West Coast Weekender May 3-6
A music conference and boutique festival spanning over four days in May. With a strong focus on local art and industry, we pay homage to the American westside’s underground music culture.
Time/Place: WorldBeat Cultural Center: 2100 Park Blvd
Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo May 4-6
Bustling mercado, non-stop music and live entertainment, lucha libre wrestling, and a huge display of lowriders and other incredible autos! Delectable dining establishments throughout Old Town and enjoy margarita and tequila specials.
Time/Place: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Contact: 619-291-4903 / www.cincodemayooldtown.com
Julian Woman’s Club Wildflower Show May 4-6
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.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Julian Town Hall: 2129 Main St.
Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival May 5
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: 209 E Broadway
Cinco de Mayo Trail Run May 5
The challenging and unique courses will take you out on the Lake Poway Trail through the foothills around the lake near Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. Kids Race at 9:30 am.
Time/Place: 6:30am / Lake Poway Trail
Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego May 5
Cultural and traditional performances from a dozen countries and cultures. Children’s Art and Crafts, Martial Arts Demos, Video Game Tent, Cooking Demos, Ramen Eating Contest, Cultural Row Exhibition, Beer Garden, and delicious Asian food!
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Mira Mesa Community Park
Carlsbad Spring Village Faire May 6
Clothes, accessories, plants, household products, art, antiques and home decor. The international food court will once again feature more than 50 booths. The children’s area will entertain youngsters with games, a super slide, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall, face painting and arts and crafts.
Time/Place: 8am-5pm / Carlsbad Blvd & Grand Ave
Spring Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon May 6
With a calm bay swim and a flat bike and run course, the Spring Sprint is the perfect race to kick off your season.
Time/Place: 7-11am / South Shores Park, Mission Bay
Contact: 858-268-1250 / www.sdtriseries.com
Gator By The Bay Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival May 10-13
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 Peninsula
Contact: 619-234-8612 / www.gatorbythebay.com
Disco Ball 2018 May 12
An elegant evening and help support our programs to enrich the lives of children and their families. Hosted Cocktail Reception, 3-Course Gourmet Dinner, Live and Silent Auction, Live entertainment.
Time/Place: 6-10pm / Mission Bay Hilton: 1775 East Mission Bay Drive
Contact: 619-320-4942 / www.childrensnatureretreat.org
Holi Festival of Colors May 12
Dedicated to spiritual & social harmony, awakening a sense of brotherhood thru ecstatic dance, mantra music, yoga, free hugs and delicious vegetarian meals.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Oceanside Pier Amphitheater
Ocean Beach Kite Festival May 12
We have 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 / Dusty Rhodes Park
Art Glass Guild Fall Patio Show & Sale May 12-13
View beautiful art glass created by local artists. There will be entertainment for all including live music, demonstrations featuring torch-work, and glass cutting as well as an area for children & adults alike to create their own unique mosaic art piece.
Time/Place: 10am-5pm / Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park
Contact: 619-702-8006 / www.artglassguild.com
Festa do Espirito Santo May 18-20
Celebrate Portuguese Heritage by joining in the city’s oldest ethnic festival, Festa do Espirito Santo, that commemorates Portugal’s Queen St. Isabel.
Time/Place: United Portuguese S.E.S. Hall, Point Loma
Contact: 619-223-5880 / www.upses.com
San Diego Taco Fest May 19
30 of the region’s best taco-centric restaurants will offer a wide range of mouthwatering taco creations. Local and national musical performances. Chihuahua Beauty Pageant and Race.
Time/Place: 11am-10pm / San Diego County Waterfront Park
Festival of Arts in North Park May 19
The festival features a live art element: contemporary urban artists will create unique works of art using creative everyday objects like cars, refrigerators and boom boxes. Craft Beer Block, Live Music, Kids Arts Block, Cocktail Garden and more!
Time/Place: 10am-10pm / University Avenue & 30th Street
Contact: 619-294-2501 / www.northparkfestivalofarts.com
San Diego Century May 19
Experience the beautiful hills and coastline during one of the nation’s most scenic rides along 33, 67 or 105-mile routes. Finish-line expo in Encinitas.
Time/Place: 6am-5:30pm / MiraCosta College, Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Contact: 909-399-3553 / www.sdcentury.com
Stone Liberty Station 5th Anniversary May 19
To commemorate, we are throwing a celebration along with the awesome other local businesses in Liberty Station and Liberty Public Market!
Time/Place: 12-4pm / 2816 Historic Decatur Rd.
Armed Forces Day Military Operation Appreciation May19
Thousands of active duty military and their family members are treated to a day of free food, carnival rides, and entertainment.
Time/Place: 11am-4pm / Junior Seau Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre
Contact: 760-722-1534 / www.oceansidechamber.com
Pirate Days May 19-20
Kids costume contests, cannon firings, weapon demonstrations, sword fights, scary stories, and a scavenger hunt.
Time/Place: 10am-4pm / Maritime Museum of San Diego
Contact: 619-234-9153 / www.sdmaritime.org
Beach Soccer Jam May 19-20
Come enjoy the excitement including Beach Soccer, Brazilian Samba and Capoeira dancers, some of San Diego’s best Entertainment DJs and a Beer Garden.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / Fiesta Island
Community Band Festival May 19-20
Old Poway Park Action Committee members, the Pomerado Community Band and the Poway Arts and Crafts Guild, will host the annual CA Band Festival and Arts and Crafts Market.
Time/Place: 10am-7pm / Old Poway Park
Fiesta del Sol May 19-20
Food Trucks and other great specialty food vendors will be back as well as our Arts & Crafts area, Sponsor area, Solana Beach Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, and more!
Time/Place: 9am-9pm / Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach
Contact: 858-755-4775 / www.fiestadelsol.net
Escondido Grand Ave Festival May 20
One of the biggest street fairs in Southern California, with over 500 vendors bringing unique crafts and imports, fine international cuisine and family entertainment.
Time/Place: 9am-5pm / Historic Downtown Escondido’s Grand Avenue
Contact: 760-839-4777 / www.visitescondido.com
Navy’s Bay Bridge Run/Walk May 20
This unique 4-mile run/walk has a one of a kind spectacular panoramic view as participants make their way to Coronado’s beautiful Tidelands Park from downtown San Diego over the Coronado Bay Bridge. Followed by a finish line celebration.
Time/Place: 8am-12pm / Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Contact: 858-848-5786 / www.navylifesw.com/bridgerun
Classic Car/Motorcycle Show May 20
From antique to current cars and motorcycles of beauty. Breakfast served, shrimp boil or hot dogs for lunch.
Time/Place: 8am-2pm / Chula Vista Elks Lodge 2011: 901 Elks Ln.
Contact: 619-421-2011 / www.chulavistaca.gov
Walk For the One Barefoot Walk-A-Thon May 20
It’s .. in dirt… for 4 miles… barefoot (you can wear sandals or shoes if you need to.) This is what so many Ethiopian kids face daily to get to and from school. Gain a broader awareness of what others deal with on a daily basis!
Time/Place: 11am / Ingold Field: 2551 Olive Hill Rd., Fallbrook
Contact: 559-304-2100 / www.unforgottenfaces.org
Valley Center Western Days May 23-26
Each May, the Valley Center community celebrates its western heritage with a series of events including the Western Days Parade, Library kick-off party, the election of Valley Center’s “Honorary Mayor,” and so much more.
Contact: 760-440-8293 / www.westerndays.org
Valley Center Stampede Rodeo & Festival May 25-27
This year’s rodeo will kick-off on Friday at the rodeo grounds. On Saturday, the grounds will reopen following our town’s historic parade. Then on Sunday, the rodeo grounds will feature a locals roping event.
Time/Place: See website for schedule. / 28246 Lilac Rd.
Legacy Week May 26-28
The lineup of activities range from a Wreath Memorial ceremony, benefit concert, family activities, blood drive, interactive exhibits and more. Each element of Midway’s Legacy Week commemoration is designed to honor and remember our heroes and celebrate our military heritage.
Time/Place: USS Midway Museum: 910 North Harbor Drive
Contact: 619-544-9600 / www.midway.org
House of Pacific Relations’ Ethnic Food Fair May 27
Annual celebration of food from around the world! 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
Vista Strawberry Festival May 27
Come enjoy our celebration of the ‘berry as we bring over 300 vendors, athletic competition, pie eating, costumes, beauty, carnival rides, music, food, and more.
Time/Place: 8am-6pm / Historic Downtown Vista
Fallbrook Vintage Car Club Car Show May 27
Featured Cars – Packard. Restoration Road – Porsche. Swap Meet, Beer & Wine Garden, Food Vendors and Live Music.
Time/Place: 9:30am-4pm / Pala Mesa Resort, Fallbrook
National City Memorial Day Celebration May 28
As a symbol of that community spirit, several public officials will roll up their sleeves to serve the lunch in what has become an important component of La Vista’s Memorial Day tradition.
Time/Place: 1-3pm / La Vista Memorial Park & Mortuary: 3191 Orange St.
Contact: 619-475-7770 / www.nationalcityca.gov
West Coast Weekender May 3-6