5/3-5: The Chocolate Festival
Location: Maritime Museum of San Diego, Downtown
Learn which alcoholic beverages go best with the many chocolate samples being served, and then completely forget after your fifth pairing.
5/4: Barrio Logan Grand Prix
Location: Beardsley St., Barrio Logan
Pros and amateurs race around a Figure 8 track in one of SoCal’s largest cycling events.
5/4-5: PBR Rodeo
Location: Pala Casino, Pala
Bucking bulls, broken bones and plenty of beer. Yee-haw? (We’re rooting for the bulls.)
5/4-5: Ramona’s Bluegrass and Old West Festival
Location: Ramona Community Park, Ramona
Admission: $10 per day
Good ol’ boys and girls gettin’ down on the farm (or park).
5/5: Re:RUN San Diego
Location: Balboa Stadium, Downtown
Complete the 5K/10K race before watching some of the nation’s top track and field athletes compete in four events for a $60,000 purse.
5/5: Safari Park Half Marathon
Location: San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido
Because nothing motivates like the hungry stares of wild animals.
5/4-5: Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo
Location: old Town
Grab your mariachi garb and head to the booze garden for tequila samples and la música.
5/5: Carlsbad Village Faire
Location: Carlsbad village, Carlsbad
Dubbed the largest one-day street fair in the u.s., this event draws more than 100,000 visitors, despite the organizers’ pretentious spelling habits.
5/8-12: San Diego Surf Film Festival
Location: Bird’s Surf Shed, Bay Park
Sandy beach dwellers pay homage to their passion with 35-plus international surf films, a surf art gallery, live music, beach cleanups and board-shaping demos.
5/10: Mama’s Day EventLocation: Hyatt Regency La Jolla
San Diego’s premiere tasting event with over 55 local top chefs and specialty dishes, honoring the number one woman in your life.
5/10-12: Gator by the Bay
Location: Spanish Landing Park, Midway
The West Coast’s biggest Zydeco and Cajun festival brings a taste of Louisiana to San Diego with 10,000 lbs. of crawfish and hopefully not quite that much gator.
5/11: R.O.C Race
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
The 5K Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge consists of American Gladiator-esque wrecking balls, Tarzan swings, tight ropes and a whole lot more. Fun, fun, fun!
5/16: MCASD’s 25 and Under Art Contest
Location: MCASD, Downtown
Vote for your favorite piece of art inspired by the “Greedy Organ,” which isn’t nearly as dirty as it sounds. (it’s the eye.)
5/16-19: Celebrity Championship
Location: la Costa Resort and spa, Carlsbad
Admission: $15 for all three days
Professional athletes and celebrities swing at balls for bragging rights and a $100,000 purse.
5/17-19: The Beach Soccer USA Cup
Location: North Pacific Dr., Oceanside
The San Diego sockers (2011 champs) and seven other professional teams go head-to-head for the title.
5/18: North Park Festival of Arts
Location: University Ave. and 30th St., North Park
Admission: General admission, free; beer block, $25
There’s a Craft Beer Block! See this page for more details.
5/18: Deep Pit BBQ
Location: San Dieguito Heritage Museum, Encinitas
Live entertainment, a bake sale and, of course, barbequed beef.
5/19: Navy’s Bay Bridge Run
Location: Park Blvd. and Harbor Dr., Downtown
Run/walk four miles across the Coronado Bridge to support the Navy’s Morale Welfare and Recreation programs.
5/21: Coast of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
Location: Several restaurants in Pacific Beach
Cruise the streets and taste some of PB’s best eats during this self-guided restaurant tour.
5/25: Gaslamp Music & Art Festival
Location: 5th Ave., Gaslamp
Admission: Free until 9 p.m.
if you’re skipping the sand Memorial Day weekend, check out the live bands, fashion shows and art displays hosted inside restaurants and other venues all over Gaslamp.
5/26: Vista Strawberry Festival
Location: Main St., Vista
Join 55,000 spectators for a berry entertaining Sunday of pie-eating contests, carnival rides and the Miss Strawberry Pageant.
5/29-6/2: 2013 LGBT Film Festival
Location: Birch North Park Theatre, North Park
Catch nightly screenings of award-winning LGBT films and shorts, many of which have already been recognized at
the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals.