San Diego County Events for May 22 – 25

It’s Memorial Day Weekend; a day to remember all of those who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. When you’re spending time with your family this weekend, enjoying some of the Memorial Day Weekend activities and events, take some time to remember all that those who protect our country do!

San Diego county events this weekendRemembrance ceremony at the USS Midway

Before being turned into a maritime museum, “225,000 Midway sailors…served our country and upheld the American ideals of strength, freedom and peace” (USS Midway Museum,

On Saturday, there will be a free remembrance ceremony paying tribute to World War II veterans. 9 a.m. on the USS Midway Museum. WWII veterans in person, live entertainment, a flyover, memorial wreath presentations and a San Diego Harbor Patrol water salute. All who attend will be able to tour the ship at no cost. (619) 544-9600

When you visit the USS Midway, you’ll see 29 restored aircraft, the many locations where the sailors worked, ate and slept, and 60 different exhibits.

When: Saturday, May 23, 9am
Where: USS Midway Museum | 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, California, 92101, alongside Navy Pier
Cost: Free, with free entrance to the museum for those who attend. Normal museum entrance: $10 – $20; tickets online or at the door
More information: or (619) 544-9600

Memorial service at Miramar National Cemetery

Memorial service at Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive. The speakers will be Capt. Laura Scotty, assistant chief of staff for the commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command, and Joel Sollender of Poway, who served with Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army on the Siegfried Line in northern France and was taken prisoner by a German Army tank crew for four months.

When: Sunday, May 24, 1pm
Where: Miramar National Cemetery | 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego
Cost: Free
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Annual Community Memorial Day Service

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual community Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, with Capt. Tim Eichler, the current Navy Region Southwest regional chaplain, speaking. (858) 755-1616

When: May 25, 11am
Where: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church | 334 14th St., Del Mar, CA
Cost: Free
More information:  (858) 755-1616

Ceremony at Cottonwood Creek Park

Ceremony will be at 10:45 a.m. at Cottonwood Creek Park, followed by an open house and food at Post 416, 210 W. F St. Hosted by the American Legion Post 416 and Encinitas Elks.

When: May 25, 10:45am
Where: Cottonwood Creek Park, 95 N. Vulcan, Encinitas | Post 416, 210 W. F St., Encinitas
More information: (760) 753-5674

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San Diego County Events for May 15 – 17

In town? Fill up your weekend with a couple of these San Diego events!

San Diego county events this weekend15th Annual Pet Day on the Bay

Take your pet on an 1-hour narrated cruise Information about more than 50 San Diego landmarks, with unparalleled photo and video opportunities, comfortable indoor and outdoor areas, close-up views of military ships and the San Diego skyline, and a chance to see marine animals and seabirds.

ONE-HOUR TOURS: 9:30 AM, 11:15 AM, AND 1:00 PM A portion of proceeds benefits the Helen Woodward Animal Center Boarding and photos will begin 1/2 hour prior to cruise times.

When: May 16 | ONE-HOUR TOURS: 9:30 AM, 11:15 AM, AND 1:00 PM
Where: Hornblower Cruises & Events | 1800 North Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA
Cost: $24; one pet per person free
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SDCCU Festival of Arts in North Park

This annual free festival includes local art, live music and dance performances, eco-friendly and hands-on art activities, shopping opportunities, food, live art, kids’ art and a celebration of local craft beer.

When: May 16, 11am – 6pm
Where: North Park | 30th Street, San Diego, CA
Cost: Free
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Old Town Temecula Western Days

The Wild West comes to life when the Old Town Gunfighters host other gunfight clubs for Western Days in Old Town Temecula. Zany skits, crazy old west costumed characters and a daily high noon shoot out and robbery of The Bank. Families will enjoy the old time music, calf roping instruction and kids will like the pony rides.

When: May 16, 10am – 5pm
Where: Old Town Temecula | Old Town Front Street and Main Street, Temecula, CA
Cost: Free
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Pirate Days

Experience life as a pirate with scavenger hunts, knot-tying and sword fighting demos, games and more. A two day celebration for kids of all ages, will include kids costume contests, carnival games, cannon firings, weapon demonstrations, sword fights, scary stories, and a scavenger hunt for Pirate Treasure which ends at the Parrot Paradise.

When: May 16 & 17, 10am – 3pm
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N. Harbor Drive, Embarcadero
Cost: $13 and $16 | Kids and adults in costume get a $2 discount at the door.
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 America on Main Street

This festival coincides with Armed Forces Day and will honor the various cultures living in El Cajon through food, music, hay rides, crafts and lots more.

When: May 16, 10am- 8pm
Where: Throughout Downtown El Cajon
Cost: Free
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 The Grand Avenue Festival

Formerly the Escondido Street Faire, this event will have kids rides, a home improvement show, arts and crafts vendors, bands, a climbing wall and more.

When: May 17, 9:30am – 5:30pm
Where: Along Grand Avenue, Escondido
Cost: Free
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Free Interactive Boot Camp Workshop in La Mesa

Free Interactive Workshop – May 14

CityofLaMesaLogoIf you live in or around La Mesa, you should come to their free interactive workshops!

This week, Fit-X San Diego is hosting a fitness boot camp for all levels. Just wear appropriate workout clothing and shoes, and bring a towel and water.

When: Thursday, May 14, beginning at 6pm

Where: La Mesa Community Center | 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942

Cost: Free!

More information: Call 619.667.1300, go here, or email

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San Diego County Events for May 8 – 10

Take your mom out for Mother’s Day! Here in San Diego County, there are several options to choose from — there’s always plenty of things to do every weekend here!

San Diego county events this weekendGator By The Bay 2015

It’s already one day in, but the Gator By The Bay festival is happening every day until Sunday evening. It’s a Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish festival that sounds like a great time!

The Gator By The Bay is the largest, most authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival on the west coast. at the Spanish Landing Park, across from San Diego International Airport.

Presented by San Diego’s Bon Temps Social Club, it features four days of live music with over 85 musical acts on six stages, along with 10,000 pounds of crawfish trucked from Louisiana, non-stop dancing, shopping, playing and eating on the beautiful San Diego Bay.

When: Friday May 8, 3:30 – 10:30pm | Saturday May 9, 10:30am – 8:30pm | Sunday May 10, 10:30am – 7:30pm
Where: Spanish Landing Park |North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Varies; Children 17 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.
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Bacon & Barrels San Diego

The all-day, all-inclusive festival featuring unlimited bacon-inspired samples and libation booths, will be held Saturday, May 9th, 2015 at the Embarcadero Marina Park South. The event begins at 12:00pm for VIP and Early Entry and 1:00pm for General Admission. Event ends at 5:00pm. Venue Address: 1 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101

When: May 9, 12pm (VIP)/1pm (general admission) – 5pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South | 1 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Prices vary – ticket information here
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Ocean Beach Kite Festival

The Ocean Beach Kite Festival invites attendees to make and decorate their own kites and then show off those creations in a kite-flying celebration. The event, which started in 1948, will also have prizes, stunt kite demonstrations, a carnival and refreshments.

When: May 9, 10am – 4pm
Where: Dusty Rhodes Park | 2483 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., Ocean Beach, CA
Cost: Free
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Garden Party of the Century

The Garden Party of the Century will be a day-long affair celebrating the Balboa Park Centennial and honoring the Panama-California Exhibition of 1915.

When: May 9, 9am – 5pm
Where: Balboa Park, House of Hospitality | 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego

The Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego will celebrate its 6th year as San Diego’s largest celebration for Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month!

When: May 9, 10am- 6pm
Where: Mira Mesa Community Park | 8575 New Salem St, San Diego, CA 921126
Cost: Free
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Butterfly Festival

Come enjoy the spring weather and the start of the butterfly season at this annual festival. Interact with the wonderful winged creatures and find out how to create a butterfly garden of your own. This festival also features performers and vendors. Members get in for free; non-members pay $5.

When: May 9, 9am
Where: Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College | 900 Rancho San Diego Pkwy, El Cajon, CA 92019
Cost: Free for members, $5 non-members
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Make sure to celebrate your mom and everything she’s done for you!

When: Sunday, May 10

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San Diego County Events for May 1 – 3

In town this weekend? Below are featured some top events for San Diego county from now through Sunday — where else can you find so many things to do?

San Diego county events this weekendOld Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo

Why party when you can Fiesta at the 32nd Annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo presented by Dos Equis. At this two-day festival attendees of all ages will enjoy three stages of live entertainment, a low rider display, kid’s activities, over 50 food and retail booths, a Cantina Garden, restaurant specials and more! Latin fever is spreading throughout San Diego, so come on down to historic Old Town to celebrate!

When: May 2 – 3
Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: Free
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Old Town Cinco de Mayo

This iconic San Diego celebration showcases mariachis, ballet folklorico, a mercado, a lowrider car show, a kids area, food and beer, and lots more.

When: May 2 – 3, 11am – 10pm Saturday, 11am – 5pm Sunday
Where: Throughout Old Town San Diego
Cost: Free
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Cinco de Mayo Trail Run

The Cinco de Mayo Trail Race & 5K offer challenging and unique courses that will take you out on the Lake Poway Trail around the lake.

When: April 25 – 26, 2015
Where: Adams Avenue, from University Heights on the West through Normal Heights in San Diego
Cost: Free
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Sage & Songbirds Garden Tour and Festival

Celebrating Alpine’s designation as America’s First Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. The tour will feature 5 private home gardens plus a Hummingbird Haven and a Raptor Rehabilitation Facility.

When: May 1 – 3, 10am – 4pm
Where: Viejas Outlet Center | 5000 Willows Road, Alpine, CA 91901
Cost: $20
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San Diego Made In Bloom Market

In Bloom Market will feature handmade goods by more than 40 local artists and craftsman, food trucks, craft cocktails and large scale floral installations.

When: May 2 – 3, 10am – 5pm, Sunday until 3pm
Where: UNION – Barrio Logan | 2191 Main Street, San Diego, CA 92113
Cost: Free
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Flagship’s 100th Anniversary Party

Originally founded on May 1, 1915, Flagship Cruises & Events be commemorating a hundred years on San Diego Bay with food, drinks and fun aboard their fleet of luxury yachts.

When: May 2, 2 – 6pm
Where: 990 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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Tacos and Tequila Festival

Tacos and Tequila festival in a fun interactive event celebrating the best margaritas and tacos in San Diego at SILO at Makers Quarters.

When: May 2 – 3, 2 – 5pm
Where: SILO in Makers Quarter | 753 15th St, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: $25 – $35
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70th Annual Del Mar National Horse Show

One of the oldest equestrian competitions, the Del Mar National Horse Show is comprised of a week each of Western, Dressage and Hunter/Jumper competition

When: April 25, 2015 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds | 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Cost: Price: Daytime Shows – Free; Night Shows – $10-$19
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El Cajon Dinner and a Concert

El Cajon’s Dinner & a Concert offer music from every genre so that there is something for everyone each concert season from May through September.

When: May 1 – ongoing, 6 – 8pm | recurs every Friday
Where: Prescott Promenade | East Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
Cost: Free
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San Diego County Events for April 24 – 26

This weekend’s things to do in San Diego County include plenty of festivals! Bring the kids and family to a children’s book party, garden festivals and exhibits, a music festival, and a Hawaiian celebration.San Diego county events this weekend31st Annual Children’s Book Party

Calling all children and families in San Diego! The 31st Annual Children’s Book Party will be held at the world famous Spreckel’s Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park on April 25, 2015!

All children in attendance will receive two brand-new books (for free)! And there will be light refreshments and entertainment for all.
When: April 25, 2015 | 8:30am
Where: Balboa Park: Spreckels Organ Pavilion, El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free
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Adams Avenue Unplugged

Adams Avenue Unplugged is a weekend music and art festival with more than 170 live acoustic performances over 4 outdoor and 22 indoor stages.

When: April 25 – 26, 2015
Where: Adams Avenue, from University Heights on the West through Normal Heights in San Diego
Cost: Free
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Encinitas April Street Fair

At the Encinitas April Street Fair, enjoy unique food, five live music stages, children’s rides, beer garden, and more than 450 vendors.

When: April 25 – 26, 2015 | 9am – 5pm
Where: Highway 101 between D and J Streets, Encinitas
Cost: Free
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Art Alive 2015: Floral Exhibition

Art Alive is the Museum’s signature fundraiser and annual floral exhibition featuring floral interpretations of art in the Museum’s collection.

When: April 24 – 26, 2015 | 9am – 5pm
Where: San Diego Museum of Art | 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Members – Free; Nonmembers – $20
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22nd Spring Garden Festival

For one day each year, the Rancho San Diego campus transforms into a green mecca, with fun programs, exhibitors and demonstrations designed to inspire the gardener in everyone.  From urban farming to water-conserving landscaping ideas, the festival is the place to go to learn about sustainability, all the while relishing Southern California’s springtime weather.

When: April 25, 2015 | 9am – 3pm
Where: Cuyamaca College | 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego, El Cajon, CA
Cost: Free
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Shaka Fest 2015

The San Diego Shaka Fest is the Fusion of Hawaiian Culture, Arts, & Athletics!  So bring the entire family to this super fun and family oriented event which includes a Stand Up Paddle race open to adult and youth racers, the Keiki Heihei Waa (Youth only Hawaiian canoe regatta), SUP & Health Wellness Expo, Classic Woody Car exhibit, Hoomau Hula O Nā Keiki  – Keiki Hula Competition, lots of your favorite boutique and food vendors, and da kine Hawaiian entertainment.  This festival will take place at Crown Point Park, located on beautiful San Diego Mission Bay.

When: April 25, 2015 | 8am – 4pm
Where: Crown Point | Corona Oriente Rd, San Diego, CA 92109
Cost: Free
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10th Annual “It’s How We Live!” Health and Wellness Fair

Have fun and learn how to be healthy too? Yes, the two will go hand in hand at the 10th Annual “It’s How We Live!” health and wellness fair at Spring Valley County Park.

For the kids, there will be bounce houses, an inflatable obstacle course, games (bird-watching, anyone?) and arts and crafts. The Spring Valley Fire Department will also bring out some fire trucks. Visitors can try healthy food samples, watch dance performances and martial arts demonstrations, listen to live entertainment and stroll along the various informational booths.

When: April 25, 2015 | 12 – 4pm
Where: Spring Valley County Park | 8735 Jamacha Road, Spring Valley, CA 91977
Cost: Free
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