San Diego’s top Memorial Weekend events: May 27-30

A view of Petco Park, the location for a Ziggy Marley concert.
(Eric Scire)

From live (and virtual) concerts at Petco Park to modern dance in Liberty Station, here are the top events happening in San Diego from Thursday, May 27 through Sunday, May 30.

Thursday, May 27

P.O.D.’s “Satellite over Southtown”

San Diego hard rock band P.O.D. continues its virtual concert series, filmed at Petco Park and streamed online, with its second set “Fundamentals of Southtown” at 6 p.m. Its final show in the three-part series, “B-Sides, Rarities and Hits,” will stream June 13. $20 (single ticket) or $50 (series pass),

Sonny Sandoval and Wuv Bernardo of P.O.D (Payable on Death) perform in front of the cameras at Petco Park on April 14, 2021.
(Ariana Drehsler/For The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Music in the Courtyard: Joanna Gerolaga

Multi-genre musician Joanna Gerolaga, a Hawaii native who now lives in San Diego, performs from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Headquarters for the weekly series “Music in the Courtyard.” Seaport Village, free,

Lyrical Exchange Open Mic

Queen Bee’s Art and Cultural Center in North Park hosts a weekly open mic at 7 p.m. featuring music, poetry, spoken word, comedy and more. All ages welcome. Queen Bee’s, $5,

Sebastian Junger

Warwick’s hosts author Sebastian Junger for a virtual discussion of his new book, “Freedom.” The bestselling author of “The Perfect Storm” and co-director of the documentary “Restrepo,” will be in conversation with Dr. Seth Lerer of the University of California, San Diego. The discussion begins at 4 p.m. and tickets range from $5 to $35; find information at

Thursday, May 27 Through Sunday, May 30

Artist from Malashock Dance in "The Bridge."
(Ryan Beck)

Dance is in the Air Festival

Celebrate the return of live dance with the companies of Liberty Station: San Diego Dance Theater, Malashock Dance and San Diego Ballet. The monthlong event continues with Malashock Dance’s “The Bridge,” a collaboration between choreographers John Malashock and Tristian Griffin. 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station’s South Promenade. Find tickets and details at

Cinema Under the Stars

Enjoy an outdoor movie, projected on a 20-foot screen with surround sound, at Cinema Under The Stars in Mission Hills. This weekend’s flick is the 1988 fantasy/adventure/comedy “Princess Bride.” No outside food or drinks allowed, but concessions are available for $2 each. Note that only cash or checks will be accepted at the door, no credit cards. Cinema Under The Stars, $17 to $20;

Friday, May 28

Nerd Comedy Night

Every Friday, scientist-turned-comedian Tim Lee hosts a unique comedy show at Carlsbad restaurant El Tejate. The show, which kicks off at 7 p.m., is held at the restaurant’s upstairs performance space and features various “nerd comics” from around California. Seating starts at 6:30 p.m. El Tejate Restaurant, $10,

Hops on the Harbor

Enjoy Mike Hess Brewing on a yacht during Flagship Cruise’s Hops on the Harbor, a weekly dinner and beer series featuring rotating breweries each month. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Board at 6 p.m. for 6:30 to 9 p.m. cruise. $84.50,

Dive-In Movie Fridays

Watch the comedy movie “The 40-Year-Old-Virgin” in an inner tune or lounge chair at Sycuan’s Retreat Pool & Cabanas. Doors, bar and kitchen open at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at 8 p.m. Must be 21 and up to attend. Sycuan, $20 to $30,

Friday, May 28 and Saturday, May 29

Brothers play on "Slo Ride, nicked named "The Log," by artist Evan Shivley.
Durban Janse van Rensburg, 8, and his brother, London Janse van Rensburg, 9, play on “Slo Ride, nicked named “The Log,” by artist Evan Shivley, at One Paseo in Carmel Valley.
(Howard Lipin/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Weekend Tunes at One Paseo

Folk/pop singer-songwriter Savannah Philyaw, who is based in San Diego, will perform two live sets at the Carmel Valley shopping center: Friday (5 to 7 p.m.) or Saturday (noon to 3 p.m.) on Saturday. One Paseo, free,

Concerts at 7 Mile Kitchen

7 Mile Kitchen, the Carlsbad restaurant inside Sheraton Hotel, hosts two concerts: Helena Holleran on Friday and Justin Froese on Saturday, 5-9 p.m. both days. 7 Mile Kitchen, free,

Friday, May 28 through Monday, May 31

One Paseo Seasonal Pop-up

The Carmel Valley shopping center will host three seasonal pop-ups this summer. The series kicks off with Adobe, San Diego-based home decor and lifestyle brand Adobe, from May 28 to 31. One Paseo, free,

Saturday, May 29

Guests enjoy rides on the historic 1910 Balboa Park Carousel
Guests enjoy rides on the historic 1910 Balboa Park Carousel
(John Gibbins / San Diego Union-T/San Diego Union-Tribune)

Balboa Park Carousel reopens

The historic 1910 Balboa Park Carousel reopens after being shut down due to coronavirus. The ride will operate from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets to ride are $3 per ride or four rides for $10. Find details at

Beach Boys, Mark McGrath and John Stamos at Petco Park

The beloved Beach Boys will perform a a two-hour set of classic hits featuring special guests John Stamos and and Mark McGrath. The live, socially-distant concert on the Petco Park field offers a variety of seating options and will follow all COVID-19 safety protocols. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39; check website for ticket availability. Petco Park,

Everloving Comedy Night

Everloving Comedy presents a night of laughs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Oceanside. The 21-and-older show is headlined by comic James Schrader, the first place winner of San Diego’s Funniest Person Contest. Supporting acts are Paige Weldon, Danielle Pugliese, Andrew Parker Davis and Zack Zimmerman. Each ticket includes a free beer and appetizer, with additional drinks and menu items available for purchase. Oceanside Brewing Company, $22,

Grand opening of ‘The Cutwater Bar’

“The Cutwater Bar,” a new poolside tiki bar at Tequila Bar & Grille, celebrates its grand opening from noon to 6 p.m. The 100 guests will receive Cutwater Spirits swag: sunglasses, koozies and can holders. More than a dozen canned cocktails, along with beer, wine and food options, will be available for purchase. Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, free,

‘Walk The Block’

Stop by Barrio Logan to support small businesses during this weekly community initiative, which highlights local art, food and shopping. From noon to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, businesses and restaurants move operations outside to bring the community together while following COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. On Logan Avenue, between Chicano Park and 26th Street, free,

Sunday, May 30

A view of Petco Park, the location for a Ziggy Marley concert.
(Eric Scire)

Ziggy Marley at Petco Park

Reggae singer and Grammy Award winner Ziggy Marley performs a tribute to his father, Bob Marley. The live, socially-distant concert on the Petco Park field will follow all COVID-19 safety protocols. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $39 with various seating options. Check website for ticket availability. Petco Park,

The Katinas Concert

Contemporary Christian music group The Katinas will perform an outdoor concert at from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with limited seating Doors open at 4 p.m. and local food vendors will be onsite before the show. People’s Church San Diego, $10,