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What’s Happening in San Diego!

May 4

28th Annual Old Town Cinco de Mayo
Old Town comes alive with a celebration of art, culture, and history of the 1800’s. Ride in a horse drawn stagecoach, enjoy music, carnival rides and games, car show, chalk art, riding and roping show, Mexican wrestling, and other activities. Visit museums and specialty shops, and dine on delicious food and drink. Free.

Time: Fri. 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm / Sat. 11:00 am – 10:00 pm / Sun. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Old Town State Historical Park, San Diego Ave.

For more information visit www.fiestaoldtown.com

May 5

The Salvation Army 3rd Annual Spring Fling Festival
This festival will feature dozens of local crafters in indoor and outdoor booths. There will also be live musical entertainment and a fun carnival zone for the kids. A special feature will be the Silent Auction featuring donations from many San Diego businesses.

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: The Salvation Army, 4170 Balboa Ave., Clairemont

For more information visit www.sandiegocitadel.com

May 5-6

Escondido Renaissance Faire
Travel back to the 16th century and the glories of the reign of Elizabeth the First. Activities include several of Will Shakespeare’s new plays, battle pageants, music in the streets, jugglers and hundreds of costumed re-enactors performing in this giant outdoor play. There is an admission fee, which covers all entertainment.

Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Felicita County Park, 742 Clarence Lane, Escondido

For more information visit www.goldcoastfestivals.com/Escondido.html

May 6

16th Annual Festival Cinco de Mayo – Chula Vista
Festival guests will receive a true cultural experience as they sway with Mexican dancers, peruse the work of local artisans and taste authentic south of the border cuisine. Tune in for a Mariachi Band Battle at one of the two festival stages in addition to the popular Kids Fun Zone. Come join the 30,000 community members who enjoy this celebration of Hispanic culture.

Time: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location: Downtown Chula Vista, Third Avenue

For more information visit http://www.thirdavenuevillage.com

May 6

Carlsbad Spring Village Faire
The largest one day fair in California. Features hundreds of exhibitors with a little of everything such as arts and crafts, antiques, clothing, a large variety of food stands serving International foods, and children’s rides.

Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Carlsbad Village

For more information visit www.kennedyfaires.com/carlsbad

May 11-13

11th Annual Gator by the Bay

A family event featuring Zydeco and Cajun bands, Blues bands and community musical groups performing on multiple stages. Enjoy Cajun and Creole food, cooking demonstrations, strolling entertainers, dance lessons, and more.

Time: Refer to website for schedule
Location: Spanish Landing Park at Harbor Island – Harbor Drive – San Diego Bay

For more information visit www.gatorbythebay.com

May 12

Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego
Enjoy musical performances, costumed dancing, martial arts, craft-making, merchandise booths, cultural exhibits and cooking demonstration. There will be a food court, picnic area, and a kid’s area.

Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Liberty Station – NTC Park, near Cushing & Roosevelt Rds, Point Loma

For more information visit www.asianculturalfestivalsd.com

May 13

4th Annual Mother’s Day Fancy Dress Swim
Fundraiser for World Swims Against Malaria. Mothers will “dip” in the ocean wearing their Mother’s Day finest. A five dollar donation is all that is needed for this World Swim Against Malaria.

Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Oceanside Pier, Oceanside

For more information visit www.onesandiego.org/

May 16-20

Ocean Beach: Beach Ball Festival
An outdoor live music, action sports, and microbrew festival. Lots of food, merchandise, beach volleyball games, a big ferris wheel, a waterslide, mechanical bull rides and a human hauler contest.

Time: Wed.-Fri. 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm / Sat. 10:00 am – 10:00 pm / Sun. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Ocean Beach: Saratoga Park, Veterans Plaza, Lifeguard & Municipal Pier Parking Lots

For more information visit www.oceanbeachsandiego.com

May 19

24th Annual Tierrasanta Patriot’s Day
Celebrate Armed Forces Day with a delicious BBQ dinner under a shaded canopy while listening to pleasant music. There will be a beer & wine garden, game area for kids, raffles, dancing, plus a fireworks show.

Time: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Tierrasanta Recreation Center, 11220 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Tierrasanta

For more information call 858-268-0044

May 19-20

7th Annual Encinitas Sports Festival
Join 300 of your closest friends and family for two days of sports and fun in Encinitas. The City becomes a sports destination the weekend before Memorial Day and you don’t want to miss it. Triathlons, Duathlon, Bike Tours, 5K Run, Kids and Family 1K Walk/Run, Moonlight Beach Paddle & Swim, and a 2-day sports expo.

Time: Refer to website for schedule
Location: Encinitas – various locations, refer to website

For more information visit www.encinitasrace.com/esff.html

May 20

Annual North Park Festival of the Arts
An explosion of arts, culture and entertainment with live entertainment, specialty booths, food court, beer garden, Kid’s Art Beat, and tons more!

Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: North Park – University Ave. & 30th St.

For more information visit www.northparkfestivalofarts.com

May 20

26th Annual Navy’s Original Bay Bridge Run/Walk
A running and walking event across the Coronado Bay Bridge is a rare opportunity, and now is the time to do it! The route begins downtown and proceeds across the bridge to the Coronado Island to Tidelands Park, concluding with fun festivities.

Time: 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Bayfront Hilton Parking Lot, One Park Blvd., San Diego

For more information visit www.mwrtoday.com

May 20

19th Annual Sicilian Festival
Celebrate Sicilian-Italian American heritage and enjoy delicious cuisine from local restaurants in a festive setting in Little Italy. Music, beer, wine, dancing, ethnic art & craft items to browse. Free.

Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Little Italy, Downtown San Diego

For more information visit www.sicilianfesta.com

May 20

Escondido Street Faire
This faire will feature live entertainment as well as over 600 booths showcasing arts & crafts, unique clothing, and international foods. Children’s rides, rock climbing wall, and more!

Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Downtown Escondido, Grand Ave. between Center City Pkwy and lvy.

For more information visit www.kennedyfaires.com/escondido

May 26

Santee Street Fair
Live bands, entertainment, food, arts & crafts, vendor booths, beer garden. In just three years the Santee Street Fair has become one of the best events in town. Over 300 food and vendor booths, 3 stages of live music and entertainment, and fun rides.

Time: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location: Santee Town Center – behind Santee Trolley Square, Mission Gorge Rd., Santee
For more information visit www.santeestreetfair.com

May 27

Annual Ethnic Food Fair

A cultural food festival at Balboa Park will be offering a delicious assortment of ethnic foods along with entertaining costumed performances. Free.

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Balboa Park, House of Pacific Relations International Cottages

For more information visit www.sdhpr.org

May 27

Vista Strawberry Festival
Strawberries will be the main event along with a 5K Fun Run and Kids Runs, as well as 200+ vendors at our street fair, carnival rides, a Strawberry Pie Eating contest, Strawberry Idol, Ms. Strawberry Shortcake, and much more! Free admission.

Time: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Downtown Vista, 127 Main St., Downtown Vista

For more information visit www.vvba.org

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