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. Head to EXPO Day at PETCO Park, the big finale event of the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering. Learn how to raise chickens and dugs at City Farmers Nursery. Or grab your favorite book and attend the San Diego Storytelling Festival at the Encinitas Library. Have a great weekend!


San Diego

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.

San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering EXPO Day
EXPO DAY will provide fun interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage kids, families and teachers in science and engineering as well as illustrate how science and engineering is right in our own “backyard.” Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., PETCO Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

11th Annual Navy Woof Walk
Take a walk on the wild side! Grab a leash and your four-legged friend and join us for a WOOF-TASTIC time to help raise funds for Navy Quality of Life Programs, benefiting our local San Diego Sailors and their family members. Sat., 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Admiral Baker Picnic Area, $15-$23/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.

How to Raise Chickens and Ducks
Sit a spell while we talk abut how to raise happy and healthy chickens and ducks. We’ll cover housing, feed, lifespan, eggs, and the basics of how to legally raise these animals in an urban setting. Taught by Farmer Bill. Sun., 8 – 9:30 a.m., City Farmers Nursery, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Super Dentists Spring Fair and 5K Fun Run
Enjoy a day of fun featuring a petting zoo, scavenger hunt, crafts, food trucks, bounces houses, a 5K race and a talent show where elementary and middle school students compete for a chance to win $10,000 for their school. Sat., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., El Camino Real and Valley Centre Dr., Free. All ages. Event details.

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.

Healthy Living Festival
Check out 200 exhibitors, join yoga and Zumba classes, sample organic food and beverages, watch cooking demos, chat with health professionals and lots more. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Del Mar Fairgrounds, Free. All ages. Event details.

BabyFest is an expo designed to bring the latest in products, services and information to new and expectant parents and families in San Diego and Orange Counties. In addition to over 60 booths, planned events and activities include keynote speakers, panel discussions, prize giveaways, demonstrations and more. Sun., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., QLN Conference Center, $5-$8/person (under 16 free). All ages. Event details.

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

— Leah R. Singer

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