By Catlin Dorset
Padres Home Games
5/2-4: vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
5/5-7: vs. Kansas City Royals
5/8-11: vs. Miami Marlins
5/20-21: vs. Minnesota Twins
5/22-25: vs. Chicago Cubs
5/2-4: Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo
Location: Old Town
Say ¡Hola! to three days of tequila tastings, lucha libre performances, música y más.
5/3: Thunder from Down Under
Location: Sycuan Casino, El Cajon
This all-male revue does it dingo style, leaving little to the imagination about the effects of long-term steroid use.
5/3: Pug Party
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds
Put your best paw forward to win wagging rights for honors including Most Distinguished Senior Pug while raising funds for the Pug Rescue of San Diego.
5/3: Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America
Location: Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort and Spa, Carlsbad
Former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty kicks off his inaugural coast-to-coast motorcycling tour in Carlsbad before traveling 2,800 miles to Daytona Beach, Florida, to raise money for kids with chronic illnesses.
5/4: Carlsbad Village Faire
Location: Grand Ave., Carlsbad
Billed as the “largest single-day street fair in the nation,” this semi-annual event draws 100,000 visitors to the North County seaside to peruse the wares of more than 900 vendors, listen to live music, and stumble through the Rotary Club’s beer and wine garden.
5/7-10: San Diego Surf Film Festival
Location: Bird’s Surf Shed, Bay Park
Board-shaping demos, 25-plus international surfing films, surf art gallery, live music and other rad things, brah.
5/8-11: Gator by the Bay
Location: Spanish Landing Park, Midway
Catch the Cajun spirit on Mother’s Day Weekend with a four-day fest of Creole food, New Orleans-style live music and 10,000 pounds of crawfish.
5/15-18: Celebrity Championship
Location: La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad
Admission: $15 for three-day pass
Marshall Faulk’s annual golf tournament invites celebrity pro golfers to compete for a $100,000 purse. This year, Alan Thicke (the proud pops of “Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke) will take a few swings.
5/17: North Park Festival of Arts
Location: University Ave., North Park
Admission: Free general admission; $30-$55 for beer block
Marvel at several blocks’ worth of local arts and crafts while listening to live music and sampling America’s Finest craft brew
5/17-18: PBR Touring Pro Division
Location: Pala Rodeo Grounds
Bucking bulls, broken bones, buckets of beer - boo-yah!
5/17-18: Beach Soccer Championships
Location: Oceanside Harbor Beach
Admission: Free to watch
See Portugal’s soccer team, CD Nacional, take on other international professional teams in an effort to claim the beach championship title for the third year in a row.
5/18: San Diego Sicilian Festival
Location: India St., Little Italy
Celebrate Sicilian culture in Little Italy with live music, dancing in the streets and pasta-eating contests, all of which go well with wine and Peroni in the beer garden.
5/20: Coast of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
Location: Several restaurants in Pacific Beach
Sample P.B.'s best eats at this self-guided menu-tasting tour of more than 20 restaurants.
5/27-6/8: The Book of Mormon
Location: San Diego Civic Theatre, Downtown
The nine-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone makes its long-awaited San Diego debut.
5/30-6/1: LGBT Film Festival 2014
Location: North Park Theatre, North Park
Admission: $10-$25 per film; $125 for festival pass
Catch nightly screenings of 25 LGBT-themed flicks, many of which are making their West Coast or World debuts.
5/30-6/1: Fiesta Del Sol
Location: Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach
This annual celebration of sun draws more than 50,000 visitors to Solana Beach waterfront for live music, arts and crafts, and a beer garden.
Running and biking events.
5/4: Spring Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon
Location: South Shores Park, Mission Bay
Choose the Mini Sprint Triathlon (200-yard swim, six-mile bike, 1.5-mile run), regular Sprint Triathlon (quarter-mile swim, 10-mile bike, three-mile run) or Duathlon (one-mile run, 10-mile bike, three-mile run).
5/4: Miracle Babies 5K
Location: Embarcadero Marina Park South, Downtown
Run or walk this 5K to help raise funds for families with babies in the NICU.
5/4: Safari Park Half Marathon & 10K Run
Location: San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido
Raise more money than the other participants to win naming rights for the next cheetah cub born at Safari Park.
5/10: Walk for Animals
Location: NTC Park, Liberty Station
Bring your four-legged friends for a two-mile stroll benefiting the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA.
5/10: San Diego 5K River Run
Location: San Diego River Trail, Santee
Do it for the complimentary beer ticket and to help Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy achieve its goal of expanding the existing San Diego River Trail to extend 52- miles from Julian to Ocean Beach.
5/10: R.O.C. Race
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds
VAVi’s 5K Ridiculous Obstacle Course returns with a new obstacle, The Sweeper, along with favorites including the Wrecking Ball, World’s Largest Inflatable Water Slide, Gorilla Bars and more.
5/17: Run or Dye
Location: Qualcomm Stadium, Mission Valley
Wear white to this 5K fun-run and get blasted with a rainbow of colored cornstarch dyes at every kilometer.
5/18: Margarita 5K
Location: Belmont Park, Mission Beach
Kick off Sunday Funday with a run in the sand and a complimentary margarita at the finish line.
5/18: Bay Bridge Run/Walk
Location: Starting line at One Park Blvd., Downtown
Run/walk the four scenic miles from Downtown to Tidelands Park in Coronado to raise money for the Navy’s Morale Welfare and Recreation programs.
5/23-25: Reebok CrossFit Games SoCal Regionals
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds
See some of the world’s fittest athletes flex their muscles while competing over the course of three days.
5/25: Strawberry 5000
Location: The Wave Waterpark, Vista
A 5K/10K dash through Vista’s waterpark and kite sculptures, with the Vista Strawberry Festival at the finish line.
5/24: Julian Death March
Location: Frank Lane Park, Julian
Head to apple country for a 50-, 64- or 86-mile cross-country bicycle ride.
5/31: San Diego Century Bicycle Tour
Location: MiraCosta College, Cardiff
Bike a 20-, 37-, 66- or 103- mile non-competitive course to support the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.