What’s Good In San Diego This Weekend? April 22 – 23

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Red Velvet

8 p.m. at The Old Globe

“Red Velvet” takes you back to the tempestuous backstage world of London’s Theatre Royal in the early 1800s at The Old Globe this weekend. The play runs until April 30th with various performance times, so be sure to check the calendar if you can’t make it this weekend for the 8 p.m. performances. The multi-award-winning play by Lolita Chakrabarti relates the true story of a young American actor who steps into the role of Othello after one London’s most treasured actors of the era can’t go on. The only problem? No Black man has ever played the part of Othello before. Tickets begin at $34.

Earth Day Fair

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Balboa Park

San Diegans galore will be flooding to Balboa Park this Sunday for the 28th annual EarthFair event. The one-day festival is billed as the absolute largest free annual environmental fair in the entire world. Anywhere from 60,000 to 70,000 people come out annually to enjoy more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a food pavilion, a children’s activity area and live entertainment. Kids will have a blast with various crafts, fun games that educate, face painting, plus storytelling and hands-on activities for kids of all ages. The event is free. Consider helping the environment by car-pooling, taking the transit, trolley, or even bicycling to the event. Parking goes fast!

42nd Annual San Diego Wedding Party Expo

12 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort

If you’re thinking about or actually already planning a wedding, you won’t want to miss the 42nd annual San Diego Wedding Party Expo! The expo features in excess of 25,000 square feet of space at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort. This spectacular, eye-feasting event will be covered from top to bottom and side-to-side in wedding ideas, styles and planning resources. From venues to caterers, from florists to DJs, and from photographers to gown designers, there is something to enjoy for everyone! Tickets start at mere $11.

San Diego Gem Fair

12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (runs through Sunday the 23rd) at the Scottish Rite Event Center

Your heart is sure to sing, when your eyes see all the bling, bling! The Gem Faire returns again this weekend to the awesome Scottish Rite Event Center. The event runs Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In excess of 70 exhibitors will be on hand for the sparkling event.  Participants can check out a mass display of eye-catching jewelry and stones. Admission is just $7 for a pass that’s valid all weekend long. Children aged 11 and below get in for free.

San Diego Sights and Sips

5:30 p.m. at Hornblower Cruises and Events

Delightful California sunshine, smooth sailing and mouth-watering cocktails come together on this Hornblower cocktail cruise. Patrons can hop on board for a two-hour cruise with champagne, light Hors d’oeuvres and more, as they make merriment and relish in a beautiful view of the San Diego Bay during sunset. The boat leaves promptly at 6 p.m. Tickets start at a very reasonable $37.50 per person.

Four Great Spots for Easter Brunch

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Whether you’re an Easter morning church-goer, Easter basket opener, or just appreciate good brunch, come 11am, you’re going to want to go get brunch at one of these fabulous places. Hop on down and enjoy! Cheers!

The Marine Room

(2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037)

For well over 75 years, The Marine Room has been a seaside staple in La Jolla. Long celebrated for its superb views and surf pounding outside the restaurant’s windows, the culinary embodiment of luxury draws people from La Jolla and well beyond. This Easter Sunday, The Marine Room will serve its holiday brunch buffet beginning at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The awesome and ever creative menu includes breakfast fare such as leek goat cheese frittata and first course options such as sweet potato orzo salad. For main courses, delectable foods include Signature Spindrift Seafood Crepes and many, many other items. A delightful and ever tempting dessert station rounds out the impressive buffet. The Easter holiday meal is priced at $72 for adults and $36 for kids. Due to the immense popularity, reservations are required and may be made quickly online here.

Nine-Ten Restaurant

NINE-TEN will be hosting a delicious Easter Sunday Brunch.  Chef Jason Knibb and Pastry Chef Jose Alonzo, III, will prepare a very special Easter Sunday a la carte menu featuring everything from Strawberry Salad, Salmon Rillette Toast, and House-Smoked Salmon Benedict to Short Rib Hash, Shrimp & Grits, and Chilaquiles….and bottomless Mimosas for just $16 per person. If pastries and coffee are more your breakfast speed, the acclaimed Sunday Brunch Pastry Bar will be even better than ever.  Reservations strongly recommended and can be made by calling 858.964.5400.

The Shores Restaurant

Easter brunch on the water- does it get any better than that? You’ll find something for everyone with Carlsbad Strawberry and Spinach Salad and Herb De Provence Leg of Lamb. There’s also a complete children’s station for the kiddos, and plenty of tasty sides and a selection of seasonal desserts.

George’s at the Cove

(1250 Prospect St.)

A long time feature in the quaint seaside community of La Jolla, George’s at the Cove only serves brunch twice a year, and Easter Sunday is one of those special occasions. Easter brunch will commence at the charming restaurant’s California Modern area beginning at 10 a.m., as well as George’s Ocean Terrace and Level 2 beginning at 11 a.m. The menu proudly features individually priced selections such as warm French Toast at $18, a scrumptious Baja shrimp omelette for $22, and various vegetarian and vegan options, all served against the backdrop of the magnificent Pacific oceanfront view. Patrons who enjoy fine brunches are encouraged to make reservations online here.

What’s Good in La Jolla this Weekend? April 14 – 16

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Springtime is in full swing, and San Diego is celebrating the beauty of this season. Whether you’re looking to be outside in nature, or to have an Easter egg hunt, we have you covered with a weekend packed-full of activities. Have fun!

Spring Egg Hunt in La Jolla

10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the La Jolla Recreation Center

The La Jolla Recreation Center located at 615 Prospect St. will host its annual Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. For the price of a fast food burger with the works, or a mere $5, attendees will partake in the egg hunt and other associated Easter activities such as arts and crafts and, wow, get this, a meet and greet with Peter Rabbit. What kid doesn’t like Peter Rabbit!?

Charles Arnoldi exhibit at R.B. Stevenson Gallery

R.B. Stevenson Gallery will be presenting new paintings and drawings by Los Angeles artist Charles Arnoldi. The exhibition will open on Saturday, April 15th. and will remain on view through May 27th, 2016. An opening Reception will be held on Saturday, April 15th, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Season runs through May 14), Carlsbad Ranch

The well-renowned Flower Fields in Carlsbad Ranch continues its vibrant spring run, offering visitors outstanding views of bright blooms in all of their stunning and elegant glory. The fields are open each and every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and runs through May 14, 2017. Patrons will delight in nearly 50 full acres of colorful displays of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers, which are in bloom for only six to eight weeks. Ah, the short life of a flower! The celebrated fields also include various roses, orchids, sweet pea blossoms, petunias and poinsettias. Be sure to maintain any changes on the Flower Fields website, too, because Flower Field introduces special events throughout the bloom season. You simply have to see these blooms to marvel at nature’s unmatched beauty!

Sculpture in the Garden

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Diego Botanic Garden

Running through the end of April at the San Diego Botanic Garden is “Sculpture in the Garden,” a magnificent and stunning display of 53 sculptures from 32 regional artists set against the backdrop of a lush garden. Visitors can use a map provided by the Botanic Garden and enjoy a self-guided tour of the various works of art. The exhibit is included with general admission into the garden. Adults are $14, $10 for seniors, students and active military, and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Kids two years of age and under get in free. Parking is available on-site for $2.

Easter Bunny Teas

2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Friday & Saturday) at The Westgate

San Diego’s premiere hotel, The Westgate located in downtown San Diego will be hosting some kid-friendly tea sessions along with traditional egg hunts this Easter weekend. The quaint Easter Bunny Teas take place from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Children will be thrilled to snack on mini pastries and kid-approved petit-fours paired with traditional European afternoon tea. Traditional Easter egg hunts will commence on the Riviera Terrace and children will have an opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny. The tea sessions are priced at $50 for adults and $35 for kids 12 and under, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Spring Eggstravaganza

9 a.m., Santee Lakes

Patrons will want to be sure to bring the entire family out to Santee Lakes this Saturday for the 14th Annual Eggstravaganza! The community event begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. The Spring Eggstravaganza features continuous egg hunts for kids 8 years of age and under. In addition, the annual event features carnival rides, can’t miss pony rides, crafts, Primo DJ and additional fun for one and all no matter what age. And don’t fret about the cost because the event is always free!

What’s Good in La Jolla This Weekend? April 8 -9

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La Jolla Concours D’Elegance

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ellen Browning Scripps Park

The renowned auto show returns to the lovely seaside community of La Jolla this weekend. The event runs from Friday through Sunday and features more than 150 rare, painstakingly restored vehicles. These stunning cars will be on display at the La Jolla Cove lawn against the ever magnificent Pacific Ocean backdrop. This year’s car show also includes an aviation show featuring antiquated, restored aircraft that are a must see! In addition, there will be a “champagne and honey tasting garden” where attendees may sample flights of sweet honey from various California regions. If that weren’t enough, live music and a cheese tasting zone top the event off. General admission tickets to Sunday’s party are a bargain at $70 for adults the day of the event, and a generous $30 for military and children ages 11 to 18. Kids 10 and under are admitted absolutely free.

18th Annual Tea & Tonic

1 p.m., Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines

If you haven’t attended previous events, you won’t want to miss this 18th annual fundraiser! The annual Tea & Tonic benefits the Center for Community Solutions in its quest to back prevention and intervention programs focused on terminating relationship violence, sexual assault and stalking. The worthy cause begins promptly at 1 p.m. at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. The event includes a charming champagne reception, a high tea service, both live and silent auctions, various raffles and live entertainment. In addition, celebrity keynote speaker, actor and former defensive player in the NFL, Terry Crews will delight attendees. Tickets are $150, with proceeds benefitting the Center for Community Solutions. Get out and be a vital part of this praiseworthy cause!

David Koechner

7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. at The American Comedy Co.

You know David Koechner, right? No? C’mon! He played the role of Champ Kind in the Anchorman movies and has also made various appearances on several TV shows such as The Office, The Goldbergs and American Dad. Oh, now you know David! This weekend comedian David Koechner takes command of the stage at downtown San Diego’s American Comedy Co. David will be headlining two shows each on Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. On Sunday David will do only one show at 7 p.m. (Hey, a man has to pack his bags sometime!) Tickets are a mere $18. Woot! Hey, it’s ever classy San Diego! Don’t miss it!

Fashion, Flowers & Fido Show

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., The Flower Fields at Carlsbad

Seeking all San Diego area trend-setters and furry fashionmonger’s! San Diegan’s will want to make a point to peep out the festivities at the barn at The Flower Fields located at Carlsbad Ranch Thursday evening. What’s in store for patrons is a charming night of fashion, foodstuffs, brewski’s and adorable pups. The night consists of designer fashions from Carlsbad Premium Outlets swaggering down a runway complemented by dogs currently up for adoption from the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. All those in attendance will also have the opportunity to be treated to various food and beer tastings. Tickets are $40 per person, well worth it for a great cause for our furry friends.

VinDiego Wine and Food Festival

3 p.m. at Liberty Station

Calling all wine aficionados! The biggest and leading “wine only” tasting occasion blazes into San Diego’s Liberty Station this weekend. Attendees may spend the afternoon savoring virtually hundreds of sunny California’s finest vintage and award-winning wines. In addition, the festival will offer gourmet food samples and feature live music. Please note that the event is for adults 21 years and older. Tickets begin at $95.

Eggstravaganza

9 a.m., The Village Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe

Easter time is here again! This free event is sure to be both a child and adult pleaser. Patrons are invited to enjoy one of the holiday’s finest traditions this Saturday by participating in an Easter egg hunt. Eggciting! In addition, the event will feature a petting zoo, a balloon artist, face painting and various crafts on the church campus. Did we mention it is free? It is! Be sure to scoot on over and revel in an eggcessivly great time for one and all and don’t forget those cameras!

Where to Watch Superbowl LI in San Diego this Sunday

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Believe it or not, over 25% of people watch the Super Bowl just for the commercials. Whether you’re tuning in to watch the big game, the halftime show, or the typically humorous commercials, these San Diego bars are ideal spots to be for Super Bowl LI on Sunday February 5.

As always, please have fun responsibly and don’t drink and drive.

The Lot La Jolla

Why not catch the gruelling action on the gridiron, then relax with a flick at The Lot La Jolla? Patrons will enjoy a choice of either indoor or outdoor viewing areas in the restaurant, bar and patio at La Jolla hot spot. Super Bowl Sunday’s special buffet menu will be offering beloved stadium food such as The Lot Cheeseburger, Traditional Quarter Pound Hot Dog, Bratwurst, and mouth-watering Chicken Wings. Buffet prices are $60 for adults and $25 for kids respectively, with an additional separate charge for beverages. Seating will go quickly, are limited in number, and reservations are required.

Drift Eat + Drink

Cheer on the Atlanta Falcons or New England Patriots at The Hyatt Regency La Jolla’s Super Bowl party. This annual event will be held at its posh rooftop restaurant and patio, DRIFT eat + drink. Beginning at 3:30 p.m. an all-you-can-eat buffet will feature a create your own ropa veja nacho bar, black bean chili, kicked-up chicken wings, and assorted sliders, all sure to please your palate. Additionally, for sweet aficionados, cookies and brownies will be offered. Guests will also enjoy craft beers, micro brews, and cocktails from the bar.

Westroot Tavern

The Westroot Tavern in Del Mar Heights is your go to place to get your eat on this Super Bowl Sunday. Guests can load up on an all-you-can-eat selection of hot dogs, brats, tri-tip and barbecue ribs with coleslaw, French fries and potato salad, plus delicious chili and beer cheese — all for a mere $25. In addition, with every backyard barbecue purchase, Super Bowl fans will receive a free raffle ticket for an opportunity to win various prizes, including gift cards, apparel and other delights. The fun times begin at 9:30pm.

The Waterfront

One of San Diego’s classic spots is throwing a Super Bowl party with complimentary homemade sausages created by Grandma Nancy Nichols. Patrons can also enjoy regular menu bites such as tots, wings, sliders and tacos. And what better way to chase great food than with great drinks? The Waterfront is offering $3 pints or $11 Coors Light and Blue Moon pitcher specials.

Parq

Parq is not messing around. Guests will cheer on the action on as 30-foot ultra-high-definition LED wall TV, all the while relishing in delectable food and specialty cocktails. In addition, guest will enjoy live entertainment from aerial dancers and DJ Kyle Flesch. All the festivities begin at 2:30 until 6:30 p.m. or whenever the game ends. The best news is that there is free entry. Conversely, guests can binge at one of nineteen VIP tables. Please note that this special event is 21or over only.

Firehouse

Be warned. This is not for the light-hearted. The bar and restaurant with awesome rooftop ocean views expands its space by fencing off an outdoor parking lot to create a “backyard” barbecue party space. Guests will be able to watch the big game on a 20-foot LED Jumbotron. In addition, “Club Caliente” replete with scrumptious tacos, turf and tequila, is decked out by Grand Artique and will feature a guest chef from Rubicon Deli. But that’s not all! Your favorite DJs, a complete bar, local beers, and cozy couches or bleacher seating options are available. The memorable event kicks off at 1 p.m., and tickets are an affordable $20.

Social Tap

The Social Tap offers twenty-one 60-inch TVs, indoor-outdoor bars, and well over 30 beers on tap. Social Tap is a fantastic spot to eat, drink, and cheer on the Atlanta Falcons or New England Patriots for Super Bowl LI. There will be a DJ from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the East Village location, plus a happy hour. Social Tap specials include mouth-watering chicken wings, loaded potato rounds, as well as game day pricing on select beer and cocktails. Both locations (College Area and East Village) have dog friendly patios for that special pet!

Beerfish

Beerfish will be holding a crawfish boil in honor of the annual Super Bowl festivities. Priced at an affordable $20 per guest, the South Carolina-inspired spread will feature all of the traditional fixings, in addition to a special barbecue oyster station. Beginning at 3 and continuing until 8 p.m., pro football enthusiasts can also savor thirty craft beers on tap, all while watching the action either indoors or on their outside patio.

Miller’s Field

Miller’s Field is certainly no alien when it comes to hosting great football parties, and Super Bowl Sunday will be no exception. The Miller’s crew is takin’ it to the street with a huge party in the parking lot, outdoor beer garden, and indoor and outdoor seating. And ask yourself, “What other great place is featuring $1,000 in giveaways? These prizes include a 55-inch big screen TV. If that isn’t enough, there is no cover charge and table reservations are available for guaranteed seating.

Double Deuce

Bottoms up! Toss a few “adult beverages” back at Double Deuce at the bar’s all-you-can-eat tailgate party from 3 p.m. to halftime and then all-you-can-drink from 3 p.m. until the game’s exciting finale. An easily affordable $35 ticket includes a buffet, featured drafts and premium liquor, two halftime raffle tickets, plus access to the chips and salsa cart available from halftime until the end of the game. Additionally, all guests will take home a 22-ounce souvenir pint glass your country on.

Eureka!

Eureka! You found the perfect place to watch the Superbowl! Celebrate game day with an all-day $10 wings and beer “Supper Bowl” special. Beginning at 1 p.m. until closing time, guests may opt from one of numerous permanent beers on the list and an order of their signature Eureka! chili wings for only ten bucks. Guests will discover there are plenty of regular game day items to grub out on with Eureka’s menu. These include lollipop corn dogs, smoked chicken nachos, and osso bucco riblets. Make plans to enjoy the Super Bowl with family and friends at Eureka!

Tin Roof

Love the game but hate the commercials? The DJ at Tin Roof will spin tunes during commercials. Patrons can watch the game from one of 25 TVs, or on the bar’s projector screen. To add to the excitement, Tin Roof will be giving away prizes throughout the day, feature wing specials and 100-ounce Beer Towers (they’re actually crafty at the Tin Roof).

Soda & Swine

Soda & Swine will be celebrating the day with fantastic specials, including tempura fried onion rings, “walking taco” mac n’ cheese and chili fritos, wings, and a gridiron slider. Partnering with Italian spirits brand Fernet Branca for the ultimate game day festivities, look for a friendly game of Super Bowl Squares. Additionally, Soda & Swine is giving away prizes and featuring cocktail specials.

Pacific Islander Beer Company

Why not get away and escape to a tropical paradise? Patrons can enjoy Hawaiian-themed brew specials, including the brewery’s Pineapple Honey Blonde. Get your snack on the entire day absolutely free, plus please your palate with delicious Kalua Pork or Chicken Sliders along with Hawaiian mango pineapple coleslaw at halftime. Aloha!

Red Card Café

Red Card Café is hosting an all-you-can-eat street food special for an easily affordable $18.99 per guest. Super Bowl aficionados can cheer on their favorite Super Bowl team while noshing on unlimited TJ dogs, shrimp beignets, fundido mac n’ cheese, chicken mole tacos, as well as mixed nuts and olives. And don’t forget to savor and otherwise please your palate by enjoying any of the fourteen beers always on tap. Make plans today at the Red Card Café!

Colin Haus

La Mesa’s popular beercade bar will kick off their Super Bowl festivities with a backyard barbecue from high noon until 6 p.m. Super Bowl LI will be streamed from a four-screen TV matrix, while The Carver, Coal & Barrel food truck will supply mouth-watering smoked meats and barbecue style bites. There will be a complimentary entry to the Coin Haus football squares competition and football beer pong.

The Holding Company

Be sure to head on over to Ocean Beach for this year’s Super Bowl party! Clean out your closet beforehand and ring along your unwanted Chargers hats, shirts, jerseys and other paraphernalia or souvenirs for donation, and The Holding Company will ship it up to LA for those who are in need. Of course, there will be specials on food and drinks all throughout during the game. The Super Bowl party will be followed by a 9 p.m. acoustic show from Hellogoodbye. Tickets for the show are a mere $15 in addition to a $2 online processing fee. Enjoy Super Bowl Sunday at The Holding Company!

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