Friday, May 18, 2018

Things to Do This Weekend in San Diego: May 17-20

Friday, May 18
Salsa Under the Stars6 to 9 p.m., The Headquarters at SeaportHit the courtyard at The Headquarters at Seaport for this Friday night salsa dancing session under the stars. Manny Cepeda and his orchestra will provide the toe-tapping tunes; no partner or experience necessary to join this fun, free event.

Dirty Heads6:30 p.m., Mattress Firm AmphitheatreFour reggae-rock bands are bringing their summer concert tour to the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre for one night only. Headliners Dirty Heads will perform songs from their newest album "Swim Team" and classics from their albums dating back to 2008. The band will be accompanied by Iration, The Movement and Pacific Dub this island-vibing concert in Chula Vista. Tickets start at $20.
Movies on the Bay: Wizard of Oz6:30 p.m., Tidelands Park
Bring the family and a blanket to Tidelands Park on Coronado for a free movie. This week, Movies on the Bay presents the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz." This musical tale shares the story of Dorothy, a midwestern girl (Judy Garland) who is swept into another world where she encounters a unique trio of characters as she journeys to get back home.

The Story Behind the Cardiff Kook

[DGO] The Story Behind the Cardiff Kook
On HIghway 101 north of San Diego, there's a statue that was once ridiculed but has grown to find its own place in the hearts of the public. 
(Published Monday, April 16, 2018)
Hops on the Harbor7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Flagship Cruises & EventsThe ever-growing local beer maker Mike Hess Brewing joins Hops on the Harbor this month with a selection of four 6-ounce samples to accompany a dinner menu and cruise around San Diego Bay. This month, Hops on the Harbor will feature: a ceviche bar and citrus marinated local white fish with a topping of your choosing -- from pico de gallo to avocado and mango salsa -- paired with Mike Hess' "Steel Beach" lager; and a blood orange, barbecue-grilled chicken plated with an arugula and feta raspberry vinaigrette salad paired with "Blood Orange IPA," to name a few. The dinner cruise boards at 7 p.m. from 990 North Harbor Dr. and sails past the San Diego skyline, USS Midway, Star of India and other Maritime Museum ships and the Coronado Bay Bridge. Tickets cost $69.50 for adults and $41.70 for children ages 4 to 12; kids 3 and under are free. Reservations are recommended.
Classic Albums Live: The Beatles Abbey Road 7:30 p.m. (Friday & Saturday), Moonlight Amphitheatre (Vista)Classic rock albums will be brought to life in this concert series debuting at Moonlight Amphitheatre. First up is the iconic 1960s Beatles album "Abbey Road" featuring songs like, "Come Together," "Something" and "Here Comes the Sun." Guests can experience the entire album, song-for-song and note-for-note, in North County’s open-air theatre with a ticket starting at $15. On Saturday, Classic Albums Live will bring Led Zeppelin II to the stage. 
Celtic Woman: Homecoming Tour7:30 p.m., San Diego Civic TheatreClassically-trained Irish musicians tour the globe as part of the performing collective, Celtic Woman. They stop in San Diego Friday to share Ireland’s rich culture through song and dance. Tickets to the musical experience start at $42.

The Comedy of Tim Allen8 p.m., Copley Symphony HallTim Allen rose to national stardom with his television show, "Home Improvement" in the '90s and went on to star in comedies like "The Santa Clause" and animated films like "Toy Story." But the comedian has stayed true to his roots by continuing to bring his stand-up comedy routines to audiences across the country. His latest tour makes a stop in San Diego Friday. Tickets start at $34.
Bradley Schweit Photography/Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill
Saturday, May 19
Rock the Yacht! Cruise9 to 11 p.m., Hornblower CruisesA dance floor will take over one of Hornblower Cruise’s yachts as a DJ spins for a two-hour floating dance party. The ship-turned-nightclub will cruise San Diego Bay, giving guests a view of a twinkling San Diego skyline, the Coronado Bridge, USS Midway and more with a $30 ticket. Food and drink are not included but will be available for purchase. After the cruise, guests will disembark a few blocks from the Gaslamp.

Fiesta del Sol 20189 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fletcher Cove (Solana Beach)A two-day festival to kick off the summer season returns to Solana Beach for its 39th year. The music and arts festival will be filled with dozens of booths selling original paintings, handcrafted jewelry, pottery clothing and other unique artisan goods. As customers browse, a lineup of rock, reggae, soul, jazz, latin and worldbeat artists and bands will perform. The free event will also feature gourmet food trucks and vendors and kids will have their own area equipped with bounce houses, crafts and other activities.
Yoga in the City9 a.m., The Headquarters at Seaport VillageYogis, bring your mat to Seaport Village this Saturday for a free teacher-led yoga session presented by Scripps Health. All levels and ages are welcome but participants are asked to register in advance here

Raul Prieto Ramirez on the Spreckels Organ Pipes

[DGO] Raul Prieto Ramirez on the Spreckels Organ Pipes
Spanish organist Raul Prieto Ramirez is San Diego's new Civic Organist. You can see him perform on the historic Spreckels Organ at Balboa Park. Here, he shows NBC 7 some of his fancy footwork.
(Published Friday, Jan. 12, 2018)
San Diego Taco Fest11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Waterfront ParkA celebration of all things tacos is coming to San Diego. Taco Fest gathers popular local vendors -- including ¡Salud!, Lucha Libre, TJ Tacos and dozens more -- for this food and music festival at the city’s Waterfront Park. Throughout the day, artists will take the stage for a concert series headlined by the hip-hop/rap group Salt-N-Pepa with Spinderella. A $30 ticket to the event does not include food or drink but guests will have access to Lucha Libre wrestling matches, a Chihuahua beauty pageant and race and more at this all-day event.
Armed Forces Day: Operation Appreciation11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oceanside Pier AmphitheaterSaturday is Armed Forces Day and the city of Oceanside wants to show its appreciation for its men and women in uniform. All active-duty military will be treated to a day of free food from a variety of local restaurants, entertainment for the kids and live music at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater. The event is open to the public but only active-duty military with ID will have access to unlimited carnival rides, activities and a free lunch.

Stone Liberty Station 5th Anniversary Celebration 2 to 4 p.m., Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (Liberty Station)It’s been five years since Stone Brewing debuted at Liberty Station and the local beer maker is hosting a party to celebrate. Guests are invited to the World Bistro & Gardens where for $35 they can sample eight 3-ounce pours of Stone Brewing's popular suds. Each person will be given a commemorative glass and be treated to tasty bites from other vendors that make up Liberty Station.
Lynard Skynard: Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour 6 p.m., Mattress Firm AmphitheatreOriginal Lynard Skynard member Gary Rossington keeps the band's legacy alive by touring the country to grace cities with rock-n-roll. The Hall-of-Famers bring their latest tour, Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour, to Chula Vista accompanied by Outlaws, Jamestown Revival and Georgia Satellites. Tickets for the concert start at $22.  
Sunday, May 20

Beautiful Blooms: The Flower Fields in Carlsbad

[DGO] Beautiful Blooms: Aerial View of The Flower Fields in Carlsbad
A aerial view via News Chopper 7 of the vibrant blooms at The Flower Fields at Carslbad Ranch on March 21, 2018.
(Published Wednesday, March 21, 2018)

Pirate Days10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), San Diego Maritime MuseumAhoy, matey! A two-day celebration of all things pirate is coming to the Maritime Museum. This all-ages festival will feature cannon firings, sword fights and scavenger hunts for pirates booty throughout the day. Children can participate in a costume contest and any guest who wears a pirate or mermaid costume will receive $2 off the $18 price of admission for adults or the $8 admission price for kids 3 to 12 years old. Children two and under are free. For an additional $20 ($10 for children) visitors can be trained in pirate life --learning how to sword fight, bail water from a sinking ship and more as part of an interactive show "Boarded! A new Pirate Adventure." 
Gaslamp Artisan Market10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fifth AvenueA new marketplace is making its debut on the Gaslamp Quarter’s Fifth Avenue between Market Street and Island Avenue. Local artisans will be able to showcase their goods at the Gaslamp Artisan Market every Sunday starting at 10 a.m. Guests can stop by the popular shops that and restaurants that line the Gaslamp as they make their way through booths filled with handcrafted goods.

Brunch With the Birds11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Free Flight (Del Mar)Free Flight, the exotic bird sanctuary on Jimmy Durante Boulevard, is hosting its annual Brunch With the Birds to raise funds for the feathered friends that call the sanctuary home. Guests can sip on refreshments while learning about the sanctuary and interacting with the parrots in their care. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for children.
BYOD: Bring Your Own Dog 12 to 5 p.m., QuartyardThis party’s going to the dogs. Quartyard held its grand re-opening party for humans a few weeks ago, but now, they are throwing one for furry companions. Bring your dog to the urban park located in East Village for this free event that will feature dog-friendly vendors and music. The event is free before 2 p.m. or $5 after.

Inside Liberty Public Market: Fall 2017

[DGO] A Peek at Liberty Public Market: Fall 2017
It's been a year-and-a-half since Liberty Public Market opened in the heart of Liberty Station. With more than 30 vendors lining its halls, the 25,000-square-foot marketplace has quickly transformed into a food emporium, with interesting treats to be had at every turn. Here's a glimpse at LPM, as it looks in fall 2017. 
(Published Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017)

Nomad Donuts & Mike Hess Brewing12 p.m., Mike Hess Brewing (North Park)Nomad Donuts’ Chef Kristianna Zabala and Mike Hess Brewing’s Lead Brewer Paul Deras worked together to create the perfect pairings of breakfast treats and locally-brewed suds. For $22, guests will be treated to a three-course pairing menu that includes: an Ube/Taro Coconut Donut from Nomads paired with a pour of Mike Hess' "Grazias Vienna Cream Ale;" an Eight West Spiced Coffee Crueller matched with "Umbrix American Imperial Stout;" and a House-cured Salmon Bagel paired with "My Other Vice Berliner Weisse." Tickets must be purchased by Friday to attend this event at Mike Hess Brewing’s North Park tasting room (3812 Grim Avenue).
Sunday Organ Concert2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa ParkEnjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will find Raul Prieto Ramirez, the city’s newest San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Prieto Ramirez hails from Spain and, as he told NBC 7, hopes to keep the program interesting – from Bach to Queen – at the historic Spreckels Organ.
Free or Cheap Things to Do in San DiegoTimes and locations vary
Looking to save some cash, but still enjoy the city? In San Diego, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy for free or on the cheap. Go for a hike at Torrey Pines State Park or Cowles Mountain, stroll Balboa Park, try a new craft brewery, admire the murals of Chicano Park or read a book at a downtown park. Get out there and explore America’s Finest City.


Monday, May 14, 2018

5 Ways Tax Reform Has Impacted the 2018 Housing Market

Starting late last year, some predicted that the 2018 tax changes would cripple the housing market. Headlines warned of the potential for double-digit price depreciation and suggested that buyer demand could drop like a rock. There was even sentiment that homeownership could lose its coveted status as a major component of the American Dream.
Now that the first quarter numbers are in, we can begin to decipher the actual that impact tax reform has had on the real estate market.

1. Has tax reform killed off home buyer demand? The answer is “NO.”

According to the Showing Time Index which “tracks the average number of buyer showings on active residential properties on a monthly basis” and is a “highly reliable leading indicator of current and future demand trends,” buyer demand has increased each month over the last three months and is HIGHER than it was for the same months last year. Buyer demand is not down. It is up.

2. Have the tax changes affected America’s belief in real estate as a long-term investment? The answer is “NO.”

Two weeks ago, Gallup released its annual survey which asks Americans which asset they believed to be the best long-term investment. The survey revealed:
“More Americans name real estate over several other vehicles for growing wealth as the best long-term investment for the fifth year in a row. Just over a third cite real estate for this, while roughly a quarter name stocks or mutual funds.” 
The survey also showed that the percentage of Americans who believe real estate is the best long-term investment was unchanged from a year ago.

3. Has the homeownership rate been negatively impacted by the tax changes? The answer is “NO.”

Not only did the homeownership rate not crash, it increased when compared to the first quarter of last year according to data released by the Census Bureau.
In her latest Z Report,” Ivy Zelman explains that tax reform didn’t hurt the homeownership rate, but instead, enhanced it:
“We have been of the opinion that homeownership is most highly correlated with income and the net effect of tax reform would be a positive, rather than negative catalyst for the homeownership rate. While still in the early innings of tax changes, this has proven to be the case.”

4. Has the upper-end market been crushed by new State and Local Taxes (SALT) limitations? The answer is “NO.”

In the National Association of Realtors latest Existing Home Sales Report it was revealed that:
  • Sales between $500,000 and $750,000 were up 4.5% year-over-year
  • Sales between $750,000 and $1M were up 15.1% year-over-year
  • Sales over $1M were up 17.3% year-over-year

5. Will the reforms in the tax code cause home prices to tumble over the next twelve months? The answer is “NO.”

According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights Report, home prices will appreciate in each of the 50 states over the next twelve months. Appreciation is projected to be anywhere from 1.9% to 10.3% with the national average being 4.7%.

Bottom Line

The doomsday scenarios that some predicted based on tax reform fears seem to have already blown over based on the early housing industry numbers being reported.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

What If I Wait Until Next Year to Buy a Home?

What If I Wait Until Next Year to Buy a Home? | MyKCM
We recently shared that national home prices have increased by 6.7% year-over-year. Over that same time period, interest rates have remained historically low which has allowed many buyers to enter the market.
As a seller, you will likely be most concerned about ‘short-term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As a buyer, however, you must not be concerned about price, but instead about the ‘long-term cost’ of the home.
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae all project that mortgage interest rates will increase by this time next year. According to CoreLogic’s most recent Home Price Index Reporthome prices will appreciate by 5.2% over the next 12 months.

What Does This Mean as a Buyer?

If home prices appreciate by 5.2% over the next twelve months as predicted by CoreLogic, here is a simple demonstration of the impact that an increase in interest rate would have on the mortgage payment of a home selling for approximately $250,000 today:
What If I Wait Until Next Year to Buy a Home? | MyKCM

Bottom Line

If buying a home is in your plan for this year, doing it sooner rather than later could save you thousands of dollars over the terms of your loan.
Contact us today for more information and to get started on your home search. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

San Diego Waives ‘Granny Flat’ Construction Fees to Help Increase Housing

In an effort to increase the supply of low-income housing, the San Diego City Council voted unanimously Monday to waive fees associated with construction of “granny flats.”
Development Impact Fees, Facility Benefit Assessment Fees and General Plan Maintenance Fees for the construction of “companion units” — otherwise known as accessory dwelling units or granny flats — were waived for homeowners who want to build secondary living spaces on their property.
“One of the fastest and least expensive ways we can increase affordable housing in San Diego is to make it easier to build granny flats,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “With these new incentives, we’re removing barriers to encourage the construction of new units that San Diegans can actually afford. This will be another tool we’ll use to tackle our housing needs.”
In addition to the waived fees, Faulconer also directed $100,000 to the Public Utilities Department to cover the cost of Water and Sewer Capacity Fees for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018. He also plans to commit an additional $300,000 in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget to cover the cost for additional fee waivers designed to increase granny flat supply.
“Companion units provide a great housing option in the city that we desperately need and today we have moved one step closer to increasing the number of these units by reducing the burdensome fees,” said Councilmember Scott Sherman.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Things to Do in the Spring in San Diego

Fields of flowers, the San Diego Padres and pretty much perfect weather could only mean one thing: it’s springtime in San Diego. Here are some ways to celebrate the season and frolic in America’s Finest City.
Carlsbad Flower FieldsNothing says spring quite like a visit to the Carlsbad Flower Fields on Paseo Del Norte in San Diego’s North County. Open now through Mother's Day (May 13), guests can enjoy the blooms daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $8 for kids ages 3 to 10; children under 2 get in free. Besides a walk along the fields and endless photo opportunities, visitors can enjoy snacks from vendors and shopping at the on-site store and nursery. The Flower Fields also hosts a bunch of events each spring, including a special kid’s day, live music and a Mother’s Day celebration.
Free or Cheap Things to Do in San DiegoFree or Cheap Things to Do in San Diego

Balboa Park Botanical Building
Sure, it’s open year-round, but Balboa Park’s Botanical Building in the spring is truly a spectacular sight. At over 100 years old, the historic building is one of the largest lath structures in the world, not to mention one of the most photographed spots in Balboa Park. There are more than 2,100 permanent plants inside including cynads, ferns, orchids, palms and other tropical plants. The iconic Lily Pond is also right in front of the building, which makes this the perfect springtime stop. The Botanical Building is free to enter and open Friday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Thursdays and holidays). Bonus: on the third Friday of each month, at 11 a.m., the San Diego Floral Association gives a free tour of the Botanical Building. Tours leave from the south end of the Lily Pond and are open to the public.
San Diego Padres at Petco ParkSpring means baseball season! Head over to downtown San Diego's Petco Park and catch a San Diego Padres home game. This year, the Padres Home Opener lands on March 29 when the team takes on the Milwaukee Brewers. Check out the full schedule of games here; tickets to most games start around $15 to $18.
Mission Beach BoardwalkTake advantage of our gorgeous weather and visit the iconic boardwalk at Mission Beach. Two years ago, a portion of the boardwalk's seawall -- between San Fernando Place and Ventura Place, near Belmont Park -- was reconstructed to restore the seawall back to how it looked when it was first built in the 1920s. The spot is a popular place to take a stroll in the spring and summer -- or on any day when the temps are practically perfect. You'll often see locals and tourists walking, jogging and bicycling along the boardwalk. The exercise is great, but the ocean views are even better.
Picnic at a Local LakeGet in touch with nature by having yourself a good old-fashioned picnic at one of our many local lakes. East County spots include Santee Lakes, Lake Murray and Lake Jennings. There’s also Dixon Lake in Escondido, Lake Miramar, Lake Morena and Chollas Lake, to name a few more.
Whale Watching (Yes, even in the spring)Traditionally a winter activity, whale watching in San Diego has now become a year-round activity. Joe Terzi, president and CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority, has said that San Diego should be considered the world's No. 1 destination for whale watching. Around this time in 2015, Flagship Cruises said gray whale sightings were on the rise in San Diego, with more than 200 spotted off our shores over the first few months of the year.

Courtesy of NBCSanDiego

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

VA Loans by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

VA Loans by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

VA Loans by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights:

  • Since the creation of the VA Home Loans Program, 22 million veterans have been able to achieve the American Dream of homeownership.
  • In 2017, $188 billion was loaned to veterans and their families through the program.
  • VA Purchase Loans are on the rise in 46 out of 50 states and Washington, DC.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Things to Do This Weekend in San Diego: April 5-8

SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival  During Park Hours, SeaWorld San DiegoSample bites from around the world at SeaWorld’s annual food fest. Each Seven Seas food location will feature tantalizing tastes of traditional street foods, like pork belly pizza, spicy tuna and escargot, Plus, each location will have one daring bite featuring exotic ingredients. Pair your treats with a craft beer or wine. Sampler tickets range from $20 to $65 for the festival running on select days through April 15.Beautiful Blooms: The Flower Field

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Carlsbad RanchThe beautiful blooms at the famous Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are back in their brilliant glory. The annual flower viewing season runs through May 13. As usual, for about six to eight weeks, visitors can enjoy displays of colorful Giant Tecolote Ranunculus spanning fifty acres. The annual burst of blooms is something locals look forward to year after year as spring rolls in. The Flower Fields are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; tickets cost $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $8 for children ages 3 to 10. If you plan on visiting a few times this spring, you may want to spring for a season pass. Keep an eye on the Flower Fields website, too, as the venue hosts lots of family-friendly, fun events throughout its season, usually on the weekends.
MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition 
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday through Thursday) and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Friday through Sunday), Fleet Science CenterCan you pull a tablecloth off a table without disturbing the dishes on top? Do you stay drier running or walking in the rain? Get the answer to some of your burning questions at the new exhibit based on the popular TV show, "Mythbusters." Just like the show, this hands-on exhibit will allow guests to use the scientific method to test some commonly-held theories. Access to the exhibit, which is open through Sept. 3, can be added to a general admission ticket to The Fleet for $5.Things to Do in Old T

Colorado Rockies v. San Diego Padres12:40 p.m., Petco ParkBaseball season is in full swing. Root, root, root for the San Diego Padres as they take the field at Petco Park for their second series of the season -- this time, against the Colorado Rockies. Tickets start at $15. The afternoon start time makes for a sunny, San Diego day at the ballpark that can be only enhanced with sips of craft brew and some of this year’s new local grub -- like Seafood Tacos from Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill or a Smoked Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog from Carnitas' Snack Shack.
American MariachiDates and Times Vary (Until April 29), The Old Globe"American Mariachi," a new play created by writer Jose Cruz Gonzalez, tells the story of a teenage girl in the 1970s who yearns to break into the male-dominated art of mariachi. She creates an all-girl mariachi band despite disapproval from her family. The play features San Diego talent, like director James Vásquez and lead actor Jennifer Paredes. Tickets start at $30 for the play that runs through April 29 at the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage. 
Things to Do at Balboa Park
Balboa Park is one of San Diego’s best-known landmarks. NBC 7's Monica Garske speaks with Balboa Park Conservancy CEO and president Tomas Herrera-Mishler about a few of the things you should do when you visit the sprawling urban park in the hear of America's Finest City.
(Published Thursday, April 20, 2017)
Friday, April 6
Cruisin’ Grand5 to 9 p.m., Grand Avenue (Escondido)It’s opening night for the free auto festival that has taken over downtown Escondido for nearly two decades. Hundreds of vintage cars line Grand Avenue for seven blocks every Friday night from April to September for the event that seems to transform the city into a retro paradise. Along the route, enjoy dinner or browse local goods at one of the many restaurants and shops that extend their hours during the car show.
First Friday Art Walk6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Downtown OceansideThe Oceanside Art Walk was created to give local artists a chance to showcase their artwork and talents to other San Diegans every Friday night. The artists take over shops and perform in open areas throughout downtown, bringing a lively energy to the city. This free event is put on by the nonprofit, Oceanside Friends of the Arts.Inside Liberty Public
Hops on the Harbor7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Flagship Cruises & EventsThis month, Vista beer-maker Iron Fist Brewing joins Hops on the Harbor to give guests a selection of samples -- from IPAs to limited releases like their Chocolate Mint Stout -- as they enjoy a sail around the San Diego Bay. Four 6-oz samples will be paired with dinner courses. This month’s menu includes a pan-seared Sea Bass with lemon beurre blanc, a chicken penne pasta with sundried tomatoes in a cream sauce, an herb-roasted leg of lamb and an oatmeal stout-braised beef short rib. Each item is paired with a 6-ounce sample of the family-owned brewery’s craft beer. The dinner cruise boards at 7 p.m. from 990 North Harbor Dr. and sails past the San Diego skyline, USS Midway, Star of India and other Maritime Museum ships and the Coronado Bay Bridge. Tickets cost $69.50 for adults and $41.70 for children ages 4 to 12; kids 3 and under are free. Reservations are recommended.
Septime Webre’s 'The Great Gatsby'7:30 p.m., San Diego Civic TheatreThe Roaring Twenties are brought to life in this musical rendition of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald tale about a millionaire whose desire is his ultimate demise. The story is set to swinging choreography that fuses ballet, jazz and tap performed by the California Ballet Company. Musician Billy Novik composed original works to complement the story. Before the show, partake in a red carpet photo shoot or a 30-minute discussion with ballet director Maxine Mahon. The Ballet will additionally perform two shows Saturday (2:30 and 7:30 p.m.) and one show Sunday (2:30 p.m.) Tickets start at $25.Group Works to Restore Balboa Par

Elgar Cello Concerto8 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), Copley Symphony HallThe final work of English composer Edward Elgar was a composition perfectly created for the booming sounds of the cello. With the purchase of a ticket ($20 and up), guests will be treated to the Cello Concerto at the hands of Conductor Case Scaglione, cellist Andrei Ionita and the San Diego Symphony. The ensemble will also perform a special version of this concert Sunday at The Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe -- the full symphony’s first time in Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets to that event cost $50. 
Cinema Under the Stars: 'Get Out'8 p.m., Cinema Under the Stars (Mission Hills)Enjoy a movie under the stars at this outdoor theater on Goldfinch Street in Mission Hills. The winter/spring season features a movie screening every Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m., now through April 29. This weekend, the Oscar-winning thriller 'Get Out' will keep viewers in suspense. The film, written and directed by Jordan Peele, tells the story of a black man (Daniel Kaluuya) who stumbles upon a disturbing secret when he is taken home to meet his girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) parents. Admission is $18 at the box office, or you can reserve your seat in advance for $20.w Female-Led Distillery Opens in East Village
Saturday, April 7
Little Italy Mercato8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Little ItalyEvery Saturday, more than 200 tents line the streets of Little Italy, spanning five blocks and showcasing an array of farm fresh produce, meats, flowers and artisan craft goods from local vendors. Grab a crepe as you stroll, or sit in the Piazza Famiglia while enjoying music from local artists. This has been a neighborhood tradition for years and has become one of the biggest farmers markets in San Diego. 
San Diego Botanic Garden ArtFest9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), San Diego Botanic GardenThe sprawling botanical garden in Encinitas (230 Quail Gardens Drive) gives this art show, featuring more than 20 local artists, a unique backdrop. Art admirers and shoppers can browse a variety of pieces -- from sculptures to paintings and potting -- set against a backdrop of dragon trees, rare fruit gardens, bamboo groves and ponds that call the botanical garden home. While you shop, Bob Ballentine and friends will tantalize your earbuds with live music. Admission to the garden is $14 for adults and $8 for children.
South Bay Earth Day11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Chula Vista Marina at Bayside ParkCelebrate the planet at one of the largest Earth Day events in the region. This free festival in the South Bay aims to show guests how to reduce their impact on the environment and live greener with a variety of fun activities throughout the day, like a fix-it clinic and cycling events. Growers will be selling organic fruits and vegetables at the farmers market and some of the county’s most popular food trucks will have savory delights on hand. There will be plenty of freebies at the Earth Day celebration, including yoga classes, an oil change and free recycling kits.
San Diego Gulls v. Ontario Reign7 p.m., Valley View Casino CenterGulliver the Gull is calling on you to cheer on San Diego’s Gulls as they take on the Ontario Reign in San Diego in one of the last games of the 2017-18 season. These high-energy games are fun for the whole family or a group of friends, even if hockey isn’t really your thing. Tickets start at $22. The Gulls want to celebrate their supporters as they round out the season with a "Fan Appreciation Night." Before the game, there will be a tailgate party from 5 to 7 p.m.'s Cooking Now at Liberty Public Market
Sunday, April 8
La Jolla Concours D’Elegance9 a.m. to 4 p.m., La JollaThe annual luxury car extravaganza is rolling back into La Jolla. The Concours D’Elegance gives car enthusiasts a chance to gaze at luxurious, vintage cars from big brands like Rolls Royce, Cadillac, Bugatti and more as they sit atop the lawn at Ellen Browning Scripps Park. With a general admission ticket for $65 ($70 day of), you can sip on craft cocktails and grove to swinging 30s-era music as you admire the automobiles. A VIP ticket for $175 gets all that, plus bites from 15 of San Diego's finest restaurants -- like Eddie V’s, Piatti and Aroi Cafe -- and access to a VIP lounge. Separate ticketed events include a Soiree on Friday and an Aston Martin Art Deco Party on Saturday. 
Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
Join a trail guide from Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) on this free, 1.5-hour nature walk and learn about the plants, animals, geology, history and ecology of the park. The walk begins at the Visitor Center and will head out to one of three scenic trails: The Oak Grove Loop, The Visitor Center Loop, or The Riverside Grinding Rocks. These walks are typically held at MTRP every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Wear close-toed shoes and sunscreen, and bring water.

Sip ‘n Savor Fest12 to 4 p.m., Hard Rock HotelLocal restaurants, breweries and bands are coming together to raise funds for the American Liver Association, all while giving guests a chance to sample mouthwatering cuisine and sips of craft beverages. With a $45 ticket to the Sip ‘n Savor Festival, guests can sample 10 creations by local chefs, including Chef Ashley Kato of JSix and Chef Andy Weiss of The Smoking Gun, while taking in sprawling views of downtown San Diego from the rooftop of the Hard Rock Hotel. Music will fill the open-air patio as local bands like Fishing for Chips and Half Car Garage perform.
Live Music Sundays: Bill Magee Blues1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Liberty Public MarketBill Magee has played the blues with Jimi Hendrix and with his band the Kansas City Playboys. Now, after a brief retirement, he is returning to bring bluesy rhythms to the Liberty Public Market patio for a free performance. Before or after the concert, stroll the artisan shops or grab a tasty bite at the stores and restaurants that make up Liberty Public Market.

Sunday Organ Concert2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa ParkEnjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will find Raul Prieto Ramirez, the city’s newest San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Prieto Ramirez hails from Spain and, as he told NBC 7, hopes to keep the program interesting – from Bach to Queen – at the historic Spreckels Organ.
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Looking to save some cash, but still enjoy the city? In San Diego, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy for free or on the cheap. Go for a hike at Torrey Pines State Park or Cowles Mountain, stroll Balboa Park, try a new craft brewery, admire the murals of Chicano Park or read a book at a downtown park. Get out there and explore America’s Finest City.

Courtesy of NBC San Diego