Event Date

Event Description




May 1-2


Creative, hands-on fun. Tea parties, dance parties, construction zone, messy zone and 50+ exhibitors.

10 am-6 pm

NTC Promenade, 2640 Historic Decatur Rd.,

San Diego

Ages 2 and older: $15, Family Four Pack: $40

May 1-9, Wed.-Sun. only

Princess and the Pea

In this puppet show,

Marionettes tell the tale of a prince’s search for love.

11 am

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater

2130 Pan American Plaza, San Diego

Adults: $6, Children: $4

May 1-16, Fri., Sat. And Sun. only


Join in this tale from the famous author Dr. Seuss,which follows Horton the Elephant who one day hears the call for help from a bunch of tiny, microscopic Whos living on top of a small speck of dust.

Fri.: 7 pm, Sat.-Sun.: 2 pm

Casa del Prado Theater


May 1

San Diego Humane Society Walk for Animals

Blessings of the animals, pancake breakfast and dog walk.

7 am-2 pm

West Mission Bay, Crown Point Shores, San Diego


May 1

WitKids Urban Race

Compete like the teams on Amazing Race with a scavenger hunt, obstacle courses, clues and teamwork. Bring a camera. There will be prizes, t-shirts and goody bags.

9 am

Balboa Park, San Diego

$50/family or $30/team of 2-3

May 1-2

Fiesta Cinco de Mayo

Joyful mariachi music, costumed dancers, a horse show, a children's area, and a Lowrider Lane.

11 am-10 pm

Old Town State Historical Park, San Diego


May 1

Annual Barrio Logan Grand Prix and Health Fair

San Diego's largest bicycle race. Athletes are professional, moderate, and first-year cyclists who will compete on a "figure 8 course". FREE helmets are given to the first 300 children who register to participate. Free screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes. Live music, refreshments, merchandise, a jumper, and drawings for great gifts.

7:30 am-5 pm

Barrio Logan, 1809 National Ave., San Diego


May 2

Fiesta de los Penasquitos  

Local musicians, artists, businesses, schools, and service organizations. Spend a day enjoying music and dance performances, carnival rides, and shows with puppets, bubbles, and magic.

11 am-5 pm

Rancho Penasquitos (Black Mountain Road between Twin Trails Dr. and Carmel Mountain Rd.)


May 2

Cultural Entertainment in the Park: Poland

Come and be entertained by lively Polish music and a costumed dance performance at Balboa Park. A little cottage representing Poland will be open to visitors where you can learn about its homeland culture. Light refreshments will be available.

2-3 pm

House of Pacific Relations, Balboa Park, San Diego


May 8-23


Brought to you by California Youth Conservatory Theatre. This beloved musical is fit for all ages.


Lyceum Theatre, 324 Horton Plaza, San Diego


May 8

22nd Annual American Indian Culture Days

American Indians from across the US will be at this Pow Wow to offer a presentation of traditional American Indian culture featuring costumed dancing, drumming, and storytelling. Taste delicious Indian frybread and shop for hand-crafted goods such as beadwork, pottery, blankets, and more.

10 am-6 pm

Balboa Park (Park Blvd. and President's Way), San Diego


May 8

Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego

Learn about Asian cultures and ethnicities. Visit the Cultural, Education, and Wellness Zones. Enjoy musical performances, costumed dancing, martial arts, toy-making activities, craft and cooking demos; plus great food.

11 am-7 pm

NTC Park at Liberty Station

Intersection of Roosevelt Rd. and Cushing Rd., San Diego


May 8-10

Mother’s Day Garden Festival

Free botanical bus tours, a special Dr. Zoolittle show and craft projects.

10 am-3 pm

San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Dr., San Diego

Free with admission.

Adults: $24.50, Children: $16.50

May 9

Sea Chantey Festival

Celebrate adventures at sea with traditional music and demonstrations of shipboard skills aboard the historic Star of India. Kids can create special Mother’s Day craft projects to take home.

11 am-4 pm

Maritime Museum of San Diego

1492 North Harbor Dr., San Diego

Free with museum admission; Kids 12 and under get free admission with a paying adult. Adults: $14

May 9

Mother’s Day Organ Concer

The Kiwanis Club presents this free concert that features classical movie music, musical theater songs and the opportunity to sing along.

5 pm

Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, San Diego


May 12-23


Tale of a young girl finds good luck when a wicked little man spins her straw into gold.

Wed-Fri.: 10 am and 1:30 pm; Sat-Sun 11 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater

2130 Pan American Plaza, San Diego

Adults: $6, Children: $4

May 14

Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen

Interactive learning booths, cooking demos, obstacle course

10 am-1 pm

Ingram Plaza Liberty Station, Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego,


May 15

Sacred Heart Family Festival

Game booths, contests, a kid's talent show, inflatable slide, food, beer, bakery, a plant sale, and a rummage sale of resale items.

10 am-6 pm

Sacred Heart School at Saratoga Ave. and Cable St. in Ocean Beach

Free admission

May 15

22nd Annual Tierrasanta Patriot's Day BBQ Dinner and Parade

Celebrate Armed Forces Day by watching a patriotic parade in Tierrasanta. The parade features the Serra High School Band, youth sports leagues, community groups, ROTC Unit, floats, dignitaries, clowns, and horses.

10 am-9 pm

Serra Mesa High School parking lot 5156 Santo Rd., San Diego


May 16

North Park Festival of the Arts

Ongoing music and performance entertainment, handmade crafts, fine art, and fabulous foods. The Kids Art section has fun activities.

10 am-6 pm

3076 University Ave.,

San Diego


May 16

Scripps Ranch Community Fair and Arts Festival

There will be staged performances, a picnic area, food, merchandise, art, community booths, and an evening concert. The Kids Zone contains mechanical rides, pony rides, and jumpers.

11 am-8 pm

Scripps Ranch Community Park

11454 Blue Cypress Rd., San Diego


May 21-30

Fern Street Circus

Clowns, jugglers, aerialists, acrobats and wire walkers.


Balboa Park, San Diego

Adults: $14, Children: $7

May 22-23

Hoops at the Beach

Come have some fun competing in a 3 on 3 basketball tournament against players of similar ages. 3-point shootout, slam dunk contest and free throw challenge. Sunday is Family Day.

8 am-4 pm

West Mission Bay Park, San Diego

Free for spectators, $75/youth group entrance fee to participate in the tournament

May 22

OB Beach Ball

Come celebrate Spring at Ocean Beach. Ferris wheel, live music, eating competitions, food vendors, fish taco tastings and beach games including tug-of-war.

9 am-9 pm

Ocean Beach, Newport Ave. And Abbott St., San Diego

Free admission

May 23

Sicilian Festival

Ethnic food, music, dancing, soccer fan zone, and free children’s rides and entertainment.

10 am-6 pm

Little Italy, India St., San Diego


May 23

La Jolla Pet Parade and Festival

shopping for pet products and services, music, and contests.

10 am-2:30 pm

Silverado St. and Herschel Ave., La Jolla


May 30

28th Annual Ethnic Food Fair

Ethnic food from 32 different nationalities, costumed performances, and all of the cottages will be open to visit.

10 am-5 pm

Balboa Park, House of Pacific Relations International Cottages near President's Way, San Diego


May 2010 Family Events in San Diego