By Catlin Dorset
4/26 La Jolla Half Marathon
Begins at Del Mar Fairgrounds
The 13.1-mile scenic seaside sprint from Del Mar to the La Jolla Cove is the second race in the Half Marathon Triple Crown series (America’s Finest City Half Marathon in August concludes the trio).
4/2-4 Regional First Robotics Competition
Valley View Casino Center, Point Loma
Nearly 60,000 students from around the globe converge in Point Loma for this annual geeky gathering and three-day battle of the bots.
4/4 Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival
Qualcomm Stadium, Mission Valley
Wash down local food bites with unlimited swigs of beers, ciders and spirits.
4/9 East Village Opening Day Block Party
J St. and Sixth Ave., East Village
Come for the food trucks, beer garden and live entertainment at this massive tailgate party in the streets of East Village, then stick around for the Padres home opener against the San Francisco Giants (game tickets sold separately).
4/10-11 VinDiego Wine and Food Festival
NTC Liberty Station, Point Loma
Pretend to know what you’re doing while sniffing and swirling more than 300 award-winning Californian and Oregonian wines at this third annual event.
4/10-12 Goodguys Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals
Del Mar Fairgrounds
Floor it over a hot-roddin’ weekend highlighting more than 2,500 muscle cars and classics from 1972 and before.
4/10-12 La Jolla Concours D’Elegance
Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla
Enjoy world-class cuisine, fine wines and a few hundred luxury auto displays while rubbing elbows with rich-folk (the autos’ owners) along La Jolla’s picturesque waterfront.
4/12 GranFondo San Diego
India St. and Date St., Little Italy
Pedal along one of four bike routes (105-mile Gran Fondo, 56-mile Medio Fondo, 34-mile Piccolo Fondo and 20-mile Fun Fondo) before celebrating with beers, pasta and a well-deserved massage at the finish line.
4/17-19 Lakeside Rodeo
Lakeside Rodeo Arena
Holler yee-haw! while watching steer wrestling, bull riding, barrel racing and more good ol’ East County family fun.
4/18 Taste of Hillcrest
Fifth Ave. and Robinson Ave., Hillcrest
Sample entrées, drinks and desserts from the more than 40 restaurants participating in this self-guided walking/ tasting tour of Hillcrest.
4/18 Nocturnal Lands 5K
Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista
Billed as the world’s first running music festival, this illuminated nighttime race — which offers multiple dancing zones, lightshows and selfie stations along the course — culminates in an EDM rager with a surprise headliner.
4/18-19 San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus 30th Anniversary Show
Balboa Theatre, Downtown
All 200 members of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus will perform their biggest hits from the past three decades and, for the first time, welcome the San Diego Youth Pride Chorus on-stage for a special Glee-style show.
4/19 Fallbrook Avocado Festival
Main St., Fallbrook
Join 100,000 avocado addicts for guacamole tastings, art contests and a live southern rock/blues band in the beer garden.
More than 300 eco-friendly displays, an eARTh art show and five stages of live entertainment are expected to draw upwards of 60,000 green guests to Balboa Park.
4/22 Taste of Point Loma
Several Point Loma restaurants
Now featuring more dog-friendly restaurants than last year’s event, this tasting tour of restaurants in Point Loma and Shelter Island is sure to be Fido’s favorite walk of the season.
4/25 PB Beerfest: Bikes, Boards and Brews
The Catamaran Resort & Spa
Start celebrating summer early with this outdoor food and beer tasting event. Guests will also be treated to beach-inspired art and live music.
4/25-26 Encinitas Street Faire
J St. and Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas
Local bands will rock while a crowd of 100,000 strolls through nearly 500 vendor booths lining a six-block stretch of Coast Highway.
4/25-26 Adams Avenue Unplugged
Adams Ave., University Heights
Restaurants, bars, cafés, art galleries and four community stages — all within a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue — will host 150 live band performances during this free annual event.
PADRES HOME GAMES
4/9-12: vs. San Francisco Giants (promotions: Padres Fedora 4/9; Party in the Park 4/10; Postgame Laser Show 4/11; Military Opening Day 4/12)
4/13-15: vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (promotions: Taco Tuesday 4/14; Jackie Robinson Day 4/15)
4/24-26: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (promotions: BeerFest 4/24; U.S. Marine Corps Appreciation Day 4/26)
4/27-29: vs. Houston Astros (promotions: Taco Tuesday 4/28; Way Back Wednesday 4/29)