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

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.

San Diego Events Calendar – June 2018

Check out the fun activities San Diego has to offer this month in our Calendar of Events! Be sure to take advantage of the free museum days listed at the bottom of the second page. What activities will you be doing this month?

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What Is A Granny Flat And Why Is Now A Great Time To Build One In San Diego?

What is a granny flat?

A “granny flat” is an additional living unit added to a property that already has an existing residence. Granny flats often have their own entrance, bedrooms, bathrooms, and living areas. A granny flat can be used as an income producing rental unit or simply a place for guests and family to stay with a little more privacy from the main house.

Other names for granny-flats include “in-law suite”, “rental unit”, “guest house”, “companion unit”, or “accessory dwelling unit”.

The additional unit can be created by adding onto an existing home, an existing home can be divided in a way to create multiple living units, or a new living unit can be built as a separate structure, often in a backyard. Granny flats are commonly built above a garage, or located in a basement or attic where it is easy to section off the living quarters.

Why is now a great time to build a granny flat in San Diego?

Until late April 2018 the cost to build a granny flat was more than $40,000 in government fees alone for some San Diego residents, according to NBC News San Diego. The large cost in fees in addition to the cost of construction were sometimes seen as prohibitive, discouraging some residents from building granny flats. Fortunately, the San Diego City Council voted at the end of April to lower the cost of building granny flats by more than 60% by waiving three of the required government fees to build granny flats.

The measures approved by the City Council make it easier to build granny flats and speed up the permit process for the construction of new homes. According to Mayor Kevin Faulconer, the move is designed to remove “barriers to encourage the construction of new units that San Diegans can actually afford”, by lowering fees and making it easier for residents to build more living units.

Housing prices in San Diego have been going up for years and according to City officials the average price to buy a home in San Diego now exceeds $550,000 and the average rent is now over $1700 making San Diego one of the most expensive cities to live in the country. Adding granny flats increases the available housing inventory, which should help lower the cost of rents in San Diego, or at least help slow the increase.

Benefits to having a granny flat

  • Privacy and separation from main home and granny flat
  • Can be income-producing if rent is charged to those living in the granny flat
  • Rental income can serve as passive income to help pay down the mortgage faster
  • Rental income can be saved to buy another income-producing home faster

 

What do you think? Would you build a granny flat? Let us know by leaving a comment.