Best Stuff to Do 2012


Best Dates

By Erin Meanley

Get a buzz at the movies
Sure, we’re still balking at the Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas prices, but when it comes down to it, reclining chairs and alcohol really do make a B-movie better. They also make for easier cuddling.
12905 El Camino Real, Carmel Valley;
6941 El Camino Real, Carlsbad

Dance at Anthology
Your date will let loose at this Little Italy live music venue, where, this month alone, there are tributes to the Rolling Stones, ABBA, and Bruce Springsteen. Want to take it slow? There’s also jazz and R&B.
1337 India Street, Little Italy

Tour Petco Park
For just $11 per person, you get 60 minutes inside the press box, bullpen, dugout, Western Metal Supply Co. building, VIP areas, and more, plus stunning views of downtown, the bay, and Coronado. On a date, why not set the tone with the romance of America’s fave pastime?
100 Park Boulevard, downtown

Bet at the Racetrack
Pick a horse, any horse—it’s thrilling to have something to root for. And if you win, you’ve got someone to celebrate with. Stay late for the free concerts—Cake on August 14 and Ben Harper on August 18.
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar

Rendezvous at a Supper Club
Shhhh…the new supper clubs like Cellar Door, Limone, and Black Label Table are a secret. Well, at least until you find their Facebook pages. It’s mostly local chefs hosting small dinners in their own homes or yards. “Like” them on Facebook, and score an invite that will impress any foodie companion.

Drive-in movie

Photo by the Hendershotts

Full Moon

Drive-In Movie: Full Moon
It’s the greatest thing to happen to movies since, well, that fancy theater started serving wine. You won’t get any booze at the new pop-up drive-in at Pacific Beach Middle School, but you will get classic films, an old-fashioned concession stand, and plenty of summer evening ambiance.
4647 Ingraham Street, Pacific Beach

Cooking School: Great News
We love that everyone’s favorite cooking school is keeping up with the trends. Finally signed up to receive a CSA box? They’ve got a class for how to use farmers market produce. Jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon? There’s a class for that too. Learning about sustainable seafood? That class is on August 31.
1788 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach

Multi-Tasking Exercise: SUP Yoga and Fitness Classes
San Diego being a yoga capital of the world and early adopters of SUP, we find this concept super San Diego-y. And who doesn’t love a challenge? You get double the core workout and a tan to boot.
Mission Bay Aquatic Center, 1001 Santa Clara Place, Mission Bay

Party Place: Mission Bay Aquatic Center
Whether it’s taking 10 kids tubing on the bay for a birthday party, leading your employees on a cardboard boat-building competition or setting up a “Beach Olympics” obstacle course on the sand for your family reunion, these guys know how to make a splash with private events.
1001 Santa Clara Place, Mission Bay

Book Club Alternative: Art and Wine Classes
If book clubs are just an excuse to drink wine, why not get your fill of wine and culture without having to fake that you actually read the book? Learning to paint while getting a buzz is much more fun (and soothing). Try a class with your friends at PaintNVineyard (, Wine & Canvas (, or Art Uncorked (

Happy Hour We Want to Bring Back: Tap-Dancing Happy Hour
Due to construction, the pint-and-a-timestep sessions at 98 Bottles have been put on hold. Fingers crossed that by the end of summer, they’ll bring it back (hint, hint). We love making noise with our feet—with a little liquid courage, of course.
2400 Kettner Boulevard, Little Italy

Museum Exhibit: Ramp It Up
The Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit on skateboard culture makes a stop at the Museum of Man this summer. Kids can hit the indoor skate ramp on weekends through September.
1350 El Prado, Balboa Park

Cinema Under the Stars: Beach Blanket Movie Night
Because we like the simple things: A warm blanket, the stars, some newly renovated bathrooms, and better parking than Del Mar. Snuggle up on August 25 at 6 p.m.
111 South Sierra Avenue, Solana Beach

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