24th June 2011
If you are among those who have not had the pleasure of attending San Diego’s infamous Comic-Con International event in the past, the following is a short list of what you can expect to find this year:
- Panels, seminars & workshops with comic book professionals
- Portfolio reviews with top comic book and video game companies
- Evening events including award ceremonies, the Masquerade and costume contests
- Previews of upcoming feature films
- The Independent Film Festival, which showcases short & feature length movies that don’t yet have distribution deals.
Comic-Con returns to the San Diego Convention Center on July 21-24, 2011, with a special preview night on July 20. As the premier event in the entertainment arts industry, Comic-Con boasts an exhibit hall that spans over 460,000 square feet, and a high attendance that outranks any other convention in the country! The 4-day convention brings together a celebration of popular arts ranging from movies and TV, to comic books, fantasy art, Broadway shows and even computer games, toy collectibles and more. For artists and producers this event has become a fundamental occasion as Comic-Con features the best short independent films in a variety of categories each year. In addition to pre-screenings, experts present a special programming track focused on independent film making, complete with “how to’s” and tips that you won’t find anywhere else.
With numerous micro-events taking place throughout the week, it is hard to “do it all”, but make sure not to pass on the Masquerade – it is by far the most unique part of the convention (in our opinion)! Typically held on Saturday, the Masquerade is anything but your casual party. The event is presented as a competition complete with a Master of Ceremonies, a panel of guest judges from costume-related fields, impressive trophies, and even cash awards for the best costumes! While many costumes are re-creations from film, anime, games and comics, completely original designs are welcome as well.
As with each year prior, you can expect some old favorites, new surprises and even a premier or two at this year’s Comic-Con! Doesn’t that sound like an event worth attending? You can find a full list of 2011 special guests, exhibitors and complete event details by visiting www.comic-con.org.
01st June 2011
Many believe that the first full-contact race in 1947 inspired what has become known as the demolition derby. Others say that stock car driver, Larry Mendelsohn, created the sport out of a mere dream after realizing that fans were more enticed by the wrecks than the race itself. And though it may not be clear how the demolition derby originated, we do know that it is guaranteed to be a good time for fans and devotees!
Today the demolition derby is a staple of county fairs across the nation. While each event varies, the typical derby consists of five or more drivers who compete against each other by deliberately ramming their cars into one another… sounds like a great time, right? While it may not seem to be the most intelligent idea-turned-extreme-sport that Americans have come up with to date, it definitely draws an excited and rowdy crowd!
The demolition derby comes to the San Diego Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on July 3-4, 2011. Sunday, July 3rd kicks off the derby with the “Open Class,” where participants will have to make their way through qualifying heats before they can compete in the main competition the following day. On July 4, winners from Sunday’s matchups will battle to be the last car running and win a hefty cash prize in the final “VIP Class Demolition Derby.”
Both days bring together top drivers, junior outlaws, trophy cart racers and most importantly… A LOT OF FUN!! For details about this event and to purchase tickets, click HERE.
25th May 2011
Visit San Diego on June 3-5, 2011 and you’ll hear the deep roar of airplane engines overhead as Air Group One, the San Diego wing of the Commemorative Air Force, presents the 16th Annual Wings Over Gillespie Air Show! This year’s event has special meaning as it falls exactly on the dates of the 1942 “Battle of Midway” and coincides with the 2011 Centennial of Naval Aviation.
Expect to see B-17 Flying Fortresses, B-25 Mitchell Bombers, Northrop N9M Flying Wings, F4F Wildcats, the TBF Avenger, the A6M Zero, the SBD Dauntless and countless other airborne attractions when you come to San Diego for this exciting event in June. The air show also boasts special displays for those with specific aviation interests–you’ll find USN/USMC helicopters, along with other static displays, special military and law enforcement vehicles, and even a NASA exhibit.
2011 is rumored to be the BEST YEAR YET for the Wings Over Gillespie Air Show, so gather up the family and come enjoy the best that San Diego’s Air Force has to offer! You won’t even need to worry about entertaining the kids, because the “Gillespie AirFair” will keep them busy with rides, games, face painters and an abundance of great food and beverage options! Come early on Friday, June 3rd, and your family can enjoy a FREE Education Day with a community youth focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
For a complete 3-Day schedule, visit: http://wingsovergillespie.com/schedule
You can also follow the event on Twitter and Facebook for information on advance ticket sales or to register for a chance to WIN a ride in a B-17 or B-25!
04th May 2011
Spend Memorial Day Weekend At The Beach!!
Memorial Day weekend presents the perfect opportunity to pack up the car and get out of town. If you’re wondering where you should spend the holiday weekend, why not consider Pacific Beach in San Diego, CA?
Stay at Ocean Park Inn and you’ll be in the perfect location to walk the few steps to the sand early in the morning and stake out a great spot on the busy beaches. The beach is typically one of the most popular places to be on Memorial Day weekend. In late May the Pacific will be beginning to warm up, the sun will be high in the sky and the beach is sure to be buzzing with the fun and excitement that can only mean one thing–summer is on its way! Bring the BBQ down or claim one of the bonfire pits on the beach for the quintessential holiday meal, and enjoy sun and fun with family and friends!
If you’re looking for some great locations off the sand you’ll want to check out one of Pacific Beach’s many local watering holes and hotspots. We suggest the WaveHouse, which is known for their great Memorial Day celebrations. You will be just steps from the Pacific Ocean, and are guaranteed a great time with friends.
There is no doubt that San Diego is the #1 place for ‘fun-in-the-sun’ in Southern California, but the city is also home to one of the largest military communities in the United States. Several events will be taking place throughout the weekend to commemorate those men and women who gave their lives in military service. San Diego continues to honor and celebrate our troops each and every year, and we guarantee that 2011 will bring huge crowds to every event. We will be posting a list of Memorial Day parties and ceremonies soon… so stay tuned!
Memorial Day 2010 Ceremonies
08th April 2011
Elegance, excellence and excitement are what come to mind when we think of the Del Mar National Horse Show! For more than sixty years people from all over the world have been travelling to the Del Mar Fairgrounds to take part in this event, which is one of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian competitions in the Western U.S.
Set in the picturesque beach town of Del Mar, California, the Del Mar National has earned a reputation for being among the toughest, most exciting, and finest horse shows in the Western region. Today, the show boasts over 3,000 horses of varied breed and training. Horses and jockeys alike arrive eager to show off their talent and earn ribbons, trophies, titles and of course… prize money!
The Del Mar National Horse Show is spread out across three separate weeklong events including:
With world-class equestrian competitions, an exhilarating crowd that is “dressed to the nines,” and signature Saturday evening performances, the Del Mar National is an event you don’t want to miss out on.