San Diego Weekend Guide: March 25-27 – Stems & Streets

The northern end of the flower fields have started to bloom.  Photo by Chris Stone
The northern end of the Flower Fields, now in full bloom at Carlsbad. Photo by Chris Stone

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

If you haven’t visited The Flower Fields in Carlsbad yet, now is the peak of the season. The North County attraction reports, as befits early spring, that 20 acres of the northern fields are in bloom. Adults can enjoy the ride and the beauty, while younger ones take tractor rides and try the sweet pea maze. General admission is $22 for adults and $10 for children.

It might still be a bit chilly for the rooftops, but that’s what the blankets are for. Try the Rooftop Cinema Club when it returns to the Manchester Grand Hyatt on the Embarcadero this weekend. Whether you prefer popular dishes (Dunes), classics (pulp Fiction) or see the San Diego name checked (Presenter), this popular event – sales are common – has it all. Admission for shows Thursday through Sunday starts at $17.50.

Volunteers gather in Chula Vista at 9 a.m. Saturday to kick off 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 goal? Have murals on local businesses that highlight the people, trades and services of the community.

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

A little further 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 place in the West to celebrate the iconic spectacle. The year-round site features 18 Sesame Street-themed water rides and attractions, ranging from kid-friendly roller coasters to a 500,000-gallon wave pool. And of course, there’s an interactive Sesame Street neighborhood, with this special front porch. Tickets for Saturday are currently $80, while Sundays are $60.

Discover the latest from Carruth Cellars at the cellar’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’, i.e. wine before it’s bottled, for the upcoming vino in the fall. Admission is $70.

You may prefer several drink options. If so, Taste of Happy Hour returns to the Gaslamp Quarter at 1 p.m. Saturday. Stop by Taste & Thirst to get started and enjoy drink specials and tasters at any or all (hey, we’re not judging) participating locations, including Meze Greek Fusion, Havana 1920, El Chingon, and The Field Irish Pub. Tickets are $25.

Two musical options complete your weekend in San Diego:

  • Punk in Drublic – NOFX and Pennywise headline the Saturday punk festival at Petco Park. Craft beers are also on the menu. Doors open at noon. Admission is $65.
  • Angela Aguilar – Pepe Aguilar’s daughter is carving out her own niche. She brings her “Mexicana Enamorada” tour to San Diego State’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater at 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $49.

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