San Diego Events Calendar by Month

April

April 1
Nature Day
1:00pm – 6:00pm
NTC Park at Liberty Station
The 13th day of the first month of the Persian calendar is a special day for celebration. It’s a day for Iranian families to come together for an outdoor picnic and to appreciate the beauty of nature. Families will celebrate with Persian folk music, food, and dancing.

April 7
City Beat Festival of Beers
12:00pm – 4:00pm 
2223 El Cajon Boulevard (in front of the Lafayette Hotel)
Approximately 45-50 craft breweries are coming together to offer samples from a variety of homegrown beers. It’s a beer lover’s paradise where you can stroll from booth to booth and sample your particular choices of beer. Food and music accompany the event.

April 7-8
Ragnar Relay SoCal
7:00am – 8:00pm
877-837-3529
Huntington Beach to San Diego Embarcadero Marina Park South
This is a long-distance day & night running relay race that begins in Huntington Beach and finishes in San Diego at the Embarcadero Marina Park South. Approximately 600 teams made up of 12 runners each will take their turn to run three legs of the 190-mile course of varying levels of difficulty.

April 7-8
La Jolla Concours d’ Elegance – Car Show Reception 
Ellen Browning Scripps Park
An elite car show is presented at beautiful La Jolla Cove where guests can gaze upon historic cars and premier collections against a backdrop view of the ocean. This special evening VIP reception also presents pleasing music, tasty foods, delightful cocktails, and a special movie presentation. Saturday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm & Sunday: 9:00am – 4:00pm.

April 8
GranFondo San Diego Bike Ride
6:30am – 5:00pm
Little Italy – Hawthorne St. – Pacific Highway – Harbor Dr. – National City – Chula Vista – East County – Otay Ranch – Jamul
Cyclists of all ages can join an Italian cycling tour that features several distances; 105-mile, 56-mile, and 34-mile courses. They are social rides that begin in Little Italy and travel eastward through cities, towns, and rural country sides. There are many pleasant views along the way.

April 15
Sharon’s Ride/Run/Walk for Epilepsy
7:00am – 2:00pm
De Anza Cove Park and Mission Bay pathways and roadways
Join the Sharon’s Ride in 2018 and help build a strong community for the 50,000 individuals affected by epilepsy in San Diego County. Show your support by participating in a friendly 15-mile bike ride or 5k walk/run.

April 15
Fiesta Island Time Trial Series
7:00am – 9:00am
Fiesta Island, 1400 Fiesta Island Road
A series of bicycle races held at Fiesta Island offering recreational and young riders an ideal location to experience competitive cycling in a safe and controlled environment.

April 15
Belgian Waffle Bike Ride
7:30am – 8:30pm
San Dieguito Road & Camino Del Sur
The Belgian Waffle Ride is back for its annual edition of pedaling perversity. Created as a challenging cycling event in the spirit of the great one-day spring classics of Belgium, the Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR) returns to North County San Diego – with waffles and ale at the finish!

April 16
Easter Egg Hunt at the Hotel Del Coronado
Hotel Del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave.
Call (619) 522-8815 to register in advance for one of the egg hunts (for hotel, brunch and Sheerwater breakfast guests only). The Easter Bunny will visit the Del to pose for photos with the children.

April 20-22
San Diego Comic Fest
10:00am – 11:00pm
Town and Country Resort
The friendly, intimate comic con experience. Our theme for the 2018 Fest will be the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and helping us to celebrate that anniversary will be Sara Karloff, daughter of the great Boris Karloff!

April 21
Chicano Park Day Celebration 
10:00am – 6:00pm
619-563-4661
Chicano Park (1900 National Ave.), Barrio Logan Community
A community celebration at Chicano Park is presenting a fantastic event that includes the largest ceremonial performance of Aztec dance in America. In addition, there’s a low rider car show, cultural music, a variety of booths with food and merchandise, plus craft activities and a jumper for kids.

April 21
Hillcrest Car Show
2:00pm – 6:00pm
Normal Street between Harvey Milk Street and University Avenue
Come and see classic cars displayed, talk to the owners, and get information on how to join the LGBT Classic Car Club.

April 21
Margarita 5K Run
7:00am – 10:00am
Kennebeck Court & Ocean Front Walk
Run on the hard-packed sand at low-tide! Enjoy the salty sea air while running a 5K. All participants 21+ get a coupon for a free margarita from Café Coyote in Old Town!

April 21
ACT Today! For Military Families 5K/10K Run/Walk & Family Festival
6:30am – 11:00am
Tecolote Shores Park, Mission Bay
Join this event where the proceeds provide care and treatment for children of military families who cannot otherwise afford it. The event offers a 5K run, 10K run, and a 1-mile fun run for kids. It includes post festivities of music, beer, food, and inflatable jumpers.

April 21
Creek to Bay Cleanup
9:00am – 12:00pm
San Diego Beaches
Join the thousands to protest and conserve our San Diego beaches, bays, canyons and parks. Volunteer for this event in celebration of Earth Day. Friends, families and groups can signup now for a site of your choice. Come help out at one of the best community San Diego events this April.

April 22
Earth Day
10:00am – 5:00pm
1549 El Prado, Balboa Park Central Mesa
Set in Balboa Park, the 25th Annual EarthFair is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. With around 70,000 visitors and more than 400 volunteers, the event features exhibitors, a food pavilion, kid’s area, live entertainment, parade, art show and a “clean” car concourse.

April 22
La Jolla Half Marathon
7:30am – 12:00pm
Begins at La Jolla Del Mar Racetrack & finishes at La Jolla Cove
The La Jolla Half Marathon is race #2 in the Half Marathon Triple Crown Series and unique challenge involving a trio of scenic Southern California half marathons

April 22
Walk for Water
9:00am – 12:00pm
Tecolote Shores North Park, 1740 East Mission Bay Drive
Bring your family and friends to Mission Bay and experience the journey that millions of women and children around the world make every day to provide water for their families. If you choose, you can even carry buckets of water along the 5K route.

April 28
Adams Avenue Unplugged
12:00pm – 10:00pm
Adams Avenue
The event will feature live musical performances staged inside restaurants, bars, coffee houses and galleries lining the neighborhood. Being able to pair the Avenue’s unique dining and drinking establishments, each with their own special ambiances and selections, with free musical performances, makes Adams Avenue the place to be on the last weekend of April. The AABA hopes to treat musical aficionados and foodies to the rich neighborhood culture.

April 28
March for Babies
7:00am – 11:00am
6th & Laurel South Lawn / 6th Avenue / Balboa Drive North & South Closures
It’s America’s favorite walking event! When you walk, you give hope to the babies born too soon or sick. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies, and it funds research to find answers to the serious problems that threaten our babies. We’ve been walking since 1970 and have raised an incredible $2.6 billion! Join the more than seven million people who participate, donate and/or sponsor. There are plenty of opportunities for day-of-event exposure, activation and education – not to mention opportunities to meet hundreds of others who are just like you!

April 28
Annual Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair & Parade
10:00am – 5:00pm 
619-746-8223
6900 Linda Vista Road (between Comstock & Ulric Streets)
Linda Vista is celebrating the diversity of its community with a cultural parade. People are lining up along the streets to watch marching bands, marching groups, floats, color guards, and cars containing public officials. The event is in conjunction with the “Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Festival”. General Information: Dennis-Michael Broussard: (619) 746-8223.

April 28
Annual Barrio Logan Grand Prix / Logan Heights Family Health Center Health Fair
7:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Barrio Logan
A flat, fast-paced figure 8 course. FREE helmets are given to the first 300 youths who register to participate. This event is in conjunction with the Logan Heights Family Health Center Health Fair.

April 28-29
Mission Federal Art Walk San Diego
11:00am – 6:00pm 
Little Italy, San Diego
Little Italy presents an adventurous art walk that showcases visual and performing arts such as paintings, sculpture, photography, digital art, mixed media, music, and dance performances. Works and performances are displayed in tents and galleries along the streets. The Kids Walk is at Amici Park.

April 29
Awesome 80’s Run
6:30am – 11:00am
De Anza Cove Park trails, 3000 N. Mission Bay Dr.
Need a rad reason to run, walk or boogie? How about a fast-flat route, cool medals, chip timing race tee, winner awards, and live music with a dance floor for any extra energy you have? Find the 80’s wear in your closet and come on down!

April 29
TCT International Art Festival (5-Day Event)
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Cascade Area in Balboa Park, 1650 El Prado
The Falun Dafa Assocation San Diego Branch presents the Truth, Compassion, Tolerance International Art Exhibit once a month between February and June.

May

May 4-6
Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo
Old Town
The 30th Annual Old Town Fiesta Cinco De Mayo is the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border. This three-day fiesta has an incredible variety of festivities and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be surrounded by the history and culture of Mexico! Two event stages will entertain with sizzling flamenco beats, Norteno flairs and traditional Mariachi music. Explore the museums, specialty shops, and the lively streets of the bustling Mercado where you can purchase an array of merchandise: handmade leather pieces, beautiful jewelry and many more treasures. Ride the stagecoach and venture over to Lowrider Lane where you will be amazed by the glistening rims and gravity-defying hydraulics of these custom art masterpieces. Friday 4pm-10pm; Saturday 11am–10pm & Sunday 11am-5pm.

May 5
Annual Dragon Boat Race Festival
Tecolote Shores North Park in Mission Bay Park
8:00am – 5:00pm
The San Diego Dragon Boat Festival showcases the traditional art and sport of dragon boat racing. Competitors test their endurance as they row the fast, dragon-shaped vessels in teams. Come enjoy the races, fine food, and entertainment.

May 5
SD Humane Society/ SPCA 22nd Walk for Animals
7:00am – 2:00pm
NTC Park at Liberty Station
You and your pawsitively patriotic pets will have a great time as we walk to celebrate our love for animals while raising the vital funds needed to ensure that every homeless animal can find a loving home. The morning festivities include a delicious pancake breakfast, a scenic two-mile walk with an optional half-mile walk, fun-filled doggie activities and contests, and an array of vendor booths.

May 5
Annual Asian Cultural Festival
10:00am – 5:00pm
Mira Mesa Community Park
619-746-8223
This event is the county’s largest festival during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The festival provides a great and fun way to learn new things about all the different traditions among some of the various Asian ethnicities represented within our community. Some exciting things to look forward to: FREE ADMISSION and 2 FREE PARKING LOTS!!! There will be an opportunity to enter a drawing for Southwest airline tickets and other goodies. Family and pet-friendly park.

May 5
Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival
12:00pm – 5:00pm
La Jolla Cove
Over 50 of San Diego’s best restaurants and beverage purveyors will be offering exquisite bites and flavorful wines, brews, and spirits. An entertaining Kentucky Derby theme sets the mood for a wonderful afternoon. Women will be donning the fanciest of hats to celebrate the Runway for the Roses.

May 6
Miracle Babies 5K
7:00am – 1:00pm
NTC Park at Liberty Station, 2455 Cushing Rd.
Proceeds from this Miracle Babies event support families in need who have a newborn in the neonatal intensive care unit. Following the race there will be a red rose ceremony and a champagne toast celebrating our mothers. In addition, the day will be full of activities for kids, health & wellness expo, local food, and more!

May 6
Spring Sprint Triathlon
5:40am – 10:30am
Mission Bay, South Shores Park
The Spring Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon is the second multi sport sprint event of the season in San Diego. With a calm bay swim and a flat bike and run course, the Spring Sprint is the perfect race to kick off your season. Whether you are an experienced triathlete or duathlete preparing for the season, or a first timer looking for a fun race in which to participate, the Spring Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon benefiting the Moores UCSD Cancer Center on Mission Bay is for you!

May 6
Girls on the Run 5K
6:30am – 11:00am
NTC Park, Liberty Station
619-816-6991
The Girls on the Run 5k is a non-competitive, celebration 5k. All participants must register for the event.

May 10-13
Gator by the Bay-Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival
North Harbor Drive, Spanish Landing Park
619-234-8612
Gator by the Bay is a 3 day festival featuring Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and Country musicians and Louisiana cuisine and culture. The festival will be held over Mother’s Day weekend at Spanish Landing Park on North Harbor Drive. This family oriented event includes performances by nationally recognized Cajun, Zydeco and Blues performers, local performing musicians, dancing, dance instruction, cooking demonstrations, ethnic food and arts vendors, community exhibits, cultural workshops, children’s arts and crafts and colorful daily “Mardi Gras” style parades through the festival grounds. Thursday 6:00pm-10:00pm, Friday 3:30pm-10:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 10:30am-8:00pm.

May 12
San Diego Brain Tumor Walk
9:00am – 12:00pm
Sidewalks surrounding Waterfront Park
The San Diego Brain Tumor Walk offers individuals and teams a chance to honor and remember loved ones, connect with others interested in the brain tumor cause, and to help educate the local community on the diverse needs of the brain tumor community.

May 12
Annual Liver Life Walk
8:30am – 12:00pm
Liberty Station NTC Park
Join us as we change the face of liver disease. Your participation will bring awareness to liver disease and provide financial support for our educational programs and patient services offered to the millions of Americans battling one of the 100 known liver diseases.

May 12
19th Annual North Park Festival of the Arts
11:00am – 10:00pm
University Avenue & 30th Street
619-294-2501
Celebration of Music and Art.

May 12
Crystal Pier Outrigger Canoe Race
7:00am – 6:00pm
Crown Point – Mission Bay
The Crystal Pier Outrigger Canoe Race is a Southern California Outrigger Racing Association Race, hosted by Hanohano Canoe Club in San Diego, CA. The race draws 2500+ participants annually who battle in a 6-mile short course, novice and kid’s race as well as a 10-mile men, women and coed races in six-person outrigger canoes.

May 12-13
Balboa Park Pow Wow
10:00am – 6:00pm
Park area near Park Boulevard and President’s Way
Native Americans of many tribes gather together to sing and dance to the heart beat of the drum. The Balboa Park Pow Wow includes dances, Native American arts & crafts, and food!

May 13
Mother’s Day

May 18
Bike to Work
5:00am – 6:00pm
Bike to Work Day is a nationally recognized event celebrated annually on the third Friday in May. Since May is National Bike Month, San Diegans have opportunities to GO by BIKE all month long. Bike Month supports biking as a viable, environmentally friendly, cost-saving commute choice. With thousands of miles of bikeways in the San Diego region, biking gets you where you need to go. Make biking to work your new normal.

May 19
San Diego Taco Fest
11:00am – 10:00pm
Waterfront Park at 1600 Pacific Highway
The San Diego Taco Fest is a food, music, and cultural celebration! The region’s best taco-centric restaurants offer a wide range of mouth watering taco creations. Enjoy local and national musical performances. In between the music and tacos, catch live Lucha Libre wrestling matches!

May 19
Take Steps San Diego Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
3:00pm – 6:00pm
Crown Point Park in Mission Bay Park
Take Steps is an event that raises money for Crohn’s and ulcerative Colitis cures. The day is fun-filled with food, a band, a kids zone, a beer garden, and a walk!

May 19
Mito Walk & Roll 5K & Carnival
7:30am – 12:00pm
NTC Park at Liberty Station
The first annual Mito Walk and Roll 5K is a family-oriented event. This year’s event will include interactive games, face painting, bounce house, pictures with princesses, magic show, caricature drawings, food trucks, live music and much more. Participants are encouraged to walk, run or roll to show their support for our cause. The Mito Walk and Roll is an event for the whole family; it is a great chance to get some exercise, enjoy quality family time, and support UCSD’s Mitochondrial Research Fund at the same time. This event represents a great opportunity for runners, as well as family members and friends, to kick off the summer! Proceeds will benefit the UCSD Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disease Center.

May 20
Annual San Diego Century Bicycle Tour
6:00am – 5:30pm
858-259-9595
Cyclists can test their endurance by choosing one of these rides that travel along hills and coast. There’s a challenging 37-mile course, a grueling 66-mile course, and an extreme 103-mile course. All rides begin and end at Mira Costa College in Encinitas. A small expo accompanies the event.

May 20
60th OMBAC Coming Out Party: Craft Beer Festival
6:00am – 6:00pm
Mariner’s Point located in Mission Bay Park
The event is an adult (age 21+) on May 19 (with craft beer) and an all age event on May 20 beach bash with rock n’ roll music, food, drinks, and sand-dancing. Some people will be soaking up sun rays as others amuse themselves with beachy activities.

May 20
Navy’s 32nd Bay Bridge Run
8:00am – 10:00am
Downtown San Diego: One Park Blvd.
Don’t miss out on this one! A run/walk across the Coronado Bay Bridge is a rare opportunity. The views are awesome! It begins near the Bayside Hilton in downtown San Diego and proceeds across the magnificent bay bridge and onward to Coronado Island for a festive celebration at Tidelands Park.

May 20
NFFC Annual 5k
8:00am – 10:00am
De Anza Cove Park
Participation is open to everyone of all ages… both runners and walkers. Join with players, family members and friends to support the club, improve facilities, and give back to the community through a chosen charity.

May 20
Beach Soccer Jam (2-Day Event)
9:00am – 8:00pm
Fiesta Island in East Mission Bay
Welcome to the exciting world of beach soccer and volleyball. If you like sun, sand, and beach entertainment with your soccer and volleyball, then get ready for Beach Soccer Jam! It’s open to youth soccer teams, military teams, and men & women open matches. It’s all happening at Fiesta Island.

May 26
Fiesta Botanica
10:00am – 3:00pm
El Prado, Balboa Park
Come celebrate spring amid the region’s most spectacular historical gardens in Balboa Park. The family-friendly festival kicks off with the Wagon Parade, then continues with lectures, demos, hands-on activities for kids, live entertainment, plant sales, food trucks, and more.

May 26
Annual Butterfly Release
11:00am – 3:00pm
Zoro Garden area in Balboa Park
The Annual Butterfly Release is a popular family fun day. There will be free giveaways, entertainment, plus kids’ arts and crafts activities. Butterflies are shared with children a few minutes prior to the release times!

May 27
Hullabaloo
5:00pm – 7:00pm
San Diego Waterfront

May 27
Annual Ethnic Food Fair
11:00am – 5:00pm
Balboa Park, International Cottages
619-729-8234
Come to Balboa Park to relax and enjoy a picnic lunch. Follow the sound of music and the aroma of scrumptious foods to the little cottages that represent different countries of the Pacific. Afterwards picnic with a feast of food and tempting bakery while being entertained by costumed performances.

May 28
EOD Warrior 5K
7:00am – 1:00pm
Liberty Station Park
The event offers a 5K run/walk and a 1K Kids Run at Liberty Station Park. A post-event expo accompanies the event with an awards ceremony, refreshments, a beer garden, raffles, and sports-related attire. Proceeds benefit the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Warrior Foundation.

May 28
Memorial Day