10
More information: www.dmtc.com | (858) 755-1141


Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival

sandcastleThe 2015 Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival will feature world-class sandcastle sculptors creating some of the best sand creations on the West Coast as well as a community parade and pancake breakfast, live music, children’s craft activities, a Kids ‘n Kastles competition, Farmer’s Market and International Food Fair.

When: July 17-18, 2015
Where: Pier Plaza | 10 Evergreen Avenue, Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Cost: Free
More information: www.sunandseafestival.com


Festival of the Bells

Celebrates the anniversary of Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the Mother of California’s 21 Missions, which was founded by Blessed Father Junipero Serra on July 16, 1769. All five Mission bells are rung during the weekend festivities, including an original bell dating back to 1802. There will also be food, entertainment, dancing and traditional activities like the Blessing of the Bells and the Blessing of the Animals.

When: July 18-19, 2015
Where: Mission San Diego de Alcalá | 10818 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Cost: Free
More information: www.missionsandiego.org/


Lemon Zest & Garlic Fest

lemon and garlicFrom lemon and garlic inspired food tastings from San Diego’s top culinary minds, to cooking demonstrations, a beer and wine garden, dozens of retail vendors and a free family area, the festival will be filled with tasty delights and fun activities for all ages. Guests will also be invited to cast their vote for “Best Dish” of the fest.

When: July 18, 2015 | 12 – 5pm
Where: San Diego County Waterfront Park | 1600 Pacific Hwy., San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Family Area – Free | Food, Beer & Wine Tastings – $50-$70
More information: www.lzgfsd.com/


The Little Italy Summer Film Festival

Kick-off summer with some of Italy’s greatest films. The Little Italy Summer Film Festival will show every Saturday starting June 27, 2015, until Saturday, September 5, 2015, at the Amici Park Amphitheater (W. Date & State Streets).

When: Saturday, July 18 and every Saturday until Sept. 5 | Doors open 7:30pm, films start at 8pm
Where: Amici Park Amphitheater (W. Date & State Streets) | W. Date & State Streets, San Diego, California 92101
Cost: $5.00 Donation
More information: www.littleitalysd.com


Rubio’s Coast Fest

Rubio’s CoastFest is a celebration of the ocean and its many gifts. From the bounty it offers to the shores it graces, the ocean is more than a resource for Rubio’s: it is a way of life. After the cleanup, enjoy: live music, free food and drinks, a beer garden, free surf lessons from Surfin Fire, photo booth, pledge wall, Rubio’s Prize Wheel, and a Salsa Garden.

When: July 18, 2015 | 10am – 2pm
Where: Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre | 200 N. The Strand, Oceanside, CA 92054
Cost: Free
More information: offers.rubios.com/coastfest2015/

San Diego County Events for July 10 – 12

Enjoy your weekend in San Diego County at one of the following events!

San Diego county events this weekend78th Annual Del Mar Racing Kickoff Party

Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack is on July 16 and this party celebrates the upcoming horse racing season with all the glitz and glamour. Join racing enthusiasts and celebrity jockeys for this mixer that includes live entertainment and other activities. Wear your best racetrack outfit and hat to really get into the spirit.

When: Friday, July 10, 7pm – 2am
Where: Club M at The Grand Del Mar | 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, San Diego, CA 92130
Cost: $30 – $35
More information: www.squadup.com/events/dmp


Taste of the Past

This self-guided food tour in Old Town will take foodies to several spots for samples of historic bites popular in San Diego during the mid-1800s, showing how those foods reflected the many cultural influences of that time. Along the way, patrons can check out demonstrations of historical food preparations and cooking techniques in the plaza. Participating eateries include: Casa De Reyes; Barra Barra; The Cosmopolitan Hotel; El Patio; Cousins Candy; Rust General Store, and many others. Tickets range from $10-$15 per person and can be purchased ahead of time online or on the day of the event at Rust General Store or the Robinson Rose Visitor Center.

When: Saturday, July 11 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: $10 – $15
More information: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1615626


Sundays at Six Summer Concerts

Enjoy a free summer concert in La Mesa this Sunday; this week’s concert is Breez’n (Jazz).

When: Sunday, July 12 | 6pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, CA 91942
Cost: Free
More information: www.cityoflamesa.com/index.aspx?NID=1035

Location, Location, Location…

When it come to real estate anyone can tell you that three of the most important factors in where you buy a home are location, location, location. This is one of those terms that we hear all the time and which becomes especially salient as we are searching for our dream home.

All too often buyers will be caught up in the excitement of the home buying process and make an offer on a home that seems too good to be true. unfortunately, many times it does turn out that the “perfect home for the reasonable price” is too good to be true.

The reason is simple – location. Buying a home in the wrong location is going to have a dramatic impact on how happy you are in your new home and also on the value of your home when you decide to sell.

For this reason it is important that you do your homework beforehand and pick out possible neighborhoods that suit your lifestyle. At the same time, keep an eye on that future date when you might put your new home back on the market and pick a neighborhood that is know for good schools and well maintained public facilities.

Once you have narrowed down the neighborhoods, visit the neighborhood and pick the best house available.

You’ll be happier in the end if you plan well in the beginning.

San Diego County Events for July 3 – 5

Happy Independence Day — how privileged and blessed we are to live in America!

Celebrate the 4th of July here in San Diego — because what’s better than a weekend at the beach, BBQing and being with family?

San Diego county events this weekend The top picks for fireworks in San Diego: www.sandiego.com/san-diego-blog/top-spots-san-diego-4th-july-fireworks


San Diego County Fair

This is the last weekend for the San Diego County Fair; whose theme is: A Fair to Remember: a Celebration of World’s Fairs and Balboa Park. The fair will be open until July 5 — make sure you get a visit in while in San Diego County!

When: June 5 – July 5 | see website for open days and hours
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: See website for details
More information: www.sdfair.com


Big Bay Boom

Apparently the largest fireworks show in San Diego, the Big Bay Boom provides a spectacular fireworks show over San Diego Bay. Fireworks will be discharged simultaneously from barges placed strategically around the Bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North, Seaport Village, Embarcadero South Marina Park and Coronado Ferry Landing. The impeccably choreographed display will last approximately 17 minutes.

When: Saturday, July 4 | 9pm
Where: Watch at one of these locations (see the map for details): Shelter Island, Harbor Island, North Embarcadero, Seaport Village, South Embarcadero, Coronado Ferry Landing
Cost: Free
More information: www.BigBayBoom.com


Friday Night Liberty At NTC At Liberty Station

Start your 4th of July weekend at Friday Night Liberty on July 3, 2015. Entertain guests with a night of arts and culture in a restored, historic naval base.

When: Friday, July 3 | 5 – 9pm
Where: NTC Arts & Culture District at Liberty Station | 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: Free
More information: www.ntclibertystation.com/what


Star Spangled Pops

Go to the most patriotic party in San Diego: a Symphony celebration from “Stars and Stripes Forever” to “God Bless the U.S.A.” with Principal Pops Conductor Bill Conti, San Diego Master Chorale and Chula Vista native, Jessica Sanchez.

When: Friday, July 3 | 7:30 – 9:30pm
Where: Embarcadero Park South | 1 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $20 – $92
More information: www.sandiegosymphony.com


Historic Old Town Fourth Of July 2015

An old-fashioned celebration of July 4th. Parade, crafts and activities of early San Diego. Wagon rides, period games, music, food specials, pie-eating contest and more. Flag raising, keynote speaker, military involvement.

When: Saturday, July 4 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Old Town State Historic Park | 2415 San Diego Ave., San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
More information:  www.oldtownsandiegoguide.com/events


Julian Fourth Of July Parade 2015

The stars and stripes will move down Julian’s Main Street during this year’s Julian Fourth of July parade, prompting selection of It’s Star Spangled Salute as the theme for the annual patriotic celebration.

When: Saturday, July 4 | 10am
Where: Main Street – Julian High School to Frank Lane Park | 1656 Hwy. 78, Julian, CA 92036
Cost: Free
More information: julianparade.com


10th Annual USD Summer Chamber Music Festival

Sit back, relax, and let the beautiful creations of Mozart, Vivaldi, Shostakovich and other composers fill your ears. Admission is $10 and tickets include lunchtime, afternoon and evening concerts. Musicians and fans of music of all ages can enjoy the wonderful sounds of classic composers.

When: Sunday, July 5 | 2pm
Where: Shiley Theatre | 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: $10 – $12
More information: www.sandiego.edu/about/news_center/events/events_detail.php?_focus=51558


There’s so many terrific activities and events to celebrate the Fourth of July here in San Diego county; here’s just one good website to go to, to find more to do: www.kpbs.org/news/events/4thofJuly/

San Diego County Events for June 26 – 28

Once again, San Diego county is putting on some great events, with plenty of great family activities to choose from this weekend!

San Diego county events this weekendSan Diego County Fair

The San Diego County Fair presents A Fair to Remember: a Celebration of World’s Fairs and Balboa Park. The fair will be open June 5 to July 5, and it’s always a great start to summer here in San Diego County!

When: June 5 – July 5 | see website for open days and hours
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: See website for details
More information: www.sdfair.com


“Sundays at Six” free summer concerts in La Mesa

La Mesa…. The La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation announces the 14th season of the City of La Mesa’s “Sundays at Six” free outdoor concerts. The popular concert series are held at the beautiful outdoor amphitheatre at Harry Griffen Park, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. On June 28, the concert will be put on by Emerald River Band (country/classic rock). The “Sundays at Six” concerts series is also sponsored by Grossmont Center and the Chapel at Grossmont.

When: Sunday, June 28, 6 – 7pm
Where: Harry Griffen Park | 9550 Milden St, La Mesa
Cost: Free
More information: lamesaparks.org | email community@ci.la-mesa.ca.us | call 619-667-1300


Julian Gold Rush Days

Julian’s Gold Rush Days festival is happening this weekend–with historical reenactments, mock claim jumping, gold panning, and more. The old-fashioned mining camp will also have vendors, food, and an arts and crafts market.

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 27 & 28
Where: Julian Mining Company | 4444 Hwy 78, Julian, CA
Cost: $3 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Parking is free
More information: www.julianca.com/gold-rush-days


Oceanside Independence Day Parade

Oceanside’s annual Independence Day Parade features floats, bands, cars, and more. The theme this year is “Legends and Legacies”.

The parade will make its way north on Coast Highway from Wisconsin Avenue to Civic Center Drive (just past City Hall), starting in front of the 101 Cafe (Coast Highway at Wisconsin Avenue) at 10:00 AM. and works its way north with the first unit of the parade reaching City Hall around 10:15 AM. Running time from beginning to end is about two hours.

When: Saturday, June 27, 10am – 12pm
Where: South Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054
Cost: Free
More information: www.oceansideparade.com


KidsFest

Bring the whole family out to San Diego’s largest hands-on festival for kids and their families. Let your kids get creative with more than 100,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and dozens of activity stations to help kids get their hands dirty. Make crafts with your kids and then take them home. Tickets are $20 for those years two and over.

When: Saturday & Sunday, June 27 & 28 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Liberty Station, Point Loma, San Diego
Cost: $20 for those two years and older; under 2 free
More information: www.kidsfestsandiego.com