The Adams Avenue Roots Festival, the smaller of the two free annual music events in Normal Heights, has been renamed Adams Ave Unplugged and returns on April 21/22. It expands into Kensington this year with stages at the library, Ponce’s, Kensington Grill, Kensington Cafe and Ken Club. As a Kensington resident I’m pretty excited to have a music festival going on in the neighborhood. There’s a free trolley that will run along Adams too.
Also on tap for this weekend and April: the San Diego Bicycle Summit, put on by SD County Bicycle Coalition, is at the Omni Hotel downtown this weekend. Also, not one but two craft beer events in April: Sunday brings the Mission Valley Craft Beer and Food Festival at the Handlery Hotel, and City Beat’s Festival of Beers is Saturday the 7th in front of the Lafayette Hotel on El Cajon Blvd. Next Thursday the 5th is Opening Day at Petco Park, with the requisite free block party from 11-6.
UCSD’s Visual Arts Gallery has an open studios event on Saturday April 7th, with nearly 50 students participating (Josh Tonies piece shown here)… Likely a bit less edgy: ArtWalk is April 28th/29th in Little Italy… North Park Historical District has a walking tour of the neighborhood’s Dryden District on Saturday 4/14 at 9 AM – meet at 28th and Upas Streets. And finally, Sunday April 16th brings two events: the second annual Taste of College Area and a benefit at Ponce’s in Kensington for Franklin Elementary. Full calendar here.
– We enjoyed the vegetarian offerings at newly-opened Lotus Cafe in Hillcrest (my dairy-free peanut butter milkshake was surprisingly good), but it was disappointing to see it nearly empty on a Saturday evening… Bunz is open in Mission Valley, with Terra’s Jeff Rossman serving up some delicious burgers in the former Pam Pam spot attached to Days Hotel. Our waitress said the clientele has been an interesting mix of hotel patrons and Terra-familiar diners. If you get the vegan burger be prepared to use your fork, the bean/quinoa/peppers/oats concoction was tasty but got a bit squidgy.