Eat Drink Read May 2
Experience imaginative dishes created by the most popular chefs from every corner of San Diego County, with each bite inspired by the chefs favorite books. Eat. Drink. Read. is the San Diego Council on Literacys annual culinary event that brings together friends of food and literacy every spring to raise literacy awareness and generate funding for the SDCOLs ongoing efforts.
Time/Place: 6-8:30pm / San Diego Air and Space Museum
Contact: 619-574-1641 / www.eatdrinkread.com
West Coast Weekender May 2-6
With a strong focus on local art and industry, West Coast Weekender pays homage to the American westsides rich underground music culture. World class talent will participate in daytime panel discussions, and play parties that will run from afternoon to early morning.
Time/Place: Viejas Casino & Resort, Alpine
Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo May 3-5
Bustling mercado, non-stop music and live entertainment, lucha libre wrestling, and a huge display of lowriders and other incredible autos!
Time/Place: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Contact: 619-291-4903 / www.cincodemayooldtown.com
Julian Womans Club Wildflower Show May 3-5
The Wildflower Show is meant to educate club members, local residents, out-of-town visitors and children about the botanical wealth of Julian and its vicinity. The flowers are arranged on tables representing the different geographical areas and plant zones in which they are picked.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Julian Town Hall
Southern California Beach Soccer Championships May 3-5
The largest Beach Soccer Festival on the West Coast, this annual beach soccer festival is a competitive tournament for regional and worldwide teams that is also a fun family event.
Time/Place: Harbor Beach, Oceanside
Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival May 4
Complete with jams from local musicians and tastes of more than 50 of the most renowned breweries from San Diego County and other vibrant craft beer regions around the country.
Time/Place: 12-4pm / Historic Vista Village
Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego May 4
We will be featuring cultural, traditional, and contemporary acts. Family-friendly, fun, and FREE event.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Mira Mesa Community Park
Cinco de Mayo Trail Run May 4
5K and 10K and The Kathy Crafts Young Memorial Kids Race. Professionally chip timed. More than $1,600 in cash awards. Male and female age division awards.
Time/Place: 6:30-10:30am / Lake Poway Trail
Carlsbad Spring Village Faire May 5
More than 850 vendors will selling clothes, accessories, plants, household products, art, antiques and home decor. The international food court will feature more than 50 booths serving everything from Thai to Hawaiian cuisine. Childrens area.
Time/Place: 8am-5pm / Grand Avenue
Cinco de Mayo in Balboa Park May 4
The days collaborative, community-driven programming includes Mexican-themed music and dance performances, colorful horseback riders, strolling mariachis, hands-on activity booths for kids, arts and crafts vendors, gourmet food trucks, and more.
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / House of Hospitality
Carry the Load May 8
Join Carry The Load in honoring our military, veterans and first responders by walking with the West Coat relay team through Miramar National Cemetery as they continue on their 4,600-mile trek to Dallas, Texas. Participants are encouraged to bring a memento that symbolizes the load they are carrying.
Time/Place: 6:45-9:30am / San Diego Fire-Rescue Station 35, La Jolla
Contact: 972-757-1828 / www.carrytheload.org
San Diego Surf Film Festival May 8-11
15 of the finest international surf films. Opening night featuring live art, music and local beer. Grant Ellis slideshow presentations. Surfing expression sessions. Salty surf housings. VIP nautilus pass holder happy hours. Meet the filmmakers and artists lunch.
Time/Place: Misfit Gallery, La Jolla
Gator By The Bay-Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival May 9-12
Features 4 days of live music - more than 100 performances on 7 stages, dancing, delicious Southern food - including beignets, gumbo, jambalaya & 10,000 lbs of crawfish.
Time/Place: Spanish Landing Park, Point Loma
SDCCU Festival of Arts May 11
This unique and vibrant neighborhood festival brings out over 40,000 people from all over San Diego County to celebrate and enjoy live music, art, crafts, delicious food and some of San Diegos top Craft Beers.
Time/Place: 11am-10pm / North Park Main Street
Contact: 619-294-2501 / www.northparkmainstreet.com
Chocolate Festival May 11
Enjoy dozens of delectable chocolate tastings, demonstrations, a chocolate fountain, and more. Lots of childrens activities and a variety of Mothers Day gifts.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
Contact: 760-436-3036 / www.sdbgarden.org
FilmOut San Diego LGBT Shortfest May 15
This mini-festival will be a pre-Summer/Pride screening featuring only LGBTQ short films!
Time/Place: 7pm & 9pm / Hillcrest Landmark Theatres
Ramona Rodeo May 17-19
A Top Notch PRCA rodeo with some of the greatest cowboys around, boasting a professional attitude with the best hometown hospitality you will find at a rodeo.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Fred Grand Arena
Contact: 760-788-0811 / www.ramonarodeo.net
San Diego Century May 18
Take on one of 3 beautiful courses for a challenging and rewarding cycling experience on San Diegos most scenic routes. Experience the beautiful hills and coastline along 33, 67 or 105 mile routes.
Time/Place: 6am-5:30pm / MiraCosta College, Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Contact: 909-399-3553 / www.spectrumsportsevents.com
Ocean Beach Kite Festival May 18
Kite building and decorating, prizes, professional kite fliers and amazing kite demonstrations and games, crafters, community organizations, gourmet food, carnival activities and live music!
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Robb Athletic Field
Taste of Julian May 18
This year, many of the towns restaurants, wineries and breweries will be participating in this self-guided culinary tour of the historic mountain towns unique restaurants.
Time/Place: 1-5pm / Town Hall
Van Go! STEAM Festival May 18
This event features a silly soap box race; fine arts exhibition, live music as well as visual & performing arts entertainment and a beer & wine garden.
Time/Place: 10am-2pm / Little Italy
SDCVA Wine & Food Festival May 18
Spend the day discovering the array of varietals produced county wide. This is the only wine event exclusively featuring San Diego County wines.
Time/Place: 1-4pm / Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, Escondido
Contact: 858-487-1866 / www.sandiegowineries.org
SoCal TACO FEST May 18
Over 25 of your favorite restaurants, plus Lucha Libre wrestling, Chihuahua races & beauty pageant, and the Milagro Cantina Margarita Tent. Ages 21+ only.
Time/Place: 11am-10pm / San Diego County Waterfront Park
Fiesta del Sol May 18-19
The Belly Up is lining up a great list of musicians to perform. A large, fun, and exciting Childrens Area. Food Trucks along with other great specialty food vendors will be back as well as our Arts & Crafts area, Sponsor area, Solana Beach Firemans Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, and much more!
Time/Place: 9am-9pm / Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach
OMBAC Over the Line Beerfest May 18-19
Kick off summer with the Over the Line tournament, a baseball tournament complete with San Diegos finest craft breweries and food trucks. Beerfest on Saturday and OTL Tourney on Sunday.
Time/Place: 11am-6pm / Mariners Point, San Diego
Navys Bay Bridge Run/Walk May 19
A one of a kind spectacular panoramic view as participants make their way to Coronados beautiful Tidelands Park from downtown San Diego over the Coronado Bay Bridge.
Time/Place: 8am-12pm / Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Contact: 858-848-5786 / www.navybaybridgerun.com
Escondido Grand Avenue Festival May 19
With over 500 vendors, and has been happening since 1989, bringing unique crafts and imports, fine international cuisine and family entertainment.
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Grand Avenue
Valley Center Stampede Rodeo & Memorial Festival May 24-25
Mutton Bustin event, Junior Barrel Racing, and a Calf Scramble during intermission that is open to children in attendance free of charge. Rodeo proceeds are donated to local youth organizations, as well as organizations that promote the morale of our local military.
Time/Place: Star Valley Park
Legacy Week May 24-27
The lineup of activities range from a Wreath Memorial ceremony, benefit concert, family activities, blood drive, interactive exhibits and more. Each element of Midways Legacy Week commemoration is designed to honor and remember our heroes and celebrate our military heritage.
Time/Place: USS Midway Museum
Contact: 619-544-9600 / www.midway.org
Valley Center Western Days May 25
Each May, the Valley Center community celebrates its western heritage with a series of events including the Western Days Festival, Parade, Library kick-off party, Chili Cook-off, the election of Valley Centers Honorary Mayor.
Contact: 760-440-8293 / www.westerndays.org
Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival May 25
Featuring live music and entertainment, more than 300 food and craft vendor booths, carnival rides and more!
Time/Place: 10am-6pm / Riverview Parkway & Town Center Parkway
Contact: 619-449-1515 / www.santeestreetfair.com
Port of San Diego Festival of the Sea May 25-27
General admission tickets for the three-day event include entrance to all vessels, exhibits, live music, education zone and artist exhibition with market.
Time/Place: Maritime Museum of San Diego
House of Pacific Relations Ethnic Food Fair May 26
Sample the culinary treats of 34 different cultures and witness performances in native costumes. Features musical and dance performances on the HPR stage.
Time/Place: 11am-5pm / Balboa Park
La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary Memorial Day Celebration May 27
A community wide event supported enthusiastically by National City public officials and draws visitors from all over San Diego County.
Time/Place: 1-3pm / 3191 Orange Street, National City
Contact: 619-475-7770 / www.lavistamemorialpark.com
San Diego County Fair May 31-July 4
Skip down the yellow brick road and enter into an Oz-some world inspired by L. Frank Baums classic tale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Time/Place: Del Mar Fairgrounds
Contact: 858-755-1161 / www.sdfair.com