10 Things to Do in San Diego This Spring

Check out prehistoric dinosaur bones, visit a new urban distillery and eat lots of tacos in April and May.

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Head towards the Pacific coast for some spring fun in San Diego. Here are 10 things to do in the California city in April and May.

Check out the bones of a Giganotosaurus at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Go back to prehistoric times with a visit to the San Diego Natural History Museum’s newest exhibition, Ultimate Dinosaurs. Adults and children alike will delight in the display of 16 dinosaurs skeletons, including those of a carnivorous majungasaurus and a feathered austroraptor. The exhibit also lets you see what these dinosaurs would have looked like when they were alive with the help of augmented reality technology.

Eat lots of tacos

In May, you’ll have no trouble getting your fill of tacos in San Diego. On May 13, Golden Hill Park is hosting the Reader Tacotopia festival, where attendees can choose tacos prepared by 50 vendors from San Diego, Los Angeles and Tijuana. Then, on May 20, head over to Waterfront Park for San Diego Taco Fest, featuring tacos by 30 restaurants. Vanilla Ice performs on the main stage, and catch a lucha libre wrestling match.

Listen to free live music on Adams Avenue

Head to Adams Avenue on April 29 for a free music festival, aptly named Adams Avenue Unplugged. Several local eateries, coffee shops and galleries in the area will host a collective 100 musical performances throughout the day. This year’s line-up includes musical artists Ben Powell, Christian Taylor & Gang and Gaby Aparicio.

Order rolled ice cream at the newly opened ICMonster

Stop by the newly opened ICMonster, in the Mira Mesa neighbourhood. The ice cream shop specializes in Thai rolled ice cream. You can also order colourful “monster drinks” in flavours that include rose blossom and lemonade butterfly.

Pay tribute to a popular berry at a local strawberry festival

If you love strawberries, make the drive to the city of Vista in San Diego County for the Vista Strawberry Festival on May 28. The city, which claims to be the former “strawberry capital of the world,” will be in fine form with baking and strawberry pie eating contests, live music, carnival rides and a beer garden.

Shop for art in Little Italy

The streets of San Diego’s Little Italy neighbourhood—17 blocks, to be exact—will overflow with creativity during the Mission Federal ArtWalk on April 29 and 30. Now in its 33rd year, the event will feature artwork by more than 350 artists. Plan to spend time exploring this downtown neighbourhood, find a new piece of art for your home and listen to live music.

Spend Mother’s Day surrounded by flowers in Carlsbad

Take a little road trip to Carlsbad to visit Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. Located in the city of Carlsbad, about a half hour from San Diego, this ranch has wagon rides and acres of giant tecolote ranunculus flowers in bright colours like pink, yellow, white and red. The fields will be open until Mother’s Day on May 14th.

 Support local artisans at Made Market’s spring craft fair

Look for a gift for a loved one or find a local treasure for yourself at Made Market’s spring show on April 22. This local craft fair will feature a range of handmade products like crystal jewelry from Geologik, baby clothes from Trendy Bubs and cards from Happy Hart Co.

Sample gin and vodka at a new urban distillery in East Village

Visit the East Village neighbourhood to discover You & Yours Distilling Co., a new urban distillery that opened in March. The bright and airy tasting room offers tasting flights and cool cocktails such as the bright green Side Salad, a drink incorporating vodka, green bell peppers, lime, basil, honey, salt and olive oil. Distillery tours will also be available starting in May. Purchase a bottle of the distillery’s Sunday Gin or Y&Y Vodka.

Visit a museum full of flowers and art for one weekend

From April 28 to 30, the San Diego Museum of Art will be filled with both art and flowers during Art Alive. The annual event features special arrangements created by floral designers. These blooming works of art are paired with art pieces from the museum’s collection. Also, as part of the event, floral designer Carlos Franco will create a massive floral exhibit that takes over the entire John M. and Sally B. Thornton Rotunda.

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