Exploring La Jolla Tide Pools with Kids

“Look here, look here! Come and see this Mami!” The kids usually shout excited looking at the marine life they find at the La Jolla tide pools.

We recently visited the tide pools for the first time ever and now we are hooked! It’s so fun to go see sea creatures in their natural habitat.

Dike Rock Tide Pools

Our adventure included two La Jolla Tide Pools: Dike Rock and Hospitals Break. When you explore tide pools with kids you are probably going to discover more because kids are such experts to point out the best finds!

That said, I decided to take them to Dike Rock first which is north of Scripps Pier. I parked close to the entrance of Scripps Beach on La Jolla Shores Dr., just make sure to park where there isn’t time limit because you’ll spend a long time exploring and you don’t want to rush back! (It happened to us!!).

Once you get down to the beach you walk north until you see the rocks where the tide pools are located.

We started exploring immediately. The first creatures we saw were crabs, they were everywhere and in lots of different sizes. We even saw one that was eating! It was moving his claws one after the other to his mouth!

Another creature that you will probably see a lot are Sea Anemones, they are greenish inside and sometimes if they are curled you won’t notice them, they are brown and covered with shells on the outside.

Hospitals Break Tide Pools

The second and final stop in our tide pool exploration was Hospitals Break, it’s south of the Children’s Pool and it’s quite a big area for tide pools. The rock formations there are very unique, there are some rocks covered with what seems like a carpet of seagrass, it’s amazing.

The kids can’t stop talking about their experience at the tide pools, we are planning to come back with some friends. I recommend you to go with your kids, if you do, make sure to check out the tide charts before you go, look for a minus (-) number for the best experience!

What to bring:

  • Wearing swimming suit is best or clothes you don’t mind getting wet
  • Water shoes (not flip flops)
  • Don’t forget the Sunscreen
  • Camera

Where to go:

And here is a list of the most talked-about La Jolla Tide Pools you can visit, starting north and going south:

  • Dike Rock
  • South of La Jolla Shores Beach
  • La Jolla Cove
  • Shell Beach
  • Hospitals Break
  • Whispering Sands Beach
  • Marine Street Beach
  • Windandsea beach

Happy tide pooling in La Jolla!

9th Annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

The 2017 La Jolla Art & Wine Festival heads to downtown La Jolla this October 7th and 8th! Now in its ninth year, this two-day festival is packed full of great art from more than 120 juried artists; a beer and wine garden featuring local brews and wine from California’s best wineries; a kids’ activity zone, and plenty of food and local craft vendors. This is a great experience for the whole family! Day one is from 10am-7pm, and day two from 10am-6pm. Here is everything you need to know about this annual local event!

Wine & Beer Garden

Festival visitors who are 21 and older can enjoy regional and international wines as well as local San Diego craft beers at the Wine & Beer Garden. Stop by and sample delectable wines from Valle De Guadalupe, California, France, and of course, a wide variety of internationally renowned brews by several local San Diego craft breweries.

Single tickets for a wine or beer tasting: $4
Six-pack of tickets: $20

***GIVEAWAY ALERT: We will be giving away two 5-packs of tasting tickets! CLICK BELOW TO ENTER!

Congrats to our winners: Karen Luscomb and Gloria Hernandez!

Live Music & Stage Entertainment

On both days, there will be live entertainment on two different stages starting at 12pm, and ending at 7pm.

Some highlights of this year’s live entertainment include a variety of different talks and discussions from local businesses, including a “Taste Talk” from LJ Crafted Wines at 3:30pm on Saturday, and a brief talk from Congressman Scott Peters at 12:30pm on Sunday. There will also be a “Taste Talk” from Sierra Nevada on Sunday at 2:45pm. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the stilt walkers! They’ll be wandering around the festival (and make for some great photo ops) all day.

Live music will be happening in the Wine & Beer Garden on both days. Enjoy music from the likes of Brad Perry, Susie with Oh La La (an America’s Got Talent contestant), and the La Jolla High School Marching Band. For a full schedule, head here.

Geppetto’s Family Art Center & Lab

This year, the Geppetto’s Family Art Center is getting a makeover as the Geppetto’s Family Art Center and Lab! This extensive family area will not only feature fun crafts and art projects but will also include science experiments and other participatory activities for kids of all ages.

The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival encourages kids to roll up their sleeves and express themselves, all day long. Kids will be able to paint on a car, enjoy multiple hands-on activities, learn all about how 3-D printing works, and contribute to a public space art project. The inspiration is endless and the fun is abundant in this free activity center that continues to grow every year.

The Art

Art is definitely the highlight of the festival! Featuring the works of over 150 established artists from San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Baja and beyond, the LJAWF features something for everyone. The carefully curated, handpicked and juried collection of artists truly showcases the incredible talent of today’s top creators in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, jewelry design, fine glass, ceramics, woodwork, mixed media, and photography. You’ll be able to purchase most artwork that you see, and the artists will be around to answer any questions or discuss their work.

Stay tuned for more detailed information on which artists will be there this year!

Silent Auction

There will be several auction items this year for trips, spa resorts (including Rancho la Puerta), La Jolla’s finest restaurants, jewelry, and clothes from our best boutiques, gift certificates for local hair and spa services – and much more.

There will be two separate auctions, one on Saturday and a separate one on Sunday. Last year the silent auction raised more than $26,000 to support the underfunded programs in the elementary and middle schools in La Jolla! All of the profits go towards a fantastic cause.

Food, Food, and More Food!

The food never disappoints at the LJAWF! From Greek food to crepes to Maine lobster and everything in between – this is more than your typical festival food so be prepared to indulge in something delicious at this year’s food court. Stay tuned for all of the 2017 vendors!

La Jolla Art & Wine Festival Hours & Location

Saturday, October 7th: 10am-7pm

Sunday, October 8th: 10am-6pm

The festival will take place all along Girard Avenue, between Torrey Pines Road and Prospect Street.

For more information and an up-to-date activity and event schedule, visit the LJAWF website.

Fashion Week San Diego: Your Complete Guide to the Fall Runway Shows

Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD) is quickly becoming Southern California’s largest fashion event of the year. Launched by San Diego fashion entrepreneur Allison Andrews in the fall of 2012, FSWD is packed full of runway shows, VIP parties, and of course, cutting-edge couture and runway fashion. The festivities begin in August and last until the finale in October, and in between will feature events like a Fashion Film Screening, runway shows, a unique culinary experience, and more.

This year, FWSD is celebrating its 10-year anniversary – and there are festivities to prove it! From the Hotel La Jolla to The LOT and even nearby Hotel Del Coronado, there are a ton of great things happening around the city in the days leading up to FWSD (the dates of the fashion and runway shows are October 4 – 10). Here is the lineup and complete schedule for FWSD 2017.

Culinary Couture

Where: CUSP at Hotel La Jolla, (7955 La Jolla Shores Dr, La Jolla, 92037)
When: Tuesday, Aug 22nd; 6pm-10pm

Take your tastebuds on the trip of their lifetime! Experience trending fashion capitals of the world through Cuisine & Cocktails at Fashion Week San Diego’s Culinary Couture this year. Guests will enjoy a 4-course menu (each with a cocktail pairing) to explore the international fashion capitals: Mexico, Los Angeles, Korea, and France.

And, it’s going to a good cause – partial proceeds of all Culinary Couture tickets will go back to the FAB Authority, a nonprofit organization that supports emerging fashion, art, and creative business entrepreneurs. For reservations call (619) 994-1129.

San Diego Spirits Festival & FWSD Runway Show

Where:Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier (1000 N Harbor Dr, San Diego 92101)
When:Saturday, Aug 26th; 7pm

On the first night of the San Diego Spirits Festival, FWSD will be showing a preview of each of the #FWSD17 Designers at the VIP After -Party. It’s your chance to see one look from all 21 designers before the fall runway shows happen in October – think of it as a sneak peek! San Diego Spirits Festival is a culinary and cultural event where you’ll get to sip and savor various premium distilled spirits, including whiskey, scotch, vodka, gin, rum, tequila, cordials, and handcrafted cocktails. Head here for tickets.

FAB Workshop | Meet the Maker ft. Melin Brand

Where: FIDM San Diego (350 Tenth Ave #300, San Diego 92101)
When: Thursday, Sept 14th; 6pm

Join FAB Authority for a brand new workshop this September: “Meet the Maker” featuring Melin Brand Founder Brian McDonell. Founded by two longtime friends in 2013, Melin Brand is a Southern California lifestyle headwear brand that focuses on raising the status quo through new materials, unique design, and relentless innovation. Melin hats are intended for young minded, modern day individuals from diverse influential backgrounds who appreciate refined, quality product. BONUS: This is a free event (just RSVP first).

Designers at the Del | Fashion Show & Brunch

Where: Hotel Del Coronado (1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118)
When: Sunday, Sept 17th; 11am-1pm

Join Fashion Week San Diego at the fabulous Hotel del Coronado for their brand new fashion series, Designers at the Del! Guests will enjoy informal modeling from FWSD17 Designers A’doreus, B.JASH.I, RHCreation, & Territa Torres, and brunch at the iconic Hotel Del Coronado.

Located in the Crown Room, brunch features a chilled seafood bar, regionally inspired dishes, international cuisine, and carving stations. Guests also enjoy a gourmet Bloody Mary bar, made-to-order mimosas, and a spectacular candy and dessert bar – complete with a design-your-own donut station! Cost is $96 per adult. Call (619) 522-8490 for reservations.

FWSD Kickoff VIP Party

Where: The LOT La Jolla (7611 Fay Avenue, La Jolla)
When: Wednesday, Oct 4th; 6pm

Kick off Fashion Week San Diego 2017 with a VIP reception: enjoy drinks, appetizers, and a Fashion Film Screening of Red Pearl at The LOT in La Jolla. The event is free for FWSD Pass Holders.

Red Pearl synopsis: Scarlet Kennedy, “fresh out of fashion school in fabulous Columbus,” is excited to start her first design job out west.  What she doesn’t anticipate is how difficult making new friends and starting over can be.   This coming-of-age ‘dramedy’ explores how our experiences, good and bad, mold us into the people we become. Free for FWSD Pass Holders. 

FWSD Art & Beauty Behind Fashion

Where: Andaz San Diego (600 F Street, San Diego 92101)
When: Thursday, Oct 5; 6pm-10pm

This is FWSD’s signature kickoff event: “The Art and Beauty Behind Fashion.” This evening is all about the visuals! Hair and makeup will be the focal point of the runway, featuring a show with hair by Detour Salon. Several talented artists will also be on display including: Shane Bowden, Stefanie Bales, Tyson King, Robert Glick, Homebird Upholstery and Christine Finkelson. Later in the evening will feature a special men’s runway show by MACEOO and artistic performances by circus tumblers. Requires a FWSD Pass.

Fashion Week 2017: Runway Shows & Night 1 After-Party

Where: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier (1000 North Harbor Drive)
When: Friday, Oct 6th; 6pm

This is officially night one of the FWSD Designer Runway Shows, featuring 10 out of the 21 designers including: A’doreus, Alber Rezko Jewelry Design, BJASHI, Haus of K2, Hola Swim, Iamsublime, Jamie Wooning, Kheir Sannai, RACA Designs, & The Stylish Bisou.
This night will also feature the annual Haute Dog Runway show with adoptable dogs from Rancho Coastal Humane Society.
Following the runway shows, FWSD pass holders can enjoy an exclusive after party at Florent (5th Avenue), featuring Trendz by Upright Citizen, live entertainment, and the VIP treatment for FWSD guests.

Runway Shows Night 2

Where: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier
When: Saturday, Oct 7th; 6pm-10pm

Finale Night of FWSD17 Designer Runway Shows features 11 out of 21 designers, including: Baza Hautecouture, Hulabelle Swimwear, Isabel Vianey, rhcreation, Saul lizacri, Studio by Oseas, Taylor Whipp, They & Them, Territa Torres Designs, VaughnBerry, & Wafabywafa. Following the runway shows, join us for an afterparty in the main venue featuring a DJ from Sleeping Giant Music.

Designer Trunk Show & Fashion Awards

Where: Hotel Del Coronado
When: Sunday, Oct 8th; 1oam-2pm

View and shop all the labels and Fashion Week San Diego Designer fashions that debuted on the runway, including other FWSD vendors and partners. Following will be the Annual Fashion Awards at 1pm, to close off the week of festivities.

You can purchase passes for Fashion Week San Diego on their website.

Labor Day 2017 Activities in San Diego & La Jolla

Labor Day weekend in San Diego is always a little bittersweet – it’s technically the end of summer; the kids go back to school; and those long evenings of daylight are coming to a close. However, there is some consolation! We’re lucky enough to live in a beautiful city that has sunshine pretty much year-round, and Labor Day is one of the most event-filled weekends of the year! Here are a few activities for Labor Day in San Diego and La Jolla.

Festival of Sail

September 1-4; 9am-7pm

Celebrate the largest Tall Ship Festival on the West Coast over Labor Day Weekend with live entertainment, cannon battles and more than 100 different food, art and craft vendors. Hosted at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, Festival of Sail transforms the North Embarcadero into a nautical theme park for four fun-filled days.

The festivities start with a parade on Friday, where you can watch the ships majestically sail into San Diego bay, enjoy cannon fire salutes, and see the ships end their journey at the Maritime Museum’s docks.

Daily activities during Festival of Sail include a kids petting zoo, craft activities, face painting, tall ship cannon battles, a special 30-minute Festival of Sail bay cruise, beer garden, live entertainment, and hundreds of food vendors.

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Sand Sculpting Challenge & Dimensional Art Exposition

September 1-4; 9am-5pm

Thousands of people come every year to see master-class sculptors build beautiful three-dimensional works of art. Not only that, but they actually build a beach above the water to do it – by bringing in 300 tons of sand to the Broadway Pier. There will be eleven official master sculptors carving for all four days, from countries all over the world here to challenge the US on our own soil! Throughout the festival, there will also be live entertainment (big bands and singers), a sand box and rides for kids, a dozen gourmet food trucks, a great view of the bay, and tall ships and cannon battles.

Labor Day Stickball Tournament in Little Italy

September 2 & 3; 8am-5pm

What better way to spend Labor Day weekend in San Diego than outdoors enjoying the sunshine?

The Labor Day Stickball Tournament takes over the streets of Little Italy on Saturday and Sunday, and allows players to revisit some of those old school childhood memories. The activity is all about honoring long-standing traditions, paying tribute to this East Coast sporting pastime, and of course; having fun!

Come out and see these teams grab a broom stick, table leg or any other kind of bat-like stick that will send a rubber Wilson ball flying! Watch the excitement along India St (W. Ash to W. A Streets) and Columbia St (W. Beech to W. Cedar).

Spend the Day on the Beach

There’s no better weekend to hit the beach and soak in some sun! La Jolla Shoresis a great spot for a beach side picnic, barbecue, or soccer game. There’s plenty of grass, a playground for the kids, and restrooms/showers directly nearby. The parking lot does fill up quickly, so try to arrive early; if not, there is also plenty of street parking in the adjacent neighborhoods.

Why not extend the evening and have a bonfire? Bring the s’mores and grab a bonfire pit located along the beach at La Jolla Shores! Visit our guide for making the most out of your bonfire experience.

5th Annual San Diego Bacon Fest

September 2; 1:30pm – 5pm

San Diego Bacon Fest is an all-inclusive event at Liberty Station, running five years strong and granting patrons unlimited samples from dozens of local purveyors of food and beverage; specifically, bacon and beer!

Local eateries present at the festival this year include Bub’s at the Ballpark, Doggos Gus, Lazy Dog Restaurant, Promiscuous Fork, The Riviera Supper Club, The Cork & Craft, Soda & Swine, Slater’s 50/50, Sabuku Sushi, and plenty more. Breweries this year are definitely going to be a hit; expect samples from Abnormal Beer Co, Belching Beaver, Bitter Brothers, Bolt Brewery, Fall Brewing, Green Flash, and tons of others.

General admission is from 12pm-5pm on Saturday, September 2nd; tickets are $55 and get you unlimited samples of all food and beverage.

Hit the Trails

Weather permitting, Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to get out there and hit the trails! San Diego and La Jolla are home to hundreds of hiking, biking, and walking trails; many of which supply gorgeous views and a terrific workout. If you’re looking to be active and still get a great view, Torrey Pines State Reserve has several trails for people of all abilities.

If you’re looking for something a bit more laid back, the Coast Walk Trail right here in La Jolla is breathtaking, and not too long of a hike. There are also a few other great trails in and around downtown La Jolla.

Catching up with Chris Lynch of Everyday California On Launching a New IPA, the Store’s Evolution, & Future Expansion

Chris Lynch and Michael Samer took a leap of faith almost ten years ago and kicked off their very own ocean adventure company, armed with a few kayaks and a love of the water. Together, they launched Everyday California and today their company ships merchandise and apparel all over the world; has its own flagship IPA; and has settled into its own 500-square foot space in downtown La Jolla Shores. Lynch and Samer are still doing what they love – but they’ve turned it into a successful business that has encapsulated everything it means to be a true Californian.

We sat down with Chris Lynch to talk beer, future expansion, and why he loves what he does.

We heard Everyday California actually started as a kayak shop! How did that progress to the brick-and-mortar it is today?

When we first started, Everyday California was just a few guys with a pick-up truck, a couple of kayaks, and a cell phone. We knew from the beginning, however, that we wanted it to be much more than just a kayak shop on the beach. We started producing our first t-shirts and hats in 2012 and have expanded our clothing line and retail presence every year.

What are your first memories out on the water? Did you grow up kayaking, surfing, etc.?

My mom was one of the first ever female Navy Salvage divers and she had me in the water before I could even walk. I can still remember learning how to scuba dive at the bottom of our pool and driving from Modesto, where I grew up, over to Santa Cruz to learn how to surf, skipping school days to go to the lake and wakeboard. I’ve always loved the water and couldn’t imagine myself living without it.

What was the first apparel item you guys began selling? How did that branch of the company get started? 

The first hat and t-shirt we ever created are still some of our top sellers! Both items (El Classico and Shores Hat) are available on our website today and in our flagship store in La Jolla Shores.

Your brand is all about sharing the “California lifestyle.” What does that embody for you?

California represents the beach, the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite, the trees from Sequoia National Park, the glittering lights of Hollywood, the rugged rock formations of Joshua Tree, innovation from Silicon Valley, fine wine in Napa Valley and—most importantly—second chances, personal renewal, and entrepreneurship. That’s the California lifestyle we’re trying to share with the world.

What’s the story behind your logo, “Brutus the Bear”?

Brutus the bear was originally the brainchild of my partner, Michael Samer. He knew that the logo should be a bear and he created a cardboard cutout of a bear, paddling a kayak. Once we had the rough idea, I was able to articulate exactly what we wanted the final design to look like. The bear that you see holding a surfboard today took nearly two years to create!

Tell us a little about your recent IPA launch with Resident Brewing. Has this been in the works for a while?

The Everyday California IPA was just released last Friday! This has been in the works for over four months and we couldn’t be more stoked with the final product. Having a partner like Resident Brewing is always a blessing and with their direct distribution into some of the top bars in San Diego, it’s available for everyone to get a taste! However, we only produced a small quantity so you’ll have to get it before it runs out. It’s currently on tap at OB Surf Lodge, Bayside Landing, Local PB, Local Downtown, and Surf Rider.

It must have been great watching the evolution of Everyday California over the years. What’s been your favorite part about running the business?

My favorite part is all the people who have worked for us and all of the memories we’ve created together. Over the past seven years, I’ve had the pleasure of employing over 200+ college students, ex-military, lifeguards, etc. Each one of our employees has become family and really helped to build the brand and spread the Everyday California spirit in their own unique way.

Where do you see Everyday California in three years? Do you guys have plans to expand beyond La Jolla?

Over the next three years, we plan to focus most of our attention on the online store as well as the manufacturing and distribution of our new flip flops. Expanding our retail footprint by opening more Everyday California locations is definitely something we’re interested in doing, but we’re looking for the perfect location. It’s going to be pretty tough to find a place as special as La Jolla Shores!

Do you have any favorite spots in the La Jolla Shores area? 

If I’m not surfing at Scripps, you can find me having an Everyday California IPA at the Shore Rider!

Everyday California is located at 2246 Avenida de la Playa in La Jolla. They’re open from 9am-5pm every day, so stop by and check out some of their awesome new apparel or grab a pint of their new IPA.

Guide to the Trails at Torrey Pines State Reserve

For those that love hiking and relaxing at the beach, Torrey Pines State Reserve is the ultimate place for combining both activities. You can spend the day hitting steep climbs or enjoying more laid-back paths. We can’t say no to any trail that leads directly to the beach!

Did you know that the Torrey Pine is the rarest pine tree in the entire United States? They are only found here and at the Channel Islands. When you visit, you’re getting to see a very rare, endangered species. You’ll also notice plenty of interesting rock formations; the sandstone cliffs that make up a majority of Torrey Pines date back hundreds of years and have slowly eroded over time, creating an incredible panoramic view every time you hike.

We want to make sure you feel prepared when heading out for a Torrey Pines hike, so we’re sharing an overview about each trail, parking, important rules, tips, and more.

The Trails

This state park is made up of six trails, which vary on length and intensity. This makes choosing a trail quite like ordering at Starbucks, personable and customizable.

Let’s touch on each of the six trails:

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1. Guy Fleming Trail

⅔ mile loop
This is an easy loop that takes you to 2 incredible look out points. You make your way to the cliffs that overlook the ocean and then walk north, parallel to the coastline. Winding back towards the trail’s beginning, you’ll find yourself amongst pines that appear to be permanently swept back towards the land. Fun fact: This is because the salty sea air naturally prunes them and shapes them this way.
To work in a longer day of hiking, we suggest hiking this loop and then continuing on to another hike when you return to the main path.


2. Razor Point Trail

⅔ mile 
This trail is exciting because it breaks off into several additional trials. Veering off to take these paths is a fun, subtle way to add to your workout. The best part? It lands you at a incredibly large rock area that’s an ultimate lookout point for ocean views and photos.

Yucca Point Trail is one of the small breakaway trails. This small garden loop is a delightful spot to stroll and take in ocean views. We highly recommend taking the short time to branch off onto it. It’s also accessible via the Beach Trail, described below.

3. Beach Trail

¾ mile
Start high up on the cliffs and weave your way down. It’s more important to have good-gripping shoes on this trail than some of the flatter loops. This is because you’ll be carefully working your way downhill. When you make it down the final steps, you’ll step (or leap!) onto the sand. Making it to a beach has never been so triumphant.

After taking in the seaside, you can make your way back up the trail for a fantastic uphill workout or head back to where you (likely) parked by simply walking the beach back north. You can also branch off to Razor Point or make your way back up by the Broken Hill Trail, described in further detail below.

4. Broken Hill Trail

Access to beach via 2 paths, one 1.2 miles & one 1.3 miles
This is for folks looking for a great calf-burn. The Broken Hill Trail has some serious uphill climbing. When you reach its few points prime for looking out, you realize your heightened elevation and know you worked hard for that view!

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5. Parry Grove

½ miles
This half-mile hike takes you through the wildflower-filled Whitaker garden. It leads downwards to a lovely ocean view, an ideal spot for resting before turning to hike back up the trail.

6. High Point Trail

0.1 mile hike
This short path gives you a complete 360 degree view of La Jolla and the surrounding San Diego area. If you’re a visitor wanting to get a better feel for the area or a native who has never experienced the entirety of this area’s beauty, it’s worth checking out.

There are other short trails and extensions along the way, such as the Red Ridge Loop Trail, but we want to leave some surprise. There’s nothing more exciting than exploring the main trails and discovering unknown paths of your own!

A Few Tips

Unless you drive to park up at the top, the steepest part can be the walk up to the high-up trails from the parking lot. So most of your workout is knocked out of the way before you even start!

On that note, do be aware that parking can get tricky. You can find yourself hunting for free street parking or deciding to go ahead and pay in the main lot, which is usually between $12 and $15. At the same price as an average movie ticket, just about all visitors agree that paying for a spot is worth the day’s experience.

Dogs aren’t allowed on the trail or the main road, however, your pup is free to run and play on the beach! Drive just a few minutes’ north to Del Mar Dog Beach for a more dog-friendly area.

Packing plenty of water and sunscreen is vital. Even if a strong breeze is whipping about and cooling you down, the sun’s rays are still beating down, strong as ever. Re-apply SPF to prevent the unpleasantry that is sunburning!

For up-to-date trail information and any park closure alerts, head to the Torrey Pines State Reserve website.


La Jolla Weather

The weather forecast for La Jolla, CA is much like the rest of San Diego – sun, sun, and more sun, with the occasional chance of clouds! La Jolla benefits from a mild Mediterranean climate that is temperate and generally quite warm throughout the year. The average high temperature stays between the mid-60s and high 70s, with occasional spikes during some months. August and September are usually the warmest, and December and January the coldest (and also when we see the most rain).

Morning fog and coastal clouds are typical, especially during May and June – we have a healthy dose of “May Gray” and “June Gloom” nearly every year, although full-on storms are rare. Clouds almost always burn off by mid-afternoon, allowing plenty of time for outdoor activities and enjoying the sunshine. The summer months are usually very dry with little to no rainfall.

The ocean temperature stays quite cold in the winter (mid 50s) and warms up during the summer months, reaching 68 or 69 degrees Fahrenheit. Most swimmers or snorkelers prefer to wear wetsuits year-round.

When is the best time to visit La Jolla? Typically, July through October are the most temperate, with average temperatures remaining in the 70s. There are fewer morning clouds and less fog during these months, and the days are much longer. These are perfect months for activities like hikingbiking, and going to the beach in La Jolla.


Did You Know?

  • The highest recorded temperature in La Jolla was a whopping 107 degrees in October of 1961.
  • It has actually snowed in La Jolla! The date was December 13, 1967, and it was the last time that snow stuck to the ground.
  • The coldest day in La Jolla (and in all of San Diego, in fact) has been recorded at just 25 degrees in January of 1913.

January in La Jolla

January is a beautiful month to visit La Jolla! Temperatures stay slightly cooler during this month, with the high hovering around 65 degrees and the nighttime lows around 50-55 degrees. Average precipitation for this month is around 2.2”. The mornings in January are usually cloudy and cold, but the clouds burn off and temperatures rise by the afternoon. Sunrise is around 6:50, and sunset is around 5:00.

Annual January Events in La Jolla:

February in La Jolla

La Jolla weather in February is similar to that of January. Average highs are in the mid-60s, with lows staying around 55 degrees. There is usually slightly less precipitation this month; about 2” total, and less during drought years. Sunset is a bit later, usually around 5:35.

Annual February Events in La Jolla:

March in La Jolla

Evenings start to warm up during March in La Jolla, with average lows being 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Highs remain in the mid-60s and rarely go above the mid-70s during this time. Days are usually sunny but on the cooler side, so if you’re visiting La Jolla in March, a light jacket and close-toed shoes are usually recommended. Average rainfall in March is about 1.6”.

April in La Jolla

Fog is typical in the morning, and can be quite heavy until noon or mid-afternoon. However, average temperatures in La Jolla reach 70 degrees in April, and generally lows hover around 59 degrees in the evening.

Annual April Events in La Jolla:

May in La Jolla

La Jolla experiences its own “May Gray” every year, and there is almost always fog or dense clouds present in the morning. Occasionally it will remain overcast throughout the day, though temperatures remain moderate with highs staying around 69 or 70 degrees and lows being around 60.

Annual May Events in La Jolla:

  • Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla

June in La Jolla

May Gray gives way to “June Gloom,” with clouds sticking around through the month. Temperatures stay moderate, but the coastal breeze can pick up in the evening during June and July. The high is around 72 degrees, and the low is usually about 63F. Sunset isn’t until 8pm, making this a great month to enjoy long, action-packed days.

Annual June Events in La Jolla:

July in La Jolla

July is much the same as June in La Jolla, with temperatures creeping slowly higher. Highs are around 75/76 degrees, and lows are typically in the mid-60s. There is rarely any rainfall during these summer months. Sunset is around 8pm, which is great for enjoying outdoor activities.

Annual July Events in La Jolla:

  • 4th of July Fireworks at La Jolla Cove
  • La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival

August in La Jolla

August is one of the warmest months in La Jolla. The average high is 78 degrees, and the average low is about 67. If there are clouds or fog, they will burn off by mid-morning, and most days are sunny and warm.

Annual August Events in La Jolla:

  • La Jolla Music Society SummerFest

September in La Jolla

The average high is about the same as August, around 77 degrees. Average lows are still about 66 or 67 degrees. Most days are sunny, warm, and temperate, with a nice coastal breeze that cools things down. Ocean temperatures are typically the warmest during this month. September is a great month to visit, as much of the summer crowds have dissipated and the weather is still beautiful!

Annual September Events in La Jolla:

  • La Jolla Rough Water Swim

October in La Jolla

October starts to cool down in La Jolla, with average highs staying at 74 degrees and the low being around 65. Rainfall is still quite rare during this time, and most days are cloudless and warm (the fall is still t-shirt weather in La Jolla!). Sunset is around 6:15pm.

Some years bring Santa Ana winds to San Diego and La Jolla in the fall, which are strong, extremely dry down-slope winds that originate inland and affect coastal Southern California. Temperatures typically spike and can reach the mid- to high-80s.

Annual October Events in La Jolla:

  • La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
  • “Pillage the Village” Trick-or-Treating in La Jolla

November in La Jolla

Things cool down a bit in November. Average highs are around 70 degrees, and lows are usually 54 or 55 degrees. By this time, the clouds and fog are usually present in the morning, but will still burn off by mid-afternoon.

Annual November Events in La Jolla:

December in La Jolla

December is one of the chilliest months in La Jolla. Average lows reach 48 or 49 degrees, and highs are around 64-65. Average precipitation is 1.56”, and rain storms towards the middle of the month are somewhat common; though they do not happen every year.

Annual December Events in La Jolla:

The Lazy Adult’s Guide to San Diego Comic-Con International Offsite Events & Parties 2017

Eileen Blancas, sub-culture and pop culture enthusiast, guest blogs today with an insightful and easy San Diego Comic Con 2017 off-site events guide. No badge required.

If you’ve been following my San Diego Comic Con guides throughout the years, you know my guides follow a central theme: survival and laziness. I, like you, enjoy a good time. But also like you, I don’t enjoy going through the countless event guides with terrible layouts, Facebook invites that inevitably get lost in the FB black hole, and press release after press release about some toy you’ve never heard of (#sorrynotsorry). And yet, it brings me such joy to wade through it all to provide you with the most interesting events!

All events in this guide do not require a Comic Con badge, but some do have a cover. At the time of writing this, events have not yet “sold-out.” No, I cannot get you into any of the Conan events.

If you’re visiting San Diego for the first time or if you will be staying all week be sure to visit La Jolla and take in some sun and explore the Village. Not sure where to start? Check out our handy guides here.

All-Weekend Offsite Events

Petco Park Interactive Zone 100 Park Blvd.
When: Th-Sat Open-6pm, Sun Open-5pm
What: After a bit of hiatus, Petco Park Interactive Zone is back. It is the best place to go if you are badgeless and low on funds. Expect to see photo booths, VR and arcade demos from the Razer Experience Tour, food provided by Netflix’s “The Rise of Voltron,” and much more!

Netflix Experience Hilton Gaslamp, 4th Ave. and L St.
When: Th-Sat 11-8PM, Sun 11-3PM
What: With several original hit shows under their belt, and now a hit movie, “Okja,” Netflix is going in strong this year at Comic Con. Since you’re badgeless and have no hope of getting into Hall H, the Netflix Experience is your next best bet. Catch sneak peeks of upcoming originals, exclusive giveaways, and more. You will also be able to immerse yourselves into the worlds of “Stranger Things,” “Bright,” and the streets of New York with Marvel’s “The Defenders.”

FXHibition Hilton San Diego Bayfront Lawn, 1 Park Blvd.
When: Th-Sat 12–6pm, Sun 10–2pm
What: Fri Screening: 7pm–9pm, doors 6:30pm
Much like the Petco Park Interactive Zone, the Bayfront Lawn is another place to find the most bang for your $0. Immerse yourself in a mixed reality experience with FX shows like “Legion,” “American Horror Story,” “Archer,” “Atlanta” and more. Find out more on their SDCC site, FXSDCC.

Nintendo Gaming Lounge – Marriott Marquis & Marina
When: Thursday, July 20 – Sunday, July 23 (10AM-7PM on Thursday-Saturday, and 10AM-5PM on Sunday).
What: Play some of their most popular games like: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildMario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, Pokémon Tournament DX, Pokémon Moon, Super Mario Maker, and more. For more info click here.

Adult Swim On the Green Convention Way & 5th Ave Pier, Behind Convention Center
When: Th-Sun 1-6pm; 18+
What: The first of adults-only events, this is a TOP NOTCH offsite that everyone makes the effort to attend. Wacky carnival games, free swag, and the Meatwad Dome experience – said to be upgraded this year w/motion seats. Get a tarot card reading, befriend a motorized animal, and wait in a gigantic line! Just kidding, skip the line and register at the Adult Swim event site. Also check the site out for a schedule of signings with “Rick & Morty,” “Robot Chicken,” and “The Jellies.”

TBS “Wrecked” Marina behind Convention Center
When: Th-Sun 12-5pm; 21+
What: This is probably the most legit new event to pop up on the offsite circuit. This “floating island” will include an island bar, coconut skeeball, minigolf, palm tree climbing, and a mechanical boar – all on a barge in the SD bay! They’re even advertising that you can pee in an airplane cabin, but that’s up to you!

VICELAND Party Bus w/James Van der Beek 530 Island Avenue
When: Th–Sat 9-6PM
What: Official Party w/Diplo at Fluxx, RSVP only
I know what you’re thinking – what the hell is this flyer and what does Dawson have to do with Comic Con? Well, it looks like the VICELAND Party Bus is parking itself at SDCC to celebrate the launch of their new show starring James Van Der Beek, “What Would Diplo Do?” Yeah, I have no idea either – but it sounds a trip! The bus is fully loaded with a lounge area, snacks, drinks, music, wi-fi, swag, and even a rooftop deck. There will also be special guests stopping by throughout the week. Probably Diplo. Ask him if you can get into the exclusive party, just don’t catch any STDs.

Mr.Robot 327 4th Ave btwn J and Island
When: Th-Sat 11-7pm, Sun 11-4pm
What: While many people seem to be bummed that Mr.Robot doesn’t have a ferris wheel or panel this year, there is something better! A free meal! Alright, so I am biased. I can’t say I know much of Mr.Robot, but I can say I am a fan of free food. Head to the “E Corp’s Bank of E” for an E Corp Card. That card will give allow you to make purchases (I assume), but best of all, if you go to the “Red Wheelbarrow BBQ” next door, they will give you a free bbq meal. You’re welcome.

For more offsite events visit SDCC’s official list. Now onto the parties!

Thursday Parties

Thursday is THE day for parties. I am listing them in the order of importance, most important to backup plan.

IGN x Sony x MRC Studios: The Dark Tower Fan Party Tipsy Crow
When: 8-2am; Free; 21+
What: They list baby ribs and drinks, I don’t know if that means it is free eats and drinks, but with sponsorships like that – you best show up and find out! They’ve also got live performances as well, should be a great time! Register now on eventbrite.

Syfy x The Nerd Machine Fan Dance Party The New Children’s Museum
When: 9-12pm; Free
What: If you’re one of the many who were disappointed in the lack of a physical Nerd HQ, have no fear! There are not just one, but two fan dance parties by Syfy and Nerd HQ! Show up in your cosplay and dance with all your best friends. This is the party to just let loose at!

Rave of Thrones Omnia
When: 9:30-2am; $20; 21+
What: Kristian Nairn is back with the Rave of Thrones! If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones or dance music, this is not an event to be missed! It is, however $20 pre-sale and probably an arm and a leg the day of. Buy tickets at the Omnia website.

Bangarang Heroes and Rebels Bassmnt
When: 9-1am; $15; 21+
What: Famed for his roles as Rufio in “HOOK,” and Prince Zuko in “AVATAR: The Last Airbender,” Dante Basco is hosting a dance party at the nightclub Bassmnt. Cosplay is encouraged, egos are not – check it at the door. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased here.

Modern Times Beer Dinner w/Star Wars Spelling Bee BIGA
When: 7-11pm, $35 online $45 at the door, 21+
What: This event is probably going to be pretty dope as who doesn’t love a three course dinner, local beer pairings, and a super geeky spelling bee? Do you know how to spell Tatooine? I’ll give you a hint: I just wrote it. Buy tickets here.

Friday Parties

Ghostbusters Mass Hysteria Werewolf
When: 8am-2am; Free; all ages until 9pm
What: A beloved event by all, Ghostbusters Mass Hysteria is an all day event with panels and prizes, followed by a party for the adults! It is first come, first serve – and tons of fun. For schedule and more info, follow their FB invite page.

When: Friday, July 21  9:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.  Held at San Diego’s OMNIA Nightclub located in the legendary Gaslamp Quarter.
What: Tyler Posey (“Teen Wolf”), Danai Gurira (“Black Panther”), Jamie Chung (“Big Hero 6: The Series”), Warren G (Hip-hop artist), Brody Jenner (DJ), Jamie Iovine (DJ),  Aimee Garcia (“Lucifer”), Bree Turner (“Grimm”), Bryan Greenberg (“The Mindy Project”), Cassie Scerbo (“Sharknado 5: Global Swarming”), Fabio Lanzoni (Model), Ian Ziering (“Sharknado 5: Global Swarming), Katheryn Winnick (“Vikings”), Lana Parrilla (“Once Upon a Time”), Marie Avgeropoulos (“The 100”), Paul Johansson (“Van Helsing”), Robert Buckley (“iZombie”), Shohreh Aghdashloo (“The Expanse”), Tara Reid (“Sharknado 5: Global Swarming”) and more to be announced.

Pirate Con Maritime Museum of San Diego
When: 8-12pm; $40; 21+
What: I’ve heard stories about this party. Depending on who you are, this could be either good or bad. You’ve been warned! Bonus! You get a Funko toy with the purchase of your ticket! Tickets may be purchased at the Maritime Museum of San Diego website here.

Japanese Pop Culture Party: Yokai Omatsuri Japanese Friendship Garden
When: 7:30-11:30pm; $25; 18+
What: If kawaii Japanese culture is more your thing, check out the Japanese Friendship Garden at Balboa Park for activities, food, and DJs. Tickets can be purchased here.

Das Bunker Galactic Dance Party at SDCC Spin Nightclub
When: 9pm- ???; $25; 21+
What: Los Angeles’ famed Industrial Dance Club treks over to San Diego for a night of galactic fun. Spin is known to go well into 4am, so if you’re looking for an all nighter, this is your party! Buy tickets here.

Saturday Parties

Syfy x The Nerd Machine Fan Dance Party Pt. 2 The New Children’s Museum
When: 9-12pm; Free
See Thursday’s description.

horror vs scifi san diego comic con 2017

SDCC Horror Cosplay Meetup • Club Sabbat Presents Horror vs Sci-Fi
MEETUP: Location TBA; 6:30-7:30pm; Free; All Ages
AFTER PARTY: Numb3rs Nightclub 9-2am; $7; 21+
The well beloved Zombie Walk is no longer, but lives in the spirit of an all new horror meetup! In zombie fashion, the location is TBA, follow the FB account herefor more info. Following the meetup is the after party presented by Club Sabbat, come in your horror gear or switch it up to galactic babe status. Watch the tentacles! The after party is 21+, sorry horror kids.

Comic-Con Club Crawl Analog Bar
I’m not a huge fan of crawls, but I admit they can be fun – and people seem to enjoy them. Use this discount from Goldstar. This crawl is also on Friday, but don’t pay more when you can pay less. Go Saturday. More info and tickets here.

La Jolla Cove 4th of July Fireworks: Things to Know Before You Go

The annual fireworks show in La Jolla has been a beloved attraction for locals and visitors for more than 25 years. Each year, friends and family gather to watch the awesome display over the picturesque La Jolla Cove. The 30-minute display begins at 9pm sharp and is best viewed from Ellen Browning Scripps Park at the bottom of Coast Boulevard overlooking the La Jolla Cove.

The best places to watch the display are Ellen Browning Scripps Park, Coast Walk, and La Jolla Shores (especially Kellogg Park, where the grassy area is). Parking will be difficult and most street parking is timed to two or three hours – so do be aware of all parking signs once you arrive.

The fireworks have, sadly, been faced with their share of adversity throughout the years. In 2014, the display almost didn’t happen at all for lack of funding; a last-minute donation saved the day, and thankfully the show has gone on without a hitch ever since!

Day-of Tips:

  • Get there early! Parking will be extremely difficult all over La Jolla on the 4th, as this is an extremely popular spot. Some parking will be blocked off directly in front of the Park, but most street parking will be available. There are also a few underground garages with pay-per-hour rates along Herschel Ave. and Prospect Street.
  • Bring a blanket to sit on. If you get there early, you’ll have a chance to relax on the grass at the park while you wait. It makes for a beautiful place to watch the sunset!
  • Bring a small flashlight if you feel you might need to walk around before or during the display – it gets very dark in the area when they dim the streetlights.

After the fireworks, plan on hanging out at a restaurant or bar for a while – getting out of the village will be nearly impossible for at least an hour! For other information on activities and restaurants, visit our complete Guide to La Jolla Cove.

Feel like enjoying some dinner before the fireworks? Head to George’s at the Cove for a luxe 3-course meal.

George’s Ocean Terrace and Level2 are the perfect place to enjoy the La Jolla fireworks – their on-the-water location provides some of the best views of the 2017 fireworks show over La Jolla Cove. The cost of each table includes a 3-course dinner on July 4, 2017. Dinner begins at 6:30pm, and this year’s menu includes some incredible options including an Herbed Alaskan Halibut, Grilled Filet Mignon, and a Watermelon Salad; to name a few!

You must book a reservation in advance. Visit their website for more information.

Beaumont Avenue 4th of July Parade

The 38th Annual Beaumont Avenue 4th of July Parade is happening this year! The Bird Rock Parade Committee, led by Russell and Scott Murfey, is organizing the event. The 0.3 mile Beaumont Ave. parade route starts at 10am at the corner of Camino de la Costa and Beaumont Avenue, and ends at Mira Monte. Watch the neighborhood children in their special Independence Day attire as they walk, trike, bike, scooter, or ride on a float down the parade route.

After the parade, there will be a 4th of July celebration and party behind the La Jolla Methodist Church. There will be food, entertainment, and plenty of activities for the whole family.

This is solely volunteer-run event, and donations are always appreciated. Please visit their donations website for more information.

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Sunny Jim Cave

Sunny Jim Cave is one of seven unique La Jolla Cove caves. Having been open to the public since 1903, the cave boasts a fascinating history and a little bit of folklore. From the man who discovered and dug the tunnel to bootleggers and an old Cafe, we managed to uncover a few interesting facts about Sunny Jim Cave.

1. Early visitors had to descend by rope

The tunnel down to the cave was completed by the end of 1903, but the 145 steps down weren’t built until several years later. Early visitors were forced to descend the steep, dark tunnel via rope – and not much else, making it a somewhat treacherous tourist attraction. Despite its precariousness, the Cave, upon first opening, was instantly popular and began drawing at least 200 visitors per day at just $.50 each.

2. A restaurant, the Crescent Café, once occupied the Cave Store site

High above Emerald Cove on Goldfish Point in the early 1900s, the Crescent Café was a convex-shaped building near the caves where snacks and beverages could be savored with an incredible view after a visit down to Sunny Jim Cave. It sat ten feet north of where the current shop is today.

Sadly, the Crescent burned to the ground in 1915. The arsonist was believed to be William Peck, the same man who burned Ellen Browning Scripps’ South Moulton Villa on Prospect Street a few years earlier.

3. Bootleggers & smugglers found their own uses for the Cave

The opening of Schulz’s passageway was attractive to more than just tourists. According to legend, bootleggers used it to funnel whiskey to San Diego distributors during Prohibition. Later, smugglers of illegal immigrants were also said to frequent the cave, using it as a stowaway spot and passageway for their mostly Chinese charges.

Gustav Shulz in his La Jolla studio. [image: La Jolla Historical Society]

4. It took nearly 2 years to dig the tunnel to the cave

In 1902, a German professor and mining engineer named Gustav Shulz became fascinated with the caves he spotted along La Jolla’s coast. He hatched a plan to construct a tunnel through Sunny Jim to enable visitors a one-of-a-kind view – and charge them for it, of course. Little did he know it would quickly become one of La Jolla’s biggest attractions!

For the next year and a half, Schulz and his hired laborers used picks and shovels to slowly tunnel upwards through the roof of the largest cave, finally emerging above the cliffs and six other sea caves.

5. It’s been used as a movie set

The cave has frequently been used as a set for movies, including “Neptune’s Daughter” and several pirate-themed features; which makes sense!

6. It was (supposedly) named by the man who created Wizard of Oz

According to one legend, L. Frank Baum named the cave after a cartoon character that appeared on boxes of a British breakfast cereal called Force Wheat Flakes in the early 1900s, since the cave opening resembled the shape of Sunny Jim’s head. This is the most widely accepted theory; however, there are a couple of other rumors circulating about its origins – much like the uncertainty of La Jolla’s own name!

7. A man filed a petition a year before Shulz did to dig his own tunnel – and was denied

Thomas Diamond owned property along Cave Street, and he too saw what potential (mostly financial) the sea caves had. He petitioned on November 3, 1902 to run a tunnel starting on his property at a 30-degree angle to the caves, and another tunnel running under Cave Street that would connect all the caves. He stated that he intended to “construct steps or a tramway leading from the surface of his property to the caves;” sound familiar?

The two apparently even had some difficulty with each other – and it got physical. The incident resulted in the arrest of Diamond on the charge of battery; while he was out on his $10 bail, Professor Schulz took it upon himself to begin tunneling into the caves at La Jolla from his property! Mr. Diamond’s petition to tunnel from the street was denied.

[source][article source: LA Times]

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