Del Mar National Horse Show, Thurs., April 17-Sun., May 4. One of the Oldest and most prestigious equestrian competitions in the Western US, the Del Mar National Horse Show is comprised of a week each of Western, Dressage and Hunter/Jumper competition. Del Mar Fairgrounds. www.delmarnational.com/
Padres vs. Rockies at Petco Park, Thur., April 17, 3:40 p.m. www.padres.com.
Birch Aquarium Grunion Run at La Jolla beach, Thur.-Fri., April 17-18, Hundreds of the small, silvery fish ride the waves onto shore for this remarkable mating ritual. www.aquarium.ucsd.edu.
Race Legal, Fri., April 18, 5 p.m.-midnight. 1/8th Mile Street Legal Drag Racing. Race Legal is the safer and sanctioned track alternative to illegal street racing. The event takes place Friday nights, several times a year at Qualcomm Stadium. Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Road, Mission Valley. (619) 265 8159. See link for schedule. racelegal.com
Padres vs. Giants at Petco Park, Fri., April 18, 7:10 p.m. www.padres.com.
Cruisin’ Grand, Escondido, Fri., April 18, 5-9 p.m. Era cars line Escondido’s Grand Avenue every Friday night. Amazing display of cars! www.cruisingrand.com.
4/18-20 Coachella Concert Weekend. www.coachella.com.
Happy Trails, Sat.-Sun., April 19-20, Wed., April 23, 9:30;-11 a.m. Free. Travel amid sage and chaparral with your MTRP trail guide and learn fun facts about the plants and critters that populate our rich and vibrant ecosystems. Meet inside Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junípero Serra Trail, San Carlos
Padres vs. Giants at Petco Park, Sat., April 19, 5:40 p.m. www.padres.com.
Carlsbad EGGstravaganza Spring Festival, Sat., April 19, 10 am, Poinsettia Park, 6600 Hidden Valley Road, Carlsbad. www.carlsbadca.gov.
Taste of Hillcrest, Sat., April 19, noon-4 p.m. Fifth and Robinson Ave, San Diego. (619) 233-5008. www.fabuloushillcrest.com.
Spring Party with Bunny at San Diego Botanic Garden, Sat., April 19, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. (760) 436-3036. www.sdbgarden.org.
Bird Old Mission Dam, Sat., April 19, 8-10 a.m. Free. Mating and nesting season has begun. Join MTRP birder Jeanne Raimond and enjoy picturesque sightings and a symphony of birds in full song. Binoculars and bird book are recommended. Meet at the parking lot adjacent to the dam. Old Mission Dam, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trail, Santee.
7th Annual CityBeat Festival of Beers, Sat., April 19, 1-5:30 p.m. $35-$40. 50+ local craft brewers offer samples from variety of homegrown beers. Stroll from booth to booth and enjoy beer, music and tasty food. El Cajon Boulevard, front of the Lafayette Hotel, between Texas & Mississippi Streets. (619) 549-2644. www.citybeatbeerfest.com
Night of the Horse presents Hoof Beat Through History at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Sat., April 19, www.delmarnational.com.
Chicano Park Day Anniversary Celebration, Sat., April 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. An historic public arts site, Chicano Park is recognized worldwide for its mural paintings of Chicano and Mexican history. The Park was established on April 22, 1970 by Chicano artists. The annual Chicano Park Day celebration features cultural music & dance, food, arts & craft vendors, kids (all ages) art workshop, and a classic low rider car display. Free Event.Chicano Park, Barrio Logan, Cesar Chavez Parkway exit - under the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge. (619) 563-4661. chicano-park.org
Easter Egg Hunt, Sat., April 19, 8 a.m. at Poway Community Park. Free event. (858) 486-1441. www.poway.org.
Grupo Folklorico Tapatio de Oceanside Unidos por Tradicion 2014 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Sat., April 19, 6:45 pm. www.artcenter.org.
Wag & Walk-Batiquitos Lagoon, Sat., April 19, 9 a.m. 7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad. www.sdhumane.org.
Spring Egg Scramble, Sat., April 19, 8-10am, Walnut Grove Park, San Marcos. (760) 744-9000. www.san-marcos.net.
Birch Aquarium SEA Days: Party for the Planet, Sat., April 19, 11 am. www.aquarium.ucsd.edu.
Padres vs. Giants at Petco Park, Sun., April 20, 1:10 p.m. www.padres.com.
Easter Eggstravaganza, Sun., April 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. One festive day, three ways to play! Two dynamic egg hunts, beachfront brunch and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Belmont Park, Mission Beach, 3146 Mission Blvd. (858) 228-9283. www.belmontpark.com
Easter Brunch, Sun., April 20, Hunte Nairobi Pavilion in the San Diego Safari Park. 11 a.m. www.sdzsafaripark.org.
SEA LIFE Aquarium sponsored beach clean up, Mon., April 21, Carlsbad Beach at Lifeguard Tower 30. Creek to Bay Clean Up. www.visitsealife.com.
Earth Day, Tues., April 22 Theresa Caputo, Tues., April 22 at the Pala Events Center, Pala Casino. 7:30 p.m. (877) 946-7252. www.palacasino.com.
Birding Basics! Saturdays, April 26, May 31, June 28, July 26, Aug. 30. 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Learn to identify birds at a glance. Mission Trails Regional Park bird guide Winona Sollock’s class explains five simple ways to do it and gives tips on field-guide use. Bring bird book if you’d like. Meet inside Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junípero Serra Trail, San Carlos.
Trek with the Trackers, Saturdays, May 3, June 7, July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Discover and identify tracks, scat, bedlays and other evidence of critters that live in local underbrush and trees. Join a Mission Trails Regional Park tracking-team guide for two hours of dirt-time fun -- wear long pants! Meet in front of the Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junípero Serra Trail, San Carlos
2014 San Diego County Fair, theme: The Fab Fair! Sat., June 7-Sun., July 6. Adult $14*; Age 62+ $8; Age 6-12 $8; Age 5/under Free. *Discount admission available at Albertson’s/Sav-On. San Diego’s annual county fair is the largest fair in California, offering a variety of food, entertainment, exhibits, rides & games. Del Mar Fairgrounds, off I-5 at Via de la Valle. www.sdfair.com