What’s Happening in San Diego Area in May

What’s Happening in San Diego – May 2018


·  The birthstone: Emerald | Flower: Lily of the Valley

·  The zodiac signs are Taurus (Apr. 20 – May 20) and Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

·  Cinco De Mayo

·  National Teachers Day / National Physical Fitness and Sports Month / National Bike Month

·  Mothers Day (Sunday, May 13)

·  Memorial Day (Monday, May 28)


Grunion Run with Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Get ready for a true Southern California experience! Watch hundreds of small silver fish called grunion ride the waves onto La Jolla beaches to spawn.
Date: May 2, 2018
Time: refer to website
Price: Members: $15 / Public: $17
Location: Birch Aquarium at Scripps – 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92093
For info. visit Grunion Run


West Coast Weekender
A music conference and boutique festival spanning over four days in May. With a strong focus on local art and industry, West Coast Weekender pays homage to the American Westside’s rich underground music culture.
Date: May 3 – May 6, 2018
Time: refer to website
Price: $90-$110
Location: WorldBeat Cultural Center – 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit West Coast Weekender


Julian Woman’s Club Wildflower Show
A wonderful spring event, the Julian Woman’s Club hosts their 91st annual Wildflower Show in the historical Town Hall in Julian in San Diego’s East County.
Date: May 4 – May 6, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Julian Town Hall – 2129 Main St., Julian, CA 92036
For info. visit Julian Woman’s Club


Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo
Grab your amigos and head over to historic Old Town to spice up your weekend with the 35th annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo!
Date: May 4 – May 6, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park – 4002 Wallace St., San Diego, CA 92110
For info. visit Old Town Fiesta


Art of the People Weaving Project #2
In Burma, many have lost the skill of weaving. The women of the Karen Organization of San Diego in City Heights have committed themselves to preserving this important ability and aspect of their culture.
Date: May 4, 2018
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Price: refer to website
Location: Mingei International Museum – 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit Art of Weaving


El Cajon Dinner and a Concert
One of El Cajon’s premier events, our Dinner & A Concert Series is back again this year in the center of Downtown El Cajon.
Date: May 4 – ongoing
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Prescott Promenade – East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
For info. visit El Cajon Dinner and Concert


Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Balboa Park presents one of the region’s largest free Cinco de Mayo celebrations. The family-friendly fiesta includes Mexican-themed music and dance performances, colorful horseback riders, strolling mariachis, a fashion show of traditional Mexican dress.
Date: May 5, 2018
Time: refer to website
Price: Event access is free. Food purchases extra.
Location: Balboa Park – House of Hospitality, San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit Cinco de Mayo


24th Annual EastLake Cycle & 5K Run, and Fair
Explore majestic hills, a stunning lake and exceptional running trails along the Chula Vista park district while participating in either the 25 mile road bike ride.
Date: May 5, 2018
Time: 6:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Price: $10-$50
Location: East Lake Middle School – 900 Duncan Ranch Rd., Chula Vista, CA 91914
For info. visit East Lake Fair


Sesame Street Parade
The neighborhood street party parade is marching Sesame Street excitement throughout SeaWorld.
Date: May 5 – Jul 1, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Price: Included with park admission
Location: SeaWorld San Diego – 500 SeaWorld Dr., San Diego, CA 92109
For info. visit Sesame Street Parade


Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego
The 9th Annual Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego is coming at the Mira Mesa Community Park and featuring two stages!
Date: May 5, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Mira Mesa Community Park – 8575 New Salem St., San Diego, CA 92126
For info. visit Asian Cultural Festival


Rhythm & Brews Music And Craft Beer Festival
The rhythm & brews music and craft beer festival is one unforgettable day, complete with jams from local musicians and tastes of more than 50 of the most renowned breweries from San Diego County.
Date: May 5, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Price: Advanced VIP, $55 | Advanced GA, $35
Location: Historic Vista Village – 209 E Broadway, Vista, CA 92084
For info. visit Rhythm & Brews


Spring Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon
With a calm bay swim and a flat bike and run course, the Spring Sprint is the perfect race to kick off your season.
Date: May 6, 2018
Time: 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Price: $60-$170
Location: South Shores Park – South Shores Park, Mission Bay, San Diego, CA 92109
For info. visit Spring Sprint Triathlon


Carlsbad Spring Village Faire
At the Carlsbad Spring Village Faire, more than 850 vendors sell everything from clothes, accessories, and plants to art, antiques and home decor.
Date: May 6, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Carlsbad Blvd & Grand Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008
For info. visit Carlsbad Faire


Gator By The Bay-Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival
Largest, authentic Louisiana-themed festival this side of the bayou.
Date: May 10 – May 13, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Price: $25-$95
Location: Spanish Landing Park – 3900 North Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit Gator by the Bay


Ocean Beach Kite Festival
Spend the day at the ocean beach kite festival enjoying live music, street fair, carnival rides and, of course, kites.
Date: May 12, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Dusty Rhodes Park – Sunset Cliffs Blvd. at Nimitz, San Diego, CA 92107
For info. visit OB Kite Festival


Beer & Wine Pairing Dinner: Stone Brewing vs. ZD W
We have paired a lot of things with beer over the years! However, this time we are joining forces with ZD Wines to have the ultimate pairing showdown. Join us for an evening of delicious fares, perfectly paired with both wine and beer.
Date: May 17, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Price: $115
Location: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – 1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, CA 92029
For info. visit Beer & Wine Pairing Dinner


Fiesta del Sol 2018
The Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce has been hosting this FREE 2-day Arts & Music Festival for 39 years as a kick off to Summer in Solana Beach!
Date: May 19 – May 20, 2018
Time: refer to website
Price: Free
Location: Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce – 210 West Plaza, Solana Beach, CA 92075
For info. visit Beer & Wine Pairing Dinner


SoCal Etsy Guild Artisan Market
Join us for an amazing day of handmade fun! Local designers, live art, handmade vendors, and music. All vendors will be located in the Amphitheater and South Plaza of Horton Plaza Park.
Date: May 19, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Price: refer to website
Location: Horton Plaza Park – 900 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
For info. visit Etsy Guild Market


Festival of Arts in North Park
Explore the hip and vibrant North Park neighborhood at the 22nd Annual Festival of Arts in North Park sponsored by the SDCCU.
Date: May 19, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Price: Festival – Free / Craft Beer Block – $35
Location: University Avenue & 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104
For info. visit North Park Festival


D6 Night Market
More social event than shopping trip, a night market is a blend of sights, sounds, smells, and tastes.
Date: May 19, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Price: Free
Location: Mira Mesa Community Park – 8575 New Salem St., San Diego, CA 92126
For info. visit D6 Night Market


Escondido Grand Ave Festival
The Grand Ave Festival is one of the biggest street fairs in Southern California, with over 500 vendors, and has been happening since 1989.
Date: May 20, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Price: refer to website
Location: Visit Escondido – 235 E Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025
For info. visit Escondido Festival


Valley Center Stampede Rodeo & Festival
Welcome to the Valley Center stampede rodeo and festival, brought to you each Memorial Day weekend by the Valley Center optimist club.
Date: May 25 – May 27, 2018
Time: refer to website
Price: $15-$50
Location: 28246 Lilac Rd., Valley Center, CA 92082
For info. visit Valley Center Festival


Vista Strawberry Festival
The Vista Strawberry Festival is the only festival in San Diego County that celebrates all the joys and pleasure of the strawberry. Vista was once the “Strawberry Capital of the World” and still boasts many strawberry fields.
Date: May 27, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Price: Festival – Free
Location: 127 Main Street, Vista, CA 92084
For info. visit Vista Strawberry Festival