Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego Weekend Events

San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.

Adams Avenue Unplugged 
Apr. 27-28. Wear comfortable shoes, as this annual street fair offers nearly two miles of live entertainment, including more than 135 live, acoustic performances across four outdoor and 22 indoor stages. The pocket of Normal Heights fringing Kensington will be transformed into a block party that showcases blues, folk, jazz, country and world music; plus a bevy of local artists. Saturday noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-7 p.m. Adams Avenue, between Texas Street in North Park and Marlborough Drive in Kensington.

Mission Federal ArtWalk 
Apr. 27-28. Founded by artists 29 years ago, Mission Federal ArtWalk transforms Iittle Italy into an urban art gallery and festival with more than 350 visual artists, San Diego’s top music and dance performers on five stages, eclectic food options and KidsWalk, an interactive art playground for kids of all ages. Spanning more than 18 blocks in Little Italy, ArtWalk is the largest opportunity of its kind to purchase original fine artwork, meet artists and learn about their work and inspiration. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. India Street, between Fir and Beech, Little Italy. 619.615.1090.

Art_AliveArt Alive
Apr. 26-28. Each year, the San Diego Museum of Art’s is brought to life by floral designers, and each floral and painting pair is shown side by side for spectators to compare as they walk the galleries. Floral interpretations can be seen of works by world-renowned artists such as El Greco, Degas, Monet and Renior. The Museum celebrates these four floral-filled days with a host of special events, including an opening celebration this Thursday, featuring a sneak peek at the flowers and tastes from several of San Diego’s top restaurants. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.7931.

Encinitas Street Faire 
Apr. 27-28. Stroll among 400 vendors showcasing everything from arts and crafts to antiques to clothing to home accents at this spring kick-off event where the focus is on craft-made, local goods. The faire also includes a Stone Brewery beer garden, four live music stages, food booths and children’s rides. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Coast Highway 101 between J and D streets, Encinitas.

finch's-spring-flingFinch’s Spring Fling
Apr. 28. Executive Chef Mario Medina will be creating a light menu inspired by the season’s finest ingredients for guests to enjoy while eyeing the hottest spring fashions from favorite local boutiques, Pink Lagoon and Mimi & Red. Guests are encouraged to bring donations of gently used teenage girls and women’s clothing to benefit local mother-daughter run non-profit, My Girlfriend’s Closet. A portion of proceeds from the luncheon will also be donated to My Girlfriend’s Closet. Reservations recommended. 1-3 p.m. Finch’s Bistro and Wine Bar, 7644 Girard Avenue, La Jolla. 858.456.4056.

Padres Baseball
Apr. 26-28. Root for the San Diego Padres at home as they face off against rivals the San Francisco Giants in a three-game series. Stick around after Friday’s game to catch the fireworks show, and celebrate U.S. Coast Guard appreciation day on Sunday. Friday 7:10 p.m., Saturday 5:40 p.m., Sunday 1:10 p.m. Petco Park, 100 Park Ave., East Village.

lj-marathon-La Jolla Half Marathon 
Apr. 28. This celebrated race runs down the coast from Del Mar to a scenic finish at beautiful La Jolla Cove. Runners can celebrate their finish with post-race food and drink, including a beer garden for participants over age 21 with proper ID. The competitive event has a three-hour time limit, but also includes a 5k. 7:30 a.m. La Jolla. 

San Diego Kids Expo & Fair
Apr. 27-28. Summer fun for the whole family returns to the Del Mar fairgrounds this weekend with interactive features for kids of all ages. Enjoy tons of activities, including music, dance, sports demos, games, cooking classes, plus so much more, in a bigger space than ever before. This year’s fair adds a baby zone, which will have all things for baby, a Cooking 4 Life area to learn how to make organic chocolate and a massive inflatable paintball arena. 10-5 p.m. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. 

sky-roomFOOD + DRINK
Sky Room Dinner Series
Apr. 26. The April installment of the Sky Room Dinner Series, Diamonds in the Sky, will showcase the iconic wines of Diamond Creek Vineyards in perfect tandem with a five-course menu. Perfectly aged Cabernet Sauvignons from the single vineyards of Red Rock Terrace, Volcanic Hill and Gravelly Meadow will be paired with decadent ‘Napa Cab’ fare. Guests of this special night will receive exclusive access to retail purchases from La V’s Diamond Creek wine selection. Reservations required. $155/pp. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sky Room at La Valencia, 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla. 858.551.3765.

san-diego-wine-showThe San Diego Wine Show

Apr. 27-28. Connoissseurs and amateurs alike will be blown away by the variety at the San Diego Wine Show. Featuring hundreds of selections from some of the Pacific Coast’s finest wineries, including Freemark Abbey, Orfila Vineyards, South Coast and many more, this delicious event also offers guests a sunny setting, live music and plenty of cheeses, chocolates and other irresistible gourmet items. Saturday 2-6 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. The Paddock at the Del Mar Fairgrounds,
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.,
Del Mar.

Great Balls Of Fire 
Through Jun. 11. Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Meteors, Asteroids’ West Coast debut has been extended through June. The 3,000-square-foot exhibit is an interactive exploration of the origin, impact and future risks of asteroids, comets and meteors. It puts visitors in the role of explorers-in-training by engaging them in multimedia activities. If there was a dinosaur killer in Earth’s past, is there a human killer in our future? Find out more at the exhibit. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619.238.1233.

Through Apr. 28. The San Diego Opera presents the tragic love triangle of a Pharaoh’s daughter competing with her own Ethiopian slave for the love of an Egyptian general. Fashion designer Zhandra Rhodes brings her vivid designer’s eye to the stunning set and costume design to the reimagining of this this beloved opera. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown. 619.570.1100.

other-desert-citiesOther Desert Cities 
Apr. 27-Jun. 2. Life takes a tricky turn for novelist Brooke Wyerh and her prominent family when she secretly brings a copy of her latest manuscript home for the holidays. Her brother is a reality show producer, her dad is a former movie actor turned politician, her mother is a ’60s-era comedy writer turned socialite—but now long-buried secrets threaten to put her picture-perfect famous family back on the tabloid pages. Contains strong language. Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.