Events | San Diego Things To Do In May 2014

San Diego Things To Do In May 2014

May-eventsFind the best things to do this May in our events roundup. We’ve gathered the best San Diego things to do in May 2014.

San Diego Padres
Catch a San Diego Padres home game at Petco Park, with rivals including the Arizona Diamondbacks (May 2-4), Kansas City Royals (May 5-7), Florida Marlins (May 8-11), Minnesota Twins (May 20-21) and Chicago Cubs (May 22-25). Check the website for special park events including Kids’ Fest, Beer Fest and a beach blanket giveaway. Petco Park, East Village.

Cinco De Mayo
May 2-4. Head to historic Old Town for three days of festivities—including food and drink specials, folk dances, historical reenactments and plenty of tequila—all celebrating Mexican heritage and pride. Along San Diego Avenue and inside Old Town Historic State Park, Old Town.

Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival
May 4. Sample cocktails, gourmet bites, wine and craft beers from more than 50 top local restaurants and beverage purveyors, and enjoy a viewing of the Kentucky Derby—hats and Derby attire highly encouraged. Participating vendors include Herringbone, Oceanaire and The Hake. 21+. 1-5 p.m. Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla Cove.

Gator by the Bay Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival
May 8-11. Get a true taste of the bayou at the west coast’s premier blues and crawfish festival, now extended to four rockin’ days. More than 50 performers will rock multiple stages, including a performance Grammy Award winner Chubby Carrier. The festival boasts more than 8,000 pounds of crawfish, cooking demonstrations, dancing and Cajun fun for the whole family. Spanish Landing Park at Harbor Island. 619.234.8612. 

Ocean Beach Kite Festival
May 10.
Learn to make a simple kite that is guaranteed to fly at this family festival now in its 66th year. In addition to traditional kite making for children, the event includes flying demonstrations and kite stunts by professionals and dedicated amateurs. There are also carnival rides and food booths to keep the family entertained all day. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dusty Rhodes Park, Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, Ocean Beach.

Water by the Spoonful
May 11. After serving in Iraq, Elliot Ortiz begins a new life. At the same time, four strangers in an online chat room seek support to face demons of their own, causing the real world and the virtual one to intersect. Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for drama. White Theatre at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. 619.234.5623.

Christina Perri
May 14.
TheiTunes’ Breakthrough Pop Artist of 2011, Christina Perri stormed on the scene with her “Lovestrong” album, featuring the breakthrough single “Jar of Hearts.” She went on to land “A Thousand Years” as the coveted theme song for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Perri is currently touring to support her latest album, “Head or Heart,” which dropped in March. Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island. 619.224.3577.

Ramona Rodeo
May 16-18.
As Randy Houser says, put your boots on for some top notch rodeo. One of the country’s top PRCA sanctioned full-scale pro rodeos, Ramona Rodeo’s competitive events include barrel racing, tie-down roping, bull riding and bareback riding. Other activities include a cowgirl fashion show, cowboy and cowgirl mixer, activities for kids, clowns, rodeo queens, and photo and autograph opportunities. Ramona Outdoor Community Center, Fred Grand Arena, 421 Aqua Lane, Ramona. 760.650.6566.

North Park Festival of the Arts
May 17.This 18th annual celebration of the arts will feature more than 40 artists showcasing their work, a kids art block and live music. The Waypoint Craft Beer Block will offer more than 30 craft beers. Between art viewings and beer tastings, enjoy live performances on six different stages. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The festival is free, but tickets are required for the beer garden. University Ave. between 30th and 32nd streets, North Park. 619.294.2501.

Pet Day on the Bay
May 17.
Hornblower’s popular, pup-friendly Pet Day on the Bay promises a tail-wagging good time. Take advantage of the one time each year that Hornblower invites dogs to cruise for free with their owners on a one-hour narrated tour of San Diego Bay. Pet Day doubles as a towel and blanket drive benefiting the homeless animals of the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Guests are encouraged to contribute a gently used blanket or towel. Cruises depart at 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. 1800 N Harbor Dr., San Diego. 619.686.8715.

Sicilian Festival
May 18. Little Italy’s colorful celebration and 21st annual tribute to Sicily is dedicated to preserving Sicilian and Italian culture and heritage. The Sicilian Cultural Pavilion features a wide variety of artists and historians showcasing their Italian pride. Nosh on authentic Sicilian cuisine and enjoy real Italian and Sicilian entertainment, including everything from opera to contemporary music, on four stages. The festival also includes a children’s area, a Peroni beer and wine tent, a car show and a grape stomp. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. India Street, Little Italy. 619.469.2206.

May 22-25.
Famous for his borderline insane antics as part of Johnny Knoxville’s MTV series,Steve-O (a.k.a. Stephen Glover) has become a household name synonymous with hilarity. After deciding college wasn’t for him, he enrolled in Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College to help further his goal of becoming a professional stuntman. With the launch of his “Steve-O Don’t Try This At Home Tour,” he established himself as an accomplished stage performer. American Comedy Co., 818 B Sixth Ave., San Diego. 619.795.3858.

Twelfth Night
May 23-June 29. The Shakespeare classic comedy of love, longing, impersonation and mistaken identity gets a local update as it’s set at the Hotel del Coronado during the 1930s. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado. 619.437.6000.

The Book of Mormon
May 27-June 8. From the creators of South Park, experience the religious satire musical that everyone’s raving about. The Broadway hit is also the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Contains explicit language. Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown. 619.570.1100.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
June 1. Rock out during this 26.2-mile trek that features live music lining the streets, cheer squads and a huge post-marathon concert to end the race with a bang. The race route includes more than nine miles of San Diego’s scenic waterfront and a stretch through Petco Park. The post-race concert at the finish line festival is open to the public.





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