Your San Diego Calendar of Events for May 2016
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Your San Diego Calendar of Events for May 2016

Fiesta de los Penasquitos – 5/1 – 11 am – 5 pm

Rancho Penasquitos is alive with a festival of fun! It’s a day to showcase the musical talents of local bands, artists, businesses, schools, and service organizations. Location: Black Mountain Road (between Twin Trails Dr. & Carmel Mountain Rd.). Info:

Spring Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon
5/1 – 6:45 am – 10:30 am

Novice and experienced athletes can compete individually or as a team. There are two courses to choose from. Location: East Mission Bay (S. Shores Park parking & Fiesta Isl.).

Carlsbad Village Faire
5/1 – 8 am – 5 pm

Features over 850 unique vendors, making it the largest street festival of its kind in the county. Art fair, arts and crafts, antiques, unique clothing, food and more. Location: On Carlsbad Village Drive west of Interstate 5. Info:

Taste of Cardiff
5/5 – 5:30 pm – 8 pm

The Taste of Cardiff will feature the cuisine of several local restaurants, located throughout the downtown Cardiff village and along Restaurant Row, on nearby Coast Hwy 101. Location: Various. Info:

Walk for Animals – Barkin Beach Bash
5/7 – 7 am Reg. opens

Festivities will include a beautiful threequarter mile walk with your canine friend, great vendors, tasty food, and much more. Location: NTC Park at Liberty Station. Info:

Clairemont Garden Tour
5/7 – 10 am – 4 pm

The CTC’s Garden Tour showcases beautiful private gardens throughout Clairemont. Location: Various Info:

Fiesta Old Town CInco de Mayo
5/6-5/8 – 4p-10p | Sat: 11a-10p | Sun: 11a-5p

This popular Cinco de Mayo celebration has ongoing sizzling flamenco beats and Mariachi Music and tons of food and drinks. Location: Old Town, San Diego Avenue (between Linwood St. & Twiggs St.) Info:

San Diego Botanic Garden Chocolate Festival
5/7 – 10 am – 4 pm

Join us for a chocolate experience. This family-friendly San Diego event also features entertainment, food, children’s activities, plant sales, and a variety of Mother’s Day gifts. Location: 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas. Info:

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival
5/12-5/14 -10 am – 5 pm

Here you will find a wide variety of Sewing, Quilting, Needle-Art and Craft supply exhibits from many quality companies. In addition, you can participate in one or more of the many “Make and Take” workshops or FREE educational seminars. Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds. Info:

Navy’s Original Bay Bridge Run/Walk
5/15 – 8 am – 11 am

Don’t miss out on this one! A run/walk across the Coronado Bay Bridge is a rare opportunity and today is the day! The route begins in downtown San Diego and proceeds across the bridge and on to Coronado. Location: One Park Blvd. (Bayfront Hilton parking lot) Tidelands Park (Coronado Island) Info:

Encinitas EcoFest
5/15 – 10 am – 5 pm

Enjoy a FREE, FUNFILLED DAY with a line-up of local bands, activities for all ages and local craft beers, wines & food! Explore the Eco Car show, take an electric bike for a test ride, browse the Eco Art show and engage with over 100 eco-friendly businesses. Location: 450 Quail Gardens Drive info:

Escondido Grand Ave Festival
5/15 – 9 am – 5 pm

The street festival will feature arts and crafts, unique clothing, home improvement, children’s rides, food from around the world, a beer garden, live music, animal demonstrations by the San Diego Wild Animal Park, and an old fashioned pancake breakfast. Location: Grand Ave. Info:

Celebrity Golf Championship
5/20–5/22 Time TBD

The Celebrity Championship welcomes, NFL Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk to host at La Costa Resort and Spa and will bring together over 50 of the best celebrity golfers in the world to benefit the Marshall Faulk Foundation. Location: La Costa Resort – Carlsbad. Info:

Ramona Rodeo
5/19-5/22 – Time varies

The annual Ramona Rodeo and Parade will be held in the Fred Grand Arena at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center. Cowboys will compete for cash prices in barrel racing, tie-down roping, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, and bareback riding. Info:

Bike To Work Day
5/20 – 6 am – 10 pm

This day is Bike To Work Day where people are riding their bikes to work, school, or wherever they may need to go. Location: San Diego (citywide & countywide). Info: Call 511 and say “I commute.” 

North Park Festival of the Arts
5/21 – 10 am – 10 pm

This festival features arts and craft vendors, an international food court, a kid’s zone, artist village, and six stages with live music. Location: University & 30th . Info:

Fiesta Del Sol
5/21-5/22 9 am – 9 pm

The Fiesta del Sol is an annual family and community event featuring stellar live music, an arts & crafts fair, children’s activities, an international food court, a beer & wine garden. Location: Plaza St. – Solana Beach. Info:

Santee Street Fair
5/28 – 10 am – 6 pm

Featuring over 300 vendors, rides, live bands, entertainment, a beer and wine garden, and food. The festivities takes place next to Santee Trolley Square. Location: 101 Riverview Pkwy. Info:

Avocado Half Marathon
5/28 TBA

The Avocado Half Marathon unfolds along an out-andback route in Fallbrook. Location: beginning at North Main Avenue and West Hawthorne Street. Info:

Vista Strawberry Festival
5/29 – 8 am – 6 pm

Featuring a strawberry pageant, strawberry Idol, strawberry pies, and other delights on Memorial Day Weekend. There will also a 5K run and bike race, arts & crafts, jewelry, clothing, business services, food court and of course strawberries! Location: 127 Main Street, Vista. Info:

San Diego Farmers Markets


For more info and location specifics for San Diego Farmers Markets visit:


Escondido – Welk: 3-7 pm


Coronado: 2:30–6 pm
Escondido: 2:30 – 6 pm
Mira Mesa: 2:30-7 pm
Otay Ranch: 4-7 pm
Pacific Beach: 2-7 pm
UCSD/La Jolla: 10-2 pm


Carlsbad: 3-7 pm
Encinitas: 4-7 pm
Mission Bay: 10 am – 2 pm
Ocean Beach: 4-7 pm
Santee 3-6 pm


Carmel Valley: 2:30-7 pm
Chula Vista: 3-6 pm
El Cajon : 3-6 pm
Linda Vista: 3-7 pm
North Park: 3-7 pm
Oceanside CFM : 9 am – 1 pm
Oceanside Sunset: 5-9 pm
UC– Doyle Elementary: 3-7 pm


Allied Gardens 4-8 pm
Fallbrook: 11am – 3 pm
Imperial Beach: 12-6 pm
Kearny Mesa: 11 am -1:30 pm
La Mesa: 1-5 pm
Rancho Bernardo: 9 am -1 pm


City Heights: 9-1 pm
Del Mar: 1-4 pm
Escondido: 10 am – 2 pm
Golden Hill: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Little Italy: 8 am – 2 pm
Pacific Beach: 8 am – noon
Poway: 8 am – 1 pm
Ramona: 9 am – 1 pm
Scripps Ranch: 9 am – 1 pm
Vista: 8 am – 1 pm


Sikes Adobe: 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Gaslamp District: 9 am –2 pm
Hillcrest: 9 am – 2 pm
La Jolla: 9 am – 1 pm
Leucadia/Encinitas: 10 am – 2 pm
Point Loma: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Rancho Santa Fe: 9:30 am – 2 pm
San Marcos: 11 am – 3 pm
Solana Beach: 1 – 5 pm

Tuesday Free Admission Museum Days

san-diego-museumsFirst Tuesday

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Centro Cultural de la Raza
San Diego Model Railroad
San Diego Natural History

Second Tuesday

Museum of Photographic Arts
San Diego History Center
Veterans’ Museum and Memorial Center

Third Tuesday

San Diego Art Institute
Mingei International
San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego Museum of Man
Japanese Friendship Garden

Fourth Tuesday

San Diego Air & Space
San Diego Automotive
San Diego Hall of Champions
Pacific Relations Int’l Cottages

Summer Concert Series:

San Marcos – Woodland Park 5/21 – 7:30 pm –