Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego Cinco de Mayo Weekend Events

San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.

old-town-fiestaCINCO DE MAYO
Old Town Fiesta
May 3-5. Head to historic Old Town for San Diego’s biggest Cinco de Mayo celebration. This 30th annual fiesta offers sizzling flamenco beats, traditional Mariachi music and much more on two event stages. Also explore the museums, specialty shops, and lively streets of the bustling Mercado. Cool off with in the beer garden or become a tequila connoisseur in the high-end tequila sampling area, then visit one of the 20 Old Town restaurants to enjoy zesty food specials. Along San Diego Avenue and in Old Town Historic State Park, Old Town.

casa-guad-cincoCinco de Mayo at Casa Guadalajara, Casa de Pico and Casa de Bandini
May 4-5. Casa Guadalajara, Casa de Pico and Casa de Bandini are celebrating Cinco de Mayo all weekend long with food and drink specials including the festive “Cincorita,”  a margarita made with strawberry, Midori and lime flavors in layers of green, white and red in homage to the Mexican flag. While dining, guest can soak up some culture with the strolling Mariachi players and Folkloric dancers. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Casa Guadalajara, 4105 Taylor St., San Diego, 619.295.5111. Casa de Pico, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa, 619.463.3267. Casa de Bandini, 1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, 760.634.3443.

Junior League of San Diego Food and Wine Festival 
May 4. The Junior League and 98.1 Smooth Jazz present this annual tasting festival that includes tastes and libations from more than 50 top local restaurants and beverage purveyors. Tickets include cocktail tastings, gourmet bites, wine and craft beers, plus a viewing of the Kentucky Derby. There’s also a silent auction, Derby day prizes live music and much more. 2-6 p.m. Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla Cove. 

carlsbad-village-faireCarlsbad 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.

chocolate-festivalChocolate Festival
May 4-5. It’s a decadent celebration of chocolate on the bay at this tasting and educational festival featuring food, wine, and a variety of chocolate treats. This delicious event brings together the Maritime Museum with the Historic Division of Mars, one of the world’s leading chocolate manufacturers, for lectures, tastings and interactive demonstrations where guests will be able to touch, taste, smell, and experience chocolate as it was enjoyed by our Founding Fathers. Children’s activities include a scavenger hunt, craft activities, “make your own chocolate pizza,” while adults can imbibe in luxurious wine and chocolate pairings. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $16. Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N Harbor Dr., San Diego. 619.234.9153.

Padres Baseball
May 3-8. The Padres are at home for two back-to-back series against the Arizona Diamondbacks through Sunday and then the Florida Marlins through Wednesday. Arrive early to Friday’s game for the annual Beerfest and enjoy tastings from some local breweries and live music before the game. First pour is at 5 p.m. in the Park at the Park. On Saturday, all attendees will take home a Padres towel. Friday 7:10 p.m., Saturday 5:40 p.m., Sunday 1:10 p.m. Petco Park, 100 Park Ave., East Village.

May 4-5. Grammy-award winning and multi-platinum selling artist Prince is packing in four shows in two short days. Along with his new backing band, 3RD Eye Girl, Prince will perform his signature hybrid sound—a mixture of funk, rock, pop, R&B and New Wave— sounds at these exclusive, intimate shows. 21+. Legends Ballroom at Hard Rock Hotel, 207 5th Avenue, San Diego. 619.702.3000.

Billy Elliot 
Through May 5. Music legend Elton John lends his talents to the musical score of this Tony Award winning Broadway smash about a poor boy who transitions from the boxing ring to a ballet class and discovers his life’s purpose during the dissolution of coal mine unions in England. A big musical with an even bigger heart, Billy Elliot is based on the international hit film of the same name. Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.

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., downtown. 619.570.1100.

Carlsbad Flower Fields 
Through May 12. Just a few days left to enjoy 50 acres of extraordinary color blooming on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean along with walking trails, gift shops and events for the whole family. For the first time in 15 years, the ranunculus flowers have been arranged in a new color pattern, offering a brand new beauty to those who frequent the fields. While basking in the breathtaking colors, walk rose gardens, take an antique tractor ride and immerse yourself in nature—there’s even a living maze made of sweet pea blossoms. Be sure to check the website for exciting events and festivals throughout the season. Interstate 5 at Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad. 760.431.0352.