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San Diego Events Calendar: May 2017

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego


Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo

May 4:

Swirl, sniff, and sip vino during the five-course David Arthur Wine Dinner at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa’s restaurant, Veladora.

May 5:

Tequila your way through the lively three-day Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo celebration.

May 6:

Live music and craft beer from more than 50 local breweries converge at the San Diego Brewers Guild’s Rhythm & Brews festival in Vista Village.

Practice your hula at the San Diego Ho‘olaule‘a Hawaiian Cultural Festival at De Anza Cove, featuring workshops, live entertainment, food, and crafts.

Stroll a floral wonderland during In Bloom at Flower Hill Promenade, which transforms the shopping center into a dynamic garden landscape with thousands of blossoms (through 5/28).

Visit the eighth annual Asian Cultural Festival at Mira Mesa Community Park for food, dance, martial arts, and more.

May 7:

Have your fill of matzo balls and latkes at the San Diego Jewish Food Festival at Temple Adat Shalom in Poway.

May 8:

Get one step closer to The Chainsmokers when they perform at Valley View Casino Center.

May 9:

Bestselling author and Cardiff resident Michelle Gable (A Paris Apartment) will chat about her new novel, The Book of Summer, at Warwick’s bookstore in La Jolla.

Way East at the Surf Film Fest

May 10:

Ride the cinema wave of San Diego Surf Film Festival’s sixth annual event at Misfit Gallery in La Jolla (through 5/13).

May 11:

All things Cajun are in full swing at Gator by the Bay, a four-day festival with zydeco music, dancing, and creole food at Spanish Landing Park.

May 12:

City Ballet closes out its season with three performances to Carmen and Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons at Spreckels Theatre.

The two-day urban-style Queen Bee Market brings handmade and vintage goods from more than 100 local and national vendors to the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Speakers from Facebook, CBS Sports, Virgin Galactic, and other buzzy companies will talk trends in tech at San Diego X’s Interactive Day, held in various locations downtown.

May 13:

Indulge in tastings, demos, and a chocolate fountain at San Diego Botanic Garden’s annual Chocolate Festival.

Love’s powerful consequences are played out onstage in The Old Man and the Old Moon at The Old Globe (through 6/18).

Choose from yoga, spin, barre, boot camp, boxing, and other classes during San Diego Magazine’s inaugural Sweat San Diego event at the Catamaran Resort & Spa, with cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and bites from local restaurants.

Don your most stylish look for Fashion Week San Diego’s Spring Showcase at The Del, featuring live entertainment, a silent auction, and a sneak peek of the designers’ fall runway collection.

May 14:

Spice up your night with The Mariachi Divas, a Grammy Award–winning all-female ensemble at California Center for the Arts, Escondido.


May 18:

Embark on a culinary tour with samples inspired by 20 local chefs’ favorite books at The San Diego Council on Literacy’s eighth annual Eat.Drink.Read. event at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

May 20:

Admire the work of local artists during the SDCCU Festival of Arts in North Park, with live music, dance performances, food, and shopping.

Eat your way through San Diego Taco Fest, with dishes from 30 local restaurants as well as Lucha Libre wrestling matches, Vanilla Ice, and other entertainment at Waterfront Park.

Cycle one of three North County courses in the 11th annual San Diego Century Bicycle Tour, starting in Encinitas.

Enjoy outdoor cinema with food trucks and live music at a screening of The Princess Bride in Balboa Park.

May 21:

Try on vintage clothing, accessories, shoes, and handbags from the ’40s to the ’70s during San Diego Vintage Flea Market’s Garb Bazaar at the Normal Heights Masonic Center.

May 23:

Hawaii’s hottest culinary export is the center of the eighth annual I Love Poke Festival at Bali Hai, featuring island-inspired plates from 30 local restaurants.

May 24:

Wouldn’t it be nice to join Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys on his final tour, performing greatest hits with former bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin at San Diego Civic Theatre?

May 25:

The acclaimed Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company performs at UCSD’s Mandeville Auditorium for Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Music.

May 26:

How far is heaven? Find out when Latin rock band Los Lonely Boys performs at Belly Up.

Ethnic Food Fair

May 28:

Taste food from around the world during Balboa Park’s 37th annual Ethnic Food Fair at various House of Pacific Relations International Cottages.

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