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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: So Many Festivals

A photo of San Diego Museum of Art's Rotunda covered in flowers during Art Al...

Credit: Courtesy of San Diego Museum of Art

Above: A photo of San Diego Museum of Art's Rotunda covered in flowers during Art Alive.

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Is this the biggest arts event weekend of the year?

Art Alive

Visual Arts

Spring in San Diego means Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art.

One of the most beloved arts events, Art Alive 2017 brings more than 100 designers to create floral interpretations of some of the museum's most popular works of art. This year marks the return of Rotunda Designer Carlos Franco of Green Fresh Florals.

The weekend also features the Bloom Bash gala, a terrarium workshop, and garden activities for children.

Details: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. $5 to $25, free for members; additional information.

Photo credit: Mission Federal ArtWalk

A 2016 photo of Australian artist Danielle Mate Sullivan at ArtWalk in Little Italy.

Mission Federal ArtWalk

Visual Arts/Dance

The 33rd annual Mission Federal ArtWalk is one of the largest fine arts festivals in California.

More than 350 artists will showcase everything from painting and sculpture to photography and jewelry. The event also has a dance festival, live music, food booths, and a designated kids area.

New this year will be a live mural painting by artists Mario Torero and Maxx Moses, and attendees will be able to paint alongside these well-known muralists.

Details: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Throughout Little Italy. Free; additional information.

Adams Avenue Unplugged


Adams Avenue Unplugged may be smaller this year, but the event still promises a weekend of free, quality entertainment.

The festival is now happening on one day, and the performances have gone from outdoor stages to more intimate shows inside local bars, restaurants and coffee shops.

What is not different is that Adams Avenue Unplugged still features musicians along a two-mile stretch from Kensington to University Heights. Among artists scheduled to appear are Jack Tempchin, Gregory Page, Peggy Watson, Fred Heath, Marie Haddad, Robin Henkel, Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi and many more.

There will also still be a free shuttle running along Adams Avenue.

Details: Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. Along Adams Avenue from Kensington to University Heights. Free; additional information.


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