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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Fairy Tales, Fiddles And Folklorico

A photo from Fairy Tales in the Park.

Credit: Courtesy of San Diego Civic Youth Ballet

Above: A photo from Fairy Tales in the Park.

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You'll hear lots of music on and off stage in Vista, plus ballet in Balboa Park and mariachis at the Civic Theatre.

Fairy Tales in the Park


This ballet showcase, put on by San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, is a great event to introduce young audiences to dance.

The non-profit ballet school puts on a showcase of favorite fairy tales interpreted through dance. This year's show features "Sleeping Beauty," "Hansel and Gretel," plus a sneak peek of its spring 2019 version of "Cinderella."

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the event also features a Fairy Tale Village where there will be crafts, face painting and more.

Details: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Casa del Prado Theatre, 1600 Village Place, Balboa Park. $12 Find tickets to Fairy Tales in the Park.

International Mariachi Summit Gala Concert


Some of the world's best mariachi artists will gather for a concert to benefit mariachi education in San Diego.

Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, a group that was founded in 1898, will take the stage with ballet folklorico dancers from the University of Guadalajara. The concert also welcomes San Diego’s popular symphonic outfit, Mariachi Champaña Nevin, with the Orquesta de Baja California and the San Diego Binational Symphony Orchestra.

The night will highlight Mexico's favorite songs and dances, while spotlighting rising and young mariachi artists.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday. Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown. $20 to $125; find tickets to the Mariachi Summit.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Summergrass San Diego

A 2018 promotional photo of the GillyGirls Band.

Summergrass San Diego


This three-day bluegrass festival encourages visitors to bring their tents, guitars and jamming spirit.

The event features a lineup of bluegrass favorites like Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, plus up-and-coming voices like The GillyGirls Band, a group made up two sets of twins, all of them sisters!

For those who want to camp, there are various options at Vista’s Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum, and that's where the after-hours jam sessions have become a fan favorite.

Non campers can buy tickets for individual days, or also purchase a three-day pass. Kids age 10 and under are free with adult paid admission.

Details: 3 to 10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2030 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista. $25 to $143 find tickets to Summergrass.


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