This Weekend in SD: Easter Bunny, Evolution and Easy Listening

Easter Bunny visits, splashing around with Shamu and lovely Easter brunches.  Check out what San Diego has to offer you and your family this wonderful Spring weekend.

San Diego Concerts

Balboa Park is hosting a Benefit Concert for Japan this Saturday at their WorldBeat Center to raise donations for relief effort. Come contribute a red origami crane to the Tree of Hope as Asayake Taiko, Naruwan Taiko, Buddhist Temple of San Diego Taiko, and others perform throughout the day. In order to support a cleaner existence, San Diego State University hosts their 3rd Annual Greenfest this week featuring a concert on Friday for students and guests with headliners Lupe Fiasco and Steve Aoki.

Other performances this weekend include piano man John Foltz at the Marble Room on Thursday, then the House of Blues welcomes the Kottonmouth Kings with Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Saigon, and Potluck on Friday and MiMOSA with Paper Diamond and Osal8 on Saturday.

San Diego Special Shows and Festivals

Take advantage of SeaWorld extended hours during Spring Into Night as they present a special line-up of attractions including Shamu Rocks, Sea Lions Tonite and Shamu’s SkySplash fireworks through April 25th.
This Saturday and Sunday early birds can enjoy half price admission to Balboa Park’s Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego History Center, San Diego Museum of Man and Mingei International Museum from 10am to noon.
After browsing through the museums, head over to the Botanical Building to look at the 52nd Annual Easter Lily Display which opened up last week. Then have more fun over at Chicano Park for the 41st Annual Chicano Park Day. This year’s theme is “Education and Knowledge: Our Key to a Better Future” and involves a line-up of bands and mariachi for live music and performances throughout the day as well as a display of classic lo- rider cars and craft vendors.

San Diego Sports and Competition

Grab some friends and head over to Fiesta Island in East Mission Bay to participate this the 3rd Annual Beach Soccer Jam (see youtube video above). The event is open to both youth (ages 8-17) and adults (ages 18+) players and will be held on both Saturday and Sunday. Also check out a different form of athleticism at Shock 101: Evolution as the Culture Shock Dance Troupe takes you through the growth of a dancer at the JCC’s David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre on Friday.

Make a trip over to Petco Park this weekend to support the local San Diego Padres as they face the Philadelphia Phillies. The four-game series runs from April 21-24th. Get over to the game on Friday for the Wine & Food Festival to bask in a night a classy booze, bites and baseball.

San Diego Easter

The Easter fun doesn’t have to wait until Sunday. The are a bunch of events all weekend long to start off the Spring celebration.  Saturday hosts a multitude of egg hunting and Easter Bunny events throughout the county. Check out an extensive list of San Diego Easter festivals here.
Some of the Saturday celebrations events include Cruise Into Easter! on 5600 Kearny Mesa Rd. from 11am to 3pm with a visit from the Easter Bunny, an Easter Egg Hunt, a face painter and more.  The event is free, but any donations made go to support Givecleanwater.org.
Or drive over to Ecke Sports Park in Encinitas for their Easter Egg Hunt Festival which, in addition to the staple Easter Bunny visit and entertainment, will also feature 24,000 hidden eggs waiting for to be found.
There is also EGGStravaganza Spring Festival at Poinsettia Park in Cralsbad from 10am-1pm and the Liberty Station Spring Fling at Ingram Plaza and NTC Park from 1pm-5pm for even more Easter fun.
On Sunday, take the family out for brunch. Many restaurants throughout San Diego are hosting special menus this Easter as well as fun activities for the family. Enjoy a three course meal at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, a buffet and underwater egg hunt at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay: Red Marlin, or champagne and Craft ‘Egg’stravaganza at the Hotel Del Coronado.
Photos courtesy of bine_bardi, hyku, and USACE Europe District viz Flickr.

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