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Sunday, Apr 22
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Art: Earth Day Larger than Life Mural
12:00 PM 28th Annual Multicultural Earth Day
12:00 PM Filipino Wedding Styled Shoot
12:00 PM Tequila and Taco Music Festival
1:00 PM SDAFF Spring Showcase
2:00 PM German Cabaret
2:00 PM Stage: D'Artanjan and Three Musketeers
2:00 PM Stage: Anna In The Tropics
5:30 PM Russian Film: Charlie Chaplin
7:00 PM Stage: Arefnameh
7:00 PM Music: Shantala & Mikey Pauker
8:00 PM Music: La Santa Cecillia
Monday, Apr 23
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM Film: Chicano Legacy
3:30 PM Film: Coco
5:30 PM Discussion: Holocaust Remembrance
5:40 PM SDAFF Spring Showcase
6:30 PM Greek Dinner with Author Madeline Miller
7:00 PM Book Signing: Lawn Boy
8:00 PM Music: Bebel Gilberto
Tuesday, Apr 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Film: Eugene Onegin
6:15 PM SDAFF Spring Showcase
Wednesday, Apr 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:25 PM SDAFF Spring Showcase
6:00 PM Film: Phantom Thread
6:30 PM Book Signing: The Ghazal
Thursday, Apr 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:30 AM Lecture: Prophet Jeremiah Symphony
12:45 PM Discussion on Prejudice & Tolerance
6:00 PM Honoring the Medicine: Native American Healing
7:00 PM SDAFF Spring Showcase
8:00 PM Music: Mamak Khadem
Friday, Apr 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Art Exhibit: Chilenas in the Diaspora
4:00 PM Dinner and Movie: Coco
6:00 PM Discussion: Middle East Meltdown with Ryan Crocker
7:30 PM Bollywood Spring Fusion
7:30 PM Stage: Anna In The Tropics
8:00 PM Tao: Drum Heart
Saturday, Apr 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 AM Chinese Brush Painting for Children
8:00 AM Shaka Festival
10:00 AM 33rd Annual Linda Vista Multicultural Fair & Parade
10:00 AM World Tai Chi Day Celebration
10:00 AM St. Jordi's Day Celebration & Independent Bookstore Day
11:00 AM ArtWalk
11:00 AM International Mobile Film Festival
11:30 AM Polynesian Princess Lunch
12:00 PM Hanamatsuri Festival
5:00 PM Dance: Tres Culturas
5:00 PM POI Spring Luau
6:00 PM Passport to Brazil
6:30 PM Music: Camarada Spirit, Struggle, Triumph
6:30 PM Morrocan Magic
7:30 PM Stage: Anna In The Tropics
Sunday, Apr 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Mission Federal ArtWalk
11:30 AM International Mobile Film Festival
12:00 PM Hanamatsuri Festival
2:00 PM House of Finland Lawn Program
2:00 PM Book Signing: China's Crisis of Success
2:00 PM Stage: Anna In The Tropics
Monday, Apr 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
3:00 PM Discussion: A talk with the Colombian Peacebuilding Unit
Tuesday, May 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Wednesday, May 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Thursday, May 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:30 AM Lecture: Prophet Jeremiah Symphony
Friday, May 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Saturday, May 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Talk with Dolores Huerta
7:30 PM Music: Melodic Rythms with Kourish Taghavi

< Sunday, May 7, 2017 >

All Day San Diego Ho'oluale'a Come early to observe the Hawaiian greeting of the blowing of the conch shell. There will be hula dancing, music, a canoe display, craft shopping, storytelling, and divine foods. You can also learn the meaning of Hawaiian words.

Admission/Cost: FREE

East Mission Bay Park De Anza Cove
3000 North Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA

Dates and times:
Saturday, May 6 - All Day
Sunday, May 7 - All Day

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All Day Ongoing and Extended Events


Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Until April 22, 2018

A Little Night Music
Until April 22, 2018

King Charles III
Until April 22, 2018

Soul Doctor
Until April 22, 2018

American Mariachi
Until April 29, 2018

The Wanderers
Until May 6, 2018

Exhibitions and Art

Wabi Sabi
Until April 29, 2018

Israel: 70 Years of Craft and Design
Until September 3, 2018

Arts of Iran
Until January 31, 2019

Art of East Asia
Until December 31, 2019

Art Of The 20th Century
Ongoing until December 31, 2019

German Expressionism
Ongoing until December 31, 2019

Barrio Art Crawl
Ongoing, every 2nd Saturday of each month

Free Admission to Mingei International Museum
Ongoing, 3rd Tuesday of each month

Free Admission to Japanese Friendship Garden
Ongoing, 3rd Tuesday of each month


Kids Meet Mandarin
Ongoing Fridays

Chinese Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Spanish Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Bilingual Storytime
Ongoing Fridays

Classes and Workshops

African Djembe Drumming
Ongoing Wednesday

Irish Gaelic Conversation Circle
Ongoing Tuesdays

Tai Chi Workshop
Ongoing Saturdays

Ongoing Sundays

African Dance Class
Ongoing Sundays

Dancing With The Brush: Chinese Brush Painting And Calligraphy
Ongoing Tuesdays

Middle-Eastern Drum and Belly Dance Class
Ongoing Mondays

Salsa Class
Ongoing Tuesdays

Urban Art & More
Ongoing Tuesdays

Mandarin Meetup
Ongoing Wednesdays

Cultural Tours and Excursions

San Diego Jewish BookFest
Until May 3, 2018

Tequila, Tacos, & Tombstones: Old Town Tour
ongoing Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Tijuana Street Food Tour
ongoing Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays

Puerto Nuevo Lobster Dinner
ongoing Saturdays

Tijuana Seafood Tour
ongoing Fridays and Sundays

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum & Garden Tour
Ongoing, every 1st Saturday of each month

Little Italy Culinary Tour
Ongoing Saturdays

Asian Pacific Historical District Walking Tour
Ongoing, every 2nd Saturday of each month.

Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling in Tijuana
Ongoing, Select Fridays

Tijuana Street Art Trek with Panca
Ongoing, Select Saturdays

Tijuana Brewery Tour
Ongoing, Select Saturdays

Tijuana Market Hop
Ongoing, Select Sundays

Tijuana Foodie Adventure
Ongoing Saturdays,Tuesdays,Sundays

Caesar's Restaurant & Downtown Tijuana Tour
Ongoing Fridays and Sundays

Ensenada Mexico Pacific Ocean Coastal Tour

Baja Mexico Grand Tour

Tijuana Foodie Adventures


Flamenco Performance
Until December 29, 2018

Tea with The Bard
Ongoing, first Sunday of each month

Kirtan Musical Meditation
Ongoing, Thursdays

Dances of Universal Peace
Ongoing Saturdays

11:00 AM Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo The 34th Annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo transforms the Old Town area into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border. This weekend celebration attracts over 100,000 people over the course of three days with a bustling mercado, a huge display of lowriders and other autos, lucha libre wrestling matches, a petting zoo and pony rides, roving performers, a Ballet Folklorico competition, and non-stop music on three stages with over 40 bands playing Latin rock, Norteņa, banda sinaloense, conjunto jarocho, and mariachi. Proceeds benefit the Historic Old Town Community Foundation.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Old Town State Historic Park
4002 Wallace Street
San Diego, CA 92110

Dates and times:
Saturday, May 6 - 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Sunday, May 7 - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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11:00 AM Cinco de Mayo Fest In partnership with the Latino Food Industry nonprofit, more than 20 musical and cultural dance performances will be showcased at this year's Cinco de Mayo Music Festival. This cultural event is returning to Chula Vista after a four-year absence. The festival is expected to welcome over 15,000 attendees for food, music, and interactive zones designed for the entire family.

Admission/Cost: FREE

West on H Street, between Bay Boulevard and Marina Parkway
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Sunday, May 7 - 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

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11:00 AM San Diego Jewish Food Festival The sixth-annual event includes a New York deli, a Kosher grill, a wine & beer garden, music by the Simchat Shabbat Band, and demonstrations by area chefs, including Deborah Scott. Food includes "the delights of Israel, the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, New York, Chicago, or wherever you and yours call 'The Old Country'" — meaning latkes and blintzes, kugel and knishes, chopped liver, falafel, rugelach, and strudel. The kids can stay busy with arts and craft projects and a bouncing house.

Admission/Cost: $20

Temple Adat Shalom
15905 Pomerado Road
Poway, CA 92064

Sunday, May 7 - 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

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11:00 AM Fiesta de los Penasquitos The Fiesta de los Penasquitos street fair and parade in the Rancho Penasquitos area features three stages of live music and performances including Whiskey Ridge Band, the Martin Coughlin Band, and the Dirty Martinis. Also on stage, performances from Three Treasures Cultural Art Society, Samahan Phillipine Dance Company, and Southern California Ballet. Plus food from around the world, arts and crafts, carnival rides, and a kids fun zone. Community service awards and Volunteer and Business of the Year presentations on the Main Stage.

Along Black Mountain Road, between Carmel Mountain and Twin Trails.

Admission/Cost: FREE

The Original Sab-E-Lee
13223-2 Black Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92129

Sunday, May 7 - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
11:00 AM Brazilian Percussion Workshop The Brazilian Portuguese and Arts San Diego (BRAPA) brings you two Brazilian percussion workshops by acclaimed percussionist Dudu Fuentes of Rio De Janeiro. Suitable for people who love to play music at any level.

Admission/Cost: $20 (or $35 for both workshops)

Lawn Area
Adjacent to the Worldbeat Center
Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA

Dates and times:
Sunday, May 7 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Tuesday, May 9 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

For more information about Brazilian Portuguese and Arts San Diego (BRAPA), please visit:
12:00 PM House of Poland - Annual Lawn Program Please join us as we celebrate Polish Constitution Day, which commemorates the ratification on May 3, 1791 of the first democratic constitution in Europe.

Enjoy delicious traditional Polish food (stuffed dumplings, Polish sausage, Polish cakes).

Stage performances at 2:00 PM:
  • traditional Polish folk dances by Polonez Dance Company
  • songs by Anna Stone and Greg & Grace
  • children's violin group -Polskie Smyki
  • children from Polish School

Admission/Cost: FREE

Balboa Park, International Cottages Lawn & Stage
2294 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

Sunday, May 7 - 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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2:00 PM Music: Patrick Berrogain Hot Club Combo The Patrick Berrogain Hot Club Combo will be performing a mix of original music, hits from the 60's through the 80's arranged in the Gypsy jazz style, as well as some of the classics of the Gypsy jazz repertoire.

Seating is limited to chairs in room only.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Encinitas Library
540 Cornish Dr.
Encinitas, CA 92024

Sunday, May 7 - 2:00 PM

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2:00 PM Stage: Clybourne Park Palomar College stages Bruce Norris' follow-up to Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. Act One takes place in 1959, as white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. Annie Hinton directs.

Admission/Cost: $10 - $15

Palomar College
1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069

Dates and times:
Ongoing from Friday, May 5 until Sunday, May 14
Sundays - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Thursdays - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Fridays - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturdays - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
2:00 PM Art Exhibition: Works of William Pleasant Jr.,Pre-Opening Gala Pleasant Institute, in association with CAT Sparks Art Inc., presents Signs for Life, an exhibition and community participatory event. This Smithsonian Signature Series Lift Every Voice program is preceded by a gala.

Pleasant's work is a featured part of the Cultural Expressions exhibit in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American Culture and History. Signs for Life explores Civil Rights and Black Power through the related paintings and signage. The afternoon events include cultural food, hands-on community art-making and signage, music making, and more.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Malcolm X Library
5148 Market Street
San Diego, CA 92114

Sunday, May 7 - 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
2:00 PM Stage: Travels with My Aunt North Coast Repertory Theatre presents Giles Havergal's theatrical adaptation of the Graham Greene novel. Eccentric aunt Augusta swoops in, shakes up the life of her staid bourgeois nephew, and ignites the lust for adventure buried within his gray flannel soul." David Ellenstain directs.

Admission/Cost: $39 - $50

North Coast Repertory Theatre
987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive
Solana Beach, CA 92075

Dates and times:
Ongoing from Wednesday April 12 to Sunday, May 7, 2017
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays - 8:00 PM
Saturdays - 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM (No Shows 4/15)
Sundays - 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM (No 7:00 PM show 5/7)

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5:30 PM Film: Here Without Me The Persian Cultural Center presents the Iranian Film Here Without Me, directed by Bahram Tavakoli, telling the story of a family of three and their dreams. A great and free adaptation of Tenessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie.

Admission/Cost: Free

Iranian- American Center
6790 Top Gun St. #7
San Diego, CA 92121

Sunday, May 7 - 5:30 PM (Doors open at 5:00 PM)

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