What’s Happening in San Diego this Weekend May 24-27

What’s Happening in San Diego this Weekend May 24-27

Friday, May 24

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.

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.

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.

Little Feat
8 p.m., Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
American rock band Little Feat has been around, in some form, for the past 50 years. On Friday, this incarnation of the group takes the scenic stage at Humphreys on Shelter Island for a night of hits like “Willin’,” “Spanish Moon,” and “Dixie Chicken.” Tickets start at $55.

Rooftop Cinema Club: ‘Moulin Rouge’
8 p.m., Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
“Moulin Rouge,” the flashy, 2001 musical starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor fills the big outdoor movie screen Friday night on the scenic rooftop at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. The screening is part of the hotel’s ongoing Rooftop Cinema Club, movies shown under the stars, set alongside stunning views of the San Diego skyline. Tickets start at $17; you can self-park in the hotel’s garage for four hours for free if you buy food (other than popcorn or candy) or drinks at the Rooftop Cinema Club.

Saturday, May 25

Yoga in the Rotunda
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., San Diego Museum of Man
This teacher-led yoga class takes place in the historic rotunda inside the San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park. The one-hour session is open to all levels of yogis; bring your own mat, towel and water. Tickets cost $10 for non-members (purchase ahead of time online) or $5 for museum members. 

Palm, Cycad, Bamboo & Tropical Plant Show 2019
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., San Diego Botanic Garden
The Palm Society of Southern California hosts this plant sale at the San Diego Botanic Garden featuring rare and exotic palms, cycads, and other tropical plants presented by SoCal nurseries. Entry to the plant sale is included with paid admission into the Botanic Garden in Encinitas, which costs $18 for adults and $10 for kids ages 3 to 10.

Art & Empire: The Golden Age of Spain
10 a.m., San Diego Museum of Art
Check out the San Diego Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, “Art & Empire: The Golden Age of Spain,” on display daily through Sept. 2. The 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— are being 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 Wednesdays.

First-Ever Festival of the Sea
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Maritime Museum of San Diego
The Maritime Museum’s and Port of San Diego’s first-ever Festival of the Sea takes over the scenic waterfront venue Saturday through Memorial Day. The 3-day fest will commemorate the 250th anniversary of modern-day San Diego and include live music, entertainment and, of course, a look at those beautiful tall ships at the Maritime Museum. Festivities kick off Saturday with the San Diego Sea Chantey Ferstival aboard the Star of India. Daily admission to the Festival of the Sea costs $18 for adults, $13 for teens ages 13 to 17, and $8 for kids age 3 to 12. Kids 2 and under get in free. That ticket includes self-guided tours of all of the ships and exhibits at the museum, plus live music, an education zone for kids, and access to an Artisan Exhibitions of paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more.

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.

Day Dip Club: Grand Opening Party
12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sycuan Casino Resort
The newly upgraded Sycuan Casino Resort kicks off its Las Vegas-style series of pool parties at its swanky new Retreat Pool & Cabanas, an outdoor venue boasting two pools, a lazy river, a swim-up cocktail bar, oversized daybeds and high-end cabanas. The resort’s pool deck – which debuted along with new hotel rooms, restaurants and other amenities this past March – is designed to be a place to splash, sip, dance and dine. The Day Dip Club parties will go down monthly there throughout the summer, with this special kick-off on Memorial Day weekend. On Saturday, the poolside entertainment lineup features Sam Feldt and special guest EDX. On Sunday, DJ Snoopadelic takes centerstage. Tickets to the adults-only, 21+ pool parties range from $20 to $45.

Souleil Season 9 Opener
4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Quartyard
Downtown San Diego’s cool community venue, Quartyard (1301 Market St.) hosts its opener of Souleil, a summer-inspired music and DJ series now in its 9th season. The lineup for Saturday features JT Donaldson of Classic Music Company, DJ Ala, Mikeytown, Cris Herrera and Uri Leshne. General admission tickets cost $15.

Stand-Up Comedy
7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., American Comedy Co. and The Comedy Store
Looking for a good laugh? Try a stand-up comedy show at two prime San Diego venues: downtown’s American Comedy Co. or The Comedy Store in La Jolla. This Saturday night, comic, actress and host Nikki Glaser brings her act to The American Comedy Co., with 21+ shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; tickets cost $25. Glaser recently starred in the Comedy Central series “Not Safe w/Nikki Glaser,” and is also known for hosting a late-night talk show on MTV called “Nikki and Sara LIVE.” Meanwhile, over at The Comedy Store, funnyman Ben Gleib will headline shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.; those tickets cost $20. Gleib is the host of Netflix’s “Idiotest,” a comedy brain-teaser show that originally aired on Game Show Network.

San Diego Black & White Boat Party
9 p.m. to 12 a.m., Hornblower Yachts: Inspiration
Billed as the “biggest Latin boat party in America,” this 3-hour nighttime cruise along San Diego Bay takes place on a luxury yacht. The yacht will boast three floors of music – plus salsa dancing on the rooftop – as well as laser light shows and an outdoor deck with a cigar and hookah lounge. Organizers estimate about 1,200 revelers will join in on this fiesta, all decked out in black and white threads. General admission tickets cost $80.

Sunday, May 26

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.

Hoppy Yoga at Green Flash Brewing
10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Green Flash
Two ancient traditions – beer and yoga – come together for this all-levels Hoppy Yoga session at Green Flash Brewing’s tasting room on Mira Mesa Boulevard. A $25 fee includes the instructor-led yoga class, plus your choice of a pint of flight of craft brews after the workout. Bring your own yoga mat.

Live Music: Dowling Garagegrass Experiment
1 p.m., Liberty Public Market
La Mesa-based acoustic group the Dowling Garagegrass Experiment performs this free lunchtime concert on the patio at Liberty Public Market Sunday. The group plays bluegrass, blues, folk, rockabilly, classic rock, old-timey tunes and even dabbles in a bit of swing music. 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.

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.