Things To Do

Things to do in April

Events in San Diego during April include Ironman 70.3, Wanderlust 2018, 48th Chicano Park Day Celebration and Earthfair 2018.

4.6-7: Reebok Ragnar SoCal

Round up five or 11 fellow maniacs for this insane, overnight relay race that starts in Orange County and ends at the Embarcadero downtown.

Coastal trails from Huntington Beach to San Diego Bay,

4.6-8: La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

Feast your eyes on sports cars, Woodies and hundreds of other classic wheels from around the world at this upscale auto show overlooking La Jolla’s coast.


La Jolla Cove, La Jolla,

La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

Concours d’Elegance presents an upscale auto show among other activities. 

(Courtesy photo)

4.6-8: Goodguys 18th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals

Check out more than 2,500 hot rods, muscle cars and other custom rides at this competitive car event that includes live music, vendor exhibits and a burnout challenge.

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar,



Chevrolet Chevelle owners polish their car for the competitive car event.

(Bill Wechter / )

4.7: South Bay Earth Day

South County’s largest Earth Day celebration returns with even more merchants and activities, including a plethora of products and services to help people reduce their impact on Mother Earth while simultaneously saving some loot.

Chula Vista Marina, Chula Vista,

4.7: Ironman 70.3

Swim across Oceanside Harbor, bike along the coastline to San Clemente and back, then run along The Strand, where miles of sand lie between you and the finish line. Piece of cake, right?!

Throughout Oceanside,


People test their fitness in this swimming, running and cycling event. 

(Donald Miralle / Donald Miralle for Ironman)

4.7: 30th Annual America’s Schooner Cup

Eight to 10 stunning schooners from across Southern California and the Pacific Northwest will face off at this charity regatta.

San Diego Bay,


America’s Schooner Cup

Schooners race each other for this charity event. 

(Howard Lipin / San Diego Union-Tribune)

4.7-8: 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 candle-dipping, among other attractions.

Julian Farm and the Julian Mining Company, Julian,

Julian Gold Rush

Pan for gold at Julian Gold Rush Days.

(Courtesy photo / Courtesy photo)

4.8: 10th Annual Campagnolo Gran Fondo

Choose a 20-, 34-, 60-, or 101-mile route for this 2-day cycling celebration that features food, a fitness expo and a beer garden on San Diego’s stunning waterfront.

Various routes around San Diego County,

Campagnolo Gran Fondo

There are a variety of route options for this 2-day cycling event.

(Courtesy photo)

4.13: VAVi Day at Petco Park

Join other members of the city’s leading sport and social club for a Padres game that includes upgraded seating, a free drink ticket plus epic pre- and post-game parties.


Petco Park, East Village,

VAVi Day at Petco Park

Elevate the Padres watching experience with exclusive perks.

(Courtesy photo)

4.13-14: Pinners Conference

Attend any of more than 100 Pinterest-based classes at this DIY expo boasting some of the country’s top artists and crafters.

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar,

Pinners Conference

There will be a variety of workshops and classes led by top artists and crafters for people to learn about DIY-ing.

(Courtesy photo)

4.14: San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon, 5K & 8K

Behold some of San Diego’s most stunning beaches, bays and resorts on a sea-level course of your choice, then cap it off with a finish-line celebration touting live music, a beer garden and plenty of snacks to go around.

Throughout Mission Bay,

4.14: Tour de Cure

Walk, run or cycle in support of finding a cure for diabetes, a disease that affects more than 100 million people in the U.S.

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar,

4.14: Wanderlust 2018

Listen to nationally recognized teachers, speakers and musical talent as part of this mindful triathlon that combines a 5K, DJed yoga sessions and guided meditation.

Liberty Station, Point Loma,


Wanderlust is perfect for the yogi and the mindful.

(Amanda VanVels / )

4.14: The PULSE Dance Experience “Battle Royale” Showcase

It’s time to bring it on for this competition that gives dancers a chance to show off their skills in the hopes of advancing to the Las Vegas finals. A VIP Cocktail Hour provides a chance to mix and mingle with celebrity choreographers like Cris Judd, Ian Eastwood, Dean Lee and more.

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, La Jolla,


PULSE gives dancers the opportunity to show off their skills and mingle with celebrity choreogaphers. 

(Courtesy photo)

4.15: Walk Against Hate and Diversity Expo

Don’t miss the inaugural year for this Anti-Defamation League event, which highlights the diverse tapestry of San Diego’s schools, businesses and communities.

Liberty Station, Point Loma,

4.15: Day at the Docks

Look forward to historical displays, how-to seminars and casting contests at the West Coast’s famously fun (and free) celebration of sportfishing.

Sportfishing Landings, Point Loma,

Day at the Docks

Families line the docks so children could fish for a mackerel at The Port Of San Diego’s Day At The Docks.

(K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune)

4.15: 22nd Annual Triton 5K + Festival

Run, walk or stroll in support of future changemakers during this scenic, 3.1-mile trek through the heart of UCSD’s campus.

UCSD campus, La Jolla,

Triton 5K + Festival

The event will be at the UC San Diego campus. 

(Erik Jepsen / )

4.18: Cajon Classic Cruise Opening Day

Thousands of car fanatics from across Southern California descend upon downtown El Cajon for the April kickoff to the weekly Wednesday evening events that run through October.

Prescott Promenade, downtown El Cajon,

cajon classic cruise

Cajon Classic Cruise car show in El Cajon. 

(Chadd Cady)

4.20: BAYKED by the Bay

Celebrate 4/20 during this inaugural event celebrating music (with a performance by Wyclef Jean), munchies and cannabis culture — although legally, no marijuana is allowed at the event. 

Embarcadero Marina Park North, downtown,

wyclef jean

Musician Wyclef Jean.

(Michael Kovac / Getty Images for AOL)

4.20-22: Sixth Annual San Diego Comic Fest

Following a Frankenstein theme this year (in honor of the book’s 200th anniversary), this geeky gathering includes panels, an artists’ alley, plus plenty of cosplayers enjoying a more intimate experience than that convention in July offers.

Town & Country Resort, Mission Valley,

San Diego Comic Fest

Comic Fest attendee works on sketches.

(Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)

4.21: San Diego County Credit Union Walk MS: San Diego 2018

Do your part to end multiple sclerosis once and for all by walking with friends, loved ones and co-workers to change the world for everyone affected by this debilitating disease.

Liberty Station, Point Loma, 

4.21: Inaugural Temecula Blues Festival

Eight bluesy bands comprise the lineup for this first-year, rain-or-shine event, which will also showcase some of the neighborhood’s most notable food vendors.

Civic Center Plaza, Old Town Temecula,

Tad Robinson

Tad Robinson is set to perform at the Inaugural Temecula Blues Festival.

(Courtesy photo)

4.21: Ninth Annual Boob Ride

Bike for boobs at this fundraising event supporting breast-cancer patients, then cheers to your ride at Tidewater Tavern during the event’s after-party.

Fletcher Cove Park, Solana Beach,

Boob Ride

People bike for boobs at this fundraising event.

(Courtesy photo)

4.21: 2nd Annual Pacific Rim Festival

Celebrate some of the Pacific Rim’s many cultures and countries during this free community event featuring food, live music, workshops and demonstrations.

Bayside Park, Chula Vista,

Creek to Bay Cleanup

The Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup aims to clean up San Diego’s waterways.

(Misael Virgen)

4.21: 16th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup

Join more than 6,500 volunteers at 100+ locations to help remove litter and otherwise beautify San Diego’s various waterways.

Sites throughout San Diego County,

4.21: 48th Chicano Park Day Celebration

This free, family-friendly event includes traditional music, Aztec indigenous dances, a lowrider car show, plus performances by ballet folklórico groups and numerous live bands.

Chicano Park, Logan Heights,

Chicano Park Day Celebration

Crowds enjoy the cars at the 47th annual Chicano Park Day celebration.

(Eduardo Contreras / San Diego Union-Tribune)

4.21-22: Coronado Flower Show

Feast your eyes on flowers — and save the rest of your senses for the food pavilion and beer and wine garden — at this floral affair.

Spreckels Park, Coronado,

Coronado Flower Show

These are some of the first place winning roses on display at the Coronado Flower Show.

(Eduardo Contreras / San Diego Union-Tribune)

4.22: Earthfair 2018

Sixty-thousand visitors and 300 exhibitors earn this event the title of the world’s largest, free annual environmental fair.

Throughout Balboa Park,

Earthfair 2017

Fluffy, a red iguana, rides on the head of his owner, Han Nguyen, at the Earth Day celebration at Balboa Park.

(Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune)

4.22: La Jolla Shores 5K Run/Walk

This scenic and hilly course follows the last 3.1 miles of the La Jolla half-marathon course, beginning near Scripps Pier and winding through La Jolla Shores before wrapping up at the Cove.

La Jolla Shores, 

La Jolla

Enjoy views of the ocean during this 5K Run/Walk.

(Rich Cruse / )

4.24-26: MTC Expo

Make 2018 your company’s most profitable year yet by attending this educational expo that exists at the intersection of media, technology and commerce.

Hilton San Diego Bayfront, downtown,

4.27: Party Like Gatsby

More than 25 circus, cabaret and vaudeville performers vow to entertain guests at this immersive, 1920s-themed experience that lasts all night long.

The Observatory, North Park, 

Party like Gatsby

Party like Gatsby in this lush ‘20s inspired event. 

(Dom Martin / )

4.27: Bloom Bash

The opening celebration for Art Alive weekend — when more than 100 museum pieces will be interpreted as floral arrangements — is set to include illuminated art installations, scrumptious treats and floral-infused custom cocktails, among other tasteful touches.

San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park,

Bloom Bash

All things floral will be at Bloom Bash in Balboa Park.

(Courtesy photo)

4.27: Out at the Park

San Diego Pride teams up with the Padres to take on the Mets in an evening punctuated with performances by the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and the San Diego Women’s Chorus.

Petco Park, East Village, 

Out at the Park

The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and the San Diego Women’s Chorus will perform at Petco Park.

(Andy Hayt / )

4.27-29: 54th Annual Lakeside Rodeo

Get ready for bullriding, barrel-racing, bronc riding, Stetsons and cowboy boots during three full days of edge-of-your-seat rodeo action.

Lakeside Rodeo and Arena and Facility, Lakeside,

Lakeside Rodeo

Put on your hat and boots for this annual Rodeo in Lakeside. 

(Hayne Palmour IV / )

4.28: 22nd Annual Barrio Logan Grand Prix

Professional bicycle racers and top-level amateurs compete along the streets of Barrio Logan in one of SoCal’s largest cycling events.

Throughout Barrio Logan,

Barrio Logan Grand Prix

Professionals and top-level amateurs are welcome to participate in one of the largest SoCal cycling events. 

(Courtesy photo)

4.28: Linda Vista Multicultural Fair & Parade

Promoting cultural awareness and understanding throughout San Diego, this year’s event will include several cultural exhibits, various ethnic food offerings and artistic performances.

6900 Block of Linda Vista Road, Linda Vista,

Linda Vista Multicultural Fair & Parade

The event will have performances, food and art.

(Courtesy photo)

4.28: Golden OptimisTiki Market & Luau

This charity event benefiting Peninsula-area youth is set to include the musical stylings of APE, Millionaire Beach Bums, Tikitronic, DJ Glen the Mack and Kitten on the Keys.

Bali Hai, Shelter Island,


APE will be one of the musical performances at Golden OptimisTiki Market & Luau.

(Courtesy photo)

4.28: Adams Avenue Unplugged

With more than 100 performances across 30 stages, Normal Heights’ signature walkabout showcases some of the best acoustic artists San Diego has to offer.

Adams Avenue, Normal Heights,

Adams Avenue Unplugged

Performers will showcase their talent across 30 stages.

(Nancee E. Lewis / )

4.28: Fifth Annual San Diego Shaka Fest

Hawaiian culture, arts and athletics collide at this unique event featuring a SUP race, a youth-only canoe regatta and several stages of authentic, island-inspired entertainment.

Crown Point Park, Mission Bay, 

Shaka Fest

Celebrate Hawaiian culture during this Fifth Annual Shaka Fest.

(Courtesy photo)

4.28-29: ArtWalk

Get lost amid 17 blocks of art in this annual event attended by thousands of artists and aficionados.

Throughout Little Italy,


Chicano artist and muralist Mario Torero paints in the interactive mural area.

(Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune)

4.28-29: Encinitas Street Fair

Browse through more than 450 distinct food, arts and crafts vendors, then flit among four stages of entertainment at this family-friendly festival that also boasts a beer garden for offspring-free adults.

South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas,

Encinitas Street Fair

Enjoy food, arts and crafts at the Encinitas Street Fair.

(Bradley Schweit / Bradley Schweit : liz.bowen@sdun)

4.29: Awesome ’80s Run

Travel back in time and dress up as your favorite ’80s celeb or cartoon character for this fun run/walk/skate in which participants receive a Rubix Cube finisher medal.

De Anza Cove, Mission Valley, 

Awesome ‘80s Run

Come dressed in the best ‘80s inspired outfit for this fun run. 

(Courtesy photo)

4.29: 28th Annual Motor Cars on Main Street

More than 400 classic, hot rod and custom cars — all dating back to before 1973 — serve as the centerpiece of this gear-head’s haven, which is set to feature live music and raffle drawings all day long.

Orange and Isabella avenues, Coronado,

Motor Cars on Main Street

Mayor’s choice winner at the Motor Cars on Main Street event.

(Courtesy photo)

Padres home games

4.2-5 vs. Colorado Rockies

4.12-15 vs. San Francisco Giants
4.16-18 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
4.27-29 vs. New York Mets

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San Diego Padres

The Padres’ closer Ryan Buchter pitches to the Giants in the ninth inning at Petco Park.

(Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune)

Gulls home games

4.7 vs. Ontario Reign
4.11 vs. Tucson Roadrunners

San Diego Gulls

The Gulls’ Austin Ortega during the third period at the Valley View Casino Center.

(Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune)

Legion home games

4.7: Fan Fest

4.29 vs. Utah Warriors

SD Legion
Gil Covey, a San Diego native, plays Forward: Hooker for the SD Legion rugby team.
(Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)


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