This weekend in San Diego the Padres are taking on cross-town rival Dodgers, thousands will raise funds for homeless pets, Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated, plus a whole lot more. Check out our guide below for fun stuff to do this weekend in America’s Finest City.
Cinco de Mayo in Old Town
Head over to historic Old Town to spice up your weekend at the annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo running Friday-Sunday. The free celebration attracts over 100,000 people to Old Town with a bustling mercado, non-stop music and live entertainment with over 40 Latin bands and groups, lucha libre wrestling, and a huge display of lowriders and other autos. Old Town restaurants, museums and shops will of course be open during the weekend festivities. For more information, visit click here.
Padres vs. Dodgers
The Padres begin a three-game series at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday at 7:10 p.m., with a Beerfest featuring $5 beer specials from local and national breweries and live music in Park at the Park from 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday’s 5:40 p.m. game is Bucket Hat giveaway night, and Sunday’s 1:10 p.m. game is Military Appreciation Day. For more information about the home series at Petco Park, visit www.mlb.com/padres.
Coming of Age Film Festival
The Museum of Photographic Arts in partnership with San Diego State University professors is hosting the 9th annual Coming of Age Film Festival. These free film screenings at the museum (1649 El Prado) will highlight a different topic related to aging every Friday, from May 3 to May 31. Friday’s 7 p.m. screening is Coco, about a young boy named Miguel who dreams of becoming an accomplished musician and finds himself in the Land of the Dead. Friday’s screening will be kicked off by an opening night wine reception that runs from 6 to 7 p.m. Joaquin Anguera, Ph.D., retired professor of Gerontology, School of Social Work at San Diego State University, will introduce films and moderate a question and answer afterward. For more information about all the scheduled screenings, visit www.mopa.org.
San Diego Humane Society’s Walk for Animals
More than 5,000 animal lovers and 2,000 of their four-legged friends will gather together Saturday to take part in San Diego Humane Society’s Walk for Animals, an event that raises funding to give second chances to homeless, injured, orphaned and abused animals in San Diego. The morning festivities will include a pancake breakfast, a two-mile walk, fun-filled doggie activities, an Adoption Alley with adoptable animals and demonstrations by the Purina Pro Plan Performance Team. There will also be a Vendor Village with plenty of resources for pet owners. Registration for the Walk for Animals is $30 for adults and $15 for children; prices will increase the day of the event to $40 for adults and $20 for children. (Promo code SDVILLE saves $10 per registration.) All participants will receive a commemorative Walk for Animals T-shirt and a ticket to the pancake breakfast. The event starts at 7 a.m. and takes place at NTC Park at Liberty Station, located at 2455 Cushing Road in Point Loma. Visit the Walk for Animals website to pre-register for the event or to make a charitable donation: sdwalkforanimals.org.
SeaWorld’s Viva La Música
SeaWorld guests can spice it up during the return of Viva La Música, a Latin music series that begins this Saturday and Sunday. The four-weekend event features live performances from regional Mexican musical artists, plus special culinary offerings, a live DJ and community dancers–all in a family-friendly atmosphere. Viva La Música, included with park admission, takes place the weekends of May 4–5, May 11–12, May 18–19 and June 1–2. NOTE: Park admission does not guarantee concert entry. Wristband is required; distribution takes place when park opens. For more information, visit www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com.
Coyote Music Festival
Some of the region’s top young musical talents will converge Saturday at Cuyamaca College when the 11th Annual Coyote Music Festival returns to the campus’s Grand Lawn. The free family-friendly, student-run festival features groups with styles ranging from dream pop to alternative folk and R&B playing on two stages from noon to 4 p.m. Food trucks and vendors will also be on hand. Schedule and performers:
- 12 noon: Eight West
- 12:40 p.m.: Junipero
- 1:20 p.m.: Alex Lievanos
- 2:40 p.m.: Kahlil Nash
- 2 p.m.: BJ Jezbera
- 3:20 p.m.: Dan DiMonte Trio
Parking for the event is free. Festival goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Cuyamaca College is located at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego.
92nd Annual Rose Show
The San Diego Rose Society is presenting its 92nd annual Rose Show at the Ronald Reagan Community Center, 195 E. Douglas Ave., El Cajon. The show, which will display hundreds of rose varieties, will be open Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The show will conclude Sunday with a sale of roses at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door; children under 12 are free. Information on the show is available at www.sdrosesociety.org.