Summer lovin’ should be about havin’ a blast, not spending all your cash. We’re in the middle of a fun time of year, but we also feel the struggle, things are getting expensive.
So, we gave ourselves a $50 budget and found some great local date ideas so you can fall in love with San Diego — and that special someone.
So much to eat — you’ll probably need a few date nights here. | Photo via @eatsamburgers
🍝 Get a taste of Little Italy
Tired of fighting over where to grab dinner? $50 will easily get two meals at Little Italy Food Hall — even if one person wants pizza and the other wants a lobster roll. There’s a selection of restaurants to choose from, and many nights feature free live music + dancing under the stars.
🎞️ Watch the stars
Relive a favorite movie under the stars (or the sun) with views of San Diego Bay at the Embarcadero’s Rooftop Cinema Club. Tickets generally start at $18.50 — or $21.50 with popcorn — so two people can enjoy a movie + snack for $43.
🥏 Fly into tee time
One of San Diego’s best golfing experiences doesn’t require clubs. Rather, you can head to Morley Field to try your hand at disc golf. An all-day play band costs $6 on weekends, and disc rentals will add $2.50 each. This will leave you with some money to grab a bite nearby, like at The Taco Stand in North Park.
Get a taste of multiple craft flavors at a local tasting room — like Ballast Point, where 4-oz tasters can be purchased for $3. That’ll leave room in the budget for appetizers to break up the flow of beer.
The first rule of flight club: It doesn’t need to be beer. Hammond’s Ice Cream in North Park + Point Loma offers ice cream flights that are generally under $10 (but depends on the number of cones). Or, head to Communal Coffee in North Park + South Park for $8.50 latte flights.
“The Official Blues Brothers Revue” | Tues., June 28 | 7:30 p.m. | The Moonlight Amphitheatre | $17+ | The Vegas act, sanctioned by Dan Aykroyd + Judith Belushi, put tribute to the iconic duo. 🕴️
Brain Joust Trivia | Tues., June 28 | 7-9 p.m. | Modern Times Beer, North Park | Free | Assemble your team of brainiacs and test your knowledge at the Flavordome — aka the tasting room. 🧠
Escondido Farmers Market | Tuesdays | 2:30-6 p.m. | Heritage Garden Park, between Grand Avenue + Juniper Street | Free | Buy small, local + fresh at this weekly North County market. 🍏
Cooking Class: Classic Handmade Pasta | Wed., June 29 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Blue Fire Brewing, San Marcos | $59 | Learn to make perfect dough, transform it into noodles + pull together two sauces from scratch. 🍝
Beach Bootcamp Workout | Wed., June 29 | 6-7 p.m. | Balboa Court + Ocean Front Walk | Get active with this evening sesh in South Mission Beach. 💪
Karaoke Night | Wed., June 29 | 8-10 p.m. | Wild’N Out Sports Bar | Free | Show off your singing skills, followed by at 10 p.m. DJ set, hosted by Native San Diegan Nick Cannon himself. 🎤
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With aspiring SD homeowners facing bidding wars, nightmare closing schedules, and Slam Diego’s competitive housing market, opting for a new construction home can be a very appealingroute to homeownership.
San Diego Gas & Electric will add four microgrids to local communities to help meet the need for more power during the hot summer months. These small-scale grids store clean energy more abundant during the day — typically from sources like solar + wind — can be used parallel to other sources or as a back up during an outage. ⚡ (Business Wire)
After plans for a homeless shelter fell through, the City of Vista is pursuing a safe parking lot, where unhoused individuals can live in their cars. The City Council will discuss the initiative + locations at tonight’s meeting, making it the more immediate focus, but plans to build a shelter have not been abandoned. 🅿️ (San Diego Union-Tribune)
A baby lemur has a nice ring to it. The San Diego Zoo introduced a new ring-tailed lemur to the family — adding to its population of the endangered species. The yet-to-be named baby girl has been adapting well to her environment and can be seen nursing, getting groomed, or riding on her mother Rindra’s back. 🍼
Have you heard the buzz? Better Buzz opened its new location in Mira Mesa this morning. You can get your caffeine fix by heading to 8347 Mira Mesa Blvd. — the shop features cafe space + a drive-thru. ☕
We always marvel at Comic-Con panels, but this year we can capitalize the excitement. Studio chief Kevin Feige announced that Marvel Studioswill be present at this year’s convention, though it’s unknown what will be announced. Schedules for the event have not yet been released to the public. 🦹♂️ (Entertainment Weekly)
The North Coast Repertory Theatre announced its 41st season. Seven shows will hit the stage from September 2022 through August 2023, including the Tony Award-winning “Pippin” and two world premieres: “Annabella in July” + “Murder on the Links.” 🎭
Ike’s Love & Sandwiches is preparing to open another store in San Diego — it’s first in Sorrento Valley at 9430 Scranton Rd., Ste. #104 — on Fri., July 8. Founder Ike Shehadeh will personally celebrate the opening, and to top it off the location will be home to two new sandwiches. 🥪 (QSR Magazine)
Another sea lion was found wandering away from the ocean on Sunday, this time at the 1200 block of Coast Boulevard in La Jolla. Officials roped off the area to keep it safe from onlookers before they returned it to La Jolla Cove. This is in addition to the sea lion found at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa we discussed yesterday. 🦭 (Fox 5)
2 hours. That’s the amount of time San Diego International Airport suggests you allocate to get ready for takeoff for domestic flights. Travelers should expect some detours during their journey as construction on the New T1 project continues. ✈️
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We’re counting down the days until Sept. 3: Opening day at the brand newSnapdragon Stadium when the San Diego State University Aztecs take on the University of Arizona Wildcats. The new venue wants us to be excited — without getting too gassed up — thanks to easy access through San Diego Metropolitan Transit System’s Green Line.
Snapdragon is spreading the word by wrapping a three-car trolley to promote its access to the 35,000-seat stadium + Aztecs football. The project will celebrate another grand re-opening when Stadium Station operates once again — giving people trolley access to the Mission Valley venue for the first time since November 2020.
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Editor’s pick:Good morning, San Diego. I’ve come to realize we have a lot of fun, affordable activities in the city. When I was writing this newsletter, I wanted to include axe throwing — which has somehow become trendy — but most locations are slightlyabove $50 for two people to partake. But if you wanna give it a throw, you could check out Battle Axe San Diego, Bad Axe Throwing, or Throw It! 🪓
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