San Diego

Weekend roundup

May 19-22


California Wine Festival

May 20-21. After a two-year hiatus, the California Wine Festival returns to the newly renovated Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad. The event showcases nearly 250 wines from more than 70 wineries across the state—from Napa to Sonoma to Santa Barbara to Temecula. Participants include Adobe Road Winery, Cuvaison Estate Wines, Doffo Winery, Dry Creek Vineyard and more. Guests can pair pours with gourmet bites from top North County restaurants; while enjoying ocean views and live entertainment. See website for schedule and tickets (21+). 7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Carlsbad.

North Park Music Fest

May 21-22. North Park’s popular all-ages festival is back for two days of local music, food, live art, craft beer and other libations. Three separate entertainment stages will host around 40 acts—including the Petty Saints, Lord Howler, Little Hurricane, the Goldettes, Whitney Shay, Finnegan Blue, Silent Comedy, Euphoria Brass Band and Wavves. Fuel up with eclectic fare from 30 local vendors, from paella to handmade ice cream to gourmet snow cones. Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Su noon-6 p.m. $20-$30 (free admission for kids age 11 and under). North Park Mini Park, 3812 29th St., North Park. More Info

OMBAC Over The Line Beer Fest

May 21. Enjoy some fun under the sun in the form of beer sampling. As part of its sixth annual, two-day Over The Line tournament this weekend, OMBAC San Diego is also presenting a craft beer festival on Saturday. Guests can sample fare from food trucks like Dirty Birds and Baby’s Badass Burgers; along with pours from the area’s top breweries—including AleSmith, Second Chance Beer Company, Thorn Brewing, The Lost Abbey, Mike Hess Brewing and Societe Brewing. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $40 general admission (21+). Mariner’s Point Park, 1215 Mariners Way, Mission Bay. Tickets

Carlsbad Strawberry Company Adventures

Open. Strawberry season is in full swing in San Diego County. And the berries are ripe for the picking at this popular family-owned farm—home to 25 acres of “U-pick” strawberry fields. (Fun fact: Each acre produces an average of 21 tons of strawberries per year!) Visitors can also wander through the sunflower maze; play free games; explore hay pyramids; and take tractor rides around the property. Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $5 admission per person; $12 per single U-pick bucket. 1050 Cannon Road, Carlsbad, 760.603.9608.

Food + Drink

Wing Fest San Diego 2022

May 21. Who has the tastiest chicken wing recipe in San Diego? Head to this spirited competition and festival to find out. Guests can sample preparations from the county’s top culinary “wing masters” and chefs; along with beer and other libations; vendors offering sauces, spices and rubs; and live entertainment, including DJs, games and giveaways. Tickets also include entry to the annual Festival of Cars, showcasing San Diego’s best rides—with proceeds benefitting the San Diego Automotive Museum. Noon-7 p.m. $30-$50 (beverages not included). Broadway Pier, 1000 N. Embarcadero, downtown. Tickets

New Vegan Menu at Civico 1845

Now Available. Serving Calabrian cuisine for both carnivores and vegans, Civico 1845 opened in 2015 as the first U.S. restaurant to offer a full vegan Italian menu. Now co-owner and executive chef Pietro Gallo as upped the ante even more—debuting a brand-new plant-based menu, incorporating the latest cooking techniques and flavors from his recent travels. New dishes include vegan risotto, polenta and linguine al verde; along with Cecina, a rich, omelet-style appetizer; and Zabaglione, a custard-like Italian dessert. L, D daily (see website for hours). 1845 India St., Little Italy, 619.431.5990.

I Love Poke Festival at Bali Hai

Upcoming | May 23. Behold the delicious powers of poke. Bali Hai Restaurant hosts this 11th annual Hawaiian food festival and competition by the bay. More than 20 chefs and restaurants will present their best poke dishes in hopes of being crowned the “I Love Poke” champion—including Market Del Mar, White Rice, Blue Water Seafood, Waterbar, Weapon Ramen, Sushi on a Roll and, of course, Bali Hai. Guests can also sample other bites from Hodad’s, Fish 101 and more. 6-9 p.m. $90 per person. 2230 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island. Tickets

Arts + Culture

Four Exhibit Openings at OMA

May 21. The Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) keeps outdoing itself; this time debuting four exhibitions in one day. The first, A Kind of Heaven, is an assemblage of paintings by 16 SoCal artists—blending animals, landscapes and people into ethereal settings that add touches of fantasy to reality. (Pictured: “My Sheer Dream” by Mandy Cao.) Other new exhibits include James E. Watts: StorytellerShinpei Takeda: Limit of Your Safe Space; and Phillip K. Smith III: Lozenge-Variant 1. See website for hours and admission info. 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, 760.435.3720.

San Diego Ballet’s Giselle World Premiere

May 21-22. Three years in the making, San Diego Ballet presents the world premiere of Giselle at Balboa Theatre. A departure from the 19th-century Europe setting of traditional French ballets, this new production created by artistic director Javier Velasco is set in Spanish-Colonial California—capturing the early history of San Diego. The story centers on Giselle, a peasant girl who falls in love with a nobleman, Alberto, after he disguises himself as a peasant to woo her. Tragedy inevitably ensues. Sa 8 p.m.; Su 2:30 p.m. 888 Fourth Ave., downtown. Tickets

Space Day at S.D. Air & Space Museum

May 21. The 17th annual Space Day celebration at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park is utterly out of this world. Family-friendly activities include space-related demos and giveaways; a chance to touch a real meteorite and talk with national space experts; building and flying paper rockets; and designing your own “space patch.” The museum’s special exhibitions—SPACE: Our Greatest Adventure and GALILEO: Space Visionary—will also be open for viewing. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. See website for admission info. 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, 619.234.8291.

Photo credits: Town and Country Resort by Justin Kriel. San Diego Ballet by Canela Photography. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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