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The Best Events of the Weekend in San Diego: April 21-24

Here are the main events taking place in San Diego from Thursday, April 21 through Sunday, April 24.

Thursday April 21

San Diego Black Film Festival

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

Alexis Park, Shaun Tuazon and Jaeonnie Davis-Crawford, in the production of “Hoopla!”

(Jenna Selby)

Festival Without Walls 2022

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

Rodeo by the lake

The annual Lakeside Rodeo, hosted by the nonprofit El Capitan Stadium, is set to go for four performances at the Lakeside Rodeo Arena. The show, launched in 1920, raises money to support Lakeside youth. Events featured are bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc, tie roping, barrel racing, and bull riding. Each performance will feature all events. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 1 p.m. Sunday. Lakeside Rodeo Arena, 12584 Mapleview Street, Lakeside. $15 for children; $25 for adults; 2 and under admitted free, but must sit on laps. Baby carrier OK, but a child 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 the Hyde Gallery through April 29. Grossmont College, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon. grossmont.edu/campaigns/2022/spring/arab-american.php

San Diego Comic Festival

Comics, sci-fi and movies converge at San Diego Comic Fest, a casual and intimate gathering full of cosplay, dating, games and more. The convention — which is produced by fans, for fans” — offers three days of programs and presentations, as well as an exhibit hall (Thursday through Sunday) and film screenings (Friday and Saturday). A welcome party for pre-registered guests will be held Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. Events that run from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Four Points by Sheraton, 8110 Aero Drive, Kearny Mesa. One-day adult tickets are $25 (Friday or Saturday) and $15 (Sunday) or $50 for a three-day pass. Children under 12 are free with the purchase of an 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 his models) to San Diego on his “Seriously?!” to visit. In addition to his work as a puppeteer, Dunham directed various films and television shows, and his autobiography “All by My Selves: Walter, Peanut, Achmed, and Me” was a New York Times bestseller. 7 p.m. today. Pechanga Arena San Diego, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway District. All ages. Tickets are $58.50; pechangaarenasd.com

Gem Fair

Browse gemstones, pearls, crystals, minerals and more at one of the nation’s largest gemstone, jewelry and pearl shows. In addition to many purchases – offered at manufacturer prices – there will be a raffle every hour. Friday noon to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No admission after 4 p.m. on Sundays. Scottish Rite Events Centre, 1895 Camino del Rio South, Mission Valley. Tickets are $7 (cash only) at the door; children 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 on the “Scream” franchise — is heading to San Diego to star in a five-set series. This 21+ show has a two-drink minimum. 7 p.m. 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

“Broadway’s Greatest Banned Hits”

The North Coast Repertory Theater presents Gerard Alessandrini’s latest musical revue with some of the New York theater troupe’s most popular parody songs and sketches from Broadway musicals including ‘Chicago’, ‘Phantom of the Opera’, “Wicked” and “Fiddler on the Roof”. .” Opens Friday and closes May 22. Hours, 7 p.m. Wednesday. 8 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday. 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 7 p.m. on Sunday. 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. $54 to $65. (858) 481-1055. northcoastrep.org

Saturday April 23

Linda Vista Multicultural Fair and Parade

Now in its 37th year, the annual event is themed “Come Out & Play” and will feature cultural exhibits, ethical food stalls, 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 on April 23 and 24, 2022.

The Coronado Flower Show returns on April 23 and 24, 2022.

(Coronado Floral Association/Coronado Flower Show)

Coronado Flower Show

The Coronado Flower Show, which bills itself as the “largest tent flower show in the United States,” celebrates its centennial this weekend. Come and watch the two-day flower showcase and competition showcasing work by amateur gardeners and designers. Entrants will be divided into divisions for judging, with prizes awarded at 3 p.m. Sunday. There will also be plenty of vendors, talks and demonstrations, a wine and beer garden, and live bandstand music from Coronado Concert Band, Trisha Lynn, Coronado Big Band, Rich Gomez and Ava Thuresson. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Spreckels Park, 601 Orange Ave., Coronado. All ages. Admission is $5; children under 12 free. coronadoflowershow.com

The LGBTQ Masquerade

Put on your masks and get ready for this metallic-themed ballroom affair. The fundraising event – ​​which includes music, dancing, prizes, appetizers and free drinks – benefits the youth programs of the San Diego LGBT Community Center. It is presented by Casa Loto, a San Diego non-profit organization whose goal is to support LGBTQ youth and create a community home in Mexico for LGBTQ children in need. 6 p.m. Saturday. AWOL, 1469 University Ave, Hillcrest. 21 and over. Ticket 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 the Balboa Theater. The two-hour show features songs from a wide range of musicals, new and old. 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Balboa Theater, 868 Fourth Avenue, Gaslamp. Tickets start at $27; sandiegotheatres.org/event/2022/04/broadway-our-way

sunday april 24

Earth Fair 2022

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

San Diego Young Cellists Competition

The public is invited to the final round of the San Diego Young Cellists Competition, where a group of finalists – separated into three age categories – will perform a live portion 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-concours

Pam Kragen contributed to this report.