Top Things to Do in San Diego – April 23-27, 2014

This weekend in San Diego is packed with top things to do including butterflies, live music, a rodeo, art outside and plenty of family friendly festivals!

Butterfly Jungle

Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Meet a few of the over 10,000 butterflies in the Butterfly Jungle

It’s the last weekend to marvel at more than 10,000 beautiful butterflies as they flit, float, and flutter around you in this spectacular spring fling event at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. There’s something for everyone, from fun kids’ activities to special presentations to fascinating facts about these wonderful winged insects.

Where: San Diego Zoo Safari Park – 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027
When: Through April 27, 2014
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Butterfly Jungle

50th Annual Lakeside Rodeo

Lakeside Rodeo in San Diego's East County

Put on your boots for three days of traditional rodeo competitions at the Lakeside Rodeo

Attention Cowboys and Cowgirls – For over 50 years, the El Capitain Stadium Association has brought the Wild West to life in the San Diego East County town of Lakeside with a word-class rodeo including bareback bronco rides, calf roping and other traditional rodeo competitions, along with food and crafts.

Where: Lakeside Rodeo Grounds – 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside, CA 92040
When: April 25-27, 2014
Cost: $5-$250
> Find out more about the Lakeside Rodeo

Coronado Flower Show

Coronado Flower Show - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Stop and smell the roses at the Coronado Flower Show!

The Coronado Flower Show is the largest tented flower show in the nation. Exhibits are placed inside tents surrounding a central gazebo, which becomes the stage for continuous entertainment, announcements and trophy presentations. Take a break from the show in the wine and beer garden to relax and listen to live entertainment.

Where: Orange Avenue between 6th and 7th Avenues, Coronado, CA 92118
When: April 26-27, 2014
Cost: $5
> Find out more about the Coronado Flower Show

Adams Avenue Unplugged

John C. Reilly at Adams Avenue Unplugged - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Music will fill the air in fun spaces from churches to coffee shops to outdoor stages along Adams Avenue. Photo courtesy of Paul Jameson.

Adams Avenue Unplugged takes place along a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue featuring 150 live musical performances staged inside restaurants, bars, coffee houses and galleries lining the neighborhood and on four community stages evenly spread out throughout the district. Don’t worry about the distance between venues, a free trolley will subsidize the walking. To make it even better, there will also be $5 cocktail and $3 beer specials at select drinking establishments along Adams!

Where: Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
When: April 26-27, 2014
Cost: Free. Some concerts have reserved seating tickets
> Find out more about Adams Avenue Unplugged

25th Annual San Diego Earth Fair

Set in Balboa Park, the annual EarthFair is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world event featuring exhibitors, a food pavilion, kids area, live entertainment, parade, art show and a “clean” car concourse.

Where: Balboa Park – 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 27, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about San Diego Earth Fair

Mission Federal ArtWalk

Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy

Spend the day outdoors enjoy local art and meeting the artists at the Mission Federal ArtWalk

Mission Federal ArtWalk, the largest fine art festival in Southern California, will commemorate its 30th year with a 17-block celebration in the lively neighborhood of Little Italy in San Diego. Founded by local artists, Mission Federal ArtWalk has become a showcase for established and emerging artists and the ultimate event for aficionados and casual collectors.

Where: India St & W Date St, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 26-27, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Mission Federal ArtWalk

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

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Know of some other top things to do this weekend in San Diego? Let everyone know in the comments below.

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Brent Bernasconi

About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home. How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night's sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.

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