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Encinitas April Street Faire
Location: South Coast Highway 101 between D and J Streets (map)
Date and Time: April 28 and 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Age Restrictions: All ages welcome
Ticket Cost: Admission is free

What better way to enjoy your last weekend in April than by heading out of San Diego proper to celebrate spring in Encinitas? After all, this weekend marks the annual Encinitas April Street Faire. Since 1983, Encinitas has hosted vendors, brought in rides and live music and arranged for foot traffic to take over whole sections of town. This event is organized by the Downtown Encinitas Mainstreet Association.

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The Street Faire brings all kinds of visitors to this lovely area. With so much to see and do during the Encinitas April Street Fair, it’s not surprising that it draws thousands of people over the two days it lasts. There’s a lot to do in this town, from enjoying Happy Hour specials at local eateries and bars to walking along the beach and enjoying the fresh spring air.

Shopping, Food and Fun for Everyone!

While some street fairs or block parties are geared toward an adult crowd, the Encinitas Street Faire is definitely a family-friendly event. There will be plenty of fun options for younger attendees, including fair rides for the children, a Kids Zone and family friendly entertainment on some of the four stages.

Of course, just because they’re great with kids doesn’t mean adults will find this event boring. There’s also a Dog Zone, in case you want to bring your fur baby along. You can also gain entrance into the Beer Garden, an area that’s just for adults.

Vendors Galore Throughout Downtown

The main area where the Faire will be held is closed to parking and traffic. You should prepare to park far away or potentially come in on your bike. There will be bike valets, ensuring your bike is safely parked while you enjoy all that the Spring Faire has to offer.

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The primary focus of this event is a celebration of local arts, handmade craft items, upcycled antiques and unique ethnic imports. That means there will be more than 450 vendors to peruse, many of whom have ties to the local community. There will likely be some larger businesses present as well, ensuring an enjoyable mix of browsing and shopping options.

If you plan on attending on Sunday, it’s worth the trip to show up early! The Encinitas Fire Department will be hosting its annual pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and it’s free! Located at the parking lot of the 7-Eleven on the corner of D Street and Hwy 101. They will serve up pancakes, sausages, coffee and, of course, maple syrup.

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