Thursday, July 12, 2018

Things to Do This Weekend in San Diego: July 12-15


TGI Weekend! Celebrate Pride month in Hillcrest with one of the largest Pride parades on the West Coast. Or watch the competition as dozens of matching teams compete in the annual Over the Line Tournament. Those are just a few of the fun happenings this weekend in San Diego. Get up. Get out. Play!  
Thursday, July 12
California State Games 

Times Vary (through Sunday), SDCCU StadiumThis non-profit sports festival aims to provide a U.S. Olympic-style experience amateur athletes. The event has run since 1988 and features sports like archery, BMX and robotics. This year’s opening ceremony is on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and will begin with a torch run and cauldron lighting -- just like in the U.S. Olympics -- before a fireworks display fills the sky. Ahead of the opening ceremonies, an obstacle course and a Stone Brewing Beer Garden will be open to guests.
Wonderspaces: With Creative License10 a.m. to 10 p.m., B Street Pier (San Diego)A unique type of art gallery has moved into an inconspicuous building on the waterfront. It’s the second year the traveling art exhibit called Wonderspaces has stopped in San Diego. This time, Wonderspaces has curated 15 installations from different artists for an immersive experience that takes guests inside the art. With a $24 ticket ($14 for children over three) guests will experience a short virtual reality thriller, walk through thousands of light points, leave their mark on the art, and more as they wander through the rooms of wonder. Tickets for July just became available and guests will need to reserve a spot in advance to attend. 
Rum Runner Night5 to 8 p.m., Maritime Museum San DiegoExplore the history of rum -- from the 17th-century sugar cane plantations to modern-day cocktail lounges -- at a new interactive exhibit aboard steam ferryboat Berkeley. This one-night-only event in partnership with the Gaslamp Quarter restaurant Havana 1920 transports guests to the era of Cuban rum running. A mixologist will create specialty rum cocktails as guests nibble on authentic Cuban cuisine. A $30 ticket to the event comes with one drink ticket and unlimited appetizers.
Things to Do at Balboa ParkThings to Do at Balboa Park
Balboa Park is one of San Diego’s best-known landmarks. NBC 7's Monica Garske speaks with Balboa Park Conservancy CEO and president Tomas Herrera-Mishler about a few of the things you should do when you visit the sprawling urban park in the hear of America's Finest City.
(Published Thursday, April 20, 2017)

Night Fishing 5 to 11:30 p.m., Santee LakesSantee Lakes’ seasonal night fishing is back. Adults and kids can enjoy a serene evening as they try to hook catfish and bluegill lingering along the shoreline of Santee Lake. A fishing permit from Santee Lakes’ general store is required and costs $9 for adults and $6 for kids.
Santee Summer Concert Series5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Town Center Community Park EastHave a bluesy evening at Santee’s Summer Concert Series this Thursday. Blues groups Mercedes Moore Band and Bill Magee Blues Band will both take the stage for a summer concert under the stars. Bring a blanket and grab a bite from one of the evening’s featured food trucks like smoked barbecue from Super Q, or Oggi’s Pizza from the event’s beer garden, at this free, family-friendly event.
Group Works to Restore Balboa Park CarouselGroup Works to Restore Balboa Park Carousel
The San Diego-based nonprofit organization, Friends of Balboa Park, recently purchased the historic Balboa Park Carousel located off Park Boulevard. The group plans to restore the ride to its glory days and keep it running for generations to come. The carousel was built in 1910 and boasts all of its original parts. It first came to Balboa Park in 1...  (Published Tuesday, July 25, 2017)
Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Balboa ParkAs summer returns, Balboa Park will be filled with music for the Twilight in the Park concert series. A concert will be held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through August featuring an array of artists -- from big bands like the Hillcrest Wind Ensemble and the San Diego Youth Symphony to groups like bluegrass artists Back Pocket Whiskey Fellas and Mexican musical group Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista. This Thursday, Zydeco group Bayou Brothers will play for a special Family Day in the park. Guests are encouraged to come an hour early for themed events at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion and to bring a picnic to enjoy during the free, family-friendly concert.
San Diego Padres v. Los Angeles Dodgers
7:10 p.m., Petco ParkSoCal rivals face off for their final game of the series this Thursday in downtown San Diego. The Padres are celebrating Christmas in July this game and will be giving away "ugly" Christmas t-shirts to ticket holders ($15 and up). While at the ballpark, try an array of craft brew and tastes of some of this year’s new local grub-- like Seafood Tacos from Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill or a Smoked Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog from Carnitas' Snack Shack.h
8 p.m. (through Sunday), The American Comedy Co.Funnyman Marlon Wayans acts, produces, writes and directs for television but is still makes time for stand up shows at various venues across the country. This week, he makes a stop in San Diego for four nights of performances. Tickets to the show cost $40. Wayans has a recently-released comedy special on Netflix called "Naked" and is the star of NBC’s comedy sitcom "Marlon,"loosely based on his life.
Friday, July 13
Sun and Sea Festival8 a.m. to dusk (Friday and Saturday), Pier Plaza (Imperial Beach)Imperial Beach’s largest annual event brings dozens of artists to the beach to create sculptures in the sand. The theme for this year’s Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival is "Super Heroes in the Sand." On top of the competition, the two-day festival will feature a morning paddle out, a beach run and a pancake breakfast on Friday and a superhero parade and an interactive kids zone on Saturday. There will also be a farmer’s market and an international food fair, plus stages with live musical performances.t

Food Truck Fridays4 to 8:30 p.m., Balboa Park
Delectable treats will once again flood historic Balboa Park every Friday night this summer for the popular Food Truck Fridays series. A lineup of about a dozen food trucks will rotate each week through September 28 at Plaza de Panama ready to feed hungry guests as a variety of live music, like Mariachi and orchestral sounds, waft through the air. Some of the dining possibilities include Bosnian Grill, Monster Crafts, Pierogi Truck, Super Q and Yo Yo Bento, Beachin’ Boba, Devil Dogs BBQ, Sushi Uno and more. Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit in front of the Botanical Building as they eat, or enjoy craft beer, wine and cocktails inside nearby restaurants. Booths will be set up with activities for kids and Balboa Park will introduce a "living room" area filled with giant lawn games. Surrounding museums will extend hours to accommodate guests and the San Diego Museum of Art will offer $5 admission after 5 p.m.
Cruisin’ Grand5 to 9 p.m., Grand Avenue (Escondido)It’s opening night for the free auto festival that has taken over downtown Escondido for nearly two decades. Hundreds of vintage cars line Grand Avenue for seven blocks every Friday night from April to September for the event that seems to transform the city into a retro paradise. Along the route, enjoy dinner or browse local goods at one of the many restaurants and shops that extend their hours during the car show.
Clear the Shelters: Save the DateClear the Shelters: Save the Date
NBC and Telemundo stations across the country will team up with hundreds of shelters nationwide on Aug. 18 for the fourth annual Clear the Shelters animal adoption drive.
(Published Friday, April 27, 2018)

Summer Movies in the ParkTimes Vary, Locations VaryAcross the county this summer, cities are taking part in movie screenings at their local outdoor parks. Almost every day of the week, San Diegans can find a different free outdoor movie screening thanks to the county-wide initiative. The full calendar of screenings for the summer can be found here. Bring a picnic, chairs and a blanket to enjoy the movie of your choice typically starting at sunset. 
Dr. Seuss's 'The Lorax'7 p.m., The Old GlobeThe Old Globe’s talented cast and crew brings to life Dr. Seuss's "The Lorax," the story of-of a small, fuzzy creature, The Lorax, who decides to speak up for the voiceless -- all the trees in his Truffula Forest. Tickets to the colorful and upbeat performance on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, which runs through August 12, start at $30 for children and $40 for adults. iego

Looking to save some cash, but still enjoy the city? In San Diego, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy for free or on the cheap. Go for a hike at Torrey Pines State Park or Cowles Mountain, stroll Balboa Park, try a new craft brewery, admire the murals of Chicano Park or read a book at a downtown park. Get out there and explore America’s Finest City.
Courtesy of NBC San Diego

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Top 5 Benefits of a VA Home Loan


Since the creation of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Loans Program, over 22 million veterans have achieved the American Dream of homeownership. Many veterans do not know the details of the program and therefore do not take advantage of the benefits available to them.
If you are a veteran or you know someone who is, here is a breakdown of the VA Home Loan benefits that can be used to achieve the American Dream!

Top 5 Benefits of a VA Home Loan

  1. The greatest benefit of a VA Loan is that borrowers can buy a home with a 0% down payment. In 2016, 82% of all VA Loans put down 0%!
  2. Primary Mortgage Insurance (PMI) is not required! (Most other loans with down payments under 20% require PMI, which adds additional costs to your monthly housing expense!)
  3. Credit Score requirements are also lower for VA Home Loans. The average FICO® score of a borrower for an approved VA Loan is 620, compared to 676 (FHA) or 753 (Conventional).
  4. There is also a limitation on a veteran buyer’s closing costs. Sellers can pay all of a buyer’s loan-related closing costs and up to 4% in concessions in some cases.
  5. Even with interest rates rising, VA Loans continue to have the lowest average interest rates of all loan types.

Who Qualifies for a VA Home Loan?

One of the most important first steps when applying for a VA Home Loan is obtaining your Certificate of Eligibility (COE). “The COE verifies to the lender that you are eligible for a VA-backed loan.”

You Can Apply for a VA Loan if You:

  • Serve 90 consecutive days during wartime
  • Serve 181 consecutive days during peacetime
  • Have more than 6 years in the National Guard or Reserves
  • Are the spouse of a service member who has died in the line of duty or as the result of a service-related disability

You Can Use a VA Loan To:

  • Purchase a Home
  • Purchase a Condo
  • Build a Home
  • Refinance an existing home loan
  • Make improvements to a home by installing energy-related features or making energy-efficient improvements

Bottom Line

For more information or to find out if you or a loved one would qualify to use the VA Home Loan Benefit, let’s get together! Thank you for your service!

Monday, June 18, 2018

San Diego home prices up 7.7 percent in a year


By  Contact Reporter Union Tribune
San Diego County home prices in March increased 7.7 percent from a year ago, outpacing most of the nation, a closely-watched housing index reported Tuesday.
Riding a wave of rising prices across the nation, the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices showed that nationally, home prices had increased 6.5 percent over 12 months. Seattle had the biggest increase of 13 percent in the 20-city index.
Prices were up across California. San Francisco prices went up 11.3 percent in the same time period and Los Angeles prices increased 8.1 percent.
Cheryl Young, senior economist at Trulia, said prices are going up because of low unemployment, a strong economy and lack of homes for sale.



"Generally speaking, in the housing bubble that occured 10 to 13 years ago, a lot of that was really driven by things that were speculative rather than core fundamentals,” she said. “The economy is doing well right now, and those are the sort of fundamentals that are driving demand.”

Young said first-time homebuyers will struggle as prices increase, with the only real relief possibly coming from increased home inventory. She said rising mortgage interest rates could slow the pace of price increases for homes, but that wouldn’t necessarily help buyers afford them.
The indices evaluate home prices by more than just price, tracking repeat sales of identical single-family houses as they turn over through the years. Prices are adjusted for seasonal swings. The San Diego median home price in March for a resale single-family home was $608,750, said CoreLogic.
David Blitzer, managing director of the index, wrote that rising prices are more than just inflation, proven by Chicago — where home prices went up the slowest at 2.8 percent, which still outpaced inflation.
“Until inventories increase faster than sales,” he wrote, “or the economy slows significantly, home prices are likely to continue rising.”
For homeowners, the increases mean a major return on investment. The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday that the aggregate nationwide gain in housing wealth over the year was $1.8 trillion.
Still, the difficulty for first-time buyers continues to be a major concern for local business leaders. Sean Karafin, a vice president at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, said the region would lose talented workers to other cities because of a lack of housing.
“The housing shortage is hurting working families who often face long commutes, tough financial decisions,” he said, “and a lack of housing options that force them to consider moving elsewhere.”
There were 3,475 single-family homes listed for sale in March, said the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors, down from 5,323 in March 2012 around the time prices started increasing.
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S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices for March 2018
Yearly increases by city
1 Seattle — 13 percent
2 Las Vegas — 12.4 percent
3 San Francisco — 11.3 percent
4 Denver — 8.6 percent
5 Los Angeles — 8.1 percent
6 Detroit — 7.9 percent
7 San Diego — 7.7 percent
8 Tampa — 7.5 percent
9 Phoenix — 6.8 percent
10 Portland — 6.7 percent
11 Atlanta — 6.2 percent
12 Charlotte — 6.2 percent
13 Minneapolis — 6.1 percent
14 Boston — 5.8 percent
15 Dallas — 5.8 percent
16 New York — 5.2 percent
17 Miami — 5 percent
18 Cleveland — 4.6 percent
19 Washington, D.C. — 3 percent
20 Chicago — 2.8 percent
Nationwide — 6.5 percent

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/real-estate/sd-fi-case-shiller-20180529-story.html


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Things to Do This Weekend in San Diego: June 14-17

It's a weekend for doing something you have never tried before, like night fishing on Santee Lake or catching a comedy show Downtown. Of course, San Diego staples like one of the largest beer festivals on the West Coast or taking in a concert at the San Diego County Fair are always options. Plus, it’s Father’s Day! There are plenty of ways to celebrate the father or father-figure in your life. Get up. Get out. Play!  
Thursday, June 142018 San Diego County Fair: 'How Sweet It Is'
Opens at 11 a.m. (Weekdays) and 10 a.m. (Weekends), Del Mar FairgroundsOh, how sweet it is! The San Diego County Fair returns on June 1 with a candy theme sure to give even the biggest sweet tooth a sugar rush. The fair is bringing back the popular Summer Concert Series, the annual International Beer Festival, an array of livestock, stomach-churning fair rides, and of course the outrageous and mouthwatering food treats it’s known for. The fair runs through the Fourth of July but is closed Monday and Tuesdays (Except July 2-3). Times vary by date and tickets cost $19 for adults and $12 for kids, or guests can get a "Best Pass Ever'" season pass for $28. For those who can’t wait to indulge in all the San Diego County Fair has to offer, the wait is over! Be sure to check out NBC 7’s San Diego County Fair Guide before heading out for transportation tips, our selection of top events and more. Make sure to stop by the NBC 7/T20 booth every Saturday to say hello to the team!
Epic Tales From Ancient India
12 p.m., San Diego Museum of ArtThe San Diego Museum of Art’s newest exhibit will showcase more than 90 works of South Asian paintings. The artwork, curated by Edwin Binney III, an heir to the Crayola fortune, spans from the 16th through the 19th centuries and features tales of love, the seasons and music. There will also be an interactive space with hands-on workshops, live musical and dance performances, daily storytelling and more while the exhibit is on display through Sept. 3 A $15 ticket gets non-member guests into the museum.
Things to Do at Balboa ParkThings to Do at Balboa Park
Balboa Park is one of San Diego’s best-known landmarks. NBC 7's Monica Garske speaks with Balboa Park Conservancy CEO and president Tomas Herrera-Mishler about a few of the things you should do when you visit the sprawling urban park in the hear of America's Finest City.
(Published Thursday, April 20, 2017)

Night Fishing
5 to 11:30 p.m., Santee LakesSantee Lakes’ seasonal night fishing is back. Adults and kids can enjoy a serene evening as they try to hook catfish and bluegill, which along the shoreline of Santee Lake. A fishing permit from Santee Lakes Recreational Preserve’s general store is required and costs $6 for adults and $3 for kids.
Thursday Family Fun Night
6 to 8 p.m., The San Diego Botanical GardenDuring the summer months, The San Diego Botanical Garden hosts a family-friendly show in their sprawling Eden in Encinitas. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy a performance of kid-friendly songs by a variety of artists. This week, Twinkle and Friends will fill the gardens with educational pop songs in both English and Spanish that will get kids grooving. It is free to attend the concert with an admission ticket to the botanical garden, which is $14 for adults and $8 for children.
Santee Summer Concert Series: The Cat-illacs6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Town Center Community Park EastRock out to The Cat-illacs, a local classic rock group, as they take the stage for Santee’s Summer Concert Series. Bring a blanket and grab a bite from one of the evening’s featured food trucks like Chubby’s, featuring burgers, burritos and carne asada, The Wrap Shack, offering a variety of wraps and smoothies, and more. The band will cover hits from the 50s to the 90s at this free family-friendly event.
'The Squirrels'8 p.m., The La Jolla PlayhouseThe audience may not expect it but this R-rated comedy about furry nut-harboring squirrels will feel particularly relevant to an audience in 2018 as it touches on current themes like income inequality, race and leadership. "The Squirrels," which runs through July 8 at the La Jolla Playhouse, was written by Robert Askins ("Hand to God") and showcases the delightful drama between a group of rich squirrels and a group of outcast squirrels during the important winter season. Tickets to the comedy, directed by Tony Award-winning director Christopher Ashley ("Come From Away,") start at $46.
Clear the Shelters: Save the DateClear the Shelters: Save the Date
NBC and Telemundo stations across the country will team up with hundreds of shelters nationwide on Aug. 18 for the fourth annual Clear the Shelters animal adoption drive.
(Published Friday, April 27, 2018)
Grunion Run
10:15 p.m. to 12:15 a.m., Various San Diego County BeachesIt’s a spectacle to behold when thousands of grunion, slim silver fish, come out of the water and onto the shoreline to spawn. To see the natural event that happens only a handful of days throughout the year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends heading to a San Diego County beach with a flashlight during specified hours found here through Saturday. Grunion sightings may occur at: Oceanside Pier View North Beach, Oceanside Harbor Beach, Del Mar Beach, La Jolla Shores, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Coronado and Coronado Shores Beach and Imperial Beach but sightings are not guaranteed. 
Friday, June 15
San Diego International Beer Festival
Times Vary (through Sunday), Del Mar FairgroundsNearly 200 breweries from around the world show off their creations at one of the largest beer festivals in California. Guests can expect to find suds from their favorite beer-makers and rare finds from unexpected locales. The San Diego International Beer Festival provides unlimited tastes of brew from established and up-and-coming breweries. Guests can purchase a $60 ticket to one of five four-hour sessions throughout the weekend. A VIP ticket for $50 more gets all this, plus an extra 30 minutes of tasting, access to a VIP lounge area, and food stations hand-picked to match brews from the festival. Both tickets come with admission to the San Diego County Fair.
Food Truck Fridays4 to 8:30 p.m., Balboa Park
Delectable treats will once again flood historic Balboa Park every Friday night this summer for the popular Food Truck Fridays series. A lineup of about a dozen food trucks will rotate each week through September 28 at Plaza de Panama ready to feed hungry guests as a variety of live music, like Mariachi and orchestral sounds, waft through the air. Some of the dining possibilities include  Bosnian Grill, Monster Crafts, Pierogi Truck, Super Q and Yo Yo Bento, Beachin’ Boba, Devil Dogs BBQ, Sushi Uno and more. Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit in front of the Botanical Building as they eat, or enjoy craft beer, wine and cocktails inside nearby restaurants. Booths will be set up with activities for kids and Balboa Park will introduce a "living room" area filled with giant lawn games. Surrounding museums will extend hours to accommodate guests and the San Diego Museum of Art will offer $5 admission after 5 p.m.
Hops on the Harbor
7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Flagship Cruises & EventsSince the brewery opened nearly a quarter-century ago, Pizza Port Brewing has expanded to several beachside towns across the county. Now, the craft brew specialists are taking to the sea for a partnership with Flagship Cruises' Hops on the Harbor. This month, four 6-ounce samples of Pizza Port Brewings suds will accompany a dinner menu and cruise around San Diego Bay. The menu features: Pizza Port’s Grandview Golden Ale alongside garlic beer-steamed mussels and clams and the brewery’s Chronic Amber Ale paired with baby back ribs and a dill potato salad, just to name a few. The dinner cruise boards at 7 p.m. from 990 North Harbor Dr. and sails past the San Diego skyline, USS Midway, Star of India and other Maritime Museum ships and the Coronado Bay Bridge. Tickets cost $74.50 for adults and $44.70 for children ages 4 to 12; kids 3 and under are free. Reservations are recommended. 
Summer Movies in the ParkTimes Vary, Locations VaryAcross the county this summer, cities are taking part in movie screenings at their local outdoor parks. Almost every day of the week, San Diegans can find a different free outdoor movie screening thanks to the county-wide initiative. The full calendar of screenings for the summer can be found here. Bring a picnic, chairs and a blanket to enjoy the movie of your choice starting at sunset. 
2018 San Diego County Fair Summer Concert Series: Little Big Town
7:30 p.m., Del Mar FairgroundsA sweet lineup of artists is hitting the San Diego County Fair’s main stage, the Corona Grandstand, for their annual summer concert series. More than a dozen musicians, comedians and entertainers are scheduled for the concert series during the fair’s run through July 4. This week, the Grammy-award winning country music group Little Big Town, will perform chart-topping hits from their nearly two-decade career. Tickets start at $27 or $15 with fair admission.
San Diego's Top Breweries San Diego's Top Breweries
Whitney Cummings
7:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), The American Comedy Co.Comedian Whitney Cummings is bringing her tour to San Diego for two nights. Cummings is the co-creator of "2 Broke Girls." She was recently seen in “The Ridiculous Six” and has appeared in multiple comedy specials as well as having three of her own. Get a taste of her witty comedy at one of her four San Diego performance with a $35 ticket. 
'A Thousand Splendid Suns'
8 p.m. (through June 17), Old Globe TheatreSet in war-torn Kabul during the 1990s, "A Thousand Splendid Suns" tells the story of three generations of Afghan women who work together to seek a better future for themselves in a tyrannical society. It's the last weekend to see the play at the Old Globe Theatre. It was adapted by playwright Ursula Rani from the best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini, author of "The Kite Runner," and features music composed by David Coulter. Tickets start at $39.
Saturday, June 9
Little Italy Mercato
8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Little ItalyEvery Saturday, more than 200 tents line the streets of Little Italy, spanning five blocks and showcasing an array of farm fresh produce, meats, flowers and artisan craft goods from local vendors. The Mercato has moved back to its original location along W. Date Street from Front Street to Kettner Boulevard. Grab a crepe as you stroll, or sit in the Piazza Famiglia while enjoying music from local artists. This has been a neighborhood tradition for years and has become one of the biggest farmers markets in San Diego.
Yoga in the City
9 a.m., Pantoja ParkYogis, bring your mat to Pantoja Park this Saturday for a free teacher-led yoga session presented by Downtown San Diego Partnerships. All levels and ages are welcome but participants are asked to register in advance here.
The Story Behind the Cardiff KookThe Story Behind the Cardiff Kook
On HIghway 101 north of San Diego, there's a statue that was once ridiculed but has grown to find its own place in the hearts of the public. 
(Published Monday, April 16, 2018)
Taste of Gaslamp
1 to 4 p.m., Gaslamp QuarterSample culinary delights from two dozen downtown San Diego restaurants during this year’s annual Taste of Gaslamp. The culinary tour allows guests to nibble on bites from popular restaurants like Cafe Sevilla, Havana 1920, Barleymash, Suckerfree Southern and more as they take a self-guided walking tour through the Gaslamp Quarter. Stop at the beer garden featuring different brews from Karl Strauss brewery to mingle with fellow foodies. Twenty-four tastes are included with a $35 ticket or, for a $65 VIP ticket get 30 samples and specialty cocktails at each location, plus an exclusive rooftop bar reception. 
Hillcrest Classic Car Show
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pride ParkSan Diego’s Hillcrest neighborhood has a new monthly tradition — the Classic Car Show. On the third Saturday of every month at least 20 car collectors bring classic models to Pride Plaza. Talk to car experts and other fans at this free event. It’s the perfect pit stop before dinner at one of Hillcrest’s many restaurants. 
Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra
7:30 p.m., Balboa TheatreThe Mainly Mozart Festival is in its 30th year of bringing some of the classical composer’s greatest works to concert halls across San Diego County. Cellist Johannes Moser will join the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra on stage at the Balboa Theatre to perform the works of Mozart and other renowned composers. Tickets start at $30. 
Movies on the Beach: 'The Lion King'7 p.m., Hotel Del Coronado Hakuna Matata — it means no worries while you're watching a movie this summer at a theater on the beach. For $20, moviegoers will get a lawn chair to place in the sand at Del Beach where “The Lion King,” the classic Disney tale about a lion cub who must reconcile with his past in order to lead his pride, will screen this Saturday at 8 p.m. A different movie screens at the Hotel Del Coronado’s outdoor theater every Saturday through Sept. 1.
Summer Movies in the Park 2018Summer Movies in the Park 2018
This summer, you can find movies at a local park near you. Program Manager Christine Lafontant explains.
(Published Thursday, May 24, 2018)
Sunday, June 17
Nighttime Zoo at the San Diego Zoo
9 a.m. to 8 p.m., San Diego ZooThe San Diego Zoo comes to life at night during the summer. Upbeat music will course through the park and entertainers, like twirling acrobats and stilt-walkers, will hold special evening performances for Nighttime Zoo. Keepers will share stories about the animals they care for and there will be special animal encounters for guests. Nighttime Zoo runs through Sept. 3 and is included with a general admission ticket.
Guided Nature Walk9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor CenterJoin a trail guide from Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) on this free, 1.5-hour nature walk and learn about the plants, animals, geology, history and ecology of the park. The walk begins at the Visitor Center and will head out to one of three scenic trails: The Oak Grove Loop, The Visitor Center Loop, or The Riverside Grinding Rocks. These walks are typically held at MTRP every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Wear close-toed shoes and sunscreen, and bring water.
Father’s Day Sail
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Maritime Museum San DiegoTreat dad to a sail aboard a replica of the ships used during the California Gold Rush this Father’s Day. The Californian, a replica cutter and the state’s official tall ship, will take passengers on a 3-hour voyage for $70 and $48 for children. Before the sail at noon, bratwursts, chips and cold beer will be served.
Group Works to Restore Balboa Park CarouselGroup Works to Restore Balboa Park Carousel
The San Diego-based nonprofit organization, Friends of Balboa Park, recently purchased the historic Balboa Park Carousel located off Park Boulevard. The group plans to restore the ride to its glory days and keep it running for generations to come. The carousel was built in 1910 and boasts all of its original parts. It first came to Balboa Park in 1... 
(Published Tuesday, July 25, 2017)
Hoppy Father’s Day
11 a.m., Stone Brewing World Bistro & GardensMake a reservation to Stone Brewing World & Gardens for a special beer tasting session for dad on Father’s Day. The restaurant will have a chef-created specialty menu featuring a pretzel bread salad, a half-rack of chipotle-glazed pork ribs, and a hop-infused pound cake with berries for dessert. Plus, Stone will select a lineup of IPAs perfect for celebrating dad.
Father’s Day Concert and BBQ
11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Hotel Del CoronadoGary Sinise is bringing the Lt. Dan Band, named after the actor’s character in the Oscar-winning film "Forest Gump," to Coronado for a special Father’s Day celebration in support of military servicemembers and veterans on Coronado. Guests can enjoy BBQ and the beach before the main event begins at 5 p.m. with a spectacular skydiving show. Then, guests can listen to Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band perform hits from Bruno Mars, The Police, Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson and more. Anyone can attend the event for $75 but military personnel and veterans can get up to two tickets for $35 with military identification. Part of the proceeds benefit the Gary Sinise Foundation.
Father’s Day Beatles Brunch
12 to 5 p.m., Quartyard
"Come. Together" to celebrate dad this Father’s Day at the Quartyard’s event perfect for music-loving dads. The Baja Bugs, a group of four musicians, has an extensive knowledge of The Beatles catalog and will perform the iconic 60s bands’ hits at the Quartyard as guests sip onsuds. This event is free before 5 p.m. and $5 after.
Sunday Organ Concert2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa ParkEnjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will find Raul Prieto Ramirez, the city’s newest San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Prieto Ramirez hails from Spain and, as he told NBC 7, hopes to keep the program interesting – from Bach to Queen – at the historic Spreckels Organ.
Free or Cheap Things to Do in San DiegoTimes and locations varyFree or Cheap Things to Do in San DiegoFree or Cheap Things to Do in San Diego
Looking to save some cash, but still enjoy the city? In San Diego, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy for free or on the cheap. Go for a hike at Torrey Pines State Park or Cowles Mountain, stroll Balboa Park, try a new craft brewery, admire the murals of Chicano Park or read a book at a downtown park. Get out there and explore America’s Finest City.
Courtesy NBC San Diego

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