The California Ballet presents its full-length ballet adaptation of Cinderella at the San Diego Civic Theatre. Photo: Kevin Baldes

There’s something for everyone this weekend–fitness, music, art, food, wine, and new learning opportunities. Here’s your guide.


It’s a magical world–where wishes come true and godmothers are fairies–when the California Ballet presents its full-length adaptation of Cinderella at the San Diego Civic Theatre.

Set to Prokofiev’s classic score, this fairytale ballet choreographed by Jared Nelson has been reimagined for a contemporary audience.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Performance run-time is two hours, including one intermission. Each performance will feature a pre-show lecture by Nelson, starting one hour before every curtain. There will also be a red-carpet photo op starting one hour prior to all performance times.

Ticket prices are $25-$95 (children 12 and under receive a 25 percent discount).

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The show is recommended for theater-goers ages 5 and up; children under 3 are not allowed.

Oceanside Jazz Festival

Now in its 13th year, the Oceanside Jazz Festival at MiraCosta College’s Concert Hall features performances by internationally recognized musicians, as well as school and community jazz bands and choirs.

Friday’s 7:30 p.m. concert lineup is Michelle Nicolle, Kenny Washington & Sammy K with Frequency Vocal Jazz. All will deliver a repeat performance on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Clinics, as well as performances by visiting school choirs, take place 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Tickets prices range from $15-$20 and are available at the door or by visiting

Art Alive

Art Alive returns to the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park for its 38th year with nearly 100 floral interpretations of masterworks of art and flower-filled events:

Members’ Preview | 7-9 a.m.
Floral Exhibition | 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Museum Store Artisan Showcase | 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
BLOOM BASH | 7 p.m.–Midnight

Floral Exhibition | 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Museum Store Artisan Showcase | 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Garden of Activities | noon–4 p.m.
Flower Crown Workshop | 1–2:30 p.m.

Floral Exhibition | 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Museum Store Artisan Showcase | 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Garden of Activities | noon–4 p.m.

Art Alive is the museum’s most important annual fundraiser, providing financial support for public programs, education, community outreach and exhibitions.

For tickets to the various events, click the above or visit Museum members receive free admission for the Art Alive Floral Exhibition, the opportunity to vote for the Art Alive Members’ Choice Winners, special discounts to BLOOM BASH and the Art Alive workshop.

VinDiego Wine and Food Festival

Drink up, fill your belly and get your groove on during the 7th Annual VinDiego Wine and Food Festival in Little Italy.

Saturday’s event features over 200 wine selections and eight participating eateries.

Jimmy and Enrique (guitarist Jimmy Patton and percussionist Enrique Platas) are the musical headliners for the event. Their combined sounds have been described as having “an international flair,” incorporating flamenco, Middle Eastern, salsa, calypso, Brazilian and other world rhythms.

The VinDiego Wine and Food Festival runs from 3-7 p.m. at Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway. Ticket prices begin at $85. For more information, visit

Early Earth Day Celebration

Get a jumpstart on Earth Day by joining the California State Parks Foundation and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park for a community “Open House” that includes a range of family friendly activities.

Saturday’s free event features park improvement volunteer projects, environmentally themed arts and crafts events, and interpretive activities to increase awareness of climate issues.

Tours about native plants and the Kumeyaay tribe, basket making, planting seeds to take home, building bird feeders and more are scheduled.

The California State Parks Foundation team will be available for questions.

The Open House runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, 4002 Wallace Street in San Diego.

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Bloom for Moms

Women planning to get pregnant, expectant mothers and new moms will join Saturday at The Point in Mission Beach for a Bloom brunch.

The networking event lets attendees check out the newest baby must-have products, learn from local experts and participate in panel discussions.

In addition to brunch, all Bloom guests will receive swag bags and opportunities for giveaways.

There will be a spot for new moms to pump or breastfeed.

Event hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets are $35-$75. For more information, click here.

San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon and 5K/10K

Take a tour Saturday through some of San Diego’s most beautiful beaches, bays and resorts, followed by a festive bayside party with live music, beer garden, snacks and photo opportunities during the San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon and 5K/10K.

The half-marathon course follows a scenic route, including Sea World, Belmont Park, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Sail Bay and Crown Point. The course is a mix of closed roads and public boardwalks. The flat 5K course is along Mission Bay.

The run has a multi-wave start based on running pace and event, with the half marathon beginning at 6:30 a.m. Fully staffed support stations will serve water and sports electrolyte drinks. Porta-potties will be available approximately every 2 miles. There will also be pace groups on hand.

Race fees range from $25 (5K for kids ages 3-5) to $115 for the half marathon.

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San Diego Writers Festival

Expand your mind during the inaugural San Diego Writers Festival, a free, community-based event designed to celebrate the power of writing and storytelling.

The festival, which takes place Saturday from 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. at the San Diego Central Library, will look at writers of all kinds, from book authors to poets, screenwriters and musicians, according to event organizers Marni Freedman and Jennifer Thompson.

Piper Kerman, author of the book “Orange Is The New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” is the festival’s keynote speaker.

Panel discussions, workshops, readings, a book signing, and performances are also scheduled during the event.

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Palm Sunday Concert

Choirs from Mission San Diego de Alcala, Saint Michael’s Poway, and Our Mother of Confidence join together with two organs and a Steinway grand piano for a free concert and Palm Sunday Mass at Our Mother of Confidence Catholic Church in San Diego.

The Lenten concert begins at 3:30 p.m., followed by mass at 5:30 p.m. The event marks the start of Holy Week, which concludes Easter Sunday.

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