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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Murals, Music And Mother Earth

A low-rider on view at Chicano Park Day.

Photo by Angela Carone

Above: A low-rider on view at Chicano Park Day.

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Get the sunscreen ready because you will likely be spending a lot of time outdoors this weekend.

Chicano Park Day

Visual Arts

The 47th Chicano Park Day celebrates the spirit and history of this National Historic Landmark. In 1970, Chicano activists founded a small park underneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and filled it with colorful murals of Latin heroes.

This year's event honors founder and San Diego musician, Ramón "Chunky" Sánchez, who died in November 2016. The celebration also features indigenous and folkloric dancing, live music, a lowrider car show, art workshops and plenty of food.

Details: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Chicano Park, Logan Avenue. Free; additional information.

Photo by Travis Shinn

A 2017 photo of the rock band the Pixies.



The Pixies is the kind of band that has reached legendary status. Thanks to albums like "Surfer Rosa" and "Doolittle," the Pixies influenced acts including Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Pavement and Arcade Fire, and helped shape the sound of modern indie rock.

The band has gone through break-ups and reunions, but most notable is that bassist and vocalist Kim Deal left in 2013. Original members Black Francis, David Lovering and Joey Santiago remain, and Paz Lenchantin is the new bassist.

Expect the concert to feature music from the band's new album, "Head Carrier," as well as classics like "Where Is My Mind?" and "Monkey Gone to Heaven."

Details: 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. at the Open Air Theatre in San Diego State University. $30 to $45; find tickets.

EarthFair 2017

Music, Outdoors

The very popular EarthFair in Balboa Park is a celebration of Earth Day. Visitors can explore everything from solar energy and yoga to green clothing and animal rights.

The daylong event attracts 60,000 people and also features a parade, children's areas, an art gallery, live music and a healthy food pavilion.

Details: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Balboa Park. Free; additional information.

A 2016 photo of the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus.

San Diego Gay Men's Chorus Presents Broadway Now!

Music, Theater

Can’t get a ticket to see "Hamilton?" The San Diego Gay Men's Chorus is here to help.

With Broadway Now!, the chorus presents songs from new musicals including "Wicked," "Hairspray," "The Book of Mormon," "Chicago," and, yes, "Hamilton." You can also look forward to music from "Come From Away," and very special spotlights on "Mary Poppins" and "Fiddler on the Roof."

Details: 8 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday at Balboa Theater, 868 4th Ave., downtown. $23 to $70; buy tickets.


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