Top Things to Do in San Diego – May 5-10, 2015

Spa at the Del for Mother's Day

While in San Diego this Mother’s Day weekend, Mom can spend the weekend relaxing at a rejuvenating spa and/or join in the family fun at any one of these top things to do.

CINCOTECA

CINCOTECA

CINCOTECA will transform The Headquarters courtyard into a live music festival featuring the best of modern Latin Music, La Santa Cecilia, Latin Grammy Winner for best rock album, Los Master Plus, who can only be properly prepared for by watching their “Fiestina” video, and Buyepongo, who will get the tropical vibes and Margaritas flowing.

Where: The Headquarters at Seaport – 789 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 5, 2015
Time: 4:00 to 10:00 PM
> Find out more about CINCOTECA

Throwback Thursday at the San Diego History Center

Throwback Thursday at the San Diego History Center

The San Diego History Center and San Diego Magazine have teamed up to bring 21-and over Centennial Celebration excitement to Balboa Park. “Throwback Thursdays” blends an evening of hosted food and cocktails, with education, music and games.

Where: San Diego History Center – 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 7, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Cost: $20-$25
> Find out more about Throwback Thursday at the San Diego History Center

Gator By The Bay – Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival

Gator By The Bay - Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival

Gator by the Bay – Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival returns to San Diego for its 14th year!

The largest, authentic Louisiana-themed festival this side of the bayous, featuring four days of live music on six stages, dancing, parading, shopping, playing and eating over 10,000 pounds of mouthwatering crawfish straight from Louisiana! Enjoy a zesty gumbo of music, food and joie de vivre with 85+ entertaining performances and culinary delights, presented by San Diego’s Bon Temps Social Club.

Where: Spanish Landing Park – 3900 North Harbor Dr. , San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 7-10, 2015
Cost: $25-$95
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Arms and the Man

Arms and the Man - The Old Globe

George Bernard Shaw’s most romantic comedy! The beautiful Raina Petkoff is about to marry the heroic soldier Sergius. But the battlefield sweeps into her boudoir when an enemy soldier takes refuge under her bed. Soon she will have to decide between her romantic ideals and the surprising sensations of new love. Arms and the Man, one of the wittiest and most charming plays of the English stage, mixes smarts and silliness in a wonderfully entertaining tale of love and war.

Where: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 9 – June 14, 2015
Cost: Tickets start at $29
> Find out more about Arms and the Man

Garden Party of the Century

Garden Party of the Century

The Garden Party will be a free day-long affair and is the signature event for spring during the City’s Centennial Celebration honoring the Panama-California Exhibition of 1915. The Garden Party will feature a Centennial inspired flower show, Master Gardener demonstrations, garden tours, special horticulture discussions and a wide variety of music, art, and activities for the whole family. There will also be a Kid’s Floral Wagon Parade, where children, families, and community groups are welcome to decorate a wagon in a floral theme to be pulled from Spanish Village to the Plaza De Panama.

Where: Balboa Park
When: May 9, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Garden Party of the Century

San Diego Zoo Garden Festival

San Diego Zoo Garden Festival

Join in a bouquet of activities and experiences for all ages, whether you have a green thumb or just wish you did! Discover the wealth of beautiful and fascinating plants at the Zoo, and connect with garden experts who can give you the dirt on all things botanical and horticultural.

Where: San Diego Zoo – 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 9-10, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Included with Admission
> Find out more about the San Diego Zoo Garden Festival

67th Annual Ocean Beach Kite Festival

Ocean Beach Kite Festival

The sky will be filled with color during the 67th Ocean Beach Kite Festival

Breeze over to the eclectic neighborhood of Ocean Beach for live music, carnival rides, kite demonstrations and, of course, kite making, kite decorating, and kite flying.

Where: Dusty Rhodes Park – 1868 Bacon St, San Diego, CA 92107
When: May 9, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 67th Annual Ocean Beach Kite Festival

Chocolate Festival

San Diego Botanic Garden Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

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. This family-friendly event also features lots of children’s activities and a variety of Mother’s Day gifts.

Where: San Diego Botanic Garden – 230 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: May 9, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Included with Admission
> Find out more about the Chocolate Festival

Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego

Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego

Immerse yourself in Asian customs and traditions at the Asian Cultural Festival

The Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego will celebrate its 6th year as San Diego’s largest celebration for Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month! There will be two stages of cultural and contemporary entertainment all day long, a live cooking demo, arts and crafts, martial arts demos, our Cultural Row, and a new addition for this year, children’s rides!

Where: Mira Mesa Community Park – 8575 New Salem St, San Diego, CA 92112
When: May 9, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego

Bacon & Barrels

Bacon & Barrels

Bacon & Barrels is the definitive outdoor festival for the bacon obsessed foodies

Bacon & Barrels is the definitive outdoor festival for the bacon obsessed foodies and those who prefer their drinks from a barrel! The all-day, all inclusive event includes live music and games, live chef and mixology demos, and challenges participating chefs to create their most imaginative, fresh recipes incorporating bacon, and highlights the best artisan and craft barrel beverages such as bourbon, beer, wine, and scotch.

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South – 1 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 9, 2015
Time: 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $20-$90
> Find out more about Bacon & Barrels

OMBAC Beach MusicFest

OMBAC Beach MusicFest

Music, Beer and toes in the sand! Band Lineup includes Matisyahu, The Green, Vokab Kompany, Betamaxx, Mike Pinto Band, DJ Igotu, DJ Carlos Culture and more.

Where: Mariner’s Point – 3202 Mariners Way, San Diego, CA 92109
When: May 9, 2015
Time: 2:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $35-$40
> Find out more about OMBAC Beach MusicFest

Hillcrest Craft Beer Crawl

Hillcrest Craft Beer Crawl

The world’s first gay brewery, Hillcrest Brewing Company, presents the nation’s first LGBT Craft Beer Crawl. They’re pairing up with some fantastic restaurants throughout Hillcrest. Think S&M, Lava Sushi, Heat Bar & Kitchen and more! Of course all four of their adult playgrounds will be on this list. (Urban MO’s, Baja Betty’s, Gossip Grill and HBC)

Where: Hillcrest Brewing Company – 1458 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
When: May 9, 2015
Time: 3:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: $20-$30
> Find out more about Hillcrest Craft Beer Crawl

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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.

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