If you are heading to San Diego this weekend, consider adding a pair of high-octane cultural festivals to your itinerary. Both events draw tens of thousands and are spread over two days so that you can go to them both and still hit the zoo or the beach. Best of all, both are free.
* Roots Fest on Adams: Think of this as a mini-Coachella music fest minus the heat and the ticket prices.
In its 38th year, the festival is spread along Adams Avenue in the gentrifying Normal Heights neighborhood. Although you'll find crafts booths, food and beer gardens, music is the main draw: More than 30 acts performing on five stages, with blues, bluegrass, Celtic, country, folk, klezmer and zydeco on tap.
Singer-songwriter Gregory Page has taken the stage for 10 years running -- it's a family tradition.
Roots founder Lou Curtiss "used to book my grandfather David Page and his Irish Dance Band at the festival in the 1970s," Gregory Page said. "Preservation of roots music is more important than ever, and Mr. Curtiss' vision to do this is a gift to us all."
Info: Roots Fest on Adams. The festival starts at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, with the last scheduled performances at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday and at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.