San Diego: This Weekend (May 23-27)


Top events in San Diego for Memorial Day Weekend include the Festival of Funk, Sing Dance Crawl and the Vista Strawberry Festival.

5.23: Sampson McCormick

“I got on Facebook at one in the morning to change my status from ‘In a Relationship’ to ‘Single,’ my aunt called me from North Carolina. So I picked up, and she was like, ‘You and that boy broke up?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, we broke up.’ She was like, ‘Thank you, Jesus. You know what that is, don’t you?’ I said, ‘What?’ ‘That’s the Lord’s way of telling you, you need to try you some p**sy.’ I was like, ‘The Lord did not tell you that, okay.’ ‘Yes, he did. I read it. It’s in Psalms somewhere. It’s in the King James version.’ I was like, ‘You might be reading the Rick James version, but that ain’t the King Games version.’” — Sampson McCormick at Flappers Comedy Club

@ Martinis Above Fourth,

5.23: By the Barrel: Wine

Indulge in endless food and beverage experiences during this decadent wine-and-dine kicking off Estancia’s new series of course-paired dinners under the stars. — Michael Benninger

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, La Jolla,

5.24: 15th annual Freedom Benefit Concert

Rock out aboard the USS Midway during this annual fundraiser featuring a live performance by the rock band Daughtry. — Michael Benninger

USS Midway, Embarcadero,

5.24: Minnesota

Fun fact: Although he moved to California as a teenager, dubstep and hip-hop producer Christian Bauhofer is actually from the Midwest state that his moniker honors. Bauhofer released his five-track Curio EP, and well a four-track remix companion EP, last year. — Scott McDonald

@ Music Box,

5.24: Diplo

What? Diplo? You mean Diplo like (Thomas) Wes Pentz, the multiple-Grammy-winning producer behind Major Lazer, Mad Decent Records, Jack Ü, Silk City, LSD and significant hits for everyone from M.I.A. and MØ to Justin Bieber and Madonna? Well, hell yes, then. — Scott McDonald


5.24: Rich the Kid

Rich the Kid, aka Atlanta-based rapper Dimitri Roger, sure likes San Diego – and Bassmnt for that matter. The dude just appeared at the venue in March. To be fair, that was the month Roger released his sophomore studio album, The World Is Yours 2, his second album in a row to crack the top five on Billboard’s 200 chart. Now he’s back to properly celebrate. — Scott McDonald

@ Bassmnt,

5.24-26: Nikki Glaser

“That’s all that’s in my phone. Texts between me and men who will never love me and naked pictures. I send those, and I shouldn’t. I shouldn’t. The cloud is not secure, but, like, neither am I. I am in need of constant validation.” — Nikki Glaser on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

@ American Comedy Co.,

5.24-26: Ben Gleib

“I’m addicted to Instagram. … All I do now is try to find beauty in the world. Never saw beauty anywhere, but I can get ‘likes’ on it, so all I do is convert beauty into likes. That’s all I do. … Yesterday, I pulled up in my car at a red light, and I saw this adorable four-year-old girl by a mailbox in a ballerina costume. I started taking a picture, and I realized everything I’m doing is very inappropriate right now. Her father was like, ‘What are you doing?’ I got nervous and sped off. But, in my defense, 63 likes.” — Ben Gleib on Neurotic Gangster

@ The Comedy Store,

5.25: San Diego Black and White Boat Party

Dress to the nines in a binary combination of white and black — or risk standing out like a sore thumb — while aboard this Latin Boat cruise. — Michael Benninger

Hornblower Yacht, Little Italy,

5.25: Festival of Funk

Toss back unlimited pours of sours, saisons and other funky brews during this puckering party paired with premier food vendors. — Michael Benninger

Liberty Station, Point Loma,

5.25: 11th annual Santee Street Fair & sixth annual Craft Beer Festival

Join more than 30,000 attendees at one of East County’s annual event featuring local breweries, 300 food vendors and oodles of live entertainment. — Michael Benninger

Town Center Parkway & Riverview Parkway, Santee,

5.25: Arts & Amps

Karl Strauss Brewing Company’s popular summer series returns with its first of three events featuring music Little Hurricane with the Wild Wild Wets alongside live mural painting from Cohort Collective, and, of course, flowing brews with more than 20 house beers being offered up.
Karl Strauss Brewing Company, 5985 Santa Fe St., Pacific Beach,

5.25: Sing Dance Crawl

Round up your most patriotic pals for this high-energy Americana-themed party taking place at three downtown venues and bringing locals together for a good time and a great cause. — Michael Benninger

Various venues around downtown San Diego,

5.25: Dip Day Club Opening Weekend

Sycuan gets in on the pool party action with the Memorial Day Weekend launch of Dip Day Club, a monthly, adults-only party at the casino’s Retreat Pool & Cabanas. Sunday’s headliner was originally scheduled to be DJ Snoopadelic, a.k.a., Snoop Dogg, but due to rain in the forecast, that date has been cancelled and the show rescheduled for July 20. The Saturday launch party with Sam Feldt and special guest EDX is still planned. — Michael Benninger

Retreat Pool & Cabanas at Sycuan Casino Resort, El Cajon,

5.25-26: MY LED USA

LED’s annual Memorial Day weekender always boasts a jam-packed roster of amazing talent and this year’s version is no exception. Artists scheduled to perform include Jauz, Gryffin, Jai Wolf, Seven Lions, Yellow Claw, AC Slater, Anna Lunoe and more. The two-day event also doubles as the kickoff to Petco’s recent expansion, which includes a new musical venue and partnership with both Live Nation and Sycuan. — Scott McDonald

@ The Park at Petco Park,

5.25-27: Memorial Day Weekend parties

From yacht cruises to bar crawls to pool parties, commemorate Memorial Day in style at these red, white and blue festivities throughout San Diego. Check out the full lineup here.

5.26: Vista Strawberry 2019 Festival

The onetime “Strawberry Capital of the World” celebrates the florid fruit with craft beer, carnival rides and several strawberry-centric activities. — Michael Benninger

Main Street Vista, Vista,

5.26: Steve Aoki

After last appearing at OMNIA in February, the Grammy-nominated, globetrotting DJ and entrepreneur continues to tour on Neon Future III, his fifth studio album. The most recent chapter in his Neon Future concept series was released last November and features appearances from BTS, blink-182, Lil Yachty, Mike Posner and even Bill Nye. — Scott McDonald


5.26: San Diego Crawfish Boil

The good folks of the LSU Alumni of SD association and Raising Canes bring some Southern Hospitality to the finest city for a hands on experience featuring mounds of crawfish, a Mardi Gras-style mini parade and live music.


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