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⚾️ The Padres run home
Looking at the front of Petco Park
Petco Park, the home of the Padres. | Photo via Michael Beausoleil + SDtoday
Welcome home, Padres. San Diego’s MLB team is swinging into Opening Day tomorrow against the Colorado Rockies at 1:10 p.m. The season begins at Petco Park — 2023’s best MLB Stadium according to USA Today.

🤎 A historic season

The Padres will take on the Rockies for the Opening Series, with daily games through Sunday, April 2. But, it’s just the start of a historic schedule. For the first time in MLB history, all 30 teams will face one another at least once during the season.

After the team reached the National League Championship Series last year, Friar Nation is still reeling with excitement. Demand has been so high for Padres season tickets, they needed to cap sales for the first time ever.

San Diego Padres getting pitched a ball in the new jersey with the Motorola logo patched on

Catch the new jersey patch in action.


Photo via Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres

While this season begins at home, expect to see the Padres in new jerseys. Last year, the team signed a partnership with Motorola to add the company’s logo as a jersey patch on players’ sleeves. This is the first deal of its kind in MLB history.

💛 Join the festivities

You can still score single-game tickets — though Opening Day tickets are in low supply. There are also promo and events calendars full of freebies and themed games.

On Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the Opening Weekend Block Party will come to East Village. The event celebrates Padres baseball with live music, entertainment, and vendors — including restaurants, brewers, and small businesses. And, don’t forget your camera, because we expect some great photo ops.

Parking near Petco Park is limited, but all three MTS Trolley lines serve the ballpark, with additional services during Opening Weekend and a new wrap to show Padres pride.

Pro tip: Score a Padres-theme PRONTO card at the Gaslamp Quarter Station on Opening Day, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 29
  • Joann & Julia - Women’s Month Cider Pairing Dinner | Wednesday, Mar. 29 | 7 p.m. | Bivouac Ciderworks, 3986 30th St., San Diego | $65 | A cider pairing dinner by Chef Joann featuring iconic dishes inspired by Julia Child.
  • Girl God | Wednesday, Mar. 29 | 7:30 p.m. | Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego | $25.24 | A live show from the comedy and writing duo April Clark and Grace Freud.
  • Somewhere Like Shoreview, Verado, Tamar Berk | Wednesday, Mar. 29 | 8 p.m. | Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Ave., Solana Beach | $9-$16 | This locals-only show features three acts.
Thursday, March 30
  • Blood Drive Hosted by Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce | Thursday, Mar. 30 | 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce, 233 4th Ave., Chula Vista | Free | Schedule your appointment to give blood to those in need.
  • Oceanside Sunset Market | Thursday, Mar. 30 | 5-9 p.m. | Downtown Oceanside, Pier View Way, San Diego | Free | 200+ vendors span four city blocks for this weekly food and live music gathering in the North County.
Friday, March 31
  • San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies | Friday, March 31 | 6:40 p.m. | Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., San Diego | $32-$131 | The season’s second game also brings Party in the Park: BeerFest.
  • Present Laughter | Through Saturday, April 29 | Times vary | Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., San Diego | $27-$61 | Noël Coward’s play about Garry Essendine — a London actor whose fame brings him too much attention.
Saturday, April 1
  • Plunge EGGstravaganza: Underwater Egg Hunt | Saturday, Apr. 1 | 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Plunge, 3115 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego | $30 | Hunt for eggs in the water and on land — plus, a floating obstacle course and visits from the Easter Bunny.
Plan ahead with our community events calendar below.
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News Notes

  • 57º | Cloudy with periods of rain | 87% chance of rain
  • Rain is expected in San Diego County through tomorrow evening. The National Weather Service anticipates this storm system could bring up to 0.7 inches of rainfall to coastal communities and 1 inch inland. Temps will be ~10º below average; mountain communities may see snow. (National Weather Service)
Sunrise + Sunset
  • Rise: 6:40 a.m.
  • Set: 7:06 p.m.
  • Low: 12:19 p.m. and 11:58 p.m.
  • High: 3:52 a.m. and 8:01 p.m.
  • Check this out — Lakeside has opened its new library, which is triple the size of its previous branch. The 16,800-sqft facility is located at 12428 Woodside Ave. and features art displays, community gathering spaces, and is designed to be a Zero Net Energy building.
  • San Diego County has received $40+ million from the California Transportation Commission as part of the “Road Repair and Accountability Act.” The funding will support many transit-related projects, and $37.3 million will be allocated to stabilizing the Del Mar Bluffs as part of the Rail Improvement Program. (Fox 5)
  • Snapdragon Stadium has a big football game (soccer, to us Americans) coming Tuesday, July 25. Manchester United FC will play in the US for the first time in five years, facing the Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney-owned Wrexham AFC in a preseason match. Ticket sales start today at 8 a.m.
  • Mak Mak Organic has arrived in Oceanside, a concept by Carlsbad restaurateur James Limjoco, of Sublime Ale House. The eatery serves organic vegetables, chicken, and house-made tofu and makes its own kombucha and seltzers. The restaurant is open daily, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Chula Vista is celebrating the opening of the Casa Anita Apartments — a complex with 96 units of affordable housing. The development focuses on providing homes to people and families facing homelessness or those dealing with mental health struggles; County Behavioral Health will provide services on site.
  • Planning a vacation? Don’t go too far, San Diego is the No. 4 most popular vacation destination in the US according to research by Family Destination’s Guide. The study looked at Google data and the frequency of vacation-related search terms for the city. (ABC 10)
  • The most polished organizational item in your kitchen: the Fellow Atmos Coffee Canister, which not only looks great but keeps coffee fresh by sucking oxygen out of the jar. Pro tip: You can use it to store any snack and it will stay fresh longer.
A tour with local flavor
Two small beer sample mugs with the Taste of Hillcrest logo
A little cheers to big flavors. | Photo via Fabulous Hillcrest
We hope you’re hungry because Taste of Hillcrest is coming back on Saturday, April 8, 12-4 p.m.

If you’re new to the fun, this 21+ self-guided tour allows participants to dig into samples from select restaurants spanning Third Avenue to Park Boulevard. Along the walk, you’ll find flavors from across the world, local staples, and plenty of drinks.

Only a sample of the 25+ participating restaurants have been announced, but we’re already craving cold brew from Lestat’s, tacos from Baja Betty’s, and cupcakes from Babycakes. Ticket holders will also receive a Fabulous Hillcrest lanyard and map of participating locations, so you can craft your own tasty adventure.

Pre-sale tickets are $35 and will increase to $40 on the day of the event. Pro tip: This event does tend to sell out, so make those plans early.
The Wrap
Michael Beausoleil Today’s Edition By:
From the Editor
Good morning, San Diego. Tomorrow, I can officially say I’ve been a San Diegan for five years. On March 30, 2018, I packed my bags and moved here from Massachusetts. And let me tell you, it’s been an amazing five years filled with beaches, sunshine, and San Diego’s awesome culture. I’m so glad my journey has taken me to SDtoday, and I’m also happy when I can help a new San Diegan get adjusted to the city (Monica did a great job yesterday, too).

Missed yesterday’s newsletter? Learn the basics of being a San Diego resident in San Diegan 101.
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