San Diego Calendar of Events – April 2019

Check out the fun local events happening in San Diego this April! Bring your friends and family to enjoy these Spring activities. Don’t forget about the Free Admission Museum Days!

San Diego Events Calendar April 2019
San Diego Events Calendar – April 2019

San Diego Events Calendar – April 2019

April 5-7
Goodguys 19th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals – Custom car automotive-themed festival featuring over 2,500 hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars & trick trucks through 1987 vintage. Time: Fri & Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 8am-3pm. Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar. Cost: Sepctators $10-25. Info: Goodguys

April 6
North Park Festival of Beers – Sample more than 50 beers from the best breweries, presented by 91X and San Diego CityBeat. Time: VIP 12-4pm, GA 1-4pm. Location: Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, 2223 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego. Cost: $20-$55. Info: North Park Beer Fest

April 6
Uncorked: San Diego – Enjoy over 200 wines and champagnes from across the globe, plus gourmet food trucks, live DJ, lawn games, and more. Time: VIP 1-5pm, GA 2-5pm. Location: Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego. Cost: $60-70. Info: Uncorked Wine Festivals

April 7
Autism Awareness Bar Crawl – You or your team will make your way through the Gaslamp, enjoying brews & bites from some of Downtown San Diego’s favorite venues. Time: 11:30am-6pm. Location: Downtown San Diego, starts at Meze Greek Fusion at 345 Sixth Avenue. Cost: $20-150. Info: Autism Awareness Bar Crawl

April 7
Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego – Featuring a mass-start Gran Fondo with 4 route options, King and Queen of the Mountain competitions, The Bike & Fitness Expo with guest speakers and bike, health and fitness clinics. Time: 5am-5:30pm. Locations: Little Italy 1747 India Street, San Diego. Cost: $29-130. Info: Gran Fondo San Diego

April 11
Drink Play Create: Sips + Snacks – Tickets include food & drink tastings from downtown restaurants, access to the Museum’s art & an opportunity drawing. 21+ only. Time: 6:30-8:30pm. Location: The New Children’s Museum 200 W Island Avenue, La Jolla. Cost: Pre-sale $25, Door $35. Info: Think Play Create

April 12-14
La Jolla Concours d’Elegance – This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to view over 150 spectacularly restored vehicles, displayed at the Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla Cove alongside the breathtaking Pacific Ocean. Time: Fri & Sat times vary based on event, Sun 9am-4pm. Location: Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1133 Coast Boulevard, La Jolla. Cost: $30-450. Info: La Jolla Concours

April 13
San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon, 5K& 10K – Stick around because the party starts at the finish line with live music, beer garden (1st beer is free for runners!), snacks & photos. Time: 6:30am-12pm. Location: Tecolote Shores Park, 1292 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego. Cost: $25-125. Info: San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon

April 14
Port of San Diego’s Day at the Docks – Annual waterfront festival that provides marine attractions for the whole family, and especially the sportfishing enthusiast. Time: 9am-5pm. Location: San Diego Sportfishing Landings, Scott Street and Garrison Street, San Diego. Cost: Free to attend. Info: San Diego Sportfishing Council

April 20
Fee-Free Day at Cabrillo National Monument – The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Time: 9am-5pm. Location: Cabrillo National Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, Point Loma. Cost: Free to attend. Info: National Park Service

April 21
Easter Bash at Belmont Park – The event will be jam-packed from park to boardwalk with egg hunts (12 and under only), free Easter Bunny photo op and parking, live music, entertainment and more. Time: 8am-5pm. Location: Belmont Park, 3146 Mission Boulevard, Mission Beach. Cost: Free to attend. Info: Belmont Park

April 24
Taste of Liberty Station – Businesses will open their doors for attendees to discover the variety of eateries, live music, artisan goods and artwork from local artists in the storied corridors and plazas. Time: 5-9pm. Location: Liberty Station, 2460 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego. Cost: $30. Info: Liberty Station

April 27-28
Encinitas Spring Street Fair – Enjoy food, arts, and crafts from over 450 unique vendors, plus 4 entertainment stages, children’s rides, dog and kid zone, bike valets, and a beer garden. Time: 9am-5pm. Location: Highway 101 between D and J Streets, Encinitas. Cost: Free to attend. Info: Kennedy Faires

April 28
San Diego EarthFair – Produced by 300 volunteers and featuring more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a food pavilion, a special children’s activity area, 4 entertainment venues, Children’s Earth Parade, arts and crafts show, and the Cleaner Car Concourse. Time: 10am-5pm. Location: Balboa Park, San Diego. Cost: Free to attend. Info: Earth Day Web

Local Guide to San Diego – Restaurants

Where to Eat In San Diego

San Diego is full of great restaurants and constantly getting new foodie establishments. Check out these new and fun places to eat with your friends and family in Mission Valley, Hillcrest, and Little Italy. We love seeing the new developments around our neighborhood, and especially fell in love with the Piazza della Famiglia in Little Italy.  Go check it out!

Food That Gives Back

Shake Shack – Delicious hamburgers, chicken burgers, and hot dogs. Be sure to try their cheese fries! And for dessert, 5% of sales of their concretes (frozen custards blended with mix-ins) are donated to I Love A Clean San Diego. Open 11am-7pm. Located at 675 Camino De La Reina in Mission Valley.

Tacos Libertad! – A not-for-profit taco shop, where all proceeds are donated to a different local charity each month, with a guaranteed minimum of $3,000. Their delicious flour and corn tortillas are handmade in-shop. They offer vegetarian, seafood, and meat options including octopus and duck. Open late afternoons/night, and closed on Mondays. Located at 1023 University Ave in Hillcrest.

Dessert

Salt and Straw – Just opened in December 2017, Salt and Straw comes to us from Portland Oregon. They create small-batch ice creams by hand with locally sourced ingredients, offering many unique and gourmet flavors including our favorites: Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons, and Chocolate Gooey Brownie. Yum! Open 11am to 11pm. Located at 1670 India Street in Little Italy.

New Places

Piazza della Famiglia– Transport yourself to Europe in this beautiful cobblestone street closed off from cars where visitors can stroll around or sit and enjoy a coffee or lunch with friends. Adorned with a beautiful fountain and overhead lights, it’s a gorgeous spot to enjoy the outdoors in San Diego. Located in Little Italy on Date Street at India.

Little Italy Food Hall – Just opened in June 2018, the Food Hall houses six food stations and a full bar, with seats located both inside the food hall and outside in the piazza. Current stations include Mein St. Asian Kitchen, Not Not Tacos, Ambrogio 15, Roast Meat & Sandwich Shop, Wicked Maine Lobster, and Single Fin Kitchen. Open 11am to 10pm daily. Located in the Piazza della Famiglia in Little Italy.

Restaurants Coming Soon…

North Italia– Offering traditional Italian meals made from scratch daily in their open kitchens. We’re excited to try their pastas and pizzas! Founded by Fox Restaurant Concepts, which also founded True Food Kitchen. Located next to Bloomingdale’s in the Fashion Valley Mall.

Blanco tacos + Tequila– Specializing in street-style tacos and tequila drinks, Blanco also comes to us from Fox Restaurant Concepts. Located in the Fashion Valley Mall where California Pizza Kitchen was, near the AMC theater.

Farmer’s Table– A popular spot in La Mesa, Farmer’s Table is opening a second location in Little Italy’s Famiglia della Piazza. Offering Sicilian-inspired seasonal menus with locally sourced organic ingredients, and drinks including their signature Bloody Marys. Located at 550 West Date Street in Little Italy.

San Diego Events Calendar – August 2018

Check out our August calendar of events full of fun San Diego activities! Don’t forget the free admission days for local museums, a great way to spend these humid and hot summer days indoors and with air conditioning!

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Local Guide to San Diego – Walking & Hiking

Explore San Diego’s great outdoors and take advantage of our beautiful spring weather with this list of fun walking and hiking trails. We hope our Local Guides help you discover new local adventures and rediscover old favorites.

Walking

Liberty Station – Dirt and paved paths follow along a boat channel in the San Diego Bay offering views of Downtown and close up views of planes taking off from San Diego International Airport. The paths are flat and great for a casual stroll along the waterfront. Stop for lunch at one of the many shops in Liberty Station and take a peek at the USS Recruit, which was a landlocked US Navy training ship and is located at the southern end of the path. Dogs are allowed on leash. Park in any of the parking lots on Historic Decatur Road and walk east towards the water. Located at 2455 Cushing Road in Point Loma.

Lake Murray – Three miles of paved trail offering great scenic views of the lake. Walk, bike, or rollerblade alongside the lake on the mostly flat path, which is great for any skill level. Dogs are allowed on leash, and the wide path is great for strollers. We recommend bringing sunscreen since most of the trail is uncovered. Open seven days a week. Located at 5540 Kiowa Drive in La Mesa.

Seaport Village – Filled with over 50 shops and 17 restaurants, Seaport Village is a fun spot for many activities, including walking. Walk north along the Embarcadero to see the Victory Kiss statue and the USS Midway Museum, or walk south to the Marina Park and the Convention Center. Located at 849 West Harbor Drive in San Diego.

Hiking

Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve – A beautiful park area with eleven miles of trails including a botanical trail and horse trails. The main hiking trail is a 1.4 mile trail called the Way Up Trail that climbs over 1,000 feet in elevation and offers some incredible views from the top. Enjoy a picnic at the several picnic areas overlooking the Olivenhain Dam and Reservoir. Dogs are allowed on leash, and are allowed off leash at the top of the Way Up Trail on weekdays. Located at 8833 Harmony Grove Road in Escondido.

Cowles Mountain – Situated inside Mission Trails Regional Park, Cowles Mountain is the highest peak in the San Diego City limits. The trail starts at around 900 feet in elevation and climbs to the peak at about 1600 feet in elevation. The trail is about 1.5 miles from start to peak and the views from the top are spectacular with a 360 degree panorama view of the greater San Diego area. Dogs are allowed but must be leashed. Trail entrance located at the corner of Navajo Road and Golfcrest Drive in San Diego.

Cedar Creek Falls Trailhead – A very challenging hike but worth the effort. The trail starts at the top of a small peak and descends about 1,000 feet over the course of around 3 miles, ending at Cedar Creek Falls. The waterfall is over 75 feet tall and falls into a large pool of water, which is at varying levels throughout the year. The return hike is back up the same trail, and can be grueling at times as there is no shade and it is entirely uphill. We recommend hiking this trail in the cooler winter and spring months, bringing tons of water and conserving it for the uphill hike, and leaving your dog at home even though they are welcome on leash. Permits required before entering the trailhead. Located at 15519 Thornbush Road in Ramona.