11 Things to Do in San Diego This May

things to do in san diego this may

Summertime is just around the corner – and there isn’t anything quite like San Diego in the summer. A kite festival, secret garden tour, Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, and our very own jazz fest are just a few things to do in San Diego this May; get out your calendars and start planning your month!

Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo

May 2 & 3.
4002 Wallace Street, San Diego 92110. 
Enjoy three stages of live entertainment with a traditional Ballet Folklorico Competition and 40+ Latin-inspired bands, a low rider display, kid’s activities, over 50 food and retail booths, a Cantina Garden, restaurant specials, a cantina beer garden, and more.

3rd Annual “Uncorked” Wine Walk & Concert

May 2.
4545 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego 92122. 
For the third consecutive year, Uncorked will bring Temecula Valley’s finest vintages to Westfield UTC. Enjoy a self-guided wine walk to four wine gardens, each featuring three award-winning wineries, including Falkner Winery, Danza Del Sol Winery, Callaway Winery, Maurice Car’rie Winery, Robert Renzoni Vineyards, and Lorimar Winery, paired with unlimited chef-crafted bites from the open-air center’s gourmet dining options – PIRCH, Season 52, and Tender Greens, all complemented by live local musicians.

SEE ALSO: Summer Jazz Series at the La Jolla Athenaeum Begins June 4

67th Annual Ocean Beach Kite Festival

May 9.
Dusty Rhodes Park; 2483 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego 92107. This is the oldest children’s kite festival in the United States,now celebrating its 67th yea Enjoy spectacular kite flying demonstrations throughout the day, Carnival rides, a craft fair, and more. Youngsters are taught how to make kites; all materials are supplied and there are prizes for the best decorated kites. Entertainment and lunch are provided!

things to do in san diego this may

San Diego Botanic Garden Chocolate Festival

May 9.
San Diego Botanic Garden; 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas 92024. 
Spend the Saturday before Mother’s Day at San Diego Botanic Garden’s famous Chocolate Festival! Enjoy dozens of delectable chocolate tastings, demonstrations, a chocolate fountain, and more. This family-friendly event also features lots of children’s activities and a variety of Mother’s Day gifts. Tasting tickets will be sold on-site.

Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego

May 9.
Mira Mesa Community Park: 8575 New Salem St., San Diego 92116. 
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! There will be martial arts, ethnic dances, cultural exhibitions, entertainment, games, and of course, food from 10am-6pm. Admission is free and family-friendly.

things to do in san diego this may

17th Annual Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla

May 16.
780 Prospect Street, La Jolla 92037.  
The La Jolla Historical Society is pleased to announce its 17th annual Secret Garden Tour! Stroll behind the garden gates of some of La Jolla’s loveliest, secluded gardens, normally concealed from view by strategic growth of mature trees, vines or foliage. The Tour aims to feature a variety of garden styles; the locations are kept secret and only revealed in the program distributed the day of the Tour.

SEE ALSO: 5 San Diego Breweries to Check Out This Spring

Festival of the Arts in North Park

May 16.
University Avenue & 30th Street, San Diego 92014. 
This annual free festival has grown into a local tradition that includes amazing local art, exciting live music and dance performances, eco-friendly activities, vendor booths and fabulous food. The festival celebrates all types of art forms, and a live art element will be featured on Herman Street. Come thirsty to the Craft Beer Block and sample brews from San Diego’s favorite breweries, or sip a full pour of beer at one of our two Beer Gardens.

San Diego Surf Film Festival

May 20-23. 
MCASD La Jolla; 700 Prospect Street, La Jolla 92037. The 2015 SDSFF will highlight over 20 international films, include dozens of filmmakers and producers in attendance, 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, rad people and raging after-parties. Celebrate the art of surf cinema in our beautiful hometown!

things to do in san diego this may

San Diego Jazz Festival

May 22-24. 
2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad 92009. Building on the long history of smooth jazz in the San Diego area, the San Diego Jazz Festival is a “must attend” event for R&B and smooth jazz starved fans! The festival takes place Memorial Day weekend – a perfect time to enjoy great weather and award winning music. Alums of the festival include Maxwell, Charlie Wilson, Kem, Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Brian Culbertson, Boney James, Ledisi, Warren Hill, Eric Darius and many more.

2nd Annual Paws & Pints Fundraiser

May 28.
7536 Fay Avenue, La Jolla 92037. 
Enjoy an evening at La Jolla Brewing Company to raise money for FOCAS (Friends of County Animal Shelters) and honor Peggy Howell, beloved La Jollan and FOCAS founder. There will be live and silent auctions, a raffle, and of course, plenty of food and drink options. The event is sponsored by La Jolla Vet Hospital and starts at 6:30pm.

San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

May 31.
6th Avenue & Quince Street, San Diego 92101. Rock out at the annual Rock N Roll Marathon! This 26.2 mile marathon and 13.1 mile half-marathon features live music lining the streets, cheer squads, and a huge post-marathon concert to end the race with a bang. With more than 20,000 runners and 100,000 enthusiastic spectators, this popular event is not to be missed!

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Emily Ruchlewicz

Emily Ruchlewicz

News & Feature Writer at http://www.lajollabluebook.com/
Emily Ruchlewicz is a News and Feature writer at Blue Book Publishers and has written more than 100 La Jolla-related articles. Follow her blogs to stay informed about new businesses, read exclusive interviews with local business owners, and keep up with community events. (emily@lajollabluebook.com)

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