San Diego Weekend Events | May 8 – 10

san diego weekend eventsMother’s Day Weekend is here! There’s no shortage of activities and events to treat Mom to – from a chocolate festival to a historical home tour and a fabulous Garden Party at the beautiful Balboa Park. We’ve rounded up our top San Diego weekend events here.

Gator by the Bay

When: Friday May 8 – Sunday May 10
Where: Spanish Landing Park; 3900 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego 92101
What: Join us for the largest, authentic Louisiana-themed festival this side of the bayou, featuring four days of live music on six stages, dancing, parading, shopping, playing and more than 10,000 pounds of mouthwatering crawfish straight from Louisiana! Enjoy a zesty gumbo of music, food and ‘joie de vivre’ with 85+ entertaining performances and culinary delights, presented by San Diego’s Bon Temps Social Club.

Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego

When: Saturday May 9, 10am-6pm
Where: Mira Mesa Community Park; 8575 New Salem St, San Diego 92126
What: 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 two stages of cultural and contemporary entertainment all day long, a live cooking demo, arts and crafts, martial arts demos, our Cultural Row, and children’s rides.

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Garden Party of the Century

When: Saturday May 9, 9am-5pm
Where: House of Hospitality in Balboa Park; 1549 El Prado, San Diego
What: The City is hosting the “Garden Party of the Century” on Saturday, May 9, in Balboa Park. The Garden Party is the signature event for spring during the City’s Centennial Celebration honoring the Panama-California Exhibition of 1915. The Party will feature a Centennial inspired flower show, Master Gardener demonstrations, garden tours, special horticulture discussions and a wide variety of music, art, and activities for the whole family.

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Chocolate Festival

When: Saturday May 9, 10am-4pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Garden; 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas 92024
What: 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.

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67th Annual Ocean Beach Kite Festival

When: Saturday May 9, 10am-4pm
Where: Dusty Rhodes Park; 2483 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego 92107.
What: 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!

San Diego Zoo Garden Festival

When: Saturday May 9 & Sunday May 10, 10am-5pm
Where: San Diego Zoo; 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego 92101
What: Join in a bouquet of activities and experiences for all ages, whether you have a green thumb or just wish you did! Discover the wealth of beautiful and fascinating plants at the Zoo, and connect with garden experts who can give you the dirt on all things botanical and horticultural.san diego weekend events

Coronado Historical Home Tour

When: Sunday May 10, 11am-4pm
Where: Coronado Historical Association; 1100 Orange Ave., Coronado 92118
What: You are invited into six beautiful homes on Mother’s Day, representing classic architectural styles most commonly found on the island. Tour participants will also be given a map for self-guided “drive-by” touring past a number of other distinctive home styles in Coronado.  Bring along someone special to celebrate Mother’s Day and join Coronado in celebrating the 125th anniversary of incorporation as a City. Tickets are $45.


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