All posts by Cherie Young

What’s Happening in Carlsbad This Week Ending 6-11-16?

Carlsbad is a fun place to work, play and live! Many come to build a life in one of the sun-kissed Carlsbad homes amidst the breathtaking Carlsbad real estate right along the beach. Many come to shop or catch some waves along miles of Carlsbad shoreline, and others come to work in paradise. Whatever it is that brings you here, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your time spent. Check out some of these great Carlsbad events happening this weekend!

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Adrienne Nims

Mediterranean Cafe | Friday, June 10 at 7pm

One of the best ways to get out on a Friday night is by going to see some live music, so hop out of your coastal Carlsbad home, and come see some of the best local music around. Adrienne Nims is a talented, versatile artist with great energy and passion. She works solo as well as with bands to create an unforgettable experience for anyone who wants to see for themselves.


Golda’s Balcony

New Village Arts Theatre | Ongoing until Sunday, June 26, 2016 | Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm | Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm | Sundays at 2pm

The New Village Arts presents a drama by William Gibson about Golda Meir, the first female Prime Minister of Israel. The stage takes place on the eve of 1973 Yom Kippur War. As Golda draws nearer to the nuclear war, she reflects on her development, politically and spiritually. Rosina Reynolds plays Golda, directed by Todd Salovey. Tickets: $32-35 Buy them here.


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Coastal Communities Concert Band and Arizona Wind Symphony

Carlsbad Community Church | Sunday, June 12th from 2pm to 4pm

The Coastal Communities Band will be under the direction of Tom Cole, featuring vocalist Michael Ruhl. They will be joined by the Arizona Wind Symphony who will be under the direction of Bill Richardson. Together, they will perform a concert titled As You Like It. Music will be played from various genres including “El Camino Royale”, “Italian Rhapsody”, “St. Luis Blues”, “Appalachian Spring”, “Swing’s the Thing”, “March from 1941”, and “Sounds of Hollywood”. Tickets: $12-15

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Splash Into Summer

Alga Norte Aquatic Center | Saturday, June 11th from 5pm to 9pm

The aquatic center is starting off the summer with a preview of everything the center has to offer. This includes: classes, camps, movies and exciting summer fun events. Participants can swim in the heated pool, play on large inflatables, take a spin in the water balls and lay out on an air mattress in the instructional pool to watch a special presentation of A Bug’s Life, the Disney-Pixar movie. The center will also provide opportunities for all to learn about masters’ swim, water fitness classes, swimming lessons for all ages, individual and family passes, aquatic sports and junior lifeguarding camps. The fun starts at 5pm, and the movie begins at dusk. Tickets: $10/person. Kids ages 3 and under are free. What better way to have fun with the family out of the summer heat?

What’s Happening in Oceanside This Week Ending 6-11-16?


USA Surfing Championships

Oceanside Harbor
Friday, June 10th at 8am to 5pm (same time on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday as well)

The USA Surfing Championships will take place at the Oceanside north harbor jetty this weekend, so rise and shine in your cozy Oceanside home, and head out to the beach for a day full of surfing entertainment. This event will be for adult longboard, SUP and adaptive divisions. It will be sponsored by Surfing America, Inc. This event is FREE.

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OC Hurricanes

Pour House
Friday, June 10th at 8pm

OC Hurricanes will be playing at the Pour House in Oceanside this Friday night, so if you need something to do and enjoy great music, come and check them out! Members: Roach Sanchez (Vox/Rhythm Guitar), Gibram “Walter” Chavez (Ebass/Harmonica), Slim “Wray” Cervantez (Lead Guitar), Alex “Little Man” Marcial (Percussions), Oscar “Satan” Ramirez (Ebass/Farfisa Organ). The band likes to play 1960s inspired Garage/Blues/Rock n Roll style music.


Preschool Storytime

Mission Branch Library
Friday, June 10th at 10:30-11:30am
Join the Mission Branch Library for a half hour filled with fun. Preschool Storytime was created to inspire your preschool-aged children (3-6) as they explore the incredible world of books. Kids will love listening to the stories, singing along to the songs and actively participating in the finger plays. Storytime is completed with a creative craft or free play.

Projekt X

Pour House
Another great local band will be playing at the Pour House in Oceanside that weekend, and that is Projekt X. Projekt X is a Rock n Roll group from the north county areas. Members: Walter Figueroa (Vocals), Marko Alden (Guitar/Vocals), Barry Sinclais (Bass Guitars/Vocals), Mark Stulz (Drums/Vocal). This dynamic four-piece band of experienced musicians brings you the best songs from some of your favorite artists of yesterday and today.



Downtown History Walk

Downtown Oceanside
Downtown History Walks are a monthly event hosted each second Saturday by the Oceanside Historical Society. Oceanside native and 101 historian John Daley will be the tour guide, and the walk begins at the Oceanside Civic Center Fountain at Coast Highway and Pier View Way. Participants will get to see historic homes, churches and banks, three Irving J. Gill buildings, the famed “Top Gun” house, the Oceanside Pier and band shell and various other sites. These walks are free and open to all ages, and it lasts about two hours.



Inter-Tribal Pow Wow

Mission San Luis Rey
9am-11:30pm (And Sunday 9am-7pm)
The annual Inter-Tribal Pow Wow will be in town Saturday and Sunday. Descendants of this area’s original inhabitants, the Luiseños, will return to Mission San Luis Rey to share the traditions of their culture and spiritual beliefs. There will be arts and crafts booths, food booths, dancers and drums, and a drawing contest. Come and see a glimpse of the beautiful culture of the inhabitants that took care of this land before all of this wonderful Oceanside real estate came about.

What’s Happening in Oceanside this Week Ending 4-23-16?

It’s easy to get into the swing of hanging out in your cozy Oceanside home every weekend after a long week of work. Sleeping and watching Netflix all day sounds much more appealing than running your errands or looking for something to do. Maybe you’ve already seen everything there is to see in the area. A great way to get out of that habit is to check your local events. One of the best things about the local area surrounding Oceanside real estate is the steady stream of events going on every weekend. Check out what’s happening this weekend in April!



The Touchies and Love Distortion

Friday, April 22nd at 8:00 p.m. at Pier View Pub

The Touchies are a punk rock and roll band. They play a fast paced set of original rock and roll songs with punk undertones. They were nominated for a San Diego Music Award in 2011, and released two albums on the same day. They will be at Pier View Pub this Friday to have fun and rock out with north San Diego. Don’t miss out!


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Gift Machine, Dani Bell, Madly

April 22 at 8:00 p.m. at The Pour House

The Gift Machine, Dani Bell and the Tarantist, and Madly will be playing some amazing music at The Pour House on Friday night. Dani Bell and the Tarantist is a band championed by local star Alfred Howard. They just released their full-length debut titled Dark West in 2015, so come check out what the group is about. Be sure to stay and see Gift Machine and Madly who might peak your interest as well. You could leave with a band tee and a new CD to sing and dance your heart out to in the living room of your Oceanside home.


Reggae Lou

April 22nd at 8:00 p.m. at Rookies

Reggae Lou is a one-man Reggae act who travels from state to state bringing positive vibes to each and every one. He plays with other bands and solo, also touring alongside other bands and ultimately bringing a one-of-a-kind performance for all to see. He’s played with acts such as Badfish, Stranger Band, Tropidelic, Bachaco, Johnny Love, Echo, Movement, Indyca, Sun Dried Vibes, Bumpin Uglies, Zolopht, Pasadena, DJ Wokstar, Collierad, Red Sage and Sowflo. He will be in town this weekend at Rookies Restaurant and Sports Grill, so come on in and see what’s so unique about Reggae Lou.


The Elephant Man

April 22-24 at Sunshine Brooks Theatre $14-21

The Elephant Man is an award-winning drama by Bermard Pomerance. The Backyard Renaissance Theatre Company and Oceanside Theatre Company will be presenting it at Sunshine Brooks Theatre on North Coast Highway. The drama takes place in an age about to face its own deformities. Christopher Williams and Francis Gerke (also plays Merrick) co-direct.



Singles Spring Fest

April 23 from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at SpringHill Suites Marriott

Ages 40-60ish are invited to enjoy a Singles Spring Fest by the beach! Sometimes your Oceanside house can get lonely when you’re single. Simply the Best Singles is an upscale singles organization that is hosting a singles fest for singles like you to get out and mingle. Enjoy live music from Breez’n, icebreakers, prizes, tarot card reading, patio and more! Dress upscale casual. Self-parking is free, or there is a $5 parking lot. Dance price $20 online or $25 at the door. For more information or to sign up, go to or call 818-577-6877.

Loma Alta Beach Cleanup

Saturday, April 23rd at Loma Alta Creek and Oceanside beaches

There’s nothing better than helping keep your community clean. Team up with the Clean Water Program and community volunteers countywide, aiding in removing trash from Loma Alta Creek and Oceanside beaches. Keeping the environment clean is a great way to spend your time this weekend. Make some friends while you’re at it, and enjoy the feeling of knowing that you’ve done something to help. Registration sites are going to be located along Loma Alta Creek, at Buccaneer Beach and on the south side of Oceanside Pier. Help keep your city clean.


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The Pour House

April 23-24th

The California Rangers, Custard Pie and LA Edwards will also be playing at The Pour House this weekend. California Rangers and Custard Pie will play on Saturday. California Rangers play honky-tonk old-time country music, with a splash of bluegrass, Western swing, and rock and roll. Custard Pie is a classic rock and roll band led by the vibes of Led Zeppelin. L.A. Edwards, or Luke Andrew Edwards, will be playing on Sunday. Edwards is a young California songwriter. His music can be described as folk rock with just the right amount of alternative country, or a combination of Ryan Adams, Simon & Garfunkel, and Tom Petty. Any of these acts are worth coming out to see. Grab a bite and a drink and listen to some great music.

What’s Up in Carlsbad? Week Ending 4-23-16

Carlsbad fun for this weekend is right around the corner, so it’s time to see what’s going on! It’s spring, so the weather has been warming up, the sun is coming out, and the flowers are blooming. The best way to enjoy this is to get out and enjoy the local events. Carlsbad is already known for its beauty, beaches, entertainment, shopping and great atmosphere. Not to mention Carlsbad real estate, it’s beautiful! So step out of your lovely Carlsbad home and explore the activities going on this weekend.


Pirate Plunge

Saturday, April 23rd from 5-9 p.m.
The City of Carlsbad will be celebrating their annual Pirate Plunge event this weekend at Alga Norte Aquatic Center. The celebration will be filled with pirate themed swimming pool games and activities like diving for treasure, cannonball crush, hook it, ship raider race and more. Activities outside of the water will be just as fun with a treasure hunt, pirate ship slide, tropical bounce house and photo opportunities. This event is great for all ages, and with a heated swimming pool, everyone can have a fun time playing the water games. The Dive-In Grill will be open during the event serving grilled burgers, chicken sandwiches, pizza shaved ice, ice cream and other yummy treats.


Friday Night Live Music

Friday, April 22nd from 6-8 p.m.

Friday Night Live is a fun night filled with music on the sidewalks of Carlsbad Village. Musicians will be playing music on the corners of Carlsbad Village and State Street every Friday night from April through October. Don’t miss out on one of these incredible nights while they last. For comfortability, don’t leave your Carlsbad home without bringing a folding chair and a lightweight sweater.

Big River

April 22nd -24th | Fridays 8 p.m., Saturdays 3 and 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.

Big River is a Tony Award-winning musical that premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse. The show is based on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. It’s a must-see, so buy tickets while you still can and enjoy the show this weekend at the New Village Arts Theatre!



Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project

Sunday, April 24th at 7 p.m.

Jayme Stone is playing incredible music from his new album, the Lomax Project. The project focuses on songs collected by Alan Lomax, a folklorist and field recording pioneer. It revives, recycles and re-imagines traditional North American music, and includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American acapella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs collected from various everyday people. This music is like nothing you’ve seen before, so if you’re not up to anything this weekend, treat yourself to a great family workshop at the Museum of Making Music. Learn about folk instruments and explore different performance practices. Sing, dance and clap together while learning about traditional repertoire.


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Soul Fire

April 22 at 6 p.m.

Soul Fire is an amazing local Soul Jazz band playing with vintage equipment, warm tones and soulful arrangements. Every night is a good night to enjoy a bit of soul and jazz after a long day. Step out of the comfort of your Carlsbad house, and watch some of the local shows. You may run into your new favorite band or hangout. They will be playing on Friday night at the Coyote Bar and Grill on Carlsbad Village Drive.

Tai Chi Chuan

April 23 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Looking for a new exercise class to try? Tai Chi Chuan is a slow, non-strenuous exercise that places emphasis on balance, flexibility and ease of movement. It improves health for the rest of your life. All experience levels are welcome to join at the Cole Library on Carlsbad Village Drive.


San Diego Guitar Festival

April 23 at 6:30 p.m. General $20 Student $15

The Museum of Making Music will be hosting the newly formed San Diego Guitar Festival for an enjoyable evening with craft beer and two internationally acclaimed musicians: Kyle Patterson and Vladimir Gorbach.

Billy Watson

April 24 at 5:00 p.m.

Bluesman Billy Watson will be playing at the Coyote Bar and Grill on Sunday night. Watson is usually accompanied by the International Silver String Band, which is an all-star rotating cast of musicians from California’s music scene. The show is always mysterious, exciting, spontaneous and incredible.


Karaoke with Dani Cali

April 24 at 9:00 p.m.

Dani Cali plays on Sunday nights at The Alley, so come in, grab a drink and show off your singing talent on the stage with Dani Cali. What better way to spend your Sunday night than letting loose before Monday comes around?

Happy Halloween Weekend in San Diego!

Lions Tigers and Bears Spooky Camp Over

24402 Martin Way, Alpine, CA 91901

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Lions Tigers and Bears Spooky Camp

Meet Natasha the matriarchal tiger, Meatball the bear, and the rest of the animal bunch for a spooky fun camp over the night before Halloween. The Big Cat and Exotic Animal Rescue is hosting a night of fall-related fun for the whole family. Bring your tents, sleeping bags, costumes, and pumpkins for carving. Get ready to roast s’mores, sing campfire songs, and carve pumpkins under the starry night sky. The following morning (Saturday), there will be a costume contest and the big cats and bears will eat their pumpkins. $35 for kids 12 and under, and $50 for adults.

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Orange and Black Ball at Balboa Park

Tinken Museum of Art – 1500 El Prado, San Diego

Friday, October 30th, 2015

The Tinken Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary with two parties: The Masquerade Gala and the Tinken After Dark Cocktail Party. Supporters will enjoy:

  • Seasonally crafted dinner
  • Twilight cocktail reception
  • Unique entertainment
  • Explore the Tinken Museum collection while enjoying signature cocktails
  • Dance to live music all through the night
  • Crafted Hors D’oeuvres

Gala 6 p.m.-midnight | After Dark Cocktail Party 8 p.m.-midnight


Carnies, Clowns, and Merry Go Rounds

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Wave House – 3125 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego 92109

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Bring your friends for a creepy night filled with carnival games, photo booths, carnie treats, live music, and beach party DJ Ayla Simone! Must be 21 and up to attend. Admission is $15-30. Dare to be scared.









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Dia De Los Muertos

Old Town – Bazaar del Mundo – 413 Taylor St, San Diego 92110

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

The Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town San Diego is going to be transformed into a walkable trail of decorated alters for this 3-day celebration. There will be traditional sugar skulls, handmade decorations, Day of the Dead inspired clothing and crafts, sugar-skull decorating class (Saturday 12-6 p.m.), face paint, guest artists selling Day of the Dead themed items (jewelry, accessories, etc.) and exotic music will be provided by a Latin American folk group, Tinku. The celebration is from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, and 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Monday.

Trick or Treating at Flower Hill Promenade

Trick or Treating at Flower Hill Promenade

Flower Hill Promenade – 2670 Via de la Valle, Del Mar 92014

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Bring your children to the beautiful shopping center to enjoy store-to-store trick or treating. Pink Soul Boutique will be giving Mommy Treat Bags to all of the mothers that decide stop by. Let your children have some safe Halloween fun, browse your favorite shops, and grab a treat for yourself.

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.



Monster Bash

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Gaslamp Quarter – Fifth Avenue between Broadway and Harbor Drive, San Diego

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Experience what is said to be the largest Halloween event in all of San Diego! The event takes up eight city blocks in the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village. Non-stop music will be coming from 20 different DJ’s from San Diego and all across the nation. Drink specials will be offered at over 30 restaurants and bars. Don’t worry about letting loose – catch a free ride home using the Designated Driver program! Party in your favorite costume, and dance the night away. Admission $50-60.

Starts on Saturday at 6 p.m.


Family Fall Fest

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San Diego Botanic Gardens – 230 Quail Gardens drive, Encinitas 92024

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Dress your kids up in their costumes and bring them over to the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Hullabaloo, the kid-friendly band, will be providing live entertainment. Fall-themed activities, hay wagon rides, pumpkin carving, Halloween crafts, a costume contest, petting zoo and more will be available to get your children excited for Halloween! Food will be available, including street tacos, rolled tacos, quesadillas, California burritos, pizza, lemonade, cookies, and Rita’s Italian Ice.

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.




Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

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Carlsbad Village – 2930 Roosevelt Street, Carlsbad 92008

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Carlsbad Fall Village Faire is the biggest one-day street faire in the nation! With over 900 street vendors, including 50 plus vendors in the food court area alone! The options are quite literally endless. The children’s area includes a super slide, bounce house, face painting, rock climbing wall, and more to ensure you and your children all have a great time!


Fall Bridal Fair

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Bernardo Winery – 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte, San Diego 92128
Sunday, November 1st, 2015

A festival just for beautiful brides-to-be! Bring your girlfriends with you and relax, sip bubbles, and browse the vendors that await your arrival. This festival is the perfect way to kick start your wedding plans or begin wrapping them up! If there’s anything you think you might be missing for the big day, come to the winery and find out what it is! There are vendors for everything you need including: DJ’s, photographers, makeup experts, hair experts, florists, caterers (taste samples), and more! The first 25 brides to arrive will receive free admission, a glass of champagne, and a gift bag, so get there early and get ready to have fun! The bridal fashion show starts at noon.


Secular Day of the Dead

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3955 Ruffin Road, Serra Mesa

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Bring photos in memory of your loved ones with you for the Secular Day of the Dead celebration. This is in honor of celebrating your loved ones and they joyful times you had with them as opposed to remember them in sadness. Bring your family and friends for food, drinks, pinatas, loteria, face painting and more! Admission $5 for adults and $ for kids.

This weekend is full of incredible and fun events celebrating Halloween Day (Saturday, October 31st) and Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead (Monday, November, 2nd). Get out of the house this weekend and enjoy one of the many events going on all over San Diego County. Happy Halloween and Day of the Dead! Celebrate with your loved ones in the beautiful weather San Diego is blessing us with.

About Oceanside

Oceanside is a sunny beach town located in Southern California. The city’s name stems from its location along the pacific coast on the northern edge of San Diego County. Oceanside provides plenty of the warm and mild weather California is well known for. On average, the city gets 266 sunny days and 10 inches of rain per year, with July highs at 72 and January lows at 45 degrees Fahrenheit. The comfortable weather provides the freedom to enjoy outdoor activities almost daily.


Oceanside’s original inhabitants were a small tribe of Native Americans until Spanish explorers travelled here looking for a good area to build a mission. With a seemingly thriving community and fresh flowing water from the San Luis Rey Valley, Oceanside was the perfect place to build their new mission. A few of the first men to live in the area: Cave Couts Jr., Andrew Jackson Myers, and John Chauncey Hayes, got together and began the development of the city. Oceanside prospered and the mission that was built thrived beyond anyone’s expectations. Tourists from all over came to see Oceanside’s beautiful pier, beaches, and Mission San Luis Rey de Francia.

The Mission

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is a beautiful former Spanish mission that became known as the “King of the Missions”. The name was well earned by the size, location and how well it flourished. The mission was built in 1798, alongside the San Luis Rey Valley, by the Native American Indians in the area who provided their labor for the Spanish explorers. Today, you can take tours of the beautiful, historical, and restored mission. It has a museum on site with a collection of artifacts from the Native American, Mission, Spanish, Mexican Secularization, and American Military periods. Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is a wonderful place for spiritual retreats. Settle into one of the quaint rooms at the Retreat Center, and enjoy the 56 acres of property this mission has to offer. The gardens are popular for meditation and relaxation. Guests have access to a swimming pool, basketball court, and volleyball court. Meals are provided for guests as well, and served buffet-style in the dining room. The Historic Mission Church, built in 1811, is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for prayer and meditation.

Oceanside Pier

The pier being built was another one of the most popular attractions in Oceanside and still is. Oceanside has one of the longest piers on the west coast. Experience the opportunity of a lifetime at Ruby’s Diner on the end of the pier. The retro diner provides a delicious food selection and an unbeatable view, seated right above the Pacific Ocean. The pier is a great way to cool off on a hot summer day with the breeze getting cooler and stronger as you walk toward the end. It’s also a hot spot for fishing. The beach below the pier is always alive with locals and visitors walking, biking, running, and skating up and down “The Strand”. The strand is the road that lies along the sandy beach. The road was paved in the early 1900s to show off the pier as it was being built. This was very successful in bringing tons of traffic into the city. Today, on the strand, you’ll find ice cream stands, hot dog stands, shaved ice, surf board rentals, Tin Fish restaurant, a local artist sketching caricatures, cruiser rentals, and more. Restrooms are available next to the amphitheater where many events and concerts are held year-round. The amphitheater is a spacious area with concrete stands most commonly used by locals for exercise. You’ll find people of all ages running up and down the stands or down in front of the stage doing workouts.  On the sand, there’s a playground for children to play on. Tables right next to the playground are good for taking breaks and eating snacks on. Downtown Oceanside is located right down the street less than a mile away from the beach. Walk over to enjoy the shops and dining available before or after you’ve had a chance to enjoy the water.


Other beaches in Oceanside include Buccaneer Beach, Del Mar Beach, Oceanside Harbor, and Oceanside Blvd Beach. Oceanside Boulevard Beach is located just south of the pier at Oceanside Blvd and Pacific Street. This beach is narrow and has rocks piled up on both sides to protect the beach front homes. Buccaneer beach is a small, family friendly beach a couple miles south of the pier. Buccaneer Park is located at this beach and offers a children’s playground, a basketball court, a gazebo, and more. Parents can head over to Buccaneer Galley Café for a latte or pastry to enjoy while their children run and play. This is also a popular spot for youth to practice surfing. The Oceanside Harbor, located east of the pier, is large and wide. The beach sits in front of the harbor and the marina. Some call this beach “The Jetties” because it is boxed in by two jetties. Right next to the beach, you can walk over to several shopping and dining options. The dining options are full of fresh seafood at places like Joe’s Crab Shack, Harbor Fish and Chips, and Rockin’ Baja Lobster. Del Mar Beach is a military-only beach located on Camp Pendleton. Camp Pendleton is a Marine Corps Base located in Oceanside. The wide beach features beach front cottages for military members and their families to rent, as well as an RV park on site for camping.


Pick a beach and go camping, surfing, shopping, dining, and more. Oceanside Pier is the only beach in the area that offers coastal skydiving, and if you’re not feeling up to the jump, you can still enjoy an incredible ride in a vintage biplane. Every Thursday night, experience the weekly event that brings hundreds of San Diego residents and visitors together for a night of fun, entertainment, and mouthwatering food. Sunset Market in downtown Oceanside happens right off of Coast Highway, about a five-minute walk from the pier. Every Thursday night from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., enjoy the local event that brings everyone back for more, week after week. Sunset Market is not your ordinary farmers market. There are countless food vendors of every variety. It’s almost impossible to choose what to eat when you have Thai, sushi, French, Colombian, Vietnamese, Jamaican, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, street tacos, Soul Food, Italian, Brazilian, Salvadorian, and who knows how many more food selections? A local favorite is the Thai Burger. One thing is for sure: you can’t leave without trying at least one. Satisfy your sweet tooth with ice cream, French macarons, fried Oreos, cheesecakes, churros, donuts, and mini cheesecakes. Children may not want to hang out in all of the boring food lines, so take them over to the bouncy house and pony rides to help them get all their wiggles out. The same artist you saw at the pier sketching caricatures under the pier is also here at Sunset Market waiting to draw a picture of you and your friends or family. You’ll even find face painting, street performers, iPhone repair, specialty coffee, live bands, clothes, flowers, accessories, and just about anything else you could think of. Don’t worry about running out of cash because there is also an ATM available on site.

What’s Cooking

The Sunset Market isn’t the only place in Oceanside with good food. The city has adorable hole in the wall coffee shops, French bakeries, and casual and fine dining. 333 Pacific is a steak and seafood dinner restaurant, and it’s perfect for a date night out with your loved one. If you’re looking for something unique, check our Succulent Café for a coffee and a gorgeous selection of succulents decorating the café. The pastries are made by the Petite Madeleine across the street, supporting the local business. Petite Madeleine is a cozy French bakery downtown. The bakery serves freshly baked pastries, desserts, breakfast, lattes, and more. Another great breakfast spot downtown is the Breakfast Club Diner. The classic American diner has 80s-themed décor, and they serve generously portioned breakfast and brunch. That Boy Good is a popular spot for southern food. They serve fresh barbecue and soul food daily. The locals rave about the restaurant being some of the best southern food in the area. This is important to a lot of people as many families from all over the country are stationed here on Camp Pendleton. People from the south usually have trouble finding good food in California that reminds them of home, and That Boy Good does an excellent job satisfying their cravings.

More Activities and Amenities

Other things to do in the area include the California Surf Museum, the Oceanside Museum of Art, golfing, Ocean’s Eleven Casino, Guajome County Park, and Heritage Park. The California Surf Museum is one of a kind. The museum features the progression of surfboards from the 1900s to present day, with the actual surfboards that have been used over the years on display. The museum also features the famous surfboard that belonged to Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm to a 14-foot Tiger Shark off the coast of Hawaii. The board is on display with a large bite taken out of it along with the bathing suit Hamilton was wearing during the attack. The Oceanside Museum of Art features collections of modern art and cultural events.  The museum is family friendly with the occasional Free Family Art Day and Children and Family art classes on site. Children can learn and explore their creativity through fun and hands-on activities hosted by the museum. Enjoy golfing around the San Luis Rey Valley when you go to Oceanside Golf Course. Another great course who earned its title as “North County’s Most Challenging Executive Course” is Emerald Isle Golf Course and Practice Range. The course is great for all ages and the rounds average at less than 3 hours. The El Camino Country Club sits on 115 acres of fresh green grassland, and has earned its spot as one of the finest private clubs in the county. The challenging course hosts several professional events annually with championship-level play. If you love golf, you will appreciate Oceanside. These courses are only half of what the city has to offer. Arrowood Golf Course, Marine Memorial Golf Course, and Goat Hill Park Golf Course make up the other half of selections, giving you more than enough options to choose the course that best suits your needs. Ocean’s Eleven Casino is less than a mile from the beach. The Casino hosts weekly poker tournaments for competitive players to test their skills. Heritage Park is composed of the original buildings of downtown including the first general store, blacksmith shop, livery stable, Portola Inn, old city jail, doctor’s office, Libby school, and The Blade Newspaper. Heritage Park hosts guided tours, special events, educational programs, and social gatherings. Guajome County Park includes a developed 33-site campground, two ponds, a small gazebo, a lake, playgrounds, basketball court, and lots of open space for picnicking and relaxation. The park is perfect for a day out in nature to hike, picnic, fish, bike, play, camp, and explore.


Oceanside Unified School District is the primary district for the city. Neighboring districts for Oceanside are Carlsbad Unified, Bonsall Union, Fallbrook Union, San Dieguito Union High, and Vista Unified School Districts. Oceanside Unified School District manages 23 different schools. The top rated schools are Bonsall West Elementary, Ivey Ranch Elementary, and Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary. Oceanside is under the Open Enrollment Policy put into place after the No Child Left Behind Act. The policy allows your child to attend any school in the district, otherwise known as intradistrict choice. Interdistrict choice is also available for those who qualify, for children to attend school in a neighboring district. In order to do this, you will need to fill out a School of Choice application. These are available at every school in the city. OSUD strives to help every student graduate and be prepared for success in the community.


Oceanside is a diamond in the rough. The city revolves around the raw history and crowning jewels: The Oceanside Pier and Mission San Luis Rey de Francia. These historical monuments bring in visitors and tourists from all around and keep them coming back for more. Many of the locals who grew up in the area actively bring business to the area as well, creating successful businesses in their hometown. The community vibes, festivals, and delicious food will make you never want to leave this beautiful SoCal beach town.

Events in San Diego

Haunted Aquarium: Shipwrecked!

October 23rd-24th, 2015
Birch Aquarium at Scripps -2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037

Members – $12 | Non-Members – $17 in advance, $19 at the door | 2 and Under – FREE
Grab your costumes and visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps for a spooky fun Halloween event this Friday and Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The aquarium will feature:
• Special and unique creatures that aren’t usually at the aquarium
• Glowing beasts of different sizes
• Get sticky making your own seaweed slime to take home.
• Shipwrecked stories
• Live music
• Oceanography Scientists share thrilling, and sometimes eerie, research.
• Frankensquid! Get up close and see the Thumboldt Squid, also known as the jumbo flying squid, and learn what makes it stand out amongst other sea beasts.
• Catch a glimpse of the spooky skeleton shrimp and sea spiders.
• Enjoy games, activities, prizes and giveaways.
*Don’t forget to wear your costumes*

The Boulevard BOO! Parade

Saturday, October 24th, 2015
College Avenue Baptist Church (After Party) – 4747 College Avenue, San Diego, CA 92115

Stop by San Diego’s only Halloween-themed Parade! The parade takes place in College Area starting at 59th Street, travelling east along El Cajon Blvd, and ending at Aragon Drive. The parade includes more everything, and it’s going to be the best one yet! After the parade, the College Avenue Baptist Church will host the After BOO! Carnival. The carnival will include music, carnival rides, inflatables, food, games, FREE photo booth, a family-friendly band, crafts, temporary tattoos, face paint, and much more! As a very special treat to Frozen fanatics, Anna and Elsa will make an appearance to meet and greet all of their friends!


Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

October 23rd-25th, 2015
Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014

Adult $9 | Senior 62+ $7 | Youth 13-17 $4 |12 & under FREE with adult
One ticket is good for all three days!


This incredible Autumn festival welcomes hundreds of vendors bringing in approximately 24,000 handmade and embellished products. Enjoy American arts and crafts, all day entertainment, a kids’ activity center, fair foods, and more. Various vendors bring jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, original art, music, etc. The kid zones have craft activities for your children to enjoy hands-on entertainment.
Fall Harvest Festival and Boutique 2015
October 24th and 25th, 2015
Farm Stand West – 2115 Miller Avenue, Escondido CA 92025 (Citricado Parkway @ Interstate 15)
• Afternoon barbecue lunch
• You-pick pumpkin patch
• Local artists, crafts, bakers, jams/jellies, seamstress, and more!

Dia de los Muertos

Saturday, October 24th, 2015
Rancho Guajome Adobe – 2210 N Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, CA 92083


Enjoy dances from Ballet Folklorico celebrating the 3,000 year-old Mexican tradition. Bring your children along for face paint, wagon rides, ghost-making crafts, adobe brick-making, tissue flower making, and lots more! Fair foods and arts and crafts vendors will be featured.

Autism Friendly Halloween Carnival

Saturday, October 24th, 2015
Nobel Park Recreation Center Park – 8810 Judicial Drive, San Diego, CA 92122

Tickets $6.50 – $10


All children are welcome to this event.
NFAR (National Foundation for Autism Research) is hosting their 5th annual “autism friendly” Halloween carnival with the help of AEFCT (Autism Experts Empowering Families and Children Together), Crimson Speech and Language and K.I.D.S. Therapy Inc. These organizations teamed together to make this the best carnival yet. Bring your children to enjoy Halloween games, crafts, bounce houses, a giant slide, treats (gluten free available), prizes, and more carnival style fun!

Pumpkin Express

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum
750 Depot Street, Campo, CA 91906

Tickets: $5 – $15

Bring your children along for the spookiest train ride of their life. The Pumpkin Express is a Halloween celebration at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum where you can expect:
• To ride in a Halloween decorated vintage railcar in and out of mountains.
• Walk through the spooky themed Display Building
• 2 haunted trains
• Pumpkin patch
• Eerie cast of ghosts and ghouls
Trains leave the Campo Depot at 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. The Pumpkin Express travels through the most impressive parts of historic San Diego and Arizona railway. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Grim Reaper as he may be lurking on board. *Advanced reservations required*

Fall Family Festival

October 25th, 2015
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum – 320 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025

$5 Adult Members | $10 Adult Non-Members

Fall_Festival_P2Bring your children to the Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido for loads of autumn-themed activities like pumpkin carving and decorating, street fair and food vendors, costume exchange, petting zoo, educational workshops, live music by Hullabaloo, and a Halloween costume contest, so dress to impress! The festival will also feature over 20 local vendors promoting educational and nutritional products for children and their families.
These are only a few of the events going on in San Diego this weekend, so get out and enjoy the beautiful weather at one of the many festivals and events going on! Celebrate the season and the holidays to come. Eat good food, hear great music, and bring your friends and family with you. Now is the time to get out and make memories. This weekend is overflowing with exciting Halloween and Fall events, so imagine what next weekend (Halloween weekend) will look like! Enjoy your weekend, San Diego.

Military Life in San Diego

San Diego is full of military life with roughly 95,000 uniformed military personnel assigned to a variety of units and commands in the area. Navy and Marines make up the majority of the military presence here. There are seven major bases: Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (MCAS Miramar), Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego (MCRD San Diego), Naval Base Coronado (NBC), Naval Base Point Loma, Naval Base San Diego, and U.S. Coast Guard Station San Diego.

San Diego Military Bases


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Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is located on San Diego’s northern edge, about 13 miles north of downtown San Diego in a neighborhood called Miramar. Most of Miramar’s residents live on this base. MCAS Miramar was actually used by Navy and Marines for advanced pilot training during World War II. Now, it is the home base for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. The residents of the Marine Corps Air Station attend schools in the San Diego and Poway Unified School Districts. There are six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools serving the communities on base. However, if you prefer a different school, you can apply for Open Enrollment. If you’re looking for something to do on base, you’ll be happy to find: three full-service fitness centers, restaurants, clubs, The Barn Center Annex, The Great Escape recreational facility, a library, Mills Park (softball fields, horseshoe pits, volleyball court, basketball court, etc.), the Teen Center, Youth Center, as well as other activities and amenities for military members and their families.


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The base is small, but right outside of the base, there are countless activities to enjoy and places to go. Nearby, you’ll notice plenty of hiking opportunities at parks such as: Torrey Pines Natural Reserve, Mission Trails Regional Park, San Clemente Park, and Tecolote Canyon Natural Park; with Mission Trails being the longest drive at 25 minutes away; You’ll also find incredible beaches like La Jolla shores (with tide pools for children to explore), Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and Ocean Beach. Lake Miramar is just ten minutes away as well, with a five mile trail that wraps around the lake for walking, running, biking, or skating. The park offers a concession stand, bathrooms, a picnic area, boat launch, watercraft rental, and portable bathrooms along the trail. Miramar Memorial Golf Course is an 18-hole golf course located right next to MCAS at a short walking distance. Shopping and dining options border the base and just three miles down the road is the Westfield UTC Mall.



Cities within 30 minutes driving:

Poway, CA
Santee, CA
La Mesa, CA
Solana Beach, CA
El Cajon, CA
Lemon Grove, CA
Lakeside, CA
Spring Valley, CA
San Diego, CA
Encinitas, CA
La Presa, CA
Rancho San Diego, CA
Coronado, CA
National City, CA


Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is located in north San Diego county, in the city of Oceanside. Camp Pendleton is the Marine Corps’ top amphibious training base on the west coast. The base provides amphibious training and sea-to-shore training along several miles of pacific coastline. Year-round training is given to Marines on Camp Pendleton. Recruits from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego spend a month at Edson Range receiving field training. After graduating from their recruit training at MCRD, Marines return to Camp Pendleton to further their training in the school of infantry. The 5,796 acres of land on this base are split up between Camp Pendleton North and Camp Pendleton South. The majority of residents are located in the south near the main gate and Oceanside. Where you live on base determines what school(s) your child(ren) will attend. The school districts serving Camp Pendleton are Oceanside Unified School District, Fallbrook Union Elementary and High School Districts, and Capistrano Unified School District. There are so many things to do on and around Camp Pendleton. South of Camp Pendleton, enjoy LEGOLAND and the SEA LIFE aquarium in the neighboring city of Carlsbad. Make your way down to San Diego if you’re up for the drive. It’s roughly 45 minutes away and has so much to offer. East of Camp Pendleton, you’ll find Bates Nut Farm, Temecula Wineries, and a hilarious murder mystery dinner show called The Diner Detective. In the north, you can find ZOOMARS Petting Zoo, Irvine Park Railroad, Aquarium of the Pacific, Knott’s Berry Farm, Disneyland (about 1.5 hours away, but it can’t be left out), and more. If you want to stay pretty close to home and you live in the southern part of base, head to Oceanside pier or harbor! At the end of the pier is Ruby’s Diner. Enjoy a meal with family or friends right above the Pacific Ocean. Downtown Oceanside has tons of shopping and dining as well as the movie theater walking distance from the beach at Oceanside Pier. The Oceanside harbor includes several delicious seaside restaurants and shops including Joe’s Crab Shack, Harbor Fish and Chips, Rockin’ Baja Lobster, Nana and Pops Sweet Shop. There are boats, kayaks, and paddle boards for rent at the harbor as well.


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Cities within 30 minutes driving:

Encinitas, CA
Carlsbad, CA
Vista, CA
Fallbrook, CA




The Marine Corps Recruit Depot is responsible for the initial training of all new male recruits that reside west of the Mississippi River. Over 21,000 recruits are trained annually. The 13 weeks of training adapts these new recruits to the Marine Corps lifestyle and is more commonly known as “boot camp”. Marine Corps Recruit Depot lies between the San Diego Bay and Interstate 5, alongside the San Diego Airport. This base is also home to a drill instructor’s school for the Western Recruiting Region. The U.S. Coast Guard has a presence on this base with their Pacific Area Tactical Law Enforcement Team and their Maritime Safety and Security Team.


Cities within 30 minutes driving:

Santee, CA
La Mesa, CA
Solana Beach, CA
El Cajon, CA
Lemon Grove, CA
Spring Valley, CA
San Diego, CA
La Presa, CA
Rancho San Diego, CA
Coronado, CA
National City, CA


Naval Base Coronado is located in Coronado, also known as Coronado Island. NAB provides a shore-based platform for aircraft carriers, SEAL teams, several helicopters, and many other ashore and afloat commands. Naval Base Coronado consists of eight Navy installations.

  1. Naval Air Station North Island (Coronado)
  2. Naval Amphibious Base (Coronado)
  3. Naval Outlying Landing Field (Imperial Beach)
  4. Naval Auxiliary Landing Field (San Clemente Island)
  5. Silver Strand Training Complex (Coronado)
  6. Camp Michael Monsoor Mountain Training Center (La Posta)
  7. Camp Morena (La Posta)
  8. Remote Training Site (Warner Springs)

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This base is relatively large, stretching from San Clemente Island (70 miles west of San Diego) to Camp Morena and La Posta Mountain Warfare Training Facility (60 miles east of San Diego). Over 27,000 military and civilian men and women are employed on this base. U.S. Navy SEALs train and headquarter here on the Naval Amphibious and Naval Air Station bases. NAB is home to the west coast base of operations for SEAL teams and Special Boat Units and Navy’s special boat units as well as the Navy’s special and expeditionary warfare training. The school districts serving Naval Base Coronado’s residents are the districts of Coronado and San Diego. If you live in Coronado, your child will attend school in the Coronado Unified School District, and if you live in the city of San Diego, your child will attend school in the San Diego Unified School District. Coronado is a family-friendly island town in San Diego with incredible beaches, a dog beach, a bridge over the water taking you to the heart of San Diego, parks, great food, a gorgeous library Lamb’s Players Theatre and so much more. If you want to explore the heart of San Diego, downtown is just a 20-minute drive from base, and there are vast amounts of things to do in the city.



Point Loma is also a neighborhood in San Diego that has accommodated a military base. Naval Base Point Loma hosts leading fleet activity along with support to float, and shore commands to ensure maximum fleet combat readiness. This base takes up approximately 1400 acres of land and is the only peninsula in the San Diego area that guards the surrounding waters. It is home to the port’s seven submarines as well as the support services for them. All of the submarines are nuclear powered and have incredible range. They are also equipped with missiles that are prepared for use in a surgical attack. On Naval Base Point Loma, there are seven facilities:

  1. Submarine Base
  2. Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command
  3. Fleet Combat Training Center Pacific
  4. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command
  5. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center
  6. Fleet Intelligence Command Pacific
  7. Naval Consolidated Brig (Miramar)
  8. Submarine Base

This base is just 30 minutes from Naval Base Coronado, ten minutes from the San Diego International Airport, twenty minutes from downtown San Diego and the San Diego Zoo, and ten to fifteen minutes from Ocean Beach. There are 21 schools that serve this base, and they are split up into three “clusters”. These include the Point Loma High Cluster, Mission Bay High Cluster, and the La Jolla High Cluster.

All of these schools are part of the San Diego Unified School District. SDUSD is the eight largest urban school district in the United States and is California’s second largest school district. There are about 132,000 students educated under SDUSD in 228 schools and educational facilities. About 13,000 of those students are connected to the military in some way.











Cities within 30 minutes driving:

San Diego, CA
National City, CA
Chula Vista, CA
Imperial Beach, CA
Bonita, CA
Lemon Grove, CA
La Mesa, CA
La Presa, CA
Spring Valley, CA
El Cajon, CA
Rancho San Diego, CA
Santee, CA


Naval Base San Diego, known as 32nd street, is the west coast’s largest military base. It is also close to Naval Base Coronado at only ten to fifteen-minutes down the road. There are over 50 ships, 120 tenant commands and 13 piers stretched over the base, and it is the primary homeport of the Pacific Fleet. Naval Base San Diego is also responsible for Commander, Navy Region Southwest, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest, Naval Medical Center, and Admiral Baker Golf Course. Ten different school districts serve NBSD. Some of these districts are: Lakeside Unified School District, Santee School District, Lemon Grove Unified School District, and Cajon Valley Unified School District. With downtown San Diego just ten minutes away, the amount of fun you can have here is endless. Drive to the zoo in ten minutes. There are many great places to enjoy close by, such as: Balboa Park, Little Italy, Old Town, Seaport Village, Waterfront Park, etc. San Diego has so much to offer. This base is just 30 minutes away from Tijuana, Mexico even! Plan a trip across the border to explore, or just to be able to say you’ve visited Mexico.

The U.S. Coast Guard Station in San Diego enforces the Federal Law from the United States border with Mexico to as far north as San Mateo Point by north Camp Pendleton. The Coast Guards ensure Homeland Security by escorting every cruise ship and some Navy assets as they enter and leave the San Diego Bay.

Another great military instillation in San Diego is the Naval Medical Center, also known as “Balboa Hospital”. This is one of the Navy’s largest medical centers; serving active duty military personnel, dependents, and veterans in the area. This hospital was built in 1917 and has been playing an important role the area for over 80 years. There is also a school on site to train enlisted medical personnel.


One of the wonderful perks of being military affiliated are the discounts. San Diego is full of military discounts. Your best bet is to ask everywhere you go because the odds are in the military’s favor here. Popular places that offer military discounts are:

  • San Diego Zoo and Safari Park – Free 1-Day pass for active duty, cadets of their respective academies, and reserves.
  • Seal World – Free admission through the “Waves of Honor” program.
  • LEGOLAND has discounts on admission tickets
  • Birch Aquarium takes $2 off each admission ticket.
  • Delmar Racetrack gives free stretch run admission to active duty military and dependents.
  • San Diego Air and Space Museum gives free admission to active duty and $3 off for veterans.

All of these bases, instillations, and perks come together to make San Diego a thriving community that is very welcoming to military service members and their families.

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Cities within 30 minutes driving:

Poway, CA
Santee, CA
La Mesa, CA
Solana Beach, CA
El Cajon, CA
Lemon Grove, CA
Lakeside, CA
Spring Valley, CA
San Diego, CA
Alpine, CA
Granite Hills, CA
Jamul, CA
Tijuana, Mexico
Crest, CA