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April 21-24


La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

April 22-24. Have you ever seen a 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante S—one of just 17 Atalantes ever made—up close? Head to La Jolla for this 16th annual event to check out this rare beauty; along with more than 125 of the finest automobiles in the world. The festivities span several locales, with the main event unfolding on the lawn at Ellen Browning Scripps Park. The fun includes live music, a Champagne and honey-tasting garden, and scenic “coast and car” views.” See website for full schedule and tickets. La Jolla, 619.233.5008.

Fashion Week San Diego Spring Showcase

April 23. Spring is in the air and on the catwalk at San Diego’s hottest fashion event of the season. The industry mixer and fashion show serves as the 2022 kick-off event for Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD)—featuring a runway show with models decked out in exclusive creations by FWSD designers. Guests can preview select looks before collections are presented in their entirety at FWSD’s main event next fall; while sipping cocktails and enjoying beats by local DJs. 6-9 p.m. General admission is $35 per person. Hotel Republic, 421 W. B St., downtown. Tickets

EarthFair 2022

April 24. Celebrate Earth Day (April 22) a couple days later at the world’s largest environmental fair of its kind. Presented by San Diego EarthWorks, EarthFair is produced by 300 volunteers and draws some 50,000 visitors. The event features 200-plus exhibitors across 11 exhibit areas, three international food courts, two beer gardens, four entertainment stages, a parade, an arts and crafts gallery showcasing works made with recycled materials, a children’s activity area, the “Cleaner Car Concourse” and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free general admission. 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park. More Info

Food + Drink

San Diego Taco + Beer Festival

April 23. As San Diego is a craft beer mecca and home to some of the best tacos you’ll find this side of the border, a festival celebrating the two is music to our tastebuds. Head to Broadway Pier for an afternoon of taco tasting and unlimited craft beer samplings from dozens of local vendors; plus artwork for sale and live music. The entertainment lineup includes Through The Roots, Boostive and Weapons of Mass Creation. 2-7 p.m. Tickets are $40-$79 and must be purchased in advance (no pets; 21+). 1000 N. Harbor Drive, downtown. More Info

Le Parfait Paris Coronado

Now Open. Offering an authentic French patisserie experience, Le Parfait Paris has opened a new location at Coronado Ferry Landing. The family-run bakery owned by Guillaume and Ludivine Ryon is known for its house-made desserts, pastries, macarons, croissants and confections. The menu also offers coffee drinks, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, quiches and more. Try the Quiche Lorraine with French-imported cheddar and Jack cheese; and the San Daniele Croissant with prosciutto, Brie cheese, fried eggs and fig jam. Open daily 7 a.m.-9 p.m. 1201 First St., #104, Coronado, 619.245.4457.

New Cocktail Menu at The Marine Room

Now Available. The elegant beachfront restaurant debuts a new collection of cocktails that are delicious on their own or paired with executive chef Mike Minor’s globally inspired seasonal dishes. New libations include the Noloma with grapefruit and agave; the Japanese whisky-based Thank You Sonny Chiba; the Cucumber Citrus Press; the Carajillo with black-coffee liqueur and Licor 43; the gin-based High Tide with lemon and raspberry; and the Passion Fruit Mezcal Margarita. We suggest sipping at sunset while enjoying those sweeping ocean views. W-Su 5-9 p.m. 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, 858.459.7222.

Arts + Culture

La Jolla Playhouse’s WOW Festival 2022

April 21-24. La Jolla Playhouse has outdone itself with this year’s WOW (Without Walls) Festival at the Arts District Liberty Station. It’s live theater at its most intimate and creative—showcasing two dozen boutique productions, from world-premiere short plays to dance, opera and circus performances. Start your theatrical tour at the WOW Festival Hub on the North Promenade—which includes the WOW Family Zone, offering hands-on activities from puppet building to hula hooping. See website for full schedule and pricing (most shows are free; some are $20). 2820 Roosevelt Road, Liberty Station.

Broadway San Diego’s RENT

April 22-24. Bid a bittersweet farewell to RENT. The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning smash—which reimagines Puccini’s La Bohème—makes its final stop at San Diego Civic Theatre on its 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour. The trailblazing musical captures a year in the bohemian life of friends living in East Village, New York City from 1989 to 1990—touching on topics of love, loss and the AIDS epidemic. The cast includes J.T. Wood and Rayla Garske (pictured L-R). See website for showtimes, updated theater-safety protocols and ticket pricing. 1100 Third Ave., downtown.

Once The Musical

April 22-May 7. The California Center for the Arts, Escondido presents this inspiring Broadway musical—the winner of eight Tony Awards and a Grammy Award. Based on the book by Enda Walsh and John Carney’s Academy Award-winning indie film of the same name, Once centers on a struggling Dublin street musician on the verge of giving up his dreams, when a beautiful young woman enters the picture. Their connection and his haunting love songs make for a romantic theatrical experience. See website for showtimes. $40-$75. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 800.988.4253.

Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits

Through May 22. Experience some high-octane (and hilarious) Broadway fun with North Coast Rep’s presentation of Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits. Created and written by Gerard Alessandrini and directed by William Selby, the world-renowned show features parodies of some of Broadway’s more popular musicals—including Fiddler on the Roof, The Phantom of the OperaChicago and more. Expect gut-busting riffs of Broadway hits, such as “Shamilton” and “Dear Evan Has-Been!” See website for showtimes and ticket pricing. 987 Lomas Santa Fe, Suite D, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055.

Photo credits: Fashion Week San Diego by 656 Photography. RENT by Corey Martineau. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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