25 Things To Do in May


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5.2-4: vs. Colorado Rockies (promotions: French Heritage Night 5.2; Taco Tuesday and Biotech All-Stars 5.3)

5.5-8: vs. New York Mets (promotions: College Night and Cinco de Mayo in the Park at the Park 5.5; WineFest, University of San Diego Night, Teacher Appreciation Night and Nurses Night 5.6; Boy Scout Night, Faith and Family Night, and Padres Hoodie 5.7; Domingos Padres, Mother’s Day and Military Appreciation Day 5.8)

5.17-19: vs. San Francisco Giants (promotions: Taco Tuesday and Biotech All-Stars 5.17; Class of 2016 Night and College Night 5.19)

5/20-22: vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (promotions: CocktailFest 5.20; Pride Night, Postgame Fireworks and Play Ball Weekend 5.21; Reusable Bag Giveaway, Play Ball Weekend, and U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard Appreciation Day 5.22)

5.1: Miracle Babies 5K, NTC Park at Liberty Station, Point Loma

Walk or run this 5K dressed as your favorite superhero to fight for families with little ones in the NICU.

5.1: Spring Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon, South Shores Park, Mission Bay

Think of the continental breakfast, beer garden and live entertainment waiting at the finish line when completing this triathlon’s quarter-mile swim, 10-mile bike ride and 3-mile run.

5.1: Carlsbad Village Faire, Grand Ave., Carlsbad

International cuisines, a beer- and-wine garden, entertainment and nearly 1,000 vendors draw upward of 100,000 visitors to this annual event, making it the largest one-day street fair in the U.S.

5.1: Bridal Bazaar, Del Mar Fairgrounds

Meet hundreds of nuptial know- it-alls, experts in everything from hairstyling and cakes to dresses and photography, to plan your dream wedding.

5.4: Horton Plaza Park Grand Reopening, Horton Plaza Park, Gaslamp

Following a nearly $20 million makeover, the Gaslamp’s Horton Plaza Park at Fourth Avenue and Broadway will reopen May 4. The renovated 1.9-acre event space will now feature an amphitheater, a color-changing fountain, three food pavilions, complimentary Wi-Fi and more.

5.5: Lucha Libre @ FLUXX Nightclub, Gaslamp

Disfruta margaritas, aperitivos y luchadores enmascarados en un ring en el medio de la pista de baile en FLUXX’s extravagancia de Cinco de Mayo
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Enjoy margaritas, Mexican-inspired appetizers and masked fighters wrestling in a ring in the middle of the dance floor at FLUXX’s Cinco de Mayo extravaganza in the Gaslamp.

5.5: Taste of Cardiff, restaurants throughout Cardiff

Take a culinary walking tour of Cardiff, sampling foods, beers and wines from the neighborhood’s varied eateries at this seventh annual event, then check out the live local music and classic hot rods at the accompanying car show.

5.5-8: Gator by the Bay, Spanish Landing Park, Midway District

Gator gumbo, hush puppies, jambalaya, 10,000 pounds of crawfish and other down-home Southern dishes feed the masses at this four-day, Louisiana-style event, featuring seven stages of live bands, cooking demos and Mardi Gras parades.

5.6: Mama’s Day, Hyatt Regency La Jolla

Taste culinary delights created by nearly 60 local chefs while helping to raise funds for Mama’s Kitchen, which delivers free meals to local families affected by AIDS and cancer.

5.6-8: Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo, Old Town

Mariachis, margaritas, Mexican cuisine y muchas cervezas transform Old Town into what’s dubbed the largest Cinco De Mayo celebracio?n north of the border.

5.7: Pug Party, Del Mar Fairgrounds

More than 500 pugs and their human companions are expected to waddle into this 25th annual bash for pug massages, pawdicures, costume contests and more to benefit Pug Rescue of San Diego County.

5.14: Festival of Colors, Oceanside Pier Amphitheater

Celebrate winter’s passing and the arrival of spring by throwing neon- hued powders at friends and strangers while singing, dancing and doing yoga to live entertainment in this homage to ancient Indian tradition.

5.14: Hillcrest Craft Beer Crawl, several Hillcrest locations

Partake in a self-guided stroll along University Avenue to sample selected craft brews from several neighborhood breweries and restaurants.

5.15: Bay Bridge Run, starting line at Park Boulevard and Harbor Drive, Downtown

Run this panoramic four-mile course from downtown San Diego, across the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge and into Coronado’s Tidelands Park for the post-race party.

5.18-28: San Diego Surf Film Festival, multiple venues in San Diego

Get stoked on more than 30 international surf-themed films, a surf art gallery, board-shaping demos, beach cleanups, live music and other rad things, brah.

5.19-22: Celebrity Championship, Rancho Santa Fe

NFL Hall of Famer and former SDSU Aztec football running back Marshall Faulk hosts this year’s celeb-only golf tournament, where big names in the sports and entertainment industry compete for cash and trophies to raise money for local charities.

5.20: Bike to Work Day, throughout San Diego County

Ditch the whip for a day - or all month long in conjunction with National Bike Month - to support this greener, cost-saving and lower-body-toning alternative to car commuting. Nearly 100 pit stops throughout S.D. will offer free snacks and encouragement.

5.21: Bacon & Barrels, Embarcadero Marina Park South, Downtown

Feast on unlimited samples of bacon-laden dishes, drinks and desserts at this hog heaven for pork enthusiasts, and wash it all down with barreled
beverages - bourbon, beer, wine and scotch.

5.21: North Park Festival of Arts, University Avenue and 30th Street, North Park

Extended hours and two Craft Beer Blocks make the local arts, live entertainment and dance performances at this free annual event even awesome-er.

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5.21: Foodie Fest Encinitas, The Lumberyard, Encinitas

Eat and drink (well) for a good cause as North County’s finest chefs and restaurants dish out samples of their cuisine to compete for the “Best of the Foodie Fest” nod and to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

5.21-22: Fiesta del Sol, Fletcher Cove Park, Solana Beach

Ozomatli (Latin/funk) and Pato Banton (reggae) headline these two fun-, sun- and music-filled days at the beach, featuring scores of seaside artists, artisans and other merchants.

5.28: All White Boat Party, Inspiration Yacht, San Diego Bay

One thousand Finest City folks dressed entirely in white will dance the night away on this annual three-hour cruise, which floats people’s boats with five bars, three floors of live bands and a hookah lounge.

5.29: Pier Pressure Yacht Party, Inspiration Yacht, San Diego Bay

Embark upon a nightclub-esque cruise around San Diego Bay while raging to the beats of six DJs, including house remixer Donald Glaude (pictured).

5.29: Vista Strawberry Festival, Main Street, Vista

Enjoy five stages of live bands and chilled selections from the beer garden before checking out live chalk-art displays and entering the strawberry pie-eating contest.