It’s no secret that San Diego has amazing weather year-round, but Springtime is always a special time for us. By living the outdoor lifestyle, we pride ourselves on taking advantage of the Southwest corner of California in which we live. Spring officially begins on March 20, and with it comes a host of outdoor events you won’t want to miss. Here’s five easy steps to “Spring Flinging” in San Diego:

Photo Credit: Little Italy Association

Step One: Stroll Through an Outdoor Market

Located in the heart of Little Italy, we can’t help but love our neighborhood—especially the outdoor markets. Created as a destination for culinary professionals, the Little Italy Wednesday Market provides chefs and restaurants a mid-week opportunity to shop for local produce and ingredients for their weekend specials. But you don’t have to be a professional to take advantage of these delicious offerings, everyone is welcome from 9am to 1:30pm, so bring your appetite! And if you stay with us over the weekend, you’ll want to check out Little Italy’s Mercato every Saturday from 8am to 2pm. Over 200 vendors line the streets offering an incredible selection of farm fresh produce, pastured eggs and poultry, meat, fish, flowers, local artisan food and more! Both the Mercato and Wednesday Market take place year-round, rain or shine, but in the Springtime, it’s usually shine!

Step Two: Discover San Diego’s Craft Beer Scene

Navigating San Diego’s dynamic craft beer breweries and tasting haunts is an ideal way to explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods and get a taste of local craft beer culture. San Diego has steadily risen as a craft beer capital with more than 150 breweries, brew pubs, and tasting rooms scattered across the county. There’s no better way to sip and savor multiple brews than the North Park Festival of Beers. On Saturday, April 4, you can enjoy unlimited beer sampling, live music, plus food and craft vendors all afternoon long. Located on El Cajon Blvd., less than four miles from our hotel, this event supports the San Diego Music Foundation, and music programs in our local schools, so you can feel good with every glass.

Step Three: Go Vegan (at least for a day)

Founded in 2015, Vegan in San Diego supports all things vegan in San Diego County in an effort to facilitate mindful and compassionate choices, foster a collaborative community, and advocate against exploitation and oppression. Veganism encourages people to be mindful about how their choices affect others and encourages decisions that do less harm to animals, people and the planet. If you’ve ever been vegan-curious, the San Diego Vegan Festival is the perfect opportunity to sample the vegan lifestyle through food, drinks, and goods. Taking place on Sunday, April 5, you can stroll down San Diego’s Waterfront Park from 11am to 4pm enjoying the sun, bay views, and delicious treats. This event is family-friendly, offering free admission and a playground nearby for the little ones.

Step Four: Party Like an Adult

California’s largest traveling Tequila & Taco Music Festival is coming back to beautiful Downtown San Diego at Embarcadero Marina Park North. Located less than a mile from our front doors, this festival is designed with both foodies and tequila connoisseurs in mind. The festival takes place on April 25 and 26 for ages 21 and up, and features top-shelf tequila tastings, margaritas and craft beer, mouthwatering gourmet street tacos, and great live music. Admission tickets start at just $15 and all proceeds will benefit the Gen Giammanco Foundation who provides financial support to deserving college-bound student-athletes who exhibit the passion and commitment to achieve their dreams of both scholastic and athletic success in San Diego.

Step Five: Walk Like an Art Connoisseur

For 36 years, the Mission Fed ArtWalk has celebrated both visual and performing arts in San Diego. Every Spring, thousands of attendees peruse the 16 blocks of Little Italy to enjoy music and dance performances, participate in interactive experiences, and buy art. On April 25 and 26, from 11am to 6pm, you can walk out our front doors and be greeted by over 300 artists and vendors. This event is family friendly and free to attend, with all activities supporting ArtReach San Diego, a non-profit organization that brings high quality art workshops and free educational programming to grades K-6 throughout San Diego County.

Of course, if you truly want to Spring Fling in San Diego, staying at La Pensione Hotel is an absolute must. Located in the heart of Little Italy, our boutique hotel offers modern accommodations, onsite spa services, and amazing Italian food just steps from our front door. RESERVE YOUR ROOM TODAY!