Top Things to Do in San Diego – May 8-14, 2017

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do.

Mother’s Day

San Diego is the Perfect Mother's Day Getaway

With great weather, a host of fun filled family activities and ample ways to pamper mom, you’re sure to give her what she needs most – a refreshing getaway in San Diego!

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Escape to Margaritaville

Imagine a place where the sun is hot, the ocean’s warm, and the drinks are as cold as they are plentiful. Welcome to Margaritaville, the island paradise where city folk get away from it all and the locals get into the kind of trouble you can almost always sweet talk your way out of. Featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, this new musical is the story of a part-time bartender, part-time singer, and full-time charmer named Tully who thinks he’s got life all figured out. Until a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.

Where: La Jolla Playhouse – Mandell Weiss Theatre, La Jolla , CA 92037
When: May 9 – June 25, 2017
Cost: Starting at $85
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Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys

“TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!” raves the New York Post for JERSEY BOYS, the 2006 Tony® Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history and features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 9-14, 2017
Cost: Starting at $22.50
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San Diego Surf Film Festival

San Diego Surf Film Festival

The SDSFF returns with it’s headquarters at Misfit Gallery in La Jolla and once again offers a very ambitious program. Festival highlights include over 25 of the finest international surf films, a Skip Frye Lifetime Tribute, filmmaker meet and greets, Grant Ellis (Surfing Magazine Photo Editor) slideshow, live art brewery party, beach clean-ups and surfing expression sessions.

Where: Misfit Gallery – 565 Pearl St., La Jolla, CA 92037
When: May 10-13th, 2017
Cost: Starting at $5
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Gator by the Bay – Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival

Largest, authentic Louisiana-themed festival this side of the bayou.Features 4 days of live music – more than 100 performances on 7 stages, dancing, delicious Southern food – including beignets, gumbo, jambalaya & 10,000 lbs of crawfish. Family Friendly & Fun!

Where: Spanish Landing Park – 3900 North Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 11-14, 2017
Time: $25-$95
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The Old Man and The Old Moon

The Old Man and The Old Moon

Photo by Jenny Anderson.

The Old Man tends to The Old Moon, refilling the light that spills out every night. When his wife unexpectedly leaves home, The Old Man abandons his post and plunges the world into darkness. His eventful journey across land, air, and sea to find her reminds them – and us – of the unwavering power of love. Discover why BroadwayWorld dubbed the production “a glorious fusion of music and theatrics,” and TheaterMania called it “extraordinarily imaginative – a rare example of true theatre magic!”

Where: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 13 – June 18, 2017
Cost: Starting at $29
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San Diego Paella Wine & Beer Festival

San Diego Paella Wine & Beer Festival - Top Things to Do

A spectacular culinary competition showcasing the delicious paella dishes and finest beverages in our region. What You Get: Unlimited paella with 3 samples of sangria, wine, beer or spirits. What’s there: More than 40 chefs and 20 wineries.

Where: Embarcadero South Marina Park – 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 13, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: Starting at $40
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Chocolate Festival

Chocolate Festival - San Diego Botanic Garden

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.

Where: San Diego Botanic Garden – 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: May 13, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Cost: Free with Paid Admission or Garden Membership
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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.