Top Things to Do in San Diego – May 10-15, 2016

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

Amgen Tour of California

One of the world’s premiere cycling races is kicking off in San Diego this weekend! The race starts at Ski Beach in Pacific Beach and travels 108 miles before finishing at Marina Village. There will be plenty of ways to catch the action at viewing parties throughout the county. For the most exciting time, head to the finishing line to cheer on the teams and enjoy the free exposition, live music and more!

When: May 15, 2016
> Find out more about the Amgen Tour of California

San Diego Zoo Centennial Celebration

San Diego Zoo Centennial Celebration

Join our Community Celebration in Balboa Park to honor the San Diego Zoo’s 100th birthday with a roar! We’re taking the party to Balboa Park so all of San Diego can participate in this once-in-a-lifetime centennial event, which is free to everyone – with music, food, crafts, performers, dancers, our animal ambassadors, and some very special guests. There are BIG surprises in store, so mark your calendar to be there for an event you won’t want to miss.

Where: Spreckels Organ Pavilion – 1549 El Prado Ste 10, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 14, 2016
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Zoo Centennial Celebration


Hollywood - La Jolla Playhouse

In 1922, famed director William Desmond Taylor is found murdered in his home. The celebrity suspects mount as the headlines explode with lurid reports of love triangles, hush money and deception. Enter Will Hays, Hollywood’s newly appointed moral watchdog, determined to silence the scandal and purify this increasingly corrupt city.

Where: La Jolla Playhouse – 2910 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: May 10 – June 12, 2016
Cost: Starting at $20
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West Coast Weekender

West Coast Weekender, a 3-day music conference, will take place for the first time in San Diego, California, catering to over 3,000 music fans throughout three days. Talent from across the country will participate in daytime panel discussions moderated by DJ Times and Fusicology and play parties that will run from afternoon to early morning.

When: May 13-15, 2016
Cost: $60-$90
> Find out more about the West Coast Weekender

Festa do Espirito Santo

Festa do Espirito Santo - Top Things to Do in San Diego

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: May13-15, 2016
> Find out more about the Festa do Espirito Santo

Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival

Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

60+ Breweries, 3 Bands, 1 helluva day. Join us for the 5th Annual Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival presented by the San Diego Brewers Guild. Once again Rhythm & Brews continues the tradition of bringing many of the nation’s most popular craft beers together with talented musicians in a beautiful outdoor festival located in the historic Vista Village district.

Where: Vista Village District, Vista, CA 92084
When: May 14, 2016
Time: 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: $15-$50
> Find out more about the Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival

Avenue Amps & Ales

Avenue Amps & Ales

A festival is brewing! Third Avenue Village Association’s Avenue Amps & Ales pours onto Third Avenue. As Chula Vista’s first craft beer event focusing on San Diego County craft breweries, live music and select vendors, Avenue Amps & Ales is sure to cure what “ales” you.

Where: Memorial Park – 373 Park Way, Chula Vista, CA 91910
When: May 14, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $25
> Find out more about Avenue Amps & Ales

Reader Tacotopia

Reader Tacotopia

Try signature tacos from more than 40 of the best restaurants as they compete to win the “Best Taco” award. Curated exclusively by our food writers, this event brings together the very best taco vendors – and you decide who will ultimately win. Each attendee will be given a token to place in a voting box on the table of their favorite vendor. The vendor who receives the most tokens wins.

Where: Golden Hill Park – 2590-2596 Golden Hill Dr, San Diego, CA 92102
When: May 14, 2016
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Cost: $40
> Find out more about Reader Tacotopia

Hillcrest Craft Beer Crawl

Hillcrest Craft Beer Crawl

But isn’t beer fattening…Not if you buy your tickets early. In all seriousness, we wanted to introduce San Diego’s booming craft beer community to the LGBT community. The Hillcrest Craft Beer Crawl will teach a few basics one can put into their wo/man purse to become a more well-rounded craft beer fan.

Where: Hillcrest Brewing Company – 1458 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
When: May 14, 2016
Time: 2:00 to 6:00 PM
Cost: $15-$25
> Find out more about the Hillcrest Craft Beer Crawl

Space Day Celebration

Space Day Celebration

Space Day will feature demonstrations, giveaways, and hands-on activities with local and national space experts. Tons of great activities including Touch a Meteorite, Build & Fly a Paper Rocket, Talk to Space Experts, Design Your own Space Patch, Free Posters, Giveaways, and more.

Where: San Diego Air & Space Museum – 2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 14, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Cost: Kids 17 and under Free with paid adult admission
> Find out more about the Space Day Celebration

SDCVA Wine & Food Festival

SDCVA Wine & food Festival

Experience San Diego’s vibrant local wine scene. This is the only wine event exclusively featuring San Diego County wineries. See why our wine region is winning awards and filling up tasting rooms. Meet the wine makers and take home something from the silent auction. Wines from your favorite wineries will be on sale, too.

Where: Bernardo Winery – 13330 Paseo del Verano, San Diego, CA 92128
When: May 15, 2016
Time: 1:00 to 4:30 PM
Cost: $15-$50
> Find out more about the SDCVA Wine & Food Festival

Alton Brown Live Eat Your Science

Alton Brown Live Eat Your Science

What can fans expect from “Eat Your Science”? All-new everything including songs, multimedia presentations, talk-show antics, and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations.

Where: Historic Balboa Theatre – 868 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 15, 2016
Cost: Tickets start at $34
> Find out more about Alton Brown Live Eat Your Science

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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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