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


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

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

Robert Arends

3 for Free: Wheel fun in San Diego’s East County!

Cars Along the Street at Cajon Classic Cruise
Cars Along the Street at Cajon Classic Cruise

Cars Line the Streets of El Cajon during the Cajon Classic Cruise

Summer’s finally here – my favorite time of year to hit the open road and explore San Diego’s scenic backcountry! Our East County is dotted with small cities and towns nestled in the rolling foothills and mountains that entice motorists to their Norman Rockwell-esque main streets with classic car shows the whole family can enjoy.

Get your motor running all summer long at these three FREE roadside events:

1. Cajon Classic Cruise

The Cajon Classic Cruise, Southern California’s largest weekly classic car show, features classic and specialty cars on display along Main Street in downtown El Cajon. The cars are on display every Wednesday night, 5:00 – 8:00 pm, June through September 26. Some theme night highlights include “Salute to American Muscle” (July 4), “Dragsters Rule” (August 8), “Evolution of the Mustang” (September 5) and “British Invasion” (September 12).

2. La Mesa Summer Car Show

La Mesa Car Show

Classic 1950s wheels at the La Mesa Car Show

The City of La Mesa revs into gear with the La Mesa Summer Car Show every Thursday night, 5:00 – 8:00 pm, June through August. This classic “Back to the 50s” car show takes place along La Mesa Blvd. in downtown La Mesa. While you’re there, enjoy shopping, dining and live music with DJ Jumpin’ Jack Flash.

3. Julian Classic Motoring Show

Julian Classic Motoring Show at Menghini Winery in Julian

Julian Classic Motoring Show at Menghini Winery in Julian

The Julian Classic Motoring Show is coming up on July 14-15 in the historic Gold Rush mountain town of Julian. This year’s show celebrates the 45th running of the famed Score Baja 1000 desert race. On July 14, from 2:00 – 5:00 pm, check out vintage motor racing vehicles – including Ferraris, Porsches, Cobras, Corvettes – on display along Main Street in downtown Julian. On July 15, cruise out to Menghini Winery on the outskirts of town to view classic and exotic sports and race cars from around the world, along with historic trucks, buggies and motorcycles. Also enjoy food and wine tastings and live music, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

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Put the pedal to the metal and we’ll see you in East County!


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?