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San Diego Weekend Events Roundup May 23-27

Celebrate the start of summer with a luau in Park 101’s open-air Carlsbad location.

Memorial Day events, National Escargot Day, Pride and Prejudice and more… Check out the top San Diego weekend events for May 23-27.

Edited by Jordan Fraser.


Rooftop Cinema Club
May 23-25. Enjoy a night under the stars with special rooftop movie screenings all weekend. Scare yourself with The Silence of the Lambs on Thursday, tap your toes to Moulin Rouge on Friday and channel your inner superhero with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on Saturday. Stop at the concessions to load up on drinks and snacks to maximize the experience. Screenings begin at 8:30 p.m. $15-$24. Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place, downtown.



Lizz Russell Cocktails and Couture
May 24. Behold the beauty of fashion as guest models showcase Lizz Russell’s signature collection, jewelry and handbags. Tickets include a welcome cocktail, hors d’oeuvres and a gift bag, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the GBS/CIDP International Foundation. Reception 6:30 p.m., fashion show 7 p.m. $55. The Versailles Ballroom at the Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave., downtown.




Dip Day Club
May 25. Opening Memorial Day weekend and running monthly throughout summer, Dip Day Club at Sycuan Casino Resort brings a taste of Vegas-style pool parties closer to home. Featuring nationally recognized DJs, live performances, bottle service with all the trimmings and free-flowing champagne, Dip Day Club is presented in partnership with Five Group, the successful team behind KAABOO, Hakkasan Las Vegas and STK. 21+. Noon-6 p.m. $20-$45. Retreat Pool & Cabanas, 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon. Tickets



Festival of the Sea
May 25-27. Taking place aboard several of the historic vessels of the Maritime Museum and on the adjacent North Embarcadero region of downtown, Festival of the Sea is the perfect way to welcome Summer with a wide range of activities, performances, movie screenings and more. Enjoy live music in multiple venues, tour the vessels and exhibits, explore the education zone and support local artists. See website for events schedule. $18 GA; $13 students, military and seniors; $8 children 3-12. Some activities require additional tickets. Port of San Diego.



Yoga in the Rotunda
May 25. Take a deep breath and center your mind to start Saturday off with the right intention. Yoga One leads this unique Vinyasa flow in the Museum of Man’s historic rotunda before business hours where modifications and pose options will be presented during the class to accommodate all levels of practice. Bring your own mat, towel and water. 8:30-9:30 a.m. $5 members, $10 non-members. 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park. 




Park 101’s Summer Kick-Off Luau
May 23. Don your best aloha attire to chow down on some island-inspired food and drink specials at the open-air seaside tavern. Stick around after the sun goes down to enjoy performances from Polynesian dancers and a fire show. 4 p.m.-close. 3040 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, 760.434.2217.





USS Midway Legacy Week
May 24-26. The lineup of activities at San Diego’s Memorial Day centerpost range from a wreath memorial ceremony, benefit concert and family activities to a blood drive, interactive exhibits and more. Each element is designed to honor and remember our heroes and celebrate our military heritage. Rock out on the Flight Deck as Daughtry headlines Friday’s Freedom Concert to kick off the weekend’s activities. See website for event schedule. USS Midway Museum, 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego Marina, 619.544.9600. 



Charles and Dinorah’s Groove Brunch
May 25. Take a dip in the retro saltwater pool, enjoy soundscapes by Sunburnt Reynolds and play rounds of bingo hosted by Miss Tiki Oasis 2016 Sassy Stiletto to welcome the unofficial start of summer. Round out the morning with a delicious brunch from Chef Andrew Santana. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The Pearl Hotel, 1410 Rosecrans St., Point Loma, 619.226.6100.




Mavericks Beach Club Block Party
May 26. Pacific Beach’s destination beach bar’s Block Party will be the place to be this Memorial Day weekend. Featuring a BBQ stand, an inflatable hoops game, top DJs and a splash zone, Mavericks’ Block Party will also include cabanas with inflatable pools that can be reserved for bottle service during the block party. Noon-9 p.m. 860 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.999.0348.




By The Barrel: Wine
May 23. This month, Estancia La Jolla’s four-course dinner series focuses on wine as the featured alcohol pairing. During the dinner, winemakers will guide guests through a selection of award-winning red and white wines from Trinitas Cellars. 21+. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $125 includes valet parking. Estancia La Jolla, 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla. Tickets




Signature Wine Dinner
May 23. Enjoy a mouthwatering multi-course wine-paired dinner overlooking the Torrey Pines Golf Course and Pacific Ocean. The Lodge at Torrey Pines Executive Chef Jeff Jackson will curate a special menu that perfectly complements the flavors in each hand-selected wine by Liquid Farm founder Jeff Nelson, who will also facilitate conversation about the winemaking process and the inspiration behind each wine selected for the evening. 7-9:30 p.m. $185. A.R. Valentien, 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, 858.777.6635. Tickets



National Escargot Day
May 24. Enjoy the traditional French delicacy in a trio of preparations at Bleu Boheme; a grilled skewer topped with basil pistou; escargot fricassée; and escargot-stuffed ravioli topped with tomato relish and fines herb sauce. The restaurant will also offer two of its signature escargot ‘petit plats’ for the occasion: cassoulet d’escargot, made with snails, mushrooms, fennel, leek, shallots and Provenҫal butter; and a more traditional escargot with garlic herb butter, Pernod and tomatoes. Escargot trio $18.95. 4090 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, 619.255.4167.



BOGO Wine Flights
May 25. Bring a friend to imbibe on National Wine Day with BOGO wine flights at all Carruth Cellars tasting room locations. Carruth’s line up of award-winning wines features grapes sourced from Northern and Central California. Plus, pick up a can of the brand new rosé with notes of watermelon and minerals. At $12, each can contains two glasses of wine. 118 S. Cedros Ave. #C, Solana Beach; 2727 State St. #110, Carlsbad; 2215 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy.




Rachmaninoff and Beethoven
May 24-26. San Diego Symphony’s exciting season finale includes Sergei Rachmaninoff’s passionate Second Piano Concerto and Ludwig van Beethoven’s penultimate symphony led by guest conductor Cristian Măcelaru. Arrive 45 minutes early to catch a lively talk about the composers and the repertoire given by commentator Nuvi Mehta inside Copley Symphony Hall before the concert. F-Sa 8 p.m., Su 2 p.m. $20-$100. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, 619.235.0804.



Pride and Prejudice
Through June 16. Cygnet Theatre takes a new spin on literature’s greatest tale. Outspoken Elizabeth Bennet faces mounting pressure from her status-conscious mother to find a suitor, but struggles to reconcile the idea with her fierce independence and intelligence. Especially when the irritating, aloof, self-involved, vaguely handsome, mildly amusing and impossibly aristocratic Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn. See website for show times. $35-$45. Cygnet Theatre at Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., 619.337.1525.



Photos: Rooftop Cinema courtesy Scott Yoffe Communications. Dip Day Club by Spearhead Media. Festival of the Sea courtesy San Diego Maritime Museum. Lizz Russell courtesy Westgate Hotel. Yoga in the Rotunda courtesy Yoga One. Legacy Week courtesy USS Midway Museum. Park 101 Luau and Mavericks courtesy Alternative Strategies. Charles and Dinorah’s Groove Brunch and BOGO Wine Flights courtesy Bay Bird Inc. National Escargot Day courtesy Wicked Creative. Rachmaninoff and Beethoven courtesy Copley Symphony Hall. Pride and Prejudice by Karli Cadel Photography.

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