Need a distraction from winter weather and holiday planning? Summer in San Diego, California, is always a nice distraction. Plan a warm-weather retreat with the family a little earlier than usual with this list of quirky events happening in the City in Motion.
Cars on Parade
San Diego is known for its diverse culture and colorful personality, and the annual La Vuelta Car Cruise represents both. Select Wednesdays, April 29–Aug. 5, 2020, guests and locals flock to Logan Avenue in Barrio Logan to see hundreds of classic cars hitting the streets. With two outdoor stages offering live music, local cuisine lining the streets, Mexican and Chicano art exhibits and goods for sale, this festival has something for everyone. Come for the cars, stay for the food and music and plan for another free event Aug. 22, 2020: La Vuelta Summer Festival.
Maybe you’ve already seen the fun pictures of water dogs surfing, but you can see it happening live during the Imperial Beach Surf Dog Competition in August. Watch as 60 dogs compete in three heats: Weight (small, medium, large and extra-large dogs), Shredder (dogs of all weights competing) and Tandem (dog surfing and dog/human surfing). All proceeds benefit the San Diego Humane Society so your family can have fun while giving back.
Marking the 20th anniversary of Tiki Oasis, this year is a special one for the world’s largest and longest-running tiki festival. Enjoy island music, dancing, fun vendors, a car show, fashion show, art exhibits, kids’ activities and masters of their craft giving tutorials on everything from art and architecture to cuisine, cocktails and tiki carving. This five-day event is a must for all ages and will really ease your family into island time.
Dancing in the Streets
Easily the most popular dance event in San Diego, Trolley Dances brings the fun. The San Diego Dance Theater and San Diego Metropolitan Transit System partner for the beloved event, taking participants by way of MTS Trolley to live performances and exciting dances all over the city. The next Trolley Dances event is Sept. 26–27 and Oct. 3–4, 2020.
San Diego knows how to party and your family can shake off the winter weather with a few fun, all-ages festivities with a sense of community.
Navajo Nation is an area of land in the southwestern United States. Covering about 27,000 square miles, the region in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah currently makes up the largest area of land retained by a tribe within the United States. Home to the Navajo people, the area boasts monuments, parks, markets, trails and historic sites.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
Wearing sunscreen at the beach is a given, especially for little ones running in and out of the water — and anyone who forgets that usually regrets it with a vengeance the next day. One aspect of sunscreen I admittedly didn’t think about until just a few years ago is how detrimental its impact is on marine life and reefs. Oxybenzone is a chemical found in most mainstream sunscreens — it works to prevent sun damage, but is also carcinogenic and harmful to coral. The chemical makes coral more susceptible to bleaching and damages its DNA, interfering with reproduction and killing dependent marine life in the process.
An interesting and accidental beneficial side effect of recent travel bans is that large swaths of the world affected by over-tourism are beginning to heal themselves. Major cities from Los Angeles to London and Beijing are reporting their best air quality in years with less nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide emitted by cars and industry. The canals in Venice are so clear, schools of fish and even a dolphin were easily spotted by locals — all of this and more taking place before Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in April.
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When you want to get away without getting behind the wheel, Amtrak has news for you — and budget-friendly news, at that. Enjoy the ride this summer to your next destinations from the comfort of a private Roomette room on Amtrak with a two-for-one deal on select one-way routes.