Calling all friends, families, foodies, and fanatics alike- The most delicious week of the year is back to kick off 2018 and promise a New Year filled with flavor! The 14th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, January 21st, through Sunday, January 28th, to take your taste buds on an edible extravaganza like never before. (And yes, it is just as good as it sounds.) Find out why San Diego Restaurant Week is the time to dine with over 150,000 fellow diners!
Switch up your style! With over 180 participating restaurants spanning across the county from the South Bay to East County and to the borders of Oceanside and Fallbrook to the north, Restaurant Week is the perfect time to explore the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego! Branch out from your regular restaurant routine and take this 8-day opportunity to try a new restaurant or type of taste in your area.
Devour the 8-day deals. Though these restaurants are readily available to your appetite all year long, this foodie-favorited week offers an exclusive experience...more
This holiday season, KAABOO, North County Lifeline and our guests are joining forces to adopt local families in need. When you purchase your KAABOO passes now, $10 per pass will be used to purchase gifts for one of our adopted families in the San Diego area.
Each of our adopted families has provided a wish list, which includes gift items, as well as toiletries, household items and groceries to support their families. BUY NOW and help a San Diego family in need!
Take a look below to see the families that you'll be helping this holiday season!more
Thank you to everyone who joined us for an incredible KAABOO 2016. With the memories still fresh in our hearts, we have so much to look forward to. We are already back at it – planning your ultimate weekend escape for next year. We hope you’ll be there with us September 15-17, 2017.
This year we not only have memories to attest to a stunningly successful KAABOO, but we’ve got the numbers to back it up.
While it’s still early in our planning process, here are some of the anticipated changes that you can expect come 2017:more
All hail the ultimate “mix-perience”! The stacked lineup of incredible music, delectable cuisine, inspiring contemporary art, hilarious comedy, luxury spa indulgences, and the very best craft libations over the three day weekend in September took “festival life” to the next level, exceeding expectations.
During KAABOO, random guests were asked to take a quick survey to share their experience and feedback. We are excited to share the results with you.more
Plan Your Culinary Adventure With SanDiegoRestaurantWeek.com! San Diego Restaurant Week Celebrates Local This September Sunday, September 25th through Sunday, October 2nd
SAN DIEGO, CA. – This September, San Diego Restaurant Week will CELEBRATE LOCAL by showcasing the fresh and delicious ingredients that our region is known for, from Sunday, September 25th through Sunday, October 2nd, 2016. San Diego’s year-round growing season makes for a plethora of inspiring local ingredients for chefs to create unique and delicious dishes. With over 180 restaurants to choose from and eight days to experience this culinary adventure, it is the perfect time of year to explore new dining opportunities and revisit old favorites. It is never too early to...more
Our friends over at Ranch and Coast magazine have assembled a go-to guide for fashionistas ready to rock the KAABOO mix-perience in style. Jackelyn McIntosh of Matti D favors an elevated rocker chic look with a ’90s twist, while Rochelle Johnson of TRE Boutique envisions an “easy, sexy, sophisticated look.” No matter your preference, their selections are sure to dazzle from day to night.
Here are a few sneak peeks at their looks:more
You’ve purchased your passes, received your wristbands in the mail, and NOW it’s time for the ever-important wardrobe selection process. It’s a thing. We know. Since the list of acts is wide and varied, we’ve curated a few headliner-inspired looks to aid in your big decision on what duds to wear to the best weekend of 2016.more
Though there will be plenty of shady spots to hang at KAABOO, you will most likely be spending a lot of time in the sun. To save your skin at KAABOO, and to keep from like a Salvador Dali painting, Colorescience® has you covered by making makeup and sun-protection simple. Follow these steps before you head out the door for your weekend and then stop by and see Colorscience on the KAABOOlevard to learn more!more
If you’ve made the life-changing decision to attend KAABOO Del Mar this year, you’ll be receiving a pretty exciting package in the mail shortly (if you haven’t purchased your passes yet, what are you waiting for?!). In the package will be your KAABOO wristband, which is your entrance pass to KAABOO, and therefore, gold.
Here are some hints as to what to do and what NOT to do with your wristband when it arrives which will hopefully answer all of your wristband questions.more
On Friday, September 18, 2015, the inaugural KAABOO Del Mar kicked off with Snoop Dog dropping it like it was hot, No Doubt crushing it Hella Good, and two music-loving, unsuspecting strangers who had no idea that beyond the dancing crowds, fate was fast at work.
Those two strangers were Jessica Fox and Joel Lee who attended KAABOO 2015 separate and single but will be attending KAABOO 16 as soon-to-be husband and wife. Yes, just six months after meeting each other under the fiery Del Mar sun at KAABOO’s Mercedes-Benz Sunset Cliffs Stage, Joel put a ring on it, and KAABOO has its first match made in music.
We interviewed the bride-to-be about that fate-filled weekend in September.more
San Diego is certainly able to tout some of the best Mexican food in the county, but there is also a pretty happen’ burger game going on too. To help narrow down your selection, we’ve listed our top picks for Best Burgers in San Diego. So, whether you’re a local San Diegan or you’re coming to town especially for a KAABOO-cation in September, hop on down to one of these favorite local hot spots to grab a cheeseburger in paradise.more
The perfect compliment to a hot summer’s day is a fresh, cool cocktail. Here are some delish cocktail recipes from our KAABOO partners to help wet your palate and elevate your summer soiree to the next level. Add the KAABOO Del Mar Mixtape on Pandora in the background and you’ll be ready to rock.more
The legendary duo Daryl Hall & John Oates will be rocking the KAABOO stage in September with their hits like Maneater, I Can’t Go For That, and Kiss on My List. In a virtual interview with John Oates, we learned about his new book, his outdoorsy side and what KAABOO guests can expect from their performance at #KAABOO16.
THE KAABOO EXPERIENCE: A TREAT FOR ALL YOUR SENSES … AND THEN SOME
As an elevated “mix-perience” that includes great live bands, fine art galleries and live art, gourmet food and craft beer – and real bathrooms – people often ask us what a day at KAABOO feels like. The KAABOO Experience goes so far beyond a typical music event vibe. It is indulgent, high-class entertainment in the beautiful seaside town of Del Mar, California.
Below, we walk you through a sample day of enjoyment at KAABOO. It’s like an entire summer of fun packed into one incredible weekend:more
KAABOO’S WOMEN OF COMEDY OFFER SERIOUS LAUGHS
In a recent episode of Louis C.K.’s sitcom, “Louis”, a club owner tells him “don’t put two girls together” in the lineup for a comedy open mic night. Louis raises his eyebrows and ends up scheduling two women in a row anyway.
We applaud his reaction in that scene, because some incredibly funny women are creating some of the best comedy out there. We’d be thrilled to see them all together.
Marie Claire magazine issued a list of the “50 Funniest Women” and called them “all equally, ridiculously brilliant…reigning queens of comedy.” That list highlights hilarious women who grace screen and stage alike with their biting wit, comedic social commentary and even comedy-action mashups.
Last month, The Chicago Tribune ran a great piece debunking the ignorant question about whether women are as funny as men....more
KAABOO’s commitment to the visual arts is evident to anyone who’s stepped into Artwork, our onsite contemporary art fair; or strolled down KAABOOlevard to see the large-scale, live art exhibitions and murals; or witnessed the work of the various KAABOO-sponsored artists at events around North America. Indeed, KAABOO art is everywhere. And in some ways, that commitment to visual art emerged as early as the KAABOO concept itself, as evidenced by the creation of the original KAABOO logo by artist Lisa Wright.
“KAABOO provides a unique creative experience that is full of discovery. To capture this spirit, I decided to experiment with physical artistic media,” says Wright.more
SAN DIEGO AND SURROUNDING AREAS MAKE FOR AN IDEAL EXTENDED WEEKEND
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With its mild climate and gorgeous setting, San Diego and the surrounding area is a perfect place to get away from it all—or get in to something new. It has a relaxed vibe, but there is no shortage of things to do, see, eat and enjoy.
Here are just five reasons to visit San Diego in 2016:more
Seen The Avett Brothers live yet? If you haven’t, you’re missing an incredible experience. Brothers Scott and Seth Avett, along with Bob Crawford and Joe Kwon, bring a dynamic mix of bluegrass, country, punk, pop, folk, rock, honky tonk, ragtime and a few other musical genres that nobody’s named yet. Unique. High energy. Fun. Perfect for KAABOO. Enjoy this preview, and then join us in September to watch these guys absolutely crush it on stage. Book your passes now!more
Want to really spice up your Valentine’s Day? How ’bout saying “I love you” with the gift off the ultimate adult getaway?
KAABOO offers the perfect escape for you and your sweetheart, complete with dozens of world-class musical acts, an A-list comedy lineup, one of the nation’s largest culinary experiences, one of California’s biggest public art exhibitions, personal indulgences and more – all set in scenic Del Mar just steps from the picturesque Pacific Coastline.
Purchase passes to KAABOO 2016 between now and February 7, 2016, and we’ll send you a specially made gift box with four KAABOO truffles from...more
Jack Johnson‘s new song, “Seasick Dream,” is an ode to the high aquatic art of surfing. Released in December, the song appears in a documentary about surfer John John Florence called “View From a Blue Moon.”
“The amount of soul that he is able to put into such high performance surfing is mind blowing,” said Jack about Florence.more
GRAFFITI IS GARNERING ITS SHARE OF AFICIONADOS
Graffiti has moved from dark back alleys to the front pages of respected travel magazines.
Once a sign of crime or protest, tagging a public space with spray paint has now become a celebrated art form. People are adding street art tours to their list of vacation must-sees, and Conde Nast Traveler listed 17 of the top street art cities in this piece from fall 2015. Travel + Leisure and National Geographic, among many others, have also covered street art as a growing attraction in several global destinations.more
Jason Isbell has proved himself as one of America’s best songwriters, and is finally earning some of the recognition he’s long deserved. After missing out on a Grammy two years ago for the work from his previous album, “Southeastern,” the KAABOO2016 performer earned two nominations this year, one for Best Americana Album (“Something More Than Free“) and another for Best Americana Roots Song (“24 Frames”). He also landed atop Rolling Stone’s list of the top country albums of 2015.
Hailing from Green Hill, Alabama, Jason is a former member of the Drive-By Truckers. As a solo artist, he’s released five albums and earned praise from music royalty like Bruce Springsteen, Zac Brown and John Prine. Jason combines his poignant song writing with some of the most...more
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness released the video for “High Dive” in December 2015, and the tune is making a splash. Andrew will be performing at KAABOO Del Mar, September 16-18, 2016 at the Del Mar Racetrack. See this tune live, along with other hits like Cecilia and the Satellite. If you haven’t seen this band perform before, you won’t want to miss it. Passes available now!more
One of last year’s KAABOO headliners, Zac Brown Band, covered the poignant elegy, “Dress Blues,” by KAABOO2016 artist Jason Isbell. Zac and the band put their own twist on a song with deep personal meaning for Zac. In this KAABOO connection, listen to both versions, equally powerful in their own ways.more
Are you having a Blue Christmas? Well, here’s a California Christmastime message from KAABOO 2016 comedian Rachel Bloom, star of the Golden Globe-nominated “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Specially designed to pick you up and make you say, “What the …?” Happy holidays, KAABOO nation! Enjoy.more
SAN DIEGO DURING THE HOLIDAYS
The San Diego area has plenty going on this holiday season. From the Del Mar Fairgrounds to Petco Park, there’s plenty on the roster for kids and kids at heart. Here are just a few attractions you may want to check out in the coming days.more
Want to see Jack Johnson play next year? Do you live in the United Staes? Well, your best shot is at KAABOO Del Mar 2016, which is Jack’s only scheduled show in the U.S. for the year. Here’s a little preview to get you ready.more
Have you thought about taking your KAABOO experience to the next level with a HANG TEN pass?
We can always tell you about the type of experiences you can enjoy with each pass, but thought it you would like to hear it straight from a HANG TEN guest who joined us this year! Thank you to Frank for sharing your story and photos with all of us.
KAABOO is all about letting go and living in the moment – getting away from our busy lives, stepping outside of our comfort zones, unplugging from the world as we know it and having a great time with the people we value.
Do you have a #KAABOOMoment to share? Email email@example.com with your story and a photo for a chance to be featured on our blog and on KAABOO’s Facebook, like Karl and Katie from Florida.more
KAABOO Artwork is ready to roll! KAABOO’s large-scale public art display is in the works, and almost ready for the grand unveiling. Several renowned muralists combined forces to create something special for all our guests at KAABOO. Here’s a little preview. Head over to KAABOO this weekend to see the completed work. You won’t regret it!more
YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS KAABOO. HERE ARE 10 REASONS WHY.
KAABOO is almost here! This event promises to redefine the live music experience, merging an energetic concert atmosphere with refined amenities, world-class food, unique cocktails and a host of personal indulgences that are unique to the multi-day live event world. If you aren’t already aware of all that KAABOO has to offer, here are the top 10 reasons you don’t want to miss this unique event:more
Can you believe these guys have been around for 25 years? It’s true, 311 has now logged a quarter century as a band, making them eligible for induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. Think they’ve earned a spot? We certainly do. Here’s a piece in OC Weekly, in which the band members talk about longevity, chemistry and keeping it all together:
And if you aren’t sure if they’re ready for the Hall of Fame, come see them play live at KAABOO on Sunday, September 20 and judge for yourself. Passes still available for that day, as well as a few for the whole weekend. In the meantime, let us submit Exhibit A in the argument for their inclusion:more
An Academy Award-nominated actress with an Emmy and Golden Globe in her trophy case, Minnie Driver has a deep background in music. After making her stage debut in 1991, she performed sideline gigs as a jazz vocalist and guitarist. Minnie kept the music flowing over the years, and in 2001 she signed with EMI and Rounder Records, and performed at the SXSW festival. Minnie’s third album, Ask Me to Dance, came out last year and features songs with Elliott Smith, Neil Young and the The Killers. Here’s a taste of what Minnie will be bringing to KAABOO on Sunday, September 20. If you haven’t already booked, there are still some passes available for Sunday’s shows, as well as three-day passes for the whole weekend of music. Book now!more
At KAABOO, you are going to experience a high-level, concierge-style approach to entertainment. We have carefully crafted a weekend designed to provide you with an elevated degree of comfort, quality and hospitality. Everything has been curated for your enjoyment, from the music to the art to the cuisine to the craft beverages. This isn’t a random assortment of music, attractions and concessions; it’s a deliberated designed experience created to appeal to all of your senses, with performers, culinary artisans, beverages, shopping, art and personal indulgences that have been hand-selected for this event. Be prepared for little surprises around the venue that will show you our level of dedication to this point. Here are just a few of the curated experiences you can expect at KAABOO:more
Spoon is planning a hiatus after their Saturday, September 19 performance at KAABOO. This could be your last chance to see the band in person for a while, so get your tickets for 9/21 and line up your chance to see them before they break! Here’s a little more about their planned step back:
And in the meantime, here’s a sneak preview to get you amped for their finale show:more
It’s hard to believe, but KAABOO is less than a month away! To celebrate the impending arrival of SoCal’s coolest new live music, arts and culture event, here is some fun music trivia about our performers. Twenty four sets of facts about 24 different KAABOO bands. Get your knowledge on, and show up at KAABOO in-the-know about your favorite acts. Can’t wait to see you in Del Mar!
By the way, if you haven’t grabbed your passes yet, there are single, two-day and full weekend passes still available, but don’t wait; tickets are moving fast!more
Nicki Bluhm will perform her unique brand of rock, folk, country, psychedelia, blues and pop – a.k.a The California Sound – to KAABOO on Friday, September 18. Can’t wait until then? Nicki has taken over the KAABOO Instagram page for a day of fun, and a ticket giveaway to boot! Click over to Instagram.com/kaaboodelmar/ for all the excitement and to get in on your chance for free tickets to event on Friday, September 18. If you miss out on the freebies, don’t worry! Tickets for Friday night at KAABOO are still available!
In the meantime, here’s a sneak preview of Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers’ “Waiting on Love” to tide you over until the 18th:more
Tribal Seeds are considered by many to be one of the top reggae acts playing today, a distinction held up by iTunes, when the Apple music giant named their first two albums “Best Of” in the Reggae genre for their respected years. Their newest album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts, as well as the iTunes and Amazon charts in the reggae category. And they’re all ours on Saturday, September 19, when they bring the vibe to KAABOO. Single-day tickets still available for Saturday, and multi-day passes for the whole weekend, but act fast! Here’s a sneak preview with a live performance of their tune, “Island Girl.”more
Eating well on tour isn’t always easy, which is why Allen Stone’s band brings a mobile feast on the road. Organ player Greg Ehrlich packs a portable kitchen, complete with appliances, spices and everything he needs to whip up some tasty vittles in any spot the band pauses long enough to eat. It’s a great demonstration of the food, fun and music concept that sits at the heart of the KAABOO experience. See Allen Stone and his hungry band on Friday, September 18 at KAABOO. Single day and multi-day passes still available, but don’t wait! The event is right around the corner!more
To record his new album, The Heart, which came out earlier this month, Donovan Frankenreiter booked two weeks of studio time in May of 2015 at Blue Rock Studios in Wimberley, Texas. He then live-streamed the recording sessions on the Internet in a soul-baring exhibition for his fans. With a skeletal crew of only two band members and a studio engineer, Donovan recorded a new song each day and laid down the entire album live online. Check out the one of the new songs from the album: Big Wave. Donovan plays KAABOO on Sunday, September 20. Singe-day passes for Sunday, as well as weekend passes for the whole event, are still available!more
Grace Potter’s new album, Alive Tonight, drops today. Check out the eponymous single from the new album, as well as Grace’s behind-the-scenes interview about the making of the new collection of tunes. Grace plays KAABOO on Sunday, September 20. Singe-day passes for Sunday, as well as weekend passes for the whole event, are still available!more
KAABOO PUTS EVERYTHING YOU LOVE INTO ONE GREAT WEEKEND
Life is busy. You don’t have time to do half the things you need to do, much less want to do. San Diego has food festivals, beer festivals, art festivals and great live music. It can be a full-time job just trying to see them all. Here’s the good news: We are giving you one location to experience it all! We’ve done all the hard work to put it together. All you have to do is show up.more
KAABOO artists have been building something big—really big. Work has begun on the large-scale murals that enhance the scene at KAABOO this September. Six different artists will contribute to the mural over the next two weeks, working in two-person teams for four days at a time. Currently, the murals are hanging from the side of the Holiday Inn on 8th Street in San Francisco, between Market and Mission. Once complete, the murals will be disassembled, transported to Del Mar for KAABOO, and reassembled for your viewing pleasure. To get a little sneak preview, check out our new Instagram account that’s focused solely on KAABOO Artwork: https://instagram.com/kaabooartwork/. To see the big reveal, join us at KAABOO on September 18!more
IT’S MORE FUN WHEN THERE’S MORE THAN ONE.
Traveling in a pack is fun. That’s why wolves do it, and everyone knows that wolves are the party animals of the animal kingdom. You hear that Otters? You guys are slippin’! Anyway, when was the last time that you grabbed a bunch of friends and did exactly what you wanted to do for an entire weekend? Well, here are some tips for forming your own wolf pack and creating the perfect adult weekend.more
When they’re not backing up Jimmy Fallon, The Roots are free to get a little more down and dirty. They’ll be bringing some funk, some hip hop and some rock ‘n’ roll to KAABOO Del Mar on Saturday, September 19. You don’t want to miss this groove. Single day tickets available for that Saturday, or get your three-day passes for the whole weekend!more
Brett Dennen has joined the Friday night lineup at KAABOO! Brett brings a distinctly intimate and hearfelt side to live performing, and is an exciting addition to the acts performing in Del Mar this September. You can see Brett Dennen live at KAABOO on September 18. Until then, here’s a little preview:more
How ’bout a little Friday fun with Fitz and the Tantrums? These guys are incredible, high-energy live performers. They earned their place among music’s top acts by working hard and earning their fans one at a time by playing lots and LOTS of live gigs. That hard work paid off, and now they’re wowing thousands of fans at a time at major events like KAABOO. When we saw them, we had to have them as part of the KAABOO lineup. Don’t miss ’em when they bring all that energy to KAABOO on Friday, Sept. 18.more
FINALLY, A MUSICAL EXPERIENCE FOR FOOD LOVERS.
We get it. Festival food can be a guilty pleasure. Who hasn’t enjoyed a good funnel cake or the occasional corn dog every now and then? But maybe you’re looking for something more sophisticated at your next weekend outing. After all, you’re spending your precious time and money at an event. Why not have a full-featured experience that includes not only sights and sounds, but tastes as well?
That’s why we created Palate, an upscale eatery built right into KAABOO Del Mar, featuring world-renowned chefs and culinary delights from some of the nation’s top restaurants. Sure, you could have another slice of limp pizza that’s been sitting under a heat lamp for five hours, or you could devour some fresh ceviche with a side of local, organic vegetables, washed down with a hand-crafted cocktail mixed up with artisan tequila. The choice is up to you to build your perfect weekend based on your tastes, and that’s what KAABOO is all about.
Curious about who’s serving up this fine far at KAABOO?...more
Legend has it that Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell discovered the band, asking them to perform in Long Beach, California, at the Foot Hill Tavern. From there the rest is history, as they say. Slightly Stoopid will play KAABOO Del Mar on Saturday, September 19, along with Zac Brown Band, Counting Crows, Young the Giant, The Roots, Spoon, Neon Trees, Awolnation and many others.more
What song by a KAABOO artist played on an episode of MTV’s Real World Brooklyn? It had teen angst, heartbreak, redemption – all wrapped up in some ‘Texas Tea” by The Jakes, now known as Young the Giant, who will be performing at KAABOO Del Mar on Saturday, September 19, 2015. Don’t miss them or these other great acts.more
Appearing Friday, September 18, 2015 at KAABOO Del Mar, Foster the People and their 2012 Billboard Music Award-winning hit, “Pumped Up Kicks.”more
Are you one of those wait-and-see types? Sure, we can respect that. A good life often requires a good plan. But sometimes a great life requires pursuing your passion. After all, you never know what tomorrow might bring.
Not convinced? Here are just a few things that could come between you and living your dreams. Hey, they could happen.more