San Diego Weekend Guide: April 15-17 – Easter Edition

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The statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo at the San Diego National Cabriolet Monument, which features one of the area’s top views. Photo credit: T. Jordan,

Some of the great harbingers of spring are happening this weekend in San Diego, as Easter arrives and baseball returns to Petco Park. And hey, it may be that fuel prices are pushing you towards a place to stay – how about a chance for free entry to some of the best places to enjoy the mild weather of the season and the developing bloom?

Reminder, First: Coachella begins, well, in terms of tickets, you’re out of luck. But next weekend, when the holiday is over? How many tickets were left, according to Billboard. Act fast.

Let’s turn to the Padres, who started their season last week but started their home schedule on Thursday. The opening weekend lasts against the Atlanta Braves until Sunday, but don’t worry if you don’t get a ticket – the Friars are settling into Petco Park for a home stand that runs through April 24th.

Southwestern College in Chola Vista hosts a free screening at 6pm on Friday of the documentary We’re still here On the spirit of the young people of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in 2017. Director Eli Jacobs-Fantos will perform at the Center for the Performing Arts on campus, and will participate in questions and answers. Register online for the event.

The hunt will take place across the county for Easter eggs this weekend in San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

The weekend of Easter means special services in the churches, but for the young it also means an annual ceremony of spring – the hunt. Eggs, that is. Some community hunting this weekend:

  • Carlsbad – EGGstravaganza Spring Festival, 10 a.m. Saturday, Poinestia Community Park, with multiple hunters scheduled for 10:30 a.m., for ages 5 and under, 6 and up and for the special needs. Also includes paintings and art.
  • Encinitas – Spring Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. Saturday, Encinitas Community Park, with a scheduled hunt at 10:15, 11 and 11:45 for younger and older children. Includes live music.
  • Imperial Beach – Spring egg hunt, four hunts, depending on age, starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, the softball court of IB Sports Park.
  • Lakeside – Eggstravaganza, 10 a.m. Saturday, at Louis A. Park. Stelzer County, where there will be 2,000 eggs to hunt, along with photos with Easter B itself.
  • Ramona – also known as Eggstravaganza, 10 a.m. Saturday, Dos Ficus County Park; Egg hunting begins at 11:30 a.m., while children can also enjoy handicrafts, a bouncy house and scavenger hunts.

Spring also says it’s the bard’s B day. The Old Globe Theater is opening its annual “Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare”! Celebration at 11 a.m. Saturday. The free event, in the outdoor plaza, includes a masquerade, puppet theater, sonata writing, live and more ambitious music among us, an Elizabethan dance workshop.

Olive Gardens in the National City boasts the Community Nutrition Program Cooking for Salud, the theme of a documentary at the Latin Film Festival in San Diego last month. The venue hosts an open garden event at 10 a.m. Saturday – and has become a popular spot in South Bay, with more than 100,000 touring the area since 2010.

Finally, soak up the beauty of National Park Week, which begins on Saturday with a big bang – free entry to more than 420 places designated by the government or Congress as worthy of preservation. How much is there in California? These will be 33 parks, including the Cabrillo National Monument, which offers unprecedented views of San Diego from Point Loma. Whether you choose to stay nearby or go on a day trip, the special events week runs until April 24th.

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