San Diego Springs Alive: The Top 10 Spring Events

As the excitement of summer approaches, San Diego comes alive during the spring season. Experience the top fun things to do in spring in San Diego during your stay at The Dana. From sporting events and festivals to the vibrant spring colors in bloom, explore our list of the 10 best spring events in San Diego.

Attractions & Events

Seven Seas Food Festival

March 9 – April 28, 2019 (weekends only)

Sip and savor the international flavors found at SeaWorld San Diego’s annual Seven Seas Food Festival. Enjoy a range of food and drink including street food delicacies, craft beers, wines, as well as live music performances.


April 6 – 21, 2019

Bring the whole family out to the famous San Diego Zoo this April for Yaycation, an unforgettable celebration of spring. Watch the zoo come alive with the colors of spring and a variety of family-fun events. From animal experiences to treasure hunts and delicious treats, you won’t want to miss out on this landmark spring event.

Butterfly Jungle

March 23 – May 12, 2019

Immerse yourself in a world of color this spring at the annual Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Walk amongst the fluttering and floating butterflies in an enclosed aviary filled with a lush garden of greenery. Be sure to bring a camera as this exhibition will feature more than 30 species of butterflies showcasing a dazzling array of patterns and colors.

Uncorked: San Diego Wine Festival

April 6, 2019

Returning to San Diego for the fourth year, the Uncorked Wine Festival will be held at the Embarcadero Marina North Park. This 21+ event will feature more than 200 wines and champagnes from around the world as well as gourmet food trucks, a live DJ, outdoor games, and more. Enjoy an unforgettable afternoon sipping and sampling in the warm spring sun.

Sporting Events

Kia Classic

March 25 – 31, 2019

Watch as 144 of the best women golfers come together for the 10th annual Kia Classic and compete for a $1.8 million prize. Get your tickets and head over to the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort and delight in the competition, featuring renowned players including Eun-Hee Ji, Lydia Ko, and Lexi Thompson.

2019 Del Mar National Horse Show

April 16 – May 5, 2019

A can’t-miss event in the horse show circuits, the Del Mar National Horse Show has been among the most important events in equestrian sports for nearly three-quarters of a century. The event is held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and showcases more than 1,500 horses of varying breeds across as range of specialties, including Western, Dressage, and Hunter/Jumper.

2019 USA Surfing Championships

June 12 – June 22, 2019

Head up the coast and experience one of the premier US surfing events of the year: the 2019 USA Surfing Championships. This competition will include a variety of styles including adaptive, longboard, SUP and Junior Teams. Cheer on the contestants as they compete to secure a spot on the official USA Surf Team.

In Bloom

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

February – April, 2019 (varies)

Each spring, the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park lights up with the vibrant colors of its beautiful, but temporary, desert flowers. The timing of this breathtaking showcase depends on the winter rains and will only last for just two weeks. To make sure you catch the desert at peak bloom, call the park’s “Wild Flower Hotline” at (760) 767-4684.

Flower Fields of Carlsbad

March 1 – Mother’s Day (May)

A local favorite spring event, the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year. Explore the dazzling colors on display along this hillside ranch. The flower fields are made up of ranunculus flowers in a rainbow of colors. Stroll along the colorful paths or set up a picnic while you enjoy the warm spring weather.

Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego

Nestled in the popular Balboa Park, the Japanese Friendship Garden consists of eleven acres of trails made complete with a bonsai exhibit, black pine trees, azaleas, camellias, and – of course – cherry blossom trees. This unique park is the perfect setting for a nature-filled spring afternoon.