BIKE THE BOULEVARD
Saturday, May 10

12 – 2: The Hideout
DJ and Sandwiches provided by Rudford’s
3519 El Cajon Boulevard

2 - 3: Tiger! Tiger!
$4 Beers & $4 Fries
3025 El Cajon Boulevard

3 – 4: Bluxom Salon
High Tech High Bench Art Show and Refreshments
2855 El Cajon Blvd

4 – 5: Lafayette Hotel
Pool Party!
2223 El Cajon Boulevard


PAST EVENTS

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San Diego’s Favorite Boulevard Commemorates 25th Anniversary with Banner Unveiling Showcase

Banners featuring some of San Diego’s most influential contributors hung in commemoration of 25th anniversary of El Cajon’s ‘The Boulevard’ gateway sign.

SAN DIEGO, CA – Celebrate, and immerse yourself in the thriving culture of the Boulevard as the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association observes the 25th anniversary of its beloved gateway sign with a showcase street banner unveiling, and a party, of course! The festivities start at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 4 at The Lafayette Hotel’s Mississippi Ballroom, 2223 El Cajon Boulevard, and include a very full and fun evening of food, drink, local merchants and special musical guests. Tickets are $10-$15.

7:00pm VIP Reception with drinks complimentary of Sapporo and a sampling of food provided by local restaurants

$15 advance
$20 at door

8:00pm Live Music Showcase and Boulevard Ceremony

$10 advance
$15 at door

Late night drive-in restaurants and drag races signify the good ole days of El Cajon Boulevard, but the most visual element of the Boulevard’s fabulous nightlife was the spectacular display of neon signs. To fill the void of lost neon signage, in 1989, just one year after the establishment of the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association, ‘The Boulevard’ neon sign was erected to return the glory of big, bright lights. City officials and local business leaders saw the sign as a major new landmark which would stimulate business along the Boulevard and encourage further community revitalization efforts. Twenty-five years later, that vision continues to become a reality, and the Boulevard is flourishing.

In reflecting the four themes that proudly showcase the Boulevard: Cruise the Boulevard, Dine on the Boulevard, Rock the Boulevard, and Shop the Boulevard, and to showcase the major contributions that have been made, a collection of 190 banners will be hung along El Cajon Boulevard between Park and 54th Street. Each banner in the series uniquely honors the individuals that represent these themes, making it even more fun to ‘Cruise the Boulevard’ and discover many of San Diego’s local celebrities representing, and welcoming guests to the district.

Come show your support at the official unveiling on April 4 in the Lafayette Hotel’s classic Mississippi Ballroom. Along with showcasing local business owners for their efforts to sustain and advance San Diego’s cool urban neighborhoods, the 25th Anniversary Banner Unveiling Showcase VIP reception will offer delightful fare by local restaurants (to be announced soon). The evening will also proudly feature live acts offered up by some of San Diego’s most influential contributors to the music scene whose photographs will line El Cajon Boulevard, including Living Legends Award winner Daniel Jackson, Robin Henkel, Bart Mendoza, Gregory Page and a duet by Miss Erika Davies and Stephan Ray. The event will conclude with the one and only Robert Lopez, aka El Vez, and his electrifying band, The Little Richards.


Boulevard Nights
Friday, December 13 at El Cajon Boulevard and 30th St.

PAST EVENTS

African Restaurant Week

Friday, October 18 through Sunday, October 27th


For the second year in a row, African Restaurant Week will showcase a variety of African restaurants and promote African businesses and culture in San Diego. In an effort to highlight El Cajon Boulevard's ethnic business clusters, the El Cajon Boulevard BIA partnered with the Horn of Africa, International Rescue Committee in San Diego, the City Heights CDC, the Media Arts Center, and the World Beat Center to shed a positive light on San Diego's recently settled African community.

To kick-off African Restaurant Week, the Media Arts Center is hosting an extraordinary opening night event, which will commence with a tradition African drum call, and a ‘Taste of African Cuisine' with a sampling for food from each participating restaurant. Live African music and dance will carry on throughout the night along with a film screening of La Pirogue at 10pm. This is a party that you don't want to miss!

Fun will ensue throughout the week with opportunities to experience and learn about African culture. Free cooking classes are scheduled on week nights, as well as African dance and music on the weekends. A new element of this year's event includes an African Film Series, with various films playing throughout African Restaurant Week at Media Arts Center San Diego. The four participating restaurants are Awash Ethiopian Restaurant, Flavors of East Africa, Awash Ethiopian Market and Restaurant, as well as RED Sambusas and Catering, which serves up East African Cuisine at various local farmers markets. Please check out our website africanfoodsd.com for more information.

 


BIKE THE BOULEVARD
Saturday, September 21st

 

Thesecond Happy Friday! will take place Friday, August 9, 2013 from 6 PM to 10 PM at Hoover High School.

HAPPY FRIDAY! is a FREE event and open to all ages.

Please visit the Facebook event page for more information: Happy Friday!



The first Happy Friday! will take place Friday, June 14th, 2013 from 6 PM to 10 PM at Hoover High School. HAPPY FRIDAY! is a FREE event and open to all ages.

Please visit the Facebook event page for more information: Happy Friday!


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BIKE THE BOULEVARD
Saturday, April 27th

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BOULEVARD NIGHTS

Friday, March 8th 6-10pm


BOULEVARD NIGHTS

• 6PM- Start at the Lafayette Hotel for a classic display of holiday décor. Join Assemblymember Toni Atkins, County Supervisor Ron Roberts, Council President Todd Gloria, and Risa Baron from SDG&E who generously supported an LED upgrade of the 805 holiday bridge lights, which shine brightly from Thanksgiving through the New Year. (See press relaease below)


• Live Wire, one of the best decorated bars in town, (which is easy when you have 20 years of leftover lights and tinsel), will serve up their infamous Frito Boats.

• Take a picture with Sexy Santa at Boulevard Fitness

• Enjoy the sounds of Kora, with music from Gambia as well as Kenyan Chai Tea at Flavors of East Africa.

• Stop by Salon Cabana and enjoy complimentary holiday refreshments and live music by Teagan Taylor Trio from 6pm to 7pm!

• Take an evening stroll up to El Cajon Boulevard and 30th. Along the way, drop by at Lil B’s, a great new diner on the Boulevard with a retro flair. Their holiday décor is astounding.

• Sign-up to judge the Homebrewer’s Homebrew Competition hosted in collaboration with the Media Arts Center and the Coffee and Tea Collective.

• Stroll along the Boulevard and knock out some holiday shopping by supporting various local craft vendors

• Warm up with some vegan chili and other seasonal delights brought to you by True Kitchen Creatives

• Drive-By Cinema, a very irregular project of Pacific Arts Movement, will make a surprise appearance at Boulevard Nights!

• Santa's Night Off" at Tiger! Tiger! - Grab a Holiday Brew with Santa and get your picture taken

• Stick around for a good old neighborhood block party


Celebrate a Long-Standing San Diego Tradition
805 Holiday Bridge Lights Mark 25th Anniversary
Friday, December 14th

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the holiday light display on the seven I-805 bridges that traverse the Mid-City communities of City Heights, North Park, and Normal Heights. This year also comes with a switch from 4,000 incandescent bulbs to energy saving LEDs. This one- time investment of $20,000 also included electrical upgrades which were financed with grants from County Supervisor Ron Roberts – 4th District, City Council President Todd Gloria – District 3, San Diego Gas & Electric, The Mid-City Landscape Maintenance District, along with sponsorship by Sierra Display, Inc.. The coordination with Caltrans was achieved with the direct assistance of 76th District Assembly Member Toni Atkins.

Annually, the light display, which shines brightly from Thanksgiving through the New Year, is produced through the diligence of the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association, with the assistance of the Adams Avenue Business Association, North Park Main Street, and City Heights Business Association.

The 35 day lighting display can be appreciated by the passengers in the approximately 800,000 vehicles that will cross one of the seven bridges, and another 1.2 million driving the two mile length of the I-805 from dusk until the wee hours of the night.

Initiated by the Adams Avenue Business Association in 1988 on a single bridge, the display caught the attention of The El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association. Talk of “why not add our Boulevard bridge” morphed into a “why stop there” attitude. By year three all seven bridges were adorned.

Please join Assembly Member Toni Atkins – 76th District, County Supervisor Ron Roberts – 4th District, City Council President Todd Gloria – District 3, and representatives from San Diego Gas & Electric for a celebration of the lights on Friday, December 14th at 6 p.m. at the Lafayette Hotel in conjunction with Boulevard Nights, a quarterly event held to celebrate the emergence of the Boulevard’s West End as its own dining, shopping, and entertainment destination.



San Diego African Restaurant Week

October 19-28, 2012

Participating Restaurants:

Awash
Asmara
Fatuma
Red Sea
Flavors of East Africa
Laylah’s Patties & Jerk
Island Spice

More Information: www.africanfoodsd.com


 


Come out for the 2nd quarterly event, Boulevard Nights! The Media Arts Center San Diego, Coffee & Tea Collective, and The Homebrewer will be hosting a block party with a live DJ, food and craft vendors, art, film, artisan roasted coffee, and a homebrew competition.


POOLSIDE MOVIES AT THE LAFAYETTE HOTEL

Thursdays: 7:30 PM
September 6- September 27


POOLSIDE MOVIES AT THE LAFAYETTE HOTEL

Thursdays: 7:30 PM
August 2- August 30


New Session!

Mondays: 6 to 7:30 PM
July 9- August 13

The Boulevard Cooking Class is an opportunity to learn how to cook food from throughout the world, and best of all, classes are taught by El Cajon Boulevard’s top chefs. Familiarize yourself with the amazing array of ethic restaurants the Boulevard has to offer, and learn about their international cuisine and culture!

May 14: Flavors of East Africa - 2302 El Cajon Boulevard

May 21: Eclipse Chocolat - 2121 El Cajon Boulevard

Jun 4: The Homebrewer - 2911 El Cajon Boulevard

Jun 11: El Borrego - 4280 El Cajon Boulevard

Jun 18: Mama's Lebanese - 4237 Alabama St

Jun 25: Awash - 4979 El Cajon Boulevard

Classes are limited to 10, so make sure to sign up early!

Please email or call 619-283-3608 to register.


Mondays: 6 to 7:30 PM
May 14 - June 25

The Boulevard Cooking Class is an opportunity to learn how to cook food from throughout the world, and best of all, classes are taught by El Cajon Boulevard’s top chefs. Familiarize yourself with the amazing array of ethic restaurants the Boulevard has to offer, and learn about their international cuisine and culture!

May 14: Flavors of East Africa - 2302 El Cajon Boulevard

May 21: Eclipse Chocolat - 2121 El Cajon Boulevard

Jun 4: The Homebrewer - 2911 El Cajon Boulevard

Jun 11: El Borrego - 4280 El Cajon Boulevard

Jun 18: Mama's Lebanese - 4237 Alabama St

Jun 25: Apertivo - 2322 El Cajon Boulevard

Classes are limited to 10, so make sure to sign up early!

Please email or call 619-283-3608 to register.


BOULEVARD NIGHTS

FRIDAY, JUNE 15 (7:00-9:30PM)
South side of El Cajon Boulevard, between 30th and Kansas.

El Cajon Boulevard and 30th Street, now being coined ‘The West End’ is filling in quite nicely. Over the past year alone, the Media Arts Center and Tiger! Tiger! opened, and then, just in the last month, we’re seeing a brand new café, the Coffee & Tea Collective, and well as The Homebrewer, a brewing supply store.

With so many great neighborhood serving businesses in one place, the El Cajon Boulevard BIA, in partnership with member businesses are kicking off ‘Boulevard Nights’, and evening to showcase local artists, filmmakers, a home brewing competition and a good old neighborhood block party.


 

BIKE THE BOULEVARD

SATURDAY, MAY 19

Pedal Pushing Bike Shop: 11 -12
Pre-Bike the Boulevard Special: Free Tune-up on Clean Bikes
4966 El Cajon Boulevard

Til-Two: 12 – 2
Free BBQ and Bicycle Balloon Ornaments
4746 El Cajon Boulevard

Wilson Middle School Field: 2 - 3
Kickball Tournament
3838 Orange Avenue

Tiger! Tiger!: 3 - 4
Bike to Work Day Post Party
3025 El Cajon Boulevard

Lafayette Hotel Poolside Finale: 4 - 5
Free Pool Admission
2223 El Cajon Boulevard


Mondays: 6 to 7:30 PM
February 27-April 02

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BIKE THE BOULEVARD

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11

Live Wire: 12 – 2
Bicycle balloon ornaments, beer specials, vintage bike flicks from Adams Avenue Bikes and a photo slide show from Velo Cults new coffee table book.
2103 El Cajon Boulevard

Pizzeria Luigi: 12 – 2
Dollar Slices
2121 El Cajon Boulevard

Tiger! Tiger!: 2 – 3
1L Stein of Beer for $8
3025 El Cajon Boulevard

Eleven: 3 – 4
Free Vegan Chili, Corn Bread & Beer Specials
3519 El Cajon Boulevard

Til Two: 4 – 5
Flip Cupcake Contest sponsored by PubCakes
4746 El Cajon Boulevard

Trophy Motorcycles/Pack Rat Records: 5 – 6
Music from Jungle Fever and Complimentary Keg of Surprise
4952 El Cajon Boulevard


 

JA Cooley Automotive Museum


5 FRIDAYS IN JULY AT THE
LAFAYETTE HOTEL’S LEGENDARY
MISSISSIPPI BALLROOM

July 1 - Geezer with Rio Peligroso and Gregory Page (Lafayette's 65th Anniversary!)
July 8 - The Very with Bagdad
July 15 - Tropical Popsicle with Roxy Jones
July 22 - Erika Davies with Roy Rapid & The Rhythm Rock Trio
July 29 - The Amandas

DOORS OPEN AT 8PM

$10 at the door, $25 for all five nights
Presale tickets sold in the hotel lobby

Lafayette Hotel: 2223 El Cajon Boulevard

Sponsors: Live Wire, Til Two, Pizzeria Luigi , Mama's Lebanese , Loving Hut , Flavors of East Africa

The Very

Rio Peligroso Photo: Sean McMullen

Geezer Photo: Sean McMullen


Wednesday, June 29th is El Cajon Boulevard Day at the San Diego County Fair! Don’t miss a photo opportunity to ‘Cruise the Boulevard’ in front of the commemorative neon ‘Boulevard’ sign. There will be great tastes from several of El Cajon Boulevard’s ethnically diverse restaurants and the Boulevard promotional team will be on hand sharing what El Cajon Boulevard has to offer.


More photos here


Taste of Little Saigon
Saturday, May 14th, 1 - 4 pm

Experience the Little Saigon District, Taste a variety of Vietnamese Food, and Embrace the Culture of the San Diego's Vietnamese Community on El Cajon Boulevard

Restaurant Participants: A Chau, Pho King , Minh Hoa, Song Huong Food To Go , Hoai Hue, Cali Baguette Express, Maxim's Seafood Restaurant

Public Readings from the 2011 One Book, One San Diego selection, The Ganster We are All Looking For

Free Guided walking tours available to Taste of Little Saigon participants

Brought to you in partnership with the Little Saigon Foundation, El Cajon Boulevard BIA and One Book One Saigon