San Diego Weekend Events Roundup May 2-5

Cinco de Mayo celebrations happen a day early in Balboa Park with colorful performances, food and more.

Cinco de Mayo events, Boy Band Brunch, Mermaid Fitness classes and more… Check out the top San Diego weekend events for May 2-5.

Edited by Jordan Fraser.

EVENTS

Side Barre 
May 2. Get pumped up for this fierce, 50-minute, high-energy fitness event held in Side Bar’s recently renovated space to a soundtrack by DJ XP. The total-body workout will target strength, cardio and flexibility for all levels. Afterward, enjoy hosted appetizers, two craft cocktails featuring Suja juice and a swag bag that includes Pure Barre swag and Suja goodies. 5-7 p.m. $40. 536 Market St., downtown. Tickets

 

 

 

Mermaid Fitness 
May 3-4. Get a truly unique aerobic workout at this instructor-led 45-minute fusion of swimming, core, cardio and strength training while you embody your inner mermaid in a colorful tail. Classes are set to energetic music and include tail rental and towel service. Proper swimwear required. Classes are available Fridays and Saturdays through October 19. 8-9 a.m. Hotel Del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.522.8100. hoteldel.com

 

 

 

The Boardroom Show Surf Party 
May 3. Get an exclusive first look at some of the highlights of this year’s Boardroom Show Surf Expo at this free public event at Del Mar Plaza. Preview the retrospective on Bruce Brown’s life as told by his son in A Life of Endless Summers, The Bruce Brown Project. Plus, a photo slideshow from legendary Surfer magazine photographer Don Balch; a preview of the new surf film Spoons from producers Wyatt Dailey and Justin Misch, a photo slideshow from the archives of Larry “Flame” Moore, music from Tower 7 and beer and taco specials from Pacifica Del Mar. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.847.2284. delmarplaza.com

 

 

Film & Float: The Empire Strikes Back
May 4. The Force is strong this Star Wars Day with a special poolside screening of The Empire Strikes Back. Bring your own lightsaber or don your best cosplay to storm the Lafayette’s pool deck. Plus, $5 poolside cocktails and bites available from Hope 46. 6-9:30 p.m. Free. Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. lafayettehotelsd.com

 

 

 

SciTech Challenge 
May 4. Explore the innovations of the next generation of scientists as students from six SciTech schools showcase their projects and compete to see who designed the most successful lander and rover. SciTech is an after-school program for girls in grades 4–6 at San Diego-area elementary schools that runs weekly two-hour sessions from October to May. Free with general admission. 10 a.m.-noon. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.238.1233. fleetscience.org 

 

 

CINCO DE MAYO

Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo 
May 3-5. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in historic Old Town San Diego with four stages of live entertainment, a beer and margarita garden, Lucha Libre matches and the Lowrider Lane car show. Be sure to check out the variety of food and retail vendors, as well as the children’s activities at this 36th annual festival. F 4-9 p.m.; Sa 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. San Diego Avenue between Conde and Twiggs, Old Town, 619.291.4903. cincodemayooldtown.com

 

 

 

Cinco de Mayo in Balboa Park 
May 4. Experience a family-friendly fiesta filled with Mexican music and dance performances, colorful horseback riders, strolling mariachis, a fashion show of traditional Mexican dress, hands-on activity booths for kids, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks and more. The day-long celebration culminates with a 5 p.m. concert in Spreckels Organ Pavilion featuring crowd-favorite Jarabe Mexicano. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego. balboaparkconservancy.org

 

 

Cinco de Mayo Cookout 
May 4-5. Enjoy waterfront views and delicious bites along with live music, food specials, $10 margaritas and a tap takeover from 32 North Brewing Co. with $5 beers during Carnitas Snack Shack’s celebratory cookout. Food and fun will be available for the whole family. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Carnitas’ Snack Shack, 1004 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero, 619.696.7675. carnitassnackshack.com

 

 

FOOD + DRINK

Mole and Mezcal Dinner 
May 2. Puesto welcomes two internationally acclaimed Oaxacan chefs to its La Jolla kitchen to create a traditional Oaxacan meal. For one night only, guests will enjoy a four-course prix-fixe menu and an optional drink pairing menu. Reservations required. 5 p.m. $30, additional $20 for the drink pairing. 1026 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.454.1260. eatpuesto.com

 

 

 

Boy Band Brunch
May 4. Gather the squad and say “bye, bye, bye” to boring breakfasts with this bottomless mimosa brunch perfectly paired with a soundtrack of boy band hits from the ’90s through the early ’00s. Searsucker has also created specialty heartthrob-themed cocktails to help wet your whistle. The full brunch menu will be on offer. No tickets required, but reservations are recommended. Searsucker, 611 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619.233.7327. searsucker.com

 

 

 

Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival 
May 4. The San Diego Brewers Guild hosts the eighth annual Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival. Listen to live music on two stages from Matt Costa, Low Volts, Francis Blume and more while sampling 100+ brews from over 50 breweries. VIP entrance at noon, event 1-4 p.m. $45 GA, $70 VIP. Historic Vista Village, S. Citrus Ave. and E. Broadway, Vista. sdbeer.com

 

 

 

Star Wars Cocktails at Prohibition 
May 4. Drink the force with Star Wars-themed cocktails created to celebrate the movie franchise during a “May The Fourth Be With You” party. GBOD Hospitality Group beverage director Ryan Andrews has created cocktails inspired by some of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader’s most famous lines, including “Never Tell Me The Odds” made with a combination of Dobel Diamante GBOD Single Barrel tequila, demerara, Averna and R&D House Bitters and “Let The Wookie Win” made with Havana Club rum, fresh lime, ginger and Fernet. $14. 548 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. prohibitionsd.com

 

ARTS + CULTURE

All in the Timing 
Through May 5. This sextet of one-act comedies uses inspired language and wordplay to examine various attempts at relationships and communication with comical results. A hit off-Broadway, David Ives’ work will tease your brain with wit, intellect and satire. See website for show times and ticket prices. North Coast Rep, 987 Lomas Santa Fe, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055. northcoastrep.org

 

 

 

La Jolla Playhouse DNA New Work Series 
May 2-5. The Playhouse’s acclaimed new play development initiative is a rare and unique opportunity for theater lovers to be a part of a new work in its earliest stages of development. Projects will take place with little or no scenic, costume or staging elements, and actors may have scripts but you’ll definitely be the first to see it. See website for details of each show. Th, F, Sa 7:30 p.m. Sa, Su 2 p.m. Free. La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla, 858.550.1010. lajollaplayhouse.org

 

 

They Promised Her the Moon 
Through May 12. This West Coast premiere tells the true story of Jerrie Cobb, a skilled aviator who trained at NASA to become an astronaut in 1960, and the many forces that kept her from reaching orbit despite rigorous physical and psychological testing. See website for show times and ticket prices. Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage at The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623. theoldglobe.org

 

 

Photos: Cinco De Mayo Balboa Park courtesy Balboa Park Conservancy. Boardroom Surf Party courtesy Apt 101. Cinco De Mayo Old Town courtesy Cinco De Mayo Old Town. Mermaid Fitness and Side Barre courtesy JPR. Film and Float courtesy Lafayette Hotel. SciTech courtesy Fleet Science Center. Boy Band Brunch courtesy Searsucker. Cinco de Mayo Cookout courtesy Grain and Grit Collective. Mole & Mezcal dinner courtesy Bread and Butter PR.Star Wars Cocktails courtesy Wicked Creative. All in the Timing by Aaron Rumley. DNA New Work Series courtesy La Jolla Playhouse. They Promised Her The Moon by Jim Cox.

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