Red Rock Resort is proud to announce the Sandbar Summer Concert Series will return to the Sandbar poolside venue. The outdoor concert series welcomes the summer with performances by The Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry, Lifehouse, KANSAS and more.
With a remarkable concert lineup and the opportunity to dip your toes into one of the most spectacular pools in the Las Vegas valley, the Sandbar Summer Concert Series offers a live music experience unlike any other. The full Sandbar Summer Concert Series schedule includes:
Saturday, May 3 – Lifehouse
· Comprised of vocalist Jason Wade, drummer Rick Woolstenhulme, Jr., bassist Bryce Soderberg and lead guitarist Ben Carey, Lifehouse came to mainstream prominence with the 2001 hit single “Hanging By a Moment” from their debut studio album No Name Face. The single climbed to the top of the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The band’s success continued with their albums Stanley Climbfall, Lifehouse, Who We Are, Smoke and Mirrors and Almeria. These albums have spawned the singles “You and Me,” “First Time” and “Whatever It Takes.” To date, the band has sold more than 15 million singles and albums worldwide.
Tickets for Lifehouse are $39 plus tax and applicable fees for standing room only and $79 plus tax and applicable fees for reserved seating. Tickets go on-sale Friday, March 14, 2014 at 10 a.m.
Saturday, May 17 – KANSAS
· Celebrating their 40th year as a band, KANSAS’ first public statement appeared on their self-titled album in 1974. This “garage band” from Topeka was discovered by Wally Gold and has since produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, and Best of KANSAS), one platinum live album (Two for the Show) and the gold-certified singles, “Dust in the Wind” and “Carry On My Wayward Son.” KANSAS appeared on the Billboard charts for more than 200 weeks throughout the 1970s and 1980s and played to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout the world.
Tickets for KANSAS are $39 plus tax and applicable fees for standing room only and $69 plus tax and applicable fees for reserved seating. Tickets go on-sale Friday, March 14, 2014 at 10 a.m.
Friday, August 1 – The Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry and Plain White T’s
· With more than two decades, nine albums, including the multi-platinum A Boy Named Goo and Dizzy Up the Girl, and an expansive catalog of hit songs and more than 10 million records sold, The Goo Goo Dolls have established themselves as one of the most successful rock bands in the world. Hit singles include top-five hits “Name,” “Slide,” “Better Days” and “Give A Little” and the Grammy nominated “Black Balloon” and “Iris,” the latter of which was ranked number one on Billboard’s “Top 100 Pop Songs 1992-2012” chart. The band’s latest album Magnetic was released in 2013 and quickly climbed to number eight on the Billboard 200 chart.
In less than four years, multi-platinum band Daughtry has scored four number-one hits, garnered four Grammy nominations, won four American Music Awards, sold more than seven million albums and played to sold-out concerts around the world. Daughtry’s eponymous debut album was the fastest-selling rock debut in Soundscan history and its follow up Leave This Town marked the quintet’s second consecutive number-one album. The band’s third studio album Break The Spell was certified gold in four weeks and featured the hit singles “Start of Something Good,” “Outta My Head” and “Crawling Back to You.” The band’s latest album Baptized was released in late 2013 and featured the single “Waiting For Superman,” which climbed to number 11 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart.
Formed in Chicago in the late 1990s, Plain White T’s has released seven studio albums, including their debut Come On Over, 2005’s All That We Needed and the gold-certified Every Second Counts, which featured the number-one h it single “Hey There Delilah,” which achieved platinum certification and earned two Grammy nominations. The band’s success continued with the platinum-certified singles “1,2,3,4” and “Rhythm of Love.” The band’s forthcoming album America Nights is set for an early-2014 release.
Tickets for The Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry and Plain White T’s are $69 plus tax and applicable fees for standing room only and $129 plus tax and applicable fees for reserved seating. Tickets go on-sale Friday, April 4, 2014 at 10 a.m.
Tickets for all Sandbar Summer Concert Series at Red Rock Resort can be purchased at any Station Casinos Reward Center and The Fiestas, by logging onto www.sclv.com/concerts or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Doors for all shows open at 7 p.m. and guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult.
About Red Rock Resort
Named by Condé Nast magazine as one of the world’s best new hotels in their 2007 Hot List issue, Red Rock Resort is one of Las Vegas’ premier off strip luxury resorts located 10 miles west of the Strip. The resort features more than 800 guest rooms and suites, a 25,000 square foot spa, a variety of restaurants, a spectacular pool area, movie theatres, bowling at Red Rock Lanes and a full array of gaming. To learn more about Red Rock Resort, please call (702) 797-7777 or visit www.redrocklasvegas.com
Rat Pack-era music revived at Las Vegas Philharmonic “Love Vintage Las Vegas Style” concert April 5March 11, 2014 on 8:45 am | In Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off
Matt Catingub to conduct and perform music made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Louis Prima & Keely Smith with a 65-piece orchestra & guests Anita Hall & Steven Moretti
Tickets $25, $46, $64 & $94 available from The Smith Center Box Office 702.749.2000 or lvphil.org
The Las Vegas Philharmonic will have the world on a string on Saturday, April 5th at 7:30 p.m. when it performs “Love Vintage Las Vegas Style,” an evening of Rat Pack-era favorites conducted by Matt Catingub. In addition to leading the 65-piece orchestra, Mr. Catingub will also sing and play piano and saxophone and will be joined on stage by his regular collaborators, vocalist Anita Hall and drummer Steven Moretti, to create a swinging big band performing songs made famous by much-loved Las Vegas headliners.
Song selections include That’s Amore, Everybody Loves Somebody, Night & Day, That Old Black Magic, A Lot of Livin’ To Do, Moonlight In Vermont, I Got the World On A String, Hey Big Spender and many others with the music arranged by Mr. Catingub, who led the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s 4th with the Phil concert last year. His successful big band called Big Kahuna & the Copa Cat Pack was widely acclaimed touring the world with Rosemary Clooney and backing notable artists such as Michael Feinstein, Linda Eder and Lionel Hampton. Mr. Catingub also wrote and performed the music for the George Clooney film Good Night and Good Luck. He made an onscreen appearance as the leader of the band, created all of the arrangements and played tenor sax in the movie and on the CD. The soundtrack for Good Night and Good Luck featuring Matt and vocalist Diane Reeves won a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
Now Las Vegas-based, Mr. Catingub is the Artistic Director and conductor of the Glendale Pops Orchestra, the Founder and Artistic Director of Hawaii Pops and Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Macon Pops. The son of the great jazz vocalist and “Polynesia’s First Lady of Song,” Mavis Rivers, Mr. Catingub regularly performed with his mother and has a life-long love for jazz and big band music, including songs associated with Las Vegas.
For the Las Vegas Philharmonic musicians, “Love Vintage Las Vegas Style” provides an opportunity to pay homage to the tradition of live entertainment in Las Vegas and the Strip showrooms, where many of the musicians perform today.
“If you can remember seeing Frank, Dean and Sammy in the Copa Room at The Sands or Louis Prima and Keely Smith in The Sahara’s Casbah Lounge – or if you just wished you had! – then this concert is for you,” says President & CEO Jeri Crawford. “With the swinging skills of our musicians steeped in the entertainment traditions of this city matched with the vocal talents of Matt and Anita, this is going to be one swell party!”
The Las Vegas Philharmonic offers $25 tickets for balcony seating at all of its 2013-14 season concerts. Seats in other sections are priced $46, $64 and $94. Tickets are available from The Smith Center Box Office, phone 702.749.2000 or online from lvphil.org. A 50% student discount is available on all single ticket purchases (ID required.) Group sales are available by calling the Las Vegas Philharmonic.
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Pops IV: Love Vintage Las Vegas Style
Las Vegas Philharmonic
Matt Catingub, conductor, vocals, saxophone
Anita Hall, vocals
Steve Moretti, drums
A swinging evening featuring big band favorites made famous by Rat Packers Sammy Davis Jr. (A Lot of Livin’ To Do, What Kind of Fool Am I), Dean Martin (Everybody Loves Somebody, That’s Amore, Standing On the Corner) and the most famous crooner of them all, Frank Sinatra (I’ve Got the World On A String, Night & Day, Moonlight In Vermont). Add some magic with signature songs by Louis Prima and Keely Smith (That Old Black Magic, What Is This Thing Called Love?) and you’ve got yourself one swell party!
QT Sydney, Australia’s hippest new design hotel and a hot spot for visiting celebs from the international worlds of fashion, film and music, will be celebrating the Rocket Man himself with a special one-night-only screening of Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano on Sunday, March 23rd at 8:30pm.
The QT Screening Room will get rocking with the special high-definition screening of Sir Elton John’s critically acclaimed concert from The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. In honor of the multiple Grammy, Academy and Tony Award-winning legend’s concert screening, QT Sydney is also offering guests the option of staying the night after the screening and/or grabbing a bite to eat pre-show at its celebrated restaurant, Gowings Bar & Grill, with the following packages:
The Million Dollar Piano Accommodation Package (AUD$460 or approx. US$420)
Admission for two to screening of Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano
One night’s accommodation in a QT King room
Two-course dinner for two at Gowings Bar & Grill
Breakfast for two at Gowings Bar & Grill
The Million Dollar Piano Dining Package (AUD$160 or approx. US$145)
Admission for two to screening of Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano
Two-course dinner for two at Gowings Bar & Grill
For more information about QT Sydney or to book one of the packages, please visit www.qtsydney.com.au or 02 8262 0062.
ABOUT QT SYDNEY:
Through extensive restoration, the historic Gowings and State Theatre buildings in Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD) are artfully revamped to create Sydney’s new designer hotel, QT Sydney. The eagerly awaited development returns gothic façades and features of the buildings to their former glory, bringing cutting edge art and interior design to the QT experience through LED digital art, bespoke furniture and bold color. Located in the heart of the city, more than a place to lay your head, it is a creative space to dine, drink and live. QT Sydney opened September 2012 and is the only Sydney hotel to be a member of the exclusive Design Hotels group.
Experience the Destination’s Rich Diversity Through 19 Notable Events
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico – March 6, 2014 – Nominated as one of the top travel destinations for 2014 by Frommer’s, Oyster, Huffington Post and countless other prominent travel publications, Riviera Nayarit is gearing up for an action-packed year providing more than enough reasons to visit. With nearly 20 events spanning cultural immersions, luxury yacht regattas, golf and culinary adventures, Riviera Nayarit will attract a wide range of travelers, who will also enjoy the 192 miles of golden coastline and great resorts.
From the beach bodies of the 5th Annual Punta Sayulita Longboard & SUP Classic to the next generation of culinary masterminds and PGA pros at The Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic, Riviera Nayarit offers plenty of brag-worthy events to experience along with its year-round sunny climate. You won’t even break your wellness routine if you choose to fly down for the Riviera Nayarit Half Marathon and those guilt-free celebratory fish tacos and Margaritas well taste even sweeter once you’ve crossed the finish line.
After an action-packed day, the destination’s selection of luxury resorts, all-inclusive hotels and boutique properties create the perfect setting to unwind. Or opt to de-stress on the beach while overlooking sights such as humpback whales and lush forest settings. Whether with family, on a honeymoon or simply looking to escape, you can expect open arms and a vacation you will always remember in Riviera Nayarit.
Check out the below list for a selection of festivities and events taking place in Riviera Navarit.
Banderas Bay International Regatta – March 12-15
Celebrating its 22nd year of competition, the Banderas Bay International Regatta is among the longest standing and largest regattas on the Pacific Coast. Each day of competition is followed by a night of fun activities with a local flare, such as authentic cuisine, local themed dances as well as an awards dinner. The event aims to encourage young people to explore the art of sailing.
Location: Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta
Regatta Copa Mexico – March 16-20
Over 400 boats and 1,500 athletes from 28 countries gather every two years to celebrate the art of sailing in the Regatta Copa Mexico. Held in Banderas Bay, this event is sure to showcase the beautiful nature of the Bay to guests from around the globe.
Location: La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
The Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic – April 3-6
The third annual Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic will feature gourmet meals and cooking courses taught by distinguished chefs, a series of wine and tequila tastings and festive gatherings at the luxurious St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. “The Punta Mita Cup,” is a two-day golf tournament on Jack Nicklaus’ two signature courses, Bahia and Pacifico.
Location: Punta Mita
Holy Week (Semana Santa) – April 13-20
Tourists and locals flock the region to celebrate and partake in the festivities of Holy Week.
III Riviera Nayarit TUCANÊ International Beach Polo Cup– (May 1-4)
Do not miss the third edition of the international beach polo cup that will take place on Nuevo Vallarta beach, where you can see several of the world wide best players and be part of the surrounding events we have prepared.
Location: Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta in Nuevo Vallarta
Wind Festival Riviera Nayarit 2014 (May TBD)
Riviera Nayarit is a leading wind and kite surfing destination in Mexico. Its annual Riviera Nayarit’s Wind Festival annually attracts over 150 of the finest windsurfers in the world. This is also an exciting spectator sport so everyone will enjoy the competitions as well as the festivities during the event in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and Bucerias.
Location: La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and Bucerias
53rd San Blas International Fishing Tournament – May 28-June 1
Riviera Nayarit opens its marlin and swordfish season with the International Fishing Tournament of San Blas. Organized by Nayarit’s Sport Fishing Club, the tournament turns 53 this year, and celebrates by offering millions of pesos in prizes, as well as six cars, outboard boat motors, fishing gear and more.
Location: San Blas
Day of the Marina (Navy Day) – June 1
Mexico’s history has shown the importance of being able to patrol and defend the country’s coastlines, in order to prevent invasions. Many such conflicts have occurred in Mexico’s past. To commemorate their Navy, Mexico celebrates Navy Day with various water based ceremonies, parades, and festivals, several of which take place in San Blas.
Location: San Blas
Independence Celebrations – September 15 & 16
Riviera Nayarit will have many events throughout the area celebrating the independence of Mexico. Come join the festivals, fairgrounds, and of course, the traditional “Grito,” a traditional call-and-response in memory of historic individual leaders of the revolution and to Mexico itself, to which the crowd responds with: VIVA!
Vallarta-Nayarit Gastronomy Event – October 1-4
This event is full of culinary professionals and tasting opportunities which source some of the best ingredients from the region.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta
Deep Sea Fishing Tournament at La Cruz de Huanacaxtle – (October Dates TBD)
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle was an old fashioned fishing village until the luxury Marina Riviera Nayarit was opened in 2010. This world class marina has over 340 slips for 31’-400’ yachts from all over the world. Sport fishermen from around the world come to this annual fishing tournament and try to beat the 717 pound marlin that was caught during the first tournament of La Cruz.
Location: La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
Day of the Dead – November 2
Even though it isn’t one of the most traditional celebrations in this region, cemeteries in every community brim with color bestowed by the floral arrangements to remember those who have passed away.
20th Festival Gourmet International – November 14-23
Over thirty renowned guest chefs from all over the world participate in this annual event together with chefs from the exclusive resorts and restaurants of Riviera Nayarit. This 10-day event features over 15 Riviera Nayarit restaurants and guest chefs who present exclusive menus, chef’s tables, and a complete celebration for the palate.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta, Punta Mita, Tepic, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
Riviera Nayarit Half Marathon – November 17
Runners from all over the World come to Riviera Nayarit to participate in this annual 21 kilometer half marathon. Its coastal race route has been recognized as one of the most beautiful in the world by the International Association of Athletics Federations. Last year it attracted over 550 runners.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta
Chili Cook Off & Taste of Nuevo Vallarta – December 7
Chili Nayarit Style! Individuals, teams and professional chefs from local restaurants try their hand at making the best chili in all of Riviera Nayarit.
Location: Nuevo Vallarta
Anniversary of Bahia de Banderas – December 11
Every year, the original municipality of Riviera Nayarit celebrates its establishment with a large celebration. Shows, civic activities and competitions make the region brim with color.
Location: Valle de Banderas
About Riviera Nayarit
Mexico’s newest destination, Riviera Nayarit, stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coast framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains just ten minutes north of accessible Puerto Vallarta International Airport. The region extends along the entire coast of the Pacific state of Nayarit including the resorts of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic colonial town of San Blas, exclusive Punta Mita, picturesque fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and spectacular Banderas Bay. Riviera Nayarit offers countless activities, such as: PGA golf courses, luxury spas, whale watching, turtle release, zip lining, surfing, bird watching, international cuisine, and the local artwork from the traditional Huichol tribe. Riviera Nayarit is recognized as a “Virtuoso Preferred Destination.” The region attracts and satisfies vacationers of all tastes and budgets with its wide range of accommodations including chic luxury resorts, eco-tourism boutique hotels and quaint B&B inns. For more information, visit www.RivieraNayarit.com or follow Riviera Nayarit’s Fan Page on Facebook.
Sonoma Valley, California – Heart of Sonoma Valley Association (HOSVA) is geared up for their premier event of the year – Savor Sonoma Valley happening Saturday & Sunday, March 15 & 16 from 11 AM – 4 PM both days. Twenty-Six Wineries throughout Sonoma Valley will be showcasing barrel wines, sampling new releases, and offering award-winning wines paired with food creations prepared by local chefs.
Meet winemakers, sample barrel wines, mingle with wine lovers in caves and on crush pads, enjoy live music, tour wineries, and savor a wonderful wine country weekend.
“The much anticipated teaming up with local chefs and restaurants creates a truly special weekend of delicious foods paired with the amazing variety of wines produced in our valley,” Said Executive Director of HOSVA Josie Gay.
Admission is $65 per person for a weekend pass, which includes a souvenir wine glass and access to event tastings at all participating wineries. Advance ticket purchase is recommended, as tickets are limited. Tickets and information may be obtained at www.heartofsonomavalley.com or by calling (707) 431-1137.
Wineries: Arrowood Vineyards & Winery, Benziger Family Winery, B Wise Vineyards Cellar, Chateau St. Jean Winery, Deerfield Ranch Winery, En Garde Winery, Enkidu Wines, Eric Ross Winery, Imagery Estate Winery, Kaz Winery, Kenwood Vineyards, Korbin Kameron, Ledson Winery & Vineyards, Little Vineyards Family Winery, Loxton Cellars, Mayo Family Winery, Moondance Cellars, Muscardini Cellars, Nakedwines .com Wine Studio & Tasting Lounge, Pangloss Cellars, Paradise Ridge Winery, St. Anne’s Crossing Winery, Talisman Wines, Ty Caton Vineyards, Valley of the Moon, VJB Vineyards & Cellars
Spanning 10 city blocks there is something for everyone: festival fare, arts & crafts, live music, street entertainment, the Blueberry Patch kids zone and variety of quality exhibitors.
Brooksville, Florida (March 2, 2014) – Join the fun at the 2014 Official Florida Blueberry Festival, Saturday, April 12th from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 13th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The City of Brooksville is located in the heart of the central blueberry growing region in the sunshine state of Florida.
Florida’s blueberry harvest lasts only 3 month starting in the month of March and ending in May. Florida is the only state in America producing blueberries during these months. The 2013 harvest reaped approximately 20 million pounds of the plumiest, sweetest blueberries found anywhere.
The festival celebration hosted approximately 50,000 visitors in 2013 and the committee is expecting to have a record year in 2014. The downtown venue is shaded by the mystic iconic live oaks, brick streets adorned with beautiful flowers and colorful umbrellas. Spanning 10 city blocks there is something for everyone: festival fare, arts & crafts, live music, street entertainment, the Blueberry Patch kids zone, Blueberry Theatre and Mountain Zip Line rides.
An extensive variety of free musical entertainment throughout the two day weekend festival will include an outstanding tribute band called Draw the Line, the rockin’ Aerosmith tribute band based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Also performing are The Black Hawks, a multi–platinum selling country group and The Outlaws, a Southern Rock Legend Band.
If you’re looking for fresh Florida blueberries, blueberry shortcake, pies or just a great day out with your family you’ll find it all at the Florida Blueberry Festival.
Gate Fee is $5 per Adult (18+), $3 per Child (5-17) and Children under 5 years old get in for free. Parking in official designated Blueberry Parking Lots will be $4.00 per car, with those proceeds to benefit some impressive and much needed local charities.
Check the website at www.floridablueberryfestival.org for details.
Anacortes, Washington (February 25, 2014) – The 6th Annual Spring Wine Festival is in full bloom and right around the corner, happening on April 12, 2014 in Anacortes, Washington.
The Anacortes Spring Wine Festival brings 30 wineries to Fidalgo Island for one more year of decadent wine tasting, food matching, live music, art, shopping and blooming tulip fields. Visitor’s travel from all corners of the world to behold the amazing Skagit Valley tulip fields in full bloom. Enhancing their journey to the Valley, the April 12, 2014 event date presents the opportunity to indulge in the greater appreciation for the glorious grape in red, white and blush flavors with finishing flavors of vanilla, spice, tobacco, floral, butter and berry on the pier overlooking the beautiful Guemes Channel. Festival attendees’ mark down the finishes that entice them to buy a bottle or case at discounted prices only available at the Spring Wine Festival.
Make a full weekend of the festival by making reservations at area hotels. Many are offering “Wine Packages” that include tickets to the festival, and/or winemaker or wine-pairing dinners featuring wines from the festival. Several area restaurants are also featuring wines of the festival during the month of April.
Check their website (www.anacortes.org) or facebook page (Anacortes Spring Wine Festival) for updates, details, and to purchase tickets. Admittance is $40 advance and $45 at the door (must be 21+).
The event is held at the Port Warehouse Event Center, 1st & Commercial, Anacortes, WA.
For more information on the Anacortes Spring Wine Festival, visit www.anacortes.org , or call 360-293-7911
Maitland, Florida (March 3, 2014) – The Maitland Area Chamber of Commerce is putting on its 26th Spring Festival of the Arts around Lake Lily in Maitland (641 Maitland Avenue) on April 12 and 13, 2014. The show features up to 150 artists and craftsmen around the lake. There will be sponsors of the event giving away prizes and information.
Lots of fun food will be there for the tasting such as Kettle Korn, Funnel Cakes, sandwiches, wraps and much more. The Performing Arts of Maitland will play music throughout the two days. Listen to jazz and big band sounds while looking at all the art and craft items for sale. Clowns will be doing face painting and balloon art.
The Art and History Waterhouse Residence located on site will be open for tours. The Maitland Library will be having a book sale on the library lawn both days of the show.
Parking is available and is being handled by the Boy Scouts. It is $5/car. There is no charge for the event.
For more information call either the Chamber at 407-644-0741, email@example.com or Jonnie Mae Warner at 407-660-2098- firstname.lastname@example.org For more information check out the Chamber website www.maitlandchamber.com
Happy Anniversary to San Diego Landmarks in 2014
With a number of local landmarks, world-class attractions, and signature special events celebrating anniversary years in 2014, visitors to San Diego can discover a wealth of history and heritage all year long.
SAN DIEGO ICONS CELEBRATE
On March 21, 2014, SeaWorld San Diego celebrates its 50th anniversary. The iconic attraction’s anniversary includes the unveiling of Explorer’s Reef™, a multi-million dollar renovation effort to the park’s entrance that will not only make entering the park faster but also immediately immerse visitors in an undersea realm complete with sea life touch pools. Explorer’s Reef will open on March 21, kicking off 18 months of celebration activities at the park, including prize giveaways, new shows, animal encounters and more.
Built on a sandbar between the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay, the surfside community of Mission Beach celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2014. The year-long celebration commemorating the quintessential San Diego beach town kicks off with the dedication of a bronze monument on March 22 and continues into the summer with surf contests, car shows, outdoor movies and more.
2014 marks the 25th anniversary of Old Town Trolley Tours in San Diego. The specialty trolleys offer full-day tours featuring a running narration of San Diego history along with entertaining anecdotes. Guests can enjoy on- and off-privileges at 10 different stops, including Old Town, the USS Midway Museum, Seaport Village, Coronado, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and more. For guests not getting off at any stop, the tour lasts two hours. A new tour of San Diego’s popular beaches is available Thursday-Monday, excluding Labor Day weekend.
The USS Midway Museum is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014. The most-visited floating ship museum in the world, the decommissioned aircraft carrier will feature a variety of events throughout the year, and a 90-seat Battle of Midway Theater is slated to open in December.
ARTS, CULTURE AND HERITAGE
Apr. 26-27 marks the 30th anniversary of the Mission Federal ArtWalk. The free visual and performing arts celebration takes place in downtown San Diego’s colorful Little Italy neighborhood and is the largest art event in San Diego.
From Sept. 12-14, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Annual Sycuan Pow-Wow, a traditional celebration featuring Indian song, dance, arts and crafts, games and food, held at the Sycuan Reservation in San Diego’s East County.
From Sept. 20-21, San Diego’s Pacific Islander Festival celebrates 20 years honoring the indigenous people of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Held at Ski Beach on Mission Bay, the festival showcases native foods, crafts and customs to educate visitors on Pacific Islander culture.
Oct. 11 marks the 20th anniversary of the Little Italy FESTA. This colorful Italian celebration features music, fine food and “Gesso Italiano,” a traditional Italian street-painting festival, held in downtown San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood.
ROLLICKING GOOD TIMES
From Apr. 25-27, the Lakeside community in San Diego’s backcountry celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Lakeside Rodeo. Bareback bronco rides, calf roping and other traditional rodeo competitions, along with food and crafts, bring the Wild West to life in Lakeside in San Diego’s East County.
From Jul. 19-20, San Diego will celebrate its 40th annual LGBT Pride Parade, Rally and Festival. One of the city’s largest grassroots organizations and presenters of the second largest pride festival on the west coast, San Diego LGBT Pride sponsors a weekend of festivities including a headlining parade through Hillcrest and two-day festival in Balboa Park.
The 20th Annual San Diego Festival of Beer goes on tap Sept. 20 in downtown San Diego. Sixty local and regional brewers will be in attendance, providing samples and tastings of their signature and award-winning beers. The event will also feature live music, vendors, food booths and more.
From Nov. 26-30, the America’s Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Thanksgiving Jazz Festival. Lasting throughout the Thanksgiving weekend, the jazz festival features world-class bands at the Town & Country Hotel in Mission Valley.
Happiness is calling in San Diego. For more information on San Diego’s offerings, including exciting vacation packages and valuable coupons for attractions, restaurants and more, visit the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website at www.sandiego.org or call 619-236-1212.
The fifth annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will take place on Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, featuring celebrity chef Todd English.
The festival at the Orlando property will include food and beverage seminars, food and wine tastings and live music.
English will meet and greet with guests. His bluezoo restaurant, which specializes in seafood, is located in the hotel and features fresh seafood in a vibrant atmosphere.
Tickets to the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic are available as part of a hotel package or individually.
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