San Diego Weekend Events Roundup May 9-12

For a 5K run with the atmosphere of a music festival, head out to Night Nation Run on May 11.

Mother’s Day events, North Park Festival of Arts, Tacotopia and more… Check out the top San Diego weekend events for May 9-12.

Edited by Jordan Fraser.


Gator by the Bay
May 9-12. Come to the largest, most authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou. Gator by the Bay features four days of live music with more than 100 musical acts on seven stages; an array of Southern cuisine including 10,000 pounds of fresh crawfish trucked in from Louisiana; dancing and family fun. Th 6-10:30 p.m., F 3:30-10:30 p.m., Sa 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Su 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. $35-$150. Spanish Landing Park, 4300 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego.



Jerry Seinfeld
May 10. As the star, co-creator and namesake of one of America’s most beloved sitcoms, Jerry Seinfeld is famous for his uncanny ability to joke about the like things in life that everyone can relate to. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $70+. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.




Bernardo Winery Arts & Crafts Fair
May 11-12. A truly all-artisan fair, more than 125 of Southern California’s artists and crafters will be on site to sell everything from handmade jewelry, soaps and paintings to sculptures, local honey, clothing and pottery at this 42nd annual tradition. Treat mom to something special while also enjoying quality time in the food court, wine tasting and beautiful scenery of Bernardo Winery. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, Rancho Bernardo, 858.487.1866.



Night Nation Run
May 11. Party hard at this unique 5K run and music festival. Expect lots of music, dancing, party zones, selfie stations, light shows, a lantern land, a bubble world and multiple stages with DJs. Once you cross the finish line, the party continues with the “Epic Main Stage After Party” featuring top headliner DJs, and all the trappings of a traditional music festival. Runners are encouraged to arrive at 6 p.m. for the pre-party, race begins at 7:30 p.m. $29.99-$60. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar.



North Park Festival of Arts
May 11. Enjoy artwork from more than 100 artists including paintings, photography, pottery, handmade jewelry and more. Additional highlights at this diverse annual neighborhood event include a live art block where local street artists will transform everyday items into pieces of art right in front of you; four performance stages with a variety of music; and a craft beer block for guests 21+. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. 30th St. and University Ave., North Park.



San Diego Botanic Garden’s Chocolate Festival
May 11. Bring Mom for a relaxing day in the garden to sample chocolate from a variety of vendors. Plus, live demonstrations and tips on creating chocolate treats. Participating vendors include Bottega Italiana, Carlsbad Cookie Company, Nibble Chocolate and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with paid admission or membership. Tasting and activity tickets sold on site. 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, 760.436.3036.



May 11. Eat your weight in tacos, enjoy lucha libre wrestling, play lawn games and sample beer from 20 local breweries before casting your vote for the Best Taco award. Tacotopia is the largest unlimited taco event in San Diego, and has been designed to take advantage of Golden Hill Park’s stunning views. Live music and full-sized margaritas round out the day of fun in the sun. 21+. 1-4 p.m. See website for ticket prices. Golden Hill Park, 2590 Golden Hill Drive, Golden Hill. Tickets




Patisserie Melanie at You & Yours Distilling
May 11. Grab some last minute gifts for mom while sipping on hand-crafted garden cocktails paired with macarons from Patisserie Melanie. Meet with Chef Melanie and sample her signature viennoiserie before scooping up a four-pack of fresh floral macarons, featuring rose, violet, elderflower and poppy flavors. Small wrapped bouquets from Native Poppy will be available for purchase as well bottles of You & Yours Sunday Gin. Noon-3 p.m. Free to attend. 1495 G St., East Village, 619.955.8755. RSVP



Cusp Dining & Drinks
May 12. Moms get a welcome glass of bubbly during dinner with a view at Hotel La Jolla’s 11th-floor restaurant. If you prefer to take mom to brunch, enjoy specials from Chef Ingrid Funes such as crab Benedict made with herb focaccia, roasted tomatoes and hollandaise. Reservations recommended. 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, 858.551.3620.




Mother’s Day Champagne Jazz Brunch
May 12. Hornblower’s on-land venue The Abbey offers a rare, refined Uptown option for Mother’s Day. Originally constructed as an Episcopal church, this elegant 1910 landmark is San Diego’s only remaining Classic Revival structure. Treat mom to bottomless bubbly, an elaborate seasonal buffet, decadent desserts and live jazz entertainment by Republic of Music in this unique setting. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $55. 2825 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.686.8715.





Del’s Hideout
Now Open. Get service on your own schedule with “butler bell” service at this brand new, family-friendly spot from Cohn Restaurant Group that blends the convenience of ordering at the counter with a chef-driven menu and attentive follow up service. Executive Chef Tim Eylens incorporates his Texas-style barbecue into the menu alongside a selection of burgers, healthy grain bowls, appetizers and more, while the 5,400-square-foot space includes an array of retro arcade games, a children’s activity zone and more. 5351 Adobe Falls Road, Del Cerro, 619.255.8175.



Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy
Opens May 11. The Ivy League will never be the same as a pair of screwball deities from ancient Greece encounter the carnal complexity of college coeds, campus capers, and conspicuous consumption. When young professor Daphne cries out in a panic, “Save me, gods of ancient Greece!” she gets more than she bargained for in this world-premiere from two-time Olivier Award–winning comic playwright Ken Ludwig. 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.


Art Glass Guild Show and Sale
May 11-12. Find the perfect gift for mom or piece of art for yourself at the Aet Glass Guild’s Spring Patio Show and Sale. More than 30 juried artists will exhibit custom glass creations. The show also includes live torch work demonstrations, a hands-on area for kids and adults to create their own mosaic art to take home and live music. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Spanish Village Art Center, 1770 Village Place, Balboa Park, 619.702.8006.



Through May 26. Tap your toes along to the iconic cowboy songs including “Cool Water,” “Texas in the Spring” and “Cowboy Sweetheart” in this surprising, funny and warm-hearted show for the whole family. During World War II, a BBC studio crew must act fast to fill in when Tex Riley’s Singing Cowboys are late for a live broadcast from London. See website for show times an ticket prices. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., 619.437.6000.



Photos: Gator By the Bay by John Hancock. Jerry Seinfeld courtesy AEG Presents. Chocolate Festival by Lisa Reynolds. Night Nation Run courtesy Olive PR. North Park Festival of Arts courtesy North Park Festival of Arts. Cusp Dining and Drinks courtesy The Nth Element. Patisserie Melanie at Your and Yours courtesy Chemistry PR. Tacotopia courtesy Tacotopia. Arts and Crafts fair courtesy Bernardo Winery. Del’s Hideout courtesy H2PR. The Gods of Comedy by Tom Miller. Art Glass Guild Show and Sale couresy Chris Stell. Chaps courtesy Lambs Players Theatre.