Things To Do In San Diego This Weekend: 04/13-15

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Friday, April 13
 
Women’s Film Festival San Diego
Times Vary (through Sunday)
Location: Women’s Museum of California
For three days, stories about women and told by women from around the world will be showcased at the 2018 Women’s International Film Festival in San Diego. The annual festival held at the Women’s Museum San Diego was created to celebrate women's stories and experiences shared through film. On top of several movie screenings, the festival will feature panels from industry leaders, a filmmakers breakfast and a student film block. Separate passes are required to attend some events and prices vary.
 
Time: 6 to 11 p.m.
Location: Quartyard
A beloved urban park made of shipping containers makes its return to a new location in the East Village after the publicly-owned land it once inhabited was sold. The Quartyard (1301 Market St.) plans to once again be a spot for community events, outdoor concerts and other activities -- starting with a bash to celebrate its return on Friday. Guests can jam to local artists B*Side Players, The Kickback DJs and Israel Maldonado while enjoying bites from the Quartyard's on-site eatery and sips from the full-service beer garden or coffee shop. While the space is dog-friendly, the Grand Re-Opening Party is only for humans 21 and up with the purchase of a $20 ticket (pre-sale tickets are available for $15).
 
Spirits at Sunset Cocktail Cruise
Time: 6 to 8 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays)
Location: Flagship Cruises & Events
Watching the sun dip past the Pacific Ocean’s horizon is made all the more spectacular with the perspective offered from one of Flagship Cruise’s luxury yachts. During this sunset cruise, guests will sip on signature cocktails perfectly named for a night at sea, like A Little Dinghy and Maritime Martini, and nibble on a sampling of Hors d’Oeuvres, which includes: a spinach artichoke crab dip served with sliced sourdough bread, chicken and waffles with a maple chili brown butter glaze and mini beef empanadas served with a cilantro lime sour cream. The sunset cruise boards at 5:30 p.m. from 990 North Harbor Dr. and sails past the San Diego skyline, USS Midway, Star of India and other Maritime Museum ships and the Coronado Bay Bridge. Tickets cost $42.50 for adults and $37.50 for children ages 4 to 12; kids 3 and under are free. Reservations are recommended.
 
'American Mariachi'
Dates and Times Vary (Until April 29)
Location: The Old Globe
"American Mariachi," a new play created by writer Jose Cruz Gonzalez, tells the story of a teenage girl in the 1970s who yearns to break into the male-dominated art of mariachi. She creates an all-girl mariachi band despite disapproval from her family. The play features San Diego talent, like director James Vásquez and lead actor Jennifer Paredes. Tickets start at $30 for the play that runs through April 29 at the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage.
 
 
Saturday, April 14
 
Little Italy Mercato
Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Little Italy
Every Saturday, more than 200 tents line the streets of Little Italy, spanning five blocks and showcasing an array of farm fresh produce, meats, flowers and artisan craft goods from local vendors. Grab a crepe as you stroll, or sit in the Piazza Famiglia while enjoying music from local artists. This has been a neighborhood tradition for years and has become one of the biggest farmers markets in San Diego.
 
The Inflatable Run 
Time:8 a.m.
Location: SDCCU Stadium
Running can be fun when you get to tumble and bounce your way through an obstacle course filled with giant-inflatables. The race allows runners to go at their own pace and choose which obstacle stations to participate in along the way. Options include magic shows, water balloon battles or go-cart races. Guests can also enjoy live music, a dance party and food trucks after the race. Entry fees range from $15 to $65 depending which activities you would like to participate in. Proceeds benefit the Just Care More Foundation, which aims to make every child feel loved and cared for.
 
Taste of Hillcrest
Time: 12 to 4 p.m.
Location: Hillcrest
The annual "Taste of" events have become a food lovers paradise in cities across San Diego County. With a $30 ticket ($35 day of) to Taste of Hillcrest, guests can get mouthwatering morsels of signature dishes from more than 35 of Hillcrest’s popular restaurants, including Brick Bar, Tajima Hillcrest, Candy Depot, Gossip Grill and Hillcrest Brewing Company. Pair dishes like Pad Thai, Sashimi, Italian Antipasto and classic American food with local brews. Foodies can go at their own pace as they follow their tasting card on a path to culinary treasures, or a free shuttle will be offered to take guest around the neighborhood.
 
PostSecret
Times Vary
Location: San Diego Museum of Man 
Would you share your secrets with a stranger? That’s the question this new exhibit coming to Balboa Park’s Museum of Man asks. Frank Warren has been gathering secrets submitted on postcards for over a decade. Each postcard was submitted anonymously with a unique work of art made by people who needed to share a secret. Now, Warren is displaying them in the two-year art installation at the Museum of Man called PostSecret. Access to the exhibit is free with a $13 adult ticket or a $10 youth ticket to the Museum of Man.
 
Location: Moonlight Amphitheatre
Grab a blanket and a picnic basket filled with homemade treats and head to the Moonlight Amphitheatre for an outdoor movie night. The open-air theater is opening up its 900-plus seat arena for a screening of the classic 1987 movie, "The Princess Bride." The romantic comedy tells the story of a farmhand (Cary Elwes) who goes on a journey to rescue a princess (Robin Wright). Tickets range from $5 for lawn seating (lawn chairs provided) to $10 for orchestra seating. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. but the theater will open at 6 p.m. so guests can enjoy a picnic dinner, watch the sunset or take part in pre-show activities.
 
 
Sunday, April 15
 
ADL’s Walk Against Hate
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Liberty Station
The Anti-Defamation League created the Walk Against Hate in 2010 to encourage diversity and, for the first time, the walk is coming to San Diego. The Walk Against Hate is a 5K course around NTC Park at Liberty Station in Point Loma. Also part of the event is a Diversity Expo, which will feature an array of local organizations that highlight San Diego's diversity and support the community. NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 will have a booth at the event so stop by and meet the team. Registration is $15 for adults ($20 day of) and $10 for kids under age 18. Racers can also create or join teams for discounted prices.
 
Location: Copley Symphony Hall
This series of multimedia concerts take guests beyond the music to explore the background that inspired the works of master artists. This week’s Beyond the Score uses live performers, a narrator and other theatrical devices to give guests a deeper look into Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s final piano concerto before the piece is played in full by pianist Jeffrey Kahane. The composition was written less than a year before Mozart’s death and is filled with motifs of his personal and painful experiences. Tickets start at $25.
 
Location: Select AMC Theaters
As one story comes to an end, another begins at this double feature event. Select AMC Theaters across San Diego County will screen the finale of "The Walking Dead" season 8 followed by a showing of the season 4 premiere of "Fear the Walking Dead." AMC says in showing, "worlds collide" as Morgan Jones (Lennie James) crosses over from one show to the other. Tickets to the commercial-free screening cost $10 and can be purchased online for select theaters, including Fashion Valley 18, Mission Valley 20, Poway 10, Plaza Bonita 14 and Chula Vista 10. A full list can be found here.
 
Sunday Organ Concert
Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park
Enjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will find Raul Prieto Ramirez, the city’s newest San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Prieto Ramirez hails from Spain and, as he told NBC 7, hopes to keep the program interesting – from Bach to Queen – at the historic Spreckels Organ.
 
Free or Cheap Things to Do in San Diego
Times and locations vary
Looking to save some cash, but still enjoy the city? In San Diego, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy for free or on the cheap. Go for a hike at Torrey Pines State Park or Cowles Mountain, stroll Balboa Park, try a new craft brewery, admire the murals of Chicano Park or read a book at a downtown park. Get out there and explore America’s Finest City.
 

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