Seasonal Events, San Diego
I was raised in snow and cold and have lived in snow and cold since. So Christmas without snow seems a bit odd to me.
Here I have juxtaposed the elegantly decorated tree in our hotel with the tree lot down the street, complete with enormous inflatable Santa Claus. [The other bearded person is my husband]
During the Labor Day weekend the Maritime Museum of San Diego annually hosts the "Festival of Sail," at the Harbor and in the SD Bay. Anyone remotely interested in historical seafarers, sailing, Tall Ships, battles at sea or just plain being out on the waters to be part of the action would enjoy the Festival of Sail.
The event begins early in the morning of Thursday as many of the Tall ships meet out in the Pacific Ocean to make their grand entrance into the San Diego Bay. This is the day of, "The Parade of Sail." Once gathered out at sea these beautiful sailing boats make their way along the east edges of the Bay past downtown and as far south as the north side of the Coronado Bridge. At the Coronado Bridge they turn and sail up along the east edges of the Bay until they reach the Embarcadero at the Maritime Museum.
Anyone happening to be standing anywhere along these edges of the SD Bay are attracted by the sound of cannon blasts and searching for the source of the noise, they see the Tall and some not so tall ships passing by. The view of the whole bay surrounded by these fantastic vessels at intervals is awesome and beautiful. I was lucky enough, because of my VT Blogger Press Pass, to be a part of this Parade of Sail and to experience the ballet of Tall Ships announcing the opening of the Festival of Sail.
The Festival of Sail gives an opportunity to see, not only the vessels of the Maritime Musuem, but also the Tall ships that participate and come from other areas of California, other states and other countries to be a part of celebrating Sailing on this scale. There are ships to tour, mock sea battles, a pirate themed ambiance along the Embarcadero, a petting zoo and venders selling all sorts of things, including food and drink.
The vendor area is free to enter but there is a small charge to enter the Maritime Museum section. This will give access to all vessels of the Maritime Museum, including the San Salvador build site at Spanishlanding, for the whole day or get the three day pass.
To sail on one of the Tall Ships and be included in a Sea Battle there naturally is an extra charge. It is so worth it. This experience is better than just a Harbor Cruise. If this is something that appeals to you, I suggest that you, sign up early as it can sellout fast.
If your budget doesn't include the extra cost of boarding one of the Tall Ships, there is another option of getting out on the Bay. The 1914 Pilot boat gives thirty minute narrated tours of the SD Bay, for about $7.00. (I saw a sign at the Festival of Sail entrance that Pilot boat cruise was $3.00. Don't know if it is for a shorter cruise or a discount. Check it out!)
If you can't make it to San Deigo during the Festival of Sail, you'd still have a chance to experience the exciting nature of the event. On most weekends the SD Maritime Museum offers a Sailing Adventure on the Californian, the official Tall ship of the state of California. This often times includes cannon battles.
Though you've missed the 2012 Festival of Sail, keep in mind that it is a yearly event and you can plan your trip to San Diego for the next Labor Day weekend. As 2013 is the 150th anniversary of our beloved Star of India, it is expected that the turnout for the Festival of Sail 2013 will be even bigger than this year!
There are more photos and more information about this aspect of a San Diego visit at my Maritime Museum Review and at my Parade of Sail Travelogue
Whether it is a colored ribbon on the lapel, flags flying over the home, a yard full of political posters or a grand display of Christmas lights, San Diegans can be demonstrative with their statements.
During his recent visit to San Diego, Matcrazy was surprised to see a Polish flag flying next to an American flag, letting all who pass the house know these people have strong ties to Poland.
An especially pleasing sight is the creative efforts of people decorating their homes during the holidays. Halloween is becoming more popular as a chance to decorate the yard with pumpkins, witches, skeletons and sparkling orange lights. However, it is still Christmas time that we see the really impressive displays. Most residential streets have at least a few houses all decked out for the holiday and many just a few lights strung along the roof or windows.
There are a few streets throughout SD county, such as "Whitney Street and Mankato Street" in Chula Vista, that offer grand decorations at every house on the block and it is usually on the family's list of things to do, to drive or walk along those blocks to see the great gift given.
ღ (~_~)♫♫ I wish you a Merry Christmas♫, I wish you a Merry Christmas♫♫, I wish you a Merry Christmas♫, and a Happy New Yeaaaaar♫♫ (~_~)ღ ღ
Thank you "sayedaburas " for a very clever gift!
June 19th or there about to July 6th.
The 2003 San Diego County Fair was a great success setting a new attendance record of 1,196,643 Fairgoers. You know it’s got to be good.
Parking: Drive to the off site parking and take the bus in for free.
Admission: Check out the discount from Albertson’s food store.
Some of the Rides!
Food: Chow down before you go in because the food is expensive and most of it really isn't very good. If you look hard you can find healthy food. (Fried Snickers Bar - Yum) But it will cost you. Example: $3.00 for water, $6.00 for a beer.
More information? Make sure you check out the website. It has all the info. Make sure you download the program file (PDF). Plan your day before you hit the crowed.
Things to beware of:
Hot during the day and cold during the night.
A backpack is in order and you can check them in for a price. Take Sunscreen, Sunglasses, jacket and maybe a sweater.
Shopping, Shopping, Shopping
Exhibit hall, Seaside, and Bing Crosby Hall - you name it they have it. Beware: You may spend the day just in these three halls.
If you are in San Diego in Septemer you gotta check out the Street Scene Festival.
It's California's largest music festival, featuring really a lot of bands on 9 stages all over the Gaslamp.