Suzzanne

5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

San Diego Museum of Art's Art Alive

From an Avocado Festival to Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art, I love weekends in San Diego! What will you be doing?

San Diego Museum of Art & Bauman Photography

1. Art Alive

From April 12-15, the San Diego Museum of Art blossoms during Art Alive 2012, an enchanting spring exhibition. Transforming the museum into a colorful display of art and flowers, more than 100 floral designers take inspiration from the museum’s renowned art collection and create floral renditions of famous paintings and sculptures.

Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival

2. Fallbrook Avocado Festival

The city of Fallbrook celebrates its designation as “the avocado capital of the world” during the Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival on April 15. Highlights include arts and crafts, games and creative foods featuring the delicious, green fruit.

Julian Apples

Taste of Julian, More Than Just Apples

3. Taste of Julian

On April 14, visitors can sip and nosh their way through the charming mountain town of Julian. Cost is $20 per person and during the afternoon of the event, participants simply pick up a map of participating restaurants and show their colored wristband to receive tasty samples of local fare.

Ellis Hall, Tribute to Ray Charles

4. San Diego Symphony: Tribute to Ray Charles

Ray Charles was truly one of the legendary voices in American music. Ellis Hall, a former protégé of Ray Charles, pays tribute to the master with hits such as “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “This Little Girl of Mine,” “Hit the Road Jack” and perhaps his most popular, “Georgia On My Mind.” Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch leads this rocking, singing, soaring homage to a true American original on April 13 and 14 at 8:00 pm.

Journey through the Titanic at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Take a journey through the Titanic at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Science Center

5. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

On April 15, 1912, Titanic, the world’s largest ship of its time, sank after colliding with an iceberg, claiming more than 1,500 lives and shaking the world’s confidence in the infallibility of modern technology. One hundred years later, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, which showcases 200 artifacts retrieved from the wreck site of Titanic, has arrived at theNAT.

Suzzanne

Spring Fun in San Diego

Anza-Boreggo Desert State Park Wildflowers

Springtime in San Diego makes a colorful entrance every year as warm weather sweeps through the County and brilliant flowers bloom. There are also spring celebrations at the region’s major attractions and enough festivals, fairs and events to keep visitors entertained throughout the season. Be sure to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful San Diego Spring weather!

Anza-Boreggo Desert State Park Wildflowers

Wildflowers in the Anza-Boreggo Desert State Park

Floral Celebrations

A spectacular display of color occurs annually between February and April in the 600,000-acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego’s East County as wildflowers bejewel the sun-scorched desert landscape. Guests are advised to call the Park’s 24-hour “Wildflower Hotline” at 760-767-4684 before planning a tour of the desert flora.

At the Flower Fields of Carlsbad California, a vibrant sea of giant ranunculus flowers transforms 50 acres of hills into rows of brilliant color. During March through May, guests can stroll past oceans of flowers and through beautiful gardens, including a miniature rose garden, fragrant sweet pea maze, a garden featuring more than 50 All American Rose Selection winners and a spectacular display of red, white and blue flowers planted in the shape of a giant American flag.

Balboa Park‘s Offshoot Tours provides free, one-hour tours that highlight the park’s lush botanical offerings; the tours begin at 10:00 am on Saturdays in front of the Balboa Park Visitors Center. Must-sees are the beautiful 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.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park's Butterfly Jungle

Butteryfly Jungle Photo courtesy of San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Springtime Attractions

Guests can celebrate spring with Shamu and friends during Spring into Night at SeaWorld San Diego. During weekends in spring, exact dates TBA, visitors can laugh with sea lions Clyde and Seamore at the Sea Lions Tonite! nighttime show and be amazed at the visually stunning evening performance of Shamu Rocks before looking to the sky for a fantastic fireworks show.

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park presents Butterfly Jungle, March 24 – April 15. During this four-week celebration, guests can walk through the Park’s Hidden Jungle, an African aviary, and surround themselves with thousands of butterflies of every shape, size and color.

Seaport Village Spring Busker Festival

Seaport Village Spring Busker Festival. Photo courtesy of Boardwalk Betty

Festivals, Fairs and Events

Seaport Village comes alive with a celebration of street performers during the Spring Busker Festival, March 24 – 25. In a battle of entertainment, extraordinary, one-of-a-kind performers including jugglers, sword swallowers, comedic stuntmen and Didgeridoo players take to Seaport Village’s cobblestone streets for a weekend of outdoor family amusement.

The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, sponsored by the La Jolla Historical Society, takes place April 1 in Scripps Park near La Jolla Cove and draws droves of classic car enthusiasts.

The city of Fallbrook in San Diego’s North County celebrates its designation as “the avocado capital of the world” during the Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival on April 15. Highlights include arts and crafts, games and creative foods featuring the delicious, green fruit.

Tell us in the comments, what are you looking most forward to this spring in San Diego?

Stephenie

5 to Try This Weekend

courtesy of cheryl spelts photography

  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 : )