Not quite ready for the beach but looking for some activities outside in the sun for the whole family? You are in luck! The month of May is filled with a plethora of fun and unique festivals filled with live music, children’s activities, rides, and of course, delicious food! From festivals for car enthusiasts to chocolate lovers to even Wild West fanatics, there is truly a festival for everyone!
1. 5/3 – Rhythm & Brews Festival
Start off May with craft brew and live music! Historic Vista Village is kicking off the 3rd Annual Rhythm & Brews festival featuring over 50 breweries, 9 musical acts on three separate stages, and some outstanding local food selections! Do you have a special beer you have created? It’s time to share it with the world and compete in the home brew contest! Advanced Tickets – $50, At the Door – $60. 5/3 from 12pm-4pm.
2. 5/4 – Carlsbad Village Fair
Fill your Sunday with a little something for everyone! On 5/4, the streets of Carlsbad Village will be flooded with the Carlsbad Village Faire hosting over 900 vendors, an international food court and children’s area with a super slide, bounce house and more! If you get shopped out, enjoy some live music and a beverage in the beer and wine garden.
3. 5/10- Asian Culture Festival
Celebrate and learn the rich diversity of the Asian and Asian Pacific American experience at the Asian Cultural Festival on 5/10 from 12-8pm! Not only is this festival free, but pet friendly! The festival will be filled with martial arts, ethnic dances, cultural exhibitions, entertainment and of course, food! This year’s festival will take place at a NEW location – Convoy Street – right in the heart of the Asian American district in San Diego.
4. 5/15 – Encinitas Classic Car Night
Cruise on down to Encinitas for the unrivaled combination of historic cars on the historic Hwy 101 experience! Encinitas Class Car Nights showcases a variety of hot rods, Woodies and other classic and vintage cars – plus some live music! Stop by for a roaring good time on 5/15 from 5:30pm-7:30pm.
5. 5/17 – Deep Pit BBQ
Nothing screams summer like a tasty BBQ! Visit the San Dieguito Heritage Museum on 5/17 for the 26th Annual Deep Pit BBQ. Deep pit cooking makes the tastiest BBQ! In addition to the tasty food, there will be a costume photo opportunity, kids activities, silent auction, bake sale and some classic vehicles on display including a 1917 Model T Ford! Adults $20 Teens $15 Children $7
6. 5/17 – Leo Carillo Wild West Fest
Bust out those cowboy boots and hat! (Or at least get ready to see some cowboys in Carlsbad!). The Wild West Fest at Leo Carillo Ranch is on 5/17 from 11am-2pm featuring live western music, western photo backdrops, a mechanical bull ride, a Rodeo Roper activity, pony rides and more! Want to spice things up? For just $3, participate in a salsa tasting. Food, beverage and merchandise available for additional costs.
7. 5/18 – Escondido Street Fair
Spend your Sunday with some fun for the whole family! The Escondido Street Faire on 5/18 from 10am-6pm is California’s second largest 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.
8. 5/26 – Art in the Park Poway
Does mama’s little artist love to get messy and make crafts? Bring that mess outside and out of your kitchen. Bring your kids and their friends to the Poway Community Park on 5/26 from 10am-12pm for a free Art in the Park event to make some crafts and have some family-fun!
9. 5/25 – Vista Strawberry Fest
We are so “berry” excited! The annual Vista Strawberry Festival is this Sunday on 5/25 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!
10. 5/31 – Fiesta del Sol
May isn’t over yet, and neither are the festivals! Check out the 35th annual Fiesta del Sol in Solana Beach on 5/31 -6/1 from 9am-9pm. This two day free music and art festival is jam packed with an amazing line-up of live bands, a wide variety of art, food vendors and even rides for the kids! Perfect way to kick off summer!