On this Memorial Day weekend, attend one of these fun and family-friendly events in San Diego County.
Street Food Cinema: Outdoor Movie and Dinner
The Grossmont center is showing Jurassic Park and will welcome food trucks serving a variety of selections, from popcorn over ice cream to dinner entrées and more. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the movie begins at 8 p.m. To get the most fun out of Street Food Cinema, plan to arrive early to listen to live music and order dinner from one of the food vendors.
When: Saturday, May 25 | doors open at 6pm, movie starts 8pm
Where: Grossmont Center | 5500 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA
The USS Midway Museum is the heart and soul of Memorial Day celebration in San Diego. 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.
When: May 24 – 27
Where: USS Midway Museum | 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
Valley Center Western Days
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 Center’s “Honorary Mayor”. The parade runs the length of Valley Center Road from Lilac Road, and then turn left onto Cole Grade Road, finishing up at the Elementary School where the annual festival is held. Vendors, games, food and entertainment can all be found at the largest community festival of the year.
When: May 25 | parade begins at 10am
Where: Parade ends and festival is located at 29200 Cole Grade Road, Valley Center, CA
Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival
Join more than 30,000 visitors for the 10th Annual Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival featuring live music and entertainment, more than 300 food and craft vendor booths, carnival rides and more!
When: Saturday, May 25 | 10am – 6pm
Where: Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway
Cost: Street Fair: Free. Beer Festival: $15-25
Festival of the Sea
Festival of the Sea, produced by the Maritime Museum and sponsored by the Port of San Diego, will be held Memorial Day weekend and has something for everyone to enjoy. Taking place aboard several of the historic vessels of the Maritime Museum and on the adjacent scenic North Embarcadero region of downtown San Diego, Maritime Museum of San Diego will be open to the public Saturday, Sunday and Monday May 25 to 27 with special general admission hours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. General admission tickets for the three-day event include entrance to all vessels, exhibits, live music, education zone and artist exhibition with market.
When: May 25 – 27 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Takes place aboard several of the historic vessels of the Maritime Museum and on the adjacent scenic North Embarcadero region of downtown San Diego
Cost: General admission $18+
Annual Butterfly Release
The free, family-friendly event features a special performance by children’s singer Kathryn the Grape, arts and crafts activities provided by San Diego Floral Association, and hourly butterfly releases around 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 p.m. Families can reserve a butterfly for a $5 donation, but live butterflies will also be distributed first-come first-served a few minutes before each release.
When: Saturday, May 25 | 10am – 3pm
Where: Zoro Garden in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA