Top Things to Do in San Diego – March 17-22, 2015

It’s going to be a beautiful first weekend of Spring here in San Diego with amazing weather, colorful wildflowers and these top things to do.

A Midsummer Nights Dream and Carnival of the Animals

San Diego Ballet's A Midsummer Nights Dream & Carnival of the Animals

Frolicking fairies, star-crossed lovers. and bounding Amazons share the stage in Javier Velasco’s fast, fleet, and funny adaptation of Shakespeare’s immortal comedy: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Join us in this witty romp through enchanted glades where “the course of true love n’er did run smooth.” Set to some of Mendelssohn’s most memorable melodies, Midsummer’s makes magic! Created especially for the children, Carnival of the Animals is a colorful journey through the animal kingdom, set to the beloved music of Camille Saint-Saens and folk music from all over the world. This performance is presented in association with Animal Cracker Conspiracy and the Living Coast Discovery Center.

Where: Balboa Theatre – 868 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 20-21, 2015
Cost: Tickets start at $27
> Find out more about A Midsummer Nights Dream and Carnival of the Animals

Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival

Celebrating the 22nd Anniversary Year, Southern California’s Largest Multi-Cultural Dance Festival will be held in the beautiful historic Spreckels Theater in downtown San Diego and feature more than 250 dancers and musicians representing cultures spanning the globe.

Where: Spreckels Theatre – 121 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 20-22, 2015
Cost: $20-$30
> Find out more about the Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival

The Spring Thing at MCASD Downtown

The Spring Thing at MCASD Downtown

Join MCASD for an evening Artful Dining featuring a cocktail hour menu created by Chef duo Giuseppe Ciuffa of Giuseppe Restaurants and Fine Catering and Guest Chef David Warner of the East Village favorite, Bottega Americano, and a dinner menu designed exclusively by all-star Chef Andrew Spurgin in collaboration with Culinary Concepts. Or arrive at 8:30 PM for The After Party with the turn-table talent of DJ Adam Salter and DJ Steve French, a Mixology Lounge featuring signature cocktails from Patrón, and hosted bar and bites until the clock strikes midnight!

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego – Downtown – 1001 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 20, 2015
Time: 7:00 to Midnight
Cost: $75-$175
> Find out more about The Spring Thing at MCASD Downtown

The White Snake

The White SnakeOne of the true geniuses of the American theatre makes her long-awaited San Diego debut with The White Snake! Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman creates an enchanting theatrical spectacle with live music and sumptuous visuals. In this visionary staging of a classic Chinese fable, a gentle serpent transforms into a beautiful woman. She falls in love with a dashing young man and decides to stay human forever, until a wicked monk discovers her true identity and vows to destroy her.

Where: The Old Globe Theatre – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 21 – April 26, 2015
Cost: Tickets start at $29
> Find out more about The White Snake

San Diego Sings Festival

San Diego Sings Festival

The annual San Diego Sings Festival brings together 20 of San Diego’s top choral groups in a free day-long concert. Participating performers range from children’s choruses and barbershop groups to a symphony chorus, and from community choirs and women’s groups to a Norwegian male chorus and a Chinese choral society.

Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion – 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 21, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Sings Festival

Apollo 13 45th Anniversary

Apollo 13 45th Anniversary - Top Things to Do

The San Diego Air & Space Museum is offering a special and rare opportunity to meet the astronauts of Apollo 13, plus the key people on the ground who directed the efforts to help save them in space. Joining them will be others from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs to relate how they all triumphed over great adversity.

Where: San Diego Air & Space Museum – 2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 21, 2015
Time: 5:30 to 10:30 PM
Cost: $295
> Find out more about the Apollo 13 45th Anniversary

Sailor Days

maritime museum of san diego

The Star of India is one of the ships featured at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

Come aboard and become a sailor for the day. Families can explore the vessels while on a scavenger hunt, make brass rubbings, raising sail, rope making, knot tying, rowing and more.

Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego – 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 22 – April 5, 2015
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Sailor Days

San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Expo

San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Expo Day

Hands on edutainment and experiments at the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Expo Day

Now in its seventh year, the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering EXPO Day at Petco Park is the Festival’s culminating event with over 130 local businesses, corporations, and organizations providing interactive, hands-on activities showcasing STEM from all parts of Southern California.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 21, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Expo

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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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