Monday, July 28, 2008

So you find yourself in San Diego, whether it be living or visiting, and looking for some entertainment for under 5 bucks. Easy! Here is a list of my favorite events that you can enjoy with a little help from Abe (Lincoln that is).

Flamenco!, free
Enjoy a free show from Anthony Carcia every Saturday at the Sky Lounge at Sheraton Suites. Thursday-Saturday from 5-7pm. Bonus: Can you say Happy Hour makes a cheap dinner?

Passport to Balboa Park, $3.00 per Museum
Get culture overload and enjoy seven days of museum visiting at Balboa Park. The Passport is valid for seven consecutive days, and includes one admission to each of the 13 attractions; the price for the passport total is $39.00 for adults (averages to $3 per museum) and $21.00 for kids (averages to $1.62 per museum). Participating museums:
  • Japanese Friendship Garden
  • Mingei International Museum
  • Museum of Photographic Arts
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • San Diego Air and Space Museum
  • SDAI- Museum of the Living Artist
  • San Diego Automotive Museum
  • Museum of San Diego History
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • San Diego Museum of Man
  • San Diego Natual History Museum
  • San Diego Hall of Champions
Free Museum Tuesdays, free
So you're flexible and don't feel much like buying the passport? Well follow this schedule and every Tuesday you can experience select museums for free:

First Tuesday
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center,
Centro Cultural de la Raza
Model Railroad Museum***
Natural History Museum***
*** Free to San Diego County Residents and Active Military only

Second Tuesday
Museum of Photographic Arts,
Museum of San Diego History
Veterans’ Museum and Memorial Center

Third Tuesday
San Diego Art Institute
San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego Museum of Man
Japanese Friendship Garden ***
*** Free to San Diego County Residents and Active Military only
Mingei International Museum

Fourth Tuesday
San Diego Air & Space Museum*** (See Special Information following museum listings)
San Diego Automotive Museum (last admission 3:45pm) **
San Diego Hall of Champions***
House of Pacific Relations International Cottages
*** Free to San Diego County Residents and Active Military only

Fifth Tuesday
Normal museum prices in effect.
The Timken Museum of Art is always free.

Racing Season at the Del Mar Racetrack, $6.00
Ok, so this one is a dollar over BUT these races are a huge thing here in San Diego. Located in Del Mar, you can not only enjoy a fun sport, but soak in the great sights of the beautiful Del Mar community. Also, if you happen to be free on Fridays stop by for the weekly concert that is free with admission. With concerts like: Gavin Rossdale, Gnarls Barkley, Ziggy Marley and Devo you're getting a killer deal.

La Jolla Cove, free
This hot sport is not only walking distance from the commercial area of La Jolla (read: shops), but is probably the best beach around. Bring your flippers and goggles for a little snorkling and check out the tide pools with all sorts of creatures in them.

Annual Julian Fall Apple Festival, free
9/15– 11/15
Julian is a town about an hour northeast of San Diego. Their known around here for their apple harvest (and thus apple pie) and many San Diegans enjoy day trips here to remember what fall is like around the rest of the country. Make some time to head up there for their Festival and enjoy autumn foliage, arts shows, entertainment and seasonal foods, such as apple pie and cider. Roadside stands offer fresh local apples, pears and homemade cider.


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