Easter brunches and egg hunts, Padres baseball, Ali Wong and much more… Check out the top San Diego weekend events for April 18-21.
Edited by Jordan Fraser.
Padres Pedal & Pints
April 18. Get on your bike and ride one of two routes through Torrey Pines to support Padres Pedal the Cause, an impactful cancer research organization here in San Diego. Or skip the ride and enjoy brews at Culture Brewing Co. with BBQ from Up In Smoke food truck, both of which will donate a generous portion of proceeds from the evening. Plus, enter for your chance to win a variety of cycling industry prize packs and gear from top industry names. Ride begins at 5:30 p.m., giveaways at 7:15 p.m. Culture Brewing Co., 111 S. Cedros Ave, Suite 200, Solana Beach. Info
April 18-21. The Pads take on the Cincinnati Reds in a four-game series that includes many park activities and theme nights. Friday, join San Diego Pride for Out at the Park and a pre-game tailgate in conjunction with CocktailFest, then take your seats for a collaborative performance of the National Anthem by San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, San Diego Women’s Chorus and San Diego Pride and Padres staff members. On Saturday, snag a Swingin’ Friar poncho fleece blanket Military Appreciation Day on Sunday welcomes home the USS Essex. Th-F 7:10 p.m., Sa 5:40 p.m., Su 1:10 p.m. PETCO Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. padres.com
April 19-22. The stand-up comedian, writer and actress hit critical acclaim with her breakout Netflix special Baby Cobra in 2016. Since then, she has thrown out the first pitch at a Giants game, appeared on Ellen and became the very first artist to sell out eight shows at the San Francisco Masonic Theater. See website for ticket prices. F-Su 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.: Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown. M 7:30 p.m.: San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100. sandiegotheatres.org
Bikes, Boards & Brews
April 20. Celebrate the Pacific Beach culture and all of the neighborhood’s unique eateries and breweries at the annual Bikes, Boards and Brews event. Tickets include 10 tasters from San Diego’s best craft breweries, food pairings from local restaurants, live entertainment, and more. Participating vendors include favorites such as PB Fish Shop, Amplified Ale Works, Bareback Grill and many more. 21+. Noon-5 p.m. $30. Crown Point Park, 3600 Corona Oriente Road, Pacific Beach. pacificbeach.org
Chicano Park Day
April 20. The 49th annual event celebrating Chicano Park—a designated National Historic Landmark—features traditional music and dance, a lowrider car show, art workshops for kids, and food, arts and craft vendors. The park has received international recognition as a major public art site for its commanding mural paintings of the past and present struggles of Mexican and Chicano history. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Chicano Park, between National and Logan avenues, Barrio Logan. chicano-park.com
Easter Bunny Teas
April 19-20. The Westgate Hotel will transform its traditional Parisian-style afternoon tea service into a springtime Easter treat. Easter Bunny Teas will feature a selection of house-made sweet delicacies, kid-friendly petit-fours, delicious tea sandwiches, and pastries. Afterward, head to the Riviera Terrace for a colorful egg hunt followed by an exciting magic show starring the Easter Bunny. 2:30-5 p.m. $79 adults, $55 children ages 4-12, free children ages 3 and under. 1055 Second Ave., downtown, 619.238.1818. westgatehotel.com
April 21. This all-day Easter bash includes Sunday brunch on the boardwalk at Draft and a rooftop mimosa bar at Cannonball. Guests can also enjoy free activities and entertainment from an Easter Bunny photo op to hat painting, plus live music at Beach House. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Egg hunts (kids 12 and under) at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Free. 3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach. belmontpark.com
Primavera Ristorante Brunch
April 21. Selections include salmon bruschetta, steamed mussels with Italian sausage, lobster eggs benedict, and cheesecake with a chocolate cookie crust, fresh raspberry cream cheese filling and chocolate glaze. There will also be a special menu available for children. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $56.95 adults, $18 children 12 and under. 932 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.0454. primavera1st.com
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FOOD + DRINK
Tahona Mezcal Dinner
April 18. Each of the four courses in Tahona Executive Chef Adrian Villareal’s Oaxaca-inspired meal is paired with a different mezcal, with Mezcal Vago’s founder and respected expert Judah Kuper on hand to guide you through each tasting. In addition to the dinner, Tahona will feature a cocktail made with Vago Espadin for $7 during a special happy hour between 5-7 p.m. Dinner from 7-9:30 p.m. $75. 2414 San Diego Ave., Old Town, 619.255.2090. Tickets
April 20-21. The recently opened North Park spot adds San Diego’s favorite meal to its menu. Guests can enjoy dishes like the LP Sardou, a four-ounce steak over English muffin with creamed spinach topped with poached eggs, a Marchand de vin and bearnaise, or an open-face jambalaya omelet. The brunch menu also includes food and drink specials throughout both Saturday and Sunday, such as bottomless mimosas or rosé for $20 à la carte or $15 with entree. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 2305 University Ave., North Park, 619.255.8278. louisianapurhasesd.com
Sea World Seven Seas Craft Beer & Food Festival
Through April 28. Sip and sample your way around the world of international street foods, craft beers and wines offered by Sea World’s Executive Chef Dave McHugh and his expert culinary team. Sea World’s Seven Seas Craft Beer & Food Festival features fresh cuisine made from local, sustainable ingredients and more than 50 unique signature flavors from around the world. Be sure to stop by the Polynesian Flavors stage during festival evenings to experience Polynesian fire dancing. Booths open at 11 a.m. 500 Sea World Dr., Mission Bay. seaworld.com
Brunch at Fireside by the Patio
Now Available. The Liberty Station hot spot has reinvented its brunch menu just in time for optimal outdoor-seating weather. Enjoy a SoCal Americana-style menu full of reimagined and unique dishes and cocktails on the spacious front and back patios. Highlights include three new styles of eggs benedict, French toast bread pudding made with house-made whipped cream, and new dishes such as the Fireside Special (a juicy pork chop covered in a burnt orange sauce, two eggs, potatoes and a house biscuit). 2855 Perry Road, Liberty Station, 619.432.2100. firesidesd.com
ARTS + CULTURE
Opens April 18. In this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, the fragile bonds between a group of close friends begin to splinter when the layoffs shake up the factory where they work. With humor and tremendous heart, Sweat speaks directly to the unsettling changes in America. See website for show times and ticket prices. San Diego Rep, Lyceum Stage, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000. sdrep.org
Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare
April 20. The Old Globe celebrates the Bard’s 455th birthday with a festival for the whole family. Play lawn games and get hands-on with activities like craft stations and cookie decorating. Enjoy performances and workshops including a traveling troupe-style presentation from Station Eleven, a sonnet-writing competition, a Romeo and Juliet masquerade dance instructed by Matt Carny from San Diego Ballet and a sword-fighting demonstration. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623. theoldglobe.org
Through April 21. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical—about one magical night that an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers together for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn—has been reimagined for the next generation. With new costumes, staging and lighting effects, Cats features the original score, including one of the most treasured songs in all of musical theater history, ”Memory.” See website for show times and ticket prices. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100. sandiegotheatres.org
Photos: Padres Pedal & Pints courtesy Padres Pedal. San Diego Padres courtesy San Diego Pride. Ali Wong courtesy Balboa Theatre. Bikes Boards and Brews courtesy Discover PB. Chicano Park Day courtesy Chicano Park Steering Committee. Belmont Park courtesy c3 Public Relations. Easter Bunny Teas courtesy Chemistry PR. Primavera Ristorante courtesy Primavera Ristorante. SeaWorld Seven Seas Festival courtesy SeaWorld. Tahona Mezcal Dinner by Dalila Ercolani. Fireside brunch courtesy Olive PR. Louisiana Purchase courtesy Louisiana Purchase. Happy Birthday Mr. Shakespeare by Rich Soublet II. Cats by Matthew Murphey. Sweat courtesy San Diego Rep.