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San Diego Memorial Day Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend

Cocktail-Pop-searsuckerFOOD + DRINK
Cocktail Pop

May 23. Come out for an evening of cocktails mixed by the masters of Snake Oil Cocktail Co. and appetizers by Searsucker that will be entirely guided by the sounds of Nirvana’s album, Nevermind, which celebrated it’s 20th anniversary last year. The melodies, beats and lyrics of the music will be interpreted, complimented and contrasted through drink offerings paired with each track. Menu highlights include Smells Like Teen Spirit, made with Hendrick’s, strawberry jam and strawberry bitters. Music provided by DJ Bobby Calabrese. 9-11 p.m. $60. Searsucker, 611 Fifth Avenue, San Diego. 619.233.7327.


May 26-Jan. 1. Explore the good, the bad and the downright ugly about how the human body works at this showcase of sophisticated animatronics and imaginative, interactive exhibits. Take a Tour du Nose to explore 10 nasal features, including how your snot acts as an air filter, mimic the build-up of acid indigestion with the Burp Machine and explore the role of the kidney in a virtual reality experience. Included with admission. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, San Diego. 619.238.1233.

ramp-it-up-museum-of-manRamp It Up:  Skateboard Culture in Native America
Through Sept. 9. This exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution explores the positive impact that skateboarding has had on Native American communities. Native kids who skate find that it instills focus and discipline while inspiring and encouraging creativity. The lessons learned in a skatepark speak to the inner strength of each skater and are a metaphor for the Native experience – when you fall, get up and try again. Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619.239.2001.

Gaslamp Music and Art Festival
May 26. Party in the Gaslamp! Kick off the festival at one of downtown’s newest hot spots, Barleymash, to pick up the event program with details of the day’s venues and performances on 22 different stages. Venues include Café Sevilla, Croces, Hard Rock Café, Jimmy Loves, The Field, The Tipsy Crow, Whiskey Girl and many more. Be sure to catch a series of art exhibits curated by alexander Salazar Fine Art and a fashion show presented by Dolcetti, A Style Concierge and Goorin Brothers. Gaslamp Quarter.

sing-dance-crawl-gaslampSing, Dance, Crawl
May 26. Step into some of San Diego’s trendiest bars and get the full nightclub experience in the middle of the day. Forget the long lines, cover charges and dress codes, and enjoy drink specials, dancing and even karaoke. The crawl begins at House of Blues and moves on to nightlife heavy hitters like Fluxx and Guest House at Stingaree, which are open exclusively for Sing, Dance, Crawl. Feeling brave? Fifteen lucky souls will get to sing on the main stage at House of Blues with a full band. 1 p.m. Downtown.

Manta at SeaWorld
May 26. SeaWorld’s brand new mega-attraction will seamlessly transition you from watching rays underwater to the sensation of actually being one. On Manta, riders soar, dive and twist like a ray on SeaWorld’s first multi-media double-launch coaster. Featuring a unique launch station, the ride begins in an enclosed tunnel with larger-than-life images of rays projected on a 270-degree enveloping screen before Manta launches you down the half-mile track. There’s also a new 100,000-gallon aquarium for non-riders to see the rays through eight large acrylic windows. SeaWorld, 500 SeaWorld Dr., San Diego. 800.257.4268.

The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour

May 25. The founding members of one of the world’s most legendary bands in popular music history have reunited for a global 50th Anniversary celebration. The 50th Anniversary tour marks the band’s first major outing to include Brian Wilson in more than two decades. The tour also supports a new album and commemorative catalog release. The new album’s lead single, “That’s Why God Made The Radio,” showcases The Beach Boys’ famous harmonies in an upbeat, beaming ode to music’s radio champions around the world. Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, 2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. 619.671.3500.

allison-krauss-humphreys-coAllison Krauss
May 27. Making her first appearance at Humphreys since performing with Robert Plant, Alison Krauss returns with Union Station for the Paper Airplane tour. Her eagerly anticipated album released last April debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and the Bluegrass Albums Chart. Krauss effortlessly bridges the gap between roots music and country, rock and pop. She’s sold an excess of 12 million albums and garnered 26 Grammy Awards, the most for any female and the third most of any recording artist in Grammy history. Humphreys by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego. 800.745.3000.

Two by Pinter: The Lover and The Dumb Waiter 

May 26-Jun. 17. Two of the early one acts that helped broaden the course of theatrical expression are performed back to back. Thrillingly sexy with an air of mystery, The Lover will keep you on the edge of your seat as the worlds of fantasy and reality collide. With The Dumb Waiter’s great humor, absurdity and wit leads this “comedy of menace” to its unexpected conclusion. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055.

scottsboro-boys-old-globeThe Scottsboro Boys

Through Jun. 10. Based on the notorious 1930s Scottsboro case, this inspiring tale tells the story of the nine unjustly accused African-American men whose lives would eventually spark the Civil Rights Movement. This daring and wildly entertaining new musical explores the pivotal moment in American history with arresting originality, innovative staging and a breathtaking score. Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.23.GLOBE.

nobody-loves-you-old-globeNobody Loves You

Through Jun. 17. A funny and irreverent world premiere musical comedy, Nobody Loves You takes audiences on a hilarious behind-the-scenes ride through reality television and into real life. When Jeff, a philosophy grad student, joins a dating show to win back his ex, he breaks all the rules and tries to blow the game wide open … until he meets Jenny. In a world where every kiss is staged for the cameras, can two people find a real connection?  White Theatre at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. 619.23.GLOBE.




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