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San Diego Halloween October Guide

I love San Diego in October.  Even though we don’t get the full effects of fall as far as the weather, San Diego has a very different feeling too it after October 1st.  From all the Oktoberfest activities and Halloween adventures to the Airshow, San Diego is the place to visit and experience Fall.

Right now off the coast of San Diego is the phenomena known as “Red tide“.  The Red tide is a bio luminescent glow originating from phytoplankton (large qtys of plankton) in the waters off our coast.  Some of the better spots to see this is La Jolla and Carlsbad.  Of course the adventure begins around dusk.

Another great event is Oktsoldierfest.  Not your typical Oktoberfest, Oktsoldierfest benefits the Warrior Foundation.  Drinking beer, listening to live music that benefits our soldiers is a no brainer.

When you are done drinking beer, you need to pick up a Pumpkin.  There are a ton of spots in San Diego for doing this, the best spot is Bates Nut Farm.  Bates Nut Farm offers their humungous Pumpkin Patch, Hayride, Maze, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Picnic area and shopping.  They are open every day from 9-5 from September 24th through Halloween.  Call 760-749-3333 for more details.

Happy October! Sandiegolocales.com

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San Diego Mardi Gras Guide

San Diego Mardi Gras Guide – Fat Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The terms “Mardi Gras” (pronounced /ˈmɑrdiɡrɑː/), “Mardi Gras season”, and “Carnival season”,[1][2][3][4][5][6]in English, refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and ending on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” (in ethnic English tradition, Shrove Tuesday), referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which started on Ash Wednesday. Related popular practices were associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent. Popular practices included wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition. In English, the day is called Shrove Tuesday, associated with the religious requirement for confession before Lent begins. From Wikipedia

If you practice lent or not, Mardi Gras in San Diego should be an exciting time. From the several events going on in the Gaslamp to the many food options available in San Diego, we can all “Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez” Let the Good Times Roll!

The Events

Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Quarter 6pm to Midnight 21+ Event 2 Parades 7:30 & 10pm Gate is at E Street and K Street

19th Annual SAN DIEGO BRAZIL CARNIVAL Sat March 5th, 2011 Downtown San Diego Doors Open at 8pm – Show starts at 8:30

This spectacular Brazilian Mardi Gras Ball will feature the Stunning Brazilian Singer Dandara, Beautiful & Sexy Samba Dancers, Electrifying Capoeira Performances, and Nonstop Brazilian Music. There will be fun, feathers, fantasy and much, much more… So come have the time of your life at one of the best Brazilian Carnivals on the West Coast!

Absolut Hillcrest Mardi Gras March 8th, 2011

Crawfish, wonderful Cajun food

The Food, experience Cajun creole food right here in San Diego

The Chateau San Diego Enjoy live Jazz during Brunch on Sundays, from 10:00am to 3:00pm

Mardi Gras Cafe & Marketplace Order your King Cake here!

Bud’s Louisiana Cafe Great American Food in the New Orleans manner

Gulf Coast Grill

My favorite place, and kid friendly!

New Orleans Creole Cafe Located at the Whaley house Garden, what a great atmosphere

Crab Hut Louisiana Crawfish Kitchen

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San Diego Desert Guide

The popular Pumpkin Patch

A big draw to living in San Diego is the vast amount of desert to the east as a recreational destination.  Many activities include hiking, camping, off road fun, star gazing and recreation for San Diegans to participate.  The desert has massive amounts of appeal; it secures the user a sense of freedom and openness you can’t get anywhere else.  Nothing beats building a nice big bonfire at a desert campground, listening to tunes and planning your next day’s ride. But the freedom that desert users have experienced in the past is being taken away by the ever increasing scourge of law enforcement, property owners fencing off land, environmental protection and development.

One of the best areas to camp is in and around Ocotillo Wells.  There are many places to visit and geographical areas that are interesting and educational for kids.  Depending on the amount of creature comforts you desire, this area has several amenities that can help your stay.  There are several stores close by to get supplies and ice. There are hot showers at Holmes Camp if you are running low on water and the infamous Iron Door offers some night life.  Some RV parks have cropped up as well if you don’t want to take your RV off-roading.

San Diego ATV desert recreation

ATV's enjoying the desert areas around San Diego and Imperial Counties

Anza- Borrego is a great place to see nature’s bounty.  The flowers that bloom here are incredible and usually happen around Feb/Mar/April.  There is so much to see and do here that a paragraph in this post will not do it justice.  There are many animal species that call home here as well, Bighorn Sheep, Chuckwallas, Rattlesnakes and Desert Iguanas.  Native American pictographs can be found depicting the past.   And beautiful streams and waterfalls depending on the rainfall also can be found in this desert paradise.  For more information on San Diego Desert destinations please Google or visit the links below.

State Parks:

Anza- Borrego SP http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=638 Vallecito Stage Station Box Canyon El Vado Los Puertecitos Palm Spring Puerta/Butterfield Overland mail route

Ocotillo Wells SVRA http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1217 BLOW SAND HILL DEVILS SLIDE BARREL SPRINGS SHELL REEF GAS DOMES PUMPKIN PATCH

BLM Areas:

Imperial Sand Dunes Plaster City/Yuha Basin Lark Canyon Superstition Mountain Open Area Glamis

San Diego Desert Season: Officially starts in October and ends around May. Anza- Borrego Desert Natural History organization http://www.abdnha.org/index.html Borrego Springs Chamber info http://www.borregospringschamber.com/abdsp/

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Halloween in San Diego

Halloween is turning into more of a celebration for adults than children.  Especially in the city of San Diego, where all your ghoulish delights are met and then some! So that you can have maximum fun and adventure during this fiendish season, we have created this very unique guide to all things scary in San Diego.

Halloween Nightlife Del Mar Fairgrounds Scream Zone

The House of Horror (Ages 10+), the Haunted Hay Ride, The Chamber (the largest of the large spinning tunnel) Food and More…. Events: “Thrill the World” October 23rd, the largest gathering of Zombies performing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”

Monster Bash 2010

Saturday, October 30th Time: 6:00pm to Midnight (21+ Event) Where:  The outskirts of the Gaslamp at 7th Avenue between Market and J Street and on Island Avenue between 6th and 8th Avenues

The Haunted Trail Balboa Park

Located just east of 6th & Juniper in Balboa Park, one block south of Laurel Street bridge. Trail Opens: Sept. 24 – Oct. 31, 2010 What: Carnival of Carnage Maze

Monster Manor (13+) GHASTLEY STUDIOS

Studio visitors will walk through the various soundstages and departments from the studio. Some of these soundstages are said to be haunted by the studio’s former employees and visitors. Guests may encounter movies currently being filmed on the lot. This does not deter unfriendly poltergeists from possessing or wreaking havoc on set.

This nighttime attraction takes about 10 minutes to walk through. It is not recommended for persons under the age of thirteen because of scary situations. It is also not advised for those who suffer from heart, back or neck problems, claustrophobia, fear of the dark or those who are sensitive to strobe lights, fog machines, and sudden and loud noises.

The Haunted Hotel (10+ years)

Doors Creak Open: Sept. 24 – Oct. 31, 2010

The longest running Haunted House in San Diego you must check out, but go early the lines can be long.  Admission prices vary depending on the night you go.  Check out the Web sites FAQ page for more information on this haunted location.

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