May in San Diego is jam-packed with events; multiple food and drink festivals, a film festival, the Zoo’s Centennial birthday, and a Secret Garden tour. Get out those calendars and start planning your weekend! Please be sure to check ticket availability prior to attending any things to do in San Diego, as some may sell out prior to opening.
Join the City of San Diego over Mother’s Day weekend to celebrate the opening of Downtown’s newest gathering spot, the Horton Plaza Park! Two temporary art installations will be on display at the new Park, including a 3-story tall mural and a free-standing wall in the Historic Park that will be created live onsite during the event. There will also be two Beer Gardens, food trucks and delicious bites from their Park Pavilions. 900 4th Avenue, San Diego 92101.
For the fourth consecutive year, Westfield UTC is bringing back the Uncorked wine walk and concert event. The incredible annual gathering brings together Temecula Valley’s finest vintages for all to enjoy. Head over for a self-guided wine and restaurant walk throughout Westfiled UTC to help support the local wine industry; sample wines from Temecula Valley and foods from various restaurants all while enjoying live music by local San Diego artists. 4pm-7pm. 4545 La Jolla Drive, La Jolla 92122.
Chocolate lovers won’t want to miss this one. Spend the Saturday before Mother’s Day at San Diego Botanic Garden’s famous Chocolate Festival, where you’ll get to 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. 10am-4pm. 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas 92024.
The Paella & Wine Festival is a celebration of Paella, a Spanish saffron-infused rice dish. Today, paella recipes have become pretty varied, ranging from meats and seafood to vegan and vegetarian. The festival will feature several contests, as well as the largest Paella ever made in California! There will also be dozens of local wineries, breweries and tequilerias with unlimited tasting of wine, beer and spirits and live music. 12pm-6pm. San Diego Waterfront Park; 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego 92101.
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The Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego is a free, fun, family friendly, and festive event held every year. There will be martial arts, ethnic dances, cultural exhibitions, entertainment, games, and of course, food! This event is a pet friendly and smoking-free environment. Expect new things this year, like their first ever Beer Garden (21+ only), the Video Game tent, the Photo Booth, and the return of favorites like the Cooking Demos, the Cultural Row, and more! 10am-6pm. Mira Mesa Community Park; 8575 New Salem St
San Diego 92126.
This year’s Mother’s Day tour theme is “Coronado Homes by the Sea.” Guests will explore six beautifully designed and appointed homes, each representing different architectural styles of life by the sea. Homes will be available for touring from 11am until 4pm. Tickets can be purchased at cornadohistory.org. $40 members, $45 non-members. 11am-4pm. 1100 Orange Ave, Coronado 92118.
Join the Reader in their continued search to find the best taco at the 2nd Annual Reader Tacotopia! Try signature tacos from more than 40 of the best restaurants as they compete to win the “Best Taco” award. Curated exclusively by food writers, this event brings together the very best taco vendors – and you decide who will ultimately win. Each attendee will be given a token to place in a voting box on the table of their favorite vendor. 1pm-4pm. Golden Hill Park; 2590 Golden Hill Dr, San Diego 92102.
Ocean Beach’s annual Kite Festival is the oldest children’s kite festival in the United States and one of OB’s most beloved traditions. The day will feature kite building and decorating, prizes, professional kite fliers, amazing kite demonstrations and games, community organizations, gourmet food, carnival activities and live music! The event is free, except food and drink purchase. 10am-4pm. Sunset Cliffs Blvd. at Nimitz, San Diego 92107.
Every spring, the La Jolla Historical Society extends a rare invitation to the public to 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 locations are kept secret and only revealed in the program distributed the day of the Tour. Guests have a choice between the Platinum Tour and a Self-Guided Tour. 780 Prospect Street, La Jolla 92037.
A landmark event! Join the Community Celebration in Balboa Park to honor the San Diego Zoo’s 100th birthday with a roar! This once-in-a-lifetime centennial event, which is free to everyone, will come with music, food, crafts, performers, dancers, animal ambassadors, and some very special guests. There are BIG surprises in store, so mark your calendar to be there for an event you won’t want to miss. 6pm-10pm. Spreckels Organ Pavilion; Pan American Rd E, San Diego 92101.
The 2016 SDSFF will highlight over 35 international films at four different venues, 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. Surf enthusiasts and filmmakers from around the world are welcome to come celebrate the art of surf cinema in the heart of San Diego.
The Bacon & Barrels festival is back, and this time it’s better than ever. On Saturday May 21st, the hottest chefs from the finest local restaurants will prepare and serve small plates starring bacon in its most inventive forms. The best mixologists, brewers and wine makers will quench your thirst with refreshing bacon-based and bacon-inspired cocktails and brews. There will be artisan and local vendors, live music by The Spazmatics, and demos by celebrity chefs.12pm-5pm. Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego 92101.
Explore North Park at the 20th Annual SDCCU Festival of Arts! This annual free festival has grown into a local tradition that includes local art, exciting live music and dance performances, vendor booths, and fabulous food. The festival celebrates all types of art forms, including a live art element. 21+ guests can head to the Craft Beer Block and sample brews from San Diego’s favorite breweries. Bring the family and make a day of it! 10am-10pm. University Avenue & 30th Street, San Diego 92104.
Head outdoors for a day with the kids at Mission Trails! Enjoy free guided nature walks and talks and programs throughout the park, including live animals and special programs for children. There will also be free pony rides beginning at 9am until 2pm. There will also be a mini mountain bike track, a climbing wall, crafts for children, and Discovery Stations at the East Fortuna Staging Area. 9am-2pm. One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego 92119.
Balboa Park will once again be hosting its Garden Party this May, featuring garden walks and tours, special horticulture discussions, a butterfly release in Zoro Gardens, food trucks, and a wide variety of activities for the whole family. There will also be a Kid’s Floral Wagon Parade, where families can decorate a wagon in a floral theme to be pulled through the park! 9am-5pm. 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego 92101.
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