April starts off with a bang this year in San Diego – there are a bunch of places to eat, drink, and explore all month. From food festivals to outdoor bike races, we’ve rounded up the 11 must-do events in San Diego this April!
The 4th Annual VinDiego Wine and Food Festival is a true wine connoisseurs delight and one of San Diego’s premiere wine events. Sip a selection of over 300 handcrafted wines from top tier wineries, and sample a variety of food from local restaurants. A General Admission ticket includes wine tasting, food samples, entertainment, and your own souvenir crystal wine glass. NTC Liberty Station; 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego.
The first major regatta of the year, SD’s Crew Classic brings together thousands of athletes from all over the United States. For many rowers, the Crew Classic is the highlight of their competitive rowing careers and a competition for future Olympians. The Crew Classic offers a festival atmosphere after the regatta with music, a trade show and alumni tents. There’s also a Family Festival area which caters to families looking for an affordable day on the bay with a kids zone and artist booths. Mission Bay.
A must-do event for chocolate lovers! Enjoy a variety of chocolate edibles, demonstrations, and crafts for kids including making their own chocolate pizza. Mars Chocolate History Ambassadors will be onsite to demonstrate the historical bean-to-beverage story of 18th-century chocolate using authentic tools like cocoa pods, cocoa beans and nibs, a hot stone metate, winnowing baskets, chocolate drink pots and stirrers. 1492 N Harbor Dr., San Diego.
The Concours has become one of the most anticipated and must-have “Save The Date” for automobile aficionados internationally. This years theme is Celebrating French Curves, featuring more than 300 well-preserved and stunning examples of French automobiles. With the Cove as a backdrop, this elite automotive inspired event transforms La Jolla into a weekend playground. Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla.
The 5th Annual Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival returns to Hop Highway this April. Once again Rhythm & Brews continues the tradition of bringing many of the nation’s most popular craft beers together with talented musicians in a beautiful outdoor festival located in the historic Vista Village district. Sample brews from more than 60 breweries while you listen to three different live bands. Tickets start at $20. Vista Village District.
The San Diego Tour de Cure (which starts and finishes at the Del Mar Fairgrounds) is a cycling event that raises funds to stop diabetes in support of the American Diabetes Association. After your ride, enjoy quintessential racetrack favorites including healthy street tacos, live entertainment a cash bar, hospitality and more! This year is their 25th anniversary. Registration fees range from $30-$35. Del Mar Fairgrounds; 2600 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar.
Nothing says ‘San Diego’ like craft beer and tacos! Head to the Museum of Man from 6-8pm to enjoy tastings from several popular craft breweries, snack on a variety of delicious tacos from local taco shops and restaurants, explore exciting exhibits, and revel in the fun atmosphere inside one of San Diego’s best museums. Tickets range from $20-$30. Museum of Man; 1350 El Prado, San Diego.
[photo by Bill Dickinson via Flickr]
On Saturday, April 16 from 12pm-4pm, San Diego’s most fabulous neighborhood will bring together some of the best chefs and cuisines for food connoisseurs to experience on a self-guided culinary tour. Taste of Hillcrest will feature 35+ restaurants specializing in different types of international cuisines. Walk around, explore Hillcrest, and enjoy everything from fresh seafood and spicy Thai to delicious pastas. Tickets are $30 in advance. 5th Avenue & University, Hillcrest.
The annual EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world, and this year is their 27th annual event! Produced by 400 volunteers, EarthFair 2016 will feature more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a Food Pavilion, a special Children’s Activity Area, five entertainment venues, the Children’s Earth Parade, the eARTh Gallery art show, and the Cleaner Car Concourse. Come celebrate our environment! Balboa Park.
The La Jolla Half Marathon is one of America’s most picturesque and beautiful point-to-point races. Starting at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the course follows a scenic coastal route before reaching the challenging climb to the summit of Torrey Pines State Park. After leaving the park, the course rolls atop Torrey Pines mesa, continues down through the residential district of La Jolla Shores, and finishes in Ellen Browning Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove.
April 29 – May 1
Art Alive celebrates its 35th year at the Museum of Man with installations and events that take inspiration from the spring exhibition and the Museum’s exceptional collection of Asian art. See the Museum in full bloom at this signature fundraiser and annual floral exhibition with more than 100 floral interpretations of the Museum’s permanent collection. The event spans three days with various events throughout. Museum of Man, Balboa Park.
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