Things to do in April
Events to look out for this month around San Diego include the annual Earth Fair, Ironman 70.3, evARTS Block Party and BAYKED 2019.
4.4: Sip & Savasana
After being rained out in March, head to the rooftop of the Solamar Hotel to celebrate the coming of the spring equinox while enjoying light cocktails and a new brew from 32 North Brewing Company before and after a light vinyasa flow yoga class. BYOM (bring your own mat). — Leslie Hackett
Kimpton Hotel Solomar’s Upper East Bar rooftop, 435 Sixth Ave., downtown, facebook.com/events/371731283657251
4.4, 6: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in Concert
Immerse yourself in the Wizarding World of the franchise’s fifth film as a symphony orchestra provides the score and the magical story unfolds on an enormous screen.
Copley Symphony Hall, downtown, sandiegosymphony.org
4.5: Transgender Day of Empowerment
Celebrate the diversity of our city’s transgender community during this free event featuring speakers, entertainers, community awards and the announcement of scholarship recipients.
San Diego LGBT Community Center, North Park, sdpride.org
4.5-7: 19th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals
Scope out more than 2,500 hot rods, muscle cars and one-of-a-kind rides during this competitive indoor auto show that includes live music, a dragster exhibition and a 16-car autocross dubbed the “Duel in Del Mar.”
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, good-guys.com
4.6: South Bay Earth Day
South County’s largest Earth Day celebration returns with even more merchants and activities, including an abundance of money-saving products and services to help you reduce your impact on Mother Earth.
Memorial Park, Chula Vista, chulavistaca.gov
4.6: Ironman 70.3 Oceanside
Swim across 2.4 miles of Oceanside Harbor before biking 112 miles to San Clemente and back then enjoying a leisurely 26.22-mile run to the Strand — without any breaks in between.
Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside, ironman.com
4.6-7: San Diego Crew Classic
San Diego’s premiere spring regatta showcases the competitive field of rowing and offers an array of activities and merchants in addition to world-class racing.
Mission Bay Park, Pacific Beach, crewclassic.org
4.6-7: Julian Gold Rush Days
Celebrate the discovery of gold in Julian and learn more about the mountain community’s history during this free, weekend-long festival that includes gold panning, tomahawk throwing and a Civil War reenactment, among many other attractions.
Throughout historic Julian, visitjulian.com
4.7: 23rd annual Triton 5k and Festival
Support tomorrow’s changemakers today by walking or running through 3.1 miles of UCSD’s campus during this scenic fundraiser for student scholarships.
Spanos Athletic Training Facility, UC San Diego, 5k.ucsd.edu
4.7: Autism Awareness Bar Crawl
This scavenger hunt-themed bar crawl in honor of National Autism Awareness Month enters its fourth year of providing participants small bites and cocktails plus the chance to win prizes along the way.
Various locations throughout the Gaslamp (starting at Mezé Greek Fusion), crawl4autism.com
4.7-8: 11th Annual Campagnolo GranFondo
Cyclists of all experience levels are invited to choose a 20-, 34-, 60- or 101-mile route for this two-day biking bonanza that features a fitness expo, an Italian feast and a beer garden on San Diego’s stunning waterfront.
Multiple routes originating in Little Italy, sdgranfondo.com
4.11-18: San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase
Run as a counterpart to the San Diego Asian Film Festival’s traditional November event, this mini-festival features even more of the best Asian and Asian-American cinema.
Enter here for a chance to win tickets!
Venues throughout San Diego, pacarts.org
4.12: Bloom Bash
Now featuring five additional activity areas, twice as many cocktail bars and even more mouth-watering munchie stations, the annual opening celebration for Art Alive weekend offers after-hours access to nearly 100 museum pieces reimagined as floral arrangements. Click here for more info about the three-day Art Alive.
San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park, sdmart.org
4.12-13: Ragnar SoCal
Round up five or 11 fellow maniacs for this insane, overnight relay race that kicks off in Huntington Beach and carves through Orange County before concluding at the Embarcadero downtown.
Finish Line at Embarcadero Marina Park South, downtown, runragnar.com
4.12-14: La Jolla Concours d’Elegance
Feast your eyes on sports cars, Woodies and hundreds of other classic wheels from around the world at this annual auto show overlooking La Jolla’s coast.
La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, lajollaconcours.com
4.13: San Diego County Credit Union Walk MS: San Diego 2019
Help end multiple sclerosis once and for all by walking 1 or 3 miles around NTC Park to raise awareness about this debilitating disease and the millions of people it affects.
Liberty Station, Point Loma, nationalmssociety.org
4.13: San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon, 5k & 10k
Behold some of San Diego’s most stunning beaches, bays and boardwalks on the oceanfront course of your choice, then cap it off with a finish-line celebration boasting live music, a beer garden and plenty of snacks to go around.
Tecolote Shores, Mission Bay Park, sandiegobeachandbayhalfmarathon.com
4.13: evARTS Block Party
With live music, artistic creations and a silent disco, this celebration of East Village’s evolution aims to unite locals through the power of art, coffee and craft beer.
Quartyard, East Village, quartyardsd.com
4.13: 10th annual Boob Ride
Bike for boobs during this tongue-in-cheek fundraiser for breast-cancer patients, then cheers to a successful ride at the event’s after-party hosted by Tidewater Tavern.
Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach, theboobride.org
4.13: Bidi Bidi Boogie: A Selena Art and Music Tribute Show
Honoring the rising Tejano music star who was slain in 1995, this 18-and-up show includes art, food and a Selena look-alike contest, plus live musical performances and celebrated guest DJs.
Centro Cultural de la Raza, Balboa Park, centrodelaraza.com
4.13-14: 2019 Coronado Flower Show
Feast your eyes on flowers — and save the rest of your senses for the music, food and adult beverages — at this affair that follows a Flower Power-theme that harkens back 50 years to 1969.
Spreckels Park, Coronado, coronadoflowershow.com
4.14: Day at the Docks
With casting contests, historical displays and how-to seminars, this celebration of sportfishing boasts boat rides on San Diego Bay, displays by marine artists and open houses aboard luxurious vessels.
Sportfishing Landing, Point Loma, sportfishing.org
4.19: Second annual Anti-Defamation League Walk Against Hate
Highlighting the multicultural tapestry of San Diego’s schools, businesses and communities, this event aims to unite like-minded locals by promoting diversity and celebrating the value of respect.
Liberty Station, Point Loma, sandiego.adl.org
4.17: Cajon Classic Cruise Car Shows
Thousands of car fanatics from across Southern California descend upon downtown El Cajon for the opening day and mother of all classic auto shows, which will then run weekly through October.
Prescott Promenade, El Cajon, downtownelcajon.com
4.20: BAYKED 2019
Revel in support of the cannabis revolution during this daytime festival featuring live music, cocktails and interactive exhibits adjacent to a Feel Good Lounge.
Embarcadero Marina Park, downtown, baykedsd.com
4.20: 49th annual Chicano Park Day
This free, family-friendly event includes traditional music, authentic Aztec dancing, a lowrider car show plus performances by ballet folklórico groups and several live bands.
Chicano Park, Logan Heights, chicano-park.com
4.20: I’m Not Like You: Notes from the San Diego Underground Opening Reception
Celebrate the subcultures of San Diego’s yesteryear during the opening reception of this exhibition that explores overlooked facets of local life from the 1970s through 1990s.
San Diego History Center, Balboa Park, sandiegohistory.org
4.21: Seventh annual Easter Bash
Spend Easter on the sand at this all-day event that includes live music, a 20,000-egg hunt and oodles of other activities for the young and young at heart.
Belmont Park, Mission Beach, belmontpark.com
4.26: Rock ‘n’ Roll Rebellion Ball
Celebrate the unyielding determination of Diversionary Theatre, the country’s third-oldest LGBT theater, during this high-energy party complete with decadent dining, incredible auction items and an electrifying musical performance.
US Grant Hotel, downtown, diversionary.org
4.26-27: Queen Bee Market
The city’s original urban-style artisan market returns with more than 100 local and national merchants specializing in handmade and vintage accessories, along with clothing, home décor, furniture and more.
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, thequeenbeemarket.com
4.26-28: Lakeside Rodeo
Get ready for bull riding, barrel racing, broncos bucking and more during a long weekend filled with edge-of-your-seat rodeo action.
Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, Lakeside, lakesiderodeo.com
4.27: 3rd annual Pacific Rim Festival
Celebrate some of the Pacific Rim’s many cultures during this free community event featuring food, live music, workshops and demonstrations from China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam, among other countries.
Bayside Park, Chula Vista, pacificrimfest.com
4.27: Adams Avenue Unplugged
Featuring 80 artists performing on 24 stages, this free event (except for headliner concerts from David Lindley and Gaby Moreno) showcases talent staged in participating restaurants, bars and coffeehouses.
Along Adams Avenue from Kensington to University Heights, adamsavenueunplugged.com
4.27: 17th annual Creek to Bay Cleanup
Join more than 6,000 volunteers at more than 100 locations to collect thousands of pounds of litter in an effort to beautify San Diego’s many waterfronts.
Sites throughout San Diego, creektobay.org
4.27: Out at the Park
San Diego Pride joins forces with the Padres to take on the New York Mets during this game that begins by a rendition of the national anthem performed by the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and the San Diego Women’s Chorus.
Petco Park, East Village, mlb.com/padres
4.27: 23rd annual Barrio Logan Grand Prix
Professional cyclists, top-level amateurs and first-time racers speed along a 0.8-mile course in one of SoCal’s largest cycling events followed by an expo at the Logan Heights Family Health Center.
Newton Avenue, Barrio Logan, sdbc.org
4.27: 34th annual Linda Vista Multicultural Fair & Parade
Promoting cultural awareness and understanding throughout our city, this year’s Celebrating Our Youth theme will include several cultural exhibits, various ethnic food offerings and artistic performances inspired by life in Linda Vista.
Linda Vista Road at Comstock Street, Linda Vista, lindavistafair.org
4.27-28: Mission Federal ArtWalk
Get lost amid 16 blocks of visual, performing and interactive exhibits during this annual event attended by thousands of art aficionados and lookie-loos from around the region.
Throughout Little Italy, artwalksandiego.org
4.28: 30th annual EarthFair 2019
The annual environmental fair and Earth Day celebration returns with 60,000 attendees, 300 hundred exhibitors, four entertainment venues and a Cleaner Car Concourse.
Balboa Park, earthdayweb.org
4.28: San Diego County Credit Union Walk MS: Carlsbad 2019
Do your part to eradicate multiple sclerosis by walking 1 or 3 miles around North County’s whimsical Flower Fields in an effort to raise awareness about this debilitating disease.
Flower Fields, Carlsbad, nationalmssociety.org
4.28: La Jolla Half Marathon
Starting at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, this 13.1-mile course follows a scenic coastal route before climbing to the summit of Torrey Pines State Park and concluding at La Jolla Cove.
Begins at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, inmotionevents.com
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4.10 vs San Jose Barracuda
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4.7 vs RGV Barracudas
4.13 vs Monterrey Flash
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