San Diego

Weekend roundup

April 6-9


Uncorked: San Diego Wine Fest

April 8. Spanish Landing Park transforms into a bayfront oasis for oenophiles at Uncorked. Offerings at the seventh-annual event include more than 150 wines from around the world; plus hard cider, seltzer and canned cocktails; along with a live DJ, photo booth, local food trucks 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

West Coast Taco & Beer Festival

April 8. As San Diego is a craft beer mecca and home to some of the best tacos this side of the border, a festival celebrating the two is music to our tastebuds. Head to the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier for an afternoon of taco tastings and unlimited craft beer samplings from dozens of local vendors; plus a margarita bar and live music. The entertainment lineup includes Well Well Well, Los Shadows, Donny Hart, Brandon Hoogenboom and more. 2-7 p.m. Tickets are $45-$89 (no pets; 21+). 1000 N. Harbor Drive, downtown. More Info

“Elmo’s Eggstravaganza” at Sesame Place

Through April 9. Looking for family-friendly Easter fun? This Sesame Street-themed amusement park presents “Elmo’s Eggstravaganza” through Sunday. The fun includes an interactive Easter egg scavenger hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, Easter story time and more. With attractions for all ages, Sesame Place offers themed rides, shows, games and parades. Take a stroll through the interactive Sesame Street neighborhood and meet all your favorite furry friends, including Elmo, Big Bird and the Cookie Monster. See website for hours and ticket pricing. 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista, 619.222.4732.

Hiking at Hollenbeck Canyon

Open. At 6,100 acres of rolling hillsides, Hollenbeck Canyon is in full bloom in springtime—an ideal time to hike it. The main trail is about 4.5 miles out and back, starting in an open meadow (watch for hawks and raptors). It climbs along an eroded wall of a steep gorge—with views of Otay Mountain and Lyons Peak ahead, and a sweeping vista of the valley behind. It then drops back down to an oasis of green trees along a streambed—a great spot to rest before turning back. Honey Springs Road (just off Campo Road), Jamul, 858.467.4201. More Info

Food + Drink

Springtime Tea at La Valencia

Returns April 7. Spring is in the air and in your teacup at La Valencia Hotel. La Jolla’s iconic “Pink Lady” celebrates the season with the return of its springtime tea service—offered on select dates through May 12 at the hotel’s Mediterranean Room. The experience includes a complimentary glass of bubbly to start, a selection of DAMMANN Frères French teas, house-made scones, tea sandwiches, quiche, mini pastries and postcard-worthy views of La Jolla Cove. Seatings are offered at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. $89 per person. 1132 Prospect, St., La Jolla, 855.476.6870. Reservations

Easter Buffet & Bay Cruise at Bahia Resort 

April 9. Hop on over to the Bahia Resort Hotel for the Easter Champagne Brunch Buffet at Dockside 1953—featuring brunch entrees, omelet and waffle stations, charcuterie and cheese platters, salads, chilled seafood, fresh fruit and desserts. The fun also includes an Easter egg hunt for the kiddos; and a complimentary ticket for each guest aboard the William D. Evans sternwheeler for a special Easter cruise along Mission Bay. Kids can enjoy crafts and visit with the Easter Bunny; while cocktail specials await for adults. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $120 adults; $60 kids ages 5-12. 998 W. Mission Bay Drive, Mission Bay, 858.539.7635. More Info

Easter Dining at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

April 9. The luxe resort is offering an array of family fun amid its tranquil outdoor space. Indulge in a decadent Easter buffet that includes a generous raw bar, carving stations, spring salads, pastas, breakfast entrees, made-to-order egg dishes, an avocado toast station, a dessert bar and brunch libations. Meanwhile, the kiddos will love the petting zoo, Easter egg hunts (12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.), a crafts table and playtime on the lawn. Call for reservations. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $195 adults; $55 kids ages 3-11. 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, 858.759.6246.

Floral-Themed Speakeasy at Estancia 

Now Open. Stop and smell the flowers with a cocktail in hand this spring at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa’s new speakeasy: “Estancia In Bloom.” The property’s Greenfinch Bar has been transformed into a botanical wonderland by local flower shop Native Poppy—filled with beautiful floral installations at every turn. The speakeasy-style, pop-up experience features colorful cocktails inspired by springtime—such as the Lyptus Spritz with prosecco, eucalyptus syrup and a rosemary sprig; plus bites like truffle frites and antipasti boards. Open daily 4-10 p.m. 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla.

Arts + Culture

The Outsiders at La Jolla Playhouse

Closes April 9. Based on the 1983 film by Francis Ford Coppola and 1967 novel by S.E. Hinton, the world-premiere musical The Outsiders (which has garnered rousing critical acclaim) closes at La Jolla Playhouse on Sunday The coming-of-age drama takes us back to the world of the “haves” and “have nots” in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1967—reintroducing audiences to Johnny Cade, Ponyboy Curtis and their “outsiders” family. Danya Taymor directs; with music and lyrics by Jamestown Revival and Justin Levine. See website for showtimes and tickets. 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.550.1010.

Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show

Upcoming | April 11-13. Kick your heels up for Riverdance, which stops in San Diego to perform its 25th anniversary show. Presented by Broadway San Diego at the Civic Theatre downtown, the long-revered production has been reimagined—an electric fusion of Irish and international dance. Its familiar, Grammy Award-winning score and soundtrack have been re-recorded by legendary composer Bill Whelan; along with innovative staging, lighting and costume designs—architected by producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan. See website for showtimes and tickets. 1100 Third Ave., downtown.

Photo credits: La Valencia by Nathan Concepcion. Estancia by Sloane Photo. The Outsiders by Rich Soublet II. Riverdance by Jack Hartin. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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