Downtown San Diego May 2014 Events

May 1st, 2014

Barrio Logan Grand Prix Health Fair May 3
This health fair offers FREE screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes; plus vision, dental, and pregnancy testing. There’s music, refreshments, a jumper for kids, and $6,000 in prizes. This event is in conjunction with the “Barrio Logan Grand Prix Bicycle Race” at 7:15am. 9am-12pm. Logan Heights Family Health Center parking lot (1809 National Ave.) (619) 940-5732 / www.sdbc.org

Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival May 3

With a Kentucky Derby theme and women in fancy hats, guests can have an enjoyable time tasting exquisite food and beverage samples from popular restaurants, wineries, and microbreweries. The event has a silent auction, raffles, and win-place-show drawings. 1-5pm. Ellen Browning Scripps Park. (858) 752-7097 / www.jlsdfoodandwine.com
San Diego Ho’ Olaule’a May 3-4
Come early to observe the Hawaiian greeting of the blowing of the conch shell and chanting followed by a colorful procession. There will be hula dancing, music, a canoe display, craft shopping, and divine foods. Then, listen carefully to storytelling and learn Hawaiian words. 10am-5pm. East Mission Bay Park. (760) 807-5567 / www.sdhoolaulea.com
Old Town Cinco de Mayo May 3-4
This Cinco de Mayo has it all! Highlights include carriage rides, pony rides, soccer matches, a petting zoo, chalk art, and a car show; plus music, food, drink, and merchandise. Be sure to see the horse riding & rope tricks and a special reenactment with mock cannons and gunfire. 11am-9pm. (619) 233-5008 / www.fiestaoldtown.com

March to Feed Homeless Veterans May 4
Most homeless persons carry all their worldly possessions in a cart or on their backs. The purpose of this event is to collect non-perishable food for local homeless persons. The event has two elements that you can choose from; a 5K run or a more strenuous 30K walk carrying 25-pounds. 6am-4pm. Torrey Santa Fe Rd. (619) 321-8526

Safari Park Half Marathon & 10K May 4
Athletes, get ready for a countryside run through the Safari Park and surrounding roads of North County (City of Escondido, City of San Diego, and County of San Diego). The 10K also travels the surrounding areas and finishes inside the Safari Park. 7am-1pm. Westfield Shopping Town (San Bear Valley Dr.) (310) 821-7898 / www.safariparkhalf.com

Fiesta de los Penasquitos May 4
CA festival in Rancho Penasquitos invites residents and guests to come and enjoy a full day of music, food, drink, arts & crafts, carnival rides, a car show, and a Kids Pavilion. Guests can learn about Rancho Penasquitos by visiting the booths of local service organizations, businesses, and schools. 11am-5pm. Black Mountain Road. (619) 994-8687 / www.rpcouncil.com

Taste of Cardiff May 8
Cardiff 101 Main Street invites you to enjoy an evening of strolling through the beautiful coastal community while savoring the very best of Cardiff’s delectable cuisine. Downtown Cardiff has over 20 unique eateries and many of these restaurants are well known throughout San Diego County for their excellent food. 5-8pm. / www.tasteofcardiff.com

Gator By The Bay May 8-11
Brings the joie de vivre of the Louisiana bayou to San Diego on Mother’s Day weekend, with 10,000 pounds of crawfish and some of the hottest blues, Cajun, and zydeco music around. Spanish Landing Park. (619) 234-8612 / www.gatorbythebay.com

San Diego Humane Society & SPCA Walk for Animals May 10

People and dogs are coming together to go on a special walk to obtain funds for the humane treatment of animals. You can participate with or without a dog. It begins with a pancake breakfast and has DJ music, a doggie area for playtime activities and a Vendor Village that is worthwhile to explore. 7am-12pm. Liberty Station. (619) 243-3493 / www.sdhumane.org

CAC Waterfront Park Grand Opening May 10
Today is the Grand Opening of the County Administration Center’s Waterfront Park. Come and see it for yourself! There’s a picnic area, playground, and promenade walkways; plus musical entertainment, a classic car show, beer, food, a Sports Zone, Kids Zone, and a Farmer’s Market. 12-6pm. 1600 Pacific Hwy. (858) 966-1332 / www.sdparks.org

Color Me Rad May 17
A rainbow of colors await you at this 5K running event. As athletes run past color stations, they are whisked with a harmless cornstarch mixture of colors. At the finish, they will all feel gorgeously “RAD”. This is a fun and exhilarating event that brings a lot of enjoyment and laughter. 7-10:30am. Petco Park. (801) 458-8533 / http://www.colormerad.com

San Dieguito Heritage Museum’s Deep Pit BBQ May 17
The San Dieguito Heritage Museum celebrates local heritage by hosting its annual Deep Pit BBQ at the Museum site. During the event, the museum and exhibits will be open for visitors. 12-3pm. 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. (760) 632-9711 / www.sdheritage.org

Mito Walk & Roll 5K May 17
All ages can run, walk, or propel on wheels at this 5K event for mitochondrial disease. It is accompanied by a festival that offers an array of activities and amusement. There are live musical performances, carnival games, a magician, bounce house, raffles, silent auction, merchandise, and a beer garden. 8am-2pm. Liberty Station. (619) 823-9374 / www.mitoresearchfund.org

Tierrasanta Patriot’s Day Parade May 17
You can celebrate Armed Forces Day by watching a patriotic parade in Tierrasanta. The parade features a high school band, ROTC unit, youth sports leagues, community groups, floats, dignitaries, and more. In conjunction with the “Patriot’s Day Dinner & fireworks show”. 10-11am. Serra Mesa High School. (858) 268-0044 /

Tierrasanta Patriot’s Day Dinner & Fireworks Show May 17
You can celebrate Armed Forces Day with a tasty BBQ dinner in Tierrasanta; plus music, dancing, a beer/wine garden, a play area for kids, and a fireworks show. There’s a craft fair at a nearby shopping center, too. In conjunction with the “Tierrasanta Patriot’s Day Parade”. 4:30-9pm. Tierrasanta Recreation Center. (858) 268-0044 /

North Park Festival of the Arts May 17
This popular festival presents five stages of on-going music and performance entertainment. You’ll love it! There’ll be plenty of fine art and crafts; plus a section for kids art, too. Fabulous international and local foods are offered as well as a beer garden and a Craft Beer Block. 11am-6pm. (619) 294-2501 / www.northparkfestivalofarts.com

Wild West Fest May 17
Swap those flip flops for some cowboy boots and mosey on down to the City of Carlsbad’s annual Wild West Fest for a rustic adventure of western themed crafts, salsa contest, root beer tastings, pony rides, and mechanical bull riding for kids. 11am-2pm. Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park: 6200 Flying L.C. Lane. (760) 602-7519 / www.carlsbadca.gov/parksandrec

Navy’s Original Bay Bridge Run May 18
Don’t miss out on this one! A run/walk across the Coronado Bay Bridge is a rare opportunity. The views are awesome! It begins in the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego and proceeds across the magnificent bay bridge and onward to Coronado Island for a festive celebration at Tidelands Park. 8am-12pm. (619) 556-9413 / www.navylifesw.com/bridgerun

San Diego Celebrates Israel Yom Ha’atzmaut Festival May 18
A celebration of Israel’s culture. Music, kosher foods, merchandise, and folk dancing; the event also presents a hummus cooking contest, a petting zoo, and a 5K walk. Also, there is a wine garden, Kid’s Zone, and a Senior Lounge. 9am-4pm. Nobel Athletic Field & Recreation Center (8810 Judicial Dr.) (858) 737-7122 / www.sandiegocelebratesisrael.com

San Diego Sicilian Festival May 18
You’re welcome to attend a saucy celebration of Sicilian-Italian-American heritage in Little Italy. This popular event presents a mixture of ethnic foods, beer & wine, Italian music, and art & craft items. 10am-6pm. (619) 733-0483 / www.sicilianfesta.com

Escondido Downtown Street Faire May 18
The Faire features over 500 vendors, a wide variety of food from around the world, music, and other family entertainment. The vendors line seven blocks of beautiful downtown Escondido. 9:30am-5:30pm. (760) 945-9288 / www.Kennedyfaires.com/Escondido

SRCA Community Fair May 18
A community fair in Scripps Ranch offers an enjoyable day of musical performances, food, a Kids Zone, and a Wine & Beer Garden. There are inflatables jumpers, mechanical swings, an obstacle course, and rides for preschoolers. The event concludes with a wonderful evening music concert. 11am-8pm. Scripps Ranch Community Park (11454 Blue Cypress Rd.) (858) 337-6344 / www.scrippsranch.com

Vista Strawberry Festival May 25
The Vista Strawberry Festival takes place in Historic Downtown Vista on Main Street. Enjoy the celebration of the strawberry as they will have over 300 vendors, an athletic competition, a pie eating contest, costumes, a beauty contest, carnival rides, music, food, and lots of strawberries! (760) 726-1122 / www.vistachamber.org

EOD Warrior 5K May 26
The event offers a 5K run/walk and a 1K Kids Run at Liberty Station in Point Loma. A post-event expo accompanies the event with an awards
ceremony, refreshments, a beer garden, raffles, and sports-related attire. Proceeds benefit the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Warrior Foundation. 7am-1pm. Liberty Station. (541) 705-5030 / www.eodwarrior5k.org

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics May 27
To promote the Special Olympics, law enforcement personnel will run with a flame-lit torch and pass it from one to another in a relay format. The route begins in Chula Vista and continues through San Diego County and finishes at Torrey Pines. 10:15am-4pm. (619) 283-6100 / www.specialolympics.org

Fiesta del Sol in Solana Beach May 31-June 1
Over 50,000 attendees will be enjoying great live reggae, soul, funk, jazz, blues and rock music, a beer garden, a variety of food, hand made art, paintings, local photography, jewelry, clothing, and crafts, and the very cool beach vibe of Solana Beach. 9am-9pm. Fletcher Cove. 858-755-4775 / www.fiestadelsol.net

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