5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

Break out the shades and flip flops, it”s officially summer season in San Diego. Here are our five to try for this 3-day weekend. What will you be doing?

Vista Strawberry Festival

1. Vista Strawberry Festival

The Annual Vista Strawberry Festival takes place in Vista”s historic downtown. Over 200 vendors will line the streets with arts, crafts, food, fun and more. Also, a beer garden will proudly display Vista”s own micro-breweries.


Manta is coming to SeaWorld San Diego

2. Manta at SeaWorld!

Head over to SeaWorld to experience Manta, which features a double-launch coaster and 100,000-gallon aquarium with rays and hundreds of fishes, opening May 26. Featuring a unique “launch station,” you will start your Manta experience enclosed in a tunnel with larger-than-life images of rays projected on a 270-degree enveloping screen. This stunning introduction to the world of the rays also will visually enhance the physical acceleration as Manta launches down the track. This online casino state-of-the-art projection system will be the first of its kind in the United States.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

3. Grossology

On May 26, the Science Center”s most popular exhibit ever returns to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center! A fun, exciting and educationally stimulating exhibition based on the best-selling book Grossology by science teacher Sylvia Branzei. Designed for children ages 6 to 14, the exhibit features interactive stations which teach the good, the bad and the downright ugly about runny noses, body odor and much more.

Gaslamp Music & Arts Festival

Gaslamp Music & Arts Festival

4. Gaslamp Music and Arts Festival

From smooth beats to funky scats, the Gaslamp Music & Art Festival will celebrate live music this Memorial Day weekend. Various <a title=”San Diego”s Historic Gaslamp Quarter” href=”http://www.sandiego/gaslampquarter” target=”_blank”>Gaslamp Quarter businesses, along with the Gaslamp Quarter Association, are hosting the inaugural festival on Saturday, May 26th, 2012 from 1:00 – 9:00 pm. This electrifying program will feature live entertainment, dining and interactive art demonstrations hosted at more than 25 venues throughout the Gaslamp Quarter.

Spreckels Park, Coronado

5. Promenade Concert in the Park Series

Pack a picnic and bring the family for this free concert series kicking off May 27 and continuing through September 9, every Sunday at 6:00 pm in Spreckles Park. Performances will include Coronado”s Lamb”s Players Theatre and popular bands like the Coronado Community Concert Band, Navy Band Southwest Band and Coronado Big Band.

> Find More Great Memorial Day Weekend Goings-On on the San Diego Event Calendar

Tell us and others in the comments below, what should be #6?

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About Suzzanne

I love to buy books, but seldom actually finish one. I like african violets, my iPhone, and everything that smells like lavender.  I am seriously adverse to the cold and am known to bring a sweatshirt to the beach in the summer.  I have two kids – a boy whose 10 and a girl 12.

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

It would start by having breakfast somewhere near the ocean – either Pannikin in Encinitas or Beach Grass Café in Solana Beach.  Then we would head to the beach hang out for a few hours, head home and then catch a concert in the park in Balboa Park.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

We love riding our bikes around town.  There are great places to ride in San Diego that kids can handle – Coronado Island, Point Loma or the boardwalk in Pacific Beach are just a few.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Depends on the day, a good burger and craft brew can really hit the spot, but I would probably end up ordering linguine and white wine.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

Snow Patrol, O.A.R., Mike Moran, Eric Hutchinson

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