Top Things to Do in San Diego – May 16-21, 2017

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

Ramona Rodeo

Ramona Rodeo

This year will mark the Ramona Rodeos’ 37th year in operation. They are proud to offer a Top Notch PRCA rodeo with some of the greatest cowboys around. Our event boasts the Professional attitude with the best hometown hospitality you will find at a rodeo.

Where: Fred Grand Arena, Ramona Outdoor Community Center – 421 Aqua Lane, Ramona, CA 92065
When: May 18-21, 2017
Cost: $2-$100
> Find out more about the Ramona Rodeo

Shockhead Peter

Fall into the world of Victorian nightmares as a manic music box spins stories of naughty children and misguided parents. Silly and sinister, Shockheaded Peter dares us to ask what’s beneath the floorboards. Don’t miss the most damning tale ever told on stage!

Where: Cygnet Theatre – 4040 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110
When: May 18 – June 18, 2017
Cost: $41-$62
> Find out more about Shockhead Peter

San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Catch the San Diego Padres take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park! Game day promotions and events include: Friday – WineFest, Saturday – Padres Fedora, Sunday – KidsFest.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 19-21, 2017
> Find out more about the Padres vs. Diamondbacks

Fiesta del Sol

Fiesta del Sol

Fiesta del Sol has something for everyone. 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! They are also hosting a special place exclusively for local artists and local food vendors. The beer and wine gardens will be in their usual spots and the Lions Club will also be returning to serve in the wine garden and will be raising funds to support their local causes.

Where: Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach, CA 92075
When: May 20-21, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Fiesta del Sol

Pirate Days

Pirate Days - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Sail with a Pirate. Hunt for the Treasure. Pirate Days, a two day celebration for kids of all ages, will include kids costume contests, cannon firings, weapon demonstrations, sword fights, scary stories, and a scavenger hunt for Pirate Treasure. Plus our add-on show “BOARDED! A New Pirate Adventure!”

Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego – 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 20-21, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Starting at $9
> Find out more about Pirate Days

Beach Soccer Jam

Beach Soccer Jam is a Faster, Hotter Version of the World’s most Popular Sport filled with Entertainment. Come enjoy the excitement including Beach Soccer, Brazilian Samba and Capoeira dancers, some of San Diego’s best Entertainment DJs and a Beer Garden.

Where: Fiesta Island – 1550 Fiesta Island Road, San Diego, CA 92109
When: May 20-21, 2017
Cost: Free to spectators
> Find out more about Beach Soccer Jam

Southern California Beach Soccer Championships

Southern California Beach Soccer ChampionshipsSand, soccer & fun under the sun, join us for our 11th anniversary party. Southern California’s kick-off to the summer soccer season.

Where: 1200 N Pacific St, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: May 20-21, 2017
Cost: Free to spectators
> Find out more about the Southern California Beach Soccer Championships

Festival of Arts in North Park

Festival of Arts in North Park

This annual free festival has grown into a local tradition that includes amazing local art, exciting live music including dj sets, funk rock, world music and dance performances, vendor booths and fabulous food. There will be something for everyone, including the kids. Their hands-on Kids Art Block offers children the chance to participate in a variety of interactive activities designed to stimulate and inspire their imaginations and create their own masterpieces. Come thirsty to the Craft Beer Block and sample brews from San Diego’s favorite breweries.

Where: University Avenue & 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104
When: May 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free. Craft Beer Block – $35
> Find out more about Festival of Arts in North Park

D6 Nightmarket

More social event than shopping trip, a night market is a blend of sights, sounds, smells, and tastes. Night markets, which are a popular tradition throughout Asia and other parts of the world, are an open-air casual social gathering and fill a need for civic community. They are a chance to leisurely stroll, shop, and eat while enjoying the excitement and pleasure that comes from being part of a festive crowd.

Where: Mira Mesa Community Park – 8575 New Salem St, San Diego, CA 92126
When: May 20, 2017
Time: 4:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about D6 Nightmarket

Navy’s Bay Bridge Run Walk

Navy's Bay Bridge Run Walk

This annual Navy-hosted event includes the public in raising money for the Navy’s Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs. This unique 4-mile run/walk has 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. During the finish line celebration, runners receive a special Finisher’s Medal and event shirt to commemorate our 31st year, plus complimentary transportation back to downtown. See you on the bridge!

Starting Line: Hilton San Diego Bayfront – 1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 21, 2017
Starting Time: 8:00 AM
Cost: Starting at $28
> Find out more about the Navy’s Bay Bridge Run/Walk

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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.