Suzzanne

5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

San Diego Padres at PETCO Park

Spring is here and it’s forecasted to be 70 degrees this weekend in San Diego. What a great time to get outside and enjoy the city! Here are 5 to Try this weekend.

Tell us in the comments below, what will you be doing this weekend?

Seaport Village

Enjoy the Sun at Seaport Village

1. Seaport Village

Every Sunday through June 24, enjoy free musical performances as part of Seaport’s Sunday Concert Series from 1:00 – 4:00 pm in the East Gazebo. This Sunday, April 8th, enjoy the Bayou Brothers, a fantastic mix of bluesy, rockin’ and Zydeco. The Easter Bunny will also be visiting April 4-7. Photos will be available in the West Plaza near the food court from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

San Diego Padres at PETCO Park

Catch the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park. Photo courtesy of Mark Whitt.

2. Padres Opening Weekend

Catch the San Diego Padres take on the Los Angeles Dodgers, Thursday, April 5th through Sunday, April 8. Thursday’s game includes an opening day T-shirt, schedule cling and San Diego decal. Opening Day starts at 4:05 pm.

San Diego Maritime Museum

San Diego Maritime Museum

3. A Chocolate Affair at the San Diego Maritime Museum

Did you know that chocolate first made its way to America via seafaring vessels? Find out how and more at the Maritime Museum’s chocolate festival Sunday, April 8, 2012. With over 25 vendors showcasing and sampling various types of chocolate, there is something for every palette. Explore the exhibit on how chocolate came here with a scavenger hunt and see if you can get all the questions correct. Essay contests for kids, craft activities and more to delight chocolate lovers of all ages. Free with museum admission.

Grunion Run with the Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Catch the Grunion Run with the Birch Aquarium at Scripps

4. Birch Aquarium Grunion Run

Get ready for a true Southern California experience! Observe hundreds of small silver fish, called grunion ride, the waves onto La Jolla beaches to spawn. Before hitting the beach, see grunion hatch before your eyes during a special presentation about this mysterious fish. Prepare for cool, wet conditions and bring a flashlight. The fun starts April 8 from 10:45 pm – 12:45 am. RSVP required. $10 for members, $12 non-members.

Delphiniums in Balboa Park's Alcazar Garden

Delphiniums in Balboa Park's Alcazar Garden

5. Balboa Park

Interested in seeing the beautiful flowers throughout Balboa Park? Balboa Park’s Offshoot Tours provides free, one-hour tours that highlight the park’s lush botanical offerings. Tours begin at 10:00 am on Saturdays. Must-sees are the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden, displaying approximately 2,500 roses of nearly 200 varieties, and the award-winning Alcazar Garden, with a floral design patterned after the gardens of Alcazar Castle in Seville, Spain.

Suzzanne

5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

This weekend is going to be full of exciting things to do around San Diego. From butterflies and a car show to the Crew Classic, there is something for everyone this weekend in San Diego!

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

1. La Jolla Concours d’Elegance 2012

The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance features various types of fine automobile gems. Past years have showcased horseless carriages, Italian marques, British marques, woodies, 50s classics, American sports cars, and the automobiles of Carroll Shelby. Spectators from all over the nation come to the breathtaking shores of La Jolla to view their favorite classics. This year, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is back with Italian automobiles to illustrate again that if diamonds are forever, then cars are timeless. Be sure to check out the amazing cars on Sunday, April 1 from 9:00 – 3:00 pm. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 day of event.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park: Butterfly Jungle

San Diego Zoo Safari Park: Butterfly Jungle

2. Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Head up to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and capture the scene as hundreds of butterfly pupae are emerging as we speak to dazzle you at Butterfly Jungle! Remember to wear bright colors to attract the butterflies and bring your cameras to take part in their photo contest. Butterflies will be fluttering about until April 15th.

San Diego Crew Classic - After the Start

San Diego Crew Classic on beautiful Mission Bay

3. 39th Annual San Diego Crew Classic Regatta

Rowers from across the country come to Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay to participate in one of the most distinguished rowing competitions in the U.S. Harvard, Stanford, USC, and UCSD are among the 20+ teams competing.

Balboa Park's Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Family Fun at Balboa Park's Spreckels Organ Pavilion

4. Family Festival Day at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Families with kids of all ages are invited to share an up-close-and-personal experience with the king of instruments during the free Family Festival Day at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park on Sunday, April 1 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Activities start at 1:00 pm with backstage tours, demonstrations by young organists and booths with coloring, hands on activities and music makers. Representatives from the San Diego Youth Symphony, Girl Scouts, San Diego Pug Rescue, San Diego Park and Recreation Department and other organizations will be on hand.

HMS Surprise at the San Diego Maritime Museum

Movie Star HMS Surprise. Photo courtesy of San Diego Maritime Museum

5. Spring Sailor’s Days at the Maritime Museum

The Star of India as well as other ships will be having Sailor’s Days everyday from March 24-April 7 from 9:00 – 2:00 pm. Adults and children alike can experience first hand various activities such as what it is like to make robe for sailing, move cargo, raise and lower huge sails, tie sailor’s knots, climb through a steam engine and many more fun things to see and do. Each child can also participate in a scavenger hunt around the ships learning about history while having fun. All activities are included with regular admission.

For a complete list of upcoming events, be sure to check out our Event Calendar.

Tell us in the comments below, what do you suggest for the upcoming weekend?

Suzzanne

5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

The Mark of Zorro

Remember to “jump ahead” this weekend by setting your clock forward by one hour. Spend that extra hour of sunlight this weekend enjoying one of these great events in San Diego. Here are your Five to Try:

The Mark of Zorro

1. Silent Movie Night, The Mark of Zorro

Starring Douglas Fairbanks and Noah Beery, The Mark of Zorro is a swashbuckling adventure from 1920, set right here in Southern California and accompanied by the mighty Fox Theater pipe organ. Movie starts at 8:00 pm on Saturday, March 10th at the Copley Symphony Hall.

2. San Diego Latino Film Festival

Starting March 8 and running through March 18th is the 19th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Hazard Center. There will be over 20,000 attendees and 150 entertaining and award-winning movies including a new sidebar dedicated to horror, sci-fi, and films that simply defy categories, labels and conventions.

Photo Courtesy of Paul Body

3. Washed Ashore: Plastics, Sea Life and Art

Fifteen extraordinary marine life sculptures with trashy origins will be displayed at the Chula Vista Nature Center. Tons of plastic pollution was used to create monumental sculptures that are awakening the curiosity and minds of citizens to the marine debris crisis. Exhibit runs through September 3, 2012.

4. A Room With a View

From the beloved novel that inspired the Academy Award-winning film comes an enchanting new musical. Comic, romantic, satirical and real, A Room with a View blends a gorgeous score with this timeless story that gives a new voice to these unforgettable characters. Playing at the Old Globe in Balboa Park March 2-April 8, 2012.

Christopher Titus at the American Comedy Co.

5. Christopher Titus

Spend the evening laughing with Christopher Todd Titus at the American Comedy Co. You may remember him from his hit show Titus. Shows are Friday-Saturday 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm; and Sunday at 8:00 pm.

Tell us in the comments below, what do you have planned for the weekend?

Robert Arends

Museum Month: Enchantment Awaits on Coronado Island

Coronado Museum of History and Art
Coronado Museum of History and Art

Coronado Museum of History and Art

As the days count down for San Diego Museum Month (1/2 price admission to 40 participating museums), across the bridge on Coronado Island, the charming Coronado Museum of History and Art, chock full of history and visionary tales told with a plethora of enchanting educational activities and exhibits, awaits visitors.

The following are 5 of my must-see/must-try picks at the Coronado Museum:

  1. Learn about Coronado’s role in World War II at the museum’s newest exhibit Coronado on the Frontline:  1942-1945.
  2. On a related note, don’t miss the popular Coronado Historic Homes Tour on May 13th where you can tour the island’s most beautiful homes and learn about World War II’s impact on the community.

    Coronado is considered the birthplace of U.S. Naval Aviation!

  3. The museum also houses a number of artifacts, uniforms and photographs documenting the U.S. Navy’s prominent presence on the island with permanent exhibits in the first and third gallery.

    Coronado historic walking tour.

  4. Take a walk back in time with the Museum’s docents, as well as discover the beautiful architecture and gardens around the island, on one of two private Walking Toursof the landmark Hotel del Coronado or of Historic Coronado.

    "Dorothy and The Wizard of Oz" was written in Coronado!

  5. L. Frank Baum, author of the beloved Wizard of Oz series, vacationed in Coronado where he wrote at least three of his famous books. In the museum’s first gallery, at the “Celebrities” wall,  visitors can view three rare first edition books by Baum: Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, The Emerald City of Oz and The Road to Oz!

Follow the yellow brick road (or the San Diego-Coronado Bridge 😉 ) to Coronado and discover another fascinating side of the “Crown City” at the Coronado Museum of History and Art!

Suzzanne

5 to Try: San Diego Museum Month

Over 40 museums are participating in San Diego Museum Month and this is the last weekend to take advantage of half-off admission. Simply stop by any Macy’s to pick up your pass. Here are my top five picks for this weekend.

1. San Diego Natural History Museum

Be sure to check out the film Sharks 3D inside the Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater. The film explores an amazing underwater universe inhabited by larger-than-life creatures which ruled the seas millennia before dinosaurs conquered the Earth and even face-to-face encounter with the “T-Rex of the Sea!”

2. Mingei International Museum

Through June 17, 2012, the exhibit A Fantastic Voyage – The Art of Ynez Johnston is on display. The exhibit will survey six decades of the artist’s wood and bronze sculptures, paintings, prints and ceramics from the 1940s to 2010, including recent works that have never publicly been shown.

3. San Diego Museum of Art

On display through May 31, 2012 is the Special Installation of French Modern Paintings. An important group of Modern French paintings from a local collection will be juxtaposed with the highlights of the Gluck Collection. The loans will include paintings by Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Paul Serusier, Fernand Leger, Édouard Vuillard, and Pierre Bonnard, which will be shown alongside other Post-Impressionist and early twentieth-century paintings by Vuillard, Bonnard, Georges Braque, Amadeo Modigliani and others from the Gluck Collection.

4. San Diego Botanic Garden

A special feature at the Botanic Garden is the Sculpture in the Garden. Through April 16, 2012, 26 artists will present their sculptures set against the beautiful backdrop of dragon trees, fruit gardens, bamboo groves, and many more unique garden areas in Sculpture in the Garden.

5. The New Children’s Museum

A great exhibit at the Children’s Museum is TRASH. The artists in TRASH, each with differing prerogatives and intentions, share the common desire to draw attention to an invisible issue that increasingly dominates our lives. Did you know that in the United States, the average American produces 4.5 pounds of trash every day? In this exhibition, their mission is to change how we see trash, and changing perspective starts by asking more questions.

Candice

Video Tour: San Diego Museum Month

San Diego Museum Month - 29 Days - 40 Museums - 50% Off

If you’re an art lover, museum buff or simply appreciate the value of a good deal, then February is the best time for you to visit San Diego. All month long, stop by any San Diego County Macy’s location to pick up a San Diego Museum Month pass and you’ll get half-off admission for you and up to three guests at 40 museums throughout the county.

From sports memorabilia to classic cars, mummies and hands-on science experiments, Balboa Park is a one-stop shop for Museum Month fun. Some of my favorites of Balboa Park’s 16 museums are those of the artistic bent, like the San Diego Museum of Art, Museum of Photographic Arts and Mingei International Museum. Join me on a video tour of what you can expect to see at these three spectacular venues:

For a complete list of all the museums participating in Museum Month, visit the San Diego Museum Council’s website, and pick up your half-off pass before it’s too late!

Suzzanne

5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

From whale watching to black holes, visitors can find the best events and things to do this weekend!

1. Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists: Starting February 4th and running through April 29, 2012, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s exhibit will allow visitors to learn about the great mystery of Black Holes. The exhibit is designed like a space mission. Visitors are briefed, issued a Black Holes Explorer ID Card, and then sent on a journey to the edge of these strange phenomena to discover how the latest research is turning science fiction into fact, challenging our notions of space and time in the process.

2. Museum Month: During the month of February, visitors can receive 1/2 off their admission to 40 of San Diego’s finest museums. Passes can be picked up at any Macy’s in San Diego County. With a pass, up to four visitors can gain admission to any of the 40 participating museums for half-price. Plus, you can use the pass all month-long!

3. Whale Watching..Kayak Style: Kayak out from La Jolla Shores and see Grey Whales up close during this three-hour kayaking tour. Grey Whales migrate January through April traveling from Alaska south to Baja to breed in the warm, shallow lagoons along the Mexican coast. Trained naturalist guides will accompany you and tell you all about the surrounding area of La Jolla Shores and Cove.

4. Woodies! Woodies!: Head over to the San Diego Automotive Museum starting February 3rd to see some of the finest examples of woodies through the years. From their beginnings as estate cars for the resort owners and transport vehicles, these cars have made a revival and are now once again popular with the surfing crowd. This exhibit features classic designs as well as a few surprises.

5. Tidepooling Adventures: For the kids out there that love to get their hands dirty, head over to The Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla on February 4th. Aquarium naturalists carefully guide participants into fragile tide-pool communities and highlight the inhabitants.

Suzzanne

5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

From whale watching to hiking, here are some of the best events and things to do this weekend in San Diego!

1. Whale Watching: It’s that time of year when the gray whales make their annual migration from the chilly Alaskan seas to the warm water lagoons of Baja California where they birth and rear their young. Whale watching season runs through March 2012.

2. All That Glitters: The Splendor and Science of Gems and Minerals: Through February 8, 2012, the San Diego Natural History Museum is presenting the gem and mineral exhibition, All That Glitters: The Splendor and Science of Gems and Minerals. Discover how the same Earth processes that build landscapes produce dazzling gemstones and precious metals—even right here in San Diego County, one of the most famous gem-producing regions in the world.

3. Harold and the Purple Crayon: From January 7-16, the Junior Theatre presents Harold and the Purple Crayon at the Casa del Prado Theatre, in Balboa Park. A favorite in the world of picture books gets even more exciting when it comes to life on stage. Harold goes to the circus, swims in the sea, and gets to be on television all through the magic of his crayon and the wonders of theatre.

4. Hiking: If your New Year’s Resolution is to get fit, try spending some time on San Diego’s trails. It’s a great way to get a little exercise and let’s face it, the weather couldn’t be better right now! My favorite; Torrey Pines.

5. Trash, The New Children’s Museum: Be sure to take your kids to The New Children’s Museum to learn about all that Trash we throw out on a daily basis. Did you know that in the United States, annual production of waste has tripled since 1960? That the average American produces 4.5 pounds of trash every day? In this exhibition, their mission is to change how we see trash, and changing perspective starts by asking more questions.

Suzzanne

5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

1. San Diego Beer Week: From November 4-13, hundreds of beer-centric events take place throughout the county during this 10-day festival that highlights San Diego’s award-winning craft beer, breweries and pubs. Two capstone events are the San Diego Brewers Guild Festival’s kick-off on November 5 at Liberty Station on Point Loma and the closing event, a beer and food pairing at the Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla on November 13.

2. Fall Back Festival: On Saturday, November 6, experience life in San Diego in the 1800s by heading on down to the historic Gaslamp Quarter for real gold pannin’, authentic Wild West shootouts, western bands and fun interactive activities. This annual children’s historic street faire will feature ice cream eating, pig calling, spaghetti eating and a costume contest. Kids will also love the pony rides, wagon rides and a chance to visit the William Heath Davis House for a tour of the “House of a Thousand Spiders.”

3. An Evening with America: In conjunction with the Getty-initiated Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, The GRAMMY Museum, along with Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, is honored to present iconic, GRAMMY Award-winning rock group America, this Friday, November 4 at 8:00 p.m. Hear the band in discussion about their success as hit writers of enduring rock-folk-pop classics, their celebrated 40th Anniversary Tour and the release of Back Pages, their newest album, a collection of glimmering interpretations of timeless songs. After the interview, moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, America will take audience questions and will perform an acoustic set.

4. Bike the Coast-Taste the Coast: On November 5th, grabe your bike and take a tour of the coast. The Bike the Coast, Taste the Coast takes cyclists 7, 15, 25, 50 or 100 miles up the coast to the Oceanside Pier, where food, beer and music await. Must register by November 4, or just join in the fun at the Pier.

5. Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend: Head up to Temecula for this two day event, November 5-6, gives ticketed guests the opportunity to visit over 30 Member wineries for a fun-filled food and wine adventure. Delicious foods and wine samplings are offered at each stop as well as barrel and/or tank samples of finished and unfinished wines often not available to the general public.

Aki

Art Safari: Experience Southern California’s LIGHT & SPACE

Southern California’s expansive vistas and ethereal light have an unspoken power. If it were a sound, I would imagine it to be a deep cleansing exhale, like a cool breeze blowing off the ocean on a warm sunny day. If it were to be conveyed as an image or object, it is undoubtedly captured in the body of work created by a group of artists from the region in the 1960’s, who were part of an art movement known as Light and Space.

The transcendental experience of being in Southern California – the deep blue Pacific Ocean and the glowing light that pervades every corner of the unsuppressed landscape – inspired regional artists to create art objects that depict this beauty. Now, through an unprecedented initiative that examines this and other influential art movements spawned in Southern California from 1945-1980, the Getty Institute in Los Angeles, along with 68 other institutions, has mounted a collaborative region-wide exhibition series called Pacific Standard Time.

Two of San Diego’s museums are taking part in this initiative:

Step into light and space. Don't miss 'Phenomenal' at MCASD.

The Museum of Contemporary Art has organized their largest exhibition to-date, Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface, which encompasses both the downtown and La Jolla locations. The exhibition features exemplary works by vanguard artists that shaped the Light and Space movement, as well as site-specific installations that predominantly use the medium of light. In addition to the unique atmosphere of Southern California, the emergence of the iconic car and surf culture in the 1960’s gave way for artists to experiment with new materials – acrylic polymers, resins, enamels and new plastics – to create immaculately slick surfaces that  gave the movement its alternative name, Finish Fetish. The exhibition at both locations will be on view through January 22, 2012, so you’ll have plenty of time to plan your trip to San Diego to take in this awe-inspiring exhibition.

 

See the whimsical creations of San Diego's foremost artist craftsmen at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park.

The Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park presents San Diego’s Craft Revolution – From Post-War Modern to California Design, which opens October 16, showcasing important contributions of San Diego craftsmen from the 1940’s through the 1970’s. The exhibition traces the progression from sleek modernism to unconventional handcrafted functional objects, showcasing whimsical presentations of furniture, doors, jewelry and ceramics. This exhibition will be up through April 15, 2012, so be sure to include this exhibition in your next San Diego vacation itinerary.

Plan your Southern California Art Safari by visiting the official Pacific Standard Time website for more information, and a full schedule of participating exhibitions.