San Diego Weekend Events Roundup May 24-28

Try one of the new natural wines that have just been added to Madison on Park’s menu.

From Memorial Day celebrations to artsy exhibitions, check out the top San Diego weekend events for May 24-28.

Edited by Eva Scattergood.


Aloha Friday Summer Kick Off Luau
May 25. Head up to Carlsbad to kick off summer and the holiday weekend with a family-friendly luau. Highlights include island food, drink specials, a pig roast and a Polynesian dance and fire knife show. 2 p.m. Park 101, 3040 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad.





Lizz Russell Cocktails and Couture
May 25. Behold the beauty of fashion as you witness guest models showcasing Lizz Russell’s signature collection, jewelry and handbags. Tickets include a cocktail, hors d’oeuvres and a gift bag, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the GBS/CIDP International Foundation. Reception 6:30 p.m., fashion show 7 p.m. $50. The Versailles Ballroom at the Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave., downtown.




Taste of Baja
May 25. Make your way through Estancia’s botanical gardens to sip and sample fare from more than 50 of Baja California’s best chefs, breweries and wineries. VIP tickets also include a bottle of Baja wine and two experiences during the event, such as a wine and chocolate pairing. 7 p.m. $110 GA, $140 VIP. Estancia Hotel, 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla. Tickets




Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival
May 26. Join more than 30,000 visitors for the 10th annual Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival. Features include live music and entertainment, over 300 food and craft booths, carnival rides and more. Additionally, the Craft Beer Festival will highlight breweries from all over San Diego County. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Street Fair free, Beer Festival $25 (21+). Town Center Pkwy. and Riverview Pkwy., Santee.




Hotel Republic’s Rooftop BBQ
May 25. Kick off Memorial Day weekend with an all-you-can-eat barbecue on the rooftop of Hotel Republic. Executive chef JC Colón is bringing in Shane McIntyre (Herb & Wood), Kenzie Allen (JRDN at Tower 23) and Amol Thanky (Patio Marketplace) to create a menu featuring a whole roasted pig, free-range chicken, whole smoked salmon and California-inspired sides from the Little Italy farmers market. Grab a Modern Times beer or Casamigos Tequila margarita as you enjoy live music and toast to summer. 4:30-9:30 p.m. $20. Topside Terrace, 421 W. B St., downtown. Tickets



Memorial Day Weekend Fiesta and Pig Roast
May 26. Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at Hotel Palomar’s rooftop pool deck. Executive chef Brad Kraten of Curadero will be preparing a Mexican-style pig roast, which will be turned into carnitas tacos with all the fixings. Ticket includes all the food you can eat, a welcome drink and a swing at the piñata. 1 p.m. $20. Level Four Pool Deck + Lounge at Hotel Palomar, 1047 5th Ave., downtown. Tickets




Memorial Day BBQ Brunch Cruise
May 28. 
Spend this holiday on the water with a two-hour brunch cruise around San Diego Bay. Menu highlights include baby back ribs, rosemary-scented roasted sirloin, grilled salmon, sweet chili prawns and a table full of desserts. Enjoy your meal with free-flowing champagne, mimosas, beer and sparkling cider. Boarding 10:30 a.m., cruising 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $69 adults; discounts for children, seniors and military. Pier 1, Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., downtown, 619.686.8715.   



Memorial Day Brunch at barleymash
May 28. Indulge in a full brunch menu in the Gaslamp District with favorites such as barley hashes, a breakfast burger or the Sin-A-Bun—a colossal housemade cinnamon roll topped with brown butter cream cheese and chocolate hazelnut sauce. Finish off the meal by building your own Bloody Mary at their Skyy Vodka Bloody Bar. 10 a.m. barleymash, 600 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp District.  




Yoga Six
May 28. Yoga Six is celebrating San Diego’s military community by offering a free class to any active military member this Memorial Day. All five San Diego studios will be participating: Point Loma, Carlsbad, Solana Beach, Carmel Valley and Rancho Bernardo. Military members simply need to show a military ID at the studio to claim the free class. See website for studio locations.  




National Wine Day at Primavera Ristorante
May 25. Cheers to National Wine Day with a three-course wine pairing dinner from executive chef Ryan Moore. The menu begins with polpo al limone, grilled octopus with fresh herb and lemon dressing; paired with Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio, followed by vitello piccatina al limone, veal medallions with mushrooms, lemon, butter, capers and white wine sauce; paired with Irony Pinot Noir and concludes with a limoncello mousse, topped with mascarpone crème fraiche and fresh berries; paired with Inniskillin Vidal Icewine. Reservations recommended. 5-10 p.m. $70. Primavera Ristorante, 932 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.0454.   



Ales and Acoustics
May 26. Enjoy musical performances by Mike Officer and Carissa Schroeder as you sip on ales from Mason Ale Works. While you’re there, take advantage of Herringbone’s Oyster Hour eats including freshly shucked oysters, curried mussels, arancini risotto balls and more. Noon-4 p.m. 7837 Herschel Ave., La Jolla.




Natural Wines at Madison on Park
Available Now.
 Madison on Park has introduced a full collection of natural wines to their menu, made with minimal intervention without additives or unnecessary sulfites. Highlights include the Swick Brut Rosé from Willamette Valley in Oregon, a Pétillant Naturel with a slightly yeasty, earthy note that complements the fresh fruit undertones; Gaspard Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, France, where the grapes are sourced from a winemaker in the Loire Valley, with citrus and lemon verbena tasting notes; and Donkey & Goat from North Coast California, a Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache blend, hand-picked and foot stomped. See website for hours. 4622 Park Blvd., University Heights.        



“The Loneliest Girl in the World”
Opens May 24. Witness Diversionary’s final show in its 32nd season. The Loneliest Girl in the World follows the life and evolution of Anita Bryant and her biggest fan, Tommy, while charting the emergence of the gay rights movement. See website for ticket prices and showtimes. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. #101, University Heights, 619.220.0097.




New Release Unveiling: Robin Moore
May 25. Peruse the newly released collection of National Geographic photographer Robin Moore’s work. In addition to the fine art photography, the evening features handcrafted cocktails, live music and more. Contact the gallery to RSVP. 6-9 p.m. La Jolla National Geographic Fine Art Gallery, 1205 Prospect St. Suite A, La Jolla, 619.568.6790.




Through June 3. Explore this exhibition that features art addressing the topic of representation. Find works in the form of photography, sound installation, video, and social practice by Alanna Airitam, Morgan DeLuna, Michelada Think Tank, Quyên Nguyen-Le, Jimena Sarno and dana washington. See website for hours and prices. San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.236.0011.



National Wine Day photo courtesy of Primavera Ristorante. Ales and Acoustics photo credit Chantelle Photography. “The Loneliest Girl in the World” photo credit SIMPATIKA. New Release Unveiling photo credit Robin Moore.