Thursday, May 16
Bike to Work Day
6 a.m. to 9 a.m., 100 Pit Stops Throughout San Diego County
SANDAG’s 29th Annual Bike to Work Day encourages San Diegans across the county to commute to work on their bicycles Thursday morning. Organizers will set up 100 pit stops across San Diego County from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. where bicyclists can take a break and grab a snack. Those who register for Bike to Work Day ahead of time here can also pick up a free T-shirt at the pit stops. Enjoy the ride.
North Park Thursday Market
3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., North Park Way & Granada Avenue (North Park)
North Park is known for its interesting small businesses and, on Thursdays year-round, local vendors and artisans are showcased at this popular farmers market located on the corner of North Park Way and 29th Street. On the shopping list: farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, sauces, bread and even handcrafted gifts from local, small businesses. The free event also features live music.
Oceanside Sunset Market
5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Main Street Oceanside
Each Thursday, the Oceanside Sunset Market brings about 200 local merchants together for this sunset marketplace spanning four blocks in downtown Oceanside. Shoppers can expect vendors showcasing homemade goods and tasty grub, plus live music and, of course, an incredible ocean view. The free market is located on Pier View Way; rain may cancel the event, so check the weather before making your plans.
Dream Catcher Craft Workshop
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rip Current Brewing
The crafty experts at Patchwork host this workshop Thursday night at Rip Current Brewing in North Park where they’ll teach students to make a macramé dream catcher. A $35 ticket includes all of the supplies and instruction needed to make the dream catcher. No experience is necessary to join the class and beginning crafters are welcome.
San Diego Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: Game 1
7:10 p.m., Petco Park
The Padres swing into this 4-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday night at downtown San Diego’s ballpark. By the way, you may want to bring the whole family to this home game: it’s Friar Family Day at Petco Park, meaning you can snag a deal on tickets and food. Family Friar Days tickets cost $15 for kids age 14 and younger, and $20 for adults. The tickets include a hot dog, a soda, and access to family-friendly activities. In order to partake in the deal, you have to buy your tickets ahead of time online. If you’re looking for regular tickets to this game, those start at $16 per person.
Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
7:30 p.m., San Diego Civic Theatre
Grab your “Golden Ticket” to Roald Dahl’s magical musical, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” running at the San Diego Civic Theatre through Sunday. The production includes all of the beloved songs from the original film, so fans can expect to hear “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man,” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket” as they’re whisked away to the mysterious Chocolate Factory. Thursday’s performance is at 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $26.50. Performances also take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. (matinee) and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. (matinee) and 6 p.m. Sunday.
Ken Ludwig’s ‘The Gods of Comedy’
8 p.m., The Old Globe Theatre
From Oliver Award-winning comic playwright Ken Ludwig (“Robin Hood!” “Baskerville”) comes “The Gods of Comedy,” a story about a pair of young classics professors who have just made a discovery that’s about to turn them into academic superstars. The comedic musical runs at The Old Globe in Balboa Park through June 16. Tickets to Thursday’s performance range from $35 to $79.
Friday, May 17
Jail Mini-Museum at The Headquarters
10 a.m. to 9 p.m., The Headquarters at Seaport (between Kitson and Madison San Diego)
The Headquarters at Seaport is a solid place to shop and eat but, if you’re a San Diego history buff, you may want to pop into a free mini-museum located at its core, between the Kitson and Madison San Diego stores. There, you’ll find a fully-restored, 8-cell jail block housing historic photos and San Diego Police Department memorabilia. You see, The Headquarters – built in 1939 – sits in the very complex that served for many decades as the SDPD’s headquarters. The site is listed on The National Register of Historic Places. It was restored and reopened as The Headquarters and Seaport shopping and dining complex in 2013. Read all about the site’s rich history here.
SDUSD Art Gallery at Seaport
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Friday through Sunday), Seaport Village
Seaport Village and the San Diego Unified School District have joined forced to launch a student-led art gallery located within Seaport Village. The 640-square-foot SDUSD Art Gallery at Seaport is in the easternmost area of the waterfront landmark, closest to the San Diego Convention Center. The gallery will showcase a rotating selection of artwork curated from more than 12,000 San Diego students in Pre-K to 11th grade. The gallery is open each week, Friday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry is free.
Plaza Unplugged: King Taylor Project
12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Westfield UTC
Westfield UTC’s “Plaza Unplugged” has begun, a series of free, live concerts at the mall’s Palm Plaza every Wednesday through Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. On Friday, the King Taylor Project – featuring Sandi King and Joshua Taylor – bring their musical talents to the plaza. The group features a roster of improv musicians who gravitate toward soul, blues and jazz. Palm Plaza is located near Starbucks, in front of Queenstown Bistro.
Shoes & Chews: Carla & Linda’s Walking Food Tour
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., South Oceanside
Oceanside is experiencing a bit of a restaurant renaissance, and these “Shoes & Chews” walking food tours allow you to taste what’s cooking in the waterfront city in San Diego’s North County. Friday’s three-hour foodie tour – led by locals Carla and Linda – will span south Oceanside, with stops at PCH Bar & Grill, URGE, Privateer and Wrench & Rodent. Tickets cost $49 per person (foodies 16+ only) and include tastings of specially chosen items, plus a little history lesson on each restaurant, chef and the surrounding area. Shoes & Chews started in 2015; today, the tour hits the streets of Oceanside every weekend, usually Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Laugh Outside: Live Comedy
6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Quartyard
Laughter is medicine and there will be plenty of it at “Laugh Outside: Live Comedy,” a relatively new event at Quartyard in downtown San Diego (1301 Market St.). This time, stand-up acts include Scarlet Checkers, Remii Perez, Anthony Desamito, and Ryan Singer. Host Matt Stanton will keep the show moving. The all-ages, dog-friendly show is free before 7 p.m. with an RSVP ahead of time, or $5 after 7 p.m.
Hops on the Harbor: Mother Earth Brew Co.
7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Flagship Cruises & Events
Enjoy a cruise around the San Diego Bay featuring sights, bites, and craft brews. Every month, Hops on the Harbor highlights a local brewery and, this time, it’s the best from Vista’s beloved Mother Earth Brew Co. The menu will feature four 6-ounce Mother Earth tastings expertly paired with four courses. For instance, a grilled ginger garlic shrimp and scallop kabob with mango fried rice and stir-fry veggies will be paired with Call Me Ginger, a blonde ale with ginger and lemon. Mother Earth’s Kismet, a Nelson IPA, is paired with IPA marinated chicken with brown sugar glaze. The dinner cruise boards at 7 p.m. from 990 North Harbor Dr. and sails past the San Diego skyline, USS Midway, Star of India and other Maritime Museum ships and the Coronado Bay Bridge. Tickets cost $79.50 for adults and $47.70 for children ages 4 to 12; kids 3 and under are free. Reservations are recommended.
San Diego Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: Game 2
7:10 p.m., Petco Park
The Padres take on the Pirates in the second game of this series at home. If you’re a wino, you may want to head to Petco Park a bit before the game for WineFest, a pre-game party in Park at the Park from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The shindig will include Happy Hour $5 deals on glasses of red and white wine from local and regional wineries, plus live music. Meanwhile, tickets to the game start at $18.
8 p.m., Cinema Under the Stars
The thrilling 1958 Alfred Hitchcock classic, “Vertigo,” will screen this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills. The film follows actor Jimmy Stewart in his role as an ex-detective with a fear of heights who becomes a pawn in a diabolical murder plot. Since the theater on Goldfinch Street is outdoors and it can be a bit chilly at night, the venue offers blankets, space heaters and other amenities to keep patrons warm and cozy. Admission is $18 at the box office, or you can reserve your seat in advance for $20.
Saturday, May 18
Eastlake Spring Craft Fair
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Eastlake Beach Club
Shop small at the Eastlake Craft Fair, which will feature 70+ vendors from all over San Diego County selling their unique, hand-crafted goodies. The marketplace goes down from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eastlake Beach Club (2050 Lakeshore Dr.).
Art & Empire: The Golden Age of Spain
10 a.m., San Diego Museum of Art
The San Diego Museum of Art debuts its exhibition, “Art & Empire: The Golden Age of Spain,” this Saturday. The new exhibition showcases more than 100 works produced by leading artists from Spain and its global territories during the country’s Golden Age, a time when, as the museum notes, the country’s “visual arts, architecture, literature, and music all reached unprecedented heights.” Artists featured in the exhibition include Diego Velázquez, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Francisco de Zurbarán, Jusepe de Ribera, El Greco, and many more. This marks the first time since the 1935 exhibition for the California Pacific International Exposition that all five of the Spanish masters represented on the Museum’s building façade—Velázquez, Murillo, Zurbarán, Ribera and El Greco—will be shown together at the museum. Entry to the “Art & Empire” installation costs $5 in addition to museum admission, which is $15 for adults and free for kids 17 and under. The San Diego Museum of Art is open daily at 10 a.m., except Sunday when it opens at 12 p.m. The museum is closed Wednesday. “Art & Empire” will be on display through Sept. 2.
Cook With an Italian Chef & Market Tour
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Little Italy
This weekly event in Little Italy gives you a chance to cook alongside a trained chef while discovering the community’s charming open-air farmers “mercato.” Here’s how the tour works: a chef-guide will walk with you through the market, pointing out local vendors specializing in fresh ingredients. Together, you’ll taste-test items and buy what you need to create your meal before heading to the guide’s home to partake in a cooking lesson. You’ll cook three dishes – an appetizer and two main dishes – and also enjoy a glass of wine and pannacotta for dessert. This cooking tour costs $79 per person, and is usually available every Saturday.
Legendary Tour: Hotel Del Coronado
10 a.m., Hotel Del Coronado
San Diego history buffs, this one’s for you. The iconic Hotel Del Coronado is currently offering a daily tour at 10 a.m. dubbed the “Legendary Tour,” which explores the landmark’s rich 130-year-old heritage. Learn about the celebrities, royalty and beach-loving families who have gravitated toward The Del over the decades, and the hotel’s most notorious guest, Kate Morgan, who checked into the hotel in 1892 whom some believe never really checked out. The 90-minute tour costs $40 for adults; kids 5 and under can join for free. You must register ahead of time. By the way, The Del is currently undergoing the first phase of a $200 million revitalization project called the “Master Plan.” It includes preservation of historic sites and a new History Gallery. Read all about that here.
Picnic in the Park
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cesar Chavez Park
The Port of San Diego hosts this free, family-friendly picnic Saturday at Cesar Chavez Park filled with live music and original performances from The San Diego Dance Theater inspired by the city’s scenic waterfront. The event will also include a free photobooth, giveaways, refreshments and an all-ages, interactive art project.
12 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), Mariner’s Point
We’re about two months out from San Diego’s Over-The-Line Tournament, a local summertime tradition involving a bat-and-ball game played on the sand for the past 66 years. This weekend, OMBAC will celebrate the lead-up to OTL with its 3rd Annual BeerFest, where attendees can sip on craft beer from San Diego favorites like AleSmith, Thorn Brewing, Second Chance, and Iron Fist, to name a few participating breweries, while also enjoying fare from local food trucks. The first elimination rounds of 2019 OTL will go down at the event, too, with teams set to play from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and winning teams returning from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. This two-day event is a precursor to the 66th Annual World Championship OTL Tournament, which goes down this July 13-14 and July 20-21 at Fiesta Island in Mission Bay Park. General admission to the 21+ OTL BeerFest costs $35 and includes all beer tastings. Teams can enter to play in these rounds of OTL for $120 per team. To learn more about this summer’s OTL tourney, click here.
Beer & Ceviche Pairing
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Societe Brewing Company
Societe Brewing Company on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard hosts this beer and food event featuring craft brews paired with creative riffs on ceviche from The Good Seed Food Company. The four-course menu includes Korean Ceviche paired with Societe’s The Highwayman Pale Ale and Raw Ceviche with Yellowtail tuna paired with the brewery’s The Dandy IPA. Tickets to this 21+ event cost $18 per person.
Painting & Brews: California Dreamin’
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Second Chance Brewery in North Park
Grab a brush and a beer and try your hand at painting a sunset-inspired creation titled, ‘California Dreamin’” at this crafty event at Second Chance in North Park. The painting session includes step-by-step instruction and acrylic paints. Tickets cost $45.
Saint Archer Brewing Co. Turns 6
2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saint Archer Brewing Co. in Miramar
San Diego’s Saint Archer Brewing Co. is celebrating its 6th anniversary with a free party at its Miramar tasting room Saturday boasting live music from local bands, food trucks, a kid’s play area, brewery tours and the release of a specialty anniversary beer, its Hazy Rye with Galaxy Hops IPA. Saint Archer was founded in 2013 as a small craft brewery. In 2015, the brand was taken over by mainstream beer powerhouse, MillerCoors.
C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Screwtape Letters’
4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Balboa Theatre
The stage adaption of C.S. Lewis’ satiric masterpiece follows Screwtape, a senior tempter in Hell who schemes to capture the soul of an unsuspecting human on Earth. The production will take the stage at Balboa Theatre twice Saturday – at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $42.50.
San Diego Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: Game 3
5:40 p.m., Petco Park
At the third game of the series against the Pirates Saturday night, San Diego fans will find a fun giveaway: a grey and blue Padres hoodie, available to fans on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets to this game start at $19.
Sunday, May 19
Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park
Start your Sunday with a little nature walk at Mission Trails Regional Park. A trail guide will take visitors through one of three trails — the Oak Grove Loop, the Visitor Center Loop or the Riverside Grinding Rocks — while talking about the plants, animals, geology, history, and ecology of the park. These weekly guided walks are free and open to the public and begin at the Visitor Center. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, a hat, and sunscreen. Rain cancels the walk.
Lane Field Park Market
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lane Field Park (Downtown San Diego)
Every Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a group of vendors sets up shop at Lane Field Park in downtown San Diego for this open-air market focusing on our city’s creative food, drinks, art, and craft scene. The family-friendly market typically includes live music, lawn games, pop-up installations, and other lively entertainment. It is located at 1009 N. Harbor Dr., near West Broadway, opposite of the Broadway Pier.
Gaslamp Artisan Market
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gaslamp Quarter (Fifth Avenue)
Peruse more than 30 local artisans offering carefully-curated, handmade products at this weekly outdoor market in the Gaslamp Quarter. The Gaslamp Artisan Market sets up shop every Sunday on Fifth Avenue, between Market Street and Island Avenue.
‘1776: The Musical’
1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre at Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
JCompany’s production of “1776: The Musical” features an all-female cast telling the story of America’s Founding Fathers and their mission to declare independence. Sunday is the final day of the production’s run at the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, with performances set for 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets range from $17 to $25.
Live Music: Bill Magee
1 p.m., Liberty Public Market
Southern blues musician Bill Magee performs this free lunchtime concert on the patio at Liberty Public Market Sunday. Magee used to play in a band with Jimi Hendrix back when the icon went by the name Jimmy James. In 1967, Hendrix, went to England and Magee took his newly formed band, Kansas City Playboys, on a tour around Europe. Magee recently came out of retirement to once again play the blues. To make a day of it, patrons might want to grab a bite from one of the vendors inside Liberty Public Market, take their food to the patio and eat while enjoying the live music.
San Diego Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: Game 4
1:10 p.m., Petco Park
Sunday brings the final game of the Pirates at Padres series, and also KidsFest, a family-friendly event in Park at the Park, which starts two-and-a-half hours before that first pitch. The kids’ zone boasts bounce houses, games, face painters, balloon artists and other fun activities for the little ones. The Friar Family Days deal returns Sunday, too. Two other highlights at the ballpark on Sunday are a salute to military spouses during the game and a chance for kids age 14 and under to run the bases at the Park Boulevard Plaza after the game (kids can line up for that starting in the 8th inning). Tickets to Sunday’s Padres game start at $18.
Sunday Spreckels Organ Concert
2 p.m., Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park
Enjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will typically find Raul Prieto Ramirez,the city’s San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Prieto Ramirez hails from Spain and, as he told NBC 7 last year, hopes to keep the program interesting – from Bach to Queen – at the historic Spreckels Organ. Pets are welcome, and so are picnics.
‘Game of Thrones’ Pub Crawl and Series Finale Viewing
4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Taste & Thirst
Join other “Game of Thrones” fanatics as the beloved series comes to an end this Sunday by partaking in this pub crawl and viewing at Taste & Thirst in downtown San Diego. Attendees will march to different nearby bars offering drink specials just for the occasion. After the pub crawl, the group will return to Taste & Thirst to watch the highly-anticipated series finale. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets to this 21+ event cost $15 to $20.