Wednesday, February 16, 2011

San Diego's Best Events - Spring 2011

San Diego has so many event options for students at English schools in San Diego, and everyone else as well. Check our calendar frequently to see the new events that we recommend for you. These are the events that our teachers, students and friends have enjoyed in the past, and that we think international students in San Diego will love in the future.

If you want more real advice and recommendations about these events, contact Student Services Director Nick Sacco at Connect English in Mission Valley:

If you want to recommend other events (concerts, festivals, etc.) that you have heard about, please notify Connect English. You can submit event information through the Connect English website.

Spring 2011:

Tribute to the Reggae Legends
Date/Time: Monday, February 21st at 1:00pm
Location: Valley View Casino Center/San Diego Sports Arena
Price: $41-61
Why should I do this? So many amazing reggae bands and singers are at Tribute to the Reggae Legends (formerly known as Bob Marley Day). If you're a reggae fan, or if you want to start being a reggae fan, this is a can't-miss event. The fantastic music of Jamaica awaits. WARNING: You might smell strange smoke inside the arena of this event.

San Diego Brazil Carnival
Date/Time: Saturday, March 5th from 7:00pm until 2:00am
Location: 4th & B, Downtown San Diego
Price: $25-$75
Why should I do this? presents an exciting Carnival event in the Brazilian style, here in San Diego. The event features Samba dancers, Brazilian singers, contests, Capoeria performers, food and drinks. Student volunteers are also needed for this event, so if you want to get involved in this energetic cultural event, contact them today. Christine and Brittany invite you aboard!

Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Quarter
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 8th from 6:00pm until midnight
Location: Gaslamp/Downtown San Diego
Price: $20 (in advance)
Why should I do this? San Diego Mardi Gras is one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the US besides New Orleans. Enjoy this American version of Carnival in the streets of the Gaslamp with thousands of other San Diegans as they celebrate the last day before the Lent observance.

ShamROCK St. Patrick's Day festival
Date/Time: Thursday, March 17th from 4:00pm until midnight
Location: Gaslamp/Downtown San Diego
Price: $20-$30
Why should I do this? The streets of the Gaslamp Quarter turn into the rolling hills of Ireland when they are covered with green AstroTurf for this event. Three stages of live music, DJs, drink sponsors, and plenty of people pretending to be Irish for one day in the USA.

Carlsbad Flower Fields
Date/Time: March 1st - May 8th, 9:00am until 6:00pm every day
Location: Carlsbad, North County San Diego
Price: $10
Why should I do this? It is an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing day in a beautiful place. The flower fields are huge and colorful. Connect English students organized a trip to the flower fields last year and they loved it.

The Del Mar Car Show
Date/Time: April 1st - 3rd, 2011
Location: The Del Mar Fairgrounds
Price: $17
Why should I do this? Three days of some of the coolest classic cars you'll ever see in your life. More than 2000 cars will be at this event, which also includes vendor booths, a swap meet area, seminars and beautiful car models. When you are done with the show, go to the beaches of Del Mar and enjoy this fantastic spring weather.

Rise Against + Bad Religion
Date/Time: April 8th, 2011
Location: RIMAC Arena, UCSD
Price: $31.50
Why should I do this? Rock superstars Rise Against and classic punk rock legends Bad Religion put on a show of some new favorites and some legendary high-energy rock music from years past. Tickets will sell out fast, so get yours soon!

CityBeat Festival of Beers
Date/Time: Saturday, April 9th from noon until 4:00pm
Location: University Heights, San Diego
Price: $32
Why should I do this? San Diego is famous for how many premium-quality, local breweries we have. Each year our local brewers win dozens of awards at national and international festivals. While visiting each individual brewery location around San Diego would be fun, you can instead have a few sips of every beer at this one excellent street party right in the middle of San Diego. Arrive early, though. The breweries bring a finite amount of each beer, so if you arrive late, you may not be able to try all of the favorite varieties.

Taste of Hillcrest
Date/Time: Saturday, April 16th from noon until 4:00pm
Location: Hillcrest
Price: $30
Why should I do this? Hillcrest is a neighborhood of San Diego that is full of excellent and exotic restaurants. To try them all individually would take months. This event, however, is your opportunity to pay one price for a ticket and then try food from every restaurant in one day. Take a self-guided tour to more than 40 area restaurant booths that are staffed and stocked by some of San Diego's top chefs. Bring your appetite and your open attitude toward new things.

San Diego EarthFair
Date/Time: Sunday, April 17th from 10:00am until 5:00pm
Location: Balboa Park
Price: Completely FREE!
Why should I do this? EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. Each year, the EarthFair draws around 60,000 visitors. This year the event features exhibitors, special activities for kids, live music on three stages, the eARTh gallery, a food pavilion, a showcase of cleaner cars and a lot more.

Date/Time: April 15th - 17th, 2011
Location: Indio, California
Price: $170+
Why should I do this? This is the largest and most excellent music festival in Southern California. This year's performers include Kings of Leon, Kanye West, The Strokes, Duran Duran, The Arcade Fire and maaaaaany more.

Date/Time: April 19th - 24th, 2011
Location: Balboa Theatre
Price: $20
Why should I do this? STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous national television shows.

Discover Pacific Beach Bocce Ball Tournament
Date/Time: Saturday, April 30th, 2011
Location: Vacation Isle, Mission Beach, San Diego
Price: $40 for individual players, $160 for teams
Why should I do this? It will be a beautiful spring day in San Diego. Go to Mission Beach and watch one of the most relaxing sports in the world. Like the OTL tournament on our Summer 2011 events calendar, this event features funny teams and team names, excited fans, food, drinks and prizes. If you don't play in the tournament, you can just go there to watch. That costs nothing.

Little Italy ArtWalk
Date/Time: April 30th & May 1st, 2011
Location: Little Italy, San Diego
Price: Completely FREE!
Why should I do this? The Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy is now in its 27th year. This energetic yet relaxing event features more than 300 artists showing and selling their work, more than 30 music and dance performances and interactive art for families at KidsWalk. ArtWalk brings the art community in San Diego together for this annual festival that offers visitors an unmatched opportunity to meet artists and purchase their work.

Date/Time: April 30th - May 1st, 2011
Location: Indio, California
Price: $149+
Why should I do this? If you love country music, this is THE BEST festival in California. Some of the biggest names will be there, like Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, and Carrie Underwood. You'll see cowboys and cowgirls dressed in their best outfits, dancing and having fun country-style.

Cinco de Mayo
Date/Time: May 5th, 2011
Location: Old Town, San Diego
Price: Various
Why should I do this? Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexico's independence day, but it IS an excellent spring street party. Cultural performances and Mexican-style cocktails make this a unique day for Americans to celebrate the culture of our southern neighbors.


93.3 Summer Kick Off Concert
Date/Time: Friday, May 13th, 2011
Location: Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Price: $57+
Why should I do this? Ke$ha, Pitbull, Nelly, Far East Movement, Taio Cruz and other performers unite for one amazing concert in San Diego to unofficially welcome in summer fun in Southern California. Radio station Channel 93.3 San Diego offers an awesome show that should satisfy all hip-hop and pop music lovers!

North Park Festival of Arts
Date/Time: Sunday, May 15th, 2011
Location: North Park, San Diego
Price: Free/$25 for special sections
Why should I do this? North Park has in recent years become one of the most lively and energetic communities of San Diego. New restaurants, bars, concert venues and events have been built all throughout the neighborhood. This festival is a showcase of the art that makes North Park unique. Enjoy food, music, paintings and many other mediums of inspiration.

The OB Beach Ball
Date/Time: Saturday, May 21st
Location: Ocean Beach, San Diego
Price: FREE! (but $3 for the beer garden)
Why should I do this? The OB Beach Ball festival is happening Saturday, May 21st, 2011 on the sands of Ocean Beach from 10am to 9pm. Experience the SoCal lifestyle with live music, great food, a craft brew beer garden ($3 entry), games, and more. Travel to and from the festival on shuttles from PB to OB, car share, Taxis, or your bike in order to avoid parking issues and to help the environment as well.

Red Bull Soap Box Races
Date/Time: May 21st, 11:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Downtown Los Angeles (map of location)
Price: Completely FREE!
Why should I do this? Spend a day in Los Angeles and watch a crazy race of carts that are only gravity powered. People build their carts in their own garages and speed down the streets of LA just for the fun of it. Get ready for laughs and lots of fun.


San Diego Greek Festival
Date/Time: June 3rd - June 5th, 2011
Location: Hillcrest, San Diego
Price: Completely FREE!
Why should I do this? Treat yourself to an enjoyable Friday evening with delicious Greek food, imported beer, live Greek music and dancing.
Then come back the next day for more fun. On Sunday, repeat as needed!

Rock 'N' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon
Date/Time: June 5th, 2011
Location: All around the city of San Diego
Price: Free to watch, $125-160 to run
Why should I do this? Running through the city of San Diego, you'll have a chance to enjoy some of the best music that local bands can offer as they play their music on stages along the race route. Your registration fees benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

FM 94/9 Independence Jam
Date/Time: Sunday, June 5th, 2011
Location: Oceanside Pier Amphitheater
Price: $35
Why should I do this? Like 91X-Fest, this is one of the most anticipated summer shows of the year in San Diego. Radio station FM 94/9 brings together some of their favorite bands for your enjoyment. This year's show includes exciting bands The Cold War Kids and Peter, Bjorn & John, whose music has been popular in California for a long time. Newer bands like Surfer Blood and Band of Skulls will also perform.


To learn more, contact Connect English today:
Phone: (619) 283-2811


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