Event Date

Event Description




April 29-May 15 (Fri.-Sun. only)

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Dancing flatware, menacing wolves, and singing furniture fill the stage with thrills in this beloved fairy tale about very different people finding strength in one another and learning how to love.

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

Casa del Prado Theater

1800 El Prado (at Village Place),

Balboa Park


April 30-May 1

Fiesta Cinco de Mayo

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

Sat.: 11 am-10 pm

Sun.: 11 am-5 pm

Old Town State Historical Park, San Diego


May 1

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.

10 am-6 pm

NTC Park at Liberty Station

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


May 1

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 4-8 and May 10-13

Animals, Animals, Animals

The Rock and Roll Rabbit and How Much Is That Puppy In the Window are two of the stories that will make this fun interactive show a hit with animal lovers of all ages.

Hand puppets, shadow puppets and marionettes.

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

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater

2130 Pan American Plaza, San Diego

Adults: $6, Children: $4

May 5-8

Discovery Days: Garden Festival at the Zoo

A plant-themed scavenger hunt, a Dr. Zoolittle show, and the Zoo’s costumed characters will delight children.

9 am-3 pm

San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Dr., San Diego

Free with admission.

Adults: $24.50, Children: $16.50

May 7

San Diego Humane Society Walk for Animals

Blessings of the animals, pancake breakfast and dog walk.

9 am-2 pm

West Mission Bay, Crown Point Shores, San Diego


May 7

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". Community health fair provided by the Logan Heights Family Health Center, complete with health screenings, free immunizations for

children, free pregnancy testing, food, refreshments, music and entertainment.

7:30 am-5 pm

Barrio Logan, 1809 National Ave., San Diego


May 7-8

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 14

Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen

Celebrity chef demos, create your own healthy snacks, family activities, prizes and more.

10 am-1 pm

Olivewood Gardens

2505 N Ave., National City


May 14

Living History Day

The Living History Society helps history come alive for visitors to the mission, creating drama and intrigue while sharing historical information through stories, demonstrations, and crafts.

11 am-2 pm

Mission San Juan Capistrano

26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano

Free with paid admission. Adults: $9, Children: $5

May 14

Sally Ride Science Festival

The festival is designed to encourage 5th-8th grade girls in science.

Keynote speech, workshops for the girls and their parents and a street fair with hands-on activities, food and music.

Advance registration is required (includes the featured talk, workshops, lunch, and the Street Fair).

11 am-4:15 pm


9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla


May 15

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 15

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

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 21-22

Buccaneer Birthday Bash

Join the pirates! Be a pirate and march in the Pirate Parade

Win prizes at the carnival games

Pirate craft activities

Watch a Pirate play

Scavenger hunts

And lots more fun things to do!

9 am-4 pm

Maritime Museum of San Diego

1492 North Harbor Dr., San Diego

$7-12; $2 discount if you come wearing a pirate costume.

May 21

San Diego Mineral & Gem Society BBQ Picnic

Enjoy door prizes, silent auctions, and a great BBQ lunch. Southwestern prospectors will show you how to pan for gold. When you come, be sure to bring the ugliest rock you can find for the Ugly Rock Contest.  

10 am-3:30 pm

Balboa Park (lawn area at the War Memorial Building - 3325 Zoo Dr.)

Free; $6.00 - $13.00 (meal ticket)

May 21-22

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 21

OB Beach Ball

Come celebrate Spring at Ocean Beach. 60 foot 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 22

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 25-30

Two Frog Stories and a Spider Song

Frog learns the pitfalls of bragging in The Wide Mouth Frog. In Princess Elena's Promise Frog's feelings are hurt when he isn't invited to the princess' birthday party..

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 28

2011 Space Day Celebration

Demonstrations, giveaways, and hands-on activities with local and national space experts.

Astronaut Woody Spring will share stories of his dynamic space career.

10 am-2 pm

San Diego Air & Space Museum

2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego

Children under 17 are admitted free with a paid adult admission. Adults: $24

Save $3 on each adult admission with this form.

May 28

Santee Street Fair

Live entertainment, rides, food vendors, arts and crafts and more.

10 am-7 pm

Santee Town Center

152 Civic Center Dr.,



May 28-29

House of Public Relations: 75th Anniversary

Come celebrate 75 years of HPR in Balboa Park. Parade, food, entertainment and exhibits.

10 am-5 pm

Sat: Balboa Park, Organ Pavilion and International Cottages

Sun.: Balboa Park and International Cottages


May 29

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 2011 Family Events in San Diego