Is it my imagination or does daylight savings time begin earlier with each passing year? While most of my friends are still hibernating, my bipedal readers will be losing an hour of precious sleep this Saturday night. Since I can pretty much sleep whenever I’m not exploring Balboa Park, blogging, or of course eating, I feel it is my duty to alert folks to five things in Balboa Park they don’t want to be late for this Sunday, March 8.
10th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
Though the Japanese Friendship Garden’s annual rite of spring opens on Saturday (March 7), Sunday’s hours are only 11am to 3pm, giving you that much less time to enjoy picnicking under 150 fragrant cherry trees, crafting, enjoying a variety of cultural entertainment, and chowing on authentic Japanese street foods.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Puppet Show
Caterpillars are no different from my hibernating friends when they wake up from their long sleep and emerge from their cocoon: they need to eat — a lot! Your preschool-aged pups will never forgive you if you oversleep (again) and miss this Sunday’s audience-participation puppet show at 11am, 1pm, and 2:30pm at the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater.
Spreckels Organ Pavilion Concert
If you think these weekly concerts are the same every week and it doesn’t hurt to snooze through one, think again. This week’s 2pm performance brings back Civic Organist Emeritus Robert Plimpton who, along with mezzo-soprano accompanist Colette Thomas, will present such howling-good standards as “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” and “I Got Rhythm.”
House of Austria Lawn Program
Lawn Programs are back! The weekly multicultural smorgasbords that don’t discriminate based on pedigree (i.e., all dogs are welcome!) return for their March through October run of over 30 different cultural festivals, each starting at 2pm on Sunday afternoon. Trust me — the House of Austria’s Sachertorte (a dense chocolate cake) is worth losing sleep over.
Ranger-Led Park Tour
You’ll definitely need to set your alarm for this 11am tour. If you haven’t gone on a ranger-led tour of Balboa Park in a while, if ever, there is no better time than during this Centennial Celebration year. You can learn everything you need to know about the Park’s rich history while there’s still plenty of time to take in many of the special activities planned for the year. Not to mention, this pet-friendly tour can also double as your morning dog-walking duty.