The Big List of Things To Do in San Diego This Weekend

Check out this week’s Big List of Things To Do in San Diego this Weekend and make your plans!

Don’t miss the Wild in the Country Gala for exotic animal rescue, Party Under the Stars at Cabrillo National Monument with food, drinks, and live music, and the Navy Bay Bridge Run/Walk, a 4.1-mile event supporting military families along with entertainment and prizes.

If that’s not enough…there is plenty more below! Have a great weekend!

Top Concerts in San Diego This Week

R&B sensation Bryson Tiller is set to light up the stage with his soulful hits and captivating performance. Fans of pop and hip-hop won’t want to miss the dynamic duo Jack & Jack, and for those who love classic rock, the PettyBreakers, a renowned Tom Petty tribute band, will bring all the nostalgia and timeless tunes to life.

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Where to Get the Best Burgers in San Diego

We asked our readers to tell us their pick for the best burgers in San Diego so we’ll know where to go when we’re in need of one…NOTHING beats a good burger when you’re craving one! This mouth-watering list is the result.

Art, Music, and Dance Take Flight at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station This May

Warmer weather is upon us, and there is no better place to soak up the sun than ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station. From hip-hop performances and new exhibitions to Mother’s Day shopping experiences and workshops, San Diego’s largest arts and culture district has something for everyone this May!

Friday, May 17

Cygnet Theatre Presents Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” is an electropop opera at Cygnet Theatre, based on Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.” This immersive musical features eclectic musical styles and an innovative stage experience.

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Belmont in Full Bloom!

Belmont in Bloom Festival at Belmont Park features stunning floral arrangements, vibrant spring sculptures, interactive art installations, and live music. Enjoy seasonal treats like fruity funnel cakes and aromatic cocktails. Celebrate spring, creativity, and community in San Diego!

Michael Lamb Us: An Evening of Magic, Illusions and Impossibilities at the California Center for the Arts

Michael Lamb Turns Passion for Magic Into Immersive, Theatrical Experience

Michael Lamb’s “Us: An Evening of Magic, Illusions and Impossibilities” is running at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. This immersive magic show, inspired by his pop-up art installations, promises a unique theatrical experience.

Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero Presents Twilight

When Bella Swan moves to a small town in the Pacific Northwest to live with her father, she meets the reclusive Edward Cullen, a mysterious classmate who reveals himself to be a 108-year-old vampire. Despite Edward’s repeated cautions, Bella can’t help but fall in love with him, a fatal move that endangers her own life when a coven of bloodsuckers tries to challenge the Cullen clan.

Immersive Displays at the Annual World of Orchids

The World of Orchids exhibition at San Diego Botanic Garden showcases stunning orchid displays in an 8,000-square-foot glass conservatory. It includes hands-on workshops and vendor weekends.

big list of things to do in San Diego this weekend

Discover James Hubbell’s Artistic Designs at the Ilan-Lael Foundation’s Spring Tours

Showcasing the awe-inspiring designs at the world-famous compound, the Ilan-Lael Spring Tours offer insights into Hubbell’s creative process and the foundation’s continuous efforts to promote art, nature, and community engagement through various programs and initiatives.

Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero Presents Pulp Fiction

A burger-loving hitman, his philosophical partner, a drug-addled gangster’s moll, and a washed-up boxer converge in this sprawling, comedic crime caper. Their adventures unfold in three stories of violence and redemption.

Saturday, May 18

Wild in the Country Gala

Wild in the Country Gala Roars Back

The Lions Tigers & Bears’ 15th annual Wild in the Country gala is a major fundraiser for Southern California’s accredited exotic animal sanctuary. The event includes a live auction with celebrity auctioneer Sean Kelly, a silent auction, fine cuisine, craft beverages, and live entertainment, all to support the sanctuary’s rescue efforts.

Vanguard Culture

Vanguard Culture Welcomes Art World Royalty to the Table at the Basquiat Gala

Vanguard Culture is hosting its signature Artist @ the Table Gala Fundraiser with legendary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s sisters Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet the women responsible for safekeeping the tremendous creative legacy and estate of one of the most notable artists in modern history!

The San Diego Crawfish Boil is Back and Better Than Ever!

The San Diego Crawfish Boil at Waterfront Park features 25,000 pounds of hot Louisiana crawfish, seasoned corn, potatoes, and unlimited beverages. Enjoy Mardi Gras-style parades, live music, and additional food for purchase. This festive event promises a vibrant and delicious experience!

Ocean Beach Kite Festival

Fly High at Ocean Beach Kite Festival

The Ocean Beach Kite Festival, the oldest children’s kite festival in the U.S. since 1948, offers free family fun with kite building, designing, and flying. Held at Robb Athletic Field, it’s a beloved community event celebrating creativity and outdoor activity.

Celebrate 14 Years of Brews and Bites at Pizza Port Ocean Beach’s Anniversary Party!

Celebrate Pizza Port Ocean Beach’s 14th anniversary with a special event featuring BBQ dishes, a beer garden, a tie-dye station, and the exclusive release of Jetty IPA. Enjoy great food, fun activities, and craft brews at this community celebration.

Asian Pacific Cultural Festival

Explore Rich Traditions at the Asian Pacific Cultural Festival

The Asian Pacific Cultural Festival at Mira Mesa Community Park celebrates the rich traditions of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Enjoy cultural performances, cooking demos, interactive booths, children’s activities, and live art sessions. This free, family-friendly event is a vibrant showcase of diverse cultures and community spirit.

Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero Presents Moana

In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the demigod to set things right.

Julian Beer Company Presents Hillside Rendezvous

Julian Beer Company Presents Hillside Rendezvous

The Julian Beer Company presents the Hillside Rendezvous, featuring live performances by reggae-fusion band Sol Seed and local rock reggae group The Resinators. The event includes craft beer, vendors, lawn games, and live art, creating a fun and vibrant atmosphere.

How to Grow Orchids Outdoors in Southern California

Learn How to Grow Orchids Outdoors in SoCo

Learn how to grow orchids outdoors in Southern California with expert Alex Nadzan at the San Diego Botanic Garden. This special class covers the best orchid types for the region and practical tips for thriving plants from an expert with over 30 years of orchid-growing experience.

Support Unity 4 Orphans With the Open Hearts Gala

The Open Hearts Gala by Unity 4 Orphans supports five programs aiding vulnerable children globally. Held at The Prado in Balboa Park, the event features appetizers, a three-course meal, a drink ticket, and a cash bar. Celebrate and contribute to empowering children.

Party Under the Stars at Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo Under the Stars is a special evening event at Cabrillo National Monument featuring food, drinks, live music, and breathtaking city views. The event supports the preservation and enhancement of the monument, offering a unique after-dark experience at this historic site.

Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero Presents Wedding Crashers

John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Cleary.

Sunday, May 19

Lace Up for the Navy Bay Bridge Run/Walk and Support our Local Military

The Navy Bay Bridge Run/Walk is a 4.1-mile event hosted by Naval Base Coronado, taking participants over the iconic Coronado Bridge to Tidelands Park. This annual event supports local military members and their families, featuring music, prizes, giveaways, caricature artists, and entertainment. Join thousands of runners and walkers for a memorable and charitable morning.

Union Hall Gallery Inaugural Exhibition

“The Art of Experience” runs from May 4 through June 16 at Union Hall Gallery and invites the public to engage deeply with art that explores, questions, and celebrates all dimensions of human experience.

Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero Presents The Lion King (1994)

A lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father’s death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.

What’s The Buzz? It’s World Bee Day at the Japanese Friendship Garden & Museum

The Japanese Friendship Garden & Museum, in partnership with other Balboa Park and community organizations, celebrates World Bee Day. This event features exhibits, interactive demonstrations, live honey bees, and hands-on activities, raising awareness of bees’ crucial role in the ecosystem.

Sarah Stieber Gallery

Immerse yourself in creativity at the Sarah Stieber Gallery Annual Experiential Pop-Up! Step into a world of art and innovation where imagination knows no bounds. Explore unique installations, interact with immersive exhibits, and be inspired by the boundless creativity on display. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience art in a whole new way!

Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero Presents Shrek 2

Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey set off to Far, Far Away to meet Fiona’s mother and father. But not everyone is happy. Shrek and the King find it hard to get along, and there’s tension in the marriage. The fairy godmother discovers that Shrek has married Fiona instead of her Son, Prince Charming, and sets about destroying their marriage.

See you there, San Diego!

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