San Diego Weekend Events Roundup May 3-6

Sample beers from more than 60 breweries at the Rhythm & Brews Craft Beer and Music Festival.

From musical festivities to Cinco de Mayo celebrations, check out the top San Diego weekend events for May 3-6.

Edited by Eva Scattergood.


Disney on Ice presents “Frozen”
May 3-6. Discover Disney’s story of Frozen like never before with ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music that will transport you to Arendelle. Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, highlights include special appearances by Disney princesses and stars from Toy Story, Finding Dory and The Lion King. See website for show times. $15+. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego. Tickets  




Julian Wildflower Show
May 4-6. View wildflowers from all around Julian’s mountain valley, displayed at the Town Hall and arranged by the different geographical areas and plant zones from which they were picked. Display cards provide the name of each plant, along with their uses for health and healing by Native Americans. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Julian Town Hall, 2129 Main St., Julian.




Junior League Food and Wine Festival
May 5. Enjoy sips and bites from San Diego’s top restaurants and beverage purveyors at this festival put on by the Junior League of San Diego. With a Kentucky Derby theme, guests are encouraged to don their favorite derby hats and dress to impress as they watch a live viewing of the 144th annual Kentucky Derby. Vendors include Farmer & the Seahorse, We Olive, Truluck’s and Fallbrook Winery, to name a few. Noon-5 p.m. $85 GA, $110 VIP. Ellen Scripps Browning Park at La Jolla Cove, 1100 Coast Blvd., La Jolla.




Derby Day at Trade
May 5. Gather around to watch the 144th annual Kentucky Derby. Keep tabs on the races while sipping on Bulleit Bourbon juleps, on special all day. While you’re there, grab a bite from Trade restaurant’s California-inspired menu. 11 a.m.-midnight. Trade at Hotel Republic, 421 West B St., downtown.





Rhythm & Brews Craft Beer and Music Festival
May 5. Craft beer lovers rejoice at the opportunity to sample beers from more than 60 breweries while listening to musical performances by L.A. Edwards and Trouble in the Wind. New this year is a VIP section featuring an exclusive tented beer garden, food from local establishments and rare beers. VIP entrance noon, event 1-4 p.m. $45 GA, $65 VIP. Historic Vista Village, S. Citrus Ave. and E. Broadway, Vista.




Boots & Dukes Country Fest
May 6. Head to the rooftop of the Hard Rock Hotel for the Gaslamp Quarter’s newest festival. Expect barbecue, beer, line-dancing and a laid-back pool, paired with country music all day long, featuring headliner Frankie Ballard. 21+. Noon-7 p.m. $15+. Hard Rock Hotel, 207 Fifth Ave., downtown.  




Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo
May 4-6. Celebrate all weekend long in San Diego’s historic neighborhood of Old Town. Highlights include four stages with live entertainment, a beer and margarita garden and the Lowrider Lane car show. Be sure to check out the variety of food and retail vendors, as well as the children’s area featuring Wells Fargo stagecoach rides. F 4-10 p.m.; Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. San Diego Avenue between Conde and Twiggs, Old Town, 619.291.4903.



Cinco de Mayo in Balboa Park
May 5. Experience a family-friendly fiesta filled with Mexican music and dance performances, colorful horseback riders, strolling mariachis, a fashion show of traditional Mexican dress, hands-on activity booths for kids, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks and more. The day-long celebration culminates with a 5 p.m. concert in Spreckels Organ Pavilion, featuring crowd-favorite Jarabe Mexicano, accompanied by the SDSU School of Music Percussion Ensemble. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego.



Jalisco Cantina
May 5. Visit Oceanside’s first tequila bar, named after the home of the blue agave plant, to celebrate this holiday. Here you’ll find an exclusive selection of some of the finest tequilas and mezcals in the world. Sip on tasting flights of these spirits or toast with house margaritas like the Cilantro Smash, Mango Serrano or the Pineapple Jalapeño. 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Jalisco Cantina, 213 N. Coast Hwy., Oceanside, 760.429.1679.





The Patio at Night Pop-Up at KITCHEN 1540
May 2-5. Enjoy dishes created by chef Nathan Lingle using crops picked by regional farmers and locally sourced proteins. Depending on the day, menu highlights include small plates and shareables such as burrata cheese with grilled peaches, smoked almonds and arugula. Family-style plates feature cioppino with a tomato fennel broth, a lamb porterhouse or Skuna Bay salmon. Bring your pup along to enjoy bowls from the Baxter’s Bites menu on the patio. Call for reservations. 5:30-9:30 p.m. L’Auberge Del Mar, 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.793.6460.



An’s Dry Cleaning Gelato Pop-Up
May 6. Soon-to-open An’s Dry Cleaning gelato shop is holding a pop-up at their neighbor, Polite Provisions. An’s gelato maker worked with Polite Provisions bartenders to create flavors inspired by cocktails: the Ocean Side featuring fresh lime, mint, sea salt and celery bitters; the Kentucky Buck with fresh lemon, strawberry and house-made ginger beer; and more. 1 p.m.-sell out. Polite Provisions, 4696 30th St., North Park.




“Summer Splash” Opening Reception
May 5. Mix and mingle with the artists at Del Mar Art Center Gallery’s opening reception of Summer Splash. Discover the new selection of art—ranging in style and medium—created by established and emerging artists from the San Diego area. 5-8 p.m. Free. 1555 Camino Del Mar, Suite 314, Del Mar, 858.481.1678.




“Facing-off Across Sunset Boulevard”
May 5-6. Join the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus—San Diego’s oldest and largest community orchestra and chorus—for their fifth concert of the season. Guest conductor Sameer Patel will lead the orchestra in Arnold Schoenberg’s Five Pieces for Orchestra, Olivier Messiaen’s Un Sourire, Hannah Lash’s Eating Flowers and more. See website for show times and ticket prices. Mandeville Auditorium at UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, 858.534.4637.


Derby Day at Trade photo courtesy of Jason Dewey Photography. “Summer Splash” artwork by Randy Doering.