The north end of the flower fields has begun to bloom. Photo by Chris Stone
The north end of the Flower Fields, now in full bloom in Carlsbad. Photo by Chris Stone

It felt more like summer this week, but it is the first full weekend of spring. Celebrate with flowers and films this San Diego weekend. Or, you might be pondering that timeless question, “Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?” As of Saturday, there’s an answer – through the South Bay.

If you haven’t hit The Flower Fields in Carlsbad yet, now is the height of the season. The North County attraction reports, as befits the start of spring, that 20 acres of the north fields are in bloom. Adults can enjoy the stroll and the beauty, while the youngsters take tractor rides and try out the sweet pea maze. General admission costs $22 for adults, $10 for children.

Maybe it’s a little chilly yet for rooftops, but that’s what blankets are for. Try the Rooftop Cinema Club as it returns to the Manchester Grand Hyatt on the Embarcadero this weekend. Whether you lean toward popular fare (Dune), classics (Pulp Fiction) or seeing San Diego name-checked (Anchorman), this popular event – sellouts are common – has it all. Admission for the Thursday through Sunday shows starts at $17.50.

Volunteers band together in Chula Vista at 9 a.m. Saturday to launch the Envision Broadway mural project. They will help paint Guillermo Francisco Munro’s creation on a wall outside the Firestone store, 430 Broadway. Registration is required to participate. The aim? To have murals on local businesses that highlight people, trades and services in the community.

San Diego attractions
Sesame Place San Diego, SeaWorld’s newest local attraction. Photo credit: Courtesy, Sesame Place San Diego

Just a bit to the south, Sesame Place San Diego officially opens in Chula Vista at 10 a.m. Saturday. The 17-acre park, owned by SeaWorld, is the only location in the West to celebrate the iconic show. The venue, open year-round, holds 18 Sesame Street-themed rides and water attractions, from a kid-friendly rollercoaster to a 500,000-gallon wave pool. And naturally, there’s an interactive Sesame Street neighborhood, complete with that special stoop. Tickets for Saturday currently cost $80, while they come in at $60 on Sunday.

Explore Carruth Cellars’ latest releases at the winery’s 12th annual Barrel Tasting at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Head to the Solana Beach tasting room for 10 tastes, and a perk too – the chance to buy “futures,” meaning, wine before it is bottled, for the vino coming in the fall. Admission costs $70.

You may prefer multiple beverage options. If so, Taste of Happy Hour returns to the Gaslamp Quarter at 1 p.m. Saturday. Stop by Taste & Thirst to start and enjoy drink specials and tasters at one or all (hey, we don’t judge) of the participating locations, including Meze Greek Fusion, Havana 1920, El Chingon and The Field Irish Pub. Tickets cost $25.

Two music options round out your San Diego weekend:

  • Punk in Drublic – NOFX and Pennywise headline the Saturday punk fest at Petco Park. Craft brews are on tap too. Gates open at noon. Admission costs $65.
  • Angela Aguilar – The daughter of Pepe Aguilar is carving out her own niche. She brings her “Mexicana Enamorada” tour to the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at San Diego State at 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $49.