Craft Beer, Classic Cars, & Street Fairs: 14 Things to Do This April in San Diego

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April in San Diego is a force to be reckoned with – nearly every weekend is jam-packed with some sort of art, music, or beer festival; half-marathon; street fair; or outdoor celebration. Spring is already here and the outdoors are beckoning; check out our top 14 picks for what to do this April in San Diego and La Jolla.

1. UCSD’s 37th Annual Cultural Celebration: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Saturday, April 4. 10am-4pm
Thurgood Marshall Campus; 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla 92093

Celebrate cultural diversity through food, dance, music, and art from around the world! Join the university to experience one of the largest and longest standing traditions at UCSD on the Marshall College campus. There will be live entertainment and international cuisine options from places like Lemongrass Asian BBQ, Ledesma’s Mexican Food, & more!

2. Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival

Saturday, April 4. 12pm-5pm
9449 Friars Road, San Diego 92108

A multitude of local breweries and distilleries will be participating along with some of San Diego’s best chefs for an afternoon that you won’t forget. MVCBF is an all-inclusive event. Your ticket includes unlimited sampling from every participating brewery, distillery and eatery. We will be adding more participants for you to enjoy! Participating craft breweries include Stone, Green Flash, Lagunitas, Firestone Walker, Rock Bottom, Lost Abbey, and more.

3. Peace-Love-Run Half Marathon

Saturday, April 4. 7am-12pm
1775 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego 92109

Get your “Groove On” and race along this scenic waterfront course in San Diego! This is a 60s themed run and festival that takes participants through beautiful downtown. Each runner will receive a groovy Finisher’s Medal and a shirt. Then flashback to Woodstock at the Finish Line Festival! Love Beads and Flower Power Children will be waiting for the runners, and the festival will be open to all your friends and family while you race.

4. La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

Saturday April 11 & Sunday April 12. 9am-4pm
Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla 92037

The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance features various types of fine automobile gems. Past years have showcased horseless carriages, Italian marques, British marques, Woodies, 50’s classics, American sports cars, and the automobiles of Carroll Shelby. This year, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance will be Celebrating Coachbuilt Classics of the 30’s and 40’s.

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5. San Diego Botanic Garden ArtFest

Saturday April 11 & Sunday April 12. 9am-5pm
230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas 92024

The San Diego Botanic Garden presents a delightful combination of fine art shows, Quick Draw Contest, art demonstrations, and an Asian Art Show! The Fine Art Show will feature over 20 artists who will be showing and selling their work including sculptors, painters, glass artists, potters, and gourd and fiber artists. The Quick Draw contest will feature 20 artists who will be creating an entire work in an allotted time right before your eyes. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event!

6. CityBeat Festival of Beers

Saturday, April 18. 2pm-5pm
Lafayette Hotel @ 2223 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego 92104

The CityBeat Festival of Beers is the perfect union of two of San Diego’s best known exports – music and craft beer. This event has grown into the San Diego Music Foundation’s largest fundraiser; come support local biz!

7. Fallbrook Avocado Festival

Sunday, April 19. 9am-5pm
East Alvarado St & South Main Ave, Fallbrook 92028

Sample avocados, check out the crazy cooking contest entries, buy funky avocado-themed gifts and enjoy bands, live entertainment and friendly beer gardens. Come prepared to enjoy the many craft and food booths, a variety of live entertainment, beer gardens, and food vendors. Activities include cooking competitions and local art exhibits.

8. San Diego Earth Fair 2015

Sunday, April 19. 10am-5pm
1549 El Prado, San Diego 92101

The annual EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. EarthFair 2015 will be our 26th annual event! Each year, the EarthFair draws around 60,000 visitors. Produced by 400 volunteers, EarthFair 2015 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.

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9. Adams Avenue Unplugged

Saturday April 25 & Sunday April 26
Adams Avenue, from University Heights to Kensington

Adams Avenue Unplugged takes place along a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue, from University Heights on the West through Normal Heights, and into parts of Kensington to the East. The event will feature 150 live musical performances staged inside restaurants, bars, coffee houses and galleries lining the neighborhood and on four community stages evenly spread out throughout the district.

10. Encinitas Street Fair

Saturday April 25 & Sunday April 26
South Coast Hwy 101 between D and J Streets, Encinitas 92024

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! Savor craft beers from Stone Brewery and soak up the sun while listening to the best bands in San Diego rock out at the Beer Garden Stage. Listen to live music at The Lumberyard Courtyard Stage.

11. ArtALIVE 2015

Friday April 24 – Sunday April 26. 9am-5pm
San Diego Museum of Art; 1450 El Prado, San Diego 92101

Art Alive, the San Diego Museum of Art’s signature fundraiser and annual floral exhibition, brings the Museum’s Permanent Collection to life in a unique way. Featuring 100+ floral interpretations, the exhibition is accompanied by three full days of events including the BLOOM BASH Opening Celebration, Floral Lecture, a Masterclass, and more. Entrance to the Garden of Activities and Jewelry Trunk Show is included with general admission. Admission is $20 for nonmembers.

12. 45th Annual Chicano Park Day Celebration

Saturday, April 25. 10am-5pm
Logan Ave & Cesar E Chavez Parkway, San Diego 92113

The 45th annual Chicano Park Day celebration will be held on Saturday, April 25 in historic Chicano Park, located in the Barrio Logan community. Visitors will experience traditional music and dance, including a beautiful performance of Aztec Indigenous dance. In addition, there will be other dance groups including ballet folklorico troupes, live bands, and more. Food, arts and crafts vendors will sell their specialties throughout Chicano Park. Admission is free.

13. La Jolla Half Marathon

Sunday April 26. 7:30am-11am.
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar 92014

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 continues down through the residential district of La Jolla Shores and finishes in Ellen Browning Scripps Park at the La Jolla Cove. Race spots fill up quickly, so reserve one ASAP.

14. San Diego Kids’ Expo & Fair

Sunday April 26. 10am-5pm
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar 92014

Check out the products of more than 150 local and national companies; participate in activities like a 200′ long Zip Line and a Euro Bungee where four kids can jump on trampolines and do flips safely; and let the little ones “hang around” in the Tumble Gym Bus, which is a rolling indoor gym. Watch karate demos, dance exhibitions and live music. There’s no shortage of things to do at the kids expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds!

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Emily Ruchlewicz is a News and Feature writer at Blue Book Publishers and has written more than 100 La Jolla-related articles. Follow her blogs to stay informed about new businesses, read exclusive interviews with local business owners, and keep up with community events. (

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