Oh, the weekend. We’ve been waiting for you. From dining to running, there are lots of ways to enjoy your weekend in America’s Finest City.
Thursday, March 26
6 p.m., The Rooftop Terrace of 16th & Market
A dining event with a serious purpose, Father Joe’s Villages will host its 2nd annual Taste of the Village Thursday. The culinary event will take place from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. atop the rooftop terrace of the 16th and Market permanent housing building to give attendees an insider’s glimpse into the homeless provider’s operations. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (619) 446-2108.
5 p.m. – 8 p.m., Paseo Carlsbad
This free group run revolves around a 60-minute scavenger hunt filled with tons of giveaways, raffle prizes, music and a beer garden. Runners zip through checkpoints near the Carlsbad Road Runner Sports store and grab as many free raffle tickets along the route. The more checkpoints you hit, the more tickets you get, and those tickets are used to try to get prizes. The actual run is from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m., with the prizes giveaway and after-party to follow.
8:30 p.m., Soda Bar
For fans of unabashed rock & roll, Soda Bar’s the place to be on Thursday: Jeff the Brotherhood has been making the rounds in the indie music scene for about 10 years now and the duo’s never sounded more raucous -- with even the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach pegging them as, “the next big thing in showbiz.”
Friday, March 27
4 p.m. to midnight Friday; 12 p.m. to midnight Saturday; 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Qualcomm Stadium
It’s a food lover’s paradise this weekend when the Great American Foodie Fest sweeps into Qualcomm Stadium. The event showcases some of the best gourmet food trucks from around the country all in one place. Single-day admission is $8 (pre-sale) and $13 (pre-sale) for a multi-day pass good for all three days. Kids 54 inches and under are free. Admission at the gate is $15 per person, cash only.
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; Balboa Park
This event, in its 61st year, provides STEM opportunities to all 7th through 12th grade students throughout San Diego and Imperial counties. Students will get to showcase their award-winning science fair projects at public viewing sessions throughout the weekend at the Balboa Park Activity Center. Besides those presentations, there will be games, science demonstrations, scavenger hunts and prizes at this fun event fit for the whole family.
7 p.m., the Observatory North Park
When you’ve got a style as, well, weird as Young Thug, his shows become must-see events. The Atlanta-based rapper’s tunes are anchored by his eccentric, sing-song flow – which are consistently landing him near the top of the Billboard charts. Don’t miss him.
Saturday, March 28
All day on Saturday and Sunday, Mission Bay
Rowers from around the world will be unloading their boats and racing on Mission Bay Saturday and Sunday to compete in the 42nd annual San Diego Crew Classic. The event brings together high school, collegiate and masters rowers in one of the county’s premiere regattas.
11 a.m., Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
Experienced and new brewers come together in this annual competition to meet and collaborate with each other. Attendees can sample entrees in the 2015 competition and vote on a favorite. You can pay the $38 membership fee for the American Homebrewers Association at the door.
10:30 a.m., The Red Door
Bring the whole family out to this workshop where Chef Karrie Hills will teach families how to dye eggs for Easter with plant-based dyes. Admission is $20 per person and includes three eggs, a selection of dye colors and a healthy lunch. Tickets for children under the age of 2 cost $10.
Sunday, March 29
10 a.m., Rolando Blvd. between El Cajon Blvd. and Solita Ave.
This street fair features musical events, food, arts and crafts and service booths for the entire family. The 19th annual fair will go until 6 p.m. Admission is free.
1 p.m., Curds and Wine
Learn how to brew an ancient and heady beverage this Sunday. A seminar taught by “Fringe Fermentation” author Matt Steiger will help teach you the ins and outs of making mead or melomel at Curds and Wine. The seminar costs $45 per person.
7 p.m., House of Blues
This dance pop band comprised of four siblings has been riding a major wave of buzz over the last year or so, thanks to their million-selling “Cool Kids” single, addictive melodies and energetic live shows. Recent performances on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” and “Conan” sure don’t hurt either.