Exploring San Diego


Exploring San Diego: Things to do April 18 - 21

Posted at 2:04 PM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 14:15:06-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — This weekend is packing platefuls of food, delicious brews, and tons of free fun to enjoy around town.

Balboa Park's free food truck festival runs through Friday, hosting several culinary creators — and their trucks — at the park, as well as games and activities and live entertainment.

Chicano Park marks their 49th annual Chicano Park Day celebration, celebrating the park's heritage and beautiful murals and art throughout the park.

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Pacific Beach is celebrating the beach life during Bikes, Boards, and Brews, packed with delicious beer, food pairings, art, and more. And Belmont Park is ready to hop into Easter with the park's Easter Bash celebration this Sunday.

Here's a look at what's happening this week:


Spring Fling Food Truck Festival
Where: Balboa Park; Cost: Free
(Thursday - Friday) Balboa Park's Spring Fling Food Truck Festival will bring a variety of delicious culinary treats to Balboa Park. Not only will San Diegans get to try a variety of type of cuisine, but several hands-on activities for kids, and live entertainment will be provided. Games like giant checkers, bowling, cornhole, and giant tumbling blocks will also be available.

San Diego Guitar Festival
Where: Japanese Friendship Garden; Cost: $15 - $65
(Thursday and Saturday) Balboa Park's Japanese Friendship Garden hosts two days of diverse guitar performances, from acoustic to electric, with the debut of three top international guitarists: Bokyung Byun, featuring contemporary and traditional repertoire for guitar; Jiji, playing on classical and electric guitar; and Alexandra Iranfar, singing a variety of songs for voice and guitar.


Women's Film Festival San Diego
Where: Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza; Cost: $10 - $75
(Friday - Saturday) For two days, San Diegans can enjoy cinema highlighting the importance of female representation in film, in front of and behind the camera, during Women's Film Festival San Diego. The festival provides female storytellers a platform to showcase their work and connect with other filmmakers.

74th annual Del Mar National Horse Show: Western Week
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds; Cost: Starting at $21
(Thursday - Saturday) The Del Mar National Horse Show hosts Western Week competitions culminating in Saturday's Night of the Horse event, where spectators will experience an action-packed horse show featuring Mexican revolutionaries, Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata and the courageous women who fought beside them, a reproduction of the Concord Stage Coach, and cowboys and cowgirls test their equestrian skills.


Sushi Making Class
Where: Sabuku Sushi; Cost: $39 - $69
Want to learn how to make your own sushi at home? Sabuku Sushi is hosting a sushi making class where students will learn the basic skills for making sushi at home. Attendees will make three different rolls and take home their own makisu mat.

Bikes, Boards, and Brews
Where: Crown Point Park; Cost: $40 - $45
Celebrate delicious brews and the beach life in Pacific Beach during Bikes, Boards, and Brews, featuring some of San Diego's best craft beer brewers, food pairings from local PB restaurants, a bike show, local art, and more.

49th Chicano Park Day Celebration
Where: Chicano Park; Cost: Free
The Logan Heights community will celebrate the 49th annual Chicano Park Day at the famed park underneath the Coronado Bridge. The free festival brings together community members annually for art, education, entertainment, and honoring Chicano culture and the park.

Cabrillo Fee Free Day
Where: Cabrillo National Monument; Cost: Free
For the first day of National Park Week, enjoy access to Cabrillo National Monument for free and check out one of San Diego's most scenic parks, offering a look into California history where Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped foot on the country's West Coast. Visitors can also enjoy access to the low-tide pools and Old Point Loma Lighthouse.


Easter Bash at Belmont Park
Where: Belmont Park; Cost: Free
Belmont park will bring back its annual East Bash with egg hunts, Easter activities, and photos with the Easter bunny, live music and more fun at the park.

Easter Sunday at the Del
Where: Hotel del Coronado; Cost: $30 - $140
Celebrate Easter Sunday at the Hotel del Coronado, with where the hotel will host a petting zoo, Easter service, and more fun for kids on the Paseo Lawn with an egg dye station, clothing for sale, and more.

Lilac Festival
Where: Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures; Cost: $20 - $35
(Saturday - Sunday) Five acres of lilacs can be enjoyed in Santa Ysabel at Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures, where the Lilac Festival hosts flowers for sale, hayrides, hoedowns, a petting zoo, a reptile show, tomahawk throwing, and much more. Reservations for activities is highly recommended.

Where: San Diego Civic Theater; Cost: Starting at $75
(Thursday - Sunday) It's the final weekend to catch CATS at the San Diego Civic Theater. The Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of one extraordinary night when a tribe of cats gather for its annual ball and must decide which cat gets to be reborn.

San Diego Zoo giant pandas farewell party
Where: San Diego Zoo; Cost: Free with park admission
(Thursday - Sunday) The San Diego Zoo will celebrate their giant pandas Bai Yun and her son, Xiao Liwu, before the two are brought to China. Zoo visitors can see the pandas at their habitat leading up to their departure, and the park will be selling special commemorative bells and offering free tags to hang on the Giant Panda Friendship Wall.