Top Things to Do in San Diego – 2015 Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day in San Diego

Spend the kickoff of summer season in San Diego enjoying the long Memorial Day weekend with 70 miles of beaches, outdoor adventures, family fun and these top things to do.

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Getaway for Memorial Day

Memorial Day in San Diego

Spend the Long Weekend in San Diego

Memorial Day is the quintessential signal for the start of summer. Make your travel plans now and spend the long weekend in the home of sun, sand and surf.

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San Diego Padres vs. Chicago Cubs

Padres at Petco Park

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

Catch the San Diego Padres take on the Chicago Cubs at Petco Park! Game Day Promotions include Taco Tuesday and College Night.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 19-21, 2015
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San Diego Surf Film Festival

San Diego Surf Film Festival - Top Things to Do

Surf’s Up on the Big Screen at the San Diego Surf Film Festival

The 2015 SDSFF will highlight over 20 international films, include dozens of filmmakers and producers in attendance, Q&As, filmmaker panel and workshops, an amazing surf art gallery, surf legends and shaping demos, beach clean-ups and expression sessions, incredible live music, serendipitous live art, rad people and raging after-parties. We welcome surf enthusiasts and filmmakers from around the world to come celebrate the art of surf cinema in our beautiful hometown.

When: May 20-23, 2015
Cost: $5-$100
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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

Building on the long history of having smooth jazz in the San Diego area, the San Diego Jazz Festival is a “must attend” event for R&B and smooth jazz starved fans in “America’s Finest City”. The festival takes place Memorial Day weekend – a perfect time to enjoy great weather and award-winning music. Alums of the festival include Maxwell, Charlie Wilson, Kem, Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Brian Culbertson, Boney James, Ledisi, Warren Hill, Eric Darius and many more!

Where: La Costa Resort & Spa – 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009
When: May 22-24, 2015
Cost: Starting at $65
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105th Annual Festa do Espirito Santo

Celebrate Portuguese Heritage by joining in the city’s oldest ethnic festival that commemorates Portugal’s Queen St. Isabel feeding the poor during a centuries-ago famine. This family friendly festival will feature plenty of live music, a bazaar, food and a parade on Sunday.

Where: United Portuguese S.E.S. Hall – 818 Avenida De Portugal, San Diego, CA 92106
When: May 22-24, 2015
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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 22-24, 2015
Cost: Parade – Free. Rodeo – $15-$40
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Rock in the Park – Steve Poltz

Rock in the Park - Steve Poltz

To suggest that Steve Poltz isn’t normal is about as safe a statement as one could make. You would basically require the powers of the Hubble space telescope to locate Steve Poltz in any region of normalcy. For music fans on both sides of the equator, this is a very good thing. Poltz’ sound is entirely unique – from his inhuman fingerstyle techniques to the inimitable melodies that roll from his guitar like cool waterfalls, you know a Poltz song as soon as you hear it. His show is frenzied, aggressive, hilarious and heartbreakingly sincere. His live performances have become bona fide events.

Where: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center – 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 22, 2015
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $24-$32
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Summer Nights at SeaWorld

SeaWorld Fireworks - Summer Nights

The skies over SeaWorld San Diego light up during Summer Nights

SeaWorld’s got a summer full of good times ready to roll as the park transforms after dark with extended hours, seasonal nighttime-only shows and fireworks. Enjoy SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration during the day – including 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 Celebrate the Wonder fireworks finale.

Where: SeaWorld San Diego – 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
When: Select Dates between May 23 – September 7, 2015
Cost: Included with admission
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House of Pacific Relations’ Ethnic Food Fair

House of Pacific Relations' Ethnic Food Fair

Head to Balboa Park for annual celebration of food from around the world! Sample the culinary treats of 33 different cultures and witness performances in native costumes. Event features musical and dance performances on the HPR stage.

Where: House of Pacific Relations International Cottages – 2191 W Pan American Rd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 23-24, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free. Nominal fee for food
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Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival

Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Rides, Shopping and local craft beer at the Santee Street Fair. Photo courtesy of JSR Imaging

Join us for a day of fun this year at the Santee Street Fair including 300 food vendors and booths, live entertainment on 2 stages, carnival rides and a craft beer festival.

Where: Town Center Pkwy & Riverview Pkwy, Santee, CA 92071
When: May 23, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: Free. Craft Beer Garden Starting at $20
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Summer Kick Off Craft Beer Fest

Summer Kickoff Beer Festival

Start the Memorial Day Weekend off right at the Summer Kick Off Craft Beer Fest at Liberty Station. Join us for an amazing day of beer sampling from San Diego’s top Craft Beer Breweries. Awesome Entertainment from 3 bands. Food from Food Trucks and Restaurants will also be there for you to sample and purchase.

Where: NTC Ingram Plaza at Liberty Station – 2826 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106
When: May 23, 2015
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $50-$90
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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 together in Historic Downtown Vista. New in 2015, our 10K course is the official 10k for the USATF San Diego-Imperial Road Championship Series!

Where: 127 Main St, Vista, CA 92084
When: May 24, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free. Run – $20-$47
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Spreckels’ 12-Hour Organ Concert Marathon

Spreckels Organ Pavillion

Sunshine, plenty of seating and good music make the Spreckels Organ Pavilion perfect for a family afternoon

San Diego Civic Organist Carol Williams is preparing for a monumental feat: Playing the Spreckels Organ, for 12 consecutive hours and 15 minutes (a world record!), to raise funds for local wounded warriors. Donations generated from Williams’ marathon organ performance will benefit Operation Rebound, a Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) sports and fitness program for American military personnel, veterans and emergency first responders recovering from physical injuries.

Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion – 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 24, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM
Cost: Donations to Wounded Warriors Appreciated
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Coronado Promenade Summer Concert Series

Coronado Promenade Summer Concert Series

Spend Sunday’s afternoon enjoying live music on Coronado

Sunday concerts in the park are signature elements of the Coronado experience where friendships and family memories are made. This summer’s series promises to be as entertaining, fun and awesome as any in our 45-year history.

Where: 601 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
When: May 24 – September 6, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
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