You’re spoiled for choice with the happenings of this weekend! Head into nature to celebrate Earth Day with horse encounters, a spring farm festival or the Earth Fair. Or, take thou family to a birthday party for William Shakespeare, dive and bounce your way through the Great Inflatable Race or eat up at a food truck festival. Read on for the details.

Photo: The Ecology Center


Ladybug Release in the Garden
Celebrate Earth Month with a ladybug release in the New Children’s Museum garden! Fri. Event details.

San Diego Symphony Presents Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches
Dr. Seuss’ parable gets a unique musical treatment in this “storybook” concert about the power of “once upon a time…,” including music inspired by everyone’s favorite fairy tales. Sun. Event details.

Del Mar

Del Mar National Horse Show
Go horse around at the Del Mar National Horse Show where you’ll see world-class performances in reining with its famous spins and sliding stops, elegant and athletic dressage moves choreographed to music and daredevil show jumping. Evening events feature trick riders, comedy acts, thrills and spills, breed demonstrations and additional exciting acts. The competition for prize money, trophies, and ribbons is fierce! The Del Mar National Horse Show is free for spectators to come and watch nearly every day during its duration and you can purchase tickets for the evening events: Night of the Horse (4/22), Evening of Musical Freestyles (4/29) and $100,000 Grand Prix (5/6). Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Spring Festival at Sweetwater Family Farm
This year Sweetwater Family Farm’s Spring Festival includes a spring egg hunt featuring goodies and raffles for children 10 years and younger starting at 11:30 a.m each day. Hay rides, pony rides and animal barn treats are also available for a nominal fee. Kids will love visiting the Petting Barnyard to visit with adorable farm animals. Bring your camera… ‘cause the photo ops are everywhere and all day long at Sweetwater Farms. Note: There’s plenty of parking. Enter on Equitation Lane and follow the signs. No dogs are allowed. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

San Diego

15th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup
Celebrate Earth Day by participating in I Love a Clean San Diego’s Creek to Bay Cleanup. Take action and care for the environment by choosing to beautify more than 100 sites throughout San Diego county that need litter removal and protection. Last year, volunteers cleaned up 150,000 pounds of trash at the event! Kids can join in the fun and win awards by entering the “Bling your Bucket” contest. Sat. Event details.

The Great Inflatable Race
The Great Inflatable Race is a fun run with inflatable obstacles spread throughout the running course. You and your family will jump, dive and bounce on custom-designed inflatables. Get fit, support a good cause and create epic memories that will last a lifetime! This bouncy course contains between 8-10 massive inflatables that will bounce, bump and slide you all over the place! To get bouncing on the inflatables in the Inflatable Village, you will need a VIP Race Ticket. You can also purchase passes to the Inflatable Village at the registration tent for $15. Sat. Event details.

Valley Center

Spring Food Truck Festival at Bates Nut Farm
Love food trucks? Then don’t miss the Spring Food Truck Festival at Bates Nut Farm, where 9 of San Diego’s favorite food trucks will be serving a variety of mobile cuisine. In addition to delicious eats there will be live music by Charly & Calico Ridge Band on the Bates Stage from noon – 3 p.m., and Snow’s Pony Rides, a petting zoo and face painting. Sat. Event details.

Balboa Park

Celebrate William Shakespeare’s Birthday
The Old Globe would like to invite friends, Romans, countrymen—all of San Diego, in fact—to celebrate playwright William Shakespeare’s 453rd birthday! Featuring live music by DJ Redlite, sonnet karaoke, Shakespeare-themed games and activities and Shakespeare’s birthday cake for all. Shakespeare-themed activities will fill the Plaza, including fun for the little ones. Grab a photo of your friends in the stocks or as the original Queen Mum, Elizabeth I. It will be a festive day suitable for the whole family. Sat. Event details.

Earth Fair 2017
The largest free environmental fair in the world is held right here in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Earth Fair 2017 will have over 300 exhibitors, music, entertainment, a Children’s Earth Parade and an arts and crafts show. The event’s children’s activity area includes crafts, face painting, games and storytelling, all with the theme of inspiring kids to save the planet. Don’t miss the Dr. Wilderness Family Magic Show on the Magic Stage in front of the Lily Pond on El Prado. Shows are at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sun. Event details.


Earth Day Celebration at The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center
This immersive festival experience will be fun for the whole family. Pre-register for workshops that teach about backyard composting, pickling surplus veggies and organic container gardening. Pack a picnic to enjoy a communal feast in the garden––seasonal drinks and additional snacks will be provided. You can also create eco crafts including seed balls to take home. Note: Wear closed-toe shoes and clothing you don’t mind getting messy while gardening. Wear a hat and sunscreen and bring along a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. Sat. Event details.


Fallbrook Avocado Festival
The Fallbrook Avocado Festival is a fun-filled way to celebrate the delicious, versatile fruit! Join in the festivities at the Festival’s farmers market, agricultural area, avocado culinary demonstrations, guacamole contest, Holy Guaca-Moly, the Art of the Avocado Contest and the best decorated avocado contest. You can even try avocado ice cream! There will be family-friendly performances from all over the region at the Community Stage and Main & Elder. Sun. Event details.

Rancho Santa Fe

Laughing Pony Rescue’s “Help a Horse Day”
Laughing Pony Rescue invites the community to their rescue ranch for ASPCAs’ national holiday, “Help a Horse Day.” Visitors can learn about how LPR rehabilitates and cares for rescued horses through a fun and interactive event experience which includes tours of the ranch, meet and greets with the rescue horses, arts and crafts, pony rides, line dancing, snacks and more! LPR and The Dala Center will launch their equine assisted therapeutic program at Help a Horse Day. This program is created for children and adults with and without disabilities. All guests are invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony where guests will receive a sneak peek into what this program will offer and how horses can heal. Note: Street parking available. Sun. Event details.

Where will you be enjoying Mother Nature this weekend with your family? Tell us in the comments.

–– Beth Shea