Del Mar National Horse Show 2017

Del mar horse show

Dates:  April 18 – May 7, 2017
Click here for Tickets & Schedules

For nearly three-quarters of a century, equestrian sports aficionados have marked their calendars each April and May for the Del Mar National Horse Show, held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the beautiful seaside town of Del Mar, California.

The Del Mar National began in the mid-1940s as part of the annual San Diego County Fair, which occurs each June at the Fairgrounds. By the late 1970s, it had grown so large that it outgrew the confines of the county fair and became a separate event. Western and Hunter/Jumper competition comprised the then two-week show until the early 1990s, when the Dressage competition made its debut, adding a third week.

Each year the Del Mar National attracts more than 1,500 horses representing many breeds across three distinctly different disciplines. Spectators will see world-class performances in reining with its famous spins and sliding stops, elegant and athletic dressage moves choreographed to music, and nail-biting daredevil show jumping! Evening events feature trick riders, comedy acts, thrills and spills, and breed demonstrations, among many other exciting acts. The competition for prize money, trophies, and ribbons is fierce! Don’t miss out—come and join us!

Elegance, excitement, and excellence are the hallmarks of the Del Mar National Horse Show, one of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian competitions in the Western U.S. The Del Mar Fairgrounds hosts the 70th anniversary show for another spectacular equestrian season. Here are the this year’s dates, so mark your calendar now:

Western Week: April 18 -April 22
Dressage Week: April 27 – April 27
Hunter/Jumper Week: May 2 – May 7


Visiting the Del Mar National

Del Mar is about 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, next to the Pacific Ocean.

From Interstate 5, take the Via de la Valle exit and head west.
Turn left on Jimmy Durante Boulevard.

  • Exhibitors enter through the Stable Gate, an immediate right turn after the turn onto Jimmy Durante Boulevard.
  • Spectators enter the Main Parking entrance off of Jimmy Durante Boulevard; signs and parking personnel will provide directions.

Parking is $10 per vehicle, cash only.


The Chart House (Cardiff)

I highly recommend getting the lava cake for dessert and bringing someone special to this gem of a restaurant. Make your reservations today!
$$ (10-30) · Seafood Restaurant

2588 South Coast Hwy 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA.

(760) 436-4044

Click here to find a table & make a reservation:
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Temecula Rod Run 2017

Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4, 2017,
Old Town Temecula
Temecula rod run

Friday Night Cruise 5-8pm

Come visit the Temecula Rod Run for our famous “Friday Night Cruise” and see hundreds of classic vehicles from all over the country cruise Old Town Front Street. The City of Temecula locks down Old Town from Arch to Arch to allow these classic beauties to run wild. Come watch while these classic vehicles roam around, rev up their engines and honk their horns!

This show attracts thousands of automotive enthusiasts and spectators year in and year out. Over 600 cars, including classics, special interest vehicles, hot rods and custom cars will be on display. The Cruising starts at 5:00pm and goes on till 8:00pm, so come to Old Town Temecula and see some of the West Coast’s finest street rods cruising Old Town. The event is FREE to the public, music and entertainment are always a big hit, as well as great food, community vendors and much more.

Show and Shine 9am-4pm

This is the day where you can get a close look at these classic vehicles and take a peek under the hoods. The City of Temecula locks down Old Town from Arch to Arch from 9:00am till 4:00pm and during this time, these classic beauties are parked waiting for you to get an up-close and personal look at them.

The vehicles are freshly detailed and polished to “Show and Shine”… they are just waiting around calling out to you to come see some of the finest street rods on the West Coast. As always, the event is FREE to the public. Be sure to bring all of your friends and family for a great time to remember. Do not miss the family fun!

*Due to the amount of people in attendance, dogs are discouraged from attending event. If necessary, dogs must be on leash at all times. 

*Scooters and Skateboards are discouraged.

For more information or questions please call (951) 240-4268

Here is last years Rod Run Video!


Flower Fields 2017

Take yourself out of the ordinary

The Flower Fields are closed for the 2016 season. Tickets will be available on January 1, 2017 for our 2017 season March 1, 2017 – May 14, 2017. Please note: tickets will be available on site or online. 


The Flower Fields will be open March 1st through May 14th, 2017 9am to 6pm daily.

For over sixty years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of north San Diego County into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world. The nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch® in Carlsbad, California, are in bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year – from early March through early May – literally bringing the famous fields back to life. This annual burst of color, which has become part of the area’s local heritage, also is one of nature’s official ways of announcing the arrival of spring here in southern California.

Season: Spring

Hours: Open to the public seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Prices: Adults: $14.00  Seniors 60+: $13.00  Children 3-10 yrs.: $7.00  Children 2 yrs. & under: Free

Season Passes: Adults: $30.00  Seniors 60+: $25.00  Children 3-10 yrs.: $16.00

Wagon Rides: Adults: $5.00  Children 3-10 yrs.: $3.00

The Flower Fields are an alcohol and tobacco free environment. Smoking and alcoholic beverages are not permitted onsite. No Bicycles, hoverboards or drones are permitted.

The Flower Fields History

Today, the fields are a direct result of over 85 years of floral cultivation that began when Luther Gage, an early settler and grower settled in the area in the early 1920’s. Mr. Gage brought Ranunculus seeds to the area and began growing them in his fields next to Frank Frazee’s small vegetable farm in South Oceanside. This started a business called “Luther Gage Giant Tecolote Ranunculus bulbs”. The name “Tecolote” came from the owls that nested on his property.

*Tickets may be purchased online starting January 1, 2017 and onsite starting March 1, 2017.

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Paint, Sip, Socialize

This looks like a fun way to spend the evening. Paint & Sip Studio Temecula is a BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage) art studio which offers a fun and unique way to uncork your creativity. Meet new people, enjoy your favorite beverage and get creative! All materials are provided, as a local artist guides you step-by-step through the process of unleashing your creativity – No Experience Required!


Monday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm

Sunday: 12pm – 4pm

(These hours are for phone assistance only. Please refer to calendar for studio event times)

For full schedule of classes, view our calendar. Dates and times may vary.

Studio will be open only 30 minutes before a scheduled class. Please call for assistance.


Studio is available for booking a private party, 7 days a week. (Event openings subject to the studio’s availability. Learn more here)


27625 Jefferson Ave #106

Temecula, CA 92590

TEL: 951-934-6300

4th of July Festivities

Here are some places to watch fireworks next week! I hope everyone has a happy and SAFE 4th of July. Remember to be thankful for living in America!

Grand Tradition – Fallbrook, CA

Since 2005, guests attending FBA’s annual “Grand Tradition July 4th” fundraiser have enjoyed world-class fireworks thanks to the generosity of individuals and organizations in the community.

The low ticket prices would not begin to cover the cost of the fireworks which, as guests have said, are “the best we have ever seen.” Your continued donations throughout the year will ensure that local families will enjoy fireworks for many years to come.

Thanks to the generous support from the community, the 2013 Fallbrook Beautification Alliance’s 4th of July celebration at the Grand Tradition was the biggest and best ever. Proceeds from the Fallbrook Beautification Alliance’s (FBA) annual “Grand Tradition 4th of July” celebration/fundraiser are used to beautify and maintain the projects in our community done by volunteers. These projects are not funded by the county so we must raise our own funds and do the work ourselves.

Come Celebrate Your 4th of July With Us At The Grand Tradition! Get Tickets Here

When: July 4th at 4:00pm

Where: Grand Tradition, 1602 S Mission Rd, Fallbrook

Purchase tickets

Adults (12 and up): $20.00 each if purchased before July 4th or $25 at the gate, includes:

Free parking, entertainment and fireworks

Children 11 and under: Free

Red, White and BOOM! Rocks Legoland
When: Friday, July 4,  8:30 pm

Where: Legoland California
1 Legoland Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 918-5346

What/Why: The summer heats up at LEGOLAND with a star-spangled Fourth of July celebration, “Red, White and Boom!” The awe-inspiring fireworks show begins at 8:30 PM and blends patriotic music with dazzling pyrotechnics. Throughout the day, kids of all ages can enjoy live musical performances and participate in all-American family picnic games like water-balloon tosses, burlap sack races and building activities. Included with Admission

Escondido Independence Day Celebration

When: Friday, July 4,  4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Grape Day Park
321 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 743-9473

How: Official Website
Cost: Free

What/Why: There is nothing more American than enjoying community, food, and fireworks on the 4th of July. Come gather with the Escondido family and enjoy fireworks in the park. Starting in the late afternoon, there will be art on display, free children activities and countless food vendors from the local area. The night will conclude with a special performance by the 1st Marine Division Band, and a dazzling fireworks display on the Center’s Great Green, set to begin at approximately 9:00 PM.

Big Bay Boom!

Region: Downtown, Gaslamp Quarter, Hillcrest, Coronado, Mission Bay and Beaches, Mission Valley and Old Town, South Bay
Date: July 4
Price: Free

The Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show is back, promising another spectacular display over San Diego Bay. Fireworks will be discharged simultaneously from barges placed strategically around the Bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North, Seaport Village, Embarcadero South Marina Park and Coronado Ferry Landing. The impeccably choreographed display will last approximately 17 minutes.

Fireworks will begin at 9:00 PM.

The fireworks score is simulcast live on Walrus 105.7 FM.

Where to Watch

Shelter Island
Harbor Island
Seaport Village/South Embarcadero
Coronado Ferry Landing
Parking and Shuttles

The Port of San Diego has set up free parking lots with shuttle service to Harbor Island and Shelter Island. The parking lots will open at 5:30 PM on July 4.

Free Shuttle Service starts at 6:00 PM.

Old Town Trolley and Five Star Tours will be providing free shuttle service to Shelter Island and Harbor Island for the fireworks show.

Shuttles will begin departing at 6:00 PM from the Port of San Diego Administration Building parking lot at 3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego and near the West Marine parking lot at 3717 Rosecrans Street, San Diego. The shuttles will also begin taking people back to their cars right after the fireworks show. Shuttle service will end at 11:00 PM.

Del Mar Racetrack


Del Mar Racing Season

2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd
Del Mar, CA 92014

Date: Friday, July 15 through Monday, September 5, 2016. Dark Mondays (except Labor Day) and Tuesdays (39 days)

Time: 11:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Gates Open: Two hours before first post every day, except Opening Day and Pacific Classic Day (August 20), 2 1/2 hours before.
Post Time: First post daily at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. on Fridays except 2 p.m. Opening Day and 3:30 p.m. Aug 26 & Sept 2.
Internet: /

Click here for all events:

Admission *
(*All admissions include an official program)
Buy Online
  • Clubhouse Admission (seat not included)$10 ($20 Opening Day)
  • Clubhouse Crossover from Stretch Run$4 ($10 Opening Day)
  • Clubhouse Season Pass (available through July 10)$50
  • Clubhouse Advance Sale Discount Books* (10 daily admissions)$70
  • Clubhouse Reserved Seats $5-$25
  • Stretch Run Admission (seat not included)$6 ($10 Opening Day)
  • Stretch Run Season Pass (available through July 10)$25
  • Stretch Run Advance Sale Discount Books* (10 daily admissions)$40
  • Stretch Run Reserved Seats $5-$25

Restaurant Tables
More Info
(Clubhouse Terrace, Café Del Sol, First Turn Restaurant, Stretch Run Grill – all-day seating for four, admission not included)
  • Opening Day$250-$300
  • Pacific Classic Day$125-$175
  • Friday/Saturday$100-$150
  • Sunday/Labor Day$80-$125
  • Wednesday/Thursday$50-$75
  • General & Early Bird$10
  • Book of 10 (Available through the Del Mar Ticket Office)$50
  • Preferred Parking$15
  • Valet Parking$25 ($40 Opening Day)
  • Limo & Bus Parking (charter or scheduled)$20 ($100 Opening Day)
According to law, persons 17 years of age and under are permitted on the grounds only when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children 17 and under are admitted FREE. Must be 18 or over to wager. Alcohol is served only to those 21 and over.

Active duty military personnel and their dependents admitted to Stretch Run for free every day with appropriate military I.D. (Please show your I.D. at Stretch Run gates.)
Ticket Office
Buy Online
Ticket go on sale online 10 a.m. Friday May 13th and by phone 9 a.m. Monday May 16th.
During the racing season: Hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
Phone: 858-792-4242. (Toll free number: 877-LETSBET)
Turf Club
This is a private club open to members/guests only where a dress code is enforced. Turf Club Guest Admission $60 per person per day/$200 Opening Day (must be accompanied by member). RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Refer calls regarding membership to Nancy Bonforte, 858-755-1141, ext. 4291.
Early Bird Wagering
9 a.m.–10 a.m. each racing day (on-track only).
9 a.m.–1 p.m. Fridays (on-track only).
Included with admission. Otherwise $2. (Available on track the afternoon prior in most instances.)
Group Sales
More Info
Groups of 20-2,000 – Infield Pacific Pavilion, Stretch Run and Clubhouse stadium-style seating, Clubhouse Terrace Restaurant and Stretch Run Grill (for 20 people or more), Turf Club tables (12 people or more), Seaside Tropical Cabana, Skyrooms, Celebrity Suites, Il Palio Restaurant and Turf Club Luxury Suite.
Direct Line: 858-792-4234
Camp Del Mar
More Info
Ages 5-12. Price $24 per child per day. Employees’ price $21.

San Diego horse racing takes place where the “turf meets the surf” at the Del Mar Racetrack. Fans flock to the track each summer to wager on their favorite horses during the popular, annual Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racing season, mid-July – early-September. Be part of the magic and nostalgia of this long-time horse race tradition dating back to 1937 when Bing Crosby greeted the first guests, and Seabiscuit won by a nose in the infamous race in 1938. This season features the nation’s top race horses, trainers and jockeys, and plenty of fun in the sun.

The races run five days weekly, except Monday and Tuesday.

Stretch Run- $6 (Opening Day $10)
Clubhouse- $10 (Opening Day $20)

San Diego horse racing takes place where the “turf meets the surf” at the Del Mar Racetrack. Fans flock to the track each summer to wager on their favorite horses during the popular, annual Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racing season, mid-July – early-September. Be part of the magic and nostalgia of this long-time horse race tradition dating back to 1937 when Bing Crosby greeted the first guests, and Seabiscuit won by a nose in the infamous race in 1938. This season features the nation’s top race horses, trainers and jockeys, and plenty of fun in the sun.

The races run five days weekly, except Monday and Tuesday.

Horse racing at Del Mar happens Wednesday through Sunday, with post time for the first race on most days at 2:00 PM. On Fridays first post is at 4:00 PM.

Summer Concert Series

Racing fans will return to the improved Seaside Stage, located at the west end of the Grandstand with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop and better access to concer-goer services and amenities. Catch shows held every Friday, select Saturdays and Sundays. Del Mar’s concerts are free with racetrack admission purchased prior to the last race, an exceptional value as admission starts at just $3 for Diamond Club members (free to sign up) and $6 without Diamond Club membership. Admission for concertgoers entering after the final race is $20

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Temecula Street Art Festival

Temecula Street Art Festival

Where: Old Town Temecula

Dates:  Friday, June 10th to Sunday, June 12th

Time: Friday at 5pm – 9pm  Saturday at 9am-9pm and conclude on Sunday at 9am-4pm

Cost: FREE

Main Street becomes the canvas for many talented street painters, while festival tents line the streets with artists from near and far displaying their crafts. Live art demonstrations, kid’s activities, and music entertain visitors throughout the weekend. Watch award-winning chalk artists as they bring life to the pavement of Main Street.

The Annual Vista Strawberry Festival

The Annual Vista Strawberry Festival


Sunday, May 29, 2016 8:00 am – 6:00 pm


Downtown Vista

127 Main Street VistaCA 92084

Official Website



Live entertainment on multiple stages, bands & local craft brews all day long in the beer garden. Carnival rides & 300+ vendors. Contests include: Little Ms. Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Costume, Strawberry Idol, Pie-Eating and many more! Prizes galore! Vista was once the “Strawberry Capital of the World!” San Diego County’s only celebration of the Strawberry. For more info call: (760) 726-1122


Activity Schedules:

See you there!

2016 San Diego County Fair

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2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd
Del Mar, CA 92014

Region: North County Coastal

Date: Friday, June 3 and continuing through Monday, July 4.  Opening at 4:00 pm.
(The Fair is closed on Mondays, except July 4, and the first two Tuesdays.)

Best Pass Ever – 26 days, $26

If you’re “Mad About The Fair,” then you need your very own Best Pass Ever! The Fair’s season pass lets you into the Fair as much as you like for one low price – $26 for all 26 days of the Fair.

Buy Now! →

Cash and credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express) accepted.

Go mad for the 2016 San Diego County Fair!

Mad About the Fair is the theme of the San Diego County Fair opening at 4:00PM on Friday, June 3and continuing through Monday, July 4. (The Fair is closed on Mondays, except July 4, and the first two Tuesdays.)

Mad HatterYou’ll love our grand-scale tea party featuring the renowned Lewis Carroll classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,fused with influences from steampunk, cosplay, great literature, wacky machinery, and all the fun and magic you have come to expect.

Featured Attractions

Just a few of the many delightful attractions and entertainment featured at the Fair, every day or intermittently. More…


The San Diego County Fair just wouldn’t be the same without animals. You can see animals on display, farm equipment, popular shows. More…

Rides and Games

It’s just not the Fair without rides and games, and the San Diego County Fair has the best!More…

Food and Drink

One of the main reasons people visit the San Diego County Fair is not only for traditional “Fair fare,” but also for upscale dining and food events.

School Programs

Whether you would like to enter an exhibit, apply for a scholarship, or participate in a school program, there are many ways for students, educators, and schools to be a part of the Fair! More…

Family Funville

Rides, games, contests, exhibits, entertainment — all with an emphasis on kids and activities the whole family will enjoy. So much is happening here that we need two pages to tell you all about it!
Family Funville Things to Do — entertainment, rides and games, contests
Family Funville Things to See — exhibits, The Farm at Family Funville, San Diego Pavilion

Surfside Race Place

Located on the northeast corner of the Fairgrounds, an off-track wagering facility that features thoroughbred racing from major racetracks around the country and operates every day the Fair is open, except Tuesdays. Surfside also is the location of some great exhibits during the Fair. More…

Car Shows

Some of the coolest cars ever made — woodies, muscle cars and hot rods — will be displayed every day just inside the Arena Gate.

Cruisin’ Grand Escondido 2016

 Our regular season starts with opening night April 1st, 2016

  • All Pre 1974 American cars are welcome on ANY night, and can park in any road closure except South Broadway, which is reserved for the club of the night.

    One of the greatest ongoing traditions in San Diego County, Cruisin’ Grand in Escondido runs for six spectacular months. This is a FREE EVENT where more than 5000 visitors and car enthusiasts each Friday Night come to check out the 500+ cars lining the streets of historic downtown Escondido. Cruise nights run April through September from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

    We call it Hot Rod Heaven!

    Cruisin’ Grand is honored to be called one of the best cruises in the country. We try to keep it simple, and focus only on what works with our community history, i.e. 1973 and earlier American-made Classics, Customs, Vintage, Muscle, and Hot Rods cruising Grand Ave, just like they did 50-60- years ago, on a Friday night, hopefully shoulder-to-shoulder with a date!

    We invite those same cars to park on Grand Avenue and side streets and enjoy the early 50’s setting of downtown Escondido.

    Events & Information

    • Parking for event-era cars is on Grand Avenue and side streets, from Escondido to Ivy Street.
    • “Reserved” parking area for local/regional 73 and earlier American made Car Clubs who pre-reserve a night. Contact Steve at (760) 746-8461
    • Awards weekly for five selected cars. No pre-registration. No fees. Just fun!
    • Restaurants cafes, pubs, specialty retail stores open late.
    • Family-friendly features Hula Hoops, Name That Tune contests, and more.
    • Information booth at event at Grand & Broadway
    • Official event t-shirts at Grand & Broadway by Top End T’s and Driving Styles

    Connect With Us

    Follow us on Twitter to find out about local vendor deals and promos each friday night. Stay up to date on all Cruisin’ Grand news by liking us on Facebook page.


Fallbrook Avocado Festival

I promote the Fallbrook Avocado Festival every year.

Date: April 17, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Price: Free

Venue: Main Street, between Ash and Mission
Since the 1960’s, tens of thousands of avocado lovers converge in Fallbrook, located in San Diego’s North County Inland to sample avocados, check out the crazy cooking contest entries, buy funky avocado-themed gifts and enjoy bands, live entertainment and friendly beer gardens.

Come prepared to visit the many craft and food booths – you can never go hungry at the Avocado Festival. Colorful booths line Main and Alvarado Street featuring unique clothing, hats, arts, crafts, jewelry, and farm-fresh produce for purchase. A variety of bands and other live entertainment are offered for the pleasure of festival-goers. Beer gardens and numerous food vendors cater to every whim.

Many have discovered the joys of guacamole – as well as the delightful new flavor of avocado chips – during their first visit to the festival.

Activities abound with cooking competitions (come prepared with your best guacamole recipe), as well exhibitions showcasing local talent. There will even be a race where the cars are made from avocados!

If you have never seen a giant, inflatable avocado, just come to the Fallbrook Avocado Festival in California and see it in living color – green, that is!

How to get to the Avocado Festival

  • Coming from the Inland Empire:
    Take 15 Freeway South. Go past the Temecula Border Patrol check point. Exit at Mission Road to Fallbrook. Turn right at the offramp signal. Turn right again onto S. Mission Road. Follow Mission Road into town for about 8-10 minutes until you reach Main Street (the festival area).
  • Coming from Los Angeles, Orange County and points north:
    Take 5 Freeway South – exit Highway 76 East. Travel east to Mission Road (S-13), and turn left (north) to Fallbrook on South Mission Road. This will take you into Fallbrook and to the festival area.
  • Coming from inland San Diego County:
    Take 163 to I-15 north, exit Mission Road. At end of offramp, turn left. Turn right onto South Mission Road. This will take you into Fallbrook and to the festival area.
  • Coming from coastal San Diego County:
    Take I-5 north to Highway 76 East. Travel east to Mission Road (S-13), and turn left (north) to Fallbrook on South Mission Road. This will take you into Fallbrook and to the festival area.

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Fall Cider and Beer Fest

Fall Cider and Beer Fest

When: Saturday, November 28, 2015 12:00 pm


Del Mar Race Track & Turf Club

2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
(858) 755-1141

The races begin at 12:30 p.m., gates open at 11:00 a.m.

How: Official Website

Cost: $6.00 – $18.00


Beer & Cider Fest is back! From 12:00pm to 4:00 p.m. on November 28, cheers to Bing and your favorite Thoroughbred while sampling from more than 100 local and international brews plus a variety of seasonal ales and ciders. Meet the local brewers, check out beer inspired merchandise and groove to DJ’s in the Seaside Concert Area. Purchase five 7 oz. frosty samples for $20 or purchase individual brews.

Pair your beer with Gourmet Food Truck offerings. Following the Beer Fest, stay for the concert featuring SUBLIME WITH ROME, both free with racetrack admission.