Another spring weekend in sunny San Diego means lots of lively, outdoor events to fill your social calendar. From a massive art festival along 17 blocks in Little Italy, to a party in Imperial Beach celebrating cross-border culture, there’s plenty to do in America’s Finest City.
Thursday, April 28
San Diego Asian Film Festival: Spring Showcase
Times vary (April 28 through May 5), UltraStar Mission Valley
The 6th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase will present 16 films from nine countries from Asia and beyond at UltraStar Mission Valley. This event is spearheaded by the non-profit media arts organization, Pacific Arts Movement (Pac Arts), which is gearing up for its popular San Diego Asian Film Festival later this year, slated for Nov. 3-12.
Artist Talk: Resonance – An Abstracts Group Show
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Sparks Gallery
Sparks Gallery in downtown San Diego (530 Sixth Ave.) will host this evening with several “Resonance” exhibit artists who will discuss their work and technique. This event is free and includes refreshments at 6 p.m. and the discussion with artists at 6:30 p.m.
Spring Fling Business Expo
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., La Mesa Community Center
Get to know a bunch of small, local business in one place at this mix-and-mingle event at the La Mesa Community Center (975 Memorial Ave.). Guests will enjoy drinks and samples from local restaurants, and a chance to win more than 40 door prizes. Tickets are $10 per person. Attendees can register by calling (619) 465-7700, ext. 2, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
9 p.m., Belly Up
Though based in San Francisco, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down don’t make it out to San Diego often. In fact, in recent years they’ve been relatively quiet on the tour front, instead hunkering down to write and record their fantastic fourth studio album, “A Man Alive,” which dropped this March. And man, oh man, was it worth the wait. Frontwoman Thao Nguyen is a masterful musician and performer, taking fans through guitar, slide and banjo in turn over a cast of epic and energetic moves every time she takes the stage.
Friday, April 29
Mighty 1090 Open 2016
12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Riverwalk Golf Club
The 2nd Annual Mighty 1090 Open golf tourney will be held at Riverwalk Golf Club all day Friday and will feature food, prizes and golf challenges, including the Hole-in-One Challenge and Longest Drive Challenge. Might 1090 on-air personalities will be on deck throughout the day, too. A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit the organizations Pro Kids and The First Tee of San Diego.
The Music Man
7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Casa Del Prado Theatre
San Diego Junior Theatre kicks off its two-week run of Meredith Willson’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy, “The Music Man” at the Casa Del Prado Theatre in Balboa Park (1600 El Prado and Village Place).The production runs through May 15 and is recommended for spectators age five and older. Tickets start at $11.
7 p.m., Observatory North Park
Hip-hop’s answer to punk, Immortal Technique punches in beautiful eloquence as he leans into controversial global issues in rap after hardcore rap. It’s been 15 years since the release of his monumental debut album, “Revolutionary Vol. 1,” and hasn’t released a studio record since 2008 (or a compilation since 2011), but a mind like his doesn’t quiet. Expect to be inspired to move at the Observatory on Friday when Immortal Technique takes over.
8:30 p.m., Til-Two Club
Branding themselves as a “psych power trio,” Radio Moscow rip into sets with blues tones bleeding across heavy riffs. They could light fires with the solos they throw at crowds, exploding with huge sounds that stick to your ears long after the show ends, and Til-Two Club is set to get an earful of hell yeah on Friday.
Saturday, April 30
Mission Federal Artwalk
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Saturday & Sunday), Little Italy
Now in its 32nd year, the Mission Federal ArtWalk returns to Little Italy, showcasing both visual and performing arts in San Diego. The free, two-day, all ages event will fill 17 blocks along Little Italy with vendors selling artwork, plus live music and dance performances and interactive art experiences.
16th Annual Pet Day on the Bay
9 a.m.to 2 p.m., Hornblower Landing at Grape St. Pier
For the past 16 years, Hornblower has hosted Pet Day on the Bay – a chance for owners to take their dogs on a mini-cruise around San Diego Bay. Three one-hour cruises will depart throughout the day (9:30 a.m.; 11:15 a.m.; 1 p.m.) from Hornblower Landing at Grape St. Pier (1800 N. Harbor Drive). Pooches, accompanied by their owners, board the cruises for free. Tickets for humans cost $24 for adults, $22 for military and seniors and $12 for children ages 4 to 12, with kids 3 and under riding for free. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (619) 686-8715. Reservations are required.
Fiesta Del Mar
12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Imperial Beach Pier Plaza
This all-day shindig in Imperial Beach – at the IB Pier Plaza (10 Evergreen Ave.) adjacent to Pier South Resort and SEA180 Coastal Tavern – will celebrate cross-border culture and the friendship between the Imperial Beach community and Rosarito, Mexico. The family-friendly, free event will feature live music, art and entertainment from both the San Diego and Rosarito areas, plus activities for the kids. Baja-inspired food and wine will also take center stage, with samples created by renowned San Diego-based Bracero Chef Javier Plascencia, plus bites from a number of Cohn Restaurant Group eateries, including SEA180, Coasterra and Indigo Grill. The event is co-hosted by Pier South Resort and SEA180.
El Cajon’s 26th Annual Arbor Day Ceremony
8 a.m., Hillside Park
The City of El Cajon – a community designated a “Tree City USA” for the past 18 years for its devotion to planting and maintaining trees – will host its 26th Annual Arbor Day Ceremony at Hillside Park (840 Buena Terrace). Volunteers will plant more than 20 new trees in the surrounding park. The event also includes light refreshments and free tree seedlings distributed by SDG&E. To register as volunteer, call (619) 441-1658.
Spring Arts & Crafts Fair
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ocean Beach
The annual Spring Arts & Crafts Fair goes down Saturday in Ocean Beach, featuring one-of-a-kind handmade items from local artisans, including jewelry, pottery, scarves, bags, trinkets, magnets, soaps, candles, stained glass and more. Vendors will set up booths in front of the Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Market (4765 Voltaire St.) starting at 11 a.m. The fair is free and open to the public.
San Diego Kids Expo and Fair
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Del Mar Fairgrounds
Bring your kids to come explore one of San Diego’s largest expos filled with stuff exclusively for the little ones! More than 150 local and national companies will preview their items meant to make a child’s life better. Wander through exotic animals at the Animal World or find items for your newborn baby at the Baby Zone. Tickets for adults cost $10 or $8 in advance and children 12 and under can enter for free.
Sunday, May 1
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Homebrewer in North Park
The Homebrewer in North Park (2911 El Cajon Blvd. Suite 2) will host this class on the art of brewing kombucha, a fermented tea beverage gaining popularity. This class will cover how to brew kombucha safely at home, with students brewing, bottling and carbonating their own bottle that they can try within days. Students will also be able to sample various seasonal kombucha flavors during the class. The event costs $75 per person, which includes a kit that students get to keep (ceramic 2-gallon container, organic sugar, organic tea, etc.), or $30 for the class only, not including a fermenter.
Annual Fiesta De Los Penasquitos and Parade
10:30 a.m., Black Mountain Regional Park
Spend your Sunday at this relaxed, family-friendly street fair and parade. More than 100 booths and two food courts will ensure you have a fun-filled day. For those looking for lunch, explore the food truck alley. A special kids pavilion will have Disney characters, face painters and a caricature artist.
Annual Spring Chef Celebration: Food and Beer Pairing Festival
12 p.m., Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Liberty Station
Fourteen of San Diego’s top chefs will gather at this foodie and beer lover event Sunday. Guests will devour fourteen small dishes paired with fourteen local brews. You won’t want to miss this yummy event. Tickets cost $49 and the profits go toward raising money for culinary scholarships for local, young aspiring culinarians.
Spring Talmadge Art Show
10 a.m., Liberty Station Conference Center
More than 80 local artists will showcase their works, all for sale, at this homegrown local craft show, now in its 23rd year. The crafts come in all sizes: jewelry, clothing, handbags, pottery, mixed media, and more will be up for grabs here. Artists will be on hand to answer questions. Admission is free.