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Exploring San Diego: Circus acts, Flower Fields open, Mariachi Fest

Posted: 1:47 PM, Feb 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-26 16:50:00-05
Carlsbad Flower Fields open March 1

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The circus comes to San Diego this weekend in a pair of fun events and, of course, the craft beer and spirits are flowing elsewhere.

Circus Vargas brings the big top back to Mission Valley for a weekend of acrobatic and astounding acts by circus performers. Chula Vista also hosts Circus in the Park with shows and workshops with performers with Fern Street Circus.

Carlsbad's Flower Fields open for business this weekend, with their 50-acre display of beautiful Ranunculus flowers in bloom for the spring.

The Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival serves up delicious craft beers and food with a bacon twist from independent brewers and local chefs. The Mariachi Fest also pairs dazzling mariachi and folklórico performances with taco and tequila tastings in Escondido.

THURSDAY

Circus Vargas
Where: Westfield Mission Valley; Cost: $17 - $72
Take your kids to the Big Top for a weekend packed with circus action as Circus Vargas hits Westfield Mission Valley. Acrobats, daredevils, and flying trapeze artists will perform to audiences' delight, recreating circus feats from the past for a new audience.

Museum Month
Where: Various locations; Cost: Prices vary
(Thursday - Saturday) Throughout the month of February, San Diegans and visitors can pick up a special, free pass to save 50 percent at more than 40 museums throughout the city. Museums like the Fleet Science Center, Maritime Museum, San Diego Air & Space Museum, Natural History Museum, and many more are participating in the special month.

FRIDAY

KuumbaFest
Where: San Diego Repertory Theatre; Cost: $5 - $115
KuumbaFest brings three days of African-American culture, expression, and heritage to San Diego with traditional art, performances, educational workshops, a marketplace and health fair, Gospel concert, guest speakers, and more in celebration of our African-American community.

Illumination: 21st Century Interactions with Art + Science + Technology
Where: San Diego Art Institute; Cost: Free
The San Diego Art Institute hosts a free exhibit featuring an interactive show created by 26 artists. Guests will experience art through light, sound, metal, textiles, soundscapes, and more. The exhibits will walk visitors through issues like climate change, global health, and sustainability through art.

SATURDAY

Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival
Where: SDCCU Stadium; Cost: $50 - $80
Enjoy sips and eats from dozens of independent San Diego breweries and eateries at SDCCU Stadium. Entry gets ticket holders unlimited tasters of craft beer and spirits and eats from each food vendor. The event will join forces with Bacon Fest to deliver some mouthwatering combinations of bacon and bites to guests.

Circus in the Park
Where: Chula Vista Bayfront Park; Cost: Free
Chula Vista hosts a free day of activities for families during Circus in the Park. Exciting acts from Fern Street Circus, like jugglers and acrobats, will entertain crowds. Circus experts will also hold interactive workshops around hooping and tightwire activities, and face painting and photos booths.

Leap Day Celebration
Where: The Old Globe Theater; Cost: Free
Head over to Balboa Park where performers will stage a dance-of at the Old Globe Theater plaza. The fun starts at 11 a.m. with dance troupe performances and continues with workshops and dance competitions.

SUNDAY

Mariachi Festival
Where: California Center for the Arts, Escondido; Cost: $25 - $100
Take in the traditional sounds and sights of the Grammy-winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea and folklórico dancers from Tierra Caliente Academy. Attendees can also spend the day at the festival's Tacos & Tequila reception, where they can sample spirits and participate in a silent auction.

TinyFest California
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds; Cost: $10 - $20
Del Mar Fairgrounds will host several ideas in the world of "tiny homes" during TinyFest, featuring the latest in tiny living options, expert speakers, workshops for guests, and festival music and foods.

Carlsbad Flower Fields
Where: The Flower Fields; Cost: $9 - $24
Sunday is opening day for the Carlsbad Flower Fields this season! Peruse through 50 acres of beautiful variations of Ranunculus flowers, an artists garden, floral displays, and more.