April is a great time to be in San Diego. Whether you’re a San Diego native or happen to be visiting during this sunny Spring month, there’s no shortage of activities you can partake in. And that’s part of the great charm of what San Diego has to offer. There’s a reason why this is a city that charms everyone that visits. Here are a few amazing events happening in April that you won’t want to miss:
San Diego Crew Classic
Dates: April 6th & 7th
Admission: $12 – $15, students and children free
At the San Diego Crew Classic, you’ll find over thousands of athletes, gathered from more than 100 colleges and universities across the country. This competition is home to future Olympians, and it’s an event you definitely won’t want to miss. For many, this event is the highlight of their competitive rowing career. And this event isn’t just about rowing: it’s a great time for spectators to enjoy the competition while socializing, eating great local food, and sipping craft beers from some of San Diego’s best breweries. Rowing takes place on the beautiful shores of Mission Bay.
La Jolla Concours D’Elegance
Date: April 12th – April 14th
Admission: Prices range. $30 – $450
La Jolla Concours D’Elegance is a demonstration of the finest automobile gems. During previous years, the event has showcased vehicles like British marques, American sports cars, woodies, Italian marques, and even horseless carriages. Expect to find over 150 amazing restored vehicles, all lined up spectacularly against a Pacific Ocean backdrop. On the Concours lawn, guests will also be delighted by a vintage aviation show, featuring the finest restored aircrafts.
Port of San Diego’s Day at the Docks
Date: Sunday, April 14th, 2019, 9am-5pm
Port of San Diego’s Day at the Docks is hosting its 40th annual event for San Diego sportfishing. The mission statement of the company of is that it hopes to help everyone learn more about the Port of San Diego and what it can offer. Fishing seminars will teach fishing enthusiasts to learn more about the “how tos” of fishing locally from industry experts and San Diego fleet experts.
There’s also a “Kids Fishing Adventure” event, aimed at kids between the ages of 4 and 12. Children will have a chance to wet a line and make a catch. A Cooking Center will show off demonstrations on how to properly handle, store, and cook fish. Lastly, expect $3 boat rides around the Bay for a day, a gourmet galley of food, and a fleet of boats.
Mission Federal ArtWalk
Date: April 27th & 28th
This year will mark the 35th annual Mission Federal ArtWalk, taking place in the streets of Little Italy. Expect more than 300 artists, spanning across 17 blocks. Bringing in artists from around the world, you’ll find craftsmanship using various materials, interactive art installations, live music, and dance performances.
Every medium of art is covered here: photography, fine jewelry, glass work, sculptures, and much more. Artist & Craftsman Supply will host a special event where guests can join together to create an abstract painting using Jacquard alcohol inks, Ampersand panels, and POSCA acrylic paint markers. And there will be plenty of food trucks available for eating, too.
La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K
Date: April 28th, 7am – 11am
Admission: Half marathon, $120; 5K, $50. Entry includes a technical fabric short sleeve shirt, half marathon and 5K finisher medals, complimentary Ballast Point beer in the beer garden, and several other perks.
There’s a reason why La Jolla translates to “crown jewel,” and you’ll get an up close and personal view to understanding why. The La Jolla Half Marathon is one of the most beautiful in the world, with picturesque views along a scenic coastal route. The race starts at Del Mar Fairgrounds, followed by a challenging climb towards the top of Torrey Pines State Park.
After you reach the Torrey Pines mesa, you’ll follow along the La Jolla Shores residential area, eventually finishing at the beautiful La Jolla Cave. Less experienced runners have the option of running a shorter route via a mostly-downhill trail, which still follows along most of the scenic route of the full marathon.
SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Craft Beer & Food Festival
Date: March 9th – April 28th. Check website for hours.
Admission: Free with SeaWorld admission.
SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Craft Beer & Food Festival celebrates the best craft beers from local breweries, as well as international cuisine made with fresh ingredients from local farms and vendors. Gourmet offerings come straight from Dave McHugh, SeaWorld San Diego’s Executive Chef. Expect over 50 mouthwatering food choices, which you can pair with different varieties of brews while watching live entertainment.
San Diego Earth Fair
Date: April 28th, 10am – 5pm
The San Diego Earth Fair is an annual environmental fair held every year in Balboa Park. This year marks the event’s 30th official event, and every year, it attracts around 60,000 visitors. Expect a major food pavilion, a children’s activity area, several entertainment venues, special theme areas, and over 300 exhibitors. Each exhibitor represents a different environmental organization, from wildlife preservation groups to ecotourism companies.
The overarching goal: to help visitors learn more about how they can make small and big changes to preserve the integrity of the Earth. You’ll find extraordinary vegetarian cuisine at the Food Pavilion, dozens of artworks made from recycled and eco-friendly material at the eARTh Gallery, and an eHome exhibit area that shows you how you can use technology in the home to push the eco-conscious agenda.
Uncorked: San Diego
Dates: April 6th, 1pm – 5pm
Admission: Generation admission, $60; VIP admission, shorter lines with special pours from select wineries and an extra hour of tastings. All tickets include wine tasting.
This wine festival celebrates over 200 types of different wines from around the world. And that’s not all: at this event, you’ll find gourmet trucks, lawn games, a live DJ, and much more. Bring your own beach chairs and picnic blankets for the perfect scene to sip some global wines and eat great local cuisine.
Julian Gold Rush Days
Dates: April 6th & 7th
Julian Gold Rush Days is the perfect celebration for family. The mission of the event is to help both visitors and residents alike better understand the history of San Diego and California and its relationship with the discovery of gold. The event takes place at The Julian Farm and Orchard in Wynola, an old fashioned mining camp. There are plenty of activities you’ll find here, including gold panning, hayriding, archery, and candle making.