27th September 2013
The San Diego Film Festival is back and bigger than ever this fall, where it will be celebrating its exciting 12th season! From October 2nd – 6th, the festival will be screening more than 100 independent films in downtown San Diego and La Jolla. The annual festival is growing, and ready to take on some of the top events of its kind and establish itself as a significant player in the film festival world. The San Diego Film Festival rolls the red carpets out for a five-day extravaganza of feature films, shorts, and documentaries, as well as VIP events and industry panels all on La Jolla’s sunny shores, as well as at the center of San Diego’s entertainment scene, the Gaslamp District.
Produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting both national and international independent filmmakers, the festival seeks to bring the magic of film to those who make them and those who love them. Through storytelling, compelling visuals and intelligent discussions, the San Diego Film Festival seeks to build and strengthen our community through the power of cinema. 2013 is a huge growing year for the festival, bringing in new leadership, an additional screen and even four new film categories: Native American Voices, Action Sports, Family-Friendly and Music and Horror.
Among the 120 new movies from over 55 countries being premiered at the event is the highly-anticipated documentary Ricky Whitlock, following the story of an injured surfer’s road to recovery after breaking his back in two places during a near fatal surfing accident. In addition, the event will host Running From Crazy, a compelling documentary following Mariel Hemingway’s journey to understand her family’s history of suicide and mental illness.
Having earned more than 12 Best Film Festival awards as well as being named one of the Top Ten Best Regional Film Festivals in the country, this cinematic experience is not to be missed. Pacific Beach’s Ocean Park Inn, centrally located between both screening locations, could not agree more that the San Diego Film Festival has rightfully earned its place as one of the best film festivals held in vacation destinations. With America’s Finest City serving as the acclaimed event’s backdrop, the combination of five-star films in a five-star city will get rave reviews by even the toughest of critics. Can’t wait to see you there! Check out http://sdfilmfest.com for more information.
20th September 2013
Calling all beer lovers! The San Diego Festival of Beer is returning to the streets of downtown San Diego to offer a wide selection of brews and to raise funds for local cancer fighting organizations. This annual festival will take over Columbia and B Street this Friday, September 20th for an evening that will quench the palate of over 3,000 attending beer lovers.
San Diego is home to some of the most highly acclaimed craft breweries in the nation, so it’s fitting that it should play host to multiple beer tastings, gardens and festival events throughout the year. The San Diego Festival of Beer was the first festival of its kind, and is now approaching its 19th year on the scene. Guests will have the opportunity to sample over sixty different beers, many of which hail from local San Diego breweries. Participating in the event are local heroes Green Flash Brewing Company, Karl Strauss Brewing Company and Stone Brewery. The fun doesn’t stop with beer tastings, however, as guests will also have the opportunity to purchase food and wine by the glass as well as enjoy live music.
The festival benefits San Diego Professionals Against Cancer (SDPAC), a local non-profit that raises money for cancer research and patient treatment. To date, the event has donated over half-a million dollars to local organizations. The annual event is completely volunteer driven and is made possible by the countless people who donate their time and energy in support of the cause. The team comprised of local San Diego professionals has worked diligently to put on the San Diego Festival of Beer for the last 19 years, and this year’s event promises to be better than ever.
Just a few miles away from the hustle and bustle of downtown San Diego sits Pacific Beach’s Ocean Park Inn. The OPI encourages all hotel guests to check out the San Diego Festival of Beer to make the most of their San Diegan getaway! What better way to enjoy a vacation to America’s Finest City than to taste some local flavors and support a great cause! Go to http://sdbeerfest.org/ for more information or to purchase tickets.
01st September 2013
If you’re visiting San Diego this September 11th you won’t want to miss the Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk, which is the ultimate night out for foodies. Tickets to the Walk are only $20, and offer the opportunity to dine on some of the best eats in town. To top it off, the event is being held in Pacific beach, home to your luxurious accommodations at PB’s premier boutique hotel: the Ocean Park Inn.
The Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk is sure to please any palate, with participating restaurants ranging from Spanish cuisine at Costa Brave, to Greek delicacies at Café Athena, and sweet-tooth fulfilling desserts at the Sugar and Scribe Bakery. There will even be craft beer tastings at the Fish Shop and tavern, so no one will go thirsty. The Walk will also include stops at Tap Room, The Patio on Lamont Street, Typhoon Saloon, Woodstock’s Pizza and more! The entire Pacific Beach community is getting in on the fun, so be sure to stop at local shops for great Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk deals being offered during your delectable stroll.
As if a night of good eats in scenic Pacific Beach weren’t enough, the proceeds of the Walk will also be going towards a great cause: keeping the community clean! Pacific Beach is one of the most amazing, laid-back and welcoming neighborhoods in San Diego, and we at the Ocean Park Inn are happy to support an event that helps to keep our home clean. After an evening spent enjoying your self-guided food tour, come back to a comfortable bed and the sound of the Pacific for some rest and relaxation at PB’s own Ocean Park Inn.
Click here, or stop by the front desk to get your tickets to this year’s Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk today!
21st August 2013
Street Festivals are the perfect event for families looking to spend a day enjoying the California sunshine and local fare. The Adams Avenue Street Fair is an annual event that will be run the weekend of September 28-29, 2013. Held in the Normal Heights business district, the street fair is just a 10 minute ride from your plush room at Pacific Beach’s Ocean Park Inn. Offering fun for all ages, the Adams Avenue Street Fair is fun, enjoyable and best of all: FREE! The event will close down 10 blocks of Adams Avenue to make room for 350 arts and crafts, retail, and food booths. Parents can also enjoy the Beer Gardens while the kids spend the day going on the giant carnival rides! This San Diego festival truly has something for everyone.
On top of the great opportunities to shop, eat, drink, and play are 7 stages boasting over 90 musical acts during the fair. A variety of genres will be showcased during the weekend, including: Rock, Americana, Jazz, Pop, Indie, R&B, and Blues. It’s a great way to experiment with different genres and see if you have been missing out on a hidden gem or amazing local band. Rock music lovers will enjoy Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Paladins, Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper. If you happen to be feeling the Blues, guitarist Coco Montoya or Junior Watson will suit you perfectly. There will even be a performance by the 13-piece Puerto Rican-based ensemble Piena Libre, so no musical taste will go untouched!
Adams Avenue is going to be a non-stop party for all ages from 10AM-10PM on Saturday, September 28th, and 10AM-7PM on Sunday, September 29th. Locals and visitors alike will enjoy this unique street fair! For more information visit http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Street-Fair.html
08th August 2013
Would you consider yourself a foodie, a person devoted to refined and pure enjoyment of good food and drink? If you find yourself nodding yes, San Diego has the perfect event for you! San Diego Restaurant Week, held twice annually, will be taking serving its second course September 15-20, 2013. Over 180 restaurants in 12 unique regions throughout San Diego will be participating by offering discounted menus which do not require tickets or passes. You are sure to find something to satisfy your palate as participating restaurants range from sweet tooth connoisseurs to proponents of spicy, authentic Mexican food. There will even be a few participating restaurants located within walking distance from your favorite Pacific Beach accommodations at the Ocean Park Inn! Local participants include Cannonball, an Asian-inspired restaurant, which will be offering an exquisite menu to include a 2-course lunch option for $20 and 3-course dinner for only $30. If Asian isn’t your thing, swing over to Café Athena for a delicious, 3-course Greek feast. Café Athena boasts a menu with multiple options for as low as $20, so it is not to be missed! More details on some of the menus and participating restaurants are available at: http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/restaurants.
If summer fun has left you strapped for cash this September, take advantage of the “Dine Out Free” contest taking place! One lucky winner will be selected to dine out every weekend for an entire year for free! Sign up for the contest now at: http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/home/dine_out_free.
The kick-off party for San Diego Restaurant Week will be held September 12 from 5:00-9:00 PM at the Broadway Pier. This will be a delicious sneak peak, and will showcase culinary works of art from top chefs around San Diego. This premier tasting event will present over 40 of the areas best restaurants and over 20 local breweries. Each establishment will be serving samples of their specialties along with beverages to enhance these distinguished flavors. But what would a food-focused event be without a bit of entertainment? The kick-off party will include live music brought to you from Dave Patrone. Tickets to this divine culinary experience will be sold at $60.00 per person.
For a chance to win a FREE ticket to the kick-off party, all you need to do is visit a Mini Cooper dealership to test drive a vehicle. Participating dealerships include MINI of San Diego on Kearny Mesa Road and MINI of Escondido on Auto Park Way. This opportunity is only available while supplies last so get your free ticket today! For more information visit http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com.