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Top April Events

San Diego shines this Spring

The flowers are blooming, craft beer and wine is flowing, and there’s a ton of fun happenings in San Diego this April. Plan your trip to California’s beach city now and experience this exciting lineup of events.  

Don't miss these exciting events happening in San Diego this April. 

San Diego Zoo Yaycation

When: April 6-21, 2019
As the days grow longer, the Zoo bursts into bloom with fun for the whole family. Join us for oodles of special animal experiences, a fun treasure hunt, tasty limited-time treats, and laughter with Zany Dr. Zoolittle, as the San Diego Zoo Rock Radio DJ adds to the lively beat.

San Diego Crew Classic

When: April 6-7, 2019
The Crew Classic is not only an athletic event with competitors at the peak of physical fitness, but a social gathering for enthusiasts to enjoy great local food, a beer garden with San Diego’s famous local craft breweries, and shopping.

Art Alive

When: April 11-14, 2019
Spring in San Diego means Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art with stunning works of art on display in the Museum with more than 100 floral interpretations created by top local and national designers.

La Jolla Concours D'Elegance

When: April 12-14, 2019
La Jolla has become the embodiment of luxury, class and style in San Diego. The chic allure of La Jolla’s avenues has drawn the finest automobiles to this coastal town for the La Jolla Concours d'Elegance.

Chicano Park Day

When: April 20, 2019
Experience traditional music and dance, including one of the largest groups of Aztec Indigenous dance, coordinated by Danza Azteca Calpulli Mexihca. The day will be filled with performances by ballet folklórico groups and numerous live bands, lowrider car show coordinated by Amigos Car Club, vendor booths, kids arts workshop and speakers.

Arts & Craft

When: April 26, 2019
Spend an evening in Balboa Park and check out the work of the more than 200 Spanish Village Art Center resident artists or make some art of your own with lessons in painting, mosaics and more. There will be unlimited tastings from some of San Diego’s best craft breweries and delicious bites from the Cohn Restaurant Group.

Mission Federal ArtWalk

When: April 27-28, 2019
Featuring more than 300 artists filling 17 square blocks of the iconic urban neighborhood with art, craftsmanship and beautiful goods, this event attracts artists from across the globe. More than just an art event, the festival is a family-friendly opportunity to participate in interactive art installations and features live and features live music and dance performances.

SeaWorld's Seven Seas Craft Beer & Food Festival

When: Thru April 28, 2019
Foodies and craft beer aficionados will love SeaWorld's Seven Seas Food Festival, featuring craft beer from favorite local breweries, plus fresh international cuisine infused with local, sustainable ingredients and unique signature flavors from around the world.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Butterfly Jungle

When: Thru May 12, 2019
Walk through the Butterfly Jungle - filled with butterflies of all colors and sizes.There's a special thrill in being surrounded by these fluttering beauties - and guests wearing bright colors, may find the winged wonders perching on them!

The Flower Fields

When: Thru May 12, 2019
For more than sixty years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world.

San Diego Padres 50th Season

When: Thru September
The Padres will celebrate 50 years as Major League franchise in America’s Finest City throughout 2019.

More Great April Events

Cirque du Soleil Volta

When: April 3-28, 2019
Energetic, urban and contemporary, VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world.

Cruisin' Grand Escondido

When: April 5 - September 27, 2019
More than 5,000 visitors and car enthusiasts each Friday night to check out the 500+ cars lining the streets, themed car clubs and live music.

Goodguys Meguiar's Del Mar Nationals

When: April 5-7, 2019
The Goodguys Meguiar's Del Mar Nationals is a colorful "Full Throttle Fun" hot rod & custom car automotive themed festival featuring over 2,500 hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars & trick trucks through 1987 vintage.

Carlsbad 5000

When: April 6-7, 2019
Experience the Carlsbad 5000, the World’s Fastest 5K. Don't miss your chance to experience the Party by the Sea!

Ironman 70.3 Oceanside California

When: April 6, 2019
A season opener that attracts a who's who of triathlon in North America.

Uncorked: San Diego

When: April 6, 2019
Enjoy over 200 wines and champagnes from across the globe, gourmet food trucks, live dj, lawn games and more! Bring your picnic blankets or beach chairs and come hang out to sip and savor on the water.

Peg Leg Smith Liar's Contest

When: April 6, 2019
Every year, the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park attracts storytellers from all over the globe to compete in the annual Peg Leg Smith Liar's Contest. The festivities begin at dusk. Bring a lawn chair and refreshments and get ready to enjoy a night of fun, and it's free!

Race for Autism

When: April 6, 2019
You can be a SUPERHERO for Autism! Make a difference and change the futures for thousands with autism in San Diego at the Race for Autism Superhero 5K.

Campagnolo GranFondo San Diego

When: April 7, 2019
Southern California meets Italy in this celebration of cycling, food, and San Diego’s picturesque water front. The Campagnolo GranFondo San Diego is well known as one of San Diego's finest cycling events!

Black Mountain Trail Run

When: April 7, 2019
Part of the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series, this course is great for beginners and advanced athletes with plenty of wide fire road trails and some single track sections.

Triton 5K & Festival

When: April 7, 2019
The 3.1 mile, USATF-sanctioned course is a scenic trek through the heart of UCSD, past towering eucalyptus groves and familiar campus landmarks.

Gaslight Gathering

When: April 12-14, 2019
Gaslight Gathering is a convention to promote Steampunk and Victoriana aesthetics as it relates to dress, art, music, crafts, pop culture, and literature.

San Diego Botanic Garden ArtFest

When: April April 13-14, 2019
ArtFest at the Garden features some of the finest regional artists displaying their talents with the beautiful San Diego Botanic Garden as a back drop.

Coronado Flower Show

When: April 13-14-22, 2019
Largest tented flower show in the nation! Exhibits surround a central gazebo which stages continuous live music entertainment, announcements, and trophy presentations. Food pavilion and beer garden on site!

VinDiego Wine & Food Festival

When: April 13, 2019
Over 70 Top Tier Wineries and 25 of San Diego's very best Chefs come together to create San Diego’s Classy Wine and Food Experience! Come sip, sniff, swirl and taste over 300 amazing wines.

San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon, 5K & 10K

When: April 13, 2019
Run through some of San Diego’s most beautiful beaches, bays and resorts, with this fast, flat and scenic half marathon, 5k and 10k. Stick around because the party starts at the finish line with live music, a beer garden (your first beer is on us!), snacks, photo opportunities, and much more.

Taste of Hillcrest

When: April 13, 2019
More than 35 fantastic Hillcrest restaurants are participating, giving foodies a chance to sample some of their best and signature dishes.

Fallbrook Avocado Festival

When: April 14, 2019
Local artisans on the Artisan Walk on Alvarado, Cazadores Margaritas at the Main Stage area, featuring local talent, food, wine garden, local beer, community stage, kid's zone and Avocado Central where avocados and trees can be purchased.

Port of San Diego's Day at the Docks

When: April 14, 2019
Signaling the official start of Southern California’s spring saltwater fishing season, Day At The Docks takes place against the colorful and dynamic backdrop of world renown sportfishing fleet on San Diego Bay.

San Diego Magazine's Best of North County Party

When: April 14, 2019
A sunset celebration of the top restaurants, breweries and businesses in NoCo. Guests will dine on unlimited gourmet tastings prepared by local chefs paired with sips of craft beer and cocktails, local wines, and spirits.

Del Mar National Horse Show

When: April 16 - May 5, 2019
See world-class performances in reining with its famous spins and sliding stops, elegant and athletic dressage moves choreographed to music, and nail-biting daredevil show jumping!

Cajon Classic Cruise

When: April 17 - October 5, 2019
The famous Cajon Classic Cruise Car Shows are back again! Thousands of people from all over Southern California visit this display of classic cars from all over.

Bikes, Boards and Brews

When: April 20, 2019
Enjoy tasters from San Diego’s best craft brewers, food pairings from local Pacific Beach restaurants, a bike show, local artists and more.

Taste of Liberty Station

When: April 24, 2019
Come by and enjoy live entertainment and unique art demos at Liberty Station, while indulging in all of the delicious bites of neighborhood's restaurants at Taste of Liberty Station!

Lakeside Rodeo

When: April 26-28, 2019
Four full rodeo performances featuring the 7 events of rodeo to include bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing (WPRA), tie down roping, and team, the Kids Stick Horse Race is a hilarious to watch at each performance!

Encinitas Spring Street Fair

When: April 27-28, 2019
At the Encinitas Spring Street Fair, enjoy unique food, five live music stages, children's rides, beer garden, and more than 450 vendors.

Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival

When: April 27, 2019
Beer, food, and spirits all included! That's right, FOOD. You don't pay for food at MVCBF. It's a festival.

San Diego Kids Expo & Fair

When: April 27, 2019
The San Diego Kids Expo & Fair presented by Toyota every April and October is part businesses and non-profits on display, part fun fair and part music and dance festival. And definitely all kids!

Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival

When: April 27, 2019
A family-friendly community celebration of spring and a greener future featuring various kid friendly activities such as tour of the Butterfly Pavilion, Butterfly Releases, the Pollinator Party & the Butterfly Discovery Lab, and more.

Adams Avenue Unplugged

When: April 27, 2019
Featuring live musical performances staged inside restaurants, bars, coffee houses and galleries lining the neighborhood.

San Diego Shaka Fest

When: April 27, 2019
A beautiful day on Mission Bay filled with amazing events such as a youth-only canoe regatta, SUP race for adults and keiki's, stages of da kine Hawaiian and Tahitian entertainment, your favorite boutique vendors and island inspired food vendors to enjoy.

Barrio Logan Grand Prix

When: April 27, 2019
Join in the thrill of fast-paced bicycle racing by pro racers, top-level amateurs, a community walk, and a fun children's cycling event.

Foxy Trail Half Marathon and 5K

When: April 28, 2019
This local San Diego Trail Half Marathon starts at West Bernardo Park and crosses the new stone suspension bridge before running around beautiful Lake Hodges in San Diego's North Inland region.

San Diego EarthFair

When: April 28, 2019
Featuring more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a Food Pavilion, a special Children's Activity Area, four entertainment venues, the Children’s Earth Parade, the eARTh Gallery arts and crafts show, and the Cleaner Car Concourse.

La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K

When: April 28, 2019
The La Jolla Half Marathon is one of America's most picturesque and beautiful point-to-point races.

MotorCars on MainStreet

When: April 28, 2019
Featuring over 400 pre-73 restored classic, rod and custom cars & trucks.

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