San Diego Weekend Guide: April 8-10 – Views & Voices

North County Coastal street fairs
Take a stroll along Highway 101 in Encinitas this weekend to celebrate spring. Photo credit: @ Encinitas101 via Facebook

There’s a couple of activities that could take up all of your San Diego weekend if you are so inclined. Or you could spread yourself around, try a bit of this, a bit of that – why not? – from theater to modern art to the circus.

A reminder: San Diego Restaurant Week concludes Sunday, so it’s your last chance to taste special menus at prices ranging from $ 10 to $ 60 depending upon the meal and the venue.

Whether your vision is for a simple spring cleaning or a major spring transformation, let the Spring Home / Garden Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds be your guide. Beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday, the show features hands-on demonstrations, booths for services or home-improvement products, how-to seminars and even help with adding granny flats. Admission is free and doors open at 10 am each day.

The Old Globe Theater’s three-day Powers New Voices Festival begins at 7:30 pm Friday, and includes five one-act plays. First up – And We Danced by Miki Vale, about a 1940s Black LGBTQ activist, and Game Night by Queen Kandi Cole, which explores how the pandemic has shaped the views of a group of friends. The free festival continues at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theater with doors opening at 4 and 7:30 pm on Saturday and 4 pm on Sunday. Tickets, though free, must be reserved by calling the theater at (619) 234-5623.

Stroll along South Coast Highway 101 for the Encinitas Spring Street Fair, with four stages, more than 450 vendors, children’s rides, a beer garden and more. The fun starts at 9 am Saturday and Sunday.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego re-opens its La Jolla space to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday following an extensive renovation that added panoramic ocean views to complement MCASD’s collection of more than 5,600 paintings, sculptures and more. The work of Niki de Saint Phalle, an experimental French-American who lived in San Diego at one time, is the subject of MCASD’s first post-construction exhibition. Better yet, admission is free all weekend – to celebrate the milestone, on Saturday, and for Free Second Sunday too.

It’s not such a reach from Easter eggs to fish eggs, right? Birch Aquarium does not think so, as the seaside venue hosts Eggstravaganza 2022 for two weekends beginning Saturday and Sunday. Kids will have the chance to explore the diversity of eggs in the ocean, create an egg-themed craft and go on an underwater egg hunt from 10 am to 3 pm at the aquarium. Tickets must be obtained online – adult admission costs $ 24.95, while for kids it’s $ 19.95.

Chula Vista hosts South Bay Earth Day at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Park. The free event features a fix-it clinic, ideas on how to reuse and repair household items, an exhibit of sustainable art works and environmentally friendly giveaways too.

The Fern Street Circus begins its Spring Neighborhood Tour in City Heights at 2 pm Saturday. The local favorite also has added the Circus Community Center, 4108 University Ave., where it will debut the new show, “Come Out, Come Out… Sal de Ahi.” See it 2 pm Sunday as well. The show moves on to Mount Hope and Golden Hill next weekend.

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