Top Things to Do in San Diego – April 24-29, 2018

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

Art Alive

When: April 26-29, 2018
Where: San Diego Museum of Art – 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Springtime in San Diego means Art Alive at The San Diego Museum of Art. A blaze of color, bright blossoms, and lush foliage—a garden of earthly delights—the Museum blooms again. With 100+ floral interpretations of masterworks of art and four flower-filled days of events, Art Alive returns for its 37th year. Created by top local and national designers, these floral interpretations can be seen April 26 – April 29, 2018. This year Art Alive honors the opening of Nancy Lorenz: Moon Gold. Natasha Lisitsa and Daniel Schultz, the wife-and-husband team behind Waterlily Pond Studio will transform the John M. and Sally B. Thornton Rotunda into a botanical masterpiece.

T.J. Miller

When: April 26-28, 2018
Where: The American Comedy Company – 818 B 6th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
T.J. Miller is one of the most sought after comedians in the comedy world, but not in the drama world, or the finance world. One of Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch,” EW’s “Next Big Things in Comedy.” Most recently, Miller’s voice stars in Disney’s Academy-Award winning animated feature, BIG HERO 6. You may recognize his non-animated face and body from his role in 2014’s surprise indie hit TRANSFORMERS 4, or Mike Judge’s HBO comedy series SILICON VALLEY, for which he received the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Comedy.

San Diego Padres vs. New York Mets

When: April 27-29, 2018
Where: Petco Park, San Diego, CA 92101
Catch the San Diego Padres take on the New York Mets at Petco Park! Game day events and promotions include: Friday – Cocktailfest, Saturday – Hoodie giveaway, Sunday – KidsFest.

Annual Lakeside Rodeo

When: April 27-29, 2018
Where: Lakeside Rodeo Grounds – 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside, CA 92040
The 54th Annual Lakeside Rodeo brings the exciting action of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to the Lakeside Arena April 27th, 28th & 29th, 2018 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!

Día del Niño

When: April 28-30, 2018
Where: San Diego Zoo Safari Park – 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027
Bring the family for special, joyful fun April 28 through 30. Children enter for free with a paid adult. Kids can immerse themselves in bubble play as stilt walkers entertain and Ballet Folklorico dancers twirl and glide. Amid colorful decorations, mariachis and other musicians will fill the air with lively tunes, and we’ll have tasty festive foods to fill your stomach—street tacos, tortas, sangria, and more. Enjoy amazing soccer acrobatics and bilingual animal shows. Que fantastico!

Mission Federal ArtWalk

When: April 28-29, 2018
Where: Little Italy – India St & W Date St, San Diego, CA 92101
Mission Federal ArtWalk will transform 17 blocks of Downtown San Diego’s nationally recognized Little Italy neighborhood creating an arts and culture event visitors travel thousands of miles to experience and purchase art from over 350 local, national and international emerging and established artists at the free two-day festival.

Encinitas April Street Fair

When: April 28-29, 2018
Where: South Coast Hwy 101 between D and J Streets, Encinitas, CA 92024
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.

Barrio Logan Grand Prix

When: April 28, 2018
Where: Beardsley St. & Newton St., San Diego, CA 92113
Join in the thrill of fast-paced bicycle racing by pro racers and top-level amateurs, a community walk, a helmet giveaway and a fun children’s cycling event at the 22nd Annual Barrio Logan Grand Prix.

5th Annual San Diego Shaka Fest

When: April 28, 2018
Where: De Anza Cove Park – 3000 N Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
The San Diego Shaka Fest is 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. With an amazing day on the bay, this event is held by non-profit charity and youth-only program Nā Koa Kai Canoe Club!

Pet Day on the Bay

When: April 28, 2018
Where: 1800 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
For 17 years, Hornblower has offered this popular, pup-friendly Pet Day on San Diego Bay which consistently serves up a tail-wagging good time! Hornblower invites dogs to cruise for free with their owners. People board for just $27 per ticket, and guests are also encouraged to contribute a gently used blanket or towel that will warm needy animals at Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Adams Avenue Unplugged

When: April 28, 2018
Where: Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
Adams Avenue Unplugged, a free musical walkabout, takes place April 28, 2018 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. 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 on the last weekend of April.

Annual Motorcars on Mainstreet Car Show

When: April 29, 2018
Where: Downtown Coronado – Isabella & Orange Avenues, Coronado, CA 92118
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, at Isabella & Orange Avenues, usually on the last Sunday in April from 10:00 to 3:00 PM. Co-Sponsors Ron Baker Chevrolet, the City of Coronado and the County of San Diego welcome participants and spectators to the grand gathering. There is live music featuring The Cat-illacs and drawings throughout the day.

Chocolate Festival

When: April 29, 2018
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego – 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
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.

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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.