The Top Nine Events in San Diego During October and November in 2013

Summer may be almost over, but the fun in San Diego is just getting started. With a temperate climate all year, San Diego is perfect for family fun no matter what season it is. Therefore, do not let back-to-school time get the family down. Instead, get the family out of the house and back in action throughout the San Diego area. To get started, consider the following family-friendly festivities in 2013.

Top Nine Events in San Diego During October and November in 2013

1. Julian Apple Days Festival. Fall is the time to harvest, and there is no sweeter way to celebrate the autumn than the Julian Apple Days Festival. This family-oriented festival is held at Menghini Winery in Julian, California. The event spans two days and features a number of fun-filled activities including an antique tractor display, gold panning, children’s games and more. There is plenty of live music and dancing, and everyone loves the apple-themed activities to top off the event. This year’s festival is October 1-2.

2. Oktoberfest in La Mesa. Even families without German heritage can find something fun during Oktoberfest. This yearly tradition is celebrated throughout the world, but La Mesa holds its own event with all things German. Guests can listen to Bavarian bands, try some German arts and crafts and eat all the classic German food they could want. There are also a number of commercial vendors on hand, making it a popular event for the whole family. With 40 years of tradition, this spectacular Oktoberfest welcomes over 200,000 guests each year. Celebrate in 2013 in La Mesa on October 2-3.

3. Little Italy Precious Festa. On October 9, be sure to head downtown San Diego to Little Italy for the Annual Little Italy Precious Festa. This event has been running for 17 years now, and with one visit, it is easy to see why. The Little Italy Precious Festa has everything from Italian music to decadent cuisine. However, the highlight of the event is probably “Gesso Italiano,” which is a traditional method of street-painting, brought straight from the streets of Italy to the heart of San Diego.

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4. San Diego Asian Film Festival. With such close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, San Diego has a strong Asian population. This is one reason why the San Diego Asian Film Festival is such an exciting event. This festival is the largest of its kind in all of North America, featuring over 140 films with strong ties to Asian culture. This important cultural event has been running for 12 years. Check out this year’s selection the week of October 20 at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinema in the Hazard Center.

5. Borrego Days Desert Festival. Most people do not associate the desert with fun, but that is not the case at the Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival. Borrego Springs is located near the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, which is the largest state park in California. Borrego Springs is proud of this location and uses the Borrego Days Desert Festival to honor this distinctive and impressive landscape. Go with the family to try out arts, crafts and other fun activities. The festival has a yearly parade and features the Miss Borrego Springs Pageant. Celebrate in 2013 during the weekend of October 29.

6. San Diego Beer Week. Culture and nature have their place, but there are few things better for celebrating than beer. San Diego Beer Week is an annual event that features everyone’s favorite brew. There are countless beer-themed activities and events, and guests can try some of San Diego’s specialty craft beers from local breweries and favorite pubs in the area. This ten-day extravaganza starts on November 4.

7. San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival. For a more upscale experience, the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival may be the proper November stop in 2013. California has some of the best options for wine in North America, and some of the finest wineries are located near San Diego. Guests will appreciate some of the best local wines and other fine foods during this festival. In fact, over 200 wineries and breweries will be represented, and 70 restaurants will be featured. The activities take place at a handful of locations in downtown San Diego, giving guests the perfect backdrop for this culinary exploration. Stop by for the 2013 gathering starting on November 16.

8. Mother Goose Parade. As fall starts to approach winter, everyone starts thinking about the holidays. With Thanksgiving and Christmas approaching, families can get into the festive spirit by attending the Annual Mother Goose Parade. This family-friendly parade is a full-on spectacle with ornate floats, live bands, entertaining clowns and exquisite equestrians. Many people also enjoy the special celebrity appearances, which are a hit with the young and the old alike. To get started on the 2013 holiday season, be sure to make time for the Annual Mother Goose Parade on November 20 in El Cajon.

9. San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival. There is always something to be thankful for in Southern California, and there is no better way to foster that appreciation than by attending the San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival. This musical event takes place from November 23 through November 27, making it a must-visit during Thanksgiving weekend. The festivities feature bands from across the country, and guests can enjoy performances in large concert halls with plenty of room for dancing or smaller venues for a more intimate experience. This festival has been running for over 30 years, and the 2013 celebration will be at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego’s popular Mission Valley.

If these nine events are not enough, there are plenty of other options to consider. With so many choices, families can stay busy every week during the fall, ensuring that no one has to feel bored. The end of summer is always a little sad, but in San Diego, the action is just starting to heat up in the fall. Try something new with your family in 2013.

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A Special Historic Seaside Adventure For Your Family: Belmont Park

To most people who live east of the Mississippi, Belmont Park is a thoroughbred racetrack located in New York. If you asked a San Diego native to tell you about Belmont Park, you probably would get an entirely different answer.
A Special Historic Seaside Adventure For Your Family - Belmont ParkBelmont Park is an historic oceanfront amusement park located in the Mission Beach section of San Diego. When the park opened in 1925, it drew big crowds who wanted to ride on the big wooden roller coaster. Today, that same roller coaster, the Giant Dipper, still draws thousands of thrill seekers every week. Belmont Park has lots of fun rides, two wave pools, a giant indoor swimming pool, a rock climbing wall, laser tag and so much more to keep you having fun all day long.When you visit Belmont Park, you are just steps away from the beach and the Pacific Ocean. Have fun on the rides, test your skills in the arcade, have lunch, pick up some cool tee shirts and have a great time.Following is a breakdown of most of the things you can do at Belmont Park.


Giant Dipper Roller Coaster
As one of the few remaining traditional wood-track roller coaster on the west coast, the Giant Dipper is full of twists, turns and drops that will make even the most reserved rider scream out in excitement. Rising 73 feet at its highest point, the Giant Dipper reaches speeds of 55 mph. The half-mile loop takes less than two minutes to complete, but the thrills will last a lot longer than that.

Beach Blaster
Like a pendulum, this high altitude ride swings passenger 120 degrees to the right and then back 120 degrees to the left. Keep your eyes open and enjoy the panoramic views of the sand and surf.

Control Freak
Take control of this ride by using the hand controls attached to the shoulder restraints. Move forward, backward and even flip your car. Just be sure not to go too crazy, especially if you just had lunch.

Speedway Bumper Cars
Remember how much fun you had crashing into your sister when you were kids? Well, your kids will have just as much fun on the bumper cars today. While you should always be a defensive driver on the open road, on this ride, it is okay to be an aggressive driver.

Vertical Plunge
Up you go, three stories high, and then, in one swift moment, gravity will take over. Your stomach will be up in your throat as you plunge straight down before the ride comes to a stop before slamming into the ground.

Liberty Carousel
When you want a chance to catch your breath, take a gentle ride on the Liberty Carousel. Ornately decorated with hand-painted scenes of some of the most memorable moments in San Diego’s history, this ride takes you back in time when carousels were in their heyday.


Plunge Pool
Over the years, some changes have been made to Southern California’s largest indoor pool, but it still retains much of its original character since it opened back in 1925. Measuring 60 feet wide and 175 feet long, the Plunge Pool was where Johnny Weismueller (Tarzan), Esther Williams, and so many others, learned to swim.

Ride the waves in the controlled environment of the Flowrider pool. Practice your moves in this fun surf ride that is well suited for novice and intermediate surfers.

Flow Barrel
Like the Flowrider, the Flow Barrel gives you a chance to improve your surfing skills. While anyone can try to catch the perfect wave in the “hollow tube”, this attraction is probably best for surfers with some more advanced skills.


Rush Laser Tag
Get in on the action inside the 3,000 square foot arena. Using the latest laser tag technology, your mission is to get your enemy before he gets you.

Sky Climb
Test your skills climbing the 40 foot tall rock wall. There are always many different paths to make it to the top, but one wrong step and you will have to start all over.

Rush Arcade
Play challenging arcade games and try to win tickets that you can redeem for some cool prizes. Anybody for a game of Skee Ball?

Tiki Town Adventure Golf
Channel your inner Phil Mickelson as you attack this unique miniature golf course that is fun for the whole family.

Midway Games
It is always a lot of fun when you play these games of “skill” on the Belmont Park Midway. You have to throw rings, knock down bottles or take on other challenges if you want to win the big stuffed giraffe.


North Shore Café
Known for having the best breakfast on the beach, enjoy your eggs or french toast on the boardwalk as the sun comes up. The North Shore Café also is open for lunch.

Enjoy a Dragonberry Mojito or a Pacific Rim Margarita atop San Diego’s largest rooftop bar and restaurant. Cannonball also offers seafood and sushi, draft and bottled beer and a nice selection of wine.

The Plunge Pizzeria
Get delicious pizza by the slice or order a whole pie for the family.

Belmonty’s Burgers
Just one bite and you will see why the juicy 1/3 pound Angus beef burgers are so popular with visitors to Belmont Park.

Sweet Shoppe
Satisfy your sweet tooth with hand dipped ice cream in Monster Cones, homemade fudge and cotton candy.

5 Star Grill
Treat yourself to authentic Chinese cuisine and your favorite American fare.

Hot Dog on a Stick
What can be better than a hot dog on a stick, french fries and an ice cold cup of fresh-squeezed lemonade?

Beach Treats
On a hot day, get a cold soft serve cone or a giant cup of shaved ice.


Sun Diego
Get all of the clothes, gear and accessories for surfing, skating and snow skiing.

Another great shop for buying high quality clothing, swimwear, shoes, beach accessories and souvenirs.

Beach and Resort Wear
Shop the wide selection of apparel for women, men and children. You can buy swimsuits, towels, sandals, body boards and so much more.

The Outdoor Kiosks
A number of vendors in Belmont park operate small kiosks that sell a wide variety of merchandise. In addition to the typical beach items like suntan lotion, sunglasses and beach towels, you will also find an eclectic mix of crafts and unusual items that you won’t find anywhere else.


Admission and parking are always free. Ticket prices at Belmont Park are very affordable You can buy individual tickets to the rides and attractions or save some money, and buy unlimited ride passes.

Museums can be interesting and educational. Dinner at a fancy restaurant can be delicious. Belmont Park is the place to go if you want non-stop fun for the whole family.

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Things to See in San Diego County – Tourism Attractions Editor Choices

San Diego County is a tourism magnet with so many attractions and things to see. If you wanted to, you could write a tourism guide with information about all of the attractions, museums, art galleries, shops and restaurants, that would fill a book 100 pages long.If you are staying at the Bay Inn, you are near so many of the best attractions in all of San Diego County. The following list of tourism attractions and things to see below starts with attractions closest to our hotel and expands outward to include information about other popular attractions and things to see throughout the county.Things to see in San Diego CountySeaWorld: Less than 1 mile

For real family fun, you can’t beat a day at SeaWorld. Plan to come early before the park fills up for the day and the temperature starts to climb. A big hit with kids of all ages is the penguin exhibit. If you are not afraid of getting wet, take your place inside the Soak Zone at Shamu stadium and watch the world’s most famous killer whale take center stage. Your kids will beg you to take them over to go on the cool rides at Sesame Street Bay of Play. Feeding time for the sea lions is a chance to get up close to the playful creatures and you might even get to feed them a fish or two.

Valley View Casino Center: Less than 1 mile

Formerly known as the San Diego Sports Arena, the Valley View Casino Center is a busy, multi-use indoor arena with a capacity of as much as 16,000 depending upon the particular event that is taking place. It hosts sporting events such as arena football, ice hockey, basketball and tennis. You can catch some of today’s top musical performers in concert and be part of the crowd when the circus or pro wrestling comes to town.

Old Town: 1 mile

Old Town is so named because it was the first European Settlement in what is now present day California. Founded in 1769 when Father Junipero Serra set up his first Mission, you’ll get a glimpse of life back 150 years ago as you tour the many historic buildings included in the 9 square block area designated as a State Historic Park. Perhaps you would like to take a tour of the haunted Whaley House. Take a stroll past the seven beautifully preserved Victorian homes in Heritage Park and then enjoy some authentic Mexican food for lunch. Visit the Old Town Tourism Information Center, located on San Diego Avenue, between Arista and Linwood streets, to find out even more things to see. A day in Old Town is a change from the amusement parks and a great place to walk and spend a few leisurely hours.

Belmont Park: 3 miles

You can combine a day at the beach with a day riding the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster when you visit this favorite Mission Beach family fun spot. Located right on the beach,
your kids will get a kick out of captaining their own little boat or driving the bumper cars. If you get hungry, try a juicy Belmonty Burger or indulge in a giant soft-serve ice cream cone. Browse through the beach shops, pick up some sun tan lotion and maybe take home a souvenir t-shirt. There is always free admission and parking at Belmont Park.

Little Italy: 3 miles

Little Italy is a small and unassuming neighborhood in the center of the city that has a unique feel. If you enjoy browsing through quaint shops and art galleries, visiting a family-owned fruit and vegetable stand, or having a plate of pasta for lunch at an outdoor cafe, then you should put a trip to Little Italy on your itinerary.

Mission Bay Park: 4 miles

Go fly a kite! Mission Bay Park is a great place to enjoy some good and wholesome family fun. As the largest man-made aquatic park in the country, you can go sailing, have a picnic and let the kids play on the swings. There are paths for walking and jogging and always plenty of activities and events to keep you smiling. Find out more at the information center located in East Mission Bay Park

San Diego Beaches: 4 miles

In a county with 70 miles of coast line, you know you are going to find some great beaches. Mission Beach is among the most popular of all. A paved walk the length of the beach and there is always some spirited action around the beach volleyball court. A few miles away, Coronado Beach is a perfect spot for younger kids. The waves are gentle and the sand is clean. Enjoy these and the many other county beaches that are just a few minutes from the Bay Inn.

Seaport Village: 4 miles

Located along the waterfront, just a little south of where the cruise ships depart for distant ports of call, Seaport Village is a collaboration of more than 50 small shops and a dozen or so casual dining restaurants. You can shop for souvenirs, clothing and lots of unique items and then grab a burger or a sandwich for lunch. One of the things to see and do is to bring your children over for a ride on Seaport Village’s more than 100 year old carousel. On weekends you can catch a free concert and, most of the rest of the time, you can be entertained by strolling musicians and street performers.

Port of San Diego (Embarcadero): 4 miles

Along the Embarcadero at the Port of San Diego, you can watch as the cruise ships sail off to their exotic ports of call up and down the Pacific Coast. You can visit the U.S.S. Midway Museum or get a close-up look at the Star of India, the world’s oldest active sailing ship.

PETCO Park: 4 miles

For six months of the year, from the beginning of spring to the end of summer, Major League Baseball takes center stage at PETCO Park. Bring the whole family out to catch the action. The Padres have called the stadium home ever since it opened in 2004. With great sight lines, a huge TV screen and many modern conveniences, this is a great place to watch a ball game. Every Sunday, kids under 14 years of age receive a nice gift when they enter the stadium and there are always plenty of other giveaways for fans of all ages. Head over to Power Alley, a family entertainment center located on the mezzanine level just beyond the outfield fence, and test your skills in the interactive batting cage. There is plenty of food and drink ranging from hot dogs and soda to gourmet sandwiches and California wine.

Comic-Con: 5 miles

Of all of the summer attractions that you can go to in the downtown area, none has a bigger impact in boosting the city’s tourism numbers than Comic-Con. Held in the Convention Center, the four day celebration of pop culture attracts more than 130,000 fans every year. With hundreds of display booths inside the Convention Center, attendees get a chance to interact with pop culture icons, shop for merchandise, watch films, play video games and just have a grand old time. While the action is going strong inside, outside the party continues with more festive activities.

San Diego Convention Center: 5 miles

With over 2.6 million square feet of convention space, this modern facility located across from the Bay plays host to conventions, trade shows and special events. Among the most popular shows and attractions is Comic-Con, the Bridal Bazaar, the Quilt Show and the Rock & Roll Marathon Health & Fitness Expo.

Qualcomm Stadium: 6 miles

The Chargers take the field and battle their NFL opponents on the gridiron here at Qualcomm Stadium. SD State college football and soccer are also popular sports that are played inside the stadium. During the breaks between sporting events, management books concerts, auto shows and other events that are popular with the public.

Balboa Park: 6 miles

This 1,200 acre urban park has a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy. You can go to the zoo, visit one of the many museums or just walk and enjoy the beautiful grounds and gardens.

Gaslamp Quarter: 7 miles

Within the 16 square block area of the Gaslamp Quarter, there are so many great things to see. You can start with lunch at one of the more than 100 restaurants and then take a stroll down the streets and do some window shopping. If you like art and cultural things, there are galleries, theaters and clubs with local musical talent. At night, you can visit the pubs, hop from club to club and dance until you can no longer feel your feet.

Panda-Zoo-San Diego County - Tourism AttractionsSan Diego Zoo/Wild Animal Park: 7 miles

Known across the country and around the world as one of the very best of all zoos ever since it opened, there are always new and exciting things to see. The zoo is quite large so you should ake sure you have comfortable clothing and shoes so you don’t fade-out before the day is over.

Birch Aquarium: 11 miles

A trip to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps is one of the most entertaining ways to spend the day. Kids and adults alike will have a great time exploring the underwater world of the thousands of sea creatures that live just off the shores of the Pacific Coast. Not only will you have fun, but you will come away with a whole new appreciation of the ocean. You’ll learn about how climate change is affecting the whale population and you’ll get to see an exhibit of those strange little sea horses. If you get a chance, catch feeding time for the sharks.

Del Mar Race Track: 16 miles

A day at the races is always a fun experience whether you win or lose. You can have just as much fun betting $2.00 as you can betting $200.00. You don’t have to be a horse racing expert to have a chance to win at this San Diego County landmark where the surf meets the turf. Pick a horse because you like the name or because you saw him wink at you in the paddock. You will probably see a few rail birds studying the past performance information in the Racing Form, trying to make more educated wagers, but sometimes luck is more of a factor in being successful than a page full of information and statistics about the thoroughbreds.

Del Mar Fairgrounds: 16 miles

Summer racing only lasts a few months, but the Fairgrounds provides more exciting action and entertainment all year round. The County Fair is a fun time for all with rides, games of chance, plenty of food and great musical acts. Located in northern San Diego County, a trip to Del Mar is worth the 16 mile drive from the hotel.

Knotts Soak City: 22 miles

Escape the hot summer sun and get wet at one of the area’s coolest attractions. Knotts Soak City recently changed names to SeaWorld Aquatica Waterpark, but all of the great slides and other water rides are still the same. There is a mini-waterpark for the younger and smaller children. For the older folks who don’t want the big thrills, take a leisurely ride in an inner tube down the Sunset River.

LEGOLAND: 30 miles

All of those little colorful blocks you played with when you were a kid have inspired the creation of this awesome Land. With more than 60 rides, a waterpark and plenty of places to eat, you should plan on a full day of fun with your kids when you visit LEGOLAND.

Hotel rooms fill up fast because tourism is so popular in San Diego. With hundreds of attractions and all sorts of things to see and do, be part of the fun and make your plans to visit soon.

Welcome to San Diego – Where Pleasure and Business Mix…

Welcome to the Bay Inn & Suites. We are so glad you decided to drop in and visit. It is our hope that we will be able to provide you with useful information about how you can get the most out of your visit to San Diego. Look for regular reviews of the best places to dine and tips on the area’s top attractions. Please allow us to tell you a little bit about our hotel and why you should come visit beautiful San Diego.

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We are located at 3325 Midway Drive right in the center of San Diego’s best attractions, restaurants and shopping. Just one mile away from SeaWorld and within easy walking distance of some great restaurants and shops, you won’t have to venture far from the Bay Inn & Suites to have fun.

Attractions that are less than 5 miles from the Bay Inn & Suites

In 10 minutes or less you can be getting some sun and splashing in the water at the beach, arriving at the US Naval base or taking a tour of the USS Midway Museum. Also within a 5 mile radius of the Bay Inn & Suites is the San Diego Convention Center, PETCO Park and the University of San Diego. Nearby neighborhoods include Old Town, Hillcrest and Mission Beach.

Attractions that are less than 10 miles from the Bay Inn & Suites

It will take you no more than 15 or 20 minutes to get to Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo or the Gaslamp Quarter. A trip to Del Mar to see the horses run, or a visit to the beautiful communities of La Jolla and Coronado Island, are also less than 10 miles from our property.

We may have gotten a little ahead of our selves by going on and on about all of the great places near our centrally located property. It is hard not to talk about this great city, but before you can go out and explore San Diego, you should probably first check-in and put your luggage in your room. We think you will enjoy the Bay Inn & Suites.

Guest Rooms

We have 46 spacious and comfortable rooms and suites with all of the little extras that will help make your stay a pleasant one. Included in every guest room is a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. You will be able to stay connected with our complementary wireless internet access. For your viewing pleasure we offer cable TV with free HBO. All of our guest rooms are non-smoking.

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Feel right at home

When you wake up in the morning, come on down and have some breakfast. Our free continental breakfast is a great way to start your day. A nice outdoor pool is great for swimming laps or just cooling off on a warm day. When your clothes need to be washed, take advantage of our guest laundry.

Our staff is very friendly and is there to serve you. We are happy to provide you with information and directions to all of the attractions in the area and will even tell you the best place to go for authentic Mexican food or the best pizza in town.

We give you more than you expect

As a moderately priced, family-friendly hotel, the Bay Inn & Suites offers a great location and a great value. Our rates are among the lowest of all comparable hotels in the area and we are proud to offer a 10 percent discount to all military personnel and their families. When you stay with us, we promise to do everything we can to make your stay a pleasant one.