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San Diego Events Calendar: May 2019

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego


Gator by the Bay

May 2:

Find your groove during the five-day West Coast Weekender music festival and conference at Viejas Casino & Resort.

The San Diego Council on Literacy presents Eat. Drink. Read. A Culinary Event for Literacy at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, where chefs prepare dishes inspired by their favorite book or literary character.

Expect high-flying stunts as Disney on Ice performs Worlds of Enchantment for four days at Pechanga Arena.


May 3:

Raise a (salted)glass at the three-day Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo celebration.


May 4:

Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego

Listen to live music and sample from more than 100 craft beers at the Rhythm & Brews festival in Vista Village.

Put on your black-tie attire for Father Joe’s Villages’ 35th annual Children’s Charity Gala at The US Grant hotel.

Take in performances representing a dozen different countries at the Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego in Mira Mesa Park.

Enjoy live music and unlimited samples at the Tacos, Tequila & Beer Festival in Liberty Station.


May 5:

Shop from over 850 unique vendors selling arts and crafts, antiques, clothing, and more at the Carlsbad Village Faire.


May 8:

Ride the cinematic wave as the San Diego Surf Film Festival takes over La Jolla’s Misfit Gallery for four days.


May 9:

Dig into a five-course wine-pairing dinner at La Valencia’s The Med, with Hall Wines from Napa.

Celebrate all things Creole and Cajun during the four-day Gator by the Bay at Spanish Landing Park.


May 10:

Laugh your way through the 10-day San Diego Comedy Festival at The Comedy Palace, featuring headliners from around the world.

Mozart’s Requiem

City Ballet of San Diego presents Mozart’s Requiem through the weekend at Spreckels Theatre.

Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby stops at Balboa Theatre Friday and Saturday on her Douglas Tour.


May 11:

Hit the streets for the SDCCU Festival of the Arts in North Park, featuring local artists’ work, live music, craft beer, and more.

In Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy at The Old Globe, two young classics professors accidentally conjure up ancient Greek gods (through 6/16).

The Daily Show host, comedian, and writer Trevor Noah stops by Viejas Arena on his Loud & Clear Tour.

Grammy Award winner Lila Downs brings her eclectic mix of Mexican music to California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

Feed your sweet tooth at San Diego Botanic Garden’s Chocolate Festival, including tastings, demos, and kids’ activities.


May 15:

World-famous tenor Stephen Costello and baritone Stephen Powell return to the San Diego Opera for One Amazing Night at Balboa Theatre.

Dorrance Dance brings ETM: Double Down, a tap number with electronic trigger boards, to UC San Diego’s Mandell Weiss Theatre.

See the stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice at Cygnet Theatre (through 6/16).


May 18:

Set your body in motion at San Diego Magazine’s Sweat San Diego event, featuring top fitness studios, a wellness lounge, tastings, and treatments at Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa.

Sweat San Diego

New exhibit Art & Empire: The Golden Age of Spain at San Diego Museum of Art showcases more than 100 works by leading Spanish artists between 1600 and 1750 (through 9/2).

Head to Solana Beach’s weekend-long Fiesta del Sol for live music, libations, shopping, and kids’ activities.

Tour South Park’s historic homes alongside local preservation experts during the Old House Fair.

Get a Taste of Julian beyond apple pie as part of a self-guided culinary tour.

Follow a scenic route for 33, 67, or 102.5 miles on the San Diego Century Bicycle Tour starting in Encinitas.


May 19:

Shop from eclectic Asian food and beverage stalls at the D6 Night Market at Mira Mesa Community Park.


May 23:

Join world-renowned physicist Professor Brian Cox for Universal: Adventures in Space & Time at Balboa Theatre.

Take it step by step to see New Kids on the Block at Viejas Arena.


May 24:

Classic horror comedy rock musical Little Shop of Horrors comes to New Village Arts (through 8/4).


May 26:

Visit the Balboa Park International Cottages for their annual Ethnic Food Fair.


May 28:

You don’t have to be a rich man to get tickets to the classic Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof at Civic Theatre (through 6/2).


May 29:

A Walk in the Woods at North Coast Repertory Theatre portrays an arms negotiation between American and Soviet forces during the Cold War (through 6/23).


May 31:

There’s no place like San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, returning through July 4 with a Wizard of Oz theme.

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