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11 Things To Do in San Diego This Weekend: April 11–14

Support small business at San Diego Spring Made Market, get your green on for South Bay Earth Day, and catch a special performance from Billy Joel and Sting at Petco Park
Things to do in San Diego including the San Diego Made Markets Spring Market on April 13, 2024
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A reprieve from rainy Saturdays is expected at last. Celebrate sun and spring with these fun events happening throughout San Diego this weekend, from a marquee food festival to a movie fest uplifting Arab filmmakers.

Food and Drink | Concerts and Theater | Festivals and Art | More Things to Do

Things to do in San Diego including the 21st annual Celebrate the Craft food event at the Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla featuring fresh produce at a stand
Courtesy of The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Food & Drink Events in San Diego

Taste of Hillcrest

April 13

Take a self-guided tour of one of San Diego’s most fun and flavorful neighborhoods this Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. with Taste of Hillcrest. More than 25 local cafés, eateries, and restaurants will offer up samples, including sips like specialty cocktails and cold brew and eats such as sashimi and brownie bites. Taste of Hillcrest passes are $40 and can be purchased here. | 5th Avenue and University Avenue, Hillcrest

Celebrate the Craft 

April 14

From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Lodge at Torrey Pines, SoCal’s culinary community will show out in full force for the 21st annual Celebrate the Craft, a festival dedicated to cooking, winemaking, and agricultural excellence. Taste the region’s finest ingredients and celebrate the area’s top tastemakers and artisans with samples of SoCal’s best wine, craft beer, and dining delights. VIP tickets are already sold out, but general admission passes are still available for $250. A portion of the proceeds from the festivities will go to The Ecology Center. | 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla

Things to do in San Diego including the Billy Joel and Sting concert at Petco Park on April 13, 2024 featuring the friar with a poster
Courtesy of the San Diego Padres

Concerts & Theater in San Diego


April 12 & 13

Taking inspiration from the real-life experiences of children from military families, Wendy Maples’ BRAT revolves around the life of a military kid who must grapple with constant moves and work to create new friendships in unfamiliar places. The Light Box Theater’s two performances of BRAT (Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m.) are free for audiences; sign up for a ticket to attend. | 2590 Truxtun Road Suite 205, Liberty Station

Billy Joel & Sting

April 13

Music legends Billy Joel and Sting share the stage at Petco Park for a special concert this Saturday night. The two icons——the minds behind iconic hits and karaoke essentials like “Piano Man,” “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” and “Roxanne”—recently launched their co-headlining tour, and this concert is their only performance together on the West Coast. Tickets are still available for the show, starting at $98. | 100 Park Boulevard, East Village

The 39 Steps

April 13–May 12

Opening this Saturday night, The 39 Steps is an adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 spy thriller of the same name. Whereas Hitchcock’s adventure film leaves audiences on the edge of their seats, the parodic stage version puts a comedic and romantic spin on the dramatic source material. Directed by AJ Knox, The 39 Steps will run on the Ray Charles Stage at New Village Arts for over twenty shows through mid-May. | 2787 State Street, Carlsbad

Things to do in San Diego including Duke Windor's art exhibit "Reflections" at Sparks Gallery in the Gaslamp downtown through April 28, 2024
Courtesy of Sparks Gallery

Festivals & Art Exhibits in San Diego

Duke Windsor: Reflections

Through April 28

See Reflections from Mt. Helix–based artist Duke Windsor at the exhibition’s free opening reception this Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Sparks Gallery. Windsor brings a touch of magic to his acrylic paintings of everyday San Diego sights by giving our beloved city gold-leaf skies. Catch the show through April 28. | 530 Sixth Avenue, Gaslamp

San Diego Arab Film Festival

April 12–13, 19–21

The 13th annual San Diego Arab Film Festival kicks off this Friday at The Museum of Photographic Arts at The San Diego Museum of Art. A 7:20 p.m. screening features the short film I Am From Palestine and the feature film A House in Jerusalem. The festival, from local nonprofit KARAMA, will host eight screenings in total, each highlighting one full-length feature and one short film, with the intention of celebrating cinema from countries such as Lebanon, Palestine, and Morocco. After Friday night’s screening, see two on Saturday (6:10 p.m. and 8:25 p.m.). Each evening of the festival will be followed by a cafeteria-style Arabic dinner ($15). Tickets for individual screenings ($15), three screenings ($40), and all eight screenings ($80) are available. | 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park

South Bay Earth Day

April 13

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bayfront Park, South Bay will celebrate Earth Day in a big way with several environmentally friendly activities and zero-waste exhibits. At this free event hosted by the City of Chula Vista, learn more about living an eco-conscious lifestyle thanks to demonstrations on composting, green energy conservation, and diminishing your carbon footprint. The event will also feature a bike-only valet, a fix-it clinic for broken items, live entertainment, organic food, and more than 40 sustainable vendors. | 980 Marina Way, Chula Vista 

San Diego Made Spring Market

April 13

The 10th annual San Diego Made Spring Market arrives in La Mesa Village this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Shop niche finds and beautiful crafts from more than 120 local makers, artisans, and artists. The free market will also include mini golf, face painting, a beer and wine garden, an abstract painting workshop, and high tea service. But the fun’s not over yet—attendees can expect gourmet food trucks, live music from local musicians, craft stations, photo ops, a variety of discounts and deals, and a scavenger hunt for the chance to earn prizes. | 8111 Orange Avenue, La Mesa

Rolando Street Fair

April 14

The Rolando Street Fair takes over Rolando Boulevard from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Sunday, with more than 100 local vendor booths showcasing San Diego’s vibrant local businesses. Attendees can enjoy performances from local bands, including School of Rock San Diego and Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra, plus tasty craft brews and bites from dozens of San Diego food trucks. Kids can get in on the block party fun, too, with the $5 kids zone, where they can spend the afternoon climbing walls and inflatables, playing games, and making crafts. | Rolando Boulevard, Rolando Village

Things to do in San Diego this weekend including the Bulls of Sant’Agata Charge Little Italy
Courtesy of The Little Italy Association

More Fun Things to Do in San Diego

The Bulls of Sant’Agata Charge Little Italy

Sunday April 14

Instead of the loud grunt of a bull raring to charge anyone wearing red, onlookers will hear the engine purr of pristine Italian icons as The Little Italy Association and O’Gara Coach San Diego team up once again for the Bulls of Sant’Agata Charge Little Italy this Sunday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. More than 20 classic and rare Lamborghinis, also referred to as “Italian bulls,” will cruise down India Street and give car lovers the chance to see the automotive beauties up close for free while enjoying live music and entertainment in the heart of Little Italy. | India Street between West Fir and West Grape Streets, Little Italy

By Ryan Hardison

Ryan Hardison is a freelance arts and entertainment writer and recent graduate of San Diego State. When he's not staring at his laptop, he's likely eating an adobada burrito or getting sunburnt at the beach.

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