San Diego County Calendar of Events May 2019

April 23, 2019

Eat Drink Read | May 2
Experience imaginative dishes created by the most popular chefs from every corner of San Diego County, with each bite inspired by their favorite books. Eat. Drink. Read. is the San Diego Council on Literacy’s annual culinary event that brings together friends of food and literacy every spring to raise literacy awareness and generate funding for the SDCOL’s ongoing effort in San Diego.
Time/Place:
6 – 8:30pm / San Diego Air and Space Museum
Contact:
619-574-1641 / www.eatdrinkread.com

West Coast Weekender | May 2-6
With a strong focus on local art and industry, West Coast Weekender pays homage to the American westside’s rich underground music culture. World class talent will participate in daytime panel discussions and play parties that will run from afternoon to early morning.
Time/Place:
Viejas Casino & Resort
Contact:
www.westcoastweekender.net

Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo | May 3-5
Bustling Mercado, non-stop music and live entertainment, Lucha Libre wrestling and a huge display of lowriders and other incredible autos!
Time/Place:
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Contact:
619-291-4903 / www.cincodemayooldtown.com

Julian Woman’s Club Wildflower Show | May 3-5
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. The flowers are arranged on tables representing the different geographical areas and plant zones in which they are picked.
Time/Place:
10am-4pm / Julian Town Hall  
Contact:
www.julianwomansclub.org

Southern California Beach Soccer Championships | May 3-5
The largest Beach Soccer Festival on the West Coast, this annual event is a competitive tournament for regional and worldwide teams.
Time/Place:
Harbor Beach, Oceanside
Contact:
www.beachsoccerusa.org

Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival | May 4
Enjoy jams from local musicians and tastes from more than 50 of the most renowned breweries in San Diego County and other vibrant craft beer regions from across the country.
Time/Place:
12-4pm / Historic Vista Village
Contact:
https://rhythmandbrews.sdbeer.com

Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego | May 4
This FREE family-friendly festival features cultural, traditional and contemporary acts.
Time/Place:
10am-5pm / Mira Mesa Community Park  
Contact:
www.asianculturalfestivalsd.com

Cinco de Mayo Trail Run | May 4
Featuring a professionally chip-timed 5K, 10K and The Kathy Crafts Young Memorial Kids Race. More than $1,600 in cash awards. Male and female age division awards.
Time/Place:
6:30-10:30am / Lake Poway Trail  
Contact:
www.cincodemayotrailrun.org

Carlsbad Spring Village Faire | May 5
More than 850 vendors will be selling clothes, accessories, plants, household products, art, antiques and home decor. The international food court will feature more than 50 booths serving everything from Thai to Hawaiian cuisine.
Time/Place:
8am-5pm / Grand Avenue  
Contact:
www.kennedyfaires.com/carlsbad

Cinco de Mayo in Balboa Park | May 4
The days collaborative, community-driven programming includes Mexican-themed music and dance performances, colorful horseback riders, strolling mariachis, hands-on activity booths for kids, arts and crafts vendors, gourmet food trucks, and more.
Time/Place:
11am-6pm / House of Hospitality
Contact:
www.balboaparkconservancy.org

Carry the Load | May 8
Join Carry the Load in honoring our military, veterans and first responders by walking with the West Coast relay team through Miramar National Cemetery as they continue on their 4,600-mile trek to Dallas, Texas. Participants are encouraged to bring a memento that symbolizes the load they are carrying.
Time/Place:
6:45-9:30am / San Diego Fire-Rescue Station 35, La Jolla
Contact:
972-757-1828 / www.carrytheload.org

San Diego Surf Film Festival | May 8-11
Featuring 15 of the finest international surf films. Opening night featuring live art, music and local beer. Grant Ellis slideshow presentations. Surfing expression sessions. Salty surf housings. VIP nautilus pass holder happy hours. Meet the filmmakers and artists lunch.
Time/Place:
Misfit Gallery, La Jolla
Contact:
www.sdsurffilmfestival.com

Gator by The Bay-Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival | May 9-12
Features four days of live music – more than 100 performances on 7 stages, dancing, delicious Southern food – including beignets, gumbo, jambalaya & 10,000lbs of crawfish.
Time/Place:
Spanish Landing Park, Point Loma
Contact:
www.gatorbythebay.com

SDCCU Festival of Arts | May 11
This unique and vibrant neighborhood festival brings out over 40,000 people from all over San Diego County to enjoy live music, art, crafts, delicious food and some of San Diego’s top craft beers.
Time/Place:
11am-10pm / North Park Main Street
Contact:
619-294-2501 / www.northparkmainstreet.com

Chocolate Festival | May 11
Enjoy dozens of delectable chocolate tastings, demonstrations, a chocolate fountain and more. Featuring a variety of children’s activities and Mother’s Day gifts.
Time/Place:
10am-4pm / San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
Contact:
760-436-3036 / www.sdbgarden.org

FilmOut San Diego LGBT Shortfest | May 15
This mini-festival will be a pre-Summer/Pride screening featuring only LGBTQ short films.
Time/Place:
7pm and 9pm / Hillcrest Landmark Theatres
Contact:
www.filmoutsandiego.com

Ramona Rodeo | May 17-19
A top-notch PRCA rodeo with some of the greatest cowboys around, boasting a professional attitude with the best hometown hospitality you will find at a rodeo.
Time/Place:
See website for schedule / Fred Grand Arena  
Contact:
760-788-0811 / www.ramonarodeo.net

San Diego Century | May 18
Take on one of 3 beautiful courses for a challenging and rewarding cycling experience on San Diego’s most scenic routes. Experience the beautiful hills and coastline along 33, 67 or 105 mile routes.
Time/Place:
6am-5:30pm / Mira Costa College, Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Contact:
909-399-3553 / www.spectrumsportsevents.com

Ocean Beach Kite Festival | May 18
Kite building and decorating, prizes, professional kite fliers and amazing kite demonstrations and games, crafters, community organizations, gourmet food, carnival activities and live music!
Time/Place:
10am-4pm / Robb Athletic Field 
Contact:
www.oceanbeachkiwanis.org

Taste of Julian | May 18
This year, many of the town’s restaurants, wineries and breweries will be participating in this self-guided culinary tour of the historic mountain towns unique restaurants.
Time/Place:
1-5pm / Town Hall
Contact:
www.atasteofjulian.com

Van Go! STEAM Festival | May 18
This event features a silly soap box race, fine arts exhibition, live music as well as visual and performing arts entertainment and a beer and wine garden.
Time/Place:
10am-2pm / Little Italy
Contact:
www.littleitalysd.com

SDCVA Wine & Food Festival | May 18
Spend the day discovering the array of varietals produced county wide. This is the only wine event exclusively featuring San Diego County wines.
Time/Place:
1-4pm / Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, Escondido
Contact:
858-487-1866 / www.sandiegowineries.org

SoCal TACO FEST | May 18
Over 25 of your favorite restaurants, plus Lucha Libre wrestling, Chihuahua races & beauty pageant and the Milagro Cantina Margarita Tent. Ages 21+ only.
Time/Place:
11am-10pm / San Diego County Waterfront Park
Contact:
www.91x.com

Fiesta del Sol | May 18-19
The Belly Up is lining up a great list of musicians to perform. A large, fun and exciting children’s area. Food trucks along with other great specialty food vendors will be back as well as our Arts & Crafts area, sponsor area, Solana Beach Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast on Sunday and much more!
Time/Place:
9am-9pm / Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach
Contact:
www.fiestadelsol.net

OMBAC Over the Line Beerfest | May 18-19
Kick off summer with the Over the Line tournament – a baseball tournament complete with San Diego’s finest craft breweries and food trucks. Beerfest on Saturday and OTL Tourney on Sunday.
Time/Place:
11am-6pm / Mariners Point, San Diego
Contact:
www.ombac.org/beerfestotl

Navy’s Bay Bridge Run/Walk | May 19
A one of a kind spectacular panoramic view as participants make their way to Coronado’s beautiful Tidelands Park from downtown San Diego over the Coronado Bay Bridge.
Time/Place:
8am-12pm / Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Contact:
858-848-5786 / www.navybaybridgerun.com

Escondido Grand Avenue Festival | May 19
Featuring over 500 vendors with unique crafts and imports, fine international cuisine and family entertainment.
Time/Place:
9am-5pm / Grand Avenue 
Contact:
www.kennedyfaires.com

Valley Center Stampede Rodeo & Memorial Festival | May 24-25
Mutton Bustin event, Junior Barrel Racing and a Calf Scramble during intermission that is open to children in attendance free of charge. Rodeo proceeds are donated to local youth organizations, as well as organizations that promote the morale of our local military.
Time/Place:
Star Valley Park
Contact:
www.vcstampede.com

Legacy Week | May 24-27
The lineup of activities range from a wreath memorial ceremony, benefit concert, blood drive, interactive exhibits and more. Each element of Midway’s Legacy Week commemoration is designed to honor and remember our heroes and celebrate our military heritage.
Time/Place:
USS Midway Museum
Contact:
619-544-9600 / www.midway.org

Valley Center Western Days | May 25
Each May, the Valley Center community celebrates its western heritage with a series of events including the Western Days Festival, Parade, Library kick-off party, Chili Cook-off and the election of Valley Center’s Honorary Mayor.
Contact:
760-440-8293 / www.westerndays.org

Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival | May 25
Featuring live music and entertainment, more than 300 food and craft vendor booths, carnival rides and more!
Time/Place:
10am-6pm / Riverview Parkway & Town Center Parkway
Contact:
619-449-1515 / www.santeestreetfair.com

Port of San Diego Festival of the Sea | May 25-27
General admission tickets for the three-day event include entrance to all vessels, exhibits, live music, education zone and artist exhibition with market.
Time/Place:
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Contact:
www.sdmaritime.org

House of Pacific Relations Ethnic Food Fair | May 26
Sample the culinary treats of 34 different cultures and witness performances in native costumes. Features musical and dance performances on the HPR stage.
Time/Place:
11am-5pm / Balboa Park
Contact:
www.sdhpr.org

La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary Memorial Day Celebration | May 27
A community-wide event supported enthusiastically by National City public officials.
Time/Place:
1-3pm / 3191 Orange Street, National City
Contact:
619-475-7770 / www.lavistamemorialpark.com

San Diego County Fair | May 31-July 4
Skip down the yellow brick road and enter into an Oz-some world inspired by L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. 
Time/Place:
Del Mar Fairgrounds  
Contact:
858-755-1161 / www.sdfair.com

Photo Credits: sandiegowineries.org, sdentertainer.com and sandiegomagazine.com

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