Earth Day celebration, Asian films, music and dance, there’s something for everyone in this edition of the weekend guide.
San Diego EarthFair
Around 60,000 people are expected to descend on Balboa Park on Sunday for the largest free Earth Day celebration in the world.
The 29th annual event features more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a special children’s activity area, four entertainment venues, the eARTh Gallery arts and crafts show, and the Cleaner Car Concourse.
Each of the exhibitors will share tips on how to save and preserve the environment. The highlight of the event is the Children’s Earth Parade, which starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Spanish Village and ends in Pan America Plaza in the children’s activity area.
San Diego EarthFair goes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and is free to attend.
PGK Dance’s Mashed Up Songs and Dances
What do you have when you mashup “Cell Block Tango” from the musical “Chicago” and Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats”? You have a unique night of music and dance.
The Lyceum Theatre is presenting The PGK Dance Project’s Mashed Up Songs and Dances that takes some of the today’s top pop hits and mix them with some of musical theater’s biggest anthems. The audience is also expected to join in with both the singing and dancing.
Mashed Up Songs and Dances show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $12.50 to $25.
San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase
While the San Diego Asian Film Festival is in the fall, the Spring Showcase has grown into a mini-film festival in itself.
The eight annual Spring Showcase, hosted by Pacific Arts Movement, starts this weekend and features 15 films from nine different countries.
This year’s program ranges from socially-minded documentaries to uplifting comedies to powerful dramas.
The San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase goes through April 26 at UltraStar Cinema in Mission Valley. Tickets range from $9 for members to $115 for an all-access pass. Screening times vary.
San Diego Comic Fest
Love comic books but tired of the crowds and long lines at San Diego Comic-Con? This weekend’s San Diego Comic Fest is for you.
Started by the founders of Comic-Con, Comic Fest is more low-key and casual. It was designed to allow fans to mingle directly with comic creators and exhibitors in a more intimate atmosphere.
Since 2018 is the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein,” Sara Karloff, daughter of the great Boris Karloff who brought Frankenstein to life on the silver screen, will be the feature guest.
The sixth annual San Diego Comic Fest goes from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $7.50 to $50.
Chicano Park Day
The 48th annual Chicano Park Day celebration will take place this Saturday. The theme fore this year’s celebration is “Chicano Park: El Corazón de Aztlán.”
In addition to traditional dance and music from ballet folklórico groups and numerous live bands, the family-friendly event also features one of the largest groups of Aztec indigenous dance, coordinated by Danza Azteca Calpulli Mexihca.
There is also a low-rider car show organized by the by Amigos Car Club.
Chicano Park Day goes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and is free to attend.
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