Top Things to Do in San Diego – Memorial Day Weekend Edition

Spend the long Memorial Day Weekend in San Diego enjoying the outdoors, beaches and these top things to do including a remembrance aboard the USS Midway.

This post was published in 2014. Find current Memorial Day events at

San Diego Padres

Padres at Petco Park

Catch the Padres play at the beautiful Petco Park in the heart of San Diego

This is a great week for baseball in San Diego with 5 home games! Tuesday starts off with Taco Night and the Twins. Next up is the Chicago Cubs series with College night on Wednesday, Padres Replica Retro Jersey on Friday and Kids Fest on Sunday. What are you waiting for, grab a bag of cracker jacks and head on down to Petco Park!

> Find out more about the San Diego Padres vs. Minnesota Twins
> Find out more about the San Diego Padres vs. Chicago Cubs

Valley Center Western Days and Stampede Rodeo

Valley Center Western Days and Stampede Rodeo

Cowboys and Cowgirls don’t want to miss the fun of the weekend long Valley Center Western Days and Stampede Rodeo

Each May, the Valley Center community celebrates its western heritage with a week-long series of events including the Western Days Parade, the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo, an evening musical performance, the election of Valley Center’s “Honorary Mayor,” a carnival and so much more.

Where: 28246 Lilac Road, Valley Center, CA 92082
When: May 22-25, 2014
Cost: Parade – Free. Rodeo – $15-$35
> Find out more about the Valley Center Western Days and Stampede Rodeo

San Diego Jazz Festival

San Diego Jazz Festival

San Diego Jazz Festival lineup includes Grammy award winners and some of the top names in the industry

The San Diego Jazz Festival will take place Memorial Weekend and this year’s lineup includes Grammy award winners and some of the top names in the industry.

Where: 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009
When: May 23-25, 2014
Cost: $50-$750
> Find out more about the San Diego Jazz Festival

Legacy Week 2014

USS Midway Legacy Week 2014

The USS Midway Museum is the heart and soul of Memorial Day celebration 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.

Where: USS Midway Museum – 910 Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 24-26, 2014
> Find out more about Legacy Week 2014

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Tiger Trail

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Tiger Trail

Tiger Trail, a 5.2-acre forested habitat, offers up-close views of the Safari Park’s six Sumatran tigers and highlights conservation efforts for the species. Upon entering Tiger Trail, guests are immersed in the habitat and habitation found in the tigers’ native land. The Tiger Trail experience features three separate yards for the tigers, with rocks for climbing and lounging, ponds for swimming, deadwood trees to use as scratching posts and long grasses for catnaps.

Where: San Diego Zoo Safari Park – 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027
When: Opens May 24, 2014
Cost: Included with Admission
> Find out more about the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Tiger Trail

Summer Nights at SeaWorld

SeaWorld Fireworks - Summer Nights

The skies over SeaWorld San Diego light up during Summer Nights

Enjoy SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration during the day – including new pathway entertainment, more animal encounters than ever before and the SeaWorld Surprise Squad delighting park guests with prizes every day – then, feel the amazing energy of the all-new Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night; share a laugh at Sea Lions Tonite sea lion and otter show; and then let your spirit soar during the Beneath the Blue fireworks finale.

Where: SeaWorld San Diego – 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: May 24 – September 1, 2014 (Select Nights)
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Summer Nights at SeaWorld

Vista Strawberry Festival

Vista Strawberry Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Do you love strawberries? Then get to the Vista Strawberry Festival

The Vista Strawberry Festival is the only festival in San Diego County that celebrates all the joys and pleasure of the Strawberry. Vista was once the “Strawberry Capital of the World” and still boasts many strawberry fields. Come enjoy our celebration of the ‘berry as we bring over 300 vendors, athletic competition, pie eating, costumes, beauty, carnival rides, music, food, and much more.

Where: Historic Downtown Vista – 127 Main St, Vista, CA 92084
When: May 25, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Vista Strawberry Festival

House of Pacific Relations’ Ethnic Food Fair

House of Pacific Relations 2014 Ethnic Food Festival

An annual festival in Balboa Park celebrating foods from around the world! Sample the culinary treats of 33 different cultures and witness performances in native costumes set to amazing music.

Where: House of Pacific Relations International Cottages – 2191 W Pan American Rd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 25, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free. Nominal fees for food
> Find out more about the House of Pacific Relations’ Ethnic Food Fair

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

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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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