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Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend

Ingrid Michaelson
Apr. 28. Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson is best known for her indie-pop sound, sultry voice and marriage to fellow indie crooner Greg Laswell. Her songs can frequently be found on mainstream television shows from One Tree Hill to The Big C. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., San Diego. 619.299.2583.


Masterpiece Hits 

Apr. 29. Jung-Ho Pak leads Orchestra Nova in Masterpiece Hits, featuring selections from the world’s greatest and most popular classical pieces. This delightful program features some of the best music ever written by a wide range of brilliant composers from Beethoven to Mozart to Bernstein. Dinner and show ticket packages are available with a festive 3-course menu matched with carefully selected wines prepared by the center’s executive chef. California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 800.988.4253.


Romeo & Juliet
Apr. 26 & 28.
This special classical program is dedicated to enchanting stories of doomed romance. From Leonard Bernstein’s jazzy take on Romeo and Juliet to Tchaikovsky’s famous depiction of Shakespeare’s original version, doomed lovers will live and die again on the Symphony Hall stage. The program includes selections by Bernstein, Tan Dun, Chen and Tchaikovsky. San Diego Symphony at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, 619.235.0804.

Reggae-Fest-valley-viewSoCal Reggae Festival

Apr. 28. Tribal Seeds headlines this rasta festival, offering sweet beats to ease your mind. The local San Diego band known for its spiritually driven, refreshing rock sound has worked its way to the forefront of the reggae genre. The line up for this all-ages event also includes Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Through the Roots, Fortunate Youth and Irieside. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego. 619.224.4171.

Encinitas Street Fair 

Apr. 28-29. Venture up to beautiful Encinitas for a weekend of arts and crafts, antiques, clothing and more. More than 450 vendors will be selling their treasures along side five live music stages, children’s rides and a beer garden featuring selections from Stone Brewing Co. and Port Brewing Company. Ten different bands, solo artists and performers are scheduled each day. Saturday morning, be sure to arrive early for the fire department’s annual pancake breakfast. Highway 101 between D and J Streets, Encinitas, 760.945.9288.


Apr. 28-29. Art lovers come together for the city’s largest arts event. This 28th annual festival takes over 18 blocks of downtown San Diego. More than 350 artists are expected to participate and while more than 100,000 visitors will purchase approximately $1 million worth of original artwork. The two-day festival also includes live music, food vendors, an area of art and entertainment for kids and all the local color and charm of downtown San Diego’s Little Italy. Little Italy, 619.615.1090.


Oceans Foundation Gala

Apr. 26. This isn’t your typical gala fundraiser. Taste an array of sustainable seafood as you roam around 12 different celebrity chef stations to learn about the protein, understand its role in sustainability and interact with the chefs in support of the San Diego Oceans Foundation. Participating chefs include Chad White of Gabardine, Paul Arias of The Fishery and Tommy Fraioli of Sea Rocket Bistro. The evening will also include live animal interactions, musical entertainment, Karl Strauss beer and Vesper Vineyards wine, a silent auction including a 10-day trip to Fiji and announcement of the Annual Dr. Roger Revelle Awards and Ocean Leadership Awards. SeaWorld, 500 Sea World Drive, San Diego. 619.523.1903.

The Scottsboro Boys

Apr. 29-Jun. 10. Based on the notorious 1930s Scottsboro case, this inspiring tale tells story of the nine unjustly accused African-American men whose lives would eventually spark the Civil Rights Movement. This daring and wildly entertaining new musical explores the pivotal moment in American history with arresting originality, innovative staging and a breathtaking score. Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.23.GLOBE.


Through May 27. Cirque du Soleil returns to San Diego with a show about the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. Inspired by many founding myths, Totem illustrates the evolutionary progress of our species through stunning visuals and acrobatics. Somewhere between science and legend, Totem explores the ties that bind man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar.

Barber-of-seville-sd-operaBarber of Seville

Apr. 27 & 29. 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.

Ramp It Up:  Skateboard Culture in Native America
Apr. 28-Sept. 9. This exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution explores the positive impact that skateboarding has had on Native American communities. Native kids who skate find that it instills focus and discipline while inspiring and encouraging creativity. The lessons learned in a skatepark speak to the inner strength of each skater and are a metaphor for the Native experience – when you fall, get up and try again. Saturday at 2 p.m. catch a live skateboarding demonstration to celebrate the opening of the exhibit. Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619.239.2001.

Tango Festival 

Apr. 27-29. Celebrate the most sensual dance known to man. Camarada closes the season with a weekend of tango performances throughout San Diego. Each evening features all-new Camarada arrangements by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla and dynamic ensemble pieces telling the dramatic story of the intimate, intense dance called tango. Call for tickets and locations. 619.231.3702.




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