Events | San Diego Things To Do in May 2013

San Diego Things To Do in May 2013

Find the best San Diego things to do in May 2013, in our events roundup.

Pet Day on the Bay is May 18.

Hornblower’s Pet Day on the Bay is May 18.

Padres Baseball
May 3-8, 16-20, 29-31. The Padres are home for more than half of May, with exciting series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Florida Marlins, the Washington Nationals, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Seattle Mariners. Check the schedule for a complete list of special events. Petco Park, 1 Park Blvd., East Village. sandiegopadres.com

Cinco de Mayo
May 3-5. What better place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than San Diego’s historic Old town? San Diego’s biggest Cinco celebration includes folk dances, historical reenactments and plenty of tequila—all in celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Along San Diego Avenue and in Old Town Historic State Park, Old Town, oldtownsandiegoguide.com

Carlsbad Village Faire 
May 5. Take in the beauty of Carlsbad’s seaside community while browsing unique booths, indulging in delectable eats and enjoying family entertainment. The festival hosts more than 850 vendors selling everything from clothes, accessories and plants to household products, art, antiques and home decor. Fifty international food booths will serve everything from Thai to Hawaiian cuisine, and the children’s area will entertain youngsters with games, a super slide, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall, face painting, and arts and crafts. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Grand Avenue near the ocean, Carlsbad. 760.945.9288. carlsbad.org

Aziz Ansari’s Buried Alive Tour
May 6. TV Guide named him a “scene stealer” and Yahoo! TV placed him in the number one spot on their list of “TV MVPS:  The Most Valuable Performers of the Fall Season.” No matter how you slice it, Aziz Ansari is leaving his mark on the comedy world. See him outside of prime time with this multi-city worlds tour to see if you agree with Rolling Stone dubbing him the “funniest man under 30.” San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., San Diego. 619.570.1100. sandiegotheatres.org

Ray at Night
May 11. Shop local and find unique, one of a kind items amid performing arts and musical entertainment while meandering through the area around Ray Street. Businesses, galleries and shops in the North Park Arts District stay open late for this monthly art walk, which is now in its twelfth year. Participating galleries usually include Cirello Gallery, Ray Street Custom Framing, Soul Ryde, The Red Crow, Dani Dodge Art and more. Every second Saturday of the month. 6-10 p.m. North Park Arts District, Ray Street between University and North Park Way. rayatnightartwalk.com

The Fleet’s 40th Anniversary Big Bang Gala
May 11. The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is celebrating 40 years of success in bringing hands-on science to San Diego with a bang. Experience an elegant evening in Balboa Park as the Fleet honors its past leaders and projects on its innovative future, and enjoy festive cocktails, dinner, dancing and more. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Fleet’s mission of “inspiring lifelong learning by furthering the public understanding and enjoyment of science and technology.” Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. San Diego. 619.238.1233 x830. rhfleet.org/events/40th-anniversary-big-bang-gala

Gator by the Bay Music Festival
May 10-12. Get a true taste of the bayou, including a chance to win a trip to Louisiana at the west coast’s premier annual blues and crawfish festival. More than 70 performers will rock six stages, including a performance by rock and blues legend Johnny Vernazza. The festival boasts over 8,000 pounds of crawfish, cooking demonstrations, dancing and Cajun fun for the whole family. Spanish Landing Park at Harbor Island, 619.234.8612. gatorbythebay.com

Mother’s Day
San Diego has plenty of special treats for mom this Mother’s Day. From complimentary champagne to brunch buffets to spa treatments, there are a ton of ways to spoil mom in May. Check out our full Mother’s Day guide!

North Park Festival Of The Arts 
May 18. The historic, eclectic and charming district of North Park comes together for a weekend full of art, culture, shopping and culinary treats from some of San Diego’s hippest chefs. The juried arts area will feature more than 40 artists selling original artwork across a spectrum of mediums. The craft beer block returns to Ohio Street with craft beer and boutique wines native to Southern California. Between art viewings and beer tastings, enjoy live performances on six different stages. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival is free, access to the beer garden is $30. University Ave. between 30th and 32nd streets, North Park. 619.294.2501. northparkfestivalofarts.com

Pet Day on the Bay
May 18. Hornblower’s popular, pup-friendly Pet Day on San Diego 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 this one-hour narrated tour of San Diego Bay. Pet Day doubles as a towel and blanket drive benefitting the homeless animals of the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Guests are encouraged to contribute a gently used blanket or towel that will warm needy animals. Cruises depart at 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. 970 N Harbor Dr., San Diego. 619.686.8715. hornblower.com

Sicilian Festival 
May 19. Dedicated to preserving Sicilian and Italian culture and heritage, this 19th annual festival highlights music, dance and art. 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 on four stages offering everything from opera to contemporary music. The festival also includes a children’s area, a Peroni beer and wine tent, a car show and a grape stomp. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. India Street, Little Italy. 619.469.2206. sicilianfesta.com

Lifelike 
Through May 27. The Museum of Contemporary Art presents a gripping exhibit of commonplace objects, such as an eraser and paper bag, which have been transformed into playful, surreal paintings; sculptures; edgy photography and other compelling works of art.  Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.454.3541.mcasd.org/exhibitions/lifelike

American Idiot 
May 28-June 2. Based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. The show features hits including “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns” and the title track, “American Idiot,” with lyrics by Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. Charles Isherwood of the New York Times described the experience as “thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I’ve seen this year!” Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100. sandiegotheatres.org

access/ABILITY
Through June 30. Explore the ability in disability at this award-winning exhibit created by Boston Children’s Museum. Featuring hands-on activities and real, personal stories that inspire visitors of all ages, access/ABILITY includes stations to learn phrases in American Sign Language, type your name in Braille and try a hand-pedaled bike and take part in a multi-sensory City Walk. Powerful and highly interactive, access/ABILITY teaches respect, understanding and that people living with disabilities lead active, fulfilling and meaningful lives. Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619.239.2001.museumofman.org 

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