If you've ever wondered what makes a Belgian ale taste so different from an American ale, take one of the free daily tours offered by White Labs in Mira Mesa. What began as a group of homebrewers searching for higher quality yeast has grown into a world-class international company that sells beer, wine, and distilling supplies, and holds classes ranging from how to pair beer with donuts to in-depth, hands-on lab courses for professionals. There's a 20-barrel brewhouse onsite, as well as a 32-tap Tasting Room, so after the tour you can experience firsthand how much yeast impacts the flavor profile of beer.
Billed as the largest display on the West Coast, the Big Bay Boom sees fireworks artists put on a pyrotechnics show from four barges strategically located around the North San Diego Bay, choreographed with music broadcast “live” on two local radio stations. Taking advantage of the natural amphitheater formed by the bay, there's plenty of free, prime viewing from Point Loma, Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Liberty Station, Little Italy, the North Embarcadero, Seaport Village, and the South Embarcadero to the Coronado Ferry Landing.