Art in Bloom at the San Diego Museum of Art’s Art Alive

Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art
Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art

Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art

One of the best smelling museum events in the country returns to San Diego this April. If you’ve never experienced the San Diego Museum of Art‘s “Art Alive,” prepare to have your senses overwhelmed. The museum is a treat for the eyes all year long, but the annual Art Alive event transforms the galleries into a floral explosion that’s a feast for eyes and nose alike.

At the heart of the event is a spectacular exhibition where floral designers are invited to interpret works from the museum’s collection in their medium. The beautiful floral creations are presented alongside the original works throughout the galleries from April 13 – 15. However, Art Alive is more than just a weekend exhibition of floral arrangements – it’s also a time to celebrate and learn. From the elegant Opening Reception to the hip Flowers After Hours to the educational events for both kids and adults, Art Alive features a variety of ways to get involved and have some fun with flowers.

Want a preview of what you can expect to see? Check out last year’s video preview of the event!

For a complete listing of Art Alive events, visit the San Diego Museum of Art’s website.


Shop ’til You Drop, Then Shop Some More

THREAD Show, the multi-city shopping event promoting emerging designers and artists will be in San Diego on April 3, showcasing 100 of the best independent designers alongside complimentary music, art, food and entertainment.

This year, attendees can purchase a new Premium Ticket for $25.The ticket will be available to the first 300 people at the door and will provide a complimentary cocktail, a THREAD Show gift bag and one-hour of reserved entry (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.), prior to doors opening for general admission at noon.

Also new this year is a DIY Lounge with seminars by local craft experts; Nail Bar providing complimentary manicures all day; THREAD Wellness Lounge featuring massages and holistic living tips and products, and Man Cave with beer, magazines, darts and entertainment for male shoppers.

THREAD Show will be held at the Westfield Horton Plaza shopping mall in downtown San Diego from noon to 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $5 with pre-registration and $10 day of at the door.

Want to win two tickets to THREAD Show? Comment below by 10 a.m. PST on Friday, March 25 for a chance to win; one winner will be chosen at random.


5 to Try: Weekend Edition

♫ ...and the time is right, for dancin' in the streets ♫

  1. Become a part of history and celebrate the discovery of San Diego during the 47th annual Cabrillo Festival, Sep. 25 – 26.  Enjoy cultural festivities, educational activities, music, food, dancing and a reenactment of the landing by explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo on the shores of San Diego Bay in 1542.
  2. Cheer on professional rodeo cowboys from around the country as they compete in the 37th Annual Poway Coors Rodeo, Sep. 24 – 25. Competitions include everything from barrel racing to “mutton bustin;” there will also be a Rodeo Dance and live musical entertainment following the days activities.
  3. Take part in the 16th Annual Pacific Islander Festival, Sep. 25 – 26, a free event that showcases the cultures and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia with continuous entertainment throughout the day.  Held at Mission Bay’s Ski Beach, the event also features food, music and specialty crafts unique to each culture. 
  4. Southern California’s largest free two-day musical festival, the 29th Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair returns to Normal Heights on Sep. 25 – 26 with beer gardens, six stages and more than 70 musical acts.  Performing rock, country, folk, TexMex and more, the fair offers something for everyone; it also features arts and crafts, carnival rides, food vendor booths and street performances.
  5. Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System present the 12th Annual Trolley Dances, Sep. 25 – 26.  If you’re riding the San Diego Trolley, you’ll be treated to site-specific choreographed dance performances on and off the trolley at unexpected locations.  Dances will be performed on the fly, taking inspiration from the surroundings and energy at each stop. This year, dances will be performed en route in downtown San Diego from One American Plaza to the Hilton Bayfront hotel.

5 to Try This Weekend

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  1. Did you know that the city of Fallbrook in San Diego’s North County is dubbed THE avocado capital of the world?  Yup, it surely is and the city is celebrating their title this Sunday with the 24th Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Main Avenue in downtown Fallbrook.  Highlights of this FREE event will include 300 vendor booths, food, beer gardens, live music, a Guacamole Contest, activities for children and tons of avocados!  Please note, pets will not be permitted in the festival area but there will be a “Park your Pet” waiting area.
  2. This Sunday, Balboa Park hosts its 20th EarthFair celebration from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. throughout various locations in the Park.  The FREE event will feature 350 exhibitors, special theme areas, Food Pavilion, Kids’ Activity Area, three entertainment venues, Children’s Earth Parade, an eARTh Gallery art show and a Cleaner Car Concourse.  This popular event draws a big crowd and parking is very limited; click here for information on free shuttle services, public transportation options, carpooling and biking /walking routes (it is an Earth Day celebration you know, so think green!)
  3. Coronado presents the 85th annual Coronado Flower Show this Saturday and Sunday at Spreckels Park on Orange Avenue.  This is one of the largest flower shows on the West Coast and guests can view beautiful floral displays while enjoying flower sales, live entertainment, food and drinks and a trophy ceremony.  The event goes from 1 – 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday; admission is $3 for adults, kids 12 and under get in free.
  4. Lux Art Institute in Encinitas is hosting a Free Saturday event from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. where you can stop by for studio tours, live music , refreshments, and a hands-on art project for all ages.  The Institute’s current artist-in-residence, Robert Lobe, will also be there so you can meet him and view his sculpture-in-progress.
  5. Mmm, this Saturday is the delicious Taste of Hillcrest event, a self-guided restaurant hop serving everything from appetizers to dessert. More than 50 restaurants and some of San Diego’s top chefs are participating in the event which goes from 12 – 4 p.m.; tickets are $35 per person but the event often sells out, so purchase your tickets asap.  Click here for the event map of participating restaurants and get a head start on planning your way to a food comma : )