Top Things to Do in San Diego – April 16-21, 2019

Chicano Park Day - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Cruise on down to San Diego this week and enjoy everything California’s Beach City has to offer including Chicano Park Day, Easter, and these top things to do.

Spring Fling Food Truck Festival

When: April 15-19, 2019
Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
Live bands and dancers will perform on the Plaza de Panama stage starting at 4:00 p.m., and various park and community organizations will host free hands-on activities for families on select dates. There will also be a rotating selection of games and activities on the Plaza, including giant checkers, hula hoops, bowling, cornhole, and giant tumbling blocks.

2019 Del Mar National Horse Show

When: April 16 – May 5, 2019
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds 22nd DAA – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Each year the Del Mar National attracts more than 1,500 horses representing many breeds across three distinctly different disciplines – Western, Dressage, and Hunter/Jumper. Spectators will see world-class performances in reining with its famous spins and sliding stops, elegant and athletic dressage moves choreographed to music, and nail-biting daredevil show jumping! Evening events feature trick riders, comedy acts, thrills and spills, and breed demonstrations, among many other exciting acts. The competition for prize money, trophies, and ribbons is fierce!


When: April 16-21, 2019
Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America!

San Diego Padres vs. Cincinnati Reds

When: April 18-21, 2019
Where: Petco Park, San Diego, CA 92101
Catch the San Diego Padres take on the Cincinnati Reds at Petco Park! Game day events and promotions include: Thursday – Friar Family Days; Friday – CocktailFest, Theme Game: Out at the Park; Saturday – All-fan giveaway Swingin’ Friar Poncho Fleece Blanket, Theme Game: Autism Awareness Night; Sunday – All-kid giveaway Kids Easter Egg, KidsFest, Kids Run the Bases, Friar Family Days.

49th Chicano Park Day Celebration

When: April 20, 2019
Where: Chicano Park, San Diego, CA 92113
Visitors to Chicano Park Day will experience traditional music and dance, including one of the largest groups of Aztec Indigenous dance, coordinated by Danza Azteca Calpulli Mexihca. The day will be filled with performances by ballet folklórico groups and numerous live bands, lowrider car show coordinated by Amigos Car Club, vendor booths, kids arts workshop and speakers.

Fee Free Day at Cabrillo National Monument

When: April 20, 2019
Where: Cabrillo National Monument – 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106
The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

I’m Not Like You

Opens: April 20, 2019
Where: San Diego History Center – 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
I’m Not Like You: Notes from the San Diego Underground is an exhibition celebrating the creative energy, self-expression and independent spirit that distinguished skate, punk and hip-hop culture in San Diego from the 1970s through 1990s. During the two decades preceding the rise of the World Wide Web in 1991, and the subsequent ubiquity of social media and smartphones, highly localized subcultures formed and thrived throughout San Diego.

Happy Birthday Mr. Shakespeare!

When: April 20, 2019
Where: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
Come and celebrate the Bard’s 455th birthday with a free AXIS event! A fitting and festive reason to recognize his countless contributions to arts and culture around the world. This exciting day for the whole family will include birthday games and activities, free crafts, and cookie decorating. Check out the safe sword-fighting demonstration and workshop hosted by George Yé. There will also be both modern and Elizabethan music and dance by San Diego musicians and performers.

San Diego Legion vs Glendale Raptors

When: April 20, 2019
Where: 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, Ca 92111
It’s Beer Fest: Toga Party, we will have craft beers from many of San Diego’s favorite local Breweries. Bring your toga, have a beer and watch some of the best rugby this country has to offer.


When: Thru April 21, 2019
Hop on down for an amazing Easter Weekend in San Diego including egg hunts on the beach, brunches, and train rides with the Easter Bunny himself.

San Diego Zoo Yaycation

When: Thru April 21, 2019
Where: San Diego Zoo – 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Come celebrate spring by taking a Yaycation at the San Diego Zoo! As the days grow longer, the Zoo bursts into bloom with fun for the whole family. Join us for oodles of special animal experiences, a fun treasure hunt, tasty limited-time treats, and laughter with Zany Dr. Zoolittle, as the San Diego Zoo Rock Radio DJ adds to the lively beat.

SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Craft Beer & Food Festival

When: Thru April 28, 2019
Where: SeaWorld San Diego – 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
Foodies and craft beer aficionados will love SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival, featuring craft beer from favorite local breweries, plus fresh international cuisine infused with local, sustainable ingredients and unique signature flavors from around the world.

Rooftop Cinema Club San Diego

When: Thru April 30, 2019
Where: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego – 1 Market Place, San Diego, CA 92101
Rooftop Cinema Club is revolutionizing the outdoor movie-going experience as a place where friends and loved ones gather to enjoy amazing films, fantastic food, and top-shelf drinks, all while lounging in the moonlit shadow of the Downtown San Diego skyline. And as if that isn’t enough of a draw in and of itself, Rooftop Cinema Club’s guests are treated to state-of-the-art HD video, studio-quality wireless headphones, soft lounge-style deck chairs and cozy blankets for cool nights.

Whale Watching

When: Thru April
Each year, more than 20,000 gray whales make a 10,000-mile round-trip journey from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California, where the females give birth to their calves. With 70 miles of coastline directly in the migration path, San Diego is an ideal destination to see this impressive parade of gentle giants.

Butterfly Jungle

When: Thru May 12, 2019
Where: San Diego Zoo Safari Park – 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027
Walk through the Butterfly Jungle, a greenhouse filled with butterflies of all colors and sizes. There’s a special thrill in being surrounded by these fluttering beauties—and guests wearing bright colors may find the winged wonders perching on them!

The Flower Fields

When: Thru May 12, 2019
Where: 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
For more than sixty years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world.

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