Weekend Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend

Barber-of-seville-sd-operaTHEATRE
Barber of Seville

Apr. 21 & 24. Figaro, Figaro, Fiiiiiiigaro! In this classic tale, Figaro, the barber by day and matchmaker by night, uses his wiles to help the Count woo the beautiful Rosina. She’s such a catch that her sleazy guardian keeps her under lock and key with the intent of marrying her himself, but even this challenge is no match for Figaro’s cunning. This riotous musical comedy is one of the most popular in the operatic repertoire. San Diego Opera, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. San Diego. 619.533.7000. sdopera.com

brownie-points-lambs-playerBrownie Points

Apr. 20-May 27. This regional premiere has created a buzz around the country as a very funny and powerful story about friendship, miscommunication and self-discovery. Five mothers stranded in a mountain lodge get discover more than they bargained as they are confronted with the many challenges of earning the “Friendship Merit Badge.” Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado. 619.437.0600. lambsplayers.org

Adams-Ave-UnpluggedFESTIVALS
Adams Avenue Unplugged 

Apr. 21-22. The Normal Heights hot spot comes alive with the sounds of blues, folk, jazz, country and world music in this two-day street festival. A two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue will be packed with 170 live music performances at venues in 30 local restaurants and bars, and on three outdoor community stages. Also at the event will be arts and crafts booths and an open-air market in Adams Park. Adams Avenue in Normal Heights. 619.282.7329. adamsaveonline.com

oceanside-days-of-artOceanside Days of Art

Apr. 21-22. Bring the family to Oceanside for this 20th annual art festival featuring more than 120 local artists, live performances, hands-on activities and food. Vendors will be selling everything from paintings, sculptures and stained glass to ceramics, fine jewelry and photography. Pier Way at N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. 760.433.3632. ocaf.info/oceanside-days-of-art/

San-Diego-Earthfair-balboa-San Diego EarthFair 

Apr. 22. Celebrate our great planet at the world’s largest annual environmental fair. This free event features more than 350 exhibitors, special theme areas, a food pavilion, a special activity area for kids, three entertainment venues and a parade. Special exhibitions showcasing sustainability and environmentally friendly practices include the eARTh Gallery art show and the Cleaner Car Concourse. Come learn how you can reduce your carbon footprint! Balboa Park. 858.272.7370. earthdayweb.org/EarthFair.html

Encinitas-Garden-festival

Encinitas Garden Festival
Apr. 21. Explore more than 20 exceptional private gardens at this seventh annual event that celebrates community, gardening and the horticultural heritage of the area. Leucadia residents will open their garden gates to welcome the public for a self-guided walking tour. This year’s tour neighborhood features many gardens influenced by the artistic, eclectic and free-spirited nature that Leucadia is known for. The Gardener’s Marketplace will serve as the central hub of the festival and will host vendors, art, guest speakers and more. Parking is located at 499 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas.  760.753.8615. encinitasgardenfestival.org

taste-of-hillcrestFOOD + DRINK
Taste of Hillcrest
Apr. 21. The best chefs and cuisine of Hillcrest come together to create the tastiest event of the season. Spend the afternoon satisfying your appetite with fare from more than 40 restaurants running the gamut from cafés and bistros to fine dining. This self-guided culinary adventure will indulge your taste buds with flavorful bites from all genres of food. Top off the tour with delectable desserts and specialty drinks. Fifth Ave. at Robinson Ave., Hillcrest. 619.299.3330. fabuloushillcrest.com

stone-oakquinox-beer-festOakquinox

Apr. 22. San Diego’s most famous craft brewery hosts its outrageous festival of barrel-aged brews for the third glorious year. Join fellow beer enthusiasts for a celebration of the unique flavors that ensue when beer meets wood. Oakquinok boasts dozens of barrel-aged and wood-infused brews and will offer food for purchase. Tickets include a commemorative glass and 15 tasters. Stone Brewing Co., 1999 Citricado Parkway, Escondido. 760.294.7866. stonebrew.com

sustainable-seafood-weekSustainable Seafood Week

Apr. 18-25. This week-long dining event unites the San Diego restaurants that are committed to bringing attention to the sustainable seafood movement. Try a new restaurant or visit an old favorite while learning how your dining experience can have a lasting and beneficial impact on the environment. Participating restaurants, such as Saltbox and Georges California Modern, will feature a sustainable seafood plate or prix fixe menu during the week. A portion of the profits will go to the San Diego Oceans Foundation to support the organization’s research and marine science education programs. Check the website for a full list of participating restaurants. sdoceans.org/gala/web/sustainableseafoodweek.html

Winemakers-dinner-south-coaDown to Earth Winemakers Dinner
Apr. 21. Looking to get away this weekend? Sneak away to Temecula for a night of elegance and indulgence. In honor of Earth Day, The Down to Earth Winemakers Dinner features an eco-conscious five-course menu, including fresh vegetables grown using earth-friendly practices, that will be exquisitely paired with award-winning South Coast wines. Cocktail attire required. South Coast Winery, 34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula. 866.994.6379 x7210. southcoastwinery.com

Elmo-Makes-Music-valley-viewKIDS
Elmo Makes Music
Apr. 21-22. The ultimate outing for a family with young kids, Elmo Makes Music features all your Sesame Street favorites from Elmo to Big Bird. These loveable monsters tell the tale of an enthusiastic new music teacher who arrives on Sesame Street only to discover that her instruments are missing. As she partners with her new Muppet friends to rescue her lost instruments, she and the gang quickly learn that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego. 619.224.4171. valleyviewcasinocenter.com

padres-opening-daySPORTS
San Diego Padres 

Apr. 19-26. The Padres take on the Philadelphia Phillies then the Washington Nationals in back to back series at Petco Park before hitting the road for San Francisco. This weekend’s games are at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 5:35 p.m. on Saturday and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., San Diego. 619.795.5000. padres.com 

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