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Everything in San Diego You Must Do This Spring!

Check out our guide to what you absolutely must do and see this spring in San Diego!

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March 1-May 14:

Take yourself out of the ordinary and spend a few hours in one of nature’s wonders; a place where kids can run and adults can linger. This 50 acres of extraordinary color, better known as The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch®, is in bloom on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean and offers a special nursery, garden, and gift shop by Armstrong Garden Centers in addition to festivals throughout the season.

March 19-27:  

Adults and children alike can experience firsthand various activities such as what it is like to make rope for sailing, move cargo, raise and lower huge sails, tie sailors knots, visit a steam engine and many more fun things to see and do at the SD Maritime Museum’s Sailor Days. Click here for more information.

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The Goodguys 17th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals is a colorful “Full Throttle Fun” hot rod & custom car automotive themed festival featuring over 2,500 hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars & trick trucks through 1972 vintage. For tickets and more information, visit their website here.

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April 7-8

Padres baseball returns with a two-day block party in the East Village featuring food, music, games, and a beer garden set up along J Street. Ticket holders will score a free T-shirt at Friday’s game, and there’s a laser show scheduled for Saturday. Click here for more information.

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April 15

Over 30 fantastic Hillcrest restaurants are participating, giving foodies a chance to sample some of their best and signature dishes. From quaint cafes and French and Italian style bistros to five-star dining delights. This is the most anticipated self-guided culinary walking tour in San Diego. Click here for more information.

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April 15:

A multitude of local breweries and distilleries will be participating along with some of San Diego’s best chefs for an afternoon that you won’t forget. MVCBF is an all-inclusive event. Your ticket includes unlimited sampling from every participating brewery, distillery and eatery. We will be adding more participants for you to enjoy! For tickets, click here.

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April 23

Set in San Diego’s Balboa Park, the San Diego Earth Fair features a children’s parade, booths, educational exhibits, music and earth-friendly food! The annual Earth Fair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. Earth Fair 2016 will be our 27th annual event! Each year, the Earth Fair draws around 60,000 visitors.

 

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April 22 & 23

The 25th annual Oceanside Days of Art will be held on Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23, 2017, from 10 am to 5 pm. ODA is a juried fine art festival featuring up to and sometimes over 100 local artists selling a variety of unique artwork including paintings, sculptures, glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, and photography. For more information, click here.

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April 27-30

A loved and eagerly anticipated tradition, Art Alive 2017 celebrates it’s 36th year and the stunning works of art on display in the Museum with more than 100 floral interpretations created by top local and national designers. Click here for more information.

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May 7 

Since 1975, The Carlsbad Village Faire features over 850 unique vendors with a little of everything: arts and crafts, antiques, unique clothing, items from around the world, and more. Children’s rides, an international food center, and an old-fashioned pancake breakfast guarantee that you’ll find fun for the whole family!

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May 13

The San Diego Air & Space Museum will host its 14th Annual Space Day celebration on Saturday May 13th from 10:00am-2:00pm! Space Day will feature demonstrations, giveaways, and hands-on activities with local and national space experts.

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May 20-21

Fiesta del Sol is a two-day street festival celebrating the history, diverse cultures, and civic engagement of the people of San Diego.The largest community-driven family festival in San Diego County, the annual Fiesta del Sol is a two-day street festival celebrating the history, diverse cultures, and civic engagement of the people of San Diego. Visit their website here.

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May 29

This Memorial Day, the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial commemoration ceremony will include a special salute to our nation’s Gold Star families.

 


Recipe: Spanish Chicken and Potato Roast

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What You Need:

  • 1 1/2 pounds large Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs (5 to 6 thighs)
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 lemons (1 juiced, 1 cut into wedges)
  • 2 large or 3 medium red onions, halved and thinly sliced

How To:

Position a rack in the upper third of the oven. Place a large cast-iron baking dish or a rimmed baking sheet on the rack and preheat to 500 degrees F. Put the potatoes, garlic, olive oil, 1 tablespoon water and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large microwave-safe baking dish and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap, pierce the plastic in a few places with a knife and microwave 8 minutes to partially cook.
Meanwhile, pat the chicken dry and transfer to a bowl. Sprinkle with the paprika, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add 2 tablespoons parsley and the lemon juice; toss to coat. Set aside.
Remove the hot baking dish from the oven; carefully add the potatoes and spread in an even layer. Scatter the onions on top. Roast until the potatoes start to brown, about 12 minutes.
Flip the potatoes and lay the chicken pieces on top, adding any accumulated juices from the bowl; return to the oven and roast until the potatoes are tender and the chicken is cooked through, about 12 more minutes. Remove from the oven and top with the remaining 2 tablespoons parsley. Serve with the lemon wedges.

 


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