Thursday | 20
ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL SPRING SHOWCASE
Twenty-one films over eight days, from beauty-queen tales to political dramas to topsy-turvy comedies to musical celebrations. The 7th annual SDAFF Spring Showcase is the biggest yet. Following 2015’s theme of Cinema Little Saigon and 2016’s China Now, April 23 features the original curated series Right to Resist: From 9066 to 2017. The series will highlight stories of resistance to Japanese American incarceration during WWII and connect them to stories of South Asian and Muslim Americans today. Screenings that day are free for youth under 17. Tickets available online and on-site at UltraStar Mission Valley.
Saturday | 22
- Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Open Air Theatre,
5500 Campanile Drive,
$25 - $70
The reunited alt-rock adventurers hit SDSU Open Air on Saturday in support of their album Head Carrier, with Joey Santiago (guitar), Black Francis (guitar, vocals), Paz Lenchantin (bass), and David Lovering (drums), introducing North American audiences to a new multilevel and multimedia stage set designed by longtime production manager Simon Foster and lighting director Myles Mangino. Music, page 00.
- Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
221 N. Coast Highway 101,
$50 - $60
THE BOOB RIDE
The Boob Ride was founded eight years ago by two USD sorority sisters, Jennifer and Anna, whose mothers are both breast cancer survivors. The ride is open to cyclists of all levels and is not timed. Three routes are available: 30, 60, and 90 miles, beginning at Distillery Parking Lot in Solana Beach (140 S. Sierra Avenue) and ending at Tidewater Tavern, where there will be a post-ride party with free sports massages. Enjoy food and drink and vote for the Boob Awards (which parody the Tour de France, only there are bras instead of jerseys). 100% of the registration funds go to local support groups and national organizations including Susan G. Komen.
- Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
6900 Linda Vista Road (between Comstock and Ulric Streets)
LINDA VISTA MULTICULTURAL FAIR AND PARADE
The World Arts Village features artists with hand-made textiles, pottery, jewelry, and glasswork. The food court offers delicacies from around over the world including Egyptian, Thai, Chinese, Filipino, and Mexican. The Kids Zone has inflatable bouncing, pony rides, magicians, face painting, and the Rad Hatters band. The Teen spot has hourly entertainment, rappers, street dancing, and DJs. Both the Kids Zone and Teen Spot are on the Comstock Street end of the Fairgrounds. The parade begins at 11 a.m.
Sunday | 23
- Sunday, April 23, 2017, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Del Mar Fairgrounds,
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard,
$35 - $40
The Allegro Classical Music and Arts Festival is dedicated to world classical music. The 2017 edition showcases Western and Eastern classical music (Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Persian) and dance performances along with arts, food, and wine. From the promoters: “Allegro goes beyond concert style performances and encourages everyone’s music ability by creating a music mash-up under the direction of a Grammy-nominated teacher and music conductor Ulli Reiner called the Baroque Bash.” Performers include Russian pianist Dmitry Kirichenko, Columbian classical fusion singer Andrea Saenz, a selection of famous arias by San Diego Opera Company’s Caroline Nelms and Felipe Prado, and much more.
The 28th annual EarthFair in Balboa Park includes more than 300 groups and businesses. New this year: a climate-science area, hydrogen-powered cars, Cannabis Village, Native Soil, flower-seed balls, bamboo sunglasses, an Endless Summer raffle for a street-legal e-cart, and low-carbon-footprint shoes. Returning: Puppet Insurgency, the Earth Day Parade, original art murals to color, free valet bicycle parking, Try Transit, Reuse & Repair, eARTh, rescue parrots, and reclaimed wood watches. We’re not sure what a few of those are, but they sound impactful.
EARTH DAY AT WORLDBEAT
As part of Earth Day, WorldBeat has 50 arts and crafts vendors, global-flavored food, children’s earth crafts, “the world’s largest seed swap,” and World-music bands including Sister Carol, Black Slate, Rob Symeonn (plus many more), plus all kinds of dancing and drumming: Native American drum and dance, Afro-Cuban dance and percussion, Brazilian samba, Egyptian drum and dance, Japanese taiko….
- Sunday, April 15, 2018, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Along Main Street, downtown Fallbrook
The 31st annual festival of the agricultural heritage of Fallbrook offers a big Avocado Central area with a guacamole contest, Art of the Avocado contest entries on display, the Avo 500 children’s car race, and a Best-Decorated Avocado contest. With over 450 vendors, an artisan walk, food courts, a community stage with local talent, kids’ activities and contests, and live music in the beer and wine garden.