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San Diego Events Calendar: April 2024

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Food and Drink | Concerts and Theater | Festivals and Art | More Things to Do

Food & Drink Events in San Diego

Celebrate the Craft at the Lodge at Torrey Pines

April 14

Sip and snack with some of Southern California’s top chefs (including SD heavy-hitters Shihomi Borillo, JoJo Ruiz, and Travis Swikard) and winemakers at the Lodge at Torrey Pines’ Celebrate the Craft. The annual culinary showcase casts a spotlight on regional ingredients and dishes.

San Diego Magazine‘s Brunch Bash 2024

April 21

Get your wide-brimmed hats ready! SDM’s annual Brunch Bash at Carlsbad’s Omni La Costa Resort features unlimited eats, brunch cocktails, and craft coffee to start your Sunday right. Tickets are $80, include a mag subscription, and usually sell out fast, so act quickly.

San Diego event this April 2024 featuring Birdman Live 10th Anniversary at the Epstein Family Amphitheater
Courtesy of the Epstein Family Amphitheater

Concerts & Theatre in San Diego

Ride at the Old Globe

April 1 – 28

They say once you know how to ride a bike, you never forget. For the sake of Annie Londonderry, a woman determined to circle the world on two wheels despite her very limited cycling experience, let’s hope so. Based on a true story, the side-splitting musical Ride arrives at the Old Globe in Balboa Park this month.

Aladdin at the Civic Theatre

April 3 – 7

Take a magic carpet ride to downtown San Diego for the Civic Theatre’s latest production: a Broadway take on Disney’s Aladdin. Kids must be at least 5 years old and have their own ticket to see the Genie help smart, scrappy Aladdin woo Jasmine and defeat Jafar.

Birdman Live 10th Anniversary at the Epstein Family Amphitheater

April 18

Four-time Grammy Award–winner Antonio Sánchez made waves in Mexico’s Latin, jazz, and rock scenes before landing a gig as the drum composer for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 2014 film Birdman, which nabbed four Academy Awards (including one for Best Picture). Sánchez performs the movie’s score live at UC San Diego’s Epstein Family Amphitheater.

Madama Butterfly Opera at the Civic Theatre

April 26, 28

Real-life husband-and-wife duo Corinne Winters and Adam Smith star in the San Diego Opera‘s production of Madama Butterfly, the tragic tale of a young Japanese girl’s marriage to an American naval officer who eventually breaks her heart.

Courtesy of Paquin Entertainment Group

Festivals & Art Exhibits in San Diego

Beyond Van Gogh and Beyond Monet Exhibits

April 1-4

Spend the first few starry nights of April at Beyond Van Gogh and Beyond Monet. These dazzling experiences at the Del Mar Fairgrounds project art on to the walls, ceilings, and floors and make it move to truly immerse viewers in the work of these two master painters.

Without Walls (WOW) Festival

April 4 – 7

Experience art al fresco at the La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls (WOW) Festival, a free, four-day extravaganza staging arresting (and sometimes interactive) performances at unexpected sites throughout San Diego County. Past years’ venues include a corn maze, a b-ball court, and a graffiti- covered bus.

Bloom Bash 2024 at the San Diego Museum of Art

April 26

Bloom Bash, the marquee event of the San Diego Museum of Art’s Art Alive weekend, takes place April 26, featuring DJs, dancing, top restaurants, and drinks. After snacking and sipping your fill, head into the museum to peruse locally made floral arrangements designed to echo artworks in SDMA’s

40th Annual ArtWalk in Little Italy

April 27 – 28

ArtWalk celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, making it the longest-running fine art festival in Southern California. Little Italy plays host to the stroll, which features 250 local, national, and international artists in just about every every medium, including painting, sculpture, glass work, photography, fine jewelry, and more.

Spring Home/Garden Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

April 27 – 28

Spring over to the Del Mar Fairgrounds for free entry to a garden show teeming with exhibitors offering everything needed to tackle your home improvement to-do list. In addition to shopping products and services for your next project, you can tap attending experts to weigh in on your burning questions.

Things to do in San Diego this April 2024 including the California Native Plant Society's Garden Tour
Courtesy of the California Native Plant Society

More Fun Things to Do in San Diego

California Native Plant Society’s Garden Tour

April 6 – 7

California Native Plant Society’s annual garden tour is in bloom. “Planting Animals” is this year’s theme, exploring how native plants support a wider ecosystem of wildlife. Wander lush landscapes and reconnect with nature in areas all over the county.

Trevor Noah’s “Off the Record” Comedy Tour

April 1 – 14

The Daily Show’s very own Trevor Noah is keeping his latest material confidential… kinda. Live audiences can get in on the laughs and tell-all jokes of his “Off the Record” tour at the Civic Theatre.

By Roxana Becerril

Roxana Becerril is a Mexican-American writer living in San Diego. When she's not traveling or checking out the newest restaurant in the city, she covers art, culture, lifestyle and Latino topics.

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