The weekend has finally arrived! From live music, comedy shows and lively street festivals to a yoga event and local craft beer, there is so much going on around San Diego.
Thursday, April 23
Beer Flights & Bites
4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., April 23-25; Chandler’s Restaurant and Lounge (Carlsbad)
Craft beer lovers will enjoy this 21+ event in the North County pairing Karl Strauss Brewery suds with delicious dishes. Chef Pascal Vignau and his team will pair four craft beers with four special culinary creations. This includes Paletta Iberico with Manchego cheese shaving paired with Amber Ale; a Crisp Duck taquito paired with a Golden Willie brew; Albacore tuna Poke, Shrimps Cracker and Blistered Shishiso pepper paired with Pintail Pale Ale; and Short-rib Slider, Pomegranate and Blackberry BBQ sauce paired with Off the Rails. The full pairing menu is only available Thursday, though this event runs through Saturday with the Chandler’s Daily Special. The cost is $25 per person.
Charlie Murphy Stand-Up Show
7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., April 23-26; American Comedy Company
Funnyman Charlie Murphy – yes, Eddie Murphy’s bro who became well-known starring on “Chappelle’s Show” – will take the stage at the American Comedy Company in downtown San Diego for his stand-up show. Tickets are $28 per person. The actor and comic performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 8 p.m. Sunday.
8 p.m., the Observatory North Park
Locally-grown Tribal Seeds bring reggae rock through North Park’s hottest venue with great grooves, sticky rhythms and all the positive vibes you can handle. Make sure to be front and center when the band kicks off their three-night (!) hometown stint Thursday at the Observatory.
Friday, April 24
Padres BeerFest 2015
5 p.m., Petco Park
Baseball and beer pair up for this hit event Friday night at Petco Park. Admission to the Padres BeerFest is free with the purchase of a ticket to the baseball game (the Padres take on the Dodgers at 7:10 p.m.). After that, beer samples are $5 a pop. The fest starts at 5 p.m. and continues until just before the first pitch. Last year, participating craft breweries included AleSmith Brewing Co., Ballast Point, Green Flash Brewing Company, The Lost Abbey and Saint Archer, among many others.
Stand Tall: A Community Dance Performance
8 p.m., Art Produce Garden & Gallery at 3139 University Ave.
This art and dance theater event at the Art Produce Garden & Gallery in North Park will feature 20 diverse dancers ages 7 to 77. The performances will focus on the themes of growth and connection through a series of vignettes, art installations and games. Tickets are $15 per person.
The Dead Milkmen
8:30 p.m., Belly Up Tavern
The ‘80s punks responsible for “Bitchin’ Camaro” are back on a West Coast jaunt after three years away, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Our own Hannah Lott-Schwartz even chatted with the band ahead of their upcoming show. Check it out here.
9 p.m., Harrah’s Resort Southern California
Everybody’s favorite jukebox heroes are back! A seemingly endless tour schedule finds classic-rock titans Foreigner barreling through Harrah’s SoCal on Friday, where ballads (“Waiting For a Girl Like You,” “I Want to Know What Love Is”) meet rock gems (“Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded”) head on.
Saturday, April 25
Bikes, Boards and Brews
12 p.m., The Catamaran Resort and Spa
Local craft breweries meet local restaurants at the celebration of Pacific Beach culture. Gear up for summer at Tourmaline Beach with surfboards, beach cruisers, beach-inspired art and live music. The $35 ticket includes tasters from brewers, food pairings, live entertainment and more.
Encinitas Street Fair
9 a.m., Highway 101 from D Street to J Street
Spend your weekend at one of Encinitas’ largest street fairs. More than 450 unique food and arts and crafts vendors will come together with entertainment stages, kids’ zones and a beer garden for a weekend of SoCal beach fun.
San Diego International Wine Show
1 p.m., The Paddock at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
Wine lovers, rejoice! This two-day premier wine tasting extravaganza will feature a wine list from California, the nation and abroad. Pair that glass of wine with food from local chefs, cooking up some of their signature dishes. Tickets are $55 to $65.
Sunday, April 26
Poway Spring Family Festival
10 a.m., 13300 block of Midland Road, Poway
More than 10,000 people flock to this free regional street fair every year to soak up the sun, enjoy some music, and spend time with their families. The event features live music, a community stage, more than 100 vendors, local foods, shopping and a car show. Pets are welcome at this family-friendly event. Admission is free.
10:30 a.m., Green Flash Brewing Co.
Two ancient traditions – both with proven health benefits – merge together as one at this event. This all-levels yoga class gets your blood flowing, and you get to enjoy some tasty brews as well. Admission costs $15. Don’t forget to bring your own mat!
8 p.m., Soda Bar
The Athens, Georgia band named after everyone’s favorite “Rugrats” character definitely makes larger-than-life music to match the name, complete with African rhythms, psych-pop weirdness and catchy singalongs.