San Diego Weekend Events Roundup May 10-13

Witness the story of three generations of Afghan women and their resilience in “A Thousand Splendid Suns.”

From Mother’s Day celebrations to outdoor food and art festivals, check out the top San Diego weekend events for May 10-13.

Edited by Eva Scattergood.


Gator by the Bay
May 10-13. Check out to the largest, most authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou. Gator by the Bay features four days of live music with more than 100 musical acts on seven stages; an array of southern cuisine, including 10,000 pounds of fresh crawfish trucked in from Louisiana; dancing; and family fun. See website for hours and ticket prices. Spanish Landing Park, 4300 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego.  




Festival of the Arts North Park
May 12. Peruse artwork from more than 100 artists at this annual North Park festival, including paintings, photography, pottery, handmade jewelry and more available for viewing and sale. Additional highlights include a live art block where local street artists will transform everyday items into pieces of art right in front of you; four performance stages with a variety of genres of music; and a craft beer block for guests 21+. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. 30th St. and University Ave., North Park.



Liberty Station’s Outdoor Film Series
Starts May 12. On the second Saturday of each month, enjoy a variety of outdoor film screenings at Liberty Station. Disney’s Coco kicks off the series, which highlights films that reflect the diverse arts and culture offerings at the growing Arts District. Additional happenings include surprise pop-up performances and activities, along with shorts preceding the feature film. Movies start after sunset. Free. Liberty Station North Promenade, 2848 Dewey Road, San Diego.



Paella Wine and Beer Festival
May 12. Witness 40 local chefs compete to represent San Diego at the World Paella Championship in Spain. Featured chefs include Javier Plascencia, Claudia Sandoval, Mario Medina, Flor Franco and Leo Razo to name a few. Tickets include access to more than 80 different kinds of paella; as well as beer, wine and sangria from Spain, Baja and San Diego. Executive chef Vicente Ortiz will also be on-site to set the record for cooking the largest paella ever made in the U.S. 1-6 p.m. $38+ GA; $89+ VIP; free for children under 12. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Park Way, downtown.



San Diego Botanic Garden’s Chocolate Festival
May 12. Bring mom for a relaxing day in the garden to sample chocolate from a variety of vendors. Participants include Bottega Italiana, Carlsbad Cookie Company, Nibble Chocolate and more. Demonstrations and tips on creating chocolate treats will also be featured. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tasting tickets $1 per ticket. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas.




Shaper Festival of Surfing
May 12. See the fifth annual Shaper Festival of Surfing at Seaside Reef in Encinitas—the only surf contest where every competitor rides his or her own handmade surfboard. This year the festival will feature the inaugural SurfAid Cup Encinitas to raise funds for SurfAid, as well as local craft breweries and a lineup of musicians. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Free to attend, $15 for all-day parking. 2526 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas.  




May 13. Taste all of the chef’s hand-crafted delicacies at this Mother’s Day brunch. Menu highlights include made-to-order omelettes, brioche french toast, lobster and shrimp tartlets, carved pepper-crusted New York strip, ti leaf roasted ono, citrus parmesan risotto and more. See website to make reservations. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $79 adults; $19 ages 5-12; free for children 4 and under. Chandler’s at Cape Rey Resort, 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad.



Mezé Greek Fusion
May 13. Treat mom to “The Mother of All Bloody Marys” made with housemade bloody mary mix, garnished with jumbo shrimp and bacon. Pair it with the avgo-cado pita, flash fried pita topped with sliced avocado, feta and poached eggs or orange zest Kahlua French toast served with powdered sugar and whipped cream. Call to make reservations. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Mezé Greek Fusion, 345 6th Ave., downtown, 619.550.1600.




Ocean Pearl Spa
May 13. Take advantage of the Spring Renewal specials this Mother’s Day. Features include an avocado body wrap, hydrating herbal facial, spring renewal massage and flower fields pedicure. All specials come with a glass of sparkling wine and use of the spa facilities. Call or see website to book an appointment. $85-$130. Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa, 5480 Grand Pacific Dr., Carlsbad, 760.827.2700.




May 13. A brand new brunch menu has arrived just in time for Mother’s Day. Indulge in options like the lobster scramble, house-smoked salmon, monte cristo torta, breakfast pizza or the hipster avocado toast. Don’t forget to order a hot cinnamon bun as they sell out fast. Pair your meal with a signature cocktail like the Diego Sunrise, Pineapple Nirvana or Trinidad Sour as you look out over the championship golf course. See website for pricing. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Vue at Omni La Costa Resort, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad.



Everyday California IPA Release Party
May 11. Originally released in fall 2017, San Diego’s Resident Brewing Co. is bringing back their IPA created in partnership with La Jolla-based company Everyday California. To celebrate, OB Surf Lodge will be hosting a beer release party featuring food and drink specials, including $5 biscuit sandwiches and $5 EDCA IPA pints. There will also be a beach cleanup beforehand. Beach cleanup 4-5 p.m., event 5-8 p.m. 5083 Santa Monica Ave., Ocean Beach.



Ballast Point Beer Dinner
May 12. Enjoy a four-course dinner complete with craft beer pairings from local brewery Ballast Point. Menu highlights include hamachi paired with Aloha Sculpin, spring lamb paired with Indra Kunindra, a beet red velvet cake paired with a nitro stout and more. 6 p.m. $75. AVANT at Rancho Bernardo Inn, 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr., Rancho Bernardo. RSVP to Carmen at 858.675.8551 or




The Crack Shack x Salt & Straw Signature Milkshakes
Available now. The Crack Shack and Salt & Straw have teamed up to create signature milkshakes just in time for summer. Culinary director of Crack Shack, Jon Sloan, has created two flavors that have just been added to the menu: Salted Caramel with biscuit crumble and caramel sauce, as well as Brownie with cookie crumble and fudge. See website for hours. $7.75. The Crack Shack, 2266 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy; 407 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas.




“Carmina Burana” and “Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp”
May 11-13. Join City Ballet of San Diego as it closes its season with two programs. Carmina Burana takes place at the end of the Roaring ‘20s and the beginning of the financial crisis. Choreographed by Geoff Gonzalez, there will be a 100-voice choir providing the musical foundation, along with the City Ballet orchestra. Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp was inspired by Mozart’s score, which results in a neo-classical ballet choreographed by Elizabeth Wistrich. See website for show times. $25-$85. Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown, 858.272.8663.



“A Thousand Splendid Suns”
Opens May 12. Set in the war-torn neighborhoods of Kabul in the 1990s, A Thousand Splendid Suns is the story of three generations of Afghan women and their resilience. This production has been adapted for the stage by Irish-Indian playwright Ursula Rani Sarma and features music from renowned composer David Coulter. See website for show times. $30+. The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.


Gator by the Bay photo credit to Jon Naugle. Chocolate Festival photo courtesy of Lisa Reynolds. Chandler’s photo credit to Justin McChesney Wachs. Bloody Mary photo courtesy of Mezé Greek Fusion. Crack Shack photo credit to James Tran.