Aren’t you glad you live in a place where it’s not even spring, yet there’s so much to do outdoors? Southern California is the place to be this weekend. Bring the family to the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Celebrate San Diego after the San Diego Half Marathon in the downtown Gaslamp Quarter. Tour Petco Park and get a behind-the-scenes look at where baseball is played. There are even opportunities for early Easter Bunny photos and egg hunts! Enjoy the weekend!


San Diego

Cherry Blossom Festival
Experience the beauty of cherry blossoms in the 150-cherry tree grove of the Japanese Friendship Garden. The Festival also includes cultural performances, Japanese cuisine, vendors and kids’ activities. Sat., 10:00 am, Japanese Friendship Garden, $3 – $4. All ages. Event details.

Celebrate San Diego
In conjunction with the San Diego Half Marathon, Celebrate San Diego spans 9 blocks of downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. Featuring live music, DJ, special offers from area restaurants, farmer’s market, and a Family Fun Zone complete with jumpies, rock wall & slides. Sun., 7:30 am, Gaslamp Quarter, Free. All ages. Event details.

Petco Park Tours
Take the family to Petco Park for a behind-the-scenes tour and a chance to see the Padres dugout, explore the historic Western Metal Supply Co. Building, and take a peek in the press box. Sun., times vary, Petco Park, $7 – $11. All ages. Event details.

East County

Easter Bunny at PlayTown
Have your photos taken with the Easter Bunny (be sure to bring your camera). Fri., 10:30 am, Play Town, $9 admission. All ages. Event details.

Just Between Friends Sale
Just Between Friends is a semi-annual consignment sale. Families can come find great deals on everything kids need at up to 90% off retail prices. Friday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Saturday is half price day! Fri. – Sun., 11:00 am, Faith Chapel Activity, Free with Red Tricycle posting. All ages. Event details.

Easter Egg Hunt
Complimentary Easter Treats, Mad Hatter Hat Decor, Balloon Art, Face Painting, Cookie Decorating and an Easter Egg Hunt! The Easter egg hunt for kids ages 3 – 10 will begin at 10:00 am until all eggs are picked up. Surprises in every egg. Line begins at 9:30 am in front of ColdStone Creamery and the Easter Bunny will distribute bags for those that need something to pick up eggs. Sat., 10:00 am, Grossmont Center, Free. Ages 3 – 11. Event details.

North County

American Girl Fashion Show
Enjoy a fashion show with local girls and their American Girl dolls in a showcase of historical and contemporary fashions. Proceeds benefit the UCSD Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Sat., 2:00 pm, Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, $35. All ages. Event details.

Encinitas Art Festival
The 2nd Annual arts festival features a music stage, dance stage, the Dragon Knights Stilt Theatre, dance workshops, hands-on family workshops, student art exhibit, and more. Sat.,10:00 am, Encinitas Community Center, Free. All ages. Event details.

Ugly Dog Contest
Bring your dog out and put its best paw forward for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights to the title of “Ugliest Dog!” Other categories include Best Costume, Best Trick, Most Unusual Markings, and more. Sun., 11:00 am, Bates Nut Farm, Free. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Will you be hunting eggs? Enjoying the arts? Or playing outdoors?

— Leah R. Singer