The popular “Kids Free San Diego” promotion returns for its 6th year this October. Major San Diego attractions including SeaWorld San Diego, the world-famous San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park along with more than 30 area museums will offer free admission to kids throughout the month. In addition to free attraction admission, many local hotels and restaurants offer specials throughout October, adding up to more than 100 offers throughout San Diego County.
On Nov. 3-4, 2017, for the first time in San Diego, one of thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, will be held at the seaside Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. The best horses, trainers and owners from around the world will gather in the coastal community of Del Mar for the $26 million competition.
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The 114-room Bristol Hotel in downtown is undergoing a $7 million, multi-stage renovation project that celebrates the lifestyle and mood of the iconic 1960’s era. With the goal of maintaining the hotel’s unique ’60s retro foundation while reinventing itself as a modern retreat in the heart of the city, the Bristol recently completed phase one of its project which includes fully refurbished guest rooms and bathrooms on three floors. Phase two, expected to be finished by late summer 2017, will see the completion of nine new guest rooms, three suites and a state of the art fitness center on the top floor of the hotel. Phase three will include the renovation of the balance of guest rooms and baths, along with a revamped lobby, bar and meeting spaces, expected to be completed in early 2018. Drawing inspiration from the sights, sounds and vibes of the 1960s, the remodeled guest rooms and suites incorporate elements of pop art by Lichtenstein and Warhol, décor honoring The Beach Boys and The Beatles and an overarching connection to the surfer lifestyle of the era. Guests can enjoy modern day comforts and amenities like large flat screen TVs with media hubs and complimentary high speed internet access, while rooms include mid-century furnishings; select rooms and suites will also have 1960s vintage record players along with vinyl records from the era.
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In winter 2017-18, San Diego’s iconic La Valencia Hotel, referred to as The Pink Lady of La Jolla, will debut Spa La V. Nestled in a 1905 California bungalow and adjacent to the historic hotel’s exclusive villas and stunning pool complex, this intimate retreat will include six treatment rooms, a tranquility deck and lounge overlooking a secluded garden. Blending the hotel’s Spanish ambiance with its prime coastal location, Spa La V will immerse guests in the scents and sensations of the Mediterranean and allow for a splash of Hollywood glamour with the luxury services provided.
Restaurants, Breweries and Nightlife
Anticipated to open in late August 2017, Born & Raised will bring a multi-level, open-air steakhouse to the heart of Little Italy. Executive Chef Jason McLeod will feature premiere cuts of beef alongside an in-house dry-aging program, vegan steaks and roaming interactive carts providing tableside plating, cocktails and pastries. Born & Raised will offer an elevated approach to classic cocktails, an in-house sommelier and one of the largest scotch collections in the city.
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Arts and Museums
In July 2017, the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park opened an intimate installation of Indonesian Shadow Puppets in its Warren Theater Gallery. The exhibit features approximately 30 puppets depicting the vast repertoire of heroes, heroines, demons and pranksters featured in the great Hindu epics, the Mahābhārata and Rāmāyaṇa, as well as local gods and mythical subjects.
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La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Festival (WoW), a ground-breaking, site-specific theater series, returns to San Diego Oct. 19-22, 2017. Like previous WoW Festivals, the 2017 event will showcase multiple performances by acclaimed local, national and international artists, along with a selection of family friendly offerings, occurring simultaneously throughout the weekend. Performances include Super Night Shot by the Berlin-based Gob Squad at the San Diego Public Library and a La Jolla Playhouse-commissioned performative installation entitled Model Home, set in downtown’s newly designed Horton Plaza Park. The WoW Festival will also feature projects by local companies such as Sledgehammer Theatre in association with UC San Diego’s Department of Theatre & Dance, the Trisha Brown Dance Company, the storytelling group So Say We All, and a popular interactive family adventure developed in collaboration with The New Children’s Museum. Tickets for WoW Festival productions, ranging from free to $29, will go on sale later this summer.
The Old Globe theater in Balboa Park will show the U.S. premiere of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax during its 2018 summer season. Based on the book The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, adapted for the stage, this musical was originally produced at The Old Vic theatre in London. The Lorax includes puppet design and choreography, and performances run July 3–Aug. 12, 2018.
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Tours and Transportation
Beginning March 25, 2018, Lufthansa Airlines will offer direct flights between its largest hub, Frankfurt, Germany, and San Diego on a year-round basis. The flight will operate out of Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) five-times weekly. It will take off from Frankfurt at 10 a.m. (Frankfurt time) and arrive at SAN at 1:20 p.m. local time. The return flight leaves SAN at 3:20 p.m. and arrives in Frankfurt at 11:40 a.m. (Frankfurt time, the following day). Flights will operate every day except Wednesdays and Fridays. Lufthansa will use the 279-seat Airbus 340-300 aircraft on the route configured with business, premium economy and economy class cabins. The flight will be co-marketed and sold in conjunction with United Airlines.
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In July 2017, three areas of San Diego County were designated California Cultural Districts by a new statewide program designed to celebrate the arts and diversity. A cultural district, as outlined by the program, is a well-defined geographic area with a high concentration of cultural resources and activities. Balboa Park, Barrio Logan and the city of Oceanside were designated California Cultural Districts in this exciting new program
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