Top Things to Do in San Diego – April 30 – May 5, 2013

Folklorico Dance in Old Town State Historic Park

From Cinco de Mayo in Old Town, to bugs paired with local beers in Balboa Park, to Bluegrass music in East County, there’s a lot going on! Here are the top things to do in San Diego this weekend:

Cinco de Mayo

Mariachis in Old Town

Mariachis entertain throughout San Diego this Cinco de Mayo.

Ajua! Celebrate the culture, dance, music and food of Mexico during the weekend long celebration of Cinco de Mayo in San Diego.

> Read our blog post on Cinco de Mayo 2013

Bugs & Beer, A True Test of Your Taste Buds!

Jerusalem Cricket - San Diego Natural History Museum

“But be forewarned! The stars of this exhibition are sure to delight the young, inquisitive minds in your family and some grownups might find the little creatures quite outrageous.” Dr. Michael W. Hager

Sip, sample, and savor edible insect delights and enjoy a selection of local brews. Not feeling up to eating arthropods? Not to worry, as there will be hosted appetizers available as well. While your taste buds are experiencing an explosion of flavor, explore Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders! Learn from Dr. Michael Wall, Museum Curator of Entomology, how insects help create the amazing flavors we experience in our everyday foods!

Where: San Diego Natural History Museum – 1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 1, 2013
Time: 6:30 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $20-$25
> Find out more about Bugs & Beer, A True Test of Your Taste Buds!

Ramona Bluegrass & Old West Fest

Ramona Bluegrass and Old West Festival - Top Things to Do In San Diego

Enjoy Bluegrass music and an Old West Festival all weekend long

Enjoy two full days of bluegrass and old-fashioned cowboy music, along with jam sessions and workshops for children, at the Ramona Bluegrass and Old West Festival. Make it the whole weekend by camping under the stars as the music in the background lulls you to sleep.

Where: Ramona Outdoor Community Center – 421 Aqua Lane, Ramona, CA 92065
When: May 4-5, 2013
Cost: $5-$20. Entry with Camping Spot – $15-$40
> Find out more about the Ramona Bluegrass & Old West Fest

Carlsbad Spring Village Faire

Carlsbad Spring Village Faire

Enjoy a day of shopping, food and entertainment at the Carlsbad Spring Village Faire

Considered the largest single day street faire in the nation, the annual Carlsbad Village Street Faire features vendors sell everything from clothes, accessories, plants and household products to art, antiques and home decor; an international food court; and a children’s entertainment area includes games, a super slide, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall, face painting and arts and crafts.

Where: Grand Avenue between Carlsbad Blvd. and Jefferson St.
When: May 5, 2013
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Carlsbad Spring Village Faire

2nd Annual Chocolate Festival

2nd Annual Chocolate Festival at the Maritime Museum of San Diego - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Perfect for adults and children the 2nd Annual Chocolate Festival: A Celebration of Chocolate on the Bay, a tasting and educational showcase and festival featuring food, wine, and of course, a variety of chocolate treats. Kids activities include games with prizes, a scavenger hunt and building a personal chocolate pizza.

Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego – 1492 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 4-5, 2013
Cost: Members – Free. Nonmembers – $15.
> Find out more about the 2nd Annual Chocolate Festival

Sage & Songbirds Garden Tour and Festival

Sage & Songbirds Festival - Butterflies

Butterfly releases at Sage & Songbirds Festival.

Celebrating Alpine’s designation as America’s First Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation with and Garden tour and a festival including caterpillar races, butterfly releases, live birds of prey, live hummingbirds, snakes, reptiles, bugs & other critters, a garden mart, plant sales, opportunity drawings and live entertainment.

Where: Viejas Outlet Center – 5000 Willows Road, Alpine, CA 91901
When: May 3-5, 2013
Cost: Free. Garden Tour – $20
> Find out more about the Sage & Songbirds Garden Tour and Festival

Del Mar National Horse Show

Del Mar National Horse Show - Hunter/Jumper Week

Don’t miss out on the exciting Hunter/Jumper Competitions at the Del Mar National Horse Show

The last week of the Del Mar National Horse Show is dedicated to Hunter/Jumper riding. The week also includes the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar, an evening filled with exciting speed, agility and nail-biting competition!

Where: Del Mar Fair Grounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Dates: Through May 5, 2013
Cost: $10-$19. Weekdays – Free.
> Find out more about the Del Mar National Horse Show

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend? Let everyone know in the comments below.

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Brent Bernasconi

About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home. How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night's sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.

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