San Diego: This Weekend (May 10-13)


Events coming to town this weekend include Gator by the Bay, Pan-Pot + Lee K at Bang Bang, Festival of Colors and North Park Festival of Arts.

5.10: PostSecret Live

Listen to others share their deepest, darkest secrets — or step up and tell your own — as Frank Warren, the founder of PostSecret, brings his viral art project to life with an interactive talk that complements an exhibit at the Museum of Man. — Michael Benninger

Price Center West Ballroom, UCSD,

5.10-13: Gator by the Bay

It’s Mardi Gras all over again at this spirited 4-day festival featuring seven stages of Zydeco, blues and Cajun music along with free dance lessons and delicious creole cuisine including 10,000 pounds of live Louisiana crawfish. — Michael Benninger

Spanish Landing Park (Across from Lindbergh Field),

5.11: 27th Annual Mama’s Day

This annual event held near Mother’s Day features more than 50 local chefs who will prepare bites for guests all while helping raise awareness about Mama’s Kitchen, a nonprofit that provides meal delivery services to patients with critical illnesses.

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, La Jolla,

5.11: Costume-Con 36

Look for cosplayers, historical re-enactors and hardcore fantasy fans to descend upon this international convention packed with panels, workshops and costume competitions. — Michael Benninger

DoubleTree by Hilton, Mission Valley,

5.11: Zaytoven

The German-born, Atlanta-based Grammy-winning producer and DJ has worked with the likes of Usher, Future, Migos, Lil Uzi Vert, and Gucci Mane. In March, he collaborated with Waka Flocka Flame and Big Bank on the eight-song album, Brick House Boyz. — Scott McDonald

@ Parq,

5.11: Rusko

When British DJ/producer Rusko was in San Diego last April he was happily getting pelted by paint at Life in Color’s 10-year anniversary show. It must’ve provided some inspiration, because he’s already released five singles — Guérilla, Look Out!, Kolamaya, Flash Gordon, and Hot — so far in 2018. — Scott McDonald


5.11: Bar Fight

Leave it all in the ring when Bay City Brewing teams up with FIST Combat to bring beer lovers an in-brewery wrestling match between tag team champions Sour Charms and True Grit. The action kicks off at 8 p.m.

Bay City Brewing, 3760 Hancock St., Midway District,

5.11: Pan-Pot + Lee K

German tech-house duo Pan-Pot (Tassilo Ippenberger and Thomas Benedix) teams up with San Diego’s own Lee K for a sweet double bill. — Scott McDonald

@ Bang Bang,

5.11-12: Vintage Marketplace

Immerse yourself in more than 80 boutique-style booths curated by scores of masterful merchants selling the finest vintage, antique and handmade merchandise. — Michael Benninger

The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista,

5.11-13: Adam Ray

“You guys watch the Oscars? I was bummed to not see Tom Hanks there. That’s my guy. I think arguably the greatest actor of all time. If they do a movie about Meryl Streep’s life, Tom Hanks will play Meryl Streep. I’m convinced of his skill set.” — Adam Ray on Platform

@ The Comedy Store,

Adam Ray. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Adam Ray. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

(Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)

5.11-13: Matt McClowry

“I like kids, I just don’t like how people my age give their kids last names for first names. I have a friend who had three kids. She named them McKenna, Hunter and Finley. Those aren’t babies; that’s a law firm.” — Matt McClowry at Gotham Comedy Club

@ The Comedy Club at Pechanga,

5.11-13: 90s Movies The Art Show

Thirty local arts show their love for their favorite movies from the 90s — why wouldn’t you want to check that out?!

Tenth Avenue Arts Center, 930 Tenth Ave., downtown,

5.12: Taste of Julian

Explore some of Julian’s many hidden gems on this self-guided culinary tour of one-of-a-kind restaurants, wineries and breweries. — Michael Benninger

Throughout Julian,

5.12: Barrio Logan Flea Market

For all the mamacitas, jefitas and mujeres, this flea market is for you. Enjoy vendors offering jewelry, handmade and vintage items, art, music and food.

2140 Logan Ave., Barrio Logan,

5.12: Festival of Colors

The transformational event returns to San Diego with live music, yogic mantras, international cuisine and colorful cornstarch. — Michael Benninger

Oceanside Pier Amphitheater, Oceanside Pier,

5.12: Fifth annual Shaper Festival of Surfing

The main attraction may be that it’s the only surf festival/competition where participants are required to compete on a board they’ve shaped themselves, but there’s so much going on at this 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. event. Also be sure to keep an eye out for legendary surfers, local craft beverage and a lineup of music that includes Jason Lee & The Riptides, Spendtime Palace and more, plus food from Shake Shack and Hello Betty Fish House. Before you head out, be sure to read about North Park’s Shaper Studios, here.

Seaside Reef, Encinitas,

5.12: Reggae Splash Cruise

This reggae boat party invites you to get irie aboard a luxurious yacht during this 3-hour cruise including three floors of music, five fully stocked bars and more than 1,200 guests. — Michael Benninger

Aboard the Inspiration Hornblower, San Diego Bay,

5.12: Vegan Street Fair

Treat yourself to incredible vegan eats at this one-night-only engagement that also includes drinking, dancing and live entertainment. — Michael Benninger

Anthem Vegan, North Park,

5.12: Fourth Annual San Diego Reader Tacotopia

Five dozen of the finest taco shops in San Diego, Los Angeles and Tijuana compete for the top prize at this event offering live entertainment, unlimited taco tastings and beer samples from 20 local breweries. — Michael Benninger

Golden Hill Park, Golden Hill,

5.12: 22nd Annual North Park Festival of Arts

Join more than 40,000 attendees as North Park’s yearly arts and music festival returns boasting even more cuisine, creations and craft beer than ever before. — Michael Benninger

University Avenue between 30th and 32nd streets, North Park,

5.12: Avenue Amps & Ales

Get a taste for some South Bay flavor during this craft beer and music festival featuring craft breweries, distilleries, wineries and local eats.

Memorial Park at Third Avenue, Chula Vista,

5.12: Seventh Annual Wine, Women & Shoes

Enjoy an afternoon of fun, fashion and fine wine, then compete for “Best in Shoe” during this unique event focused on feet. — Michael Benninger

Del Mar Plaza, Del Mar,

5.12: Fourth Annual San Diego Paella Festival

Sixty local and international chefs will prepare 130 paellas to feed more than 3,000 attendees at downtown’s Spanish-style celebration that also includes live music, lots of booze and the largest paella ever cooked in California. — Michael Benninger

Embarcadero Marina Park South, downtown,

5.12-13: Balboa Park Pow Wow

Peruse through thousands of products from various vendors selling jewelry, pottery, basketry and other wares at this free cultural event celebrating American Indian heritage and traditions. — Michael Benninger

Park Boulevard at Presidents Way, Balboa Park,

5.13: Mother’s Day Celebration

Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day she’ll never forget by transporting her to 50 acres of extraordinary color overlooking the ocean before the Flower Fields of Carlsbad closes for the season. — Michael Benninger

The Flower Fields, Carlsbad,

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