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Easter Services and Easter Egg Hunts San Diego

April 1, 2011

Easter Egg Hunts and Easter Services San Diego 2011 (Photo Courtesy)

Easter Sunday takes place on April 24, 2011.

We’ve posted some of the Easter Services, Egg Hunts, and Passover activities planned for San Diego in 2011. Many community events take place in San Diego that are directly related to both the religious and the secular aspects of the Easter holiday.

Visitors that have chosen San Diego for their Spring break are more than welcome to attend these free events. For example, if Balboa Park is one of your Spring break destinations, be sure to stop by the Balboa Park Botanical Garden to take in their amazing Easter Lily Display. Beginning April 15, 2011, Balboa Park’s Botanical Building will be filled with 300 fragrant Easter lilies. Entrance to the display is free to the public. The Botanical Building is open Friday through Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (closed Thursdays and holidays).

Back to the main event activities…if you are a resident who knows of a community, temple, or church celebration that we have not included, please feel free to add the information in the comment section just below the article.


Passover begins at sunset on Monday, April 18, 2011 and ends at nightfall on Tuesday, April 26, 2011.

Chabad of Downtown (472 Third Avenue) – Two community Seders will be held at Chabad’s downtown location on Monday, April 18, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. and on April 19, 2011 at 8 p.m. Both Seders will include a reading of the Haggadah and a celebratory meal with hand-baked Matzah, wine, and dinner. The cost of each Seder is $40 per person/$25 for kids. Reservations are required. For more information, please call: (619) 702-8518. RSVP by April 1, 2011.

Urban Solace (3823 30th Street) – This North Park restaurant is taking a slightly different approach to the traditional Seder. The owner and chef of this popular restaurant, Matt Gordon, creates the Urban Solace’s Seder dinner each year. This year, the seder will be on the second night or April 19th. For reservations and information, please e-mail: Please note that space is limited. (619) 295-6464.


Cabrillo Monument Sunrise Service – Located in Point Loma, Cabrillo National Monument is a perfect spot to take in a view on a clear day. Having the opportunity to watch the sunrise from the tip of this peninsula is a religious experience in itself. The view is truly breathtaking. This Easter Sunrise service takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Gates open at 6:00 a.m. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Point Loma.

Mt. Helix Easter Sunrise ServiceEaster Sunrise services have been taking place on the top of East County’s Mt. Helix since 1920. Each year, the service is sponsored by a different congregation. This year, Calvary Church of La Mesa will be the sponsor. Services start at 6:30 a.m. Since parking is limited at the summit, shuttles will be available to transport people from the designated parking lots at the bottom of the hill. The shuttles begin service at 6:00 a.m. from the fire station at 10105 Vivera Drive as well as the Brigantine parking lot beginning at 6:00 a.m.

Encinitas Sunrise ServiceEaster Sunrise Service (Ashram grounds) 7:00 a.m. Easter Children’s Family Service (Ashram grounds) 9:30 a.m.

Carlsbad Sunrise ServiceFor many people, flowers and Easter signal the start of Spring. The Flower Fields create a beautiful setting for the Easter Service. The Fields Church of Carlsbad will host a sunrise service at The Flower Fields. Services begin at 6:30 a.m. Dress warmly. Free breakfast (for the first 500. Call for directions: (760) 602-0722

Coronado Sunrise ServiceThis Easter Sunrise service is held on the beach. The Resurrection Lutheran Church will be stationed at the north end of the Coronado Beach across from Sunset Park. An Easter bonfire will be lighted at 5:30 a.m. and services will begin at 6 a.m. . Please dress in casual and warm clothing and bring a blanket or beach chair. For more information, please call (619) 435-1000.

28th Annual Easter Sunrise Service in Balboa ParkCome celebrate the start of Easter at Balboa Park’s beautiful Spreckels Organ Pavilion. This service is hosted by major area churches and the Ecumenical Council of San Diego. The service starts at 6:30-7:30 a.m. Plenty of free parking is available just behind the Organ Pavilion. (858) 454-7324.


April 16, 2011

City of  Solana Beach Children’s Spring Egg Hunt and Festival The Easter Egg Hunt Festival will take place from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at La Colonia Park, located at 715 Valley Avenue. The public is invited to attend the 22nd annual Spring Egg Hunt for children, 3rd grade and younger, at La Colonia Park in Solana Beach. Registration for the hunt begins at 10:00 a.m. The hunt begins promptly at 10:30 a.m. Don’t be late as this is a very important date! The festival will go on from 10:45 a.m. until Noon. Other free fun activities will include kids crafts, games, and more. Complimentary refreshments will be served. If you need more information, please call the Solana Beach Parks and Recreation Department at (858) 720-2453.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

City of Encinitas Easter Egg Hunt Festival – The Easter Egg Hunt Festival will take place from 10:00am to 1:00pm at Ecke Sports Park, located at 278 Saxony Rd. This free event features arts and crafts, entertainment, prizes, jump houses, face painting, pictures with the bunny (for a fee) and of course, 24,000 eggs! Egg hunt times are as follows: 10:15 – 2 years and under, 10:45 – 3 year olds, 11:15 – 4 & 5 year olds, 11:45 – 6 & 7 year olds, 12:15 – 8 & 9 year olds. For more information, please call (760) 633-2740.

City of Carlsbad EGGStravaganza Spring Festival – The EGGStravaganza will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Poinsettia Park, located at 6600 Hidden Valley Road. The event will feature music, fun games, arts and crafts and a Fun Zone with bounce houses, a giant slide, obstacle courses and  a chance to “soak the bunny.” Collect eggs in the ongoing “Egg Scramble” activity between 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Children race to collect assorted eggs on the baseball fields, grouped by age.  This activity sends groups of approximately 20 children into the out field to collect as many eggs as their little hands can.

NOTE: An Activity card ($5) must be purchased to participate in “Egg Scramble,” crafts, Fun Zone or Bunny Balloon Soak. Unlimited Fun Zone wristbands are also available for $5. Food, beverages, and merchandise will be available for an additional cost.

City of San Diego Spring Egg Hunts – Dozens of recreation centers located in the City of San Diego will be hosting egg hunts offering residents and visitors many opportunities to meet the Easter/Spring Bunny, take part in fun activities and crafts, and enjoy a lovely day in a park filled with many colors. Each recreation center is doing their own thing at their own hour. Please consult the long list to find the location that best suits your needs. There is literally something for everyone. Despite all the economic challenges facing the City of San Diego, it is good to see that the good people in the communities and in the Parks and Recreation Department are doing their best to keep this annual tradition alive.

3rd Annual Liberty Station Spring Fling and Easter Egg Hunt – The Egg Hunt and Festival will take place from Noon to 5 p.m. at Ingram Plaza within Liberty Station in Point Loma. The Easter Egg Hunts will be scheduled to accommodate different age/skill levels. This event will also feature a Scavenger Hunt, inflatables, activities, food/drinks, and something special for the adults – a free concert by Rockola from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pssst…we hear that the Easter Bunny will find its way to the event at Liberty Station. Like you, the Easter Bunny might have to consult Liberty Station’s website to find out how to get there.

Easter Egg Hunt at the Hotel Del Coronado – The Egg Hunt and Festival will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the oceanfront Windsor Lawn of the Hotel Del, located at 1500 Orange Avenue in Coronado. There will be three different hunts: one from 10 a.m. to 10:40 a.m., with another round from Noon to 12:40 p.m. The Easter Bunny is planning to spend some time at the Del to pose for photos with the children.

Note: Registration by telephone is required for children to participate in the egg hunt. Please call (619) 522-8815.

If you are feeling like not keeping all your eggs in one basket and want to have a more posh experience, the Hotel Del truly has the best option for Easter morning. After watching your bunnies delight in a good old-fashioned egg hunt, you’ll be plenty hungry for the Del’s fabulous Easter Brunch.  The Del’s Easter Champagne Brunch buffet is available in the oceanfront Ballroom and in the Crown Room from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. A special children’s buffet will be also available. Please call (619) 522-8490 to make reservations. We strongly encourage you to make reservations as soon as you read this post because seating is limited.

Whatever Spring event you celebrate, we wish you a great big basket filled with love, prosperity, and good will.

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