San Diego Area Events May 2018

“The world’s favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May.”
–  Edwin Way Teale

 

West Coast Weekender   May 3-6
A music conference and boutique festival spanning over four days in May. With a strong focus on local art and industry, we pay homage to the American westside’s underground music culture. WorldBeat Cultural Center: www.westcoastweekender.net

Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo   May 4-6
Bustling mercado, non-stop music and live entertainment, lucha libre wrestling, and a huge display of lowriders and other incredible autos! Delectable dining establishments throughout Old Town and enjoy margarita and tequila specials.  Old Town San Diego State Historic Park  www.cincodemayooldtown.com

Julian Woman’s Club Wildflower Show   May 4-6
The Wildflower Show is meant to educate club members, local residents, out-of-town visitors and children about the botanical wealth of Julian and its vicinity. 10am-4pm / www.julianwomansclub.org

Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival   May 5
Complete with jams from local musicians and tastes of more than 50 of the most renowned breweries from San Diego County and other vibrant craft beer regions around the country. 12-4pm / www.sdbeer.com/rhythm-and-brews

Cinco de Mayo Trail Run   May 5
The challenging and unique courses will take you out on the Lake Poway Trail through the foothills around the lake near Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. Kids Race at 9:30am.
6:30am / Lake Poway Trail   www.cincodemayotrailrun.org

Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego   May 5
Cultural and traditional performances from a dozen countries and cultures. Children’s Art and Crafts, Martial Arts Demos, Video Game Tent, Cooking Demos, Ramen Eating Contest, Cultural Row Exhibition, Beer Garden, and delicious Asian food!  10am-5pm / Mira Mesa Community Park  www.asianculturalfestivalsd.com

Carlsbad Spring Village Faire   May 6
Clothes, accessories, plants, household products, art, antiques and home decor. The international food court will once again feature more than 50 booths. The children’s area will entertain youngsters with games, a super slide, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall, face painting and arts and crafts.
8am-5pm /   www.kennedyfaires.com/carlsbad

Spring Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon   May 6
With a calm bay swim and a flat bike and run course, the Spring Sprint is the perfect race to kick off your season.
7-11am / South Shores Park, Mission Bay  www.sdtriseries.com

Gator By The Bay Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival   May 10-13
More than 100 performances on 7 stages, dancing, delicious Southern food – including beignets, gumbo, jambalaya & 10,000 lbs of crawfish.  Spanish Landing Park, Point Loma Peninsula  www.gatorbythebay.com

Disco Ball 2018   May 12
An elegant evening and help support our programs to enrich the lives of children and their families. Hosted Cocktail Reception, 3-Course Gourmet Dinner, Live and Silent Auction, Live entertainment. 6-10pm / Mission Bay Hilton:  www.childrensnatureretreat.org

Holi Festival of Colors   May 12
Dedicated to spiritual & social harmony, awakening a sense of brotherhood thru ecstatic dance, mantra music, yoga, free hugs and delicious vegetarian meals.  11am-4pm / Oceanside Pier Amphitheater  www.festivalofcolorsusa.com

Ocean Beach Kite Festival   May 12
We have kite building and decorating, prizes, professional kite fliers and amazing kite demonstrations and games, crafters, community organizations, gourmet food, carnival activities and live music!  10am-4pm / Dusty Rhodes Park    www.oceanbeachkiwanis.org

Art Glass Guild Fall Patio Show & Sale   May 12-13
View beautiful art glass created by local artists. There will be entertainment for all including: live music, demonstrations featuring torch-work, and glass cutting as well as an area for children & adults alike to create their own unique mosaic art piece. 10am-5pm / Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park  www.artglassguild.com

Festa do Espirito Santo   May 18-20
Celebrate Portuguese Heritage by joining in the city’s oldest ethnic festival, Festa do Espirito Santo, that commemorates Portugal’s Queen St. Isabel.  United Portuguese S.E.S. Hall, Point Loma  www.upses.com

San Diego Taco Fest   May 19
30 of the region’s best taco-centric restaurants will offer a wide range of mouthwatering taco creations. Local and national musical performances. Chihuahua Beauty Pageant and Race.  San Diego County Waterfront Park  www.sdtacofest.com

Festival of Arts in North Park   May 19
The festival features a live art element: contemporary urban artists will create unique works of art using creative everyday objects like cars, refrigerators and boom boxes. Craft Beer Block, Live Music, Kids Arts Block, Cocktail Garden and more!  www.northparkfestivalofarts.com

San Diego Century   May 19
Experience the beautiful hills and coastline during one of the nation’s most scenic rides along 33, 67 or 105 mile routes. Finish-line expo in Encinitas.  6am-5:30pm / MiraCosta College, Cardiff-by-the-Sea  www.sdcentury.com

Stone Liberty Station 5th Anniversary   May 19
To commemorate, we are throwing a celebration along with the awesome other local businesses in Liberty Station and Liberty Public Market! www.stonebrewing.com

Armed Forces Day Military Operation Appreciation   May 19
Thousands of active duty military and their family members are treated to a day of free food, carnival rides and entertainment. Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre www.oceansidechamber.com

Pirate Days   May 19-20
Kids costume contests, cannon firings, weapon demonstrations, sword fights, scary stories, and a scavenger hunt. 10am-4pm / Maritime Museum of San Diego  www.sdmaritime.org

Beach Soccer Jam   May 19-20
Come enjoy the excitement including Beach Soccer, Brazilian Samba and Capoeira dancers, some of San Diego’s best Entertainment DJs and a Beer Garden.  See website for schedule. / Fiesta Island  www.beachsoccerjam.com

Community Band Festival   May 19-20
Old Poway Park Action Committee members, the Pomerado Community Band and the Poway Arts and Crafts Guild, will host the annual CA Band Festival and Arts and Crafts Market. 10am-7pm / Old Poway Park    www.poway.org

Fiesta del Sol   May 19-20
Food Trucks and other great specialty food vendors will be back as well as our Arts & Crafts area, Sponsor area, Solana Beach Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, and more! Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach  www.fiestadelsol.net

Escondido Grand Ave Festival   May 20
One of the biggest street fairs in Southern California, with over 500 vendors bringing unique crafts and imports, fine international cuisine and family entertainment. 9am-5pm / Historic Downtown   www.visitescondido.com

Navy’s Bay Bridge Run/Walk   May 20
This unique 4-mile run/walk has a one of a kind spectacular panoramic view as participants make their way to Coronado’s beautiful Tidelands Park from downtown San Diego over the Coronado Bay Bridge. Followed by a finish line celebration.
8am-12pm / Hilton San Diego Bayfront  www.navylifesw.com/bridgerun

Classic Car/Motorcycle Show   May 20
From antique to current cars and motorcycles of beauty. Breakfast served, shrimp boil or hot dogs for lunch.
8am-2pm / Chula Vista Elks Lodge 2011:  www.chulavistaca.gov

Walk For the One Barefoot Walk-A-Thon   May 20
It’s .. in dirt… for 4 miles… barefoot (you can wear sandals or shoes if you need to.) This is what so many Ethiopian kids face daily to get to and from school. Gain a broader awareness of what others deal with on a daily basis!   www.unforgottenfaces.org

Valley Center Western Days   May 23-26
Each May, the Valley Center community celebrates its western heritage with a series of events including the Western Days Parade, Library kick-off party, the election of Valley Center’s “Honorary Mayor,” and so much more. www.westerndays.org

Valley Center Stampede Rodeo & Festival   May 25-27
This year’s rodeo will kick-off on Friday at the rodeo grounds. On Saturday, the grounds will reopen following our town’s historic parade. Then on Sunday, the rodeo grounds will feature a locals roping event.   www.vcstampede.com

Legacy Week   May 26-28
The lineup of activities range from a Wreath Memorial ceremony, benefit concert, family activities, blood drive, interactive exhibits and more. Each element of Midway’s Legacy Week commemoration is designed to honor and remember our heroes and celebrate our military heritage. USS Midway Museum:  www.midway.org

House of Pacific Relations’ Ethnic Food Fair   May 27
Annual celebration of food from around the world! Sample the culinary treats of 34 different cultures and witness performances in native costumes. Features musical and dance performances on the HPR stage. 11am-5pm / Balboa Park   www.sdhpr.org

Vista Strawberry Festival   May 27
Come enjoy our celebration of the ‘berry as we bring over 300 vendors, athletic competition, pie eating, costumes, beauty, carnival rides, music, food, and more. 8am-6pm / Historic Downtown Vista www.vistastrawberryfest.com

Fallbrook Vintage Car Club Car Show   May 27
Featured Cars – Packard. Restoration Road – Porsche. Swap Meet, Beer & Wine Garden, Food Vendors and Live Music.: 9:30am-4pm / Pala Mesa Resort, Fallbrook www.fallbrookvintagecarclub.org

National City Memorial Day Celebration   May 28
As a symbol of that community spirit, several public officials will roll up their sleeves to serve the lunch in what has become an important component of La Vista’s Memorial Day tradition. 1-3pm / La Vista Memorial Park & Mortuary:
www.nationalcityca.gov

Real Estate Marketing and Staging Tips for 2018

IT DOESN’T MATTER IF IT IS A BUYER’S MARKET OR A SELLER’S MARKET, NO MATTER HOW THE TRENDS IN THE MARKET ARE PROJECTED TO PAN OUT FOR THE YEAR, ALL PROPERTIES THAT ARE FOR SALE ON THE MARKET NEED TO BE STAGED. STAGING IS WHAT SETS ONE HOME IN A NEIGHBORHOOD APART FROM THE NEXT WITH SIMILAR FEATURES AND AMENITIES.WHILE SOME INVESTORS CHOOSE TO STAY COMPLETELY UNATTACHED TO A PROPERTY WHILE THEY ARE VIEWING, ANYONE WHO IS BUYING A HOME TO LIVE IN WANTS TO GET THAT HOMEY FEELING WHEN THEY ARE WALKING THROUGH IT. IT’S HARD TO APPEAL TO EACH AND EVERY POTENTIAL BUYER THAT WILL WALK THROUGH A HOME, BUT REALTORS SHOULD CONSIDER EACH OF THESE TIPS WHEN STAGING A RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY FOR SALE IN 2018.

 

Parts of the House That Can Be Staged

 

There are so many different areas of a residential property that can be staged to appear welcoming and organized. The entire key to staging is to help the interested party imagine how space would function and what it would look like when it was lived in. The staging should always highlight the best features of the property while toning down the drawbacks.

 

There are plenty of areas that can become a focal point. The living room, dining room, kitchen, and master bedroom are all popular areas where attention is placed. Unfortunately, many people focus on the living areas and don’t pay attention to how extra bedrooms can function to a buyer. Leaving garage doors open can also help to show off an organized or finished garage, which is a major plus for many buyers. Getting the door itself serviced, is a good idea as well. Outdoor patios, pool decks, planters, and sunrooms are all other areas that should not be left out for staging.

 

Decide on Partial or Complete Staging

 

The more attention you place on a home before it hits the market, the quicker the home is going to sell. This is what past sales reports have demonstrated. This is why making the decision between partially or completely staging a home is important. If you are selling a vacant property, complete staging packages are a must.

 

If, however, you plan on keeping your existing furniture in a home, you may need to add to what you already have, which becomes a challenge to designers who specialize in prepping real estate for sale. You will need to consider budget and decide if completely staging the home will get you enough over ask to pay for the expense.

 

It Is Crucial to Consider 2018 Design Trends

 

Interior designers always know what is going to be on-trend before the time even comes. That is because they have seen the production of home furnishings and paints that will be released for the next season in advance. In 2018, the trends are shifting from gray to more of cream beige and crisp whites. Add a pop of bright color throughout and some shiny metallics and your home will be on-trend.

 

If you are more worried about flooring and kitchen fixings, know that each will go a long way. Trends have not changed with carpeting. For staging purposes, it is wise to change out flooring in the main living area to wood or even faux wood. This is one of those trends that is not anticipated to change.

 

If you do your staging right, your home will sell for more and it will sit for less time. You are looking for the perfect combination of personal touch, comfort, and refinement. As long as you consider what trends show that the buyers are looking for, you should not have a problem attracting attention.

 

An Overpriced Home:
· Minimizes offers
· Decreases agents response
· Limits qualified buyers
· Decreases showings
· Decreases prospects
· Limits financing
· Wastes advertising dollars
· Nets less for the seller

 

When you are ready, contact me today for a personal market value analysis of your home. No hassles or obligation – just honest advice on how to get top dollar for your home!

 

Written By Dixie Somers