Weekend Events for April 17-20

By Christina London and Dustin Lothspeich
|  Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014  |  Updated 3:39 PM PDT
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Unlike Easter eggs, you don’t have to look hard to find great events this weekend in San Diego.

Thursday, April 17

Gaslamp Game Days
3 p.m.- 6 p.m. at Dick’s Last Resort
Before heading to Petco Park to watch the Padres take on the Rockies, make a pit stop for drink and appetizer specials.

San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase
6:30 p.m. in Mission Valley
The Spring Showcase kicks off with a documentary about “Star Trek” star and pop culture icon George Takei, who is scheduled to make a guest appearance. The showcase runs through April 24.

MCASD Art Auction Preview
6:45 p.m. at ArcLight La Jolla
Want to start an art collection but not sure where to begin? “Collecting 101” will teach you how to navigate the art auction world. The evening consists of a cocktail party, panel discussion with art experts and screening of a film about legendary art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel.

Bryan Ferry
7:30 p.m. at Humphrey’s By the Bay
Bryan Ferry is one of the coolest crooners of all time. Don’t miss him at this scenic spot.

Cypress Hill
8 p.m. at the House of Blues
If SoCal hip-hop is your thing, get yourself to the House of Blues on Thursday for rap legends Cypress Hill.

Friday, April 18

Easter Bunny Tea
2:30 p.m.- 5 p.m. at the Westgate Hotel
Visits from the Easter Bunny and a magician make for a truly magical afternoon.

Cooking Class: It’s in the Farmers’ Market Bag
6 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. at Great News! Pacific Beach
Learn how to turn your farmers’ market finds into a delicious, locally sourced meal.

Cinema Under the Stars presents “Philomena”
8 p.m. in Mission Hills
Everything you love about going to the movies, only outside. This is why we love San Diego.

Bear Hands
8:30 p.m. at the Casbah
These indie rockers tore up the Mojave tent at Coachella this past weekend. Hopefully you got tickets early to see them at this sold-out Casbah show.

Saturday, April 19

Spring Party with Bunny
First Party Begins at 10 a.m. at the San Diego Botanic Garden
Bring your little ones to the ultimate Easter Party. They’ll enjoy face painting, springtime crafts, petting live bunnies and chicks and, of course, visiting with the Easter Bunny himself.

Taste of Hillcrest
12 p.m.- 4 p.m. in Hillcrest
Hillcrest is full of fantastic restaurants. Here’s your chance to try 43 of them in one afternoon.

CityBeat Festival of Beers
2 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. at the Lafayette Hotel
Calling all craft beer fans. With 65 participating breweries, you’re sure to find a new favorite brew.

Sunday, April 20

Easter Eggstravaganza
9 a.m. at Belmont Park
What’s more San Diego than an Easter egg hunt on the beach?

Easter Brunch Options:

Casa de Bandini 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Traditional brunch with a Mexican flare

Westgate Hotel 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Champagne for the adults and a specialty station for the kids

Bahia Resort Hotel 10 a.m.- 3p.m.
Steamboat cruise included in the price of brunch

Lael’s Restaurant inside the Grand Hyatt 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Featuring fresh food, including Alaskan King Crab and Pacific Oysters

Caravan Palace
8 p.m. at the Belly Up Tavern
Another act fresh off a phenomenal performance at Coachella, catch this group in the intimate setting of Solana Beach’s Belly Up before they get too big.

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