Exploring San Diego


Exploring San Diego: Things to do April 11 - 14

Posted at 10:00 AM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-12 15:43:28-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego is packed with art this weekend.

Whether you plan to enjoy the Oceanside Jazz Festival or Asian Film Festival spring showcase, you have plenty of options around the county.

The San Diego Museum of Art will bring works of art into a new context, with creations of art using flowers in Art Alive, and the San Diego Botanic Garden will host works from some of the region's best artists throughout the garden.

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For an experience that will surely broaden you pallet, check out Taste of Hillcrest or the Fallbrook Avocado Festival for delicious creations by San Diego's culinary minds.

Here's a look at this weekend in town:


13th Annual Oceanside Jazz Festival
Where: MiraCosta College, Oceanside; Cost: Free - $20
(Thursday - Saturday) International recognized jazz singers and students with the MiraCosta College jazz program will perform as part of the Oceanside Jazz Festival, with clinics also being held by student singers and visiting choirs.

9th annual Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase
Where: UltraStar Mission Valley; Cost: $9 - $12
(Thursday - Sunday) Watch the best of Asian and Asian American cinema during the San Diego Asian Film Festival's spring showcase of films. The showcase highlights South Asian and Southeast Asian stories, as well as a special collection of Filipino films and works shedding light on LGBTQ Asian stories.


Art Alive
Where: San Diego Museum of Art; Cost: $25
(Friday - Sunday) Nearly 100 floral designers' interpretations of works of art will be showcased throughout San Diego's Museum of Art during Art Alive, combining a multitude of colors and scents across the museum's galleries.

Spring Critter Camp
Where: Helen Woodward Animal Center; Cost: $58 - $77
(Thursday - Friday) Kids can get an up-close and personal looks at animals with the Helen Woodward Animal Center during Spring Critter Camp. Thursday, campers can expect to interact with a miniature horse, chicken, and ball python with learning about animals families, and Friday, kids can learn about animals and the Earth with a leopard gecko, miniature donkey, and Madagascar hissing cockroach.

Cirque Du Soleil: Volta
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds; Cost: starting at $49
(Thursday - Sunday) Experience the magic of Cirque Du Soleil under the bog top at Del Mar this weekend, as the energetic circus brings amazing feats using dance, high-flying maneuvers, and even BMX choreography.


18th annual Taste of Hillcrest
Where: Hillcrest; Cost: $30
More than 35 of some of Hillcrest's best restaurants will offer a taste of their menu's during Taste of Hillcrest, with special samples being offered at eateries and bars spanning the culinary landscape on your very own walking tour of the town.

Spring EGGstravaganza
Where: Birch Aquarium at Scripps; Cost: Free with admission
(Saturday - Sunday) Celebrate the Easter season at Birch Aquarium, where the East Bunny will don scuba gear to fee the fishes, as guests can explore more about animal eggs, create a shark egg, and participate in an "underwater" egg hunt.

Selena-dedicated Del Barrio Market
Where: Barrio Logan; Cost: Free
Head to Barrio Logan to pay tribute to Selena, the beloved singer whose life was cut short, but who still inspires countless of people. The Del Barrio Market will be dedicated to Selena and feature local vendors, crafters, artisans. Some vendors will offer merchandise inspired by the singer.

San Diego Botanic Garden ArtFest
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden; Cost: Free with paid admission
(Saturday - Sunday) More than 30 of the region's finest artists will display their works throughout the scenic space of the San Diego Botanic Garden this weekend. From sculptors to painters to potters, ArtFest will feature art on display and for sale as well as live music throughout the garden.


33rd annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival
Where: East Alvarado St. at South Main Ave. in Fallbrook; Cost: Free
You won't be charged extra to enjoy Fallbrook's Avocado Festival, featuring live music, a wine garden, a kid's zone, and avocado trees available for sale to plant at home. Come out and sample avocados, enjoy some of the crazy avocado-fueled creations by cooks, or find a piece of avocado gear to take home.

Port of San Diego's Day at the Docks
Where: Sportfishing Landing; Cost: Free
Enjoy free fishing seminars, kids fishing activities, knot tying and carting contests, discounted boat rides around the bay, and more during the port's Day at the Docks. The event will also feature sport fishing boats to check out and entertainment throughout the day.

6th annual Mariachi Festival
Where: California Center for the Performing Arts, Escondido; Cost: $25 - $100
Enjoy incredible mariachi performances by the The First Ladies of Mariachi, Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández, and Ballet Folklórico Tierra Caliente as they take the stage as part of this year's Mariachi Festival. VIP ticket holders can enjoy a special “tacos and tequila” reception. Proceeds benefit college scholarship, literacy programs, and leadership opportunities through the center.

Spring Eggtravaganza
Where: Santee Lakes; Cost: $1 tickets for rides and activities
Head out for family fun at Santee Lakes, where kids can take part in egg hunting throughout the day, jump into carnival games and pony rides, crafts, and more ahead of the Easter holiday.