San Diego County Fair Alternative Coming this Summer

An alternative version of the San Diego County Fair is coming to the fairground this summer.

In a statement released on the fair website, “The 22nd District Agricultural Association is getting back to our roots to present HOME*GROWN*FUN, a four-week celebration of community and agriculture offering a taste of what San Diegans have grown to love about the annual fair.” 

Last summer, officials canceled the San Diego County fair due to the Coronavirus pandemic because gatherings of any size were prohibited.

The cancelation was detrimental to the fair because it’s the largest annual event in San Diego County every year (next to Comic-Con).

Photo Credit: @sandiegocountyfair on Instagram

While we are still in a global pandemic, things are improving. This year, the fair will operate; with modifications.

Capacity limited with timed entry required (to prevent overcrowding) and parking passes purchased in advance online. Tickets for parking will go on sale beginning May 1, 2021, on their website.  

The fair, “HOME*GROWN*FUN will offer famous “fair food favorites,” shopping, food concessions, Ferris wheel, a carousel, and various agricultural-themed exhibits. 

The modified fair event will run from June 11 through July 4 (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays).

Admission is $10, with children 5 & younger are free. All guests heading to the fair will be required to wear masks and practice physical distancing from other guests.

For more information regarding the fair, please visit their website at sdfair.com

Photo Cover: San Diego County Fair by Israel Palacio on Unsplash

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Disney Sets Opening Date for Avengers Campus in California

With the upcoming reopening of the beloved theme park, Disney announces the arrival of their new Marvel-themed land coming to California Adventure on June 4.

After being closed for over a year, Disneyland is welcoming guests with new safety measures, new capacity rules, and most notably–a new land. Originally planned to open in the summer of 2020, plans for the Avengers Campus were delayed due to the coronavirus. Now that the parks are reopening, Disney announced the long-awaited extension just in time for the summer.

Until further notice, California residents are currently the only ones who are permitted to enter the park and will be the first people to experience Disney’s latest attraction.

The area will feature two main rides–Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout and Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure. The former is an exhilarating drop tower dark ride (converted from the Tower of Terror ride in 2017), with the latter being a newly built Spider-Man interactive screen ride. 

Park goers can also look forward to immersive activities and entertainment from their favorite Marvel movies. We can expect to see the Sanctum, a walk through site that will incorporate ancient ruins, orbs, and mystic elements from Doctor Strange.

The Campus’ most notable building will be the Avengers Headquarters, donning the classic logo and a Stark Industries’ jet on the rooftop. Both of these attractions will likely feature entertainment and performances by park cast members.

Additionally, the featured restaurant, Pym Test Kitchen, will be based on the popular Ant Man series where guests can dine on futuristic snacks and food.

For more information on the Avengers Campus, you can visit Disneyland’s website here.

Written by: Nathalie Lum, Entertainment News Correspondent

ICYMI: San Diego Hits the Orange Tier

San Diego County has officially entered the “moderate” orange tier of COVID-19 restrictions as of April 7, 2021.

Now that San Diego is in the orange tier this is excellent news for more businesses that can officially open up or increase capacity.

  • Restaurants: Open for outdoor service and indoors, however, limited to 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer. Live entertainment allowed.
  • Hotels and lodging: Open. Fitness centers in hotels can open at 25% capacity including indoor pools.
  • Offices: Open indoors, however teleworking is encouraged.
  • Gyms and fitness centers: Indoors are open at 25% capacity. Indoor pools can open.
  • Place of worship: Indoors can open at 50% capacity
  • Hair salons and Barbershops: Open with modifications
  • Personal services (including nail salons, tattoo, piercing): Open with modifications
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums: Open Indoors at a 50% capacity
  • Movie theaters: Indoors open at a 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Breweries, wineries and distilleries that serve food: Indoors are now open at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
Photo Credit: Mike Petrucci on Unsplash
  • Bars that do not serve food: Open outdoors only
  • Family Entertainment centers (including bowling allies): Outdoors open. Indoor open with a limited capacity at 25% or 50% if all guests test negative or show proof of fill vaccination with additional restrictions
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering: Indoors open at 25% capacity
  • Limited services (Laundromats, Dry Cleaners, Car Washes, Auto repair): Open
  • Outdoor recreational facilities: Open. Sales of food drink, or alcohol allowed. Campground are also open.
  • Indoor playgrounds (Bounce centers, ball pits, laser tag). Open with a max capacity of 25%
  • Amusement parks: Open at 25% capacity
  • Live events, including sports or entertainment: Open at 33% capacity in assigned seating.
  • Entertainment Production: Industries, studios, and other related establishments such as establishments that provide content for professional broadcast can operation without live audiences.

Cover Photo: Stephen Leonardi on UnSplash

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Remembering Rapper & Actor DMX

Actor and Rapper DMX, whose real name was Earl Simmonds, passed away on Friday, April 9, 2021. He was 50 years old.

The Grammy-nominated performer suffered from “catastrophic cardiac arrest,” according to the Associated Press. He was admitted to a New York hospital on April 2 relating to an overdose and heart attack.

DMX has been on life support since and, according to a former manager, has been in a “vegetative state”.

The family released a statement reading, “Earl was a warrior who fought until the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart, and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world, and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle, and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized.”

Late R&B singer Aaliyah’s mother Diane Haughton took to social media to paid tribute to DMX sharing “Earl you had and still have a heart of hold. You and Baby Girl will meet again with all the beautiful people we have lost. We will never forget your kindness. NEVER! Blessings to your family! Eternally! –Aaliyah’s Mom


Photo Credit: Screenshot of Instagram post from @aaliyah on Instagram

DMX, originally from New York, is known for memorable club songs like “Party Up (Up in Here)” and “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” was a staple in hip-hop during the late 90s and early ’00s.

Photo Credit: Joe Traver/Reuters
DMX performing at Woodstock in 1999.

The first five of his eight albums were all at no.1 on the billboard 200 album chart.

Albums included “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot” released in 1998, “Flesh of My Flesh Blood of My Blood” released in 1999, “…And Then There Was X” released in 2000, “The Great Depression” released in 2001, and “The Grand Champ” released in 2003.

In addition to being a successful rapper, DMX was an actor who was a part of films like “Romeo Must Die” with Jet Li and the late Aaliyah, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave, and Last Hour.

Photo Credit: Warner Bros/Everett Collection
DMX with Steven Segal and Eva Mendes in Exit Wounds

A few highlights from DMX is that he made the time to help the less fortunate.

In 2017 surprised a Philadelphia homeless support group; by giving a group of men advice. He also helped a family in Maine by purchasing back-to-school supplies for a couple of years.

DMX is survived by his 15 children and his mother. You can stream DMX music on services like Spotify and Apple Music.

Cover Photo: Getty Images

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA