San Diego without the Comic-Con

Events, Things to Do — By meaghanclark on July 23, 2010 at 8:38 pm

To be in San Diego during all of the action at Comic-Con is…bewildering. Locals and tourists find traveling downtown a fright and for any fan of the tabloids a deep pit forms . Yet for the majority of San Diegans, Comic-Con has nothing to do with them. How? The majority of “geeks” as they have been deemed (though everyone from People Magazine to MTV and Wired writes about this geek-fest) fill in the area from around the country, as evident from the boost in tourism. Nearly every hotel within a thirty mile radius is booked, and few (if any) are by locals – aside from the ones working the event.

So what to do when you’re in American’s finest city when stars like Angelina Jolie, the Harry Potter crew or the new “Red” film crew are walking the streets? Anything but something downtown. Check it out.

The Del Mar Races are still happening this weekend, despite the rain and the reports that big hats everywhere have sold out. There is a total of 28 races this weekend, and the first of the summer concert series this afternoon beginning at 4 p.m., with San Diego local Pinback performing.

Ziggy Marley is performing at Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort tomorrow; less than 40 minutes away from the city, it might be nice to get away from the comic book craze and resort to the black jack table instead.

Fight off the hangover with an early morning 40 proof brunch with House of Blues San Diego. The weeklySaturday brunch styled reggae features Fish out of Water and mimosa/ bloody mary specials. That’s enough to get you up before 2 p.m.

Artist Jocelyn Duke will showcase her contemporary artwork from 6 – 10 p.m. tonight at Barrio Logan’s Say Lulu Salon. The show represents the city in its most cultural form and has some great art to boot.

The ASID Interior Experience Tour is happening tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the city. Local ASID designers will showcase home renovations from some local celebrities, including CEO of Souplantation, and an-over-the-top condo at Park Laurel overlooking Balboa Park.

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Tags: Angelina Jolie, Comic-Con, MTV, People Magazine, Ziggy Marley