Top Things to Do in San Diego – April 2-7, 2013

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

Spend the first weekend of April in San Diego basking in the beautiful weather and enjoying these top things to do:

Annual San Diego Crew Classic


Set along the beautiful and calm waters of Mission Bay, the San Diego Crew Classic brings together thousands of athletes from more than 100 universities, clubs and high school programs from across the U.S. to participate in this premier rowing event in San Diego. Over the course of two days, rowers ranging in age from 14 to 84 will compete in over 100 exciting races in various divisions. In addition to the racing, the San Diego Crew Classic will also have a craft beer tasting event, a family festival, music, a jumbo tron for the best views of the races and more.

Where: Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay
When: April 6-7, 2013
Times: Gates open at 6:00 AM. Races start at 7:30 AM.
Cost: $15. Children 12 and under and Active Military – Free
> Get your tickets to the San Diego Crew Classic

Bug Week at theNAT

Jerusalem Cricket - San Diego Natural History Museum

“But be forewarned! The stars of this exhibition are sure to delight the young, inquisitive minds in your family and some grownups might find the little creatures quite outrageous.” Dr. Michael W. Hager

Bring the kids to the San Diego Natural History Museum for a week-long celebration of creepy crawlers in addition to the bizarre, bewildering marvels of the insect world on display in Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders. There will be screenings of Bugs 3D, insect trading cards, art activities, tours of the Entomology Department,
“beetle-juice” and more.

Where: 1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 1-7, 2013
Cost: Free with admission. (Dress like a bug and receive $5 off!)
> Find out more about Bug Week at theNAT

9th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

Right in front of the amazing view of La Jolla Cove will be over 150 beautifully restored classics from Italian marques to woodies to American sports cars. There will also be a book signing, a motor tour, concourse and motor car classic, and for VIP ticket holders, an evening reception with food and beverages.

Where: Scripps Memorial Park – 1180 Coast Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92037
When: April 5-7, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $35-$100. Children 14 and under – Free
> Find out more about the 9th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

Peg Leg Smith Liar’s Contest

Peg Leg Smith Plaque - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Can you tell a tale as tall as Peg Leg Smith?

Think you have the best tall tale about gold or the legendary Peg Leg Smith? Well then tell it at the annual Peg Leg Smith Liar’s Contest at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park! Just bring the family, sign up at the Peg Leg Smith Memorial and enjoy an evening around the fire and under the stars with plenty of interesting and hilarious stories. Who knows, you might actually find out where Peg Leg’s gold is actually buried.

Where: 200 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
When: April 6, 2013
Time: Starts at Dusk
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Peg Leg Smith Liar’s Contest

Bottled & Kegged: San Diego’s Craft Brew Culture

San Diego's Brewing History

Discover San Diego’s brewing history at the San Diego History Center.

San Diego History Center’s Bottled & Kegged: San Diego’s Craft Brew Culture exhibition will showcase the local craft brew industry demonstrating how and why San Diego County has become a national leader in craft brewing. The exhibition will feature many hands-on and interactive elements, as well as displays, demonstrations, replicas of iconic locales, and interpretive stations ranging from brewing science and process, food pairings, and historic imagery.

Where: 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 5, 2013 – January 20, 2014
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Bottled & Kegged: San Diego’s Craft Brew Culture

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

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Brent Bernasconi

About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home. How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night's sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.

4 thoughts on “Top Things to Do in San Diego – April 2-7, 2013

  1. These are some really great events that we should watch out for. I’m sure my son would pick the Bug Week at theNAT above all of these choices. Too bad it already passed. Would they be repeating the event anytime soon?

  2. I’m very glad I found this blog! I really enjoy the “Top Things To Do In San Diego…” posts. I will come back and frequent them often as I just moved to the area. I am always looking for new things to do and new adventures to go on. I’m keeping a blog of my new adventures in San Diego at and will definitely use this blog for ideas of things to do. I don’t want to seem like a tourist since I’m living here now but whatever, this blog has great suggestions. Thanks!

  3. Puppet Theater in Balboa Park is doing a hand puppet version of PETER RABBIT that is a really fun production. Thursday and Friday at 10am and 11:30am and then Sat/Sun at 11am, 1pm & 2:30pm.

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