Top Things to Do in San Diego – April 19-24, 2016

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do.

San Diego Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Padres at PETCO Park

Catch the San Diego Padres take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at Petco Park! Game day promotions and events include: Tuesday – Taco Tuesday, Wednesday – Autism Awareness, and Thursday – College Night.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 19-21, 2016
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Del Mar National Horse Show

Hunter Jumper Week - Del Mar National Horse Show

Each year the Del Mar National attracts more than 1,500 horses representing many breeds across three distinctly different disciplines. Spectators will see world-class performances in reining with its famous spins and sliding stops, elegant and athletic dressage moves choreographed to music, and nail-biting daredevil show jumping! Evening events feature trick riders, comedy acts, thrills and spills, and breed demonstrations, among many other exciting acts. The competition for prize money, trophies, and ribbons is fierce! Don’t miss out – come and join us!

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: April 21 – May 8, 2016
Cost: Free-$19
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San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals

San Diego Cityscape, 2009, Over Petco Park

Catch the San Diego Padres take on the St. Louis Cardinals at Petco Park. Game day promotions and events include: Friday – BeerFest, Saturday – Tyson Ross Jersey Shirt, Sunday – KidsFest & Padres Pet Calendar Giveaway.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 22-24, 2016
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Annual Lakeside Rodeo

Lakeside Rodeo in San Diego's East County

Bareback bronco rides, calf roping and other traditional rodeo competitions, along with food and crafts, bring the Wild West to life in the San Diego East County town of Lakeside.

Where: Lakeside Rodeo Grounds – 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside, CA 92040
When: April 22-24, 2016
Cost: $10-$20
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3rd Annual San Diego Shaka Fest

San Diego Shaka Fest

The San Diego Shaka Fest is the Fusion of Hawaiian Culture, Arts, & Athletics! So bring the entire family to this super fun and family oriented event which includes a Stand Up Paddle race open to adult and youth racers, the Keiki Heihei Wa’a (Youth only Hawaiian canoe regatta), SUP & Health Wellness Expo, Classic Woody Car exhibit, Ho’omau Hula O Nā Keiki – Keiki Hula Competition, lots of your favorite boutique and food vendors, and da kine Hawaiian entertainment.

Where: Crown Point Park – Moorland Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: April 23, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Happy Birthday Mr. Shakespeare

Happy Birthday Mr. Shakespeare

Celebrate the birthday of our resident playwright William Shakespeare! Enjoy live musicians recounting the hits of Shakespeare’s day, local artist and DJ Miki Vale will drop the banging-est beats, backing up our first-ever Sonnet Karoake!

Where: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 23, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Encinitas April Street Fair

Encinitas Street Fair

Enjoy over 450 unique food, arts and crafts vendors plus four entertainment stages, children’s rides, Dog Zone, Kids Zone, Bike Valets, and a Beer Garden! Take advantage of free family fun, entertainment, a National Award Winning MainStreet and a traditional So-Cal beach town. Come for the sun, stay for the moonlight.

Where: South Coast Hwy 101 between D and J Streets, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: April 23-24, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
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46th Chicano Park Day Celebration

46th Chicano Park Day Celebration - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Visitors to Chicano Park Day will experience traditional music and dance, including one of the most beautiful performances of Aztec Indigenous dance, coordinated by Danza Azteca Calpulli Mexihca. There will also be speakers representing the Chicano Park Steering Committee, Brown Berets de Aztlán, Amigos Car Club, and Via International.

Where: Chicano Park – Logan Av & Cesar E Chavez Parkway, San Diego, CA 92113
When: April 23, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Citybeat Festival of Beers

Citybeat Festival of Beers

The Festival of Beers, now in it’s 9th year, is the perfect marriage of two of San Diego’s best known exports – music and craft beer. San Diego is one of the most dynamic beer cities in the United States, arguably the world, with a diversity of style and technique that is unmatched.

Where: Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows – 2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
When: April 23, 2016
Time: 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $40-$55
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Taking the Title Concert

Spreckels Organ Pavilion Summer Concerts

The Spreckels Organ will dedicate the latest and final ranks of pipes that complete the DRIVE TO 5000 capital campaign which makes it the Largest Outdoor Pipe Organ in the world! San Diego Civic Organist Dr. Carol Williams will lead off with solo work designed to showcase the new ranks, then she’ll accompany soprano Diane Alexander. San Diego Civic Organist Emeritus Robert Plimpton will also play, followed by noted theatre organist Russ Peck who will accompany a brief silent movie, to be projected on screens at either side of the Pavilion stage.

Where: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 23, 2016
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: Free
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Motorcars on MainStreet Car Show

Motorcars on MainStreet in Coronado

This will be Coronado MainStreet’s 26th annual car show, MotorCars on MainStreet, featuring over 400 pre-73 restored classic, rod and custom cars & trucks. There will be live music featuring The Cat-illacs and drawings throughout the day. Spectators can vote for their favorite entry in a “People’s Choice” award.

Where: Isabella & Orange Avenues, Coronado, CA 92118
When: April 24, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Earth Day on the Bay

Earth Day on the Bay

The centerpiece exhibits at the heart of the event will be Fragile Waters (as described below); and the Wyland Foundation’s Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience, which provides an opportunity to increase visitors’ knowledge of the function of watersheds and a broader understanding of the impact that communities have on these systems and our ocean through an exhibit that is contained within a specially designed truck trailer. Created particularly for children and youth, participants become new recruits to the Clean Water Challenge Task Force, with a mission to solve mysterious disturbances in the health of our nation’s water habitats via a 4D theater experience and hands-on science activities.

Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego – 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 24, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Bikes, Boards and Brews

Bikes, Boards and Brews

The 7th Annual Celebration of Pacific Beach Culture and all the good things it has to offer! Bikes Boards and Brews brings together tastings of local craft breweries and pairs them with restaurant samplings. This event will bring you back to the endless summer days at Tourmaline Beach with surf boards, beach cruisers, beach inspired art and live music.

Where: 3999 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92109
When: April 24, 2016
Time: 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $40-$45
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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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