Things To Do in San Diego this WEEKEND

Things To Do In San Diego This Week


Something for Everyone including my favorites: Mission Federal Artwalk, Queen Bee Market, World Penguin Day,  Shaka Fest, Encinitas Street Fair, Adams Ave UNplugged, Earth Fair, Taco Music Fest


April 25


Radio-Coteau Wine Dinner

California winery Radio-Coteau is highlighted in this pairing dinner created by Village Vino’s Chef Jeremy.  Village Vino, 6:30 p.m.; $116.


Pinot + Petals

Floral design and drinking wine make for a lovely pairing. En Concordia, 6:30 p.m.; $55.


World Penguin Day

Fact: Penguins are the most charmingly adorable birds, and the San Diego Zoo is spending the day educating and entertaining attendees with all manner of penguin activities and conservation initiatives.

San Diego Zoo, all day; $46-62.


Dog Sees God at OB Playhouse


You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown/Dog Sees God

Charles Schulz’s characters are revived in both classic and modern, twisted form in this theatrical pairing. Read our review of the two productions.

OB Playhouse, alternating in rep through May 12; $28.


Los Amigos Invisibles, Aterciopelados

Two great Latin Alternative bands touch down in San Diego for a night of danceable bilingual jams.

Observatory North Park, 8 p.m.; $35.


In Transit

Five artists document the lives of refugees and migrants who have endured hardships through their travels westward into Europe.  SDSU Downtown Gallery, 5 p.m.; Free (through July 14).


All in the Timing

This play uses wordplay to examine relationships and communication in a sextet of one-act comedies by playwright David Ives.  North Coast Repertory, various times; $37-42 (through May 5).


Cirque du Soleil: Volta

Take in the colorful spectacle of this extreme-sports themed edition of Cirque du Soleil’s traveling productions, with music composed by M83. Read our Q&A with Jeffrey Whaley, a BMX rider who’s performing in the show.  Del Mar Fairgrounds, various times; $49 (through May 5).


Butterfly Jungle

This annual Safari Park exhibit invites visitors to walk through a habitat of thousands of colorful butterflies—wear bright colors and they might just come up to say hi.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park, all day (through May 12), $56 for pass to the park.


Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

Before spring officially begins, experience a natural expanse of color with 55 acres of blooms on the Flower Fields’ opening day.  Carlsbad Ranch, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Open through May 12); $9-18.


They Promised Her the Moon

Based on the true 1960s story of female aviator Jerrie Cobb, this play follows an aspiring astronaut who was unjustly kept out of space. Read more in our recent feature on the production and its backstory.

The Old Globe, various times; $56-66 (through May 5).


Women of the Southwest

San Diego Museum of Art’s latest exhibition focuses on the women artists of the 20th century whose work reflects and was inspired by Southwestern landscapes and culture, including Georgia O’Keeffe.

San Diego Museum of Art (through August 25); $15.


Defining Place/Space: Contemporary Photography from Australia

MOPA’s latest exhibition is a showcase of the works of 13 contemporary Australian photographers, including Aboriginal artists and art that explores the country’s relationship with indigenous peoples.

Museum of Photographic Arts (through September 22).

April 26


Queen Bee Market

Etsy comes to life with more than 100 crafters, artisans and sellers showcasing their handmade and vintage goods.

Del Mar Fairgrounds, 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday; $3 (through April 27).


Sure Fire Soul Ensemble

This local cinematic soul band has been making San Diego funkier for a few years now, with some added attention to our local neighborhoods. Read more about the band in our latest The Setlist column.

The Casbah, 9 p.m.; $12-14


Karl Straus ReGreen Release Party

Karl Strauss partners with Taylor Guitars for a new beer release with an added effort to raise awareness for local environmental causes. Plus live performances from The Midnight Pine and Birdy Bardot, two of San Diego’s best bands.

Karl Strauss Tasting Room Pacific Beach, 4 p.m.

April 27


Fantastic Planet

Stay up past midnight to catch this cult French animated film with an extra groovy soundtrack. Far out.

Landmark Ken, midnight; $9.


San Diego Book Crawl

Reading is fun, and this indie bookstore weekend makes it even more fun! Buy from local independent bookstores, get stamps and earn totes, pins and gift certificates.

Various bookstores, all day (through April 29).


One of the surfboards up for auction at Mission Federal ArtWalk


Mission Federal ArtWalk

Enjoy visual and performing arts spread throughout 16 blocks of Little Italy, and bid on surfboards transformed by 35 artists, all of which will be on display.

Little Italy, all day; free (through April 29).


Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair & Parade

Celebrate diversity, including ethnic food, exhibits, and artistic performances.

Linda Vista, 10 a.m.; free.


Encinitas Spring Street Fair

More street fair fun! Get outside for the two-day event, featuring international food, live entertainment, and children’s rides.  Downtown Encinitas, noon; free (through April 28).


San Diego Shaka Fest

Embrace Hawaiian culture, arts, and athletics at the sixth annual installment of the festival.

De Anza Cove, 8 a.m.; donations accepted.


San Diego Kids Expo & Fair

Bring the kids up to the fairgrounds for hands-on activities, performances, and vendors.

Del Mar Fairgrounds, 10 a.m.; $8-35 (through April 28).


Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival

Feast on unlimited brews, spirits, and bites.

SDCCU Stadium, 1:30 p.m.; $60-80.


Adams Avenue Unplugged

Eighty performers will serenade listeners along Adams Avenue all day during the free, acoustic music festival.  Various venues, all day; free.


Tequila & Taco Music Festival

Come hungry for the two-day fest, but make sure to save room for some “Funky Cold Medina” when Tone Loc performs.  Embarcadero Marina Park South, noon; $10-40 (through April 28).


Puesto’s Next Top Taco Showdown

Contenders will vie for the taco title at this showdown, featuring our own food critic Troy Johnson as a judge. Plus San Diego Insiders get treated to free margaritas. Puesto at the Headquarters, 2 p.m.; Free.


Romance: En Pointe

Catch a hits collection of some of ballet’s greatest excerpts, including pieces from Don QuixoteRomeo et JulietGiselle and more.  California Center for the Arts, 8 p.m.; $40-50 (through April 28).


April 28


La Jolla Half Marathon and Shores 5K

What better way to accomplish a fitness goal than to do so next to a breathtaking coastal view?

La Jolla Shores, 6 a.m.; $45-110 registration.



This annual celebration of environmental protection and conservation in Balboa Park turns 30 this year. All the more reason to take part in this local earth-conscious institution.

Balboa Park, 10 a.m.; free.



White Denim

Austin’s White Denim are an absolute blast to watch live, and will remind you of why you came to love guitar music in the first place.

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