San Diego has a whole list of Cinco de Mayo events and activities to choose from — check out the list below!
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Old Town is putting on their 35th annul free fiesta — the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border. Lively music and entertainment, auto showcase, children’s activities and area, and more.
When: Friday – Sunday, May 4 – 6 | Friday 4-10pm, Saturday 11am – 10pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm
Where: San Diego Avenue, between Conde and Twiggs in San Diego, CA
More information: www.cincodemayooldtown.com
Fiesta de Reyes Cinco de Mayo Folklorico Festival
Dancers from throughout Southern California and some from as far away as Sacramento and Las Vegas have competed for the past eight years in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park at the annual Fiesta de Reyes Folklórico Competition. This year the event, to be held over the Cinco de Mayo weekend, is expanding to include dance troupes from Mexico and throughout the Western United States.
The competition is free for the public to attend and will take place in the center of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Children and adult performances alternate throughout the day, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 6. Live bands will take the stage in the afternoon until 9 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. In addition, the state park will showcase children’s activities throughout the day.
When: Saturday , May 5, 9am – 9pm | Sunday, May 6, 10am – 5pm
Where: Fiesta de Reyes | 2754 Calhoun St, San Diego, CA 92110
More information: fiestadereyes.com
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.
Because of Julian’s mountain valley location, bordering a national forest and close to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, there are 855 species of plants within 25 miles of town, many of which were used for health and healing by Native Americans. 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.
When: Friday – Sunday, May 4 – 6 | 10am – 4pm
Where: Julian Town Hall | 2129 Main St, Julian, CA 92036
More information: www.julianwomansclub.org/event/julian-wildflower-show
Taste of the Derby
Fifth & Rose presents the Official Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby Party! Come dressed in your derby best and enjoy light bites & southern inspired cocktails.
When: Saturday, May 5, 10am – 4pm
Where: Pendry San Diego | 550 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101
More information: www.pendryhotels.com/san-diego/dining/fifth-rose
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.
There’s a 5K, 10K and a kids race.
When: Saturday, May 5 | 6:30am – 10:30pm
Where: Lake Poway Trail | 14644 Lake Poway Road, Poway, CA 92064
Cost: $10 – $40
More information: www.cincodemayotrailrun.org
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, hands-on activity booths for kids, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, and more! The event culminates with a 5 p.m. concert in Spreckels Organ Pavilion featuring crowd-favorite Jarabe Mexicano, accompanied by the SDSU School of Music Percussion Ensemble.
When: Saturday, May 5
Where: Balboa Park | House of Hospitality, San Diego, CA 92101
Cost: Free with entrance admission
More information: balboaparkconservancy.org/project/cinco-de-mayo-concert
24th Annual EastLake Cycle & 5K Run, and Technology & Innovation 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, the 18 Mile mountain bike ride or the 5K community run/walk.
New to the event this year is a Technology & Innovation Fair that highlights the purpose of the event, supporting technology in the schools. Attendees will be able to explore technology and stem themes. This event is a fundraiser hosted by EastLake Educational Foundation (EEF), a nonprofit organization committed to supporting technology enhancements in the EastLake public schools.
When: Saturday, May 5 | 6:30am – 12pmj
Where: EastLake Middle School | 900 Duncan Ranch Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91914
Cost: $10 – $50
More information: www.eefkids.org/event/cycle
Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego
The 9th Annual Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego is coming on Saturday, May 5th, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM!
We will be back at the Mira Mesa Community Park and featuring two stages with over 30 cultural, traditional, and contemporary acts! There will be plenty for everyone at this family-friendly, fun, and FREE event!
When: Saturday, May 5 | 10am – 5pm
Where: Mira Mesa Community Park | 8575 New Salem St, San Diego, CA 92126
More information: www.asianculturalfestivalsd.com
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 and other vibrant craft beer regions around the country. Known as the ‘Capital of Craft’, San Diego is the birthplace of some of our industry’s most respected brewers and home to more than 130 craft breweries. From Karl Strauss to Stone Brewing, America’s finest city has been brewing up high quality beers since the late 80s. It’s all happening on May 5, 2018. VIP kicks off at 12 PM and general admission is from 1 – 4 PM.
When: Saturday, May 5 | 12pm (for VIP, 1 – 4pm
Where: Historic Vista Village | 209 E Broadway, Vista, CA 92084
Cost: VIP, $65 | general admission $45
More information: www.sdbeer.com/rhythm-and-brews