Top End of the Season Events in San Diego

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Summer has officially left us but if you’re in San Diego, that doesn’t mean that the sun and mid-70s sunshine has as well. Whether you’re vacationing or living in this beautiful city, there are some things you should do before the mild winter woes set in.

  1. Pack a picnic. There are so many options for picnicking near San Diego beaches, like La Jolla Shores, or at one of the many gardens in Balboa Park. Take advantage of the San Diego sunshine while it’s out in full force and pack up your family and a picnic basket full of food for the day.
  2. Go see in a drive-in movie. San Diego has three options for those seeking a retro-inspired and more affordable movie experience. There is the new Full Moon Drive-In which sets up shop every Friday-Sunday at Pacific Beach Middle School, South Bay Drive-In on Coronado Island, or Santee Drive-In.
  3. Enjoy a patio lunch downtown. Grabbing an affordable lunch in the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego is more enjoyable when you can people watch from the pleasant patio of restaurants like Nicky Rottens, Fred’s Mexican Café or OsteriaPanevino.
  4. Attend a Vegas-style pool party! San Diego is wrapping summer up right on September 28 by throwing the Adult Swim closing party, the city’s newest pool party hot spot at Harrah’s Resort.
  5. Catch a summer concert at Paradise Point. On September 29, Barefoot Bar and Grill will host the last “Sunday Funday” summer concert of the season. From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. you can listen to rock cover band Steal Dawn while overlooking Mission Bay with a drink in hand.

If you want to take advantage of all of the great end-of-summer action consider booking a cheap downtown San Diego hotel room at Pacific Inn & Suites which is just miles from all these events. Call 1-800-571-2933 to book a room or to speak with a reservations manager today.

What to do in San Diego this Weekend

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San Diego is never lacking in fun and diverse events. We put together a list of this weekend’s best happenings to help you plan a fun and festive few days in America’s Finest City.

Friday: Catch one of the last Padres games of the season at PetcoPark when they go head-to-head with the Dodgers at 7:10 p.m. The first 25,000 attendees will receive a free Padres BBQ set made by Phil’s BBQ and can catch a fireworks show at the stadium right after the game. Friday’s game will also be honoring National Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting a Hispanic-themed celebration and honoring the Tijuana Little League team that advanced to the Little League World Series last month. After the game you can keep the night going strong by stopping in for a drink at one of Downtown’s cheap bars near Petco Park.

Saturday:On September 21 The San Diego Zoo is hosting a wild food and wine celebration. The grounds are going to be overrun with over 150 local restaurants, beer and wine vendors, and live music for this special one-night-only event. All the proceeds from the event, which runs from 7:30 p.m. to 12 a.m., will go to the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. With the $100 ticket purchase guests can partake in a silent auction using their smart phones to bid for one of 200 items. Adults can roam the grounds looking at the various San Diego Zoo exhibits, go for a Skyfari ride or relax with drink in hand to the music of one of the nine bands.

Sunday: Sunday is certainly a fun day in San Diego. One option is to go to Arts Alive in Solana Beach where event goers will witness live art, stilt walkers, modern dance troupes and local musicians making music. Another fun and family-friendly event is the 18th Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest. If you’re looking for Bavarian dancers paired with German food and beer then this is the place to be.

The affordable San Diego Pacific Inn hotel wants to know what you plan on doing this weekend in San Diego!

How to Save Some Money in San Diego

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If you’re visiting San Diego there are some surefire ways to save money even if you’re going to some of the most expensive attractions. Whether you need an idea for a cheap date or you want to know how to save money on your next family trip to SeaWorld, we have you covered.

If you’re looking to impress a date without putting a major dent in your wallet, going to one of many Old Town happy hour hot spots is a great route. Old Town manages to balance charm and romance with a bustling bar scene. Some of the best happy hour date spots include Harney Sushi, Casa Guadalajara and the Cosmopolitan.  This area is also a great place to stroll through tiny shops or explore some of the free historical museums. If you’re looking to add a little more thrill  then check out the famously haunted Whaley House where admission is as little as $6.

One of the must-see attractions in San Diego is SeaWorld, but tickets here can cost a pretty penny. The first way to save money is by purchasing your ticket online instead of at the gate which can save you $15 on an adult ticket or $7 on a child’s ticket. Also keep in mind that for $7 to $15 more per ticket, you can buy a pass that’s valid for the whole year. In fact, the month of October offers a deal that can’t be beat: with the purchase of a $79 adult ticket an accompanying child (ages 3-9) gets in for free! Once you’re in, be sure to check out some of the San Diego SeaWorld free shows that are offered.

You can also double up on savings by booking a room with Pacific Inn & Suites, a cheap downtown San Diego hotel. When you purchase your Sea World ticket through the hotel you save 15% off SeaWorld admission and 15% off your hotel stay. Call 619-232-6391 to make a reservation or to see how the Pacific Inn could save you even more money in San Diego.

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