Exploring San Diego


Exploring San Diego: Things to do March 27 - 31

Water Lantern Festival
Posted at 12:54 PM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-29 09:03:58-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — It's shaping up to be a perfect weekend to get soak in some baseball, golf, or San Diego culture.

Padres Opening Day is here, complete with the annual East Village two-day block party and a weekend full of fun at and around Petco Park. Tickets are still available for this weekend's games and it's bound to be a fan-fueled good time.

The best female golfers around will take to the green in Carlsbad for the Kia Classic as well, as returning champ Eun-Hee Ji looks to defend her title against former Classic champs and local stars.

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If sports aren't you thing, perhaps a trip back in time will suffice. Maritime Museum of San Diego is bringing on a new crew of pirates during its Boarded! event, where participants will walk the plank right into the middle of pirate life.

And two more block parties around town will keep the food, grooves, and local brews flowing in San Diego. Here's a look at this weekend's happenings:


East Village Opening Day Block Party
Where: J St., between Sixth and Tenth Avenues; Cost: Free
(Thursday - Friday) Celebrate the start of Padres season in the East Village. The party includes autographs with Padres players, a "swing batter, batter, swing" game zone, a pet expo and fashion show, live music and entertainment, adult activation zone with baseball-themed cocktails and a beer garden, a pizza eating contest, and Lucha Libre wrestling.

Fishing Tackle and Boat Show
Where: Del Mar Fairground; Cost: Free - $15
(Thursday - Sunday) Experience the world of fishing and boating at Del Mar, where more than 200 outdoor recreation seminars on boating, fishing, and cooking will be held, with hundreds of boats and booths for attendees to check out the latest in gear and tech.


San Diego Padres Opening Day series
Where: Petco Park; Cost: Varies
(Thursday - Sunday) Baseball is back in San Diego! The Padres are taking on the San Francisco Giants for their Opening Day series at Petco Park. Head over for all the sights, sounds, and smells of the ballpark, and check out our Opening Day guide here. Tickets are still available for Friday to Sunday games.

LPGA Kia Classic
Where: Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad; Cost: $20 - $150
(Thursday - Sunday) Root for 144 of the best female golfers in the world battling it out for a $1.8 million prize purse at the Kia Classic. Last year's Kia Classic Champion Eun-Hee Ji returns to defend her title against past Classic champs including Mirim Lee, Lydia Ko, Cristie Kerr, Anna Nordqvist, Beatriz Recari, Yani Tseng, and Sandra Gal.


Made in San Diego Block Party
Where: India St., West Ivy St., West Juniper St.; Cost: Free - $45
Ballast Point is celebrating their San Diego roots with a block party in Little Italy, with unlimited craft beer sampling from local breweries, delicious food, local art, and live music from Wavves, The Donkeys, Mrs. Magician, and The Schizophonics.

The Empire Strikes Back: A Burlesque Parody
Where: Balboa Theater; Cost: starting at $39.50
A galaxy far, far away gets a very different spin at the historic Balboa Theater, when The Empire Strips Back: A Burlesque Parody hits. The show combines song and dance, troupe routines, humor and striptease with Boba Fett, Stormtroopers, droids and Jedi, and even Darth Vader.

San Diego Water Lantern Festival
Where: Chollas Lake Park; Cost: $25 - $40
Send off beautifully lit lanterns you decorate yourself on Chollas Lake in this family-friendly event that includes delicious food, music, and activities for everyone. The festival has also been named the Best Cultural Festival by USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Awards, so you know it's an event you'll remember.

2019 San Diego Tour de Cure
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds; Cost: $15 - $35
Come out and support the riders at San Diego Tour de Cure, benefiting the American Diabetes Association. There's still time to register as a bicyclist, walker, or runner and enjoy a celebration party after your hard work.


Rolando Street Fair
Where: Rolando Blvd., between El Cajon Blvd. and Solita Ave.; Cost: Free
Bands and more than 150 vendors will take to Rolando in one of San Diego's only neighborhood street fair. Come out and enjoy live music from May and The To Do List, Len Rainey and the Midnight Players, Psydecar, Sister Speak and Funks Most Wanted, a new beer garden, and carnival fun at a kids zone.

Boarded! A New Pirate Adventure
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego; Cost: $20 - $30
Get ready to experience life on the seven seas as the Maritime Museum San Diego, as Boarded! enlists a new crew for pirate fun. You'll become one of the crew, train how to naviagte, sword fight, bail water from a sinking ship, and escape from the Kings Jail.