Things To Do In San Diego In May

There’s always a lot of fun things to do in San Diego and the month of May is no exception. Check out our list of things to do in San Diego in May to discover what’s in store!

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Visit The Flower Fields at Carlsbad

Open until May 14th

This amazing display has become part of the area’s local heritage, and the nearly 50 acres Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers is one of nature’s official ways of announcing the arrival of Spring here in San Diego!


Available until May 14th

Enjoy a beautiful picnic experience in the Carlsbad Flower Fields!

Gator by the Bay: Zydeco, Blues & Crawfish Festival

May 11 to 14

Gator by the Bay features four days of live music with over 100 musical acts and special performances on seven stages, southern cuisine including 10,000 pounds of fresh crawfish trucked from Louisiana, non-stop live music, dancing and family fun at Spanish Landing Park on beautiful San Diego Bay across from the airport.

Viva La Música: A Celebration of Latin Music, Food, and More at SeaWorld

Until May 21st

Highlighted by a fantastic live concert series, SeaWorld’s Viva La Música celebrates Latin culture through great music, food, and festive decor. In addition to headlining concerts at Bayside Amphitheater, the event also offers a festival area called Zócalo (located at SkyTower stage) with performances by community groups and local musicians.

Belmont Park Hosts Second Annual Belmont In Bloom Festival

Until May 31st

Belmont in Bloom transform the park into a whimsical scene of towering flowers, colorful murals and Instagrammable floral photo ops to celebrate the beauty and colors of the season.

Monarch School’s Metamorphosis Art Exhibition And Fundraiser Showcases Students’ Art

May 12

Monarch School’s Center for the Arts, The Chrysalis, will showcase students’ artwork, including paintings, photography, fiber arts and sculptures that represent the self-growth and determination of the students.

2023 OMBAC Over The Line Beer Fest and Tournament

May 13

This 7th annual event is a kick off to summer Over the Line tournament which will also be hosting some of San Diego’s finest Craft Breweries and Food Trucks at Mariners Point. So come on out, dust off those bats and enjoy your favorite local beers.

The Second Annual Dinner On The Diamond Is Back At Petco Park

May 18

The event will be the only time fans can enjoy a first-class dinner on the field at America’s number-one ballpark side by side San Diego Padres ownership, players, coaches and alumni.

WNDR After Dark Presents A Night Of Tats And Tunes

May 18

Enjoy a night of tats and tunes, with a tattoo flash sale by Wolf and Shadow Tattoo Collective and music from the artists of HillCrest ArtLofts as you explore the fully immersive art experiences at the museum. 

Japanese Friendship Garden Stone Lantern Walk Tour With Stone Master Taka Saida

JFG Hosts Master Series: Lantern Walk Tour With Stone Master Taka Saida

May 19

Japanese stone lanterns were adopted by masters of the Japanese way of tea who included them in tea gardens to help guide the pathways. Initially being accessible by the wealthy, they were eventually adopted not just as votive lights, but also as more practical lanterns to light the precincts of shrines and temples.

Lions Tigers & Bears’ Wild In The Country Gala Roars Back

May 20

Wild in the Country Gala is Lions Tigers & Bears’ BIGGEST and most IMPORTANT fundraiser of the year. So mark your calendars for an incredible afternoon at the sanctuary to support the rescued big cats and bears.

Second Chance Beer Company + Puppy Picnic Co. To Host Pupapalooza Dog Festival

May 20

Pupapalooza, which is sponsored by TrustedHousesitters, will have more than 20 locally-owned, dog-themed vendors on hand, adoptable pups from The Animal Pad, food trucks, and music from DJ C-Riz.

La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K

The La Jolla Half Marathon is one of San Diego California’s most picturesque and beautiful point-to-point races. Starting at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the course follows a scenic coastal route along the San Diego coast and reaches the challenging climb to the summit of Torrey Pines State Park.

San Diego County 2023 Vintners Annual Wine Festival

May 21

San Diego County’s finest wines – many award winning – will be featured at the festival. Spend the day discovering and sipping the array of varietals produced in San Diego County. Unlimited wine tasting, charcuterie, music, and plenty of sunshine at the charming Bernardo Winery.

JFG & SD Sake Club Presents Kanpai Sake 101

May 21

If you’re new to the sake world, Kanpai Sake 101 is the class for you. Brought to us by the Japanese Friendship Garden and the SD Sake Club, the class will offer an introduction to sake, followed by three sake and cheese pairings.

12th Annual I Love Poke Festival

May 23

I Love Poke Hawaiian Food Festival & Competition has been a success over the last 11+ years for one reason. This event was born from a heart, with the sole desire to satisfy the cravings of our friends and family.

Start Your Memorial Day Weekend With The Ultimate Movie Event At USS Midway

May 26

Get your aviators + bomber jackets and start your Memorial Day weekend with this ultimate movie event on the iconic USS Midway flight deck.

North Park Music Fest Is Back For Its 2nd Year

May 27

The festival will feature live art, interactive experiences, craft beer, craft cocktails, and of course, live music. The two-day event is for all ages and will embody the eclectic vibe that North Park is famous for.

Vista Strawberry Festival

May 28

Honor thy Grand Strawberry in all its forms during this family friendly day of fun.  Wear your most festive Strawberry attire and bring your berry happy grin… we can’t wait to see you!  There’s something for everyone…  contests, kids play zone, entertainment, art, film festival, vendors and, of course, Strawberry deliciousness!

Go out there and enjoy your amazing city!

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