Top Things to Do in San Diego – May 12-17, 2015

Join in the fun at one of these top things to do in San Diego this weekend and you can: cruise with your pup, act like a pirate, run across the Coronado Bay Bridge and more!

San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals

Padres at Petco Park

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

The Padres are on fire! Catch the Friars take on the Washington Nationals at Petco Park! This weekend’s promotions include College Night on Thursday, Fiesta in the Park on Friday, Free Hoodie Night on Saturday, and KidsFest & US Coast Guard Appreciation Day on Sunday.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 14-17, 2014
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Ramona Rodeo

Ramona Rodeo - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding at the Ramona Rodeo

One of the country’s top PRCA sanctioned full-scale pro rodeos, competitive events include barrel racing, tie-down roping, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, and bareback riding. Other activities include a cowgirl fashion show, cowboy and cowgirl mixer, Kid’s Day clowns, rodeo queens, and photo and autograph opportunities. Don’t miss the Romana Main Street Parade on Saturday morning.

Where: 421 Aqua Lane Ramona, Ramona, CA 92065
When: May 14-17, 2015
Cost: $5-$50
> Find out more about the Ramona Rodeo

Pet Day on the Bay

Hornblower's Pet Day on the Bay

Take your four-legged best friend on the cruise of a lifetime

Hornblower’s popular, pup-friendly Pet Day on San Diego Bay promises a tail-wagging good time! This is the one time each year that Hornblower invites dogs to cruise for free with their owners. Guests are also encouraged to contribute a gently used blanket or towel that will warm needy animals at the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Where: 1800 North Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 16, 2015
Time: 9:30 to 3:00 PM (Three cruises offered)
Cost: Starting at $24. Dogs cruise free
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Pirate Days

Pirate Days at the Maritime Museum of San Diego

Are ye brave enough to climb aboard for Pirate Days?

There is a saying: “Where there is a sea, there are Pirates,” so the Museum holds to the time-worn tradition of swashbuckling Pirates, brandishing their swords, to engage, delight, guide and educate our visitors. A two-day celebration for kids of all ages, will include kids costume contests, carnival games, cannon firings, weapon demonstrations, sword fights, scary stories, and scavenger hunt for the pirate treasure which the mermaid holds at the end of the treasure hunt.

Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego – 1492 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 16-17, 2015
Cost: Included with admission
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Space Day Celebration

Woody Spring - San Diego Air & Space Museum's Space Day

Meet an actual astronaut like Woody Spring at the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Space Day

Space Day will feature demonstrations, giveaways, and hands-on activities with local and national space experts. Attendees also have the chance to meet a real astronaut! Local astronaut Woody Spring, whose ambitious spacewalks from the space shuttle helped prepare for the construction of the International Space Station, is planning to join us and share stories of his dynamic space career.

Where: San Diego Air & Space Museum – 2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 16, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Cost: Kids 17 and under free with paid adult admission
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Festival of the Arts in North Park & Craft Beer Block

This annual free festival has grown into a local tradition that includes amazing local art, exciting live music and dance performances, eco-friendly activities, vendor booths and fabulous food. There will be something for everyone, including the kids. Our 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. Or sip a full pour of beer at one of our two Beer Gardens.

Where: University Avenue & 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104
When: May 16, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free. Craft Beer Block – $35-$65
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Explore Mission Trails Day

Old Mission Dam - Mission Trails Regional Park

Learn about landmarks like Old Mission Dam during Explore Mission Trails Day

Connecting with Nature is the theme of our 2015 Explore Mission Trails Day. This popular event features free guided nature walks, talks and programs throughout the park, including live animals and special programs for children. There were also be free pony rides (9 to 1), a climbing wall, crafts for children, and many Discovery Stations.

Where: Mission Trails Regional Park – One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119
When: May 16, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Explore Mission Trails Day

Green Flash’s Cellar 3 Grand Opening

Green Flash Brewing Co.'s Cellar 3

Join Green Flash Brewing Co. for a celebration where craft beer meets artistry.  They’re opening the doors at Cellar 3 for your first look at the new location along with rare beer tastings, a chance to meet the brewers, food from the Green Flash Bistro Truck, an art reception and live music.

Where: 12260 Crosthwaite Circle, Poway, CA 92064
When: May 16, 2015
Time: 12:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Green Flash’s Cellar 3 Grand Opening

Navy’s Bay Bridge Run/Walk

Navy's Bay Bridge Run Walk

Take in the views while you cross the Coronado Bay Bridge during the Navy’s Bridge Run Walk

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 commemorative event shirt and complimentary transportation back to downtown. Hope to see you on the bridge!

Where: 1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 17, 2015
Cost: $23-$46
> Find out more about the Navy’s Bay Bridge Run/Walk

SDCVA Wine & Food Festival

SDCVA Wine & food Festival

The San Diego County Vintners Association is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015 with its expanded annual wine festival. The SDCVA Wine & Food Festival will exclusively feature San Diego County wineries along with educational winemaking and food demonstrations, a silent auction and live music.

Where: Bernardo Winery – 13330 Paseo del Verano, San Diego, CA 92128
When: May 17, 2015
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: $25-$65
> Find out more about the SDCVA Wine & Food Festival

Brew Rendezvous

3rd Annual Brew Rendezvous

Brew Rendezvous is a food, farm, and craft beer pairing event celebrating the unique role of craft brewers, local growers, and restaurateurs in cultivating community and health. There will be fun games, live music and raffle drawings.

Where: SILO in Makers Quarter – 753 15th Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 17, 2015
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: $35-$40
> Find out more about Brew Rendezvous

Escondido Grand Avenue Festival

Escondido Street Fair - Top Things to Do in San Diego

The Escondido Grande Avenue Festival is fun for the whole family

Since 1989, the Escondido Grand Avenue Festival has brought live entertainment, over 500 vendors, children’s rides and activities, and food from around the world to the downtown tree-lined streets of Escondido. Covering seven blocks along historic Grand Avenue, the Escondido Street Fair is the second largest single-day fair in California.

Where: W Grand Ave & S Orange St, Escondido, CA 92025
When: May 17, 2015
Time: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Escondido Grand Avenue Festival

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