Exploring San Diego


Exploring San Diego: Things to do April 4 - 7

Posted at 1:16 PM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 16:16:19-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Art, hot rods, and delicious brews are on tap for San Diego's weekend.

If you're looking to exercise your creative sensibilities, try your hand at painting with "Beer and Bob" at Benchmark Brewing, where a session with Bob Ross will teach attendees how to create "Morning Mist." Or, visit the Oceanside Museum of Art Sunday for free admission during first Sunday.

Cruisin' Grand returns to Escondido this weekend for some classic car action every Friday through the summertime. Head out and take a gander at some amazing feats of automotive ingenuity.

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North Park will host a Festival of Beers, featuring 50 beers from the best breweries around, while there's sure to be some delicious brews at the San Marcos Spring Festival and Street Fair and Record Swap event at The Casbah.

Here's a look at San Diego's weekend events:


Painting with Beer and Bob
Where: Benchmark Brewing Co.; Cost: $40
Bust out your painting skills with a brew and a brush during Painting with Beer and Bob at Benchmark. Tickets get guests a beer and one-hour painting session recreating Bob Ross' "Morning Mist" portrait.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in concert
Where: Copley Symphony Hall; Cost: $27 - $82
The San Diego Symphony will take listeners along Harry Potter's journey through the wizarding world, as they provide the score to the film "Order of the Phoenix" as the movie is projected above the orchestra.


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.

Cruisin' Grand Escondido
Where: Grand Ave.; Cost: Free
Escondido's vintage auto show on the street returns every Friday from April 5 to Sept. 27, bringing out visitors, car enthusiasts and hundreds of historic cars. People watch, stop for a bite to eat, and enjoy a look at automotive ingenuity spanning Grand Ave.


South Bay Earth Day
Where: Memorial Park; Cost: Free
The South Bay's largest Earth Day event is will bring bicycling events, fix-it clinics, organic food, art exhibits, yoga, and much more fun to Memorial Park in celebration of Earth Day. The event will offer attendees tips and tricks for recycling and energy conservation as well.

Vinyl Junkies Record Swap
Where: The Casbah; Cost: $5
Fans of vinyl won't want to miss out on thousands of records up for sale during The Casbah's record swap this weekend. The 21+ event will feature free tote bags and pizza from Lefty's Chicago Pizzeria, live music, and some classic records to gush over — just in time for Record Store Day on April 13.

North Park Festival of Beers
Where: Lafayette Hotel; Cost: $20 - $55
Unlimited tastings of more than 50 beers from some of the best breweries around will be featured at North Park's Festival of Beers. Proceeds from the event will benefit the San Diego Music Foundation, funding Taylor Guitars in local school music programs.


Julian Gold Rush Days
Where: Julian Farm; Cost: Admission is free, $3 for adults
(Saturday - Sunday) Experience the days of the gold rush in Julian with panning for gold, tomahawk throwing, archery, and more. Julian Farms will also host arts and crafts, a beer garden, and vendor booths to peruse, and free as well as priced activities.

San Marcos Spring Festival and Street Fair
Where: Via Vera Cruz, between San Marcos Blvd. & Grand Ave.; Cost: Free
Celebrate springtime in San Marcos with more than 250 artisan and craft vendors, a beer and wine garden, live performances and music, and carnival rides for kids during the city's massive Spring Festival and Street Fair.

Oceanside Museum of Art Free First Sunday
Where: Oceanside Museum of Art; Cost: Free
It's the first Sunday of the month, which means free admission at the Oceanside Museum of Art. Head up north and check out exhibitions by the National Watercolor Society, artist Matthew Barnes, and a range of surrealism by San Diego artists.