11th February 2013
This February 16th-17th, celebrate the Chinese New Year at the 31st annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair. Join the thousands of visitors that attend each year for a weekend filled with tasty eats, beautiful art, cultural music and theater productions for all ages.
There is no better way to celebrate Chinese New Year than with this exciting San Diegan celebration. The festival takes place in the Asian Pacific Thematic Historic District of downtown and blocks off 3rd Avenue and J Street. Attendees will have a wonderful view of the beautiful San Diego Harbor while they enjoy sampling different Asian cuisine, and purchasing beautiful Chinese jewelry, art, clothing, and more.
Guests can bring their little ones by the children’s craft area where they will learn how to construct a traditional Chinese lantern. They’ll get the chance to use their lantern when they participate in the lion, dragon and lantern parade later that day. Performers like the Encinitas Ballet Company and the His-Fang Temple folk dancers will make an appearance, as well as other martial art, acrobatic and musical groups. Asian Story Theatre, which dramatizes Chinese folk tales, will be performing as well. Raffle tickets will be available to purchase for a chance to win a prize!
The festival starts each day at 10am and ends around 5pm. The festival is FREE, so bring the whole family! Located just 15 minutes away, Ocean Park Inn is the perfect place to stay for a weekend of cultural fun and relaxation. After the festival, kick up your feet and rest by the waves, enjoy one of the many surrounding restaurants, or take a dip in the hot tub! For booking information, visit http://bit.ly/QN1Jod
30th January 2013
Mark your calendars, because Fat Tuesday is right around the corner–Feb 12th, 2013! The 19th annual Mardi Gras festival in San Diego’s Gaslamp District serves as one of the liveliest, and most highly anticipated festivals in Southern California. With an expected turnout of 40,000 people, this will be one the biggest parties of 2013, and you won’t want to miss it!
The festival will feature 4 different stages, boasting performance from both regional and national artists. From electronic music to bluegrass, the festival is sure to satisfy anyone’s musical taste as the party continues through the night. Dance crews, acrobats, and other musical processions will be performing throughout the evening with state of the art lighting, sound and visuals to enhance the overall experience.
Inside the festival guests will be able to enjoy craft beer tasting from local breweries, as well as tasty dinner packages from many of the surrounding restaurants in the Gaslamp.
Discounted advanced tickets are available for $40 per person (normally $50), which includes entry to the gated (21+ only) street festival, as well as in and out access to the festival, which allows guests who want to eat at one of their favorite restaurants in the Gaslamp are free to exit and do so, then return to the fun! The event will take place from 5:00pm to 11:00pm. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.gaslamp.org/mardi-gras-2013
Just a 10 min taxi ride from the Gaslamp District, Ocean Park Inn will serve as the perfect place to rest after a long night of celebration. For booking information, visit http://bit.ly/QN1Jod
12th December 2012
Ring in 2013 at one of Southern California’s hottest New Years Eve parties when you visit San Diego this year! Hosted at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, the “Big Night San Diego New Years Eve Gala” is an all-inclusive event guaranteed to give a proper farewell to 2012.
Guests will have the option to choose from twelve different themed party areas, six dance floors, 10 bands/DJ’s, and a plethora of first class cuisine served by a world-renowned Hilton Catering Division, boasts the event’s website at http://www.bignightsandiego.com.
Party areas include a Retro Ballroom (best of 70’s 80’s and 90’s tunes), Electronic Ballroom (House music), a 93.3 Club Ballroom (Today’s hits), and more! (http://www.bignightsandiego.com/Tickets.aspx)
Food selections for the main event include spring rolls, marinated chicken, calzones, and assorted mini pizzas. Guests who purchase VIP tickets will be upgraded with an artisan cheese display, California crudités, Spike Baron of beef and Virginia ham carving stations and dessert with the chef’s selection of Petit Fours (http://www.bignightsandiego.com/EventInfo/Menu.aspx).
Ranging from $109.99 to $219.99, tickets include unlimited food and drink throughout the entire event. The event will start at 9pm and will continue into the New Year until 3am.
Just a 10 min taxi ride from the Hilton Bayfront, Ocean Park Inn will serve as your the perfect place to rest after a long night of celebration. Book your stay with us here http://bit.ly/QGTAEK
To purchase tickets for the event, please visit http://www.bignightsandiego.com/Tickets.aspx
06th November 2012
Unlike many places across the country, San Diego is resistant to typical fall weather, maintaining its famous sunny days and high temperatures well into December. This alone draws thousands to America’s Finest City every Autumn, but it isn’t the only reason to visit. Food and wine enthusiasts will also tell you that November is one of the best times to make the trip to Southern California. November boasts the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival from the 14th-18th which offers the opportunity to pamper your taste buds with the culinary creations of gourmet food producers, authors, celebrity chefs, 170-plus winemakers and more!
Events you won’t want to miss at the festival include 15 wine tasting and cooking classes, a WineRave, Reserve & New Release Tasting, Wine Dinners, and AIWF Big Bottle Auction & Celebrity Chef Luncheon, Tommy Bahama Rum VIP Party and the star-studded Grand Tasting Event. With so many great activities you’ll need to book a hotel that you can call home for the week! Ocean Park Inn is the perfect location. Set right on the sand just ten minutes from San Diego Bay, the Ocean Park Inn grants you the freedom to wake up next to the Pacific Ocean, explore the sights of Pacific Beach and make the short trip to downtown to experience the action of the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival.
The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is one of the largest wine and food festivals in the nation, and showcases the best of San Diego’s booming restaurant industry. According to the San Diego Wine Classic, “We’ve got our eyes and ears peeled for the city’s most drool-worthy restaurants and newest food trends to hit the streets, bringing you an epicurean experience unlike any other.” If that’s not a reason to begin preparing your belly for this upcoming 4-day event, we’re not sure what is!
There are numerous types of ticket packages available to suit every level of interest. Set the date for your trip to San Diego today! For more information on the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival visit, http://www.sandiegowineclassic.com/
09th October 2012
Fall is officially here, and with the shorter days and (slightly) cooler weather comes the aroma of pumpkin spice candles, baked goods and just a bit of fear. That’s right, fear! The month of October is sure to excite adrenaline fiends and tricksters alike, and San Diego in specific boasts a plentiful array of horror movies, haunted houses and loud shrieks. The days leading up to Halloween are full of terrifyingly fun events in America’s Finest City. From September 28th to October 31st, the Del Mar Scream Zone is a hot spot to take in some of the biggest scares of the season. The best part? It’s only a ten minute drive from your relaxing haven at Pacific Beach’s Ocean Park Inn. We promise it will be scary for most, so enjoy a night of thrills at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and return to a restful sleep at OPI, where the sound of crashing waves will drown out the lingering memories of chain saws and screams.
This year the Del Mar Scream Zone has moved to one of the creepiest parts of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the Green Lot on the far west side of the grounds, close to the train tracks. Start your night off with a haunted hayride for an unsettling trip through the haunted barns on the backside of the Del Mar Race Track. You’ll want to bring a buddy that you’re comfortable enough to grab and hold-onto at an instant’s notice because there will be zombies and ghouls around every corner. It’s sure to be a good time for a family outing, although be cautious that it may not be appropriate for small children. Continue your night at Del Mar Scream Zone’s newest attraction: Chamber of Chills! The Chamber is a twisting, turning labyrinth of scares. End your night at the House of Horror. This year features all new blood-curling scenes with dozens of rooms filled to the brim with fiends, apparitions and scares, all guaranteed to make you run for cover.
Book your reservation for the fall season today! For more information about the Del Mar Scream Zone, click here http://www.thescreamzone.com/home.html