The Mainly Mozart festival will fill San Diego this year once more with the music of the 18th century Austrian composer. This year’s theme is “Prodigy” and focuses on the early years of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and other classical music prodigies.
There will be five concerts by the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, three Chamber Players concerts, a one-woman Broadway play called “The Other Mozart,” and other offerings. The festival might just whet your appetite for the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart festival held in New York in July and August.
The festival runs from Thursday, June 2, to June 18 at the Balboa Theater, 868 Fourth Ave., in downtown San Diego. Call 619-239-0100 for information about tickets. Or visit mainlymozart.org.
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What: No need to travel far to enjoy the century-old Fiesta Days fiesta, which is akin to a cowboy rodeo, in Vacaville. The family-friendly event will feature an array of activities and sites, including costume contests, live music by cover bands, Mariachi and Irish dance performances, aerial gymnastics, Zumba and a carnival.
When: 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, May 29; 11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Monday, May 30
Where: Andrews Park
Newport Jazz Festival
What: A host of jazz greats will play at this festival near the water, featuring multi-instrumentalist Gerard Albright, singer Stephanie Mills.
When: Doors open 6 p.m. Friday, June 3; 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5
Where: Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Road
Cost: From $60 for a single-day general admission ticket to $130 for a single-day VIP pass
Information: Call 949-360-7800 or visit festivals.hyattconcerts.com for more information.
Monterey Wine Festival
What: Wine, beer and food pairings will be on hand for this beautiful city’s premiere culinary event. Events will feature mussels, calimari and other seafood.
When: Friday to Sunday, June 3-5
Where: Locations around Monterey
Cost: Prices vary for different events
What: More than 50 music and dance groups celebrating the cultures of the Americas will parade through the streets of San Francisco’s Mission District as part of the 38th annual Carnaval parade.
When: 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 29
Where: The parade starts at 24th and Bryant streets and turns on Mission.
Cost: Viewing from the streets is free. Tickets are available for $30 to sit in the grandstand.
What: Music, art, food, drinks and other highlights of Greece and its islands will overflow in this three-day Greek Festival
When: Friday to Sunday, June 5
Where: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 1260 Davis St.