Now that July is a wrap, you have one month to squeeze out the last bit of awesomeness that summer 2015 has left. Before it’s over, here is a short list of five things you must do before the end of the Labor Day weekend.
San Diego is renowned for its fisheries and right now the sportfishing boats
out of H&M Landing in Point Loma and Seaforth Sport fishing in Mission Bay are catching record numbers of yellowfin tuna and yellowtail. With warm waters off our coast, there has never been a better time to go catch a fish of a lifetime.
Seaforth Sport fishing: 1717 Quivira Road, San Diego, (619) 224-3383, seaforthlanding.com/
H&M Landing: 2803 Emerson St., San Diego, (619) 222-1144, hmlanding.com
Day trip to Mexico
If you have wanted to go to Mexico but still have been putting it off, wait no longer. This is the perfect time to enjoy the short drive south for a day of food and fun. Cross the border (make sure you have a passport) and make your way to the toll road and follow it all the way to Ensenada. Park by the cruise ship terminal and check out the famous Ensenada Fish Market and take a walk around downtown Ensenada. After lunch, take a short drive south and stop at La Bufadora, a natural water geyser created by ocean waves and holes in the rocks. For more about Ensenada visit visitmexico.com/en/ensenada
San Diego Chargers Fan Fest
This could be the last Chargers Fan Fest in San Diego, so get down to Qualcomm Stadium from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 8 to see the home team before they possibly move to L.A.
You can watch the Chargers practice in Qualcomm Stadium from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and meet former Charger players that will be signing autographs and discussing football from 10-11 a.m. at gates A, D and G on the Plaza level concourse. The stadium doors open at 9:30 and the event and parking is free. Food and merchandise will be for sale inside the stadium. Go to the Chargers website for more info, chargers.com
Julian Grape Stomp Festa
Julian is a treasure to San Diego with its quaint small town vibes and its epic apple pie. What you may not know is that the town has a vibrant wine community. Every September the Julian Chamber of Commerce celebrates the harvest of the grapes with a great old-school grape stomp and festa at the Menghini Winery. The event, which will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 5, features Italian music, dancing, bocce ball competitions, stomping, wine tasting, a Jumbo Jump for the kids and a variety of food and crafts for sale. $15 for adults, $5 for kids. 1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian. For more information on the Julian Grape Stomp Festa, visit julianca.com.
U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge
This is no ordinary sand castle competition. About 300 tons of sand will be brought to the B Street cruise ship terminal pier, where master sand sculptors from around the globe will work their magic. Three-dimensional artists also will display their work. The event, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 4-7, will feature dozens of local artists selling some of San Diego’s finest handcrafted art as well as dozens of food trucks, music, dancing and amazing activities for the kids. 1140 North Harbor Drive, San Diego. For more info visit ussandsculpting.com
As a lifelong San Diegan, Ken Lewis has surfing and ocean life in his DNA. A 30-year surfer himself, Lewis has worked in the surf and skate industry for most of his career. Send him your thoughts about the surfing world to firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Instagram @hanger18.