Spring has sprung in San Diego, and with it sprouted a bunch of awesome events around town. Take part in the San Diego Race for Autism in Balboa Park on Saturday. Check out a spring-themed puppet show at the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater in Balboa Park. Sample delicious chocolate and have some Easter fun in Liberty Station. Or grab your favorite book and attend the San Diego Storytelling Festival at the Encinitas Library. Have a great weekend!


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San Diego

Goldilocks and the Three Little Bunnies Puppet Show
Full stage marionette production shows Goldilocks who is lost and stumbles on the house of the three little bunnies. Mama Bunny, Papa Bunny and Boy Bunny. Will Goldilocks find her way home? Who will help Goldilocks? Come to the theater and meet the bunnies just in time for Easter. Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., The Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater, $5/person (kids 2 and under free). Infant to 7 years. Event details.

Pet Pals: Guinea Pigs
Get ready to meet and learn about animals at the San Diego Humane Society. Fri., 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., San Diego Humane Society, $10/person. Ages 6-12. Event details.

Race for Autism
This event includes a 5K timed run, 5K walk, one-mile family fun run, resource fair and kids’ activities. The theme is superheroes, so feel free to wear your favorite superhero or charter costume. Proceeds benefit local autism programs and services. Sat., 7:45 – 11:30 a.m., Balboa Park, $25-$45/person. All ages. Event details.

South Park Spring Walkabout
The South Park Walkabout is one of spring’s hallmark events. Bring the family to the South Park neighborhood for a fun-filled evening festival and visit the shops and cafes. Stores are open late for your visits and entertainment will be on hand all night. Lots of fun for kids and parents! Sat., 6 – 10 p.m., South Park, Kalmia St. to Beech St., Free. All ages. Event details.

This fun-filled festival features not one but THREE Easter egg hunts. We also have bounce house, face-painting, a photo op w/the Easter Bunny, strolling magicians, games with prizes and a craft fair. Sat., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Handlery Hotel, Free. All ages. Event details.

Berry Best Chocolate Fest
Delight in chocolate creations from San Diego’s best bakeries. Kids will love decorating their own cupcakes a the cupcake station. There’s also a craft vendor village, food trucks, photos with the Easter Bunny, chocolate pie-eating contest and more. Sat, 12-6 p.m., McMillin Companies Event Center, $3-$20/person. All ages. Event details.

Willy Wonka Egg Hunt
Enjoy egg scrambles, face painting, oompa loompa games, Wonka crafts, music and lots more. Sat., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Adams Recreation Center. Free. All ages. Event details.

Rolando Street Fair
This family-friendly event, held on several blocks of Rolando Blvd., just south of El Cajon Blvd., features live music, carnival rides, vendors, activities for kids, a food court, and much more. Sun., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Rolando Blvd., Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

San Diego Storytelling Festival
Please join us for the 5th annual Storytelling Festival for kids, families, and adults, featuring a wide variety of storytelling programs and workshops. Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Encinitas Library, Free. All ages. Event details.

Easter Treasure Hunt and Photos with the Bunny
Kids can pick up an Easter treasure map at the Easter Bunny photo booth, and have the map stamped at different restaurants. Receive a gift bag of goodies at the end. Sun., 12-2 p.m., Old California Restaurant Row, Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Passport to the Pacific Featuring Turtle Lagoon
Set a course for adventure! Explore the unique habitats that surround the Pacific Ocean and discover new animals through interactive travel-inspired exhibits. And journey to the new Turtle Lagoon and explore the world of Eastern Pacific green sea turtles! Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Living Coast Discovery Center, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments!

— Leah R. Singer