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San Diego Events Calendar: May 2018

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego


Les Misérables | Photo: Matthew Murphy

May 3:

Catch performances from nearly 50 international artists during the four-day West Coast Weekender music festival at WorldBeat Cultural Center and The Lafayette Hotel.


May 4:

Come for Mexican food, stay for entertainment at the weekend-long Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Latin pop icon Luis Miguel stops by Mattress Firm Amphitheatre for his ¡México Por Siempre! tour.


May 5:

Live music and craft beer converge for the San Diego Brewers Guild’s Rhythm & Brews Festival in Vista Village.

Take in the rich heritage of over a dozen countries during the Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego at Mira Mesa Senior Center.

Spend One Amazing Night with opera stars Lise Lindstrom and Greer Grimsley in concert with the San Diego Symphony at Balboa Theatre.

Overindulge during the Tacos, Tequila, and Beer Festival at Liberty Station’s NTC Park.

Support Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center’s educational and nutrition programs during its Seedling Soirée at their National City gardens.

Seedling Soirée | Photo: Galdino Photo


May 6:

Stroll the Carlsbad Village Faire for food, arts and crafts, antiques, and clothing from around the world.


May 7:

Nosh on knishes, kugels, and more during the San Diego Jewish Food Festival at Temple Adat Shalom.


May 9:

Get stoked for the four-day San Diego Surf Film Festival at Misfit Gallery in La Jolla.


May 10:

Zydeco and blues music, dance, and fresh crawfish overtake Spanish Landing Park for the four-day Gator by the Bay festival.


May 11:

City Ballet of San Diego closes out its season with a world premiere of Carmina Burana and the neoclassical Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp (through 5/13).


SDCCU Festival of Arts in North Park

May 12:

Head to the SDCCU Festival of Arts in North Park for interactive exhibits, street art, live music, and craft beer along nine blocks of University Avenue.

As a tribute to The Beatles’ 50th anniversary, Mark Morris Dance Group presents modern choreography in Pepperland at San Diego Civic Theatre.

Food serves as inspiration for the exhibit Imperial Conquests of the Palate (Shut Up & Eat) at basileIE Art Gallery (through 6/2).

Satisfy your sweet tooth at San Diego Botanic Garden’s Chocolate Festival.

Acoustic singer-songwriter Ben Harper takes the stage with harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite for a soulful performance at Belly Up (also 5/13, 15, and 16).

Get a taste of Spanish cuisine and culture during the Paella, Wine & Beer Festival at Embarcadero Marina Park South.

Imperial Conquests of the Palate (Shut Up & Eat)


May 16:

Latin Grammy Award–winning rocker Juanes joins singers Mon Laferte and Caloncho for a high-energy performance at Viejas Arena.


May 17:

San Diego Council on Literacy’s Eat.Drink.Read. fundraising event features 20 local chefs serving dishes inspired by their favorite books and literary characters at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.


May 18:

Network with other creatives about the future of marketing and design during Interactive Day San Diego at various locations downtown.


May 19:

Come hungry to San Diego Taco Fest, with eats from more than 30 local restaurants, plus live music and lucha libre at Waterfront Park.

Bask in sunshine at the two-day Fiesta del Sol in Fletcher Cove, while enjoying food, fine arts, live music, rides, and libations.

Challenge yourself on one of the San Diego Century Bicycle Tour routes in Encinitas, spanning 33, 67, or 105 miles.

Shop the D6 Night Market at Mira Mesa Community Park, filled with Asian-inspired food, vendors, and entertainment.

Country folk Grammy Award winner John Prine croons his humorous hits at Balboa Theatre.

Rock band MGMT brings an electric sound to San Diego Civic Theatre.

Stop by South Park’s Old House Fair for a peek inside the neighborhood’s historic homes and public spaces.

San Diego Century Bicycle Tour | Photo: Rich Cruse


May 22:

Raw fish and island-inspired dishes are on the menu at Ono Yum’s I Love Poke festival and chef competition at Bali Hai.


May 25:

Laugh your way through the 10-day San Diego Comedy Festival, billing national headliners and international comedians at The Comedy Palace.

Indie pop-rock star Natalia Lafourcade brings the colorful music of her native Mexico to California Center for the Arts, Escondido.


May 26:

A disagreement between neighbors thickens the plot of The Old Globe’s new comedy Native Gardens. (through 6/24).


May 27:

Sample cuisine and enjoy cultural performances from around the world at Balboa Park’s Ethnic Food Fair.

Explore the Vista Strawberry Festival along Main Street for carnival rides, food, music, competitions, and over 300 vendors.


May 28:

Get the Memorial Day party started with P!nk, as the pop star delivers a high-flying acrobatic performance at Valley View Casino Center.


May 29:

Hit musical Les Misérables returns to San Diego Civic Theatre following its Broadway revival (through 6/3).


May 30:

A blurred memory provides conflicting storylines in The Father at North Coast Repertory Theatre (through 6/24).

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