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San Diego’s top weekend events: April 21-24

A rider at the Lakeside Rodeo.
(File photo)

Here are the top events happening in San Diego from Thursday, April 21 to Sunday, April 24

Here are the top events happening in San Diego from Thursday, April 21 to Sunday, April 24.

Thursday, April 21

San Diego Black Film Festival

“Inexistent,” a drama about a woman struggling with mental health issues, kicks off the annual San Diego Black Film Festival on Thursday. Thursday through May 1. Theatre Box, 701 Fifth Ave., downtown. Tickets are $10 per film; screening pass $50; VIP pass $200. sdbff.com

La Jolla Playhouse’s POP Tour production of "Hoopla!"
Alexis Park, Shaun Tuazon and Jaeonnie Davis-Crawford, in La Jolla Playhouse’s Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour production of “Hoopla!”
(Jenna Selby)

2022 Without Walls Festival

La Jolla Playhouse’s annual site-specific, interactive theater festival continues through the weekend at Liberty Station. Twenty-four shows, many of them free, are being presented in indoor and outdoor spaces in the Arts District at Liberty Station. Programs include plays, dance, visual installations, children’s events and opera. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday. 5 to 10:30 p.m. Friday. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. 2820 Roosevelt Road, San Diego. Tickets and reservations at lajollaplayhouse.org/without-walls/

Lakeside Rodeo

The annual Lakeside Rodeo, hosted by the nonprofit El Capitan Stadium Association, is ready to ride in for four performances at the Lakeside Rodeo Arena. The show, started in 1920, raises funds to support Lakeside youth. Featured events are bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding. Each performance will showcase all the events. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 1 p.m. Sunday. Lakeside Rodeo Arena, 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside. $15 for children; $25 for adults; ages 2 and under admitted free, but must sit on lap. Infant carriers OK, but a child’s ticket must be purchased. lakesiderodeo.com

“Arab Horizons”

In honor of Arab American Heritage Month, Grossmont College is presenting an art exhibit titled “Arab Horizons,” on display at Hyde Gallery through April 29. Grossmont College, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon. grossmont.edu/campaigns/2022/spring/arab-american.php

San Diego Comic Fest

Comics, science fiction and films converge at the San Diego Comic Fest, a casual and intimate gathering full of cosplay, mingling, gaming and more. The convention — which is produced by fans, for fans” — offers three days of programs and presentations, plus an exhibitors room (Thursday through Sunday) and film screenings (Friday and Saturday). A welcome party for pre-registered guests will take place 7 p.m. to midnight Thursday. Events happening 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Four Points by Sheraton, 8110 Aero Drive, Kearny Mesa. One day tickets for adults are $25 (Friday or Saturday) and $15 (Sunday) or $50 for a three-day pass. Children under age 12 are free with purchase of adult ticket; discounts available for students and active military. sdcomicfest.org

Friday, April 22

Jeff Dunham

Ventriloquist and stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham brings his talent (and dummies) to San Diego on his “Seriously?!” tour. In addition to his puppeteering work, Dunham has made various movie and TV show cameos, and his autobiography “All by My Selves: Walter, Peanut, Achmed, and Me” was a New York Times’ Best Seller. 7 p.m. today. Pechanga Arena San Diego, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway District. All ages. Tickets are $58.50; pechangaarenasd.com

Gem Faire

Browse gemstones, beads, crystals, minerals and more at one of the largest gem, jewelry and bead shows in the country. In addition to lots of shopping — offered at manufactures’ prices — there will be a drawing for prizes every hour. Noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. No admittance after 4 p.m. Sunday. Scottish Rite Event Center, 1895 Camino del Rio South, Mission Valley. Tickets are $7 (cash only) at the door; children age 11 and under free. gemfaire.com

Jamie Kennedy

Comedian and actor Jamie Kennedy — whose work ranges from sketch performances on his own reality show to a recurring role in the “Scream” franchise — visits San Diego to perform a series of five sets. This 21-and-up show has a two-drink minimum. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Comedy Store La Jolla, 916 Pearl St, La Jolla. Tickets are $25; thecomedystore.com/la-jolla

‘Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits’

North Coast Repertory Theatre presents Gerard Alessandrini’s latest musical revue with some of the New York theater troupe’s most-popular parody songs and skits from Broadway musicals, including “Chicago,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Wicked” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Opens Friday and runs through May 22. Showtimes, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 7 p.m. Sundays. 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. $54-$65. (858) 481-1055. northcoastrep.org

Saturday, April 23

Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair and Parade

This annual event, now in its 37th year, is themed “Come Out & Play” and will feature cultural exhibits, ethic food booths, performances and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 6900 block of Linda Vista Road. Free; lindavistafair.org

The Coronado Flower Show returns April 23 and 24, 2022.
(Coronado Floral Association/Coronado Flower Show)

Coronado Flower Show

Coronado Flower Show, which bills itself as the “largest tented flower show in the U.S.,” celebrates its centennial event this weekend. Come out to the two-day floral showcase and competition featuring work from amateur gardeners and designers. Participants will be split into divisions for judging, with awards presented at 3 p.m. on Sunday. There will also be numerous vendors, lectures and demonstrations, a wine and beer garden, and live music at the bandstand from Coronado Concert Band, Trisha Lynn, Coronado Big Band, Rich Gomez and Ava Thuresson. 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.Spreckels Park, 601 Orange Ave., Coronado. All ages. Admission is $5; children under 12 years old free. coronadoflowershow.com

The LGBTQ Masquerade

Don your masks and get dolled up for this metallic-themed ballroom affair. The fundraising event — which features music, dancing, prizes, appetizers and complimentary drinks — benefits the youth programs of the San Diego LGBT Community Center. It’s presented by Casa Loto, a San Diego nonprofit whose goal is to support LGBTQ youth and to establish a community home in Mexico for LGBTQ children in need. 6 p.m. Saturday. AWOL, 1469 University Ave., Hillcrest. 21-and-up. Tickets options are $30, $50 or $100; eventbrite.com/e/the-lgbtq-masquerade-tickets-195420587237

‘Broadway, Our Way’

San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus performs its spring concert — a Broadway melody — at Balboa Theatre. The two-hour show features songs from a wide range of musicals, both new and old. 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp. Tickets start at $27; sandiegotheatres.org/event/2022/04/broadway-our-way

Sunday, April 24

EarthFair 2022

After a two-year hiatus, EarthFair is back in Balboa Park. More then 50,000 visitors are expected to attend the event, which features 200 exhibitors, entertainment stages, international food courts, beer gardens and a kids zone. There will also an eARTh Gallery arts and crafts show — highlighting the work of San Diego artists — as well as an Earth Day Parade at 10:30 a.m. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park. Free; earthdayweb.org/EarthFair.html

San Diego Young Cellist Competition

The public is invited to the final round of the San Diego Young Cellist Competition, where a group of finalists — separated in three age categories — will perform a live round of the competition.1:30 p.m. Sunday. Rhapsody Hall at San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, College Area. Admission is $10; sdcello.org/event-info/san-diego-international-young-amateur-cello-competition

Pam Kragen contributed to this report.


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