What to do in Coronado

January: Coronado Arts Ball

January 22: Open to one and all, this evening of fun and fundraising benefits the Coronado Historical Association's annual Art Walk. The event includes entertainment, dinner and silent auction offering a wide range of art and packages of entertainment and recreation.

February: Centennial of Naval Aviation

February 10-13: Naval Air Station North Island and the San Diego Bay will be the site for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Naval Aviation. NASNI events will include an Open House on February 12 with a flyover by more than 200 vintage aircraft.

February 13: 10K Valentine's Day Run starts and finishes at Tidelands Park.

March: SUPERSEAL triathlon

March 27: Designed by Navy SEALs, the SUPERSEAL is an International distance triathlon (1.5K swim / 40K bike / 10K run) plus the inaugural Sprint Triathlon (500m swim / 20K bike / 6K run).

March-June: Grunion Runs

These silvery fish spawn on Southern California beaches on spring nights after the new and full moon. Bring a flashlight and observe this phenomenon. Fish can only be caught by hand, and no fish can be taken during the closed season between April and May to protect the species.

April: Coronado Flower Show, Book Fair, MotorCars on MainStreet

April 16-17 The largest flower show in the west, Coronado's annual flower show, draws thousands of gardening and flower enthusiasts to Spreckels Park. Several community events coincide with the Flower Show weekend: the classic car show, MotorCars on MainStreet, on Sunday, April 17, and the massive Friends of the Library Book Fair.

May: Historic Home Tour

A Coronado tradition hosted by the Coronado Museum of History and Art, the annual home tour takes you inside some of Coronado's historically significant private homes. Tickets are required for this self-guided walking tour.

Memorial Day to Mid-September: The Promenade Concert in the Park Series, Coronado Ferry Landing Summer Concerts

The Promenade Concert in the Park Series-May 29, The all-American fun and a beloved Coronado institution begins. Bring a picnic and join the crowd every Sunday evening in Spreckels Park. Admission is free. Coronado Ferry Landing Summer Concerts-Enjoy the best view of San Diego from the Ferry Landing while listening to music from 2-4 pm every weekend.

June: Surf Dogs

The annual Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition is the nation's original surfing competition for man's best friend. Over 50 dogs take to the waves as spectators watch, raising money for the resort's non-profit partner, Modest Needs Foundation.

July: Fourth of July Celebrations

Coronado Independence Day activities kick off with a 15k Run/Walk at dawn. The day includes a rough-water swim at North Beach, the famous two-hour parade along Orange Avenue, Art-in-the-Park, a concert in Spreckels Park, and culminates with spectacular fireworks over Glorietta Bay.

US OPEN Sandcastle Competition

July 22-24, the annual contest located just down the strand in Imperial Beach has attracted professionals from all over the country since 1990. Over 140 vendors set up for a weekend of entertainment, food, arts and crafts, and lots of fun. Sandcastle building begins at 9am on Sunday and sculptures are only available for viewing until 4:00pm due to tides.

August: Bike the Bay - Ride the Coronado Bridge

Aug 28, 7 am. Non-competitive community bike ride for cyclists of all abilities along the Bayshore Bikeway. Registration required: 269-6873, www.bikethebay.net.

September: The Annual Coronado MainStreet Garden Party

September 10: The community celebration that includes entertainment and food from Coronado's restaurants and supports the Orange Avenue Median Gardens project.

Coronado Art Walk

September 17-18: This annual two-day celebration of the arts is a free, public event. Exhibits and entertainment are at the Coronado Ferry Landing. Free shuttle service will carry visitors the length of Orange Avenue, with a stop at Spreckels Park's Art-in-the-Park.

Chrysler Classic Speed Festival

September 24-25, 2010: The 13th annual race that takes over the runways of Naval Air Station North Island is part of Fleet Week San Diego. This vintage auto race features over 200 classic cars racing on a spectator-friendly 1.6 mile course.

October: Downtown Goes Ghostly

Trick or treat throughout Coronado's downtown with local merchants handing out candy to kids in costumes. Sponsored by Coronado MainStreet. Halloween parties are also held at the Coronado Community Center and the Coronado Public Library.

November: A Taste of Coronado

Over twenty restaurants participate in the benefit evening. Trolley cars will transport attendees between restaurants.

December: Annual San Deigo Bay Parade of Lights

December 12 and 19: The traditional Christmas present to the cities on San Diego Bay from the boating community has a 1 -1½ hour procession of decorated boats that loop the bay and can be seen from the Coronado shoreline.

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