San Diego

Weekend roundup

April 25-28


Art Alive at San Diego Museum of Art

April 26-28. Life imitates art, and in this case, live flowers imitate art. The San Diego Museum of Art’s annual springtime exhibition returns! Talented local designers will have transformed nearly 100 works from the museum’s permanent art collection into stunning, large-scale floral sculptures and installations for a weekend-long exhibit (and spirited competition). Art Alive kicks off on Friday with the annual Bloom Bash, featuring top local restaurants, libations, music, dancing and interactive performances; the exhibit runs through Sunday. See website for tickets. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.7931.

Adams Avenue Unplugged

April 27. Catch more than 60 acoustic live music performances across 20 stages (both indoor and outdoor), as a 2-mile stretch of Adams Avenue—from University Heights through Normal Heights to Kensington—transforms into a musical walkabout. The unique event format features boutique concerts showcasing blues, folk, jazz, country and world music, plus a bevy of local artists. The performances are staged throughout each neighborhood, from cafes to bars to galleries—each with their own distinctive vibe and food and drink offerings. (Be sure to wear comfy shoes!) Noon-midnight. Free general admission. More Info

Encinitas Spring Street Fair

April 27-28. Encinitas’ annual celebration of the spring season is back, complete with dozens of food and crafts vendors, multiple entertainment stages, children’s rides and more. Highlights include a craft beer garden featuring Duck Foot, Boochcraft, Jiant and Bücha; and myriad bands and DJs performing on the Beer Garden Main Stage, the Community Stage and the Lumberyard Courtyard Stage. The lineup includes Half Hour Late, Johnny Deadly Trio, Daring Greatly and Dante Fire. See website for schedule. Kids and dogs are welcome. Sa-Su 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free entry. South Coast Highway 101, downtown Encinitas. More Info

San Diego Music Awards

Upcoming | April 30. Now in its 33rd year, the San Diego Music Awards honor the talent and diversity of the county’s music community; while benefitting the San Diego Music Foundation’s “Guitars for Schools” program. Head to Humphreys Concerts by the Bay on—when awards will be given for “Song of the Year,” “Artist of the Year, “Album of the Year,” “Best New Artist,” “Best Video” and nearly two dozen other categories. Attendees can also enjoy live music by San Diego’s top musicians. See website for ticket pricing. 7 p.m. 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island. More Info

Food + Drink

Uncorked: San Diego Wine Fest

April 27. Spanish Landing Park transforms into a bayfront oasis for oenophiles at the eighth annual Uncorked. Guests can sample from an array of more than 100 wines from around the world; plus hard cider, seltzer and canned cocktails; along with a live DJ, photo booth, local food trucks, lawn games and San Diego Bay views. Proceeds from the day benefit Urban Surf 4 Kids, a nonprofit that provides “surfing therapy” for youth in foster and at-risk communities. 1-5 p.m. $80 early admission at 1 p.m.; $65 general admission at 2 p.m. 3900 North Harbor Drive, downtown. More Info

San Diego Cocktail Championship

April 28. Shaking and stirring things up downtown, 21 local bars and restaurants are coming together to compete in the inaugural San Diego Cocktail Championship and block party—hosted by Rustic Root, Swing Social and Tiki Annex. Guests can sample a mini cocktail from each establishment—including Union Kitchen & Tap, Fernside, The Whiskey House, Ponce’s, Captain’s Quarters and Huntress—and vote for their favorite (with a chance to win $2,100 in gift cards). 1-6 p.m. Tickets start at $49. Fifth Avenue (between Market Street and Island Avenue), Gaslamp Quarter. More Info

Brickman’s Restaurant & Bar

Now Open. Lakehouse Resort brings us reimagined golf-side dining with Brickman’s Restaurant & Bar (formerly The Grill). Skirting The Links golf course, the community hub and restaurant offers all-day dining, with menus curated by executive chef Jarrod Moiles. Choose from traditional fare for breakfast and weekend brunch; and small plates, stacked burgers, sandwiches, salads, entrees and more for lunch and dinner. Mains include beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips, grilled Atlantic salmon picatta, pan-roasted brick chicken and rigatoni Bolognese. See website for daily hours. 1750 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos, 760.653.3224. More Info

Arts + Culture

San Diego Opera’s Madama Butterfly

April 26 & 28. Spend a night (or an afternoon) at the opera this weekend. San Diego Opera presents Puccini’s spellbinding Madama Butterfly at the Civic Theatre on Friday (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m.). Be transported to Nagasaki, Japan—where cherry blossoms are in bloom and a struggling young geisha finds herself madly in love with an American naval officer … to devastating consequences. The production stars Corrine Winters as Cio-Cio-San and her husband Adam Smith as Lt. Pinkerton. Yves Abel conducts. See website for ticket pricing. 1100 Third Ave., downtown.

Mission Fed ArtWalk

April 27-28. What began as a modest art fair in 1984 has flourished into SoCal’s largest fine art festival—now in its 40th year. More than 250 artists will showcase paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry, glass, metal, woodwork, drawings and more. Festivities include interactive art installations, street art, live music, food vendors and kids’ activities. Find live entertainment at the Piazza della Famiglia and across three other stages. The event benefits ArtReach, a local arts education nonprofit serving students countywide. Sa 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free entry. India Street, Little Italy. More Info

Ride at The Old Globe

Closes April 28. Ready to ride? The smash-hit London musical, Ride, closes at The Old Globe on Sunday. Based on the book by Freya Catrin Smith with music and lyrics by Smith and Jack Williams—the story centers on Annie Londonderry, who sets out to ride a bicycle (even though she’s only ridden one twice) around the world. She and her secretary Martha travel to four continents on a jaw-dropping adventure. (Pictured L-R: Livvy Marcus as Martha and Alex Finke as Annie.) See website for times and tickets. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.

Photo credits: Art Alive by Bauman Photographers. San Diego Music Awards by Dennis Andersen Photography. Mission Fed ArtWalk by Paul Nestor. Ride / The Old Globe by Jim Cox. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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