This post was published in 2014. Find current Memorial Day events at sandiego.org/memorialday.
San Diego Padres
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!
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
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
> Find out more about the San Diego Jazz Festival
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.
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
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
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
> Find out more about the Vista Strawberry Festival
House of Pacific Relations’ Ethnic Food Fair
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
- Coast of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk – May 20, 2014
- Green Flash Concert: Joan Osborne & Birds of Tokyo – May 21, 2014
- Tequila & Craft Beer Dinner at Mustangs & Burros – May 22, 2014
- 11th Annual Lebanese Festival – May 23-25, 2014
- TikiBeat Official Start of Summer Pool Party – May 23, 2014
- Fashion the Night Away at the Central Library – May 23, 2014
- Julian Death March – May 24, 2014