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9 Fun Things to Do in San Diego This Spring

From Concerts to Sporting Events, These San Diego Happenings Are Sure to Spice Up Your Spring Calendar

Spring has arrived, and there is perhaps no better place to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine than San Diego! From sandy beaches to lush, vibrant parks and outdoor spaces, San Diego has so much to offer—and with a full calendar of fun events and activities, spring is sure to delight. Whether you’re a local looking to discover a new favorite hobby, activity or tradition or a visitor excited to explore this blooming city, San Diego is the perfect destination. So grab your shades, your sunscreen and your sense of adventure because here are our picks for seven fun things to do in San Diego this spring.

 

3rd Annual Lakehouse Food & Wine Festival

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The only thing more satisfying than spring cleaning is spring wining and dining! The Annual Lakehouse Food and Wine Festival takes produce shopping and wine sampling to a whole new level and its back for its 3rd year! Hosted by the charming Lakehouse Hotel & Resort on Lake San Marcos, this spring foodie fest showcases the best food, wine and spirits across North County and San Diego. Come March 3, 2024, the empanadas, cider and signature BBQ cuts will be calling your name, along with a curated spread from local breweries, wineries and restaurants. Participating vendors include Beach House Winery, Ranch 45, Shores Kitchen + Bar and Karl Strauss Brewing Company. General admission starts at $95, with all-inclusive access to taste testing and live music performances from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A complimentary Brandt Beef Experience features the culinary craftsmanship of five signature chefs serving some of the freshest Brandt Beef items paired with local spirits. Are you hungry yet?

Local Insight: To purchase tickets to this epic event, click here!

 

Join a Volo Sports League

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Looking for a fun and engaging way to get your heart rate up? Look no further than Volo Sports San Diego! This recreational sports league offers a one-of-a-kind Volo Pass membership, which allows San Diego residents to participate in organized and pickup sporting events at a variety of local parks and facilities. Members get exclusive access to unlimited pick-ups, league drop-ins, clinics and tournaments and receive membership pricing on leagues ($10-$35 off registration)! Additionally, this spring, Volo is offering more leagues and events than ever—from sports like volleyball and pickleball to soccer and even kickball. Grab your gear, grab a friend and sign up now to tap into all the fun that comes with joining a Volo Sports league.

 

Groove by the Beach at Fiesta del Sol

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Perhaps the only thing better than a music festival is one that is absolutely free! Back for the 43rd year in a row, Fiesta del Sol is a free, two-day festival held at Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach that features live musical performances from some of the area’s best bands and performers. The festival also boasts a delicious array of food and drinks provided by some of San Diego’s local restaurants and breweries, making it perfect for those looking to soak up the sun and enjoy one of San Diego’s favorite local traditions.

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Get Funky at CRSSD Festival 2024

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Some may say outdoor music festivals are more of a summer shenanigan—we beg to differ. In SoCal, springtime is more than enough reason to pull out the jean shorts and crochet tops for a fun festival fit. A pre-Coachella teaser, CRSSD Festival 2024 is the mecca for EDM junkies. Taking place on March 2, this year’s lineup features some of the best musical talent, including Tale of Us, Jeff Mills, DJ Heartstring and more! Set in San Diego’s beautiful Waterfront Park, this urban oasis is the perfect setting to spread out a picnic blanket and jam out to your favorite tunes right on the ocean.

 

Run, Walk or Jog the La Jolla Half Marathon or 5K

Whether you’re a runner at heart or simply looking to challenge yourself in a brand new way, the La Jolla Half Marathon on Saturday, May 18 is the place to be! Join thousands of others as you trek along some of the best coastlines in all of Southern California. Enjoy stunning views of the Pacific as you journey from the Del Mar Fairgrounds up to the top of the iconic summit at Torrey Pines State Park. There’s also a 5K if that’s more your speed. Whether you’re there to compete or spectate, this event is sure to inspire.

 

Get Your Floral Fix at The Flower Fields

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Nothing quite says springtime like blooming flowers; at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, visitors can enjoy a tour of one of the largest flower gardens in the country. Spanning across 60 acres of carefully cultivated farmland, The Flower Fields feature rows and rows of gorgeous local flora that stretch as far as the eye can see. This popular attraction also offers up fun exhibits and activities including a garden maze, wagon rides and tours of some of the park’s most iconic floral displays. The fields are open until May 14, so grab your tickets now to experience this springtime San Diego staple.

 

Embrace Your Inner Child at the San Diego County Fair

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Rounding out our list is none other than the famous San Diego County Fair. Established more than a century ago, this timeless San Diego tradition has been providing fun for families in the form of rides, games, petting zoos and, of course, delicious, one-of-a-kind treats and sweets. With the opening ceremonies set for June 7, there is no better way to say goodbye to spring and celebrate the beginning of summer than by visiting the San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Whether you want to see the scenic downtown San Diego skyline from the top of the Ferris wheel or nosh on some delicious kettle corn, don’t miss out on this iconic event.

 

Eat Your Heart Out During San Diego Restaurant Week

Eight days of celebrating food? Sign us up! San Diego Restaurant Week is the foodie event of the season, featuring trending bites from Oceanside all the way to Chula Vista. With multi-course menus from over 100 local participating eateries, you’re bound to walk away with at least one (or two or three) new staples. This edible extravaganza extends from Sunday, March 3 to Sunday, March 10, 2024, giving you a whole week to find your favorites. Brockton Villa, Cafe Sevilla, Farmer’s Bottega and La Pastaia are just a few familiar restaurants that will take care of breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert for a week straight!

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Catch a Padres Game at Petco Park

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There is no better place to enjoy America’s favorite pastime than at East Village’s Petco Park! With the start of a fresh MLB season, San Diegans are again flocking to the stadium to cheer on the star-studded San Diego Padres. And with some of the best food and beverage options of any ballpark, incorporating some of the city’s best dishes and delights from local hometown vendors is a home run. There are also tons of different box and suite options to help scale-up your experience into a grand slam.

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