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Fiesta Old Town Goes Virtual!

Arriba muchachos y muchachas! The Historic Old Town Community Foundation is getting creative for a FREE, colorful Cinco de Mayo virtual Fiesta live streamed through Facebook Live (@Fiestaoldtown), YouTube and website ( right to you, as you “stay at home”! On Tuesday, May 5th, Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo will come to life through your TV or computer screen. Featuring a series of festive interactive activities for the entire familia to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
(Illustration by Lulu @qululululu)
Únete a nosotros (join us) from 4pm to 6:30pm for a FREE virtual fiesta, jam packed with exciting salsa classes so you can shake your maracas, food & drink demos alongside master chefs and mixologists, live entertainment to dance to in your living room, a delicious dinner serenaded by a mariachi band, Tequila & Mezcal tastings & SO MUCH MORE! Enhance this FREE celebration with Fiesta Party Packs available for pickup or takeout from Café Coyote, Rockin’ Baja Lobster, and Tahona Bar all located in Old Town!
You won’t want to miss this virtual Fiesta! Join us as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo “stay at home” style with FREE fun and festive activities for the entire family to enjoy! Virtual Fiesta will be a colorful celebration filled with exciting activities and elements that will bring the spirit of Cinco de Mayo to life. Although we can’t meet you in the streets of Old Town this year, we are excited and happy that we can still connect with all of our Old Town Fiesta-ers virtually! Grab your sombrero and prepare for an iconic Taco Tuesday/Cinco de Mayo celebration like no other!
Headlining our Virtual Fiesta and ending the night for us will be world famous guitarist & special guest, Pablo Sáinz-Villegas! Praised as “The Soul of the Spanish Guitar,” Sáinz has appeared on some of the world’s most prominent stages such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. His next stop will be on your TV or computer screens for a LIVE guitar solo performance!
Schedule of Events:
4:00pm – Welcome to Virtual Fiesta Old Town!
4:05pm – Marg Makin’ & Michelada Shakin’ Time with Café Coyote
4:15pm – Holy Guacamole & Salsa Dippin’ with Chef Juan of Rockin’ Baja Lobster Old Town
4:30pm – Salsa Shakin’ Class with Danz Arts
4:45pm – Manny Cepeda – Viva la Salsa!
5:15pm – Let’s Tacobout Old Town San Diego – Past, Present, Future
5:20pm – Nacho Average Mariachi Dinner
5:45pm – Tasty Tequila vs Memorable Mezcal with Tahona Bar
6:00pm – Infamous Tortilla Making with Café Coyote
6:10pm – Headlining Performance by renowned guitarist Pablo Sainz-Villegas
For more information and to pre-order Fiesta Party Packs please visit,

La Mesa Village turns off the tech for National Day of Unplugging March 6

National Day of Unplugging (NDU) has announced its 11th year series of Unplugged Events, beginning, Friday, March 6 – Saturday, March 7, 2020. Over the past decade, NDU has been at the forefront of the movement to educate people about the dangers involved with over-reliance on technology–especially as it pertains to handheld devices.

Event – To kick off NDU, Friday, March 6 th , starting at 3pm, La Mesa Village will be hosting a fun, free
event at the Farmers Market where kids can hunt for a stuffed rooster named Rodney, shop with
Rodney Bucks, try cooking, do garden crafts, try healthy foods, type on a typewriter and play games.

Often known for its wild Oktoberfest, La Mesa is gaining a reputation for its colorful weekly Farmers
Market where life slows down and the community comes alive. Kids come to hunt for Rodney Rooster
and are rewarded for unplugging and trying healthy foods. The weekly kid count (Rodney Finders) has
grown from 15 to over 70 in 3 months. “The idea took off immediately” says Claudia Erickson, Founder
of the Unplugged Village who runs the weekly events. What was going to be a one time a month deal,
turned into a weekly occurrence as kids were so excited and the community got behind it. “It’s a simple
idea. This is a safe place where kids can be unplugged and have a little adventure each week.”

What’s good for the kids, is apparently also very good for business. Hunter DePolo, a vendor from
Behneman Family Farms, jokingly says he wants to tattoo the Rooster on his arm as a tribute, because
his sales have doubled in recent weeks when he hosts Rodney. Hunter enjoys the sales and also
helping families spend time together and reduce screen time usage. The amount of smartphone users
worldwide has reached 3.5 billion. According to recent studies, the average smartphone user taps,
swipes or clicks their phone 2617 times per day, with most starting immediately when they wake up.

The entire town of La Mesa is getting onboard–Mayor Mark Arapostathis is presenting a Proclamation
for NDU. “As the Mayor and a school teacher I applaud and support the efforts of programs like
‘Unplugged Village’ designed to create designated times and places when students, parents and
families can unplug and spend time with each other”.

In addition to the Market event, people can unplug at Public Square Coffee House, La Mesa Wine Works or catch the movie Screenagers Next Chapter (dealing with social media, mental health and resilience) on March 4. Get free tickets HERE.

The Farmers Market event is being supported by Tracey Rivera-of State Farm Insurance and Cardenas Internal Medicine. "In recent years, brands have spent billions of marketing dollars on digital advertising designed to keep us clicking and scrolling. It is nice to see these local businesses now supporting families spending less time on mobile devices and engaging in the community IRL (in real life)." says Kim Anenberg Cavallo, who leads the NDU team.

To learn more visit and go to to “Take
The Pledge,” and download a free toolkit with tips and more.


CANCELLED – Experience California’s Finest Vintages At Oceanfront Festivals Throughout SoCal

Due to COVID-19 concerns,
CA Wine Festival – Carlsbad has been CANCELLED.
All purchasers will be refunded automatically.

California Wine Festival, Southern California’s premier wine festival event producer, is thrilled to announce its 2020 event schedule featuring four signature oceanfront wine festivals and a craft beer and barbeque event.  

California Wine Festival celebrates the vast wine offerings of the state, offering guests a unique opportunity to taste wines from every winemaking region in California all from a stunning outdoor venue with ocean views, live music, and delicious food. The event shines a light on rare and reserve vintages as well as fan-favorite pours from vineyards based in Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Temecula and more. The two-day festival also highlights culinary education and exploration through one-on-one conversations with world-class professional chefs from leading local restaurants serving complimentary appetizers. Guests can also pair wine with samples of artisan cheeses, fresh-cut fruits, bread, olive oil, chocolate and more while listening to live music and enjoying the coastal California landscape. 

In addition to its signature wine-focused events, California Wine Festival also produces CA Brew & BBQ, an all-day celebration of beers and barbeque in Santa Barbara overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Guests will enjoy unlimited tastes from over 50 breweries, cideries and wineries while sampling tri-tip from Santa Barbara’s best restaurants competing for the title of Best BBQ. Soulful reggae band One2Tree and Santa Barbara’s own alt-rock band Neighbourhood Thieves will be performing live.    



CA Wine Festival Dana Point — April 17-18

April 17: Sunset Rare and Reserve Tasting, Laguna CliffsMarriott 

April 18: Beachside Wine Festival, Lantern Bay Park
Tickets available now.  

CA Wine Festival Carlsbad — May 29-30 

May 29: Sunset Rare and Reserve Tasting, Park Hyatt Aviara Palm Courtyard

Mary 30: Beachside Wine Festival, Park Hyatt Aviara Tennis Lawn

Tickets available starting February 15. 


CA Wine Festival Santa Barbara — July 17-18

July 17: Sunset Rare and Reserve Tasting, Chase Palm Park Carousel House

July 18: Beachside Wine Festival, Chase Palm Park Oceanside 

Tickets available starting April 1. 


CA Brew & BBQ — September 26 

Beachside Wine Festival, Chase Palm Park Oceanside 

Tickets available starting July 1. 


CA Wine Festival Huntington Beach at Paséa Hotel — November 6-7 

November 6: Sunset Rare and Reserve Tasting, Paséa Hotel & Spa 

November 7: Beachside Wine Festival, Paséa Hotel & Spa 

Tickets available starting July 1. 


California Wine Festival is a 21+ event. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit


California Wine Festival celebrates the fine wines and culinary offerings of California. A nationally recognized event series, California Wine Festival aims to bring attention to the beautiful wines, foods, and landscapes of California. Founded in 2004 in Santa Barbara, California Wine Festival is proud to be one of the largest outdoor wine festivals in the state and strives to be a green event producer. In 2019, 90% of the waste from the festivals was diverted from the landfill. A for-profit organization whose mission includes giving back, California Wine Festival has helped raise awareness and funds for local California charities including the Foodbank of Santa Barbara, Surfrider Foundation, and more.


Shenanigans, Pints, & St. Patrick’s Day Cheer Gear Up for the 26th Annual St. Patrick’s Day shamROCK San Diego Block Party!

Celebrating 26 Years of Irish Revelry
Saturday, March 14th, 2020 from 2 PM to Midnight
***21+ Only Event***
Grab your green top hat and sequined pantyhose for a St. Paddy’s Day celebration to kick off the decade. St. Patrick’s Day ShamROCK San Diego is celebrating its 26th anniversary of Irish revelry in honor of traditional Celtic festivities. It’s even transporting the Gaslamp Quarter to the hills of Ireland by bringing over 50,000 square feet of astroturf to cover the festival grounds! This 21 plusevent will host over 10,000 attendees, all welcome to as much green beer andTullamore Dew Irish Whiskey as their hearts desire.
San Diego ShamROCK’s Celtic inspired festivities will begin Saturday March 14th from 2 PM to Midnight in the Gaslamp Quarter. As luck would have it, St. Patrick’s Day shamROCK will feature the shamROCK Shenanigans Block, three live stages, photo-opps, and the chance to collect this year’s commemorative stein to fill with green beer.
Throughout this shamROCKIN’ block party, attendees can partake in the featured St. Paddy’s inspired games and contests at the shamROCK Shenanigans Block to win exclusive prizes and gift cards to The Field Irish Pub. Contestants will get the opportunity to test their luck in a series of competitive craic, which include:
  1. Stein Holding Contest: Pick up a pint and flex those beer muscles! Whoever can hold two 32oz. steins the longest will take home the gold!
  2. Irish Jig Off: Shake your shamROCKs and show off your best jig until the folk music stops to see who is the crowd favorite.
  3. Magical Chairs: Musical chairs with an Irish twist – the game only gets better with age (& green beer).
  4. Unicorn Races: Partner with a fellow leprechaun and bounce as fast as you can until one team reaches the end of the rainbow.
  5. Lucky Charm Ball Pit: Get Lucky in the Lucky Charm ball pit—which is both fun and magically delicious.
  6. Rainbow Steamer Relay: Teams race to the pot o’ gold as they pass their streamer between obstacles!
FREE play games and activities are available to all ticket holders! Grab your favorite lad and show off your hand eye coordination with the Pot of Gold Cornhole! Create an unstable structure with your squad, test your physical skill, and feel the intensity with Lucky Giant Jenga. More free play games include shamROCK Skee Ball and Giant Beer Pong! Frolic through the Shenanigans Block in the Gaslamp Quarter as it lights up this Irish block party with excitement and endless opportunities to make this St. Patrick’s Day one to remember!
New memories await as 3 stages of live entertainment take to the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter. We are delighted to announce the headliners that will knock the shamROCKs straight off your socks! The famous YOUNG DUBLINERS aka The Dubs are taking to the stage for their highly anticipated comeback in 2020. This Celtic Rock band last performed a decade ago and is sure give one heck of a performance on The Pint Stage (The Irish Rock Stage). The EC Twins, an EDM pair straight from Manchester, England, will be taking The Clover Stage by storm. Across the way, The Pub Stage will host performers open to any genre, a great way to discover new artists.
Not only does your St. Patrick’s Day shamROCK ticket give you access to 50,000 square feet of green astroTurf, live entertainment, green Bud Light Beer, Tullamore Dew Whiskey libations and the shamROCK Shenanigans Block, but attendees to the event can also take advantage of St. Patrick’s Day specials and no cover charge from over 25 participating restaurants and bars located throughout the Gaslamp Quarter for just$39 through Midnight on January 27th for General Admission. Choose to enhance your shamROCK experience with a Custom Clover Crew Package with prices ranging from $7 to $35. With a Custom Clover Crew add on you can discounts on yummy beer & cocktails, a 32-ounce commemorative 26th shamROCK stein, St. Patrick’s Day hat, Lucky Line entry, access to designated Clover Crew only restrooms, and a Commemorative Credential! Now that’s something to shake your shamROCKs for!
Go VIP for an elevated shamROCK experience that you won’t forget for just $79 through Midnight on January 27th! With a VIP ticket you receive all the GA benefits and so much more! As a Lucky Leprechaun VIP, you get access to the exclusive VIP Lounge, $1 off all drinks at the VIP lounge Bar, VIP restrooms, VIP entrance, yummy Irish Stew from The Field, and complimentary drinks! VIPs receive 7 complimentary drinks; 3 at the Lucky Leprechaun VIP bar within the shamROCK venue and 1 drink at each VIP hotspots all located in the Gaslamp Quarter! You won’t want to miss the largest St. Patrick’s Day block party in the heart of San Diego’s streets, the Gaslamp Quarter!
100 percent of the profits benefit the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation, a small non-profit in the Gaslamp Quarter who is dedicated to preserving and protecting the architecture, history, and culture of the historic Gaslamp Quarter and running the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, the oldest building in Downtown San Diego.
For more information, to obtain a registration form, or to purchase tickets to the featured weekend events, please visit

International Society of Arboriculture Hosts North American Tree Climbing Competition

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) will host the 2019 North American Tree Climbing Championship (NATCC) October 11 — 13, 2019 at Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif.

NATCC provides an opportunity for the best professional climbing arborists, men and women, from across the continent to compete and showcase new tree climbing techniques and equipment. This is a unique opportunity to see a sporting event like no other.“It is the only competition in the world where you will find fellow competitors coaching and cheering on their competition,” said John Gauthier, the event head judge. As head judge, Gauthier is responsible for making final decisions on any rule discrepancies during the event.

The competition is free and open to the general public. Throughout the event, professional arborists will compete in a series of challenges showcasing skill, technique and athleticism while emphasizing the importance of safety and proper tree care. “It is important to our industry to highlight the latest techniques and safety in today’s arboriculture practices and tree care,” Gauthier said.

Additionally, there will be an Arbor Fair and a host of vendor booths for the public to enjoy. Arbor Fair is an educational and fun event for the public that focuses on environmental issues and promoting proper tree care. Attendees can stop by the “Ask an Arborist” booth for expert advice, find info about the latest equipment from participating sponsors, sample local food truck fare, watch the “What Trees Give Us”
show attend informational exhibits and more. Children can participate in the Kids’ Fun Climb with simulated limb walking exercises and tree climbing activities. The tree climbing championship is guaranteed to entertain everyone.

“This great event educates the public on what arborists do and how we do it — it’s a very dangerous profession, but the work can be done safely,” said Philip Ruiz, the NATCC chairperson.

For more information about NATCC or Arbor Fair, please visit


The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is a nonprofit organization supporting tree care research and education around the world. To promote the importance of arboriculture, ISA manages the consumer education web site,, which fulfills the association’s mission to help educate the public about the importance and value of proper tree care.

Also, as part of ISA’s dedication to the care and preservation of shade and ornamental trees, it offers the only internationally-recognized certification program
in the industry.


The 6th Annual Comida ¡EXPO!

California’s premier annual Hispanic food and beverage industry trade show next takes place October 26-27, 2019 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego, featuring tasting booth, workshops, and keynote.  

Register to attend on October 26-27 12:00-4:00 pm.  Ticket includes entrance to the event, workshops, keynote address, and all food, beverage, wine, beer, and spirits tastings.

This is a must attend event for buyers that are seeking to meet independent brands and stay on top of trends in Hispanic food and beverage. Also for food and beverage brands who want to meet buyers and secure new distribution deals, network with peers, and engage with vendors and deepen their overall education.

Buyers, distributors, and brokers all over the U.S. and Mexico attend the Comida ¡EXPO!. Senior decision-makers also attend this business trade show to expand their business knowledge and accelerate corporate growth.

Join us for only one day or both days, and take your company to the next level.

To buy tickets for only $10  50% discount) use code HEYDO,