Memorial Day Weekend is the quintessential summer kickoff, and celebrating in San Diego is no exception! Beaches, barbecues, and beautiful weather are all on the agenda for the three-day weekend.
When: Starts May 27
This summer, Balboa Park comes alive after dark. On Fridays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend enjoy extended evening hours at ten museums, as well as food trucks and entertainment throughout the Park on select dates. Most museums will stay open until 8pm. Check website for details.
When: Saturday, May 28 & Sunday, May 29; 8am-5pm
The Little Italy Association is proud to celebrate the time-honored East Coast sporting past time – Stickball! The Memorial Day Stickball Tournament is a spinoff of one of Little Italy’s inaugural events that took over a few streets on Columbia Street to allow these players to revisit some childhood memories. Come out and see these teams grab a broom stick, table leg or any other kind of bat-like stick to a rubber Wilson ball and swing it out!
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When: Saturday, May 28; 9am-5pm
The Garden Party will feature garden talks 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 children and families are welcome to decorate a wagon in a floral theme to be pulled from Spanish Village to the Plaza De Panama.
When: Saturday, May 28
Join the community of Santee for a day of fun this year at the Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival. This year’s fest will feature more 300 food and vendor booths, Crafter Row and Artist Alley, two stages of live musical entertainment, carnival rides, and more. Beer lovers will enjoy the new beer garden (21+ only). A perfect outing for the whole family!
When: Sunday, May 29; 8am-6pm
The Vista Strawberry Festival is the only festival in San Diego County that celebrates all things strawberry! Vista was actually once known as the “Strawberry Capital of the World” and still boasts a good number of strawberry fields. Come enjoy a celebration of the ‘berry with more than 300 vendors, athletic competitions, pie eating, costumes, beauty, carnival rides, music, food, and much more in Historic Downtown Vista.
When: Sunday, May 29 11am – 5pm
Presented by the House of Pacific Relations, the annual food fair returns to the International Cottages in Balboa Park. Sample the culinary
treats of 33 different cultures and witness performances in native costumes. Free entry to event, there is a non-profit fee per dish.
When: Monday, May 30; 10:30am-1pm
Get out on the Bay during the first days of the summer season. The BBQ Brunch cruise features a two-hour yacht cruise, free-flowing champagne and beer, a lavish lunch buffet with all your favorite seasonal dishes, a decadent dessert buffet, and a narrated tour of scenic San Diego from the water. This is a great way to spend your day off!
When: Saturday, May 28-Monday, May 30
The USS Midway Museum is the heart and soul of Memorial Day celebrations in San Diego. Understandably the busiest weekend of the year, the Memorial Day lineup of activities aboard the Midway honors and remembers our heroes as it celebrates our military heritage. Weekend activities and events offer the community an affordable and inspiring way to kick off summer in San Diego. Events include the Veterans Wreath Ceremony, concerts, aircraft tours, and more.
When: Monday, May 30; 2pm
Join the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial for a Memorial Day Ceremony including a special plaque presentation honoring President Theodore Roosevelt. The keynote speaker this year will be Captain Craig Clapperton, USN, Commanding Officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, CVN-71. If you can’t make it to the ceremony, the memorial itself is open daily from 7:00am to 10:00pm.
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