Spring is in the air, and with that comes the beloved Easter celebrations across the county. Most of last year’s Easter events in San Diego were canceled, but this year includes a la carte brunches and a few opportunities to see the Easter Bunny.

1. Easter Brunch at San Diego Zoo

Spend Easter at the San Diego Zoo and take a break at Sabertooth Grill for a delicious Easter brunch that includes a starter, main course, and dessert. Guests will also be treated to a 15-minute wildlife ambassador presentation.

Date: Sunday, April 4
Time: Seating is 11 a.m.
Cost: $80 for adults; $30 for children ages 3–11
Details: Easter brunch at the Zoo

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2. Flagship Cruises Easter Brunch Cruise

Join Flagship Cruises for a special Easter Brunch harbor cruise. Sip Champagne and mimosas, in addition to sweet and savory options from the gourmet brunch menu. These cruises board at 990 North Harbor Drive in Downtown San Diego. Choose from either a morning or afternoon cruise.

Date: Sunday, April 4
Time: 10 a.m.–12 p.m. (boards at 9:30 a.m.) or 2–4 p.m. (boards at 1:30 p.m.)
Cost: Tickets are $84.50 for adults and $54.70 for kids ages 4–7
Details: Flagship Cruises Easter Brunch

3. Easter Bunny Teas & Champagne Brunch at The Westgate Hotel

Easter bunny Teas: On Friday, April 2, and Saturday, April 3, The Westgate will transform its traditional Parisian-style afternoon tea service into its annual springtime Easter bunny Teas.

This special Easter edition will feature a scrumptious selection of housemade sweet delicacies, kid-friendly petits fours, delicious tea sandwiches, and pastries. Each child receives a keepsake Easter basket. And, the Easter bunny will pay guests a visit.

Easter Champagne Brunch: On Sunday, April 4, guests can toast the holiday and honor spring with a delicious Easter a la carte brunch marked by French elegance, and, of course, Champagne. Dishes include breakfast specialties, steak frites, pastas, cheese plates, salads, and seafood.

While adults will delight in this sophisticated Parisian experience, children will love the special visit from the Easter bunny.

Date: April 2-4
Time: 2:30 p.m.–5 p.m. (teas) and 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (brunch)
Cost: $85 for adults and $60 for children ages 4–12 (tea); brunch prices are a la carte
Details: The Westgate Hotel Event Calendar

4. Hornblower’s Easter Champagne Jazz Brunch Cruises

On Sunday, April 4, Hornblower Cruises will offer an Easter Champagne Jazz harbor cruise, featuring bottomless Champagne and sparkling cider, the Easter bunny, and live Jazz on the Sun Deck. A VIP cruise option allows guests to enjoy a few extra perks such as a meet and greet with the captain and priority boarding.

Date: Sunday, April 4
Time: 11 a.m.–1 p.m. (regular boarding is at 10:30 a.m. and VIP boarding is at 10 a.m.)
Cost: $84 for Adult, $63 for Child (VIP prices are additional)
Details: Hornblower Easter Brunch Cruises

5. Ocean Views and Easter Brunch at La Valencia Hotel

La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla’s pink lady, gets into the Easter spirit with panoramic ocean views, an Easter three-course menu that you can, of course, pair with a seafood tower. Kids will love the special “Sweet Adventure by the Sea” walk-through experience full of life-sized treats and a visit from the Sweets Princess. And, you can take a family photo with the ocean and La Jolla Cove in the background at the end.

Date: Sunday, April 4
Time: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Cost: $89 for adults and $35 for children
Details: Easter Brunch at La Valencia

6. Easter Brunch at Hotel del Coronado

Opt for Easter brunch at Serēa, the beachfront restaurant at Hotel del Coronado, prepared by Executive Chef JoJo Ruiz complete with seafood dishes including a daily selection of oysters (best paired with champagne and the oceanfront views) to enjoy on Serea’s expansive outdoor patio. Kids will particularly enjoy the build your own pancakes (and maybe hitting the pretty Coronado beach afterward).

Date: Sunday, April 4
Times: 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cost: A la carte pricing
Details: Make reservations

7. Rancho Bernardo Inn Easter Brunches

You have a couple of choices for celebrating Easter at Rancho Bernardo Inn.

Avant: A four-course prix fixe Champagne brunch will come with bottomless Charles Sparr Brut sparkling wine, along with a unique spin to classic brunch items such beef tartare toast, hamachi yakitori, Wagyu and eggs, country-fried quail and souffle pancakes, challah French toast, and more.

Date: Sunday, April 4
Times: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $95/person and $45/child
Details: Make reservations on OpenTable.com.

Aragon Ballroom: Easter celebrations will bring smiles to all with Easter baskets for the kiddos and a special visit from the Easter Bunny, along with live music by Kevin James O’Brien. The four-course prix fixe menu includes roasted butternut squash veloute, pan-seared diver scallops, braised Wagyu short rib, and more, topped with dessert options like Madagascar vanilla and white chocolate mousse. There is a two-hour time limit and a maximum of 10 guests per table.

Date: Sunday, April 4
Times: Seating times include 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $85/person and $45/child
Details: For reservations, email rbiholidays@jcresorts.com or call 858-675-8406

8. Rancho Valencia Easter Brunch

You have a few options at Ranch Valencia Resort on Easter Sunday.

Enjoy a three-course brunch or lunch menu served with refreshing sangria alongside a decadent all-day seafood station in the resort’s open-air tented Pony Camp, complete with lavish, cabana-style seating, ambient fire puts, cozy lounge spots, and elevated casual dining tables.

A highlight for kids includes a petting zoo and safe Easter-themed crafts and activities. Those celebrating at home can pick up an Easter Feast To-Go.

Date: Sunday, April 4
Times: Brunch (10 a.m. –1 p.m.) and lunch (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
Details: Call 858-759-6246 for reservations.

9. Estancia La Jolla Brunch

Head to Estancia La Jolla to celebrate Easter with a glass of bubbly and an a la-carte menu including a breakfast taco and omelet station, assorted pastries, a chilled seafood display, carving station and a selection of desserts including local gelato.

Easter brunch will also include an Easter egg hunt and Easter bunny for guests to take photos with.

Date: Sunday, April 4
Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Cost: $85 for adults; $25 for children
Details: Reservations can be made via Greenfinch’s Open Table

10. Brunch at Bahia Resort Hotel

At the Bahia Resort Hotel, brunch festivities will be held in the ballroom overlooking Mission Bay. Guests will enjoy a three-course menu, including bottomless champagne for the adults.

Date: Sunday, April 4
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $49 for adults; $15 for children under 12
Details: Bahia Easter brunch

11. Easter Bunny at Seaport Village

Head over to Seaport Village for photo sessions with the Easter Bunny. The cost is $40 and you’ll receive a flash drive with captured photos. The Easter Bunny’s schedule can be found here and no is appointment necessary.

12. Westfield UTC Golden Egg Hunt

At Westfield UTC, the Golden Egg Hunt will take place the week leading up to Easter Sunday, from Monday, March 29 to Saturday, April 3. Each day, a golden egg will be placed in a different location across the center.

The first 25 shoppers will post a picture on their Instagram Story, tag @WestfieldUTC, and head to the concierge to show receipt will be gifted a special surprise — totaling 175 lucky winners. 

San Diego Easter Events Paused in 2021

Some annual favorites are still on-pause as we transition out of closures and heavier restrictions.

Where Will You Spend Easter in San Diego?

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Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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