In honor of Fourth of July weekend, I’ve listed five ideas of things to do in San Diego instead of the usual four. Ideas feature a centennial celebration by the Pacific, cupcakes, a North Park outdoor concert series, enjoying San Diego’s many hiking trails, and a comedy production in East Village. Show your independence by supporting local businesses and events!
Saturday, July 2:
- 10:00 a.m. Cardiff by the Sea turns 100! This city by the ocean has done good by my family over the years. My parents used to frequent the area when they were 20-somethings and a cousin of mine started her family here before eventually moving to Florida. To show my appreciation for nurturing my kin, their 100th anniversary celebration is one of this weekend’s picks. A parade followed by food, vendors, live music and activities await those who come out to this FREE event that runs until 4:00 p.m. Just bring cash for food and drink.
- 4:00 p.m. Get a Box of Nine Eclipse Chocolat cupcakes for $20. HOLLA! Eclipse Chocolat goes buck wild with their crème fraîche cupcakes during their fourth annual Cupcake Extravaganza. Regularly priced at $4 a cupcake, 22 different flavors will be available for devouring this weekend, and the Box of Nine is a steal in exchange for an Andrew Jackson. And get this: when you by a Box of Nine, you get entered into Eclipse Chocolat’s Extravaganza Weekend Raffle for the chance to win one of three Golden Tickets. What’s the Golden Ticket get you? Oh, only a Box of Nine cupcakes every week for two months. I said “buck wild,” didn’t I?
- 5:30 p.m. Outdoor concerts are a San Diego tradition. North Park’s Bird Park Concert Series kicks off its 2011 season this Saturday with a performance from the Stoney B Blues Band. The concerts are FREE and are best enjoyed on picnic blankets with the fam and with some good eats. Speaking of which, concert series co-sponsor MIHO Gastrotruck will be around, offering up their gourmet, sustainable vittles in case you didn’t want to pack a picnic. Just bring cash for MIHO grub (their credit card system is down until next week). For dessert? Enjoy one of the Eclipse Chocolat cupcakes you bought earlier in the afternoon.
Sunday, July 3:
- 9:00 a.m. Stretch those limbs and work those joints. Current forecasts point to a bright Sunday with just enough cloud cover to keep the heat honest. So why not start the day with a healthy boost to your circulatory system, especially if you bought yourself a Box of Nine at Eclipse Chocolat? Consider a hike amidst the brush and boulders at Mission Trails, along the coastline at Torrey Pines State Reserve, or in search of waterfalls and streams in Los Penasquitos Canyon. You’ll feel stronger for it and, at the end of the day, you’ll sleep like a hibernating cub.
- 8:00 p.m. Breaking down break-ups can be good for your health. Especially when analyzed with humor. Why? Because laughing burns calories. San Diego’s newest original performance art company, Circle Circle dot dot, offers up their version of relationship therapy with their show, “The Break-Up/Break-down.” The show runs until July 10 at the 10th Avenue Theatre and Arts Centre in East Village. Tickets go for $15 for seniors and students, and $20 for everyone else. And that’s a flat ticket price, meaning no fees. No joke. NOTE: The start time of the show as listed on 10th Avenue’s website is incorrect; go by the time listed here and on Circle Circle dot dot’s website.
(Photo caption, left to right: Image from the Cardiff by the Sea 100 Years web page; photo of featured cupcakes from Eclipse Chocolat’s blog; flyer from MIHO Gastrotruck’s Facebook photo album; photo of Torrey Pines State Reserve’s Guy Fleming Trail from the blog Our Beautiful World at the Backroads; flyer from Circle Circle dot dot’s website.)