Fun May Events in San Diego From the desk of Patty Contreras
TOP TEN THINGS TO DO THIS MONTH
May 5-8, Gator By the Bay Festival
The largest, authentic Louisiana-themed festival this side of the bayous! Featuring four days of live music on 7 stages, dancing, parading, shopping, playing and eating over 10,000 pounds of mouth-watering crawfish straight from Louisiana! Enjoy a zesty gumbo of music, food and joie de vivre with 90+ entertaining performances and culinary delights, presented by San Diego’s Bon Temps Social Club.
Time: Refer to website
Location: Spanish Landing Park, 3900 North Harbor Dr.
During this free, family-friendly event, there will be martial arts, ethnic dances, cultural exhibitions, entertainment, games, and of course, food! Expect new things this year, like our first ever beer garden (21+ only), the video game tent, the photo booth, and the return of favorites like the cooking demos and Cultural Row.
Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Mira Mesa Community Park, 8575 New Salem St.
Each year thousands flock to Old Town, San Diego’s oldest, historic neighborhood, to take a step back in time and celebrate! The annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo will be celebrating 33 years of tradition packed with activities for ALL AGES! Old town will be transformed into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border, filled with mariachis, cervezas, great food, and more! Check website for more Cinco de Mayo festivities preceding the weekend!
Time: Sat. 11:00 am – 10:00 pm / Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Join the Kiwanis for the 68th Annual OB Kite Festival at Dusty Rhodes Park. There will be prizes for best decorated kites--by age category, spectacular kite flying demonstration, kite games, live music and much more. Enjoy the carnival; peruse the “Off” Street Fair of artisans, community booths, and food trucks.
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Sunset Cliffs Blvd. at Nimitz, Ocean Beach
Beach Soccer Jam is a faster, hotter version of the world’s most popular sport! In addition to a weekend full of youth and adult beach soccer tournament play, Beach Soccer Jam is packed with entertainment, including Samba dancers with all the feathers, Capoeira martial arts dancers, as well as a kids’ fun zone, exhibitors, and food court.
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. During the finish line celebration, runners receive a special Finisher’s Medal and event shirt to commemorate our 30th year, plus complimentary transportation back to downtown. See you on the bridge!
The 2016 SDSFF will highlight over 35 international films, dozens of filmmakers and producers in attendance, intimate Q&As, filmmaker panel and workshops, an amazing surf art gallery, surf legends and shaping demos, beach clean-ups and expression sessions, incredible live music, serendipitous live art, book-signings, rad folks and raging after-parties. We welcome surf enthusiasts and filmmakers from around the world to come celebrate the art of surf cinema in the heart of San Diego.
Time: Various – refer to website
Location: North County Coastal - Various Locations - refer to website
Spend the day with your family and friends exploring the historic North Park neighborhood at the 20th Annual SDCCU Festival of Arts in North Park. This annual free festival has grown into a local tradition that includes amazing local art, exciting live music and dance performances, vendor booths and fabulous food. Come thirsty to the Craft Beer Block and sample brews from San Diego’s favorite breweries.
Time: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Location: University Avenue & 30th Street, North Park
The Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival offers top-name entertainment, hot air balloon flights, wine tasting, kids faire, arts & crafts, commercial exhibits and lots of food. Hot air balloon lifts begin at sunrise and rise into the sapphire skies above Lake Skinner. Wine tasting features different premium wines from numerous Temecula Valley wineries as well as others from Southern California.
GATES OPEN: Refer to website for schedules
Location: Lake Skinner Recreation Area, 37701 Warren Rd., Winchester
Vista was once the “Strawberry Capital of the World”! This is San Diego County’s only celebration of the Strawberry. Come enjoy live entertainment on multiple stages, bands, local craft brews all day long in the beer garden, contest, carnival rides & 300+ vendors.
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