Thursday, May 2
The Flowers Fields at Carlsbad Ranch
9 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Flowers Field at Carlsbad
Possibly San Diego’s most beloved springtime tradition, The Flowers Fields at Carlsbad Ranch continues its seasonal run through May 12 (Mother’s Day). As usual, visitors can enjoy displays of colorful Giant Tecolote Ranunculus spanning the 50-acre site. The beautiful bursts of blooms are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; tickets cost $18 for adults, $16 for seniors 60+, and $9 for children ages 3 to 10. Keep an eye on the Flower Fields website, too, as the venue hosts lots of family-friendly, fun events throughout its run, usually on the weekends.
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.
Mole & Mezcal
5 p.m., Puesto La Jolla
This authentic Oaxacan dining event at Puesto La Jolla will be prepared by the restaurant’s chefs and two guest chefs, Olga Cabrera and Aurora Toledo. The four-course prix-fixe menu ($40) includes dishes like Passionfruit Ceviche, Tacos (Duck in Mole, Spring Vegetables in Mole Verde, Beef Barbados, and more), and Pastel de Elote. For $20, patrons can add Mezcal pairings.
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.
Eat. Drink. Read. A Culinary Event for Literacy
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., San Diego Air & Space Museum
The San Diego Council on Literacy (SDCOL) presents a unique foodie event featuring dishes prepared by top-notch local chefs inspired by the chefs’ favorite books. “Eat. Drink. Read.” goes down at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park, with proceeds supporting SDCOL’s network of 29 literacy programs serving more than 179,000 residents. Attendees will be able to taste sweet and savory dishes, plus sample sips from local brewers, distillers and winemakers. Tickets cost $75 per person.
Cirque du Soleil: Volta
8 p.m., Del Mar Fairgrounds
Cirque du Soleil brings its high-flying, captivating acrobatics show, “Volta,” to the big top at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, where the show runs through May 5. Set to a melodic score, the show is about finding yourself and cultivating your personal powers. Thursday’s show is at 8 p.m.; tickets start at $49. Parking at the main lot at the Del Mar Fairgrounds costs $17.
‘They Promised Her the Moon’
8 p.m., The Old Globe
“They Promised Her the Moon” continues its run at The Old Globe, a play about Jerrie Cobb, a talented aviator, world record-holding pilot and successful business woman overlooked in a time of deep-rooted gender biases in America’s history. Written by Laurel Ollstein and directed by Giovanna Sardelli, this production tells the story of Cobb and how she never got the chance to rise as an astronaut like her male counterparts in NASA’s “Mercury Seven.” Cobb died in Florida on March 18, 2019. She was 88 years old. The play runs at The Old Globe through May 12. Tickets to Thursday’s show range from $30 to $82.
Friday, May 3
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.
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 Queen Bee Market takes over Wyland Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds this weekend. Known as San Diego’s original urban-style, artisan market, the Queen Bee features 100+ local and national vendors selling everything from home décor and paper arts to clothing, jewelry and furniture. The traveling market will set up shop at the fairgrounds from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. It costs $3 to get in; kids under 12 are admitted free of charge. Parking costs extra.
Opening Reception: ‘The Grand Small Works’
5 p.m. to 8 p.m., La Playa Gallery
La Playa Gallery in La Jolla hosts its opening artist reception for its new exhibition, “The Grand Small Works,” on display at the venue through June 7. The exhibition highlights the talents of more than a dozen San Diego-area artists, each representing their style in small scale – from original oils to encaustics. Each artwork is no larger than 6 inches by 6 inches. Friday night’s opening reception will give patrons a chance to speak with the artists and learn how they came up with the big ideas for the little masterpieces. La Playa Gallery, located at 2226 Avenida de la Playa, is open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
7 p.m., Balboa Theatre
NBC’s Late-night talk show host and “Saturday Night Live” alum brings his stand-up act to San Diego’s Balboa Theatre for one night only. Tickets start at $46.
Party Like Gatsby San Diego
7 p.m. to 11:45 p.m., The Observatory North Park
Party like it’s 1922 at this traveling, Gatsby-themed shindig making a stop at The Observatory in North Park Friday night. The evening includes live performances, a live band and lots of dancing. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their best roaring ‘20s duds, too. Tickets cost just under $44.
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. Los Angeles Dodgers
7:10 p.m., Petco Park
Beat L.A.! Beat L.A.! The San Diego Padres swing into a 3-game series at Petco Park against their biggest rivals, the Dodgers. Before you watch the Friars take the field, head over to Park at the Park for BeerFest, a pre-game Happy Hour from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring $5 beer specials from local and national breweries. Tickets to this game start at $20.
Saturday, May 4
Point Loma Garden Walk
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Point Loma (La Playa area)
The 18th Annual Point Loma Garden Walk hits the pavement to raise money for Rady Children’s Hospital, specifically its Division of Plastic Surgery Craniofacial Services. Attendees will embark on a self-guided walking tour of six private, beautiful home gardens in the La Playa community in Point Loma, using a brochure to make their way through the route. Tickets cost $30 and the homes featured on the walk are revealed the morning of the event.
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.
April in Bloom
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (through May 5), The Forum Carlsbad
The Forum Carlsbad, an outdoor shopping center in San Diego’s North County, continues “April in Bloom,” an event wrapping up this Sunday that features special activities open to the public. Experiences include something called the “Instagram Garden,” where visitors can snap a selfie in a garden boasting 27 giant pink and white peonies and two rose walls. In the parking area between Lululemon and Paper Source, visitors will find the Butterfly Encounter, a makeshift garden where kids and adults can get up close and personal with butterflies brought in by The Butterfly Farms of Encinitas. Entry to the Butterfly Encounter is free, but visitors are encouraged to donate an amount of their choosing to the nonprofit, Butterfly Farms. The Forum Carlsbad is located at 1923 Calle Barcelona.
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.
Coyote Music Festival
12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Cuyamaca College
This music festival – produced by Cuyamaca College students, and now in its 11th year – is free, and will feature six local bands performing on the campus’ Grand Lawn. Parking is also free.
8th Annual Rhythm & Brews
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Historic Vista Village (South Citrus Avenue and East Broadway)
The San Diego Brewers Guild hosts its annual Rhythm & Brews festival in historic – and hoppy – Vista. Fans of San Diego craft beer and live music will come together to toast, groove and eat; more than 100 beer samples will be floating around the fest, poured by local breweries. Proceeds from this year’s fest will benefit the North County Food Bank and the ongoing efforts of the San Diego Brewers Guild and its mission to support the continued growth of our local beer community. General admission costs $45, and includes a commemorative Rhythm & Brews cup.
Craft Workshop: Planted Succulent Arrangement
3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Alpine Beer Co. Pub
Tap into your crafty side – and come craft beer – at this workshop at the Alpine Beer Company Pub on Tavern Road. Instructors will teach you how to plant succulents in a 12-by-7-inch tub, with mom in mind; you can give your masterpiece to mom as a Mother’s Day gift. The class costs $47 and includes all materials and your first pint at the pub.
San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers: Game 2
5:40 p.m., Petco Park
Root for our home team at their second game in their series against the Dodgers this weekend at Petco Park. Fans will be treated to a giveaway Saturday: a floral, blue and white bucket hat, available while supplies last. Tickets start at $26.
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, comedian Ricky Velez takes the mic at The American Comedy Co., with 21+ shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; tickets start at $9. Velez was named once of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch.” Meanwhile, over at The Comedy Store, rising star Jermaine Fowler will headline shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Those tickets cost $20.
Rooftop Cinema Club Presents: ‘Aquaman’
8 p.m., Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
The DC Comics smash 2018 hit “Aquaman” takes over the big outdoor movie screen Saturday night on the scenic rooftop at the Manchester Grand Hyatt as part of the hotel’s Rooftop Cinema Club. Catch the flick alongside stunning views of the San Diego skyline and feel your heart race as Arthur Curry sets out on his thrilling quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land. 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.
Sunday, May 5: Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Miracle Babies Superhero 5K
7 a.m. to 12 p.m., Liberty Station NTC Park
The 11th Annual Miracle Babies Superhero 5K runs from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at NTC Park at Liberty Station, an event that supports families with critically ill babies in the NICU. The event includes a resource and merchant fair, food trucks, a kids zone with lots of fun activities and the “Diaper Dash,” a race for little ones age 2 and under. Registration fees range from $15 to $45, with proceeds helping NICU families.
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.
Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo
10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
If you’re looking for an authentic Cinco de Mayo fiesta in San Diego this Sunday, look no further than Old Town San Diego. The landmark will throw its annual, three-day Cinco de Mayo party this weekend, beginning Friday night, and then from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Cinco de Mayo. The free festival will boast live music, dance performances, Lucha Libre wrestling matches, a car show, deals at participating Old Town restaurants and more. This, all in the heart of the state historic park that celebrates Mexican-American culture year-round.
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.
Sip & Swim: Cinco de Mayo Pool Party With Kimba Light
12 p.m. to 5 p.m., The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows
The Lafayette Hotel hosts this fun Cinco de Mayo party at its Weissmuller Pool, where patrons can mix, mingle and float the day away. Latin fusion band, Kimba Light, will perform from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $30 per person and include a signature drink.
Live Music: Modern Day Moonshine
1 p.m., Liberty Public Market
Local trio Modern Day Moonshine bring soulful sounds inspired by legends of the 1960s and early 1970s to this free lunchtime concert on the patio at Liberty Public Market. To make a day of it, grab a bite from one of the vendors inside Liberty Public Market, take your food to the patio and eat while enjoying the live music.
San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers: Game 3
1:10 p.m., Petco Park
Are the Dodgers gone yet? The Padres play the third and final game in their series against Los Angeles Sunday. It’s Military Appreciation Day at the ballpark, too, with special thanks to the men and women who serve in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard. Tickets start at $20.
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.