By Catlin Dorset
Padres Home Games
3/30-4/2: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (promotions: Opening Night 3/30; Opening Hat Day and Schedule Cling 4/1)
4/11-13: vs. Detroit Tigers (promotions: Padres Long Sleeve T-shirt 4/12; Military Opening Day 4/13)
4/14-17: vs. Colorado Rockies (promotions: Jackie Robinson Day and Taco Tuesday 4/15)
4/18-20: vs. San Francisco Giants (promotions: Padres Replica Alternate Gyorko Jersey and Pet Bandana 4/19; Military Salute 4/20)
4/4-6: Del Mar Nationals
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds
Get revved up for of car show featuring 2,500 hot rods and a special appearance by Chip Foose of TV’s Overhaulin’.
4/5: V Elements Festival
Location: Liberty Station, Point Loma
Flex your love for the planet by doing downward dogs with the 2,000 yogis expected to attend this earth-friendly festival of yoga and live music performances on solar-powered stages. Namaste!
4/5-6: San Diego Crew Classic
Location: Crown Point Shores Park, Mission Bay
Nearly 4,500 rowers from around the world will compete for bragging rights in more than 100 races.
4/11-13: Art Alive
Location: The San Diego Museum of Art , Balboa Park
SDMA’s signature annual fundraiser brings art to life, displaying 120 extravagant floral arrangements alongside the works of art that inspired their creation.
4/11-13: La Jolla Concours d’Elegance
Location: Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla
This 10th annual tip-of-the-hat to the world’s finest autos showcases Rolls Royces, Bugattis and a Duesenberg along the La Jolla waterfront amidst gourmet food, champagne and fine art.
4/13: Fallbrook Avocado Festival
Location: Main Street, Fallbrook
Join more than 100,000 avocado fans for a day of guacamole tasting, cooking contests, a farmer’s market and art displays.
4/16-19: Marvel Universe Live!
Location: Valley View Casino Center, Point Loma
Comic book heroes put on an actionpacked show with special effects, pyrotechnics and aerial stunts to defeat their evil nemeses.
4/24-27: Filmatic Festival
Location: UCSD’s Qualcomm Institute, La Jolla
Admission: $12 per film; $53 day pass; $175 four-day pass
ArtPower! presents this four-day festival of interactive screenings and installations, games and workshops to blur the line between artist and audience.
4/25-27: Lakeside Rodeo
Location: El Capitan Stadium, Lakeside
Drinking game: take a swig of beer for every tooth you see at this annual East County event. (Don’t worry, you might not even catch a buzz.)
4/26-27: San Diego Wine Show
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds
Sample gourmet foods and soak-in live music while learning how to swirl ‘n’ sniff like a pro.
4/26-27: Adams Avenue Unplugged
Location: Adams Ave., University Heights
Restaurants, bars, cafes, art galleries and four community stages host more than 150 live music performances along a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue.
4/26-27: Encinitas Street Fair
Location: S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas
Live music, a beer garden and more than 450 vendor booths attract crowds in excess of 100,000 at this annual seaside event.
4/26-27: Coronado Flower Show
Location: Orange Ave., Coronado
Billed as the largest tented flower show in the U.S., the Coronado Flower Show showcases landscape displays, floral competitions, plant sales and a beer and wine garden.
4/26-27 & 5/3-4: Escondido Renaissance Faire
Location: Felicita County Park, Escondido
Don thine medieval costume for a party in the park, or stay home and watch an episode of Game of Thrones instead.
4/27: Earth Fair 2014
Location: Balboa Park
Called the largest free annual environmental fair in the world, Earth Fair 2014 promotes greener living through this zero-waste event, where everything thrown away is recycled, reused or composted
Running and biking events
4/5: After Dark Dash
Location: 10th Ave. and K St., Downtown
Run this 5K loop through East Village and the Gaslamp at 10 p.m., and then enjoy a cold beer and live music at the finish line.
4/6: Campagnolo Gran Fondo San Diego
Location: Start and finish in Little Italy
Enjoy a post-ride pasta party and massage after biking a 34-, 36- or 105-mile trek around San Diego.
4/12: Fighting Parkinson’s Step by Step
Location: NTC Park, Liberty Station
Proceeds from this 12th annual 5K walk/run support Parkinson’s research and service programs.
4/12: Temecula Mud Run
Location: Temecula Downs (formerly Galway Downs)
Admission: $49 I
This 5K obstacle course and mud run benefits local charities Jacob’s House and Police Activities League (PAL) for a S.A.F.E. Valley.
4/13: Peace Love Half Marathon
Location: Mission Bay and Fiesta Island
All participants will receive a groovy finisher’s medal to wear during the post-race 1960s-themed festival.
4/13: Heartbreak Ridge Half Marathon
Location: Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton
Don’t let a Marine catch you wheezing during this mountainous, 13.1-mile off-road course.
4/19: Annual ONEHOPE ACT
Location: Tecolote Shores Park, Mission Bay
Run/walk this 5K/10K to raise funds for military families with children with autism.
4/12: Neon Run
Location: Qualcomm Stadium, Mission Valley
Lasers, fog machines, music and “glowing water” enhance this nighttime 5K race.
4/26: March for Babies
Location: Balboa Park
Admission: $200+ fundraising goal
Raise money for programs that support healthy, full-term pregnancies at this 5K through the park.
4/27: La Jolla Half Marathon
Location: Starts at Del Mar Fairgrounds
Follow a scenic, coastal route from Del Mar to La Jolla Cove and enjoy a post-race party with live music and a beer garden.