Top Things to Do in San Diego – May 8-13, 2018

Mother's Day - Top Things to Do in San Diego

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

Mother’s Day

When: Thru May 13, 2018
With great weather, a host of fun filled family activities and ample ways to pamper mom, you’re sure to give her what she needs most – a refreshing getaway in San Diego! Hotels and restaurants all over the city will be offering Mother’s Day specials and packages. Book her a spa appointment or buy her a shopping pass.

San Diego Surf Film Festival

When: May 9-12, 2018
Where: Misfit Gallery – 565 Pearl St., La Jolla, CA 92037
The 7th Annual San Diego Surf Film Festival (SDSFF) invites everybody to come celebrate the passion that we all share for simply being in and around the ocean.

Gator By The Bay-Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival

When: May 10-13, 2018
Where: Spanish Landing Park – 3900 North Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101
Largest, authentic Louisiana-themed festival this side of the bayou. Features 4 days of live music – more than 100 performances on 7 stages, dancing, delicious Southern food – including beignets, gumbo, jambalaya & 10,000 lbs of crawfish. Family Friendly & Fun!

San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals

When: May 10-13, 2018
Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Catch the San Diego Padres take on the St. Louis Cardinals at Petco Park! Game day promotions and events include: Thursday – Tony Gwynn ’98 Commemorative Bobblehead; Friday – Party in the Park: BeerFest, Ken Caminiti ’98 Commemorative Bobblehead; Saturday – Trevor Hoffman ’98 Commemorative Bobblehead, Postgame Fireworks; Sunday – Greg Vaughn ’98 Commemorative Bobblehead, KidsFest.

A Thousand Splendid Suns

When: May 12 – June 17, 2018
Where: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
A sweeping and deeply moving theatrical adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel. The epic story of three generations of Afghan women and their remarkable resilience, A Thousand Splendid Suns is set in the war-torn neighborhoods of 1990s Kabul. When battle upends her family, beautiful Laila must seek shelter, first in the home and then in the arms of her older neighbor. Soon she forges an extraordinary and unlikely friendship with Mariam, her new husband’s first wife. Summoning the strength to defy a tyrannical society, the two women seek hope and the promise of a better future.

Art Glass Guild Annual Fall Patio Show and Sale

When: May 12-13, 2018
Where: Spanish Village Art Center – 1770 Village Place, San Diego, CA
The Art Glass Guild will be hosting their 2018 Patio Show and Sale. This is a wonderful event to view beautiful art glass created by local artists and to enjoy a day out with family and friends. You will see more than thirty juried Artists exhibiting their creations as you stroll the patio in Spanish Village. There will be entertainment for all including: live music, demonstrations featuring torch-work, and glass cutting as well as an area for children & adults alike to create their own unique mosaic art piece to take home.

22nd Annual Festival of Arts in North Park

Where: May 12, 2018
Where: University Avenue & 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104
A free festival that celebrates the artistic craftsmanship of the community, from unconventional street art to live musical talent. This celebration of the historic and eclectic North Park neighborhood attracts more than 40,000 attendees from around San Diego and beyond. There is something for all ages at this nine square block festival, including interactive exhibits, local makers, fine art and an array of live music along North Park’s busy University Avenue.

San Diego Paella Wine & Beer Festival

When: May 12, 2018
Where: Embarcadero South Marina Park – 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
Paella & Wine Festival, a spectacular culinary competition showcasing the delicious paella dishes and finest beverages in our region. What You Get: Unlimited paella with 3 samples of sangria, wine, beer or spirits; more alcohol is available for purchase.

Ocean Beach Kite Festival

Where: May 12, 2018
When: Dusty Rhodes Park – Sunset Cliffs Blvd. at Nimitz, San Diego, CA 92107
Celebrating its 70th Year! Spend the day at the Ocean Beach Kite Festival enjoying Live Music, Street Fair, Carnival Rides and, of course, Kites.

Reader Tacotopia 2018

When: May 12, 2018
Where: Golden Hill Park – 2590-2596 Golden Hill Dr, San Diego, CA 92102
At Reader Tacotopia, try signature tacos from more than 60 of the finest taco vendors from San Diego, Los Angeles and Tijuana as they compete to win the “San Diego’s Best Taco” award.

Holi Festival of Colors in Oceanside

When: May 12, 2018
Where: Oceanside Pier Amphitheater – 200 North Strand, Oceanside, CA 92054
Dedicated to spiritual & social harmony, awakening a sense of brotherhood thru ecstatic dance, mantra music, yoga, free hugs, and delicious vegetarian meals.

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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.