We have festivals for all interests and all ages! May is filled with festivals for live music, children’s activities, rides, and of course, delicious food! Even festivals for art lovers, car enthusiasts, and those just looking to have a good time – there is truly a festival for everyone!
CARLSBAD VILLAGE FAIRE
Fill your Sunday with a little something for everyone! On 5/6, from 8am-5pm, the streets of Carlsbad Village will be flooded with over 850 vendors , an international food court and children’s area with a super slide, bounce house and more! Find quality items from quality vendors. If you get shopped out, enjoy some live music and a beverage in the beer and wine garden. Click here for more information.
CINCO DE MAYO
Happy Cinco! Round up your friends & head to your favorite Mexican restaurant for a couple of margaritas! Here are a few we love: Cocina del Charro, Hacienda de Vega, Norte, Fidels! What’s your favorite?
This Saturday on 5/5, experience the biggest race day of the year with the best horses thoroughbred racing has to offer from racetracks across the country, featuring mint juleps, derby merchandise, and so much fun! All at the Surfside Race Place in Del Mar. For information on tickets and seats call (858)755-1167 or click here.
GRAND TEA ROOM – ESCONDIDO
Treat your mom to an elegant and relaxing afternoon to some delicious tea. The Grand Tea Room in Escondido, located in historic downtown, has the cutest ambiance and is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day! http://www.thegrandtearoom.com
ESCONDIDO STREET FAIRE
Spend your Sunday with some fun for the whole family! The Escondido Street Faire on 5/20 from 9 am-5 pm is California’s second largest single-day street faire! The faire is filled with over 700 booths, live entertainment, and arts and crafts! Grab a bite from the international food booths, or bring home some fresh veggies to cook with from the farmers market. Can’t make it? No problem! The street fair runs from May all the way until October. https://www.escondido.org/escondido-street-faire.aspx
ENCINITAS CLASSIC CAR NIGHT
Cruise on down to Encinitas for the unrivaled combination of historic cars on the historic Hwy 101 experience! Encinitas Classic Car Nights showcase a variety of hot rods, Woodies and other classic and vintage cars – plus some live music! Stop by for a roaring good time on the third Thursday of every month until September, starting on 5/17 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. https://encinitas101.com/events/classiccarnights
VISTA STRAWBERRY FEST
We are so “berry” excited! The annual Vista Strawberry Festival is on Sunday 5/27 from 8am – 6pm! Did you know Vista was once the “Strawberry Capital of the World” and still boasts many strawberry fields? This is no ordinary festival – and even includes a variety of contests including putting, cooking, homebrew, costume and more! Cheer on the contestants, shop, listen to some live music and taste some strawberries! http://vistastrawberryfest.com
FIESTA DEL SOL
Kick off the summer sun with the Fiesta del Sol in Solana Beach. This two-day free music and art festival runs from Saturday 5/19 – Sunday 5/20 and is jam packed with an amazing lineup of live bands, a wide variety of art, food vendors and even rides for the kids! And did we say food trucks and wine garden? We sure did. http://fiestadelsol.net
Go and experience one of nature’s most interesting phenomena right here on the local San Diego beaches. Grunion are a type of marine fish only found here in Southern California. During specific nights in May all the way to August, their eggs hatch on the shoreline, causing thousands of fish to dance along the sand. It’s one crazy sight to see! For more information on times and locations click here.
LA JOLLA KAYAK CAVE TOUR
Spring has just started which means that nature is in full bloom. Enjoy the coastal scenery with a guided La Jolla cave tour! Explore caves and sea cliffs as you venture through the La Jolla Ecological Reserve. Tours begin as early as 9 am every day of the week. Tickets range between $39-$99 dollars. https://www.sandiegoreader.com/events/ongoing/la-jolla-kayak-cave-tour/
AMERICAN HERITAGE CAR SHOW
Come get a piece of American history at the American Heritage Car Show at Grape Day park in Escondido on 5/26 from 9am – 3pm. Entry as a spectator is free and the show includes a pancake breakfast, DJ and beer garden. If you would like to enter your pre-1974 domestic or imported vintage, classic, hot rod, or muscle car, entry is 25$ and comes with an event T-Shirt and dash plaque. For more information click here
SANTEE STREET FAIR AND CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
The annual Santee Street fair will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on May 26th from 10am – 6pm. This street fair will include something the entire family will enjoy. There will be live music, entertainment, various food and craft vendor booths, carnival rides and much more! Local breweries in the San Diego County will be present at the Craft Beer Festival for anyone over 21 who would like a drink. For more information visit http://santeestreetfair.com
OCEANSIDE ART WALK
Oceanside is home to a thriving art district. If you love creativity and being on the beach, be sure to check out First Friday: Oceanside Art Walk on Friday, May 4th from 5-9pm. Throughout downtown Oceanside businesses and civic centers, the streets come alive with vibrant arts, performances, music, poetry, activities and food. This event is free and fun for all ages, so bring the family! For more info, visit: http://www.oceansideartwalk.org/
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