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Cedros Avenue Halloween Happenings

Halloween is around the corner, and Cedros Avenue has some exciting festivities lined up! Take a look at what we have in store, and you’re bound to find just what you need to bring out that holiday or seasonal spirit!

Dead Man’s Party and Halloween Heat — BellyUp Tavern

Here are two events where you’ll need to get your A-game costume ready and bring your dancing shoes! At the BellyUp Tavern, you’ve
got more than one Halloween-themed party to choose from. On Friday night, start your weekend off with the Atomic Groove Halloween Bash Happy Hour. This group of performers gets everyone on the dance floor with songs from the 60s as well as some modern hit covers. After warming up with Atomic Groove, continue dancing and enjoying your time with the talented Oingo Boingo tribute band, Dead Man’s Party!

On Halloween evening, the BellyUp will be keeping the holiday party going with “Halloween Heat,” featuring DJ Chris Cote and special guest Velours Rogue Burlesque. For this event, you’ll want your best costume on because there is a costume contest with prizes and all!

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Image Credit: Culture Brewing Co.

Halloween Dog Costume Contest — Culture Brewing Co.

Everyone loves a good Halloween costume contest. Some people may even take these opportunities to a whole new level of intensity, creativity, or pure humor! This year, Culture Brewing Co. decided to switch up the excitement by featuring our favorite furry friends as the costume competitors. Yes, that’s right, Culture is looking for the best dressed Halloween pup!

This particular event is not only held at Culture Brewing Co. on Monday the 31st, but it is also via social media. So you’ve got two options to enter your dog into the contest: 1) Head over on Sunday with your dressed up pup, grab a beer, and join in on the crowd of Halloween canines; 2) Take a picture of your dressed up pup and share it on social media with the appropriate hashtags (#CultureCostumeContestSB, #cccSB for Solana Beach; #CultureCostumeContestOB, #cccOB for Ocean Beach)… there’s still time! Winners will be announced and prizes will be given out on the 30th. We can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! Good luck!

HalloWINE Party — Carruth Cellarscarruthcellars-halloween

On Halloween evening, Carruth Cellars will be hosting their usual Vinyl Monday with a special edition Halloween twist. Join in on the HalloWINE party, where DJ Thierry will be spinning your favorite 80s and 90s jams! It’s highly encouraged to dress up in costumes, but they’re more concerned about everyone having a good time and enjoying some wine! If you want to go all out, you can even dress up your pups and bring them along as well!

Keep in mind that neither of the events at Culture and Carruth requires an entrance fee — for those of you who want to save a few bucks without missing the Halloween fun!

If Halloween isn’t quite your favorite holiday, you may want to check out these alternative fall happenings on Cedros Avenue! Lofty Coffee Co has announced that they will soon be serving a new fall drink with brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. If reading about it doesn’t warm your belly, you just may have to stop in and give it a try! On the fashion side of things, Cedros Soles has stepped up their fall fashion game with new arrivals and styles. As for home design, Halloween and fall decorations — perfect for sprucing up your home for the holidays — can be found throughout a number of shops on Cedros! We sure love the holiday seasons!

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The Cedros Ave. Merchants Association supports all of the vendors and businesses on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. The Avenue covers two and a half enchanting blocks of more than 85 boutiques, shops, cafes, salons, day spas, art galleries and more! Located just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, Cedros Ave. has been a point of interest for over three decades and is the only shopping district in San Diego solely populated by independent boutiques and businesses.

7 Benefits of Having a Small Town Iconic Avenue

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Exploring an iconic or main street within a small city is easily one of the most exciting things. You never know what you may come across, and you will likely discover a number different activities that will please pretty much anyone. The best part? The excitement is all along a single avenue. Such streets are typically identifiable by crowds, research, or simply aesthetics!  The perfect balance of looks and functionality brings just enough character to any small town.

So, what is it about having an iconic street that is so valuable? Take a look at these seven benefits coming from the perspective of Cedros Design District:

1 — Heart and Soul: This is essential in any town. However, main streets help bring it to life with a community atmosphere front and center. There is no better spot to discover the heart and soul of a community than an iconic street where both locals and visitors are drawn together enjoying the same activities and hidden treasures.

2 — Supports Local Businesses: Mom and pop businesses need some loving and opportunity, and that’s exactly what a main small town street does. What’s an iconic street without some locally owned shops after all? Whether it’s for local artists or family owned cafes, main streets are a way to support hometown businesses while creating an opportunity for continual business growth. From antique shops to health and beauty services, most businesses found on Cedros are owned by locals who care about the Solana Beach community just as much as their patrons do.

3 — Pleases Everyone: If you find yourself strolling along an iconic avenue, you’re sure to come across something offered for all interests. Between entertainment, shops, dining, and nightlife, different individuals with varying tastes are bound to enjoy their time along the stretch of blocks. With the numerous activities available, not many individuals will be disappointed when spending a day on Cedros Avenue.

4 — Brings Visitors: When there is a well-known street in a small town, it is usually a go-to visitors’ spot for a day of shopping or wandering around. During certain times of the year, visitors and tourists may even make up the majority of the crowd, which is, of course, great for local economies. On the other hand, locals are often very willing to spend time showing it off to their very own visitors as well.

5 — Inviting Pedestrian Environment: Encouraging walking within a community is extremely healthy and inspiring. In providing the ease of walking from one business or shop to the next, people are more willing to spend more time in one area. This is especially inspired because of inviting spaces to spend more time in such as tasting rooms, art galleries, and cafes. It’s hard not to spend hours on Cedros with its numerous and diverse inviting spots including Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery, Lockwood Table Cafe and many more.

6 — Event Hosting: Small town main streets are a great place to host local events, celebrations, and seasonal gigs. An especially popular event regularly held in such areas is a farmers market — further supporting local business. Iconic streets also tend to have a range of event venues for different local happenings. Here on Cedros, Culture Brewing Co and Carruth Cellars are two of our various event venues for both private and public events.

7 — Historical Value: Whether it is a single attraction that holds all the historical value or the entire stretch, small town iconic streets often provide some incredible, authentic stories to the community. Visitors are bound to come across historical value even if they may not be looking for it. On Cedros Avenue, one of our favorite historical spots is the BellyUp Tavern — established in 1974, this music venue is a hotspot for historical significance in the city of Solana Beach.

What do you especially love about main streets or iconic avenues like Cedros? Share them with us on our Facebook page! If you have a favorite street, feel free to share that as well!

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The Cedros Ave. Merchants Association supports all of the vendors and businesses on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. The Avenue covers two and a half enchanting blocks of more than 85 boutiques, shops, cafes, salons, day spas, art galleries and more! Located just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, Cedros Ave. has been a point of interest for over three decades and is the only shopping district in San Diego solely populated by independent boutiques and businesses. 

Prepping for KAABOO Del Mar – the Cedros Way

Attention music, comedy, cuisine, and art lovers alike… KAABOO Del Mar is right around the corner, and it’s about that time to start planning for the “journey of discovery!” It’s a unique music festival that pleases varying tastes of entertainment along with many different crowds. However, just like any other big weekend-long festivities, it’s important not to leave out these standard considerations when organizing each step of the way:

Dressing & Packing for the Scene
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Image Credit: Cedros Soles

Choosing the right outfit for festivals like KAABOO is oftentimes one of the most important factors in getting ready for the event. The good news is that, when a number of different crowds and styles are involved, you really can’t go wrong. It’s about finding your personal balance between fashion and comfort. So dress both to impress and to dance! Cedros Avenue has dozens of shops and boutiques, such as Cedros Soles, where you are bound to find the right KAABOO essentials for your style. Whether you are in need of shoes, hats, shirts, or accessories, you may just find three perfect outfits for your weekend of fun!

KAABOO allows visitors to bring in a handful of certain items to ensure a comfortable and satisfying experience. Included in this list are blankets, beach towels, small backpacks, and empty water bottles. These are all nifty things that you may not have known you could bring into the venue with you! So before making a trip for outfits and accessories, take a look at what else you may need and add those essentials to your Cedros shopping list. If you’re worried about hauling these extra things around during the weekend, KAABOO has your back with lockers available — with the option to rent them out overnight!

Transportation & Timing
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Image Credit: Culture Brewing Co.

You can’t go wrong in avoiding traffic and surges by sticking with public transportation — especially if you’re looking to go green. North County Transit District (NCTD) and Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) offer unlimited rides a day with the RegionPlus Day Pass for only $12 each day. The pass includes access to the NCTD Coaster, Sprinter, Breeze, as well as the MTS Trolley Lines, buses, and Rapid Express buses (not including Rural routes and Access services). If the RegionPlus Day Pass sounds like the perfect option for you, visit the following websites for more details: GoNCTD.com and sdmts.com.

The Solana Beach Train Station is the closest stop to KAABOO and provides a shuttle to and from the main gates of the venue for $5 each way. Here’s the best part: if you’ve got some spare time while waiting for the shuttle going to the event or the train going home, what better way to let time pass than with a pint of beer, glass of wine, or a bite to eat? Right across the street from the station here on Cedros are some perfect spots to visit while waiting on shuttles and trains! Beer lovers can find tasty beverages at Culture Brewing Co., while wine lovers can find them at Carruth Cellars. Those looking to fill an empty stomach can walk down to the bistro style Wild Note Cafe.

Enjoying the Ride

KAABOO will be here in no time, and the best you can do is know that you prepped like a champ. All that’s left is to enjoy each and every moment of the weekend — whether you’re there to see big headliners, up-and-coming performers, nationally recognized comedians, culinary experts, or artwork from a range of public artists. KAABOO Del Mar is all about the experience, so get familiar with all they have to offer to ensure you will get the most out of it!

 

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The Cedros Ave. Merchants Association supports all of the vendors and businesses on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. The Avenue covers two and a half enchanting blocks of more than 85 boutiques, shops, cafes, salons, day spas, art galleries and more! Located just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, Cedros Ave. has been a point of interest for over three decades and is the only shopping district in San Diego solely populated by independent boutiques and businesses. 

 

Making the Most of a Day at the Del Mar Races

Del Mar Horse Races

Be a part of a classic and decades-old tradition by simply stepping inside the gates of the Del Mar Racetrack and placing a bet or two. Watch the top racehorses, jockeys, and trainers light up the scene with passion and high energy. Grab a beverage and walk around to simply enjoy the sights that come with a day at the track. Most importantly, be sure to take a look at the numerous events held at the Del Mar Racetrack, as you’re bound to find something that is right down your alley — a great reason to mark your calendar and commit to making the trip.

You’ve got until September 5th to pick a date and be off to the races! So make it count, and make a day out of it! Here is a list of some events worth looking into while the races are still here:

Summer Concert Series:

From Ziggy Marley to Chris Young, the concerts held at the racetrack’s Seaside Stage provide for an exciting end to a day at the races. Keep an eye out for a band or performer coming up that you can jam to after making a few bets. All you have to do is make it into the racetrack before the last race starts, and admission is free to every concert!

Cabana Fridays and Free & Easy Wednesdays:

Free & Easy Wednesday says it all in the name! Every Wednesday, save some cash by getting free Stretch Run Admission and a free program. But it doesn’t end there… domestic draft beers, regular soda, and regular hot dogs provided at the Stretch Run Concession Stands are all half price as well! So if you’re looking to check out the race scene without spending too much, Wednesdays are the day to get to those gates.

Kids Free Family Weekends:

Every Saturday and Sunday, the infield at the Horse Races turns into a family fun spot with free activities for the kids. Not to mention, admission into the racetrack for the event is a steal — kids get in free and adults only pay $6! It is the perfect activity for the kiddos and their parents on a sunny afternoon. So take advantage of it because there aren’t many opportunities where families can enjoy activities and games as horses take laps around them!

Food Events:

The Del Mar Racetrack knows how to please all kinds of tastes. Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth, salty tooth, or a somewhere between, there is sure to be a food event with your name on it — and these foods do not disappoint. Soon to be hosted at the races this season will be The Chili Cookoff, Tacotopia, Donuts Day, Pizza & Beer Festival and more! Arrive at the event with an empty stomach and you’ll leave as a happy camper my friends.

Classic Car Show:

Coming up on Saturday, August 6th, the Seaside Concert area is going to be flooded with some of the coolest old-school whips you’ll ever see. I think we can all agree that catching a glimpse of a classic car is a pretty sweet feeling — so imagine seeing dozens all at once! Big Fin Cadillacs, 47-47 Mercury’s, 31-39 roadsters, and more… including a special appearance of a world famous vehicle that any car-lover won’t want to miss.

TVG Pacific Classic:

As Del Mar’s signature event, this one may be more of an attraction to all those horse race enthusiasts out there. It is known as Del Mar’s most prestigious and priciest race. But don’t worry because it’s on the same day as the Pizza & Beer Festival — so beer connoisseurs and pizza lovers will be pleased to make a trip to the track on Saturday, August 20th as well.

Whether you’re an avid Del Mar Horse Races attendee or jumping into the vibrant scene for the first time, the racing season in Del Mar provides and environment for anyone to join in on the fun. Turf Club members, race enthusiasts, event goers, and first-timers are all encouraged to set aside a day for the races.

Good luck out there, have fun, and enjoy the scene!

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The Cedros Ave. Merchants Association supports all of the vendors and businesses on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. The Avenue covers two and a half enchanting blocks of more than 85 boutiques, shops, cafes, salons, day spas, art galleries and more! Located just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, Cedros Ave. has been a point of interest for over three decades and is the only shopping district in San Diego solely populated by independent boutiques and businesses. 

4 Reasons to Visit the SD Fair This 2016

Summer is literally around the corner and some of our favorite local events have already kicked off to get us into the true spirit of the season. One of those events, and probably the biggest, is the San Diego County Fair. This traditional annual event draws in thousands of San Diegans and SoCal visitors over a span of 26 fun-filled days. Games, prizes, exhibits, concerts, art, photography, crafts, gardens, vendors, sinfully delicious fried foods (yes, they have deep fried everything) and carnival inspired rides that light up the summer night sky. It’s a bit overly indulgent, and maybe just a little gaudy, but that’s what makes it so much fun!

Oh! And did we mention the theme this year? “Mad About the Fair”, which is an ode to that whimsical classic C.S. Lewis tale, we all know and love, “Alice in Wonderland.” How fun is that?!

Logo for the San Diego Fair 2016 theme

Everyone will have different reasons for visiting the fair this year, but here are 4 standout reasons we think you consider attending. Don’t worry, they’re much classier than you might think. [Wink]

#1 – The Concerts

The SD Fair draws in quite a musical line-up. And we’re talking on more than just the main Heineken Grandstand Stage, which is noteworthy with the Toyota Summer Concert Series featuring artists such as 3 Doors Down, Grand Funk Railroad, Kenny Rogers, Los Tigres Del Norte, Kool and the Gang, Hailee Steinfeld and Charlie Puth, just to name a few. But as we mentioned, there are other stages throughout the fair that will feature a fantastic line-up of bands and entertainment that are worth checking out. In fact, our very own Belly Up Tavern will be hosting their own line-up entitled the “Belly Up Music Festival” at the Coors Light Rock On Stage. For a list of who will be there this year check out the Concerts and Entertainment page.

#2 – Tea Time in Wonderland

This one may fly under the radar, but we’re mentioning it here to see that it doesn’t go unnoticed. Every Sunday, at 11AM or 1PM at Sprigs & Spirits in the Paul Ecke Jr. Garden Show, you can enjoy sipping on tea in a proper Wonderland-esque ceremony and make a special hat of your very own with the guidance of Charity Wings Art & Craft Center – a very special local art center located in the neighboring town of San Marcos. The menu is tea party worthy and sure to please. You can even make it a “Tipsy Tea” time with bottomless champagne cocktails for an added fee. Want more info on ticket rates for this special event? Follow the white rabbit to this page here. Seating is limited so reserve your space today!

#3 – Farm to Table Dinner

The phrase “eat and dine” local is a rapidly growing concept worldwide and for good reason. We’re getting back to our roots. Looking to neighborly farmers to supply us with locally grown food, and provide us with the much-needed education and experiences to help us obtain a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle. At this special event, you’ll get to dine with local farmers, noshing on a five-course meal paired with award-winning beer and wine. For more info, click here. Date for this event is Saturday, July 2nd from 4:30PM to 7PM.

#4 – Whole Life Festival

Lastly, and in the same vein as event #3, is the Whole Life Festival (formerly Enviro Fair). The special event is FREE with your fair admission. You’ll get to mingle and chat with local farmers; explore an eco-friendly marketplace filled with products and services for the mind; body & soul; hear guest speakers or watch demonstrations; connect with and discover holistic approaches to a healthier lifestyle. There’s a whole line-up of health-centric events planned from Bhakti Yoga, feng shui talks, chakra balancing, fitness and nutrition, and even a little wine tasting. We think this one is a must! For more info click here! Date for this all day event is Saturday, July 2nd from 10AM to 5PM.

We can honestly think of quite a few more reasons to visit the San Diego County Fair this 2016. Many chalk the fair up to fried foods, and risky rides. While these are certainly prevalent, as you can see from above, if you do a little digging you can discover some gem-of-events that don’t make your stomach literally turn. So we urge you to venture down the rabbit hole and explore their website for something that tickles your fancy.

Oh! And one last thing — if you plan to take the train or bus into the Solana Beach Coaster station here on Cedros Ave., you can use your pass to board a shuttle from the station that will take you directly to the fairground’s west gate. Please note that you must have a valid Amtrak ticket or North County Transit District ticket or pass to board the shuttle.

Happy Summer San Diego!

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The Cedros Ave. Merchants Association supports all of the vendors and businesses on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. The Avenue covers two and a half enchanting blocks of more than 85 boutiques, shops, cafes, salons, day spas, art galleries and more! Located just 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, Cedros Ave. has been a point of interest for over three decades and is the only shopping district in San Diego solely populated by independent boutiques and businesses.