Top Things to Do in San Diego – May 23-29, 2017

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

Memorial Day

Memorial Day - USS Midway

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. While you enjoy everything California’s Beach City has to offer, please take some time to remember all of those that gave their lives in the service of the United States Armed Forces at one of the many Memorial Day Weekend observances and memorial sites.

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Taste of Asia

Taste of Asia

A gastronomic tour of Asian inspired cuisine, with over 20 restaurants, breweries and distilleries participating, it’s sure to be an evening of great food and fun! Restaurants will present their best culinary creations as they compete for The Best of ABA restaurant. Experience small-plate tastings and sips from top-rated eateries and breweries, network with ABA members and meet local business exhibitors.

Where: Four Points Sheraton – 8110 Aero Dr, San Diego, CA 92123
When: May 23, 2017
Time: 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Cost: $35-$40
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Jahja Ling’s Finale

Jahja Ling's Finale

On this historic Season Finale weekend, Jahja Ling’s outstanding thirteen years of service as the San Diego Symphony’s Music Director comes to a magnificent end. For these concerts he will be joined by longtime colleague and dear friend Yefim Bronfman for Johannes Brahms’ monumental Piano Concerto No. 2. The program will close with Maestro Ling leading the Orchestra in a performance of Jean Sibelius’ chillingly brilliant, awe-inspiring masterpiece, his Symphony No. 2.

Where: San Diego Symphony – 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 26-28, 2017
Cost: $20-$62
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Jahja Ling – San Diego Ambassador For the Arts

Balboa Park After Dark

Balboa Park After Dark

This summer, Balboa Park comes alive after 5. On Fridays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, enjoy extended evening hours at eight museums, as well as food trucks and entertainment throughout the Park.

Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Fridays – May 26 – September 1, 2017
Cost: Free
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Valley Center Stampede Rodeo & Festival

Valley Center Stampede Rodeo & Festival

This year will be no exception, and we invite you to come enjoy Valley Center’s family-friendly rodeo and community festival. The community festival will feature vendors, western arts & crafts, food booths, live bands, a horseshoe tournament, beer gardens and more. After enjoying the festival, the community is invited to head to the rodeo grandstands for a full rodeo event lineup, followed by a live band and dancing on both Friday and Saturday night.

Where: 28246 Lilac Rd., Valley Center, CA 92082
When: May 26-28, 2017
Cost: $15-$50
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SeaWorld’s Ocean Explorer All New Realm

Dive in to SeaWorld’s new realm of deep-sea discovery, Ocean Explorer. With multiple undersea bases featuring unique aquariums and digital technology. Unlock the ocean’s greatest mysteries and plunge to new depths in your mini-sub on the interactive ride Submarine Quest. Get up close to some of the ocean’s most fascinating creatures like a giant Pacific octopus, elusive moray eels and Japanese spider crabs that measure nine feet from claw to claw! Then take a spin on three new family-friendly rides inspired by the sea. Team up with SeaWorld researchers in this immersive new world, Ocean Explorer.

Where: 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
Opens: May 27, 2016
Cost: Included with admission
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Fiesta Botanica

Fiesta Botanica

Celebrate spring in Balboa Park amid the region’s most spectacular historical gardens at Fiesta Botanica. The family-friendly festival kicks off with a foral Wagon Parade along El Prado and continues with horticultural-themed lectures and demonstrations, hands-on activities for kids, live entertainment, tours of the park’s historic gardens, majestic butterfly releases, open-air sketching stations, plant sales, and food trucks.

Where: Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: May 27, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
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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.

Where: 127 Main Street, Vista, CA 92084
When: May 28, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Summer Movies in the Park

Summer Movies in the Park - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Looking for a Fun, Free and Fabulous Family Activity throughout San Diego? Summer Movies in the Park is a perfect chance to relax and enjoy a safe and special night under the stars. Come early and get a good seat!

Where: Throughout San Diego
When: Thru October 28, 2017
Cost: Free
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Brent Bernasconi

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.