Carlsbad Flower Fields
Mar. 1, 2017 - May. 30, 2017
Roam among 50 spectacular acres of blooming ranunculus flower bulbs during this annual salute to spring. (April is ideal to see the blooms at their peak). 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, 760.431.0352. theflowerfields.com
St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival
Mar. 11, 2017
Festivities begin six days ahead of the official holiday. Check out more than 120 parade entries, followed by an Irish festival including craft and food vendors, a beer garden, live music, dancing and kids’ activities. Juniper and Sixth Street, Balboa Park, stpatsparade.org.
San Diego Crew Classic Regatta
Apr. 1, 2017 - Apr. 2, 2017
The country’s top competitive rowers gather at Mission Bay for a grueling competition, now in its 44th year. Crown Point Shores Park, Mission Bay, crewclassic.org
Fallbrook Avocado Festival
Apr. 23, 2017
Head to the “Avocado Capital of the World” to celebrate and eat the best of the crop, including avocado-themed gifts, guacamole contests, live music and entertainment, beer gardens and plenty of food other than avocados. Main Street, downtown Fallbrook, fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org.
Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo Festival
May. 5, 2017 - May. 7, 2017
Head to historical Old Town for an all-night happy hour (May 5) followed by two days of festivities––including ballet folkorico, live music, children’s activities, a lowrider car show and lucha libre matches––all celebrating Mexican heritage and pride. Along San Diego Avenue and in Old Town Historic State Park, Old Town, cincodemayooldtown.com.