Top Things to Do in San Diego – April 25-30, 2017

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

La Traviata

The Roaring Twenties brought us novel inventions, a racy new culture and dramatic social change…and for Violetta Valery, illness, judgment and sacrifice. This party girl lives life on her own terms, gives into pleasure for money and keeps her heart safe, until she meets a man who changes her life. Choosing love over freedom, Violetta cannot resist these feelings and the couple begin their life together, until an unwelcome visitor threatens their future. Will Violetta bend to the will of another or surrender to her heart? And can she do it in time?

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Thru April 30, 2017
Cost: Starting at $50
> Find out more about La Traviata

San Diego Black Film Festival

San Diego Black Film Festival

Several films from previous years have gone on to win additional awards at other film festivals. More importantly, seven films that premiered at the San Diego Black Film Festival are either in negations or have already wrapped up distribution deals including the films “Locked in a Room,” now with Echo Bridge Entertainment, and our Best Comedy winner “The Donut Shop,” now with Viva Films. Good things await our 2017 filmmakers as well. See you in 2017.

When: April 26-30, 2017
Cost: Starting at $10
> Find out more about the San Diego Black Film Festival

Art Alive

Art Alive - San Diego Museum of Art

PC: Bauman Photographers

Art Alive 2017 celebrates it’s 36th year and the stunning works of art on display in the Museum with more than 100 floral interpretations created by top local and national designers. This year marks the return of three-time Rotunda Designer Carlos Franco of Green Fresh Florals who will use his spectacular inventiveness to transform the John M. and Sally B. Thornton Rotunda into a botanical masterpiece.

Where: San Diego Museum of Art – 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 27-30, 2017
Cost: $5-$25
> Find out more about Art Alive

Lakeside Rodeo

Lakeside Rodeo

The 53rd Annual Lakeside Rodeo brings the exciting action of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to the Lakeside Arena with four full rodeo performances featuring the 7 events of rodeo to include bull riding, Bareback riding, Saddle bronc riding, Steer wrestling, Calf roping, Barrel racing (WPRA), Tie down roping, and Team roping…plus, the Kids Stick Horse Race is a hilarious to watch at each performance!

Where: Lakeside Rodeo Grounds – 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside, CA 92040
When: April 28-30, 2017
Cost: $10-$20
> Find out more about the Lakeside Rodeo

Mission Federal ArtWalk

Mission Federal ArtWalk will fill 17 blocks in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood. Thousands of attendees come to view and purchase artwork, enjoy the music and dance and participate in interactive art experiences.

Where: India St & W Date St, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 29-30, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Mission Federal ArtWalk

San Diego Shaka Fest

San Diego Shaka Fest

The Fusion of Hawaiian Culture, Arts, & Athletics! A beautiful day on Mission Bay filled with amazing events such as a youth-only canoe regatta, SUP race for adults and keiki’s, stages of da kine Hawaiian and Tahitian entertainment, your favorite boutique vendors and island inspired food vendors to enjoy.

Where: Crown Point Park – Moorland Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: April 29, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Shaka Fest

17th Annual Pet Day on the Bay

17th Annual Pet Day on the Bay - Top Things to Do in San Diego

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.

Where: 1800 North Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 29, 2017
Cost: Starting at $25. Dogs cruise free
> Find out more about 17th Annual Pet Day on the Bay

Adams Avenue Unplugged

Adams Avenue Unplugged

Adams Avenue Unplugged, a free musical walkabout, takes place 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 live musical performances staged inside restaurants, bars, coffee houses and galleries lining the neighborhood.

Where: Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
When: April 29, 2017
Time: 12:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Adams Avenue Unplugged

6th Annual Chocolate Festival

Maritime Museum of San Diego Chocolate Festival

The history of chocolate and how it came to our country is an interesting tale of seafaring travels. This popular annual event with over 15 vendors showcasing and sampling various types of chocolate, has something for every palette. Kids and adults can make their own chocolate pizza, to delight chocolate lovers of all ages. The adults can participate in the wine and chocolate or beer and chocolate pairings as well as live baking and cooking with chocolate demonstrations.

Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego – 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 30, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $13-$33
> Find out more about the 6th Annual Chocolate Festival

MotorCars on MainStreet Car Show

MotorCars on Main Street

Coronado MainStreet hosts an annual car show, MotorCars on MainStreet, featuring over 400 pre-73 restored classic, rod and custom cars & trucks. The event is held in downtown Coronado, one block from the beach.

Where: Isabella & Orange Avenues, Coronado, CA 92118
When: April 30, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about MotorCars on MainStreet Car Show

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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.