San Diego

Weekend roundup

March 23-26


Calienté Latin Festival

March 25. Get a dose of culture and cuisine by the bay on Saturday. The annual Calienté Latin Music, Food and Spirits Festival unfolds along the waterfront at Seaport Village’s Ruocco Park. Guests can enjoy live Latin music and DJs delivering banda, mariachi, bachata, merengue and salsa tunes; food vendors serving everything from barbecue fare to grilled corn to burritos and tacos; along with tequila samplings and other Latin libations. Guests are encouraged to rideshare or take the trolley. Rain or shine. See website for more details. 1-6 p.m. $35-$45 per person (21+). 585 Harbor Lane, downtown. More Info

KSON CountryFest

March 25. Grab your cowboy boots and head to Petco Park’s Gallagher Square for an evening of live country music—presented by San Diego’s country music radio station, KSON 103.7. The lineup of musicians includes Lee Brice (pictured), best known for his hit singles “Love Like Crazy,” “I Don’t Dance,” and “I Drive Your Truck”; along with Parmalee, Easton Corbin, Dillon Carmichael and Hannah Ellis. See website for detailed schedule. Performances begin at 4:20 p.m.; doors open at 3:30 p.m. Tickets start at $50 for general admission. 100 Park Blvd., East Village. More Info

Liquid Sunshine Hard Rock Pool Party

March 25. Let the sunshine in at this “preseason opener” of the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego’s signature pool party, Liquid Sunshine—where the mantra is “dance, splash, drink, repeat,” presented by Eventvibe. The fun includes tunes—including house, deep house, tech house and remixes—by DJ Myron Eugene; plus a full bar featuring giant slushie margaritas and other cocktails; and cabana/daybed rentals and poolside bottle service available for separate purchase. Swimwear/pool party attire encouraged; early arrival strongly suggested. 1-5 p.m. See website for tickets (21+). 207 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. More Info

Food + Drink

“Taste of Third” in Downtown Chula Vista

March 23. Chula Vista’s culinary scene keeps getting more delicious by the year. Head to Third Avenue Village in the heart of the city for this 27th annual event—a self-guided tour featuring live music along with bites and sips from more than two dozen local restaurants and bars. Your “Taste Passport” grants you access to offerings from the likes of Thr3e Punk Ales, Attitude Brewing, La Bella Pizza, Don Pedro Taco Shop, Spoon House and many more. 4-8 p.m. $45 per person. Check in at Memorial Park at the corner of Third Avenue and Park Way, Chula Vista. More Info

“Brunch + Beats” at Louisiana Purchase

March 25. Enjoy Cajun cuisine, music and more at this new brunch party series at North Park’s bayou-inspired eatery, Louisiana Purchase—hosted by District 619. A special “Brunch + Beats” menu features “Drop Top Chicken Flock” with chicken wings, waffles, honey butter and maple; “Grazin’ in Love” with three eggs, ribeye steak, potatoes, onions, peppers and Crawfish Monica sauce; and “Strawberry Fine” with streusel and cream-cheese drizzle. More highlights: Champagne specials, live music and old-fashioned hospitality. Noon-3 p.m. See website to book reservations. 2305 University Ave., North Park. More Info

Carruth Cellars’ Barrel Tasting Party

March 25-26. Calling all oenophiles! Swirl and sip away at this 13th annual barrel bash at Carruth Cellars’ flagship Solana Beach tasting room. Five stations will showcase 10 of the winery’s varietals straight from the barrel (before the wines are bottled). The celebration also includes Neapolitan-style pizza by Scuderie Italia, live music, a souvenir wine glass and exclusive access to purchase “futures” (aka wines before they’re bottled and officially released) at a significant discount. Sa 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.; Su 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $70 general admission (21+). 118 Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. More Info

SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival

Through April 30. Tour the seven seas via your tastebuds at this family-friendly food festival, taking place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at SeaWorld San Diego. Guests can sample more than 100 food and drink offerings and myriad distinct flavors found in recipes from around the world; plus more than 50 craft beers; wines by the glass and flight; several stages offering live entertainment; an authentic live mariachi band; a fireworks spectacular (select dates); costumed SeaWorld characters; and plenty of Mission Bay views. See website for hours and pricing. 500 SeaWorld Drive, Mission Bay, 619.222.4732.

Bun & Patti

Now Open. Living up to its name, this new “fine casual” restaurant serves premium-quality craft burgers in laidback digs. The menu boasts hearty burgers, such as the Notorious B&P (pictured)—two all-natural beef patties (no hormones or antibiotics), cheddar, secret sauce and fixings on a toasted brioche bun; plus free-range chicken sandwiches, wings and salads; along with truffle fries, onion rings, mac ‘n’ cheese and a house-made chocolate chip cookie with ice cream. To drink: craft beer, wine and milkshakes. Open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 2171 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.637.6284.

Arts + Culture

San Diego Opera’s Tosca

Opens March 25. Don’t miss San Diego Opera’s production of Tosca—the tempestuous opera by Giacomo Puccini—at the Civic Theatre, March 25, 28 and 31; and April 2. The murderous melodrama takes us to Rome, where Floria Tosca—a beautiful, privileged singer—gets trapped in between her allegiance to her rebel lover and the scheming, corrupt police chief. Soprano Michelle Bradley (pictured) sings the title role; with bass-baritone Greer Grimsley as Scarpia; and tenor Marcelo Puente as Cavaradossi. Valerio Galli conducts. See website for times and ticket pricing. 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.533.7000.

Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience

Extended Through May 7. Ancient history—3,300 years back to the 18th Dynasty of Egypt, when King Tut ruled—comes to life in this immersive exhibit presented by National Geographic. The approximately hour-long, digital-projection-driven experience takes guests through nine multi-sensory galleries—transporting you from modern-day Egypt, to the king’s tomb (one of the most monumental archaeological findings of all time, discovered 100 years ago), to his many treasures. See website for hours and ticket pricing. Wyland Center at Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar.

Photo credits: Bun & Patti by James Tran. San Diego Opera / Michelle Bradley by Cory Weaver. Beyond King Tut by Charles Sykes. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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