Exploring San Diego: Things to do on April 21

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – It’s a crowded weekend in San Diego, so it’s a perfect excuse to get out and explore.

At San Diego Comic Fest, you’ll find a full and eclectic schedule with things for every fan. Also, after a COVID-induced absence, EarthFair is back at Balboa Park!

AFTER: Earth Day Celebrations in San Diego County

In East County, you won’t be charged extra to enjoy the Fallbrook Avocado Festival. And grab your cowboy boots and your lasso because the Lakeside Rodeo is back.

Here’s a rundown of fun events not to be missed.

Rodeo by the lake
Where: Lakeside Rodeo Arena; Cost: Children $15, adults $25, free for children 2 and under
(Thursday – Sunday) See you at the Lakeside Rodeo! Each performance will include bareback riding, tie-down, team rope, saddle bronc riding, bull riding and more. Proceeds from the rodeo benefit Lakeside youth organizations.

San Diego Comic Festival
Where: Kearny Mesa; Cost: $15 – $50
(Thursday – Sunday) This is a convention produced by fans for fans. Visitors can indulge their love of comics, science fiction and film, and meet a range of professionals and exhibitors. As you’d expect from a comic book, there will be panel discussions, an artist aisle, tabletop games, cosplay, collectibles, and more.

Where: Ocean Beach; Cost: $20 in advance, $28 the day of
Grammy-nominated artist Twista will perform platinum hits like “Slow Jamz,” “Overnight Celebrity” and “Hope,” at The Holding Company. Show time is at 7 p.m.

Festival Without Walls
Where: Liberty Station; No cost
The La Jolla Playhouse is leaving the theater to bring back its annual “Without Walls” festival. The various performances include visual installations, plays, dance, children’s events and there is even a show made entirely inside a small box.

DigiFest Temecula
Where: JDS Creative Academy; Cost: $25 – $150
(Friday to Sunday) This three-day festival will celebrate all things digital, including film, web design, web series, videography and photography. the event will also feature live music, networking opportunities, workshops, and listening to speakers and panelists.

La Jolla Concours d’Elegance
Where: Various locations; Cost: Free – $500
(Friday – Sunday) Walk around and admire 125 world-class automobiles, visit the elegant tasting and champagne gardens, and savor the beauty of La Jolla Cove. This three-day event also includes live entertainment, retail specials, prix-fixe food and cocktail menus, and more.

Broadway’s Greatest Banned Hits
Where: North Coast Repertory Theatre; Cost: $51 – $65
Experience Broadway’s greatest hits in this hilarious, loving, and endlessly entertaining tribute to some of theatre’s most beloved stars and songwriters. The show parodies Broadway musicals, including “Chicago,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Fiddler,” “Wicked” and more, with wit, charm, and hysterical lyrics.

Gem Fair
Where: Mission Valley; Cost: $7
(Friday – Sunday) Clean out that jewelry box! Dozens of vendors will be at the Scottish Rite Event Center showcasing some of the most beautiful gemstones around, as well as jewelry cleaning, ring sizing and other gemstone services!

Linda Vista Multicultural Fair and Parade
Where: 6900 block of Linda Vista Rd.; No cost
This 37th annual event will feature cultural exhibits, diverse ethnic dishes, folk art, artistic performances, a parade and more. The entertainment will take place on three stages and will bring culturally diverse and contemporary music. This year’s theme is “Come Out & Play”.

Coronado Flower Show
Where: Spreckles Park; Cost: $5 adults, FREE for children 12 and under
(Saturday and Sunday) The Coronado Flower Show is the largest tent flower show in the country. During the two days of the festival, attendees will enjoy interior decoration, unique gifts, local art, food, beer and wine garden and live music.

San Diego Pet Day on the Bay
Where: 1800 N Harbor Drive; Cost: $25 – $35 per person (cruise without dog)
Pet parents will take part in a one-hour “Pirates and Mermaids” cruise around San Diego’s glittering bay. Pet Day is a towel and blanket drive and fundraiser to benefit homeless animals and a chance for you to cruise with your best friend.

The LGBTQ Masquerade
Where: Hillcrest; Cost: $30 – $100
Sashay all night in a metallic wonderland at San Diego’s first LGBTQ masquerade. The fundraising event includes music and dancing, prizes, appetizers and free drinks for ticket holders. Proceeds benefit local programs for LGBTQ youth.

Fallbrook Avocado Festival
Where: along Main Street; No cost
You won’t be charged extra to enjoy the Fallbrook Avocado Festival, with live music, a vineyard garden, kids’ zone, and avocado trees available for sale to plant at home. Come taste some avocados, savor some of the cooks crazy avocado creations, or find some avocado gear to take home.

Earth Fair
Where: Balboa Park; No cost
The Balboa Park Earth Fair is back for in-person fun and advocacy. Visitors can expect around 200 exhibitors, international food courts, beer gardens, liver entertainment and a children’s zone. Plus, the Earth Day Parade starts at 10:30 a.m.

Vegan food pop-up
Where: Encinitas; No cost
Visitors work up an appetite and be on the lookout for top San Diego brands like Seva Foods and Gianni’s Pizza. The Encinitas Vegan Food Popup features the best plant-based foods in San Diego County. The dog-friendly event takes place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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