Gator by the Bay – Zydeco, Blues, & Crawfish Festival  May 5-8

The spirit, sounds, and flavor of Mardi Gras come alive at the largest and most-authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou.  With  everything  from  A  to  Zydeco,  this  four-day,  family-friendly cultural celebration takes place on the picture-perfect San Diego Bay. Spanish Landing Park, Point Loma Peninsula

619-234-8612 /

Julian Woman’s Club Wildflower Show   May 6-7

The Julian Wildflower Show has been continuous since 1926, except for 3 years during World War II and in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 10am-4pm / Julian Woman’s Club

760-484-0669 /

Homefront Cleanup   May 7

The Imperial Beach Homefront Cleanup is a partnership with the City of Imperial Beach and EDCO at South Bay Union School District, 601 Elm Ave, held annually on the first Saturday of May.

8am-1pm / 601 Elm Ave, Imperial Beach 619-424-4095 /

City Ballet of San Diego’s: Don Quixote   May 7

A  lavish  production  based  on  Miguel  de  Cervantes  epic  novel.  Follow the adventures of the errant knight, Don Quixote, and his squire, Sancho Panza.  This  three-act  story  ballet  sensation  with  opulent  scenery  and costumes, complete with moving windmills, is family orientated and filled with humor and magic.

8-10pm / California Center for the Arts, Escondido 858-272-8663 /

Walk for Animals   May 7

All registered participants will enjoy a pancake breakfast, doggie activities, Vendor Village, and a Walk for Animals T-shirt at the event! Together we can create a more humane San Diego!

7-11am / NTC Park at Liberty Station

Cinco De Mayo Festival   May 8

Your favorite Mexican food, Folkloric Groups all day. Crowning of Miss Cinco De Mayo.

11am-5pm / Grape Day Park, Escondido 760-855-8115 /

Historic Home Tour   May 8

We  invite  you  to  support  the  community  you  love,  its  history,  and  the Coronado Historical Association with someone special this Mother’s Day. 11am-4pm / Coronado Historical Association & Museum

619-435-7242 /

Music at the Maritime Featuring Hausmann Quartet

May 8 The Hausmann Quartet and Maritime Museum of San Diego are excited to partner to present the sixth season of Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime,   a   quarterly   concert   series   performed   aboard   one   of   the Museum’s  ten  historic  world-class  vessels,  the  1898  steam  ferryboat Berkeley that operated for 60 years on San Francisco Bay. Enjoy world-class performances from San Diego’s only floating concert hall!

2:30-4:30pm / Maritime Museum of San Diego, Downtown 619-234-9153 /

Foodieland Night Market May   13-15

FoodieLand  Night  Market  is  a  foodie  inspired  multi-cultural  food  and entertainment event featuring more than 150 vendors with a variety of amazing foods, games, and entertainment for the whole family.

Fri 3-10pm; Sat, Sun 1-10pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds 858-755-1161 /

Movie in the Park – Encanto   May 14

Be sure to bring your blankets and low-backed chairs. Bring a picnic and drinks, but please no glass containers.

7-9pm / Glen Park, Cardiff

Come From Away   May 17-22

This  New  York  Times  Critics’  Pick  takes  you  into  the  heart  of  the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed, and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

7-9pm / Broadway San Diego, San Diego 619-564-3000 /

20th Grip It & Rip It! Golf Tournament   May 19

Enjoy golf and lunch at the tournament as we celebrate its 20th year. 11:30am-5pm / Singing Hills Golf Resort, El Cajon

619-440-6161 /

A.R. Valentien Signature Wine Series   May 19

Set on A.R. Valentien’s relaxing al fresco terrace, experience an exquisite multi-course  meal  paired  with  acclaimed  wines  from  Darioush  Estates. Executive Chef Kelli Crosson and Advanced Sommelier Paul Krikorian joins forces with special guest Dan de Polo, President of Darioush Estates for this curated communal meal of seasonal bounty with some of California’s most notable wines.

6-8pm / The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla 858-777-6635 /

SANDAG Bike to Work Day!   May 19

Register for SANDAG Bike to Work Day! Join thousands of commuters throughout the San Diego region as we GO by BIKE on the morning of Thursday, May 19. When you register for Bike to Work Day, you can roll by one of our many pit stop locations throughout the San Diego from 6 – 9 a.m. to pick up a FREE t-shirt, snacks, and encouragement.

East Region Career Expo   May 19

Career training students, recent graduates, and regional candidates with industry experience will be searching for opportunities.

3-7pm / Cuyamaca College & East Region Adult Education

Concert in the Park   May 20

The San Diego County Library Imperial Beach and the City of Imperial Beach are teaming up to bring you a series of concerts in our beloved Veterans Park. Bring a chair and grab some dinner to enjoy a free night of entertainment!

5:30-7:30pm / Veterans Park, Imperial Beach 619-213-1627 /

Spring-in to Camping!   May 20

Sleep under the spring stars! Set up your tent and explore the park at your own pace. Hike the numerous trails; drop a line to catch a fish; cruise the lake on a motorboat; or simply relax by your campsite and enjoy all the natural beauty that Lake Poway offers.

1pm-10am / Lake Poway

858-668-4772 /

San Diego International ShortsFest   May 20-22

Celebrating the art of cinematic storytelling with films less than 30 minutes in length.

See website for schedule.

Teen Music Fest   May 21

Get ready to party like a rock star! Spend the evening ravin’ with us as you sing your heart out to your fave karaoke song, find your groove while a DJ spins mad tunes, get amped with music-inspired activities, munch on delish snacks, sway your way to sweet prizes, and more! With catchy earworms and certified bops, you and your friends will be jammin’ all night long!

5-9pm / Community Park, Poway 858-668-4671 /

North Park Music Fest   May 21-22

This two day San Diego Music Festival will highlight San Diego’s best in local music, unique food vendors, live art, craft beer, and spirits.

11am-7pm / North Park Mini-Park, San Diego 619-294-2501 /

Community Band Festival   May 22

Come  visit  Old  Poway  Park  where  Old  Poway  Park  Action  Committee members, the Pomerado Community Band and the Poway Arts and Crafts Guild, will host the annual California Band Festival and Arts and Crafts Market. Listen to bands from near and far that will offer a wide variety musical genres from blue grass ensembles to full concert bands.

10am-7pm / Old Poway Park, Poway 858-668-4576 /

Pure Project Label Art Contest   May 22

Pure Project is excited to organize and host our first-ever label art contest! The contest will culminate in an exhibit held at the Pure Project Balboa Park Biergarten.

12-5pm / Pure Project Balboa Park, San Diego 619-323-2000 /

Carlsbad 5000   May 22

The  annual  event  weekend  kicks  off  with  the  Carlsbad  5000  Health  & Fitness  expo  and  packet  pickup  in  the  heart  of  Carlsbad  Village.  The World’s  Fastest  5k  welcomes  runners  of  all  ages  and  paces  to  a  fast oceanfront course with unforgettable views and an energetic atmosphere. 400 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad

Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival   May 28

This is a free, public event featuring a craft beer garden, vendor booths, food and entertainment.

10am-6pm / Riverview Parkway and Town Center 619-449-1515 /

Solana Beach Memorial Day Ceremony   May 30

The Veteran’s Memorial Wall, which honors the service of all Solana Beach Veterans  of  Foreign  Wars,  is  available  for  viewing.  Docents  from  the Civic and Historical Society are on hand to conduct tours of the historical museum.

11am / La Colonia Park

858-720-2400 /