4 Things to do in La Jolla Memorial Day Weekend

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Aside from honoring the brave men and women of our armed services who served in times past to the present, La Jolla has a lot going on this Memorial Day weekend. And true to its friendly community, La Jolla has something to offer to people of all ages.

Escape to Margaritaville

2 p.m. Sunday at La Jolla Playhouse

The world premiere of “Escape to Margaritaville” carries on with its extended, successful run at La Jolla Playhouse this Memorial Day weekend. Envisage a locale where the sun is ever brightly shining, the ocean is warm like bath water, and the drinks are as frosty cold as they are abundant. This is Margaritaville, the veritable island utopia where people from the cities are able to escape from their humdrum lives and where the locals get into the type of conflict that they are able to sweet talk their way out of each and every time.

The new musical play features classic Jimmy Buffett tunes that are able to charm the Devil himself. The story follows a part-time barkeep and part-time singer on a Caribbean island who falls head over heels for an attractive tourist, a delightful lady who causes him to examine the life he believed he had all planned out. Playwrights Greg Garcia (“My Name Is Earl”, “Raising Hope”) and Mike O’Malley (“My Name Is Earl”, “Justified”, “Glee”) blend a story in the works for years with Buffett classics, under the direction of award-winning director Christopher Ashley. For those who are unable to make it this Sunday, take heart, because the musical continues until July 9th.

Grunion Runs in La Jolla

Sunday May 28 11:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m., Birch Aquarium

Unlike left-handed smoke shifters grunion are the real deal. If you’ve never experienced the thrill of a grunion run on La Jolla beaches, you might want to check your San Diego credentials because you have definitely missed out! This veritable Southern California experience is a wet and wild adventure par excellence. Participants are able to see hundreds upon hundreds of little silver fish named grunion ride the waves onto La Jolla beaches to spawn. However, prior to hitting the beach, participants will be able to observe grunion hatch right before their eyes during a special presentation about this baffling fish.

Attendees should plan in advance for cool, wet conditions and bring a flashlight for the night grunion run. Minors are obligated to be present with a paid adult, for ages 6 plus. Please note that the Grunion run does not meet at Birch Aquarium. Pre-purchase tickets are required. Prices are $15 for Birch Aquarium members and $17 for non-members. Birch Aquarium is conveniently located at 2300 Expedition Way in scenic La Jolla.

Rum & Tiki Fest

Hotel La Jolla, Saturday, May 27, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Youza! Are you ready to take hold of your straws and mini umbrellas? This Saturday, patrons can get their groove on and will be able to taste in excess of a dozen brands of rum and tiki-inspired adult beverages while chilling out poolside at the trendy Hiatus Lounge at Hotel La Jolla. A special bites menu will also be available. Conveniently located at 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, the cost is $10 to $15 for adults 21 and over.

Aesthetics of Human Form

Friday, May 26, 5:00 p.m., La Playa Gallery

Art lovers dare not miss the Aesthetics of Human Form this Friday. La Playa Gallery is nestled in the very center of La Jolla Shores. It features a selection of paintings and jewelry from both local and area artists. La Playa Gallery has an affinity for experimenting with special themed shows, bringing a diversity of art that isn’t likely seen at other galleries. Such is the case this Friday evening when this memorable show explores the human figure depicted through bronze and ceramic sculptures alongside detailed and colorful oil paintings. A tasty wine and cheese reception will introduce featured San Diego artists Julia S. Rasor, Dottie Stanley, and Khalid Alkaaby. By all means, seize the chance to mingle with the artists and converse about the creativeness behind their specific works. La Playa Gallery is located at 2226 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla.

La Jolla and San Diego Memorial Day Weekend Ceremonies for 2017

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Each and every year we take pause to remember the men and women who braved bullets and bombs, sometimes against all odds, to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today. This Memorial Day weekend La Jolla and greater San Diego remembers our veterans who all gave some and those who gave all.

Mount Soledad Memorial Day Ceremony 

Monday, May 29 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., 6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive South

The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial will honor military Gold Star families during its emotional 2017 Memorial Day Ceremony. The event is easily accessible in ever grateful La Jolla. Long time television and radio host Brett Winterble will be the master of ceremonies while native San Diegan Captain Howard Warner will be the keynote speaker.

The Memorial Day ceremony will include music by Marine Band San Diego, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Color Guard, and a traditional Fly By conducted by San Diego Performance Team Aircraft, which will fly over the Memorial performing the customary missing man formation.

The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial is deemed one of the more exclusive memorials for veterans in the entire United States. In fact, it is the only one honoring veterans, both alive and departed, from the Revolutionary War to the current war on terror. Plaques include a picture of the veteran with a summation of their respective military experience. It’s a great way to pay a passionate tribute to our men and women of uniform.

The USS Midway Museum Legacy Week

May 27 through 29, 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, California, 92101

The USS Midway Museum is the true heart and soul of Memorial Day commemoration in all of San Diego. The Memorial Day line-up of events aboard the USS Midway pays tribute to and reminisces about our military heroes as it commends the military legacy of the United States. Weekend activities and events offer the greater San Diego community an inexpensive and inspirational way to get the summer underway in San Diego. A wreath ceremony and freedom concert will take place on May 27th, Adventure Discovery Zone will be from May 27 – 29, Meet the Aviators will be from May 28 – 29, and a blood drive will be held on May 29. Come be a part of an experience where you may honor our heroes past and present and are able to give back to vets for your gratitude. And for those who are unable to attend, live broadcasts will be available on Facebook.

Miramar National Cemetery

Sunday May 28 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 5795 Nobel Drive

The Miramar National Cemetery is a full blown 313-acre national cemetery located on Nobel Drive approximately 15 miles north of downtown San Diego as the crow flies, located at the northwest corner of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. An exceptional Memorial Day ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 28at 1 p.m. in the flag pole assembly area. While the Miramar National Cemetery is characteristically closed on all federal holidays, it will nevertheless be open on Memorial Day. Visitors may place fresh-cut flowers on graves and gravel areas around the Columbarium or on memorial walls and monuments at any time, not just on Memorial Day. In addition, the VA administered cemetery will feature an open house on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for all veterans.

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Cabrillo Memorial Drive

Located on the Fort Rosecrans Military reservation approximately 10 miles due west of San Diego, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery is normally closed on all federal holidays, that is, except for Memorial Day. At all VA national cemeteries across the U.S. on Monday, the National Cemetery Administration will host special remembrance ceremonies with the help of various communities, including at Fort Rosecrans. The Memorial Day ceremony at this location begins promptly at 10 a.m. at the Rostrum. The yearly observance typically includes small American flags placed on the graves of our fallen service members. In addition to serving as the final resting place of many U.S. military service members, Fort Rosecrans furthermore maintains a number of monuments and memorials. As in all VA administered cemeteries, fresh-cut flowers may be placed on graves and in the gravel areas around the Columbarium or on memorial walls on any day aside from a federal holiday.

La Jolla and San Diego 2017 Memorial Day Weekend Ceremonies

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Each and every year we take pause to remember the men and women who braved bullets and bombs, sometimes against all odds, to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today. This Memorial Day weekend La Jolla and greater San Diego remembers our veterans who all gave some and those who gave all.

Mount Soledad Memorial Day Ceremony 

Monday, May 29 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., 6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive South

The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial will honor military Gold Star families during its emotional 2017 Memorial Day Ceremony. The event is easily accessible in ever grateful La Jolla. Long time television and radio host Brett Winterble will be the master of ceremonies while native San Diegan Captain Howard Warner will be the keynote speaker.

The Memorial Day ceremony will include music by Marine Band San Diego, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Color Guard, and a traditional Fly By conducted by San Diego Performance Team Aircraft, which will fly over the Memorial performing the customary missing man formation.

The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial is deemed one of the more exclusive memorials for veterans in the entire United States. In fact, it is the only one honoring veterans, both alive and departed, from the Revolutionary War to the current war on terror. Plaques include a picture of the veteran with a summation of their respective military experience. It’s a great way to pay a passionate tribute to our men and women of uniform.

The USS Midway Museum Legacy Week

May 27 through 29, 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, California, 92101

The USS Midway Museum is the true heart and soul of Memorial Day commemoration in all of San Diego. The Memorial Day line-up of events aboard the USS Midway pays tribute to and reminisces about our military heroes as it commends the military legacy of the United States. Weekend activities and events offer the greater San Diego community an inexpensive and inspirational way to get the summer underway in San Diego. A wreath ceremony and freedom concert will take place on May 27th, Adventure Discovery Zone will be from May 27 – 29, Meet the Aviators will be from May 28 – 29, and a blood drive will be held on May 29. Come be a part of an experience where you may honor our heroes past and present and are able to give back to vets for your gratitude. And for those who are unable to attend, live broadcasts will be available on Facebook.

Miramar National Cemetery

Sunday May 28 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 5795 Nobel Drive

The Miramar National Cemetery is a full blown 313-acre national cemetery located on Nobel Drive approximately 15 miles north of downtown San Diego as the crow flies, located at the northwest corner of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. An exceptional Memorial Day ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 28at 1 p.m. in the flag pole assembly area. While the Miramar National Cemetery is characteristically closed on all federal holidays, it will nevertheless be open on Memorial Day. Visitors may place fresh-cut flowers on graves and gravel areas around the Columbarium or on memorial walls and monuments at any time, not just on Memorial Day. In addition, the VA administered cemetery will feature an open house on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for all veterans.

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Cabrillo Memorial Drive

Located on the Fort Rosecrans Military reservation approximately 10 miles due west of San Diego, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery is normally closed on all federal holidays, that is, except for Memorial Day. At all VA national cemeteries across the U.S. on Monday, the National Cemetery Administration will host special remembrance ceremonies with the help of various communities, including at Fort Rosecrans. The Memorial Day ceremony at this location begins promptly at 10 a.m. at the Rostrum. The yearly observance typically includes small American flags placed on the graves of our fallen service members. In addition to serving as the final resting place of many U.S. military service members, Fort Rosecrans furthermore maintains a number of monuments and memorials. As in all VA administered cemeteries, fresh-cut flowers may be placed on graves and in the gravel areas around the Columbarium or on memorial walls on any day aside from a federal holiday.

5 Things to do in La Jolla this Weekend: May 20 – 21

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There’s always something happening in exciting La Jolla for people of all ages! Get out and have a great time this weekend at these five appealing places/events.

La Jolla Library events

Friday through Sunday

If you’re thinking libraries are boring, you couldn’t be more wrong, especially this weekend at the La Jolla Library. Located at 7555 Draper Avenue, the library has several fun events for kids and adults alike. From 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., Friday, Big Science for Little People: Inspect Inspectors promises to enthrall the kiddos. Take your children to discover remarkable variations of insects and be educated about food chains in this hour long program dedicated to the amazing insect world. On Saturday at noon, for those 18 and older, the library will host a writing workshop. Writers of any level will delight in experimenting with writing prompts to create unique experiences with their words. Led by published author Heather Fowler, this hour long workshop helps writers sharpen their skills and interact with other like-minded people. Finally, on Sunday, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the library features CSI: La Jolla. This intriguing workshop teaches those 12 and above the powerful molecular techniques for solving crimes with DNA and fingerprint analysis, chromatography, and other exhilarating scientific methods. All events are absolutely free!

La Jolla Secret Garden Tour

Saturday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

An exclusive opportunity presents itself this weekend sponsored by the La Jolla Historical Society. Those who are fond of gardens are free to roam through the garden gates and private courtyards of some of La Jolla’s most exclusive secret gardens. This élite tour is the single principal fundraiser of the year for the La Jolla Historical Society. Proceeds assist in supporting assorted programs for both La Jolla residents and visitors. The Secret Garden Boutique at Wisteria Cottage is open to the public throughout the day with an assortment of gardening accessories, plants, and gifts.

This is a self-guided tour that begins with a check-in at Wisteria Cottage. Once there, garden lovers will get a program booklet with all the locations of the secret gardens, a map of the tour, and a wristband which is a must have to gain entrance. Best of all, you can take a look at the map and visit any garden in any order to your heart’s content. Wisteria Cottage is located at 780 Prospect Street. Cost is $50.

Bite San Diego: La Jolla Walking Tour

Saturday and Sunday 12:30 p.m.

Looking to get your munch on this weekend? The La Jolla Walking Tour is an awesome place to spend 4 to 5 hours discovering La Jolla’s food establishments. The tour originates in the very center of La Jolla Cove, conceivably one of San Diego’s finest neighborhoods for getting your eat on.

As you start your journey on the fringes of the cove, you’ll listen to your guide enlighten you, your friends, and loved ones about the extensive history of the Spanish settlers dating back to the early 1900s. Your tour guide will also relate the history behind the Scripps family, and you’ll personally see where Ellen Browning Scripps once resided in the present day Museum of Contemporary Art.

La Jolla yet remains one of the more fashionable neighborhoods in the US and is one of the most popular areas in all of San Diego. Stops along the tour consist of Richard Walker’s Pancake House, Ohana Cafe, The Public House, We Olive, Jonty Jacobs, Prospect Bar, and Beaming. Tickets are a mere $47. For additional information, kindly call 619-634-8476.

Philanthropic Hobnob

Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If you are a fan of great theater, why not mix it up with New Fortune Theatre artists and friends for a fantastic charity evening? Scrumptious catering will be sponsored by The French Gourmet. Patrons will delight in La Jolla’s scenic ocean view, open bar, and live musical entertainment, all for a great cause. The Hobnob is an annual fundraising event for New Fortune Theatre. New Fortune is an award-winning 501c3 nonprofit organization enthusiastically devoted to presenting “Great Plays, Rarely Done.” All proceeds, yes, 100% of Hobnob ticket sales as well as additional donations will create an elegant and moreover relevant production, to be announced at the Hobnob this October 2017 at the Lyceum Space.

And just for a tease, this Nobel Prize-winning script relates an actual true and prominent story, which stimulates captivating thoughts as they concern contemporary matters. Located at 9530 La Jolla Shores Dr., La Jolla, tickets range from $65 to $85 for an exciting event you won’t dare want to miss.

La Jolla Playhouse

Sunday, 5:45 p.m.

Round out your weekend at the La Jolla Playhouse, located at 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, for Native Voices at the Autry. This program is returning for its second year as resident theatre company through the 2017/2018 season. Led by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, the Resident Theatre Program purposes to inspire the imaginative advancement of up and coming performing arts organizations, all the while advancing and contributing to the San Diego and Southern California theatre scene as a whole.

Native Voices at the Autry is the only Equity theatre company wholly dedicated to developing and producing new works for the stage by Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nations playwrights.

Visitors will experience staged readings of new works that examine inquiries of cohesion and community, spirituality and culture, environment and financial attainment, and the repeatedly antagonistic relationships that transpire. An audience talkback follows each reading. Admission is entirely free but space is limited. Reservations are recommended.

The Best Mother’s Day Activities this Weekend

Mother’s Day is that extra special time of the year to show your appreciation for the women that have profoundly touched your heart and affected your life in a positive way. Why not give her a treat, pamper her, and choose from several things she can enjoy this Mother’s Day weekend?

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Mother’s Day Sunset Dinner Cruise

6 p.m., Hornblower Cruises and Events
Here’s a treat sure to thrill your sweetheart this Mother’s Day weekend. Take mom on a scenic three-hour yacht cruise of the San Diego Bay! The cruise price consists of a private table, a special three course seated dinner, ongoing entertainment by a DJ, and, finally, an absolutely spectacular sunset view of lovely downtown San Diego and the bay. Tickets begin at $79.

Mother’s Day Brunch San Diego Zoo Safari Park

10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The weather looks spectacular this weekend and what better day to take mom to enjoy something different for a change? The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is having a Mother’s Day brunch Sunday May 14. The special brunch and all day pass for adult non-members is $98.95, $46.95 for members. If you’re bring the kiddos along, non-member prices are $60.95 and $18.95 for members.

La Valencia Mother’s Day Brunch

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Here’s a perfect way to pamper that exceptional mom with all you can drink mimosas and a memorable champagne brunch in La Jolla. The Mother’s Day brunch at THE MED Ocean View Restaurant features live entertainment from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in addition to an extravagant Mother’s Day menu. Breakfast classics, savory small bites, and tasty treats are but a small token to demonstrate your appreciation for that extraordinary mom in your life. Reservations are suggested at (858) 454-0771.

Ragtime: j Company Youth Theatre

7:45 p.m. David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre, La Jolla

After a day of treating mom to an awesome brunch in La Jolla, why not plan on wrapping up the special day by treating her to the J Company theatre production of Ragtime, an emotional performance that captures the essence of the American experience at the turn of the 20th century. Located at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre at 4126 Executive Dr, La Jolla, non-member tickets are $19.

Mother’s Day Helicopter Tour

Corporate Helicopters, San Diego

Give mom an exciting and memorable Mother’s Day gift this year – a helicopter tour of the stunning San Diego coastline! Her heart will soar as an experienced pilot provides a breathtaking view from above of magnificent Torrey Pines, Crystal Pier, Tourmaline Beach, La Jolla Cove and Mission Bay. The approximately 18-minute exhilarating tour is reasonably priced at $199 for up to 3 passengers.

What’s Good in San Diego This Weekend? May 6th – 7th

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If you’re a San Diegan, you already know there’s a gazillion things to do in the city. Picking one out of many can make for a difficult choice. Maybe you’re visiting our wonderful city and are looking for something to do. Either way, here’s some great events to consider this Cinco de Mayo weekend!

Rock Star Beer Festival San Diego: Cinco de Mayo Edition
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Mexican craft beers will be pouring repeatedly at the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the downtown San Diego Hard Rock Hotel. Participants of the annual extravaganza have an opportunity to delight in sampling in excess of 50 brewski’s! Meanwhile, patrons are free to peep out there separate areas to party down in: the “Woodstock Deck”, highlighting live music from Latin-inspired cover bands, the ever popular kicked back pool area, and “Float” featuring high-energy goings on! Once you get that urge to munch out, superb varieties of tacos replete with the works will be on hand. Tickets begin at $35 and $50 per person.
San Diego Padres v. Los Angeles Dodgers
7:10 p.m. at Petco Park
A three-game series begins this weekend at lovely Petco Park between the hometown Padres and their longtime rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Friday’s game begins at 7:10 p.m., Saturday’s game sees the first pitch hurled at 5:40 p.m., and the series wraps up on Sunday at 1:40 p.m. This is Nurse Appreciation Week so get out and show your support for the home team. Tickets begin at $18.

Cinco DEL Mayo
All day through May 8 at the fantastic Hotel del Coronado
Affectionately named and quite creative, the “Cinco DEL Mayo” weekend will see patrons relishing in adult beverages and foot-tapping tunes. Of course, all the fine food and good times come with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean to the west and Mexico to the south.

MiraCosta College’s 7th Annual Car & Motorcycle Show
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MiraCosta College Parking Lot 1A
The MiraCosta College Automotive Technology Program will hold its 7th Annual Car & Motorcycle Show on its delightful campus located at Parking Lot 1A (1 Barnard Dr. in Oceanside). The eye-opening event is always free for spectators. Patrons can expect to feast their eyes on exciting cars, live music, awards, a drawing, and a heart-pounding go-cart competition.

Car daddies (and mommies, too!) may display their vehicles for $20 a pop on the day of the event. This isn’t only about cars, however! Any car or motorcycle may be exhibited and there is never any undue restrictions when it comes to makes or models. Types of vehicles will feature those head spinning hot rods, classics from years past we wish we’d kept, tuners, trucks to drool over, customs rides and choppers, rat rods, plus original and restored cars (and works in still in the progress of restoration). As always, all proceeds from the exciting event will benefit our military, veterans and EOPS students at MiraCosta College.

Where to Spend Your 2017 Cinco de Mayo in La Jolla

There’s always something to see and do in La Jolla and this Cinco de Mayo weekend is no different. Check out these awesome eating establishments! As always, please party responsibly.

Puesto 

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Prior to Puesto, many San Diegans had departed home to pursue other desires in other places. Sure, we found a few hotspots, a few places away from home, but it has always been Chef Luisteen’s tacos that brought us back to our senses and returned us to San Diego. His undying fervor for utterly re-defining the taco brought us back to our hometown of San Diego to begin a family-owned business, a delightful taco stand we’d never even dreamed of. Now that we’re tacoteurs, we have never looked back.

What’s in store? How about handmade maíz azul stone-ground tortillas, sustainable meats and seafood, slow-cooked guisados, and made from scratch, mouth-watering scratch salsas? Puesto is a merriment of fundamental Mexican flavors and an homage to the diverse palate of Mexico City.

Our bar features freshly made margaritas, house made aguas frescas, and wines from the burgeoning Valle de Guadalupe region of Baja.

The Puesto Party Philosophy still maintains that each and every celebration will be large, lively, booming and yet refined. At Puesto’s you’ll observe a bevy of fashionable people from all walks of life consuming great food and enjoying colorful conversations. But don’t fret! Your debutante grandmother is also there drinking her portion of the best tequila. Our parties are dedicated to her as well as anyone else that comes to Puesto for merriment.

Don Carlos Taco Shop

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For numerous decades Don Carlos Taco Shop has offered fine catering services to the greater San Diego community. Whether your group consists of 10 people or 200 individuals, Don Carlos has the capacity to prepare a delightful spread that will be sure to satisfy all sorts of tastes and cravings.

Verdes el Ranchero

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Opened in 1945 by Buzzy Martinez and affectionately nicknamed “The Ranch” by La Jolla residents, Verdes El Ranchero is one of the few restaurants to have outlived La Jolla’s ever changing tide from an old-fashioned seaside community to one of international acclaim. Since 2009, it is has been owned and operated by the Green family who have called the Barber Tract home for three decades. Gloria and her daughter Megan tirelessly work to preserve the cordiality and warmth that keep “The Ranch” an establishment where it is not unusual to observe four generations of families enjoying the finest Mexican cuisine La Jolla has to offer.

Verdes El Ranchero offers a full bar featuring a wide array of Tequilas, handmade Margaritas, and, of course, Mexican beers. The menu offers a range of Mexican dishes from chile rellenos, carnitas, enchiladas, burritos, and scrumptious tamales. Of course, fresh salads, tostadas and soups are also available as well as much more!

Visitors to Verdes El Ranchero will find themselves bounded by the cheerful colors of Mexico that ever exude warmth and relaxation. Enjoy rich wood accents and hand painted murals, as well, some of which date back to the early 1960’s, and of course, local artwork for sale.

What’s Good in San Diego This Weekend? April 29 – 30

There’s always something to do, see or visit in the greater San Diego area. Sitting on the sofa complaining there in nothing to do? Be sure to consider these events if you’re looking to get out of the house this weekend.

San Diego Rose Show

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday & Sunday), at the McMillin Event Center at Liberty Station

For flower aficionados, you won’t want to miss the San Diego Rose Show presented by the San Diego Rose Society. The society invites amateurs to display their roses in the exhibit hall to be appreciated by judges and other attendees. Local rosarians will be around to reveal various tips as to how to choose and cultivate the best of the best of roses, contingent of course on where you grow your garden. Admission is a scant $5 per person, and kids under 12 get in absolutely free. Want another freebie? Park your car for free too!

Chocolate Festival

10 a.m. Sunday at the Maritime Museum of San Diego

Who doesn’t enjoy the melt in your mouth taste of chocolate? Can you think of a better day to spend a couple of hours to finish off your weekend with a special treat at the Maritime Museum of San Diego? Visitors can learn about the history of chocolate and how it came to the United States. Be sure to drop by this yearly event to take a look and sample an assortment of chocolate from more than twelve local retailers. For extra excitement, parents and their children can take part in making a chocolate pizza. For those over 18, there will be a wine and chocolate or beer and chocolate pairings, plus live baking and cooking demonstrations. Tickets begin at paltry $9.

San Diego Soul Festival

Saturday 8 pm at the Valley View Casino Center
Get your soul on at the Valley View Casino Center this Saturday evening. The San Diego Soul Festival is back with groovy performances by Anthony Hamilton, Keith Sweat and Guy featuring Teddy Riley and Dru Hill. The doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets begin at $39 but group discounts for 10 or more people are available by calling (619) 363-5330.

Decoy’s Walkabout Wine Series

5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Decoy Dockside Dining
This event features sumptuous tastes from Groth Vineyards and Winery as well as knowledge from the winery’s sales manager, Mark Bernstein. Patrons can also revel in a three-course dinner prepared by executive chef, David Warner. Each course is paired with Decoy’s fine wines. Patrons are free to socialize and ask questions throughout the Walkabout. The delicious dinner is moderately priced at $65 per person. It should be noted that prospective patrons may reserve a spot any time between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. by simply calling (760) 744-0120.