San Diego Events Calendar by Month

April

April 6
North Park 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 6
Mission Hills 5K Run/Walk
7:30am – 10:00am
Grant K8 School, 1425 Washington Place
The annual Mission Hills 5K promises fun for the whole family. Run to compete, run for fun or move at your own speed. All proceeds benefit STEAM programs at Grant K-8. See you on the starting line.

April 6
Race for Autism
7:00am – 12:00pm
Balboa Park, 6th Ave and Laurel
100% of the funds raised at the Race for Autism stay in San Diego to support local autism programs, services, outreach efforts, parent support and educational initiatives. THANKS to the support of people like you, NFAR has awarded over 1.6 MILLION dollars to autism community programs and to 700 classrooms throughout San Diego County.

April 7
Parkinson’s Step-by-Step 5K
7:30am
Liberty Station
San Diego Running Co. is an event production company dedicated to bringing the San Diego community together through unique, memorable running events that tell a story and empower people to get out and enjoy new experiences.

April 7
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 12-13
Ragnar So Cal
Huntington Beach to San Diego Embarcadero Marina Park South
877-837-3529
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 turns to run 3-legs of the 190-mile course of varying levels of difficulty.

April 12-14
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.

April 13
San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon 5K & 10K
6:30am
Run through this fast, flat and scenic oceanfront half marathon, 5K and 8K. Stick around because the party starts at the finish line with live music, a beer garden (your first beer is on us!), snacks, photo opportunities, and much more

April 14
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 20
Chicano Park Day Celebration 
10:00am – 6:00pm
Chicano Park, 1900 National Ave., Barrio Logan Community
619-563-4661
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 20
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
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. Various times at the hotel.

April 27
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 April.

April 27
March for Babies
7:00am – 11:00am
6th & Laurel South Lawn/6th Ave/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 7 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 27
Annual Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair & Parade 
10:00am – 5:00pm
6900 Linda Vista Rd., 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 27
Annual Barrio Logan Grand Prix/Logan Heights Family Health Center Health Fair
7:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Barrio Logan
Compete on 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 27-28
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 art 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 28
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 28
La Jolla Half Marathon 2019
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, a unique challenge involving a trio of scenic Southern California half marathons.

April 28
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
La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K
6:30am
Del Mar Fairgrounds
The La Jolla Shores 5K is a scenic, hilly, point-to-point course that follows the last 3.1 miles of the half marathon course.  The race begins on La Jolla Shores Drive near Horizon Way and runs through La Jolla Shores and along Torrey Pines Road, Prospect Avenue and Coast Boulevard before finishing at the La Jolla Cove in the same location as the La Jolla Half Marathon finish. The course will be clearly marked with traffic cones and course guides and except when otherwise directed, participants should run as close to the right-hand curb as possible. The course will close to 5K runners and walkers one hour after race start (20-minute-mile pace).

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 3-5
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 4
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 4
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 kid’s zone, a beer garden, and a walk!

May 4
San Diego 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 4
Annual Asian Cultural Festival
10:00am – 5:00pm
Mira Mesa Community Park
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. Family and pet-friendly park with stroller and wheelchair-accessible areas. Live cooking demonstrations to spice up your cookbook, plus free sample tastings. Watch two stages of cultural entertainment and group dances to join. Explore the Cultural Row of Asian Nations to learn cool facts and make crafts.

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

May 9-12
Gator by the Bay-Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival
10:30am – 8:00pm
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.

May 11
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 11
Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival
2:00pm – 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 11
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 11
19th Annual North Park Festival of the Arts
11:00am – 10:00pm
University Ave. & 30th St.
Celebration of Music and Art. 619-294-2501.

May 11
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 2,500+ 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 11
MCRD Boot Camp Challenge
6:30am – 12:00pm
BootCamp Challenge is the only obstacle course race that allows participants to run through the same obstacles that turn recruits into Marines. BootCamp Challenge offers civilians the unique chance to experience a taste of Marine Corps boot camp. BootCamp Challenge is a high-energy, endorphin-filled adrenaline rush with over 50 obstacles including tunnel crawls, log hurdles, 6ft vertical climbing wall, cargo net crawls, and push-up stations all manned by Marine Corps Drill Instructors who are there to encourage and motivate participants through the obstacles.

May 11-12
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 16
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 2019 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 18
Annual Old House Fair
10:00am – 4:00pm
30th Street (between Cedar St. & Ash St.) – Beech Street (between Fern St. & Date St.)
619-233-6679
If you’re planning to restore an older home or spruce up a newer one, this event is for you. Local craftsmen and community businesses that specialize in the repair, remodel, and preservation of homes will be there. The event also offers historic home tours, exhibits, food, music, and activities.

May 18
Ocean Beach Kite Festival

May 18
Mito Walk & Roll 5K & Carnival
9:00am – 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 18
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+) with craft beer beach bash with rock n’ roll music, food, drink, and sand-dancing. Some people will be soaking up sun rays as others amuse themselves with beachy activities.

May 18-19
Fiesta Del Sol
9:00am – 9:00pm
Solana Beach
The Fiesta del Sol features a special area just for kids with rides, games and hands-on activities. Favorite destinations include the awesome rides, inflatable bounce house and slide. Don’t forget about our famous face painter. And kid-friendly food choices are always a huge hit with everyone. Kid’s rides favorites include the “Dragon” and the “Swing”! Arts & crafts plus tons of other fun activities designed especially for children and even adults who feel like children are not in short supply!

May 19
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 19
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 19-20
Beach Soccer Jam
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 23
San Diego Taco Fest
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Waterfront Park, 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 mouthwatering taco creations. Enjoy local and national musical performances. In between the music and tacos, catch live Lucha Libre wrestling matches!

May 25
Annual Butterfly Release
10:00am – 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 26
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 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.