Top Things to Do in San Diego – April 26 – May 1, 2016

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

Art Alive – The Museum in Full Bloom

Art Alive - The Museum in Full Bloom

Art Alive celebrates its 35th year with installations and events that take inspiration from the spring exhibition Brush and Ink as well as the Museum’s exceptional collection of Asian art. See the Museum in full bloom with more than 100 floral interpretations of the Museum’s permanent collection. Designers Ben Lucero and Jim Lennox from Pacific Event Productions will bring a new twist to an old Asian tradition with a Rotunda design encompassing the creativity, emotion, and powerful energy embodied by the element of fire.

Where: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 29 – May 1, 2016
Cost: Varies
> Find out more about Art Alive – The Museum in Full Bloom

Best of North County Party

San Diego Magazine‘s Best of North County Party gathers the top restaurants, breweries and businesses for one epic evening of North County all-stars. Enjoy unlimited food and drink samples from the region’s top dining destinations plus casino games, photo booths, live music and more. Special appearances by the region’s top chefs and unexpected entertainment elements all come together to make an unforgettable evening.

Where: Omni La Costa Resort & Spa – 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009
When: April 29, 2016
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $80-$90
> Find out more about the Best of North County Party

Mission Federal ArtWalk

Mission Federal ArtWalk returns to Little Italy for the 32nd annual celebration of San Diego’s rich arts and culture landscape. More than 300 fine artists show and sell their work at this annual festival that brings every facet of visual and performing arts together. Bring the family and participate in fun and creative art experiences provided by arts education groups throughout San Diego.

Where: India St & W Date St, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 30 – May 1, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Mission Federal ArtWalk

Adams Avenue Unplugged

Adams Avenue Unplugged - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Along a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue, from University Heights on the West through Normal Heights, and into parts of Kensington to the East, the event will feature 150 live musical performances staged inside restaurants, bars, coffee houses and galleries lining the neighborhood. Being able to pair the Avenue’s unique dining and drinking establishments, each with their own special ambiances and selections, with free musical performances, makes Adams Avenue the place to be.

Where: Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
When: April 30 – May 1, 2016
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Adams Avenue Unplugged

16th Annual Pet Day on the Bay

Hornblower's Pet Day on the Bay

Hornblower’s popular, pup-friendly Pet Day on San Diego Bay promises a tail-wagging good time! This is the one time each year that Hornblower invites dogs to cruise for free with their owners. People board for just $24 per ticket, and guests are also encouraged to contribute a gently used blanket or towel that will warm needy animals at the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Where: 970 North Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 30, 2016
3 Cruises: 9:30 AM, 11:15 AM, and 1:00 PM
Cost: $24. Dogs cruise free
> Find out more about the 16th Annual Pet Day on the Bay

San Diego Kids Expo & Fair

San Diego Kids Expo & Fair

The San Diego Kids Expo & Fair is part businesses and nonprofits on display, part fun fair and part music and dance festival. And definitely all kids! Expect to see more than 150 business and charities, plenty of activities in the Fun Fair and four stages of entertainment.

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, CA 92014
When: April 30 – May 1, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Adults – $10. Kids 12 and Under – Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Kids Expo & Fair

Fiesta del Mar Imperial Beach

Fiesta del Mar Imperial Beach

A cross-border Celebration of Friendship between the cities of Imperial Beach and Rosarito, Mexico. The day-long, family friendly celebration will showcase live musical acts from both the Rosarito and San Diego areas as well as interactive family activities hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of both cities.

Where: Imperial Beach Pier – 10 Evergreen Ave, Imperial Beach, CA 91932
When: April 30, 2016
Time: 12:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Fiesta del Mar Imperial Beach

Chef Celebration San Diego

Chef Celebration San Diego

Join us in our gardens for a delicious celebration of great food and beer! You’ll enjoy 14 small-bite courses created by each of the 14 local chefs from outstanding eateries, and each course will be paired with a craft beer!

Where: 2816 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
When: May 1, 2016
Time: 12:00 to 3:00 PM
Cost: $49
> Find out more about Chef Celebration San Diego

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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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