April 2018 San Diego Calendar of Events


Easter Sunday at The Del   Apr. 1
Savor the bounty of spring at the Champagne Easter Brunch in the magnificent Crown Room or Ocean View Ballroom. Then, head out into the spring sunshine for a colorful egg hunt on the Windsor Lawn.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Hotel del Coronado
Contact: 619-522-8100 / www.hoteldel.com/events/easter

Peg Leg Smith Liar’s Contest   Apr. 1
Stories should be of no more than five minutes in length (another little joke). Judges award points for originality, props, costumes, presentation, and whether Peg Leg or lost gold is included in the tale.
Time/Place: Dusk-10pm / Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Contact: www.borregospringschamber.com

La Jolla Concours d’Elegance   Apr. 6-8
This collection is truly a display of “moving sculpture” – each automobile rarer and more beautiful than the next.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / La Jolla Cove lawn
Contact: 619-233-5008 / www.lajollaconcours.com

Goodguys Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals   Apr. 6-8
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.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 925-838-9876 / www.good-guys.com/dmn-2018

Gaslight Gathering 8   Apr. 6-8
A convention to promote Steampunk and Victoriana aesthetics as it relates to dress, art, music, crafts, pop culture, and literature.
Time/Place: Handlery Hotel, Mission Valley
Contact: www.gaslightgathering.org

Citybeat Beer Fest   Apr. 7
The perfect marriage of two of San Diego’s best known exports - music and craft beer.
Time/Place: 12-4pm / Lafayette Hotel: 2223 El Cajon Blvd.
Contact: www.citybeatbeerfest.com

Art Auction   Apr. 7
Over 100 works by notable artists will be up for bidding during this fun and festive event that is equal parts auction and party. 6-9:30pm / Time/Place: Oceanside Museum of Art
Contact: 760-435-3721 / www.oma-online.org/auction

America’s Schooner Cup   Apr. 7
Maritime Museum of San Diego will sail California’s official tall ship Californian on San Diego Bay to support Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS), a Navy sponsored 501c (3) public nonprofit organization.
Time/Place: 9am-3pm / 1492 N Harbor Drive, San Diego
Contact: 619-234-9153 x101 / www.sdmaritime.org

San Diego Botanic Garden ArtFest   Apr. 7-8
Our fine arts show features more than 20 artists displaying and selling their work at amazing prices just for Garden guests.
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas
Contact: 760-436-3036 / www.sdbgarden.org/artfest.htm

Campagnolo GranFondo San Diego   Apr. 7-8
Features a mass-start, timed GranFondo with 4 route options, timed King and Queen of the Mountain, The Bike & Fitness Expo, challenging and picturesque routes, outstanding Campagnolo ride support, and delicious food on course.
Time/Place: Little Italy  
Contact: www.sdgranfondo.com

Black Mountain Trail Run   Apr. 8
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.
Time/Place: 6-11:30am / Black Mountain Ranch State Park 
Contact: www.trailrace.com/black- mountain-trail-run

San Diego Tour de Cure   Apr. 14
Whether you choose to ride your bike, run or walk, all the roads we take lead to the same destination to fundraise for a diabetes cure.
Time/Place: 6am-1pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: www.diabetes.org/ sandiegotourdecure

Wanderlust 108   Apr. 14
This day is all about community, bringing together a 5K run/walk, an outdoor yoga experience, and a guided meditation.
Time/Place: 7:30am-3:30pm / Liberty Station NTC Park 
Contact: www.wanderlust.com/108-events/ san-diego

SD Beach & Bay Half Marathon, 5K & 8K   Apr. 14
Stick around because the party starts at the finish line with live music, a beer garden (your first 12 ounce beer is on us!), snacks, photo opportunities, and much more.
Time/Place: 6:30am-12pm / Tecolote Shores Park
Contact: www. sandiegobeachandbayhalfmaratho n.com

VinDiego Wine & Food Festival   Apr. 14
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!
Time/Place: 3-7pm / NTC Liberty Station 
Contact: www.vindiego.com

Heartbreak Ridge Run   Apr. 14
It offers multiple distance choices with a challenging hill climb and scenic views of surrounding mountains and meadows.
Time/Place: 8am-1pm / Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
Contact: www.mccscp.com/heartbreak

Taste of Hillcrest   Apr. 14
More than 35 fantastic Hillcrest restaurants are participating, giving foodies a chance to sample some of their best and signature dishes.
Time/Place: 12-4pm / 5th Ave. and University Ave.
Contact: www.fabuloushillcrest.com/ taste-of-hillcrest

Oceanside Days of Art   Apr. 14-15
A juried fine art festival featuring up to and sometimes over 100 local artists selling a variety of unique artwork including paintings, sculptures, stained glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, photography and more.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / 704 Pier View Way
Contact: 760-433-3632 / www.ocaf.info/oceanside-days- of-art

Port of San Diego’s Day at the Docks   Apr. 15
The West Coast’s largest public celebration of sportfishing. Signaling the official start of Southern California’s spring saltwater fishing season.
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / San Diego Sportfishing Landings, Point Loma
Contact: www.sportfishing.org

Fallbrook Avocado Festival   Apr. 15
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.
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Main St.  
Contact: www. fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org

San Diego Comic Fest   Apr. 20-22
Indulge your love of comics, science fiction, and films, and meet an outstanding array of professional creators without high-priced tickets, crowding, or long lines.
Time/Place: Town & Country Resort & Convention Center, Mission Valley
Contact: www.sdcomicfest.org

Margarita 5k   Apr. 21
Join us for a flat and fast 5k run on hard pack sand at low tide on the beaches of Mission and Pacific Beach! We will have color T-shirts, post-race refreshments, and finisher medals for all entrants, plus great prizes from our sponsors!
Time/Place: 7:30am-12pm / 3115 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego
Contact: www.togetheras31.com/ra/r/ margarita-5k/details

Chicano Park Day Celebration   Apr. 21
Performances by ballet folklórico groups and numerous live bands, lowrider car show coordinated by Amigos Car Club, vendor booths, kids arts workshop and speakers. 
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Logan Ave & Cesar E Chavez Parkway
Contact: 619-563-4661 / www.chicano-park.com

La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K   Apr. 22
The La Jolla Half Marathon is race #2 in the Half Marathon Triple Crown Series.
Time/Place: 7-11am / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 760-692-2900 / www.lajollahalfmarathon.com

San Diego EarthFair   Apr. 22
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.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Balboa Park  
Contact: www.earthdayweb.org

Art Alive-The Museum in Full Bloom   Apr. 26-29
Stunning works of art on display in the Museum with more than 100 floral interpretations created by top local and national designers.
Time/Place: San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park
Contact: 619-232-7931 / www.sdmart.org/artalive

Lakeside Rodeo   Apr. 27-29
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) and more.
Time/Place: Lakeside Rodeo Grounds: 12584 Mapleview St.
Contact: 619-561-4331 / www.lakesiderodeo.com

Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival   Apr. 28
Programs, exhibitors and demonstrations that will help you become a better gardener and learn how to conserve our precious resources. Kid friendly activities such as tour of the Butterfly Pavilion, Butterfly Releases, the Pollinator Party & the Butterfly Discovery Lab and more.
Time/Place: 9am-3pm / Cuyamaca College, El Cajon
Contact: 619-660-0614 x10 / www.thegarden.org

Barrio Logan Grand Prix   Apr. 28
Join in the thrill of fast-paced bicycle racing by pro racers, top-level amateurs, and a fun children’s cycling event.
Time/Place: 7am-7pm / Historic Barrio Logan
Contact: www.sdbc.org/barrio-logan

San Diego Shaka Fest   Apr. 28
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.
Time/Place: 8am-4pm / De Anza Cove Park
Contact: 858-449-2078 / www.sandiegoshakafest.com

Adams Avenue Unplugged   Apr. 28
Live musical performances staged inside restaurants, bars, coffee houses and galleries lining the neighborhood.
Time/Place: Noon-10pm / Adams Avenue
Contact: 619-282-7329 / www.adamsavenuebusiness.com

Mission Federal ArtWalk   Apr. 28-29
Arts and culture event with over 350 local, national and international emerging and established artists. The festival will showcase every medium, including painting, sculpture, glass work, photography, fine jewelry and more.
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / Little Italy  
Contact: www.artwalksandiego.org

Encinitas April Street Fair   Apr. 28-29
Enjoy over 450 unique food, arts and crafts vendors plus four entertainment stages, children’s rides, Dog Zone, Kids Zone, Bike Valets, and a Beer Garden!
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / South Coast Hwy 101 between D & J Streets
Contact: 760-943-1950 / www.kennedyfaires.com/ encinitas

San Diego Kids Expo & Fair   Apr. 28-29
Part businesses and non-profits on display, part fun fair and part music and dance festival. And definitely all kids!
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 619-269-9441 / www.sandiegokidsexpo.com

Chocolate Festival   Apr. 29
Over 15 vendors showcasing and sampling various types of chocolate has something for every palette.
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Maritime Museum of San Diego
Contact: 619-234-9153 / www.sdmaritime.org

MotorCars on MainStreet Car Show   Apr. 29
Featuring over 400 pre-73 restored classic, rod and custom cars & trucks. There is live music featuring The Cat-illacs and drawings throughout the day.
Time/Place: 10am-3pm / Downtown Coronado
Contact: 619-437-0254 / www.coronadomainstreet.com

San Diego Awesome ‘80s Run 5K & 8K   Apr. 29
This is the perfect opportunity for you to dress up in your favorite ‘80s gear!
Time/Place: 7:30am-12pm / De Anza Cove Park
Contact: www.awesome80srun.com/san- diego