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This Weekend in San Diego: 4/27-4/29

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As another week nears its end, it’s time to start thinking about your weekend plans. And we are in luck because with warm weather comes more outdoor activities. Animal lovers out there can go check out the seals at the La Jolla Children’s pool as mating season ends. Plus, there are lots of good concerts this weekend, as well as fairs for all ages. Continue reading to see what’s going on this weekend in San Diego.

Friday, April 27

Seal watching at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla

It’s pup season, which means tons of seals at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla. Grab some friends and admire the massive creatures, but be sure to be respectful to the animals!

Estancia’s By the Barrel: Trinitas Wine Dinner

The Estancia La Jolla culinary team travels over 10,000 miles annually in search of finding the perfect drink. Estancia’s By The Barrel series is comprised of five outdoor tasting events for guests and locals alike to experience the team’s hand-picked 2018 selections, and be immersed in the culture and craft of barrel aging. By The Barrel: Trinitas Wine features a four-course pairing dinner prepared by Estancia’s locally-celebrated Chef Marvin Maldonado and acclaimed Chef Vincent Lesage of the new Vista Collina Resort in Napa, a Meritage Collection sister property.

Out at the Park Night with Uptown Tavern & the Smoking Gun

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Celebrate the San Diego Padres’ Out at the Park Night, on April 27th with the Gaslamp District’s favorite cocktail bar and eatery, The Smoking Gun. By partnering with Uptown Tavern, on University, the two establishments are hosting the ultimate lumbersexual tailgate party with transportation and awesome drink specials for San Diego Pride!Presale tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling (619)-319-8518. Everyone will then hop on the bus to make their way to The Smoking Gun for happy hour, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. After enjoying the action of the game (which begins at 7:10 p.m.), the busses will transport everyone back to Uptown Tavern at approximately 11:15 p.m.

Madison Beer at House of Blues

Check our pop sensation Madison Beer at House of Blues this weekend. She will be performing her “As She Pleases” Tour. Tickets are $26-46 and show begins at 7:00 pm. Get your tickets here.

The Petty Breakers at Belly Up

The PettyBreakers is the nation’s premier “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers” tribute act. Based out of Southern California, this band accurately recreates the sights, sounds and concert experience of a Tom Petty concert, including all the classics! Tickets are $17-19. Show begins at 8pm.

Saturday, April 28

SpringFest at House of Air Carlsbad

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House of Air Carlsbad is hosting its first ever SpringFest. The family-friendly event will consist of local vendors, food trucks, live music, giveaways and more. SpringFest is designed to celebrate San Diego businesses (and spring!), gather families and friends together in a fun setting and give back to the community. House of Air will donate $1 for every entry into the park during SpringFest to Surfrider Foundation San Diego. SpringFest is free to attend and entry to the indoor adrenaline the park will be discounted by 25 percent. House of Air will be giving away 11 unlimited yearly passes throughout the event.

Butterfly Festival at the Water Conservation Garden

Activities for all ages to celebrate the beginning of butterfly season in the Butterfly Pavilion at The Garden. The festival highlights the important role butterflies and other pollinators play in our ecosystem and how you can attract and support butterflies in your home garden using drought-tolerant plants. A large selection of native milkweed and other plants butterflies love will be on sale. Activities include: tours of the Butterfly Pavilion, Butterfly Releases, Pollinator Party with Ms. Smarty-Plants and Kids’ Activities, Butterfly Experts, Booths and Workshops, Plant Sales and Craft Vendors, Story Time with Miss Metamorphosis. This free event takes place from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Encinitas Spring Street Fair

Come to downtown Encinitas for the annual Spring Street Fair presented by Scripps Hospital! Enjoy over 450 unique food, arts and crafts vendors plus four entertainment stages, children’s rides, 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. Savor craft beers and soak up the sun while listening to the best bands in San Diego rock out at the Beer Garden Stage. You can even bring your kids and your dogs! Happening Saturday & Sunday from 9am -5pm.

San Diego Kids Expo & Fair

Enjoy two days of family fun and entertainment. Inside the Expo, you’ll meet over 150 businesses showcasing family friendly products and services. Enjoy free indoor activities like the trackless train and watch performances on the Central Park stage. Then get your wristbands and head outside for the outdoor fair and ride the 300ft zipline, zorbing balls, pedal race cars, and more. Or grab some fair food and catch a live kids rock band on the outdoor stage. Kids 12 and under free. This Saturday & Sunday, the event is from 10am-5pm at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

San Diego Made Spring Market at Liberty Station

This exciting event will feature handmade goods by over 75 local makers, local organic eats, a coffee bar, on-site chain stitching, free giveaways, spring‐inspired craft cocktails and draft beer, fun games and attractions, like henna, face painting, and a free kids coloring station, a free photo booth, music by DJ Leeds, a free Make and Take Station and more. The first 100 people to arrive will receive a free swag bag! There is a $5 entry fee, and if you purchase a pre-sale ticket online it includes entry into a raffle for one of many awesome locally-made prizes. Children under 10 are free. Event takes place from 11am-4pm.

Adams Avenue Unplugged

The 7th annual Adams Avenue Unplugged will feature 60 artists performing on 24 stages along Adams Avenue, from University Heights through Normal Heights to Kensington. The 2018 headliners are Little Feat vocalists/guitarists Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett. They will perform one set on Saturday evening in the intimate sanctuary of the Normal Heights Methodist Church. Tickets for this performance are $15. Also performing will be Gregory Page, Sara Petite Band, Stephen El Rey, Nina Francis, Blue Creek Band, members of Little Feat, and the Shawn Rohlf Band. These performers and many more will perform free multiple sets at participating restaurants, bars, and coffeehouses along Adams Avenue. In addition to the great music, there will be a beer garden. Tickets for the beer garden will be $19, which will include four 14 ounce beers and a plate of food from City Tacos.

Rooftop Cinema Club showing Blade Runner 2049

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Rooftop Cinema Club just arrived in San Diego, and will be showing films atop Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. With its stunning views of the city from every angle imaginable, Rooftop Cinema Club is revolutionizing the movie-going experience in its unique and one-of-a-kind setting underneath and among the stars. Open to adults 18-and-over. Ticket prices start at just $17 per person for a single deck-chair underneath the moon and the stars. Showing is at 7:30pm

Sum 41 House of Blues

Check out the classic punk band Sum 41 at the House of Blues Downtown. They’ll be celebrating their “Does this look infected?” 15th Anniversary Tour. Tickets are $27-55. Show begins at 6:30p.m. Get your tickets here.

Sunday, April 29

Mission Federal Artwalk in Little Italy

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San Diego’s premier arts and cultural event and the largest fine art festival in Southern California, the 34th annual Mission Federal ArtWalk is going on both Saturday & Sunday. Explore over 15 blocks filled with artwork from over 350 local, national, and international artists. The weekend-long event will showcase every medium, including painting, sculpture, glass work, photography, fine jewelry, and more. With live musical performances, spoken word performances, street food, interactive art activities, and KidsWalk, offering a wide range of art activities for all ages. Thie FREE event is going on from 11am-6pm.

Awesome 80s Run

Run back to the future with us at the Awesome 80’s Run. Bring the neon shorts, leggings, and big hair and we’ll bring the live music, dancers, and awesome course music. Awesome 80’s Run is a 5K and 8K Run/Walk on Mission Bay with surprise entertainment along the course. Tickets are $20-50. Run begins at 7:30 am at the De Anza Cove. Get your tickets here!

Chocolate Festival Downtown 

The history of chocolate and how it came to our country is an interesting tale of seafaring travels. This year’s 7th-annual event will be held on multiple vessels to expand the event space. This  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. The adults can participate in the wine and chocolate or beer and chocolate pairings as well as live baking and cooking with chocolate demonstrations. Bay cruises and sailing opportunities with chocolate delicacies on board are available too. Head to the San Diego Maritime Museum from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Get your tickets here.

Bridal Bazaar: Wedding Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

At the spring show you’ll see nearly 200 wedding showcases brimming with ideas and inspiration. Hundreds of wedding professionals will be on hand to answer your questions and offer discounts and deals on their wedding services. Plus you’ll enjoy California’s largest runway fashion show with the latest styles for everyone in your wedding. Tickets are $12-15, event is from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Wine & Food Festival at the Bernardo Winery

The San Diego County Vintners Association’s Annual Wine & Food Festival returns to historic Bernardo Winery for an afternoon of unlimited wine tasting, food, and music. This is the only wine event exclusively featuring San Diego County wines. Funds raised will support San Diego County Vintner Association education programs and marketing for the local wine region. With 25+ San Diego County wineries, silent auction, live music. Tickets are $55 for unlimited wine tasting and a selection of gourmet foods. Designated driver tickets include food tasting and bottled water for $25.Event takes place from 1-4pm. Get tickets here.

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