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Destination San Diego Episode 2: Hidden Gems in San Diego’s North County

In this episode of Destination San Diego, we’ll explore the diverse terrain and miles of open spaces in San Diego’s Northeast region – an exceptional place to hike or bike, play a round of golf or spend an afternoon at a local winery. We’ll dig into the unexpected history of Ramona and explore the storied past of the Old Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside. Plus, PGA-certified teaching professional and mom, Tina Mickelson, talks about her family’s favorite places to play and what makes golf different in San Diego. Finally, we’ll reveal a hidden, magical garden in Escondido.

What’s In This Episode of Destination San Diego

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Jeff Terich

Four of the Best Live Bands in San Diego

The Burning of Rome

San Diego is increasingly becoming a more attractive destinations for touring bands to play, and there’s certainly no shortage of places for bands to play in town. But it would be a mistake to overlook the many excellent homegrown musicians that make San Diego’s music scene unique. San Diego had an explosion of talent in the early ’90s, and since then, has given rise to a long list of unique, innovative bands. There are a few bands today that stand out for being great live acts, however, and if you get the chance to see them, don’t pass it up.

Rocket from the Crypt

Rocket from the Crypt

Since the early ’90s, Rocket from the Crypt has been an iconic staple of the San Diego music scene, thanks to their legendary live shows, which include a long list of great rock ‘n’ roll songs (which most fans know all the words to) and a constantly changing wardrobe of matching onstage uniforms. They took a six-year break beginning in 2006, but since reuniting, their shows have been just as thrilling as they were in the early days.

> Hear more of Rocket from the Crypt

The Burning of Rome

The Burning of Rome

If you’ve spent a good amount of time in San Diego and you haven’t seen The Burning of Rome, you’re missing out on a guaranteed good time. Their raw, but theatrical indie rock tunes are catchy and full of energy, but even better yet is their live presence, particularly guitarist Joe Aguilar, whose animated antics will keep your eyes glued to him through the duration of the show.

> Hear more of The Burning of Rome

Wild Wild Wets

Wild Wild Wets

First and foremost, Wild Wild Wets simply write great songs. That’s a good starting point for why they’re worth investigating, but their live show becomes a sensory experience that involves psychedelic projections and heavy doses of reverb and effects. It’s a trip. They also curate a quarterly showcase of similar-minded but eclectic bands from San Diego and Los Angeles called the San Diego Freak Out, which is never anything less than an uproarious party.

> Hear more of Wild Wild Wets

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble

Sure Fire Soul Ensemble - Live Bands in San Diego

If you want something that has a little more groove than grit, then there’s a lot happening in the local funk and soul community. The best of the bunch is The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, whose “cinematic soul” style is like the lost soundtrack to a 1970s crime drama. They groove hard, but with some subtle nuances – not that those nuances are crucial when you’re getting down to their concise, highly danceable funk when they’re onstage.

> Hear more of The Soul Fire Ensemble

> Hear More Live Bands in San Diego

Guest Blogger

7 Billion Others Brings The World To Balboa Park

7 Billion Others - Museum of Photographic Arts

Balboa Park offers many ways to wile away an afternoon, but for the next few months, one of the best options is at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

It’s there you’ll find the exhibit “7 Billion Others” on view through September 13, 2015. It’s an incredibly moving look at the human condition and finds universal themes across drastically different living conditions and cultures.

The exhibit features multiple videos of individuals from 84 different countries. The videos are the work of authors Sybille d’Orgeval and Baptiste Rouget-Luchaire, who traveled the world for seven years with reporters, asking interview subjects the same 45 questions. “What meaning does life have for you?” “What did you learn from your parents?” “What message do you want to pass on to your children?” “What do you fear?”

They recorded all the testimonials, ending up with a quilt of interpretations and experiences.

It’s hard to avoid clichés when describing 7 Billion Others because the themes are so universal and broad. Cliché or not, we’re going to describe it here in the hopes that you’ll visit this groundbreaking work.

The videos are grouped by questions and by subjects, like those of love, fear, or happiness. In one video, a Los Angeles woman admits her idea of happiness is a cliché. Every day she tries to imagine that something fabulous will happen to her. A woman from France says happiness is harder to find. She believes some people are born with a propensity for happiness and she isn’t one of them. A 26-year-old man from Bangladesh says he isn’t completely happy because he hasn’t yet found love. He asks: why don’t girls like me?

Almost all of the interview subjects are filmed from the neck up, with their faces filling the frame. As you watch face after face appear, the physical differences are so captivating. It’s amazing to think we all have the same parts – two eyes, a nose and mouth – yet we look so drastically different and individualistic.

The interview subjects discuss plenty of weighty topics. An Iraqi Christian woman explains that she left her country because of killings and robberies while a Serbian man, now living in France, tells of how he dreams of his homeland every night. A woman in Senegal describes poverty as a kind of violence. A man in Japan says in order to fall in love, you have to be willing to destroy yourself. One woman from Africa fears living through another volcano. A common fear across countries is going to hell or fear of God. A man from Cuba said he’s more afraid that God doesn’t exist and that we’re alone in the universe.

Part of the7 Billion Others exhibit includes videos of the authors and reporters at work in the field. You see them going through footage at the end of a long day, often in third world countries. Some of the behind-the-scene videos give more context to the interview subjects. You might see their houses or families surrounding them.

All of this creates an overwhelming sense of connectedness and understanding with individuals living across the world. San Diego marks 7 Billion Others’ U.S. premiere. I guarantee you’ll leave feeling inspired and in awe of how complex we are as human beings.

> Find out more about 7 Billion Others

Jeff Terich

4 of the Best Jazz Clubs Throughout San Diego

Jazz Band - Croce's Park West
Jazz Band - Croce's Park West

Photo courtesy of Croce’s Park West

San Diego has more than its share of small-, medium- and large-sized venues to see rock and pop music. But beneath the din of the punks and the beatmakers, there’s a small but thriving jazz scene in San Diego that always has something to offer, whether it grooves in the pocket or goes wild with free improvisation. Pick up on what San Diego jazz musicians are laying down at these clubs.

Croce’s Park West

For the traditional jazz experience in San Diego, there’s no better place to start than Croce’s. After 30 years in the Gaslamp Quarter, owner Ingrid Croce recently relocated the restaurant and jazz club to Bankers Hill, where it continues to host live jazz musicians nightly, as well as during their Sunday jazz brunch. Serious jazz heads and casual listeners alike will feel right at home here.

Where: 2760 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
> Find out more about Croce’s Park West

Seven Grand

Seven Grand isn’t exclusively a jazz club. It is, first and foremost, a whiskey bar, and if you want to taste some top shelf bourbons or scotches before the show, there’s a lot to choose from. But around 9:00 PM, the stage opens up to an eclectic lineup of acts, from the weekly Gilbert Castellanos jazz jam to the more modern approach of artists like Ian Tordella. And best yet, there’s never a cover for any of its shows.

Where: 3054 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104
> Find out more about Seven Grand

Dizzy’s

Dizzy’s, admittedly, is in a peculiar spot. By day, it’s the showroom for San Diego Jet Ski Rentals, so if you think you’ve ended up in the wrong spot, just keep that in mind. But it turns out that a big, open showroom for watercraft is actually a fine spot for a jazz concert. It’s spacious, and with excellent acoustics, and there’s no noisy bar scene to distract from the subtler performances. If you want an antidote to the louder and more chaotic clubs, this is the jazz venue for you.

Where: 4275 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
> Find out more about Dizzy’s

The Loft at UCSD

A casual coffeehouse, wine bar and music venue all combined into one space on the UC San Diego campus, The Loft has had quite a few notable touring and local bands on its stage. But a hefty chunk of its music programming comprises jazz, both conventional and avant-garde – much of it courtesy of some talented locals (and students to boot!). It’s a comfortable space to chill, but just remember, it closes while school’s out for the summer.

Where: 911 Lyman Lane, La Jolla, CA 92037
> Find out more about The Loft at UCSD

> Explore San Diego’s Jazz and Music Scene

Jeff Terich

4 of the Best All Ages Live Music Venues in San Diego

The Irenic - An All Ages Music Venue in San Diego
The Irenic - An All Ages Music Venue in San Diego

The Irenic – An All Ages Music Venue in San Diego

San Diego is a haven for bargoers – the explosion of the craft beer scene has proven that this is a town that enjoys an IPA or two. But for those not yet of legal drinking age, that means being able to see live music can be a bit more complicated. As it turns out, however, there are several great options for under-21 music fans, and here is a handful of the best all ages live music venues.

The Irenic

If The Irenic looks like a church, that’s because, technically it is. Operating as Mission Gathering on Sundays, North Park’s The Irenic acts as a functional and non-denominational music venue the rest of the week. Its live music program is diverse, hosting everything from punk to electronic and indie rock throughout the year. And all ages are welcome at every show, making it a perfect spot for kids with a thirst for live music.

Where: 3090 Polk Ave., San Diego, CA 92104
> Find out more about The Irenic

Lestat’s

A little bit mellower than other venues in town, Lestat’s regularly showcases folk and singer/songwriters in San Diego, with occasional touring acts coming through as well. So if you’d rather ease into the live music scene with something a bit more laid-back, it’s a comfortable and friendly spot, with a coffeehouse next door that’s open late at night, just in case the show lets out early (just check in with your folks, they worry).

Where: 3343 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Lestat’s

House of Blues

From marquee touring bands on its main stage to smaller indie acts in its Voodoo Room, the House of Blues – located in the Gaslamp Quarter – can have anywhere between one and three shows happening on any given night. And while it’s not strictly an all ages venue, a great many of its shows are open to those under 21. Just make sure to check their website before buying tickets to avoid confusion.

Where: 1055 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
> Find out more about House of Blues

Observatory North Park

Like the House of Blues, the 1,100-capacity Observatory North Park isn’t an all-ages venue every night; sometimes it’s limited to 18-and-up audiences, and occasionally, 21 and up. But a quick look at the calendar reveals that most of the time, the venue is pretty teen-friendly, and under certain circumstances – like Future Islands’ two upcoming shows in September – bands will book separate shows for two different age groups.

Where: 2891 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92104
> Find out more about Observatory North Park

> Discover More All Ages Fun in San Diego

Jeff Terich

5 Summer Concert Picks in San Diego – 2015

Taylor Swift - The 1989 World Tour

It’s no secret that San Diego is a great city for live music. It’s home to legendary bars like The Casbah, historic venues like The Observatory (formerly the North Park Theater), and open-air venues like Humphreys. And in just the last month, none other than The Rolling Stones paid a visit to the city with a blockbuster concert at Petco Park. The concert calendar only keeps getting better through the summer, however, with headlining acts that range from younger buzz bands to living legends. Here are five of the best bets for summer concerts in San Diego.

Best Coast

Best Coast

Best Coast hail from Los Angeles, but their ultra-catchy, melodic indie pop and aesthetic that celebrates all things California could just as easily be the soundtrack for San Diego. And when they come to the Observatory in North Park, it most certainly will be. The group just released their third album, California Nights, and it’s a more mature and nuanced, though no less accessible collection of pop gems. Swoon to their moody dream-pop ballads and have a giddy sing-along to favorites like “The Only Place.”

Where: Observatory North Park – 2891 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104
When: June 26, 2015
Cost: $25
> Get Tickets for Best Coast at Observatory North Park

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson is 82 years old, but the country music legend is still as musically active as ever, having just released Django and Jimmie, his new collaboration with fellow icon Merle Haggard. Willie’s catalog is so deep and varied that you never really know what you’re going to hear. Some standards from Stardust? An outlaw number from his Shotgun Willie days? A selection or two from the Red-Headed Stranger? All of the above, perhaps, with a sprinkling of Hank Williams covers and “On the Road,” come encore time. Timeless classics, all of them.

Where: Harrah’s Resort Southern California – 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center, CA 92082
When: July 24, 2015
Cost: $55-$125
> Get Tickets for Willie Nelson

 

Echo & the Bunnymen

Echo and the Bunnymen

Those of us who grew up in the ’80s have a special kind of reverence for new wave/post-punk favorites Echo & the Bunnymen. From their debut album Crocodiles on up to their self-titled 1987 album, they pretty much owned the decade (not to mention placement of their songs in films like The Lost Boys and Pretty in Pink). And though they’re probably not touring with a string section like they did when they were playing Ocean Rain in its entirety, that doesn’t mean you won’t get a chance to hear “The Killing Moon.”

Where: Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay – 2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106
When: August 6, 2015
> Get Tickets for Echo & The Bunnymen

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

Gotta have that funk! George Clinton didn’t invent funk, but he most certainly helped shape it in the 1970s with his bands Funkadelic and Parliament. Those two separate entities and their cosmic, conceptual catalogs have been merged into one psychedelic funk revue, and the hits run deep: “Flash Light,” “One Nation Under a Groove,” “Tear the Roof Off the Sucker,” etc. Free your mind and your hindquarters will follow.

Where: House of Blues – 1055 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 19, 2015
Cost: $30-$45
> Get Tickets for George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

Taylor Swift – The 1989 World Tour

Taylor Swift - The 1989 World Tour

Taylor Swift has come a long way since starting off her career as America’s teenage country sweetheart. She’s pretty much conquered the pop game, and the ubiquity of “Shake It Off” is proof enough at that. I tend to prefer the songs on Red (“State of Grace” is the jam), but whatever era of Taylor you consider best, this will no doubt be one of the biggest concerts of the summer.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
When: August 29, 2015
Cost: $97-$479
> Get Tickets for Taylor Swift – The 1989 World Tour

> Hear More During One of San Diego’s Summer Concerts

Guest Blogger

San Diego Summer Theater Season Highlights 2015

Motown The Musical - Broadway San Diego

Summer in San Diego isn’t all beaches and barbecues. There’s a lot of great theater happening on our local stages. With our city’s laidback attitude and sense of style, you can leave the beach and head to the theater in your flip-flops – just make sure to change out of that bathing suit!

Here are some of your best drama and musical options for the summer of 2015.

Motown the Musical

Motown The Musical - Broadway San Diego

Photo courtesy of Motown The Musical

It doesn’t get more toe-tapping and hip-shaking than a musical about the greatest hits of Motown. This is the national touring production of the Broadway musical about Berry Gordy, the legendary founder of the Motown record label. You can expect to hear all your favorite songs by Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and The Jackson 5.

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: June 9-14, 2005
Cost: Starting at $22.50
> Find out more about Mowtown The Musical

Come From Away

Come From Away - La Jolla Playhouse

A rock-inspired, original musical about what happened to the small town of Gander, Newfoundland when 38 planes were diverted there on September 11, 2001.  An international slumber party ensues, despite the tragic circumstances, with the townspeople entertaining travelers with music and an open bar. Original musicals are tough to find these days and this world premiere looks very promising.

Where: La Jolla Playhouse – 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: May 29 – July 5, 2015
Cost: Starting at $25
> Find out more about Come From Away

Everybody’s Talkin’: The Music of Harry Nilsson

Everybody's Talkin': The Music of Harry Nilsson

If you were around in the 70s, you surely remember these song lyrics: “Everybody’s Talkin’ at me,” “Can’t live, if living is without you,” “One is the loneliest number,” and “You put the lime in the coconut.” The songs of Harry Nilsson are so recognizable, yet not many know the story of this musician and his wild escapades. The Rep’s world premiere musical includes Nilsson’s beloved music and some top talent, including Tony-Award winning actors in the leads.

Where: San Diego Repertory Theatre – 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 23 – June 21, 2015
Cost: Starting at $18
> Find out more about Everybody’s Talkin’: The Music of Harry Nilsson

Dogfight

Dogfight - Cygnet Theatre

Based on the classic indie film of the same name, this musical is about three young marines on the eve of their deployment to Southeast Asia. The night of debauchery turns serious when one of them becomes entangled with an awkward waitress at the center of a cruel bet. Her idealism changes him, and challenges his compassion and ideas about romantic love.

Where: Cygnet Theatre – 4040 Twiggs St., San Diego, CA 92110
Where: July 16-August 23, 2015
Cost: Starting at $25
> Find out more about Dogfight

Kiss Me, Kate

Kiss Me Kate - The Old Globe Theatre

This Cole Porter classic will get the premiere treatment of recent Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjak, who charmed audiences with his hilarious staging of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” Porter’s witty songs mixed with showstopping dance numbers tell the story of a divorced couple whose battles threaten to take down a musical version of “The Taming of the Shrew.” As far as entertainment goes, this is a sure thing.

Where: The Old Globe Theatre – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 1 – August 2, 2015
Cost: Starting at $39
> Find out more about Kiss Me, Kate

The Quality of Life

For a smaller, more intimate theater experience, head up to Carlsbad to see “The Quality of Life,” a drama about two very different couples: one living in a yurt in Northern California after a fire destroys their home and another from the Midwest who recently lost a child. As the couples converge, their different life perspectives inform how they handle tragedy. Intrepid is a small, ambitious theater company that has won the praise of critics and audiences. This theater experience will undoubtedly be powerful and worthy of discussion over a glass of wine after the show.

Where: Carlsbad Village Theatre – 2822 State Street, Carlsbad, CA
When: July 3 – August 2, 2015
Cost: Starting at $25
> Find out more about The Quality of Life

> Discover San Diego’s Vibrant Theater Scene

Robert Arends

San Diego’s ‘Mayflower of the West’ San Salvador Sets Sail Labor Day Weekend!

You know the old saying, “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue…” Well, San Diego has its own historic maritime tale: “In 1542, Cabrillo sailed the ocean blue and discovered…San Diego.” Yep, hard to believe that over 470 years ago(!)Portuguese explorer named Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who sailed for Spain, came across our little slice of paradise.

San Salvador

Cabrillo didn’t stay long, though; just enough time to anchor his ship, the San Salvador, off Point Loma, note and name our beautiful bay, and continue up the coast.

Launch of the San Salvador

San Salvador Completed - Maritime Museum of San Diego

The completed San Salvador and its amazing construction crew. Photo credit: Jerry Soto

San Diego makes history again Labor Day Weekend, September 3-5, 2016, during the Maritime Museum of San Diego‘s maiden voyage celebration of the first full-scale, historically-accurate working replica of the San Salvador, the “Mayflower of the West.” The impressive $6.2 million vessel stands 60 feet tall, weighs 230 tons and took the Maritime Museum five years to construct.

Coinciding with the museum’s annual Festival of Sail, the largest tall ship festival on the West Coast, visitors can for the first time board the San Salvador and enjoy a variety of onshore exhibits spotlighting this seaworthy recreation of Cabrillo’s 16th century galleon.

The adventure continues through October as the San Salvador embarks on a Pacific Heritage Tour of California’s coast, serving as a seafaring symbol of California’s origin story and the history of America from a West Coast perspective, and it will anchor in the following cities:

  • September 15-18: Oxnard, Channel Islands Maritime Museum
  • September 23-25: Monterey, Monterey State Historic Park
  • September 30 – October 9: Morro Bay, Central Coastal Maritime Museum Association

At each port, visitors will be able to board the ship and discover immersive dockside exhibits and events.

More Cabrillo Sites in San Diego

For history buffs, following are a few other cool Cabrillo sights (including a couple hidden in plain sight) to check out while you’re here:

Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument - the Plymouth Rock <a href=

Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego’s only national park, commemorates Point Loma peninsula (Ballast Point, to be exact) as the “Plymouth Rock of the West” where Cabrillo came ashore. Cabrillo, the first European to set foot in California, claimed the bay for Spain. He noted it was “a very good port.” Couldn’t agree more, señor Cabrillo 😉

It would be more than 200 years later before the first Spanish mission was founded here.

There’s a 14-foot statue of Cabrillo with panoramic views of San Diego Bay and downtown; a phenomenal photo opp! Did you know: the Cabrillo sculpture was initially envisioned as a colossal statue that would exceed the Statue of Liberty in height!

California Tower in Balboa Park

California Tower Balboa Park

California Tower in Balboa Park

Cabrillo find #2 is located high atop the California Tower in Balboa Park, part of the San Diego Museum of Man. You’ll need binoculars to spot this one. The large weathervane on top of the cathedral-like tower is, in fact, the San Salvador. Pretty cool! For the first time in 80 years, the California Tower is now open for visitors to climb. Reservations required. Don”t forget to bring your camera!

On the museum’s façade, there’s also a clay and plaster figure of Cabrillo. If you’re facing the building, he’s just below and to the right of Junipero Serra , father of the California missions (right of the balcony).

San Diego Museum of Man façade. Can you spot Cabrillo?

San Diego Museum of Man façade. Can you spot Cabrillo?

So now you know about our discoverer, Cabrillo, and his mark on San Diego’s – and California’s – history 🙂

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – May 14-19, 2013

Sicilian Festival in Little Italy

With sunny skies and warm weather in the forecast, it’s not too late to plan your escape to San Diego for the weekend and enjoy these outdoor top things to do:

Festa do Espirito Santo

Festa do Espirito Santo

Celebrate Portuguese Heritage by joining in the city’s oldest ethnic festival that commemorates Portugal’s Queen St. Isabel feeding the poor during a centuries-ago famine. This family friendly festival will feature plenty of live music, a bazaar, food and a parade on Sunday.

Where: United Portuguese S.E.S. Hall – 818 Avenida De Portugal, San Diego, CA 92106
When: May 17-19, 2013
> Find out more about the 103rd Annual Festa do Espirito Santo

Ramona Rodeo

Ramona Rodeo - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding at the Ramona Rodeo

Yeehaw! One of the country’s top PRCA sanctioned full-scale pro rodeos, the Ramona Rodeo is a 3-day event featuring barrel racing, tie-down roping, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, and bareback riding. Also, don’t miss the Ramona Main Street Parade on Saturday.

Where: Fred Grand Arena – 421 Aqua Lane, Ramona, CA 92065
When: May 17-19, 2013
Cost: $5-$15
> Find out more about the Ramona Rodeo

Southern California Beach Soccer Championships

North Park Festival of the Arts & Craft Beer Block

North Park Festival of the Arts & Craft Beer Block

Live music, art, food and craft beer at the North Park Festival of Arts & Craft Beer Block

Spend the day in North Park enjoying a diverse line-up of bands, dancers and artists into one marathon day of performances spread across multiple stages. For the beer lovers in the audience, a ticket to Craft Beer Block will include over 25 local breweries, 12 4-ounce tasters and a commemorative glass.

Where: University Avenue & 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104
When: May 18, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Festival – Free. Craft Beer Block – In Advance – $25, Day of – $30.
> Find out more about the North Park Festival of the Arts & Craft Beer Block

Pirate Days

Pirate Days at the Maritime Museum of San Diego

Are ye brave enough to climb aboard for Pirate Days?

Arrr, matey! Sail on down to the Embarcadero to embark on a two-day celebration for kids of all ages. The days will include kids costume contests, carnival games, cannon firings, weapon demonstrations, sword fights, scary stories, and scavenger hunt for the pirate treasure, which the mermaid holds at the end of the treasure hunt.

Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego – 1492 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 18-19, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Adults – $16. Kids (3-12) – $8. Kids 2 and Under – Free.
> Find out more about Pirate Days

Escondido Street Faire

Escondido Street Fair - Top Things to Do in San Diego

The Escondido Street Faire is fun for the whole family

Since 1989, the Escondido Street Faire has brought live entertainment, over 500 vendors, children’s rides and activities, and food from around the world to the downtown tree-lined streets of Escondido.

Where: Grand Avenue, between Center City Pkwy and Ivy, Escondido, CA 92025
When: May 19, 2013
Time: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Escondido Street Fair

20th Annual Sicilian Festival in Little Italy

Sicilian Festival in Little Italy

Godetevi il cibo, la musica e la danza della Sicilia al festival siciliano a Little Italy

Venite a festeggiare un anniversario…stile siciliano! La musica, la danza, la cultura e la cucina della Sicilia arrivano in piazza di San Diego, in zona Little Italy come parte della celebrazione l’annuale Festa di Siciliano.

Come celebrate an anniversary…Sicilian-Style! The music, dance, culture and cuisine of Sicily come to the streets of San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood as part of the 20th Annual Sicilian Festival celebration.

Where: 1600 – 1700 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 19, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 20th Annual Sicilian Festival in Little Italy

CicloSDias Mini

In anticipation of the main CicloSDias event on Sunday, August 11, this weekend’s CicloSDias Mini will close the Marston Loop in Balboa Park to cars and open it up to everyone on bikes, roller blades, skateboards, two feet and anything else. Make sure to bring a blanket, and picnic food and games to enjoy a car free afternoon.

Where: Balboa Park – Balboa Drive at Juniper Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 19, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the CicloSDias Mini

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

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

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – April 25-28, 2013

From North County to Old Town to Coronado, San Diego is closing out April with some amazing events. Make sure to check out at least one of these top things to do:

Best of North County Party

San Diego Magazine's Best of North County Party

Enjoy food, wine and good friends at San Diego Magazine’s Best of North County.

Sample, sip and party along with the best that North County has to offer. Special appearances by the region’s top chefs, wine and food tastings from leading dining destinations and unexpected entertainment elements make for an unforgettable evening.

Where: Park Hyatt Aviara – 7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92011
When: April 26, 2013
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $50-$70
> Find out more about the Best of North County Party

Art Alive

Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art

Art comes to life at the San Diego Museum of Art’s Art Alive.

One hundred three floral designers will bring the San Diego Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection to life in a unique and beautiful way, including vibrant displays of color, texture and shape.

Where: San Diego Museum of Art
When: April 26-28, 2013
Cost: Included with admission. Art Alive events have separate pricing.
> Find out more about Art Alive 2013

Spring Garden Festival at Cuyamaca College

Spring Garden Festival at Cuyamaca College - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Pick up new plants, enjoy live music and learn about water conservation gardening at the Spring Garden Festival.

Urban farming is the theme of this year’s festival, which marks the event’s 20th anniversary! Visitors will enjoy demonstrations, the college nursery’s biggest plant sale of the year, Petting zoos, face painting and a farmers market.

Where: Cuyamaca Water Conservation Garden – 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W. El Cajon, CA 92019
When: April 27, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Spring Garden Festival at Cuyamaca College

Southern California Folklórico Competition

Folklorico Dance in Old Town State Historic Park

Enjoy the traditional Folklorico Dance in Old Town State Historic Park.

Folklórico is a traditional Latin American dance that emphasizes local folk culture with ballet characteristics. Folklórico dancers from throughout Southern California will come to Old Town State Historic Park to perform their best dances as they compete for the championship.

Where: Fiesta de Reyes – 2754 Calhoun Street, San Diego, CA 92110
When: April 27-28, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Southern California Folklórico Competition

Adams Avenue Unplugged

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

Actor John C. Reilly is scheduled to perform at the 2013 Adams Avenue Unplugged

Over the course of 2 days and along the two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue, more than 180 artists will play live at 25 venues including restaurants, bars, coffeehouses, galleries and four outdoor community stages. A free shuttle will make it from one set to the next before the music starts.

When: April 27-28, 2013
Time: Saturday: 12:00 to 10:00 PM. Sunday: 12:00 to 7:00 PM.
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Adams Avenue Unplugged

Mission Federal ArtWalk

Mission Federal Art Walk Hands on Fun

Art, music and hands-on fun for the whole family at the Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy.

Always the last full weekend of April, ArtWalk features more than 300 visual artists, San Diego’s top music and dance performers and KidsWalk, an interactive art playground for kids of all ages.

> Read our previous blog post about the 2013 Mission Federal ArtWalk

Encinitas Street Fair

Encinitas Street Fair

Food, music, rides, a beer garden and over 450 vendors at the Encinitas Street Fair.

Enjoy two days of unique food, five live music stages, children’s rides, beer garden, and over 450 vendors selling clothes, accessories, plants, household products, environmental products, art, antiques and home decor.

Where: South Coast Hwy 101 between D and J Streets
When: April 27-28, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Encinitas Street Fair

MotorCars on MainStreet

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Now in its 23rd year, MotorCars on Main Street is a free classic car show featuring more than 350 pre-1973 hotrods, convertibles, roadsters, trucks and other custom cars.

Where: Along Isabella and Orange Avenues in downtown Coronado
When: April 28, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
> Find out more about MotorCars on Main Street

La Jolla Half Marathon

La Jolla Half Marathon Starting Line

Cheer on these endurance runners at the La Jolla Half Marathon.

Enjoy the coastal views while cheering on these endurance runners as they run 13.1 miles through this La Jolla course. (As someone who has run this half marathon before, any encouragement at the top of Torrey Pines is welcome…that is one heck of a hill!). If you are up for it, there is still time to register for the much shorter 5k.

When: April 28, 2013
> La Jolla Half Marathon Course Map (PDF)

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

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