See what attractions at Balboa Park are ready to to re-open, with more to come. Photo by Chris Stone

If you’re a basketball fan you might still be in withdrawals from losing March Madness last year. Honestly, though, after the year we’ve had, we’re all in withdrawal from something. But this weekend in San Diego, we’ve got some cures.

There is March Madness this year and San Diego State is right in the thick of it. Catch the first round of the NCAA Tournament on CBS at approximately 6:40 p.m. Friday as the Aztecs take on Syracuse in a game in which they are favored. If they win, they move on and play Sunday. If not, rip up your bracket and remember, Opening Day is just around the corner.

Or we can help you turn to other pastimes, such as viewing great exhibits, in-person no less. Because museums are opening, thanks to our region’s big upgrade from the dreaded purple tier to the red tier. Venues can’t operate at full capacity yet, but they are opening, including the San Diego Museum of Art and the San Diego Air & Space Museum, both in Balboa Park.

Try Taste of Third in Chula Vista Friday and Saturday. Photo credit: @ThirdAvenueVillageAssociation, via Facebook

Admission to SDMA, which re-opens Saturday, costs $15. Tickets for the Air & Space Museum, which re-opened Wednesday, cost $22.

You might prefer eating while getting outdoors. Do both in a self-guided tour of the culinary offerings in Chula Vista’s Taste of Third, with participating eateries on downtown’s Third Avenue. The event continues from 4-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, for $25 a ticket.

Where can the kids let loose? Try Legoland California Resort, which continues its “Build ‘N Play Days” with access to fun spots like Kai’s Spinners and Cole’s Rock Climb, a scavenger hunt in Miniland U.S.A., live entertainment and character meet-and-greets. Attend daily from Friday through April 11, then the event continues on select days through May 2. Admission costs $24.99.

If you’re not quite ready to head back out into the world, there’s still streaming options. The free San Diego Storytelling Festival continues with multiple online events, some to help shape personal narratives, and others more whimsical, focused on folk and fairy tales. See children from elementary schools in City Heights and Encinitas take part too. Choose from various Zoom links to join.

Coronado Playhouse opens Harlem Duet via stream Friday, telling the story of the famed Othello and his first wife, Billie, through the lives of three couples during eras of significance in the Black experience – the 1860s, 1920s and the present. The show continues through April 18, with prices starting at $24.

And how about celebrating Bach’s birth. Let the Spreckels Organ Society help out with a free webcast at 2 p.m. Sunday. The concert by civic organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez includes the birthday boy’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor and the aria from Orchestral Suite in D.

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