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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.  

Due to ongoing event cancellations and postponements regarding Covid-19, events listed on this page have not been updated for the current year. Please check with event organizers for the most up-to-date information.

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

San Diego Crew Classic

When: April 4-5, 2020
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.

San Diego Zoo Mission Spring Break

When: Thru April 12, 2020
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.

La Jolla Concours D'Elegance

When: April 17-19, 2020
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.

Art Alive

When: April 23-26, 2020
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.

Chicano Park Day

When: April 25, 2020
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. 

Mission Federal ArtWalk

When: April 25-26, 2020
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 May 3, 2020
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 10, 2020
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 10, 2020
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 2020.

More Great April Events

Goodguys Meguiar's Del Mar Nationals

When: April 3-5, 2020
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. 

Ironman 70.3 Oceanside California

When: April 4, 2020
A season opener that attracts a who's who of triathlon in North America.  

Cruisin' Grand Escondido

When: April 5 - September 27, 2020
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.

Campagnolo GranFondo San Diego

When: April 5, 2020
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!

Del Mar National Horse Show

When: April 14 - May 3, 2020
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, 2020
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.

San Diego Botanic Garden ArtFest

When: April 18-19, 2020
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 18-19, 2020
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!

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

When: April 18, 2020
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.

Bikes, Boards and Brews

When: April 18, 2020
Enjoy tasters from San Diego’s best craft brewers, food pairings from local Pacific Beach restaurants, a bike show, local artists and more.

Black Mountain Trail Run

When: April 19, 2020
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. 

Fallbrook Avocado Festival

When: April 19, 2020
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 19, 2020
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 EarthFair

When: April 19, 2020
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.

Lakeside Rodeo

When: April 24-26, 2020
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 25-26, 2020
At the Encinitas Spring Street Fair, enjoy unique food, five live music stages, children's rides, beer garden, and more than 450 vendors. 

San Diego Kids Expo & Fair

When: April 25-26, 2020
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 25, 2020
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 25, 2020
Featuring live musical performances staged inside restaurants, bars, coffee houses and galleries lining the neighborhood.

San Diego Shaka Fest

When: April 25, 2020
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. 

La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K

When: April 26, 2020
The La Jolla Half Marathon is one of America's most picturesque and beautiful point-to-point races.

MotorCars on MainStreet

When: April 26, 2020
Featuring over 400 pre-73 restored classic, rod and custom cars & trucks.

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