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March 31-April 3


San Diego Sings! Festival

April 2. Behold the power of song. Choral Consortium of San Diego presents this special day—showcasing 15 San Diego County choirs in three different concerts (five choral groups per concert session), performing in more than six different languages. The festival, which unfolds at The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center’s Baker-Baum Concert Hall (pictured), will present performances by the San Diego Children’s Choir, Pacific Coast Chorale, La Jolla Symphony Chorus, Encore Vocal Ensemble and more. 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. $23 per person. 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla, 858.459.3724. Tickets

San Diego Restaurant Week

April 3-10. San Diego’s most delicious week (well, eight days to be exact) of the year returns. Taste your way through San Diego County for less at nearly 120 participating restaurants spanning 30-plus neighborhoods—offering dining deals for brunch, lunch and dinner. Choose from two-course lunch menus starting as low as $10; and three-course dinner menus starting at $20 (and up to $60). Select restaurants will also offer special Sunday brunch menus on April 3 and 10, including Great Maple and Cafe Gratitude. See website for all details and locations.

Sesame Place

Now Open. This anticipated new Sesame Street-themed amusement park has officially opened. Offering family-friendly fun for all ages, Sesame Place boasts 18 themed rides (including a kid-friendly roller coaster) and waterslides; plus shows, games, parades and more. Take a stroll through the interactive Sesame Street neighborhood and meet all your favorite furry friends, including Elmo, Big Bird and the Cookie Monster; and take a dip in the 500,000-gallon wave pool. See website for all attractions, daily hours and ticket pricing. 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista, 619.222.4732.

Food + Drink

Taste of Third

March 31. 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 26th annual event—featuring live music along with bites and sips from more than two dozen local restaurants and bars. Your “Taste of Third Passport” grants you access to offerings from El Cruce + 241, Chula Vista Brewery, Italianissimo Trattoria and many more. 4-8 p.m. $45 per person. Check in at Memorial Park located at the corner of Third Avenue and Park Way, Chula Vista.

Carruth Cellars’ Hangar 76

Opens April 1. Oceanside continues its expansion as an epicurean destination, with Hangar 76 as the latest example. Carruth Cellar’s new multi-tenant venue is a 14,500-square-foot, transformed warehouse—comprising the winery’s fourth tasting room and main production quarters; as well as the brewery and taproom for Tipping Pint Brewing Co. The two share a generous outdoor garden where guests can sip, sample and relax. Carruth’s offerings include wines by the glass, flight and bottle; plus wood-fired pizzas and cheese and charcuterie boards. See website for hours. 3329 Roymar Road, Oceanside.

North Park Festival of Beers

April 2. This spirited annual ode to beer is back for its 13th installment. Presented by 91X radio station, the North Park Festival of Beers unfolds in front of the Lafayette Hotel. Guests can sample more than 50 craft brews from top local and regional breweries, while enjoying live music and specialty food vendors. Admission includes unlimited beer tastings; and proceeds benefit the San Diego Music Foundation (specifically to fund the Taylor Guitars in Schools program). Noon-4 p.m. $60 VIP early admission; $40 general admission; $25 designated drivers. 2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park.

Uncorked: San Diego Wine Fest

April 2. 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, 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.

Arts + Culture

Million Dollar Quartet, Lamb’s Players Theatre

Opens April 2. Be transported to the historic 1956 meeting of four music legends—Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins—at Sun Records in Memphis via Million Dollar Quartet. Lamb’s Players Theatre delivers this epic jam session (a smash production at Vista’s AVO Playhouse in 2019) to Coronado, running through June 12. Written by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott, the musical features music direction by Patrick Marion and choreography by Colleen Kollar Smith. Kerry Means directs. See website for showtimes and tickets. 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000.

Street Art Block Party at One Paseo

April 2. Enjoy an artsy afternoon at One Paseo, which has partnered with the San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) for this annual event. Check out local chalk artists and muralists in action; along with live entertainment and a special interactive experience where kids can create their own art— led by The New Children’s Museum. SDMA and Native Poppy will also present a special “Petal Pop-Up” flower-art experience; with a chance for guests to win two tickets to SDMA’s exclusive Bloom Bash party on April 29. Noon-4 p.m. Free entry. 3725 Paseo Place, Del Mar.

Water by the Spoonful, Cygnet Theatre

Through April 24. Cygnet Theatre presents this heart-tugging play—a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Tony Award-winner Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights). In it, we get to know Elliot—a Marine returning from Iraq to Philadelphia—who is trying to find his place in the world. Meanwhile, we meet recovering addicts in a chat room, who keep each other alive, hour by hour. These seemingly far-apart worlds overlap, revealing birth families that break and online families that strengthen. Meg DeBoard directs. Tickets start at $25. 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525.

Photo credits: One Paseo by Ryan Kuratomi. Water by the Spoonful by Ken Jacques Photography. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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