Days-ed and Confused

Quick, all you San Diego scientists, we need a time-traveling machine to get us through April. There are so many events piled one atop the other on upcoming weekends that there’s no way we can do it all without a means to repeat the passage of a given day.

Major League sports venues lay claim to April 4: There’s the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival at Qualcomm Stadium and a Padres Fan Fest at Petco Park. The following day is Easter, and even Peter Cottontail can only guess how many restaurants will have special Sunday brunches with hot cross buns and eggs galore.

Speaking of hopping and brunches, the following Saturday, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center’s annual Morning Glory Brunch will feature a rubber-frog race in the center’s pool. Unfortunately, that’s also the day when San Diego Horticultural Society and San Diego Floral Association co-present a spring tour that includes 12 private gardens near Balboa Park and when 75-plus wineries and 20-plus restaurants will offer tastes at Liberty Station for the VinDiego Wine & Food Festival. I’m thinking that since I’d be near Balboa Park for the tour, I could pop into the San Diego Air and Space Museum and commandeer a flying car from the day’s Fly Your Ride! competition to help me manage the tour and wine fest. The problem with that plan is that I could get sidetracked by the sight of vintage autos leaving the park’s San Diego Automotive Museum for the La Jolla Tour d’Elegance.

There’s Sunday, however, to catch the second part of the La Jolla car show: the Concours d’Elegance, when all the pretty cars stay stationary for ogling at the Ellen Browning Scripps Park. Those who prefer to see wheels spinning can get their jollies at the Del Mar Fairgrounds during the Goodguys Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals. For those who feel they’ve spent way too much time with cars all week on the 15, 163, 805 or other numbered roadway, there’s the San Diego Botanic Garden ArtFest (also on Saturday).

The weekend of April 18-19 includes the Encinitas Garden Festival & Tour and San Diego Wine Affair on Saturday; Oceanside Seaside Neighborhood Native Plant Tour, Avocado Festival in Fallbrook and Day at the Docks sportfishing celebration in Point Loma on Sunday; and the 90th Annual Coronado Flower Show and Oceanside Days of Art on both days.

My Outlook calendar highlights three events the following weekend. There’s Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art, with more than 100 floral interpretations of artworks; the San Diego International Wine Show in the paddock area of the Del Mar Fairgrounds; and the Mission Federal Artwalk in Little Italy. It’s possible to make all three events: hitting the Art Alive Bloom Bash on Friday evening, the wine show on Saturday and artwalk on Sunday. But that doesn’t help one also take in the Friends of East County Art Tour, Fallbrook Garden Club Tour and Point Loma Garden Walk on Saturday or the Veg Fest at Liberty Station on Sunday.

Thankfully, there are no more weekends in April, because I just can’t keep up such a pace of weekend activities. Perhaps I should start my own annual event: The Forty Winks Festival. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Perhaps a memory foam pillow company will step forward as title sponsor.