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San Diego Weekend Guide: April 16-18 – Menus & Monuments

Enjoy special activities at the Cabrillo National Monument as part of National Park Week. Photo credit: Dan Zeller,

Good eats is where it’s at this week as San Diego Restaurant Week’s rare spring edition wraps up. Or how about a place or two with great views? Try one for the music and another for the aspiring rangers among you.

Foodies know that San Diego Restaurant Week happens in January and September. But, sigh, pandemic. So, with COVID restrictions easing, the promotion continues through Sunday, and includes 160 restaurants where you can enjoy prix-fixe menus at the price point of your choice. They start at $10 for lunch or $20 for dinner – and you can choose by location, type of fare, or even based on outdoor dining.

Balboa Park venues continue to welcome visitors again. The Museum of Photographic Arts reopens at 11 a.m. Friday, just in time to launch two new exhibits, one focusing on the work of young photographers from around the world. The San Diego History Center re-opens too.

Mainly Mozart has been a mainstay of the drive-in pandemic experience. Their Dual Orchestra event, featuring New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Washington D.C.’s National Symphony, continues at 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, with shows in the west lot of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Take in the music and the ocean view too. Programs include Mozart, Rossini, Bach, with an all-Mozart day planned Sunday. Admission starts at $49 a vehicle.

If a cannoli like the one at Osteria Panevino can’t tempt you to try Restaurant Week, nothing will. Photo credit: @sdrestaurantwk, via Facebook

Restaurant Week has some fancy fare. But how about some no-nonsense barbecue? Wise Ox in North Park is hosting the Ox Barbecue biweekly on Saturdays. Show up at 11 a.m. for the best of their smoked meats, which will be up for grabs at their shop, 2855 El Cajon Blvd., until they sell out.