30th Annual Old Town Cinco de Mayo
Old Town comes alive with a celebration of art, culture, and history of the 1800s. Ride in a horse drawn stagecoach, enjoy music, carnival rides and games, a car show, and many other activities. This is a free event.
Time: Saturday 11AM-10PM and Sunday 11AM-5PM
Location: Old Town State Historical Park, San Diego Ave., San Diego
4th Annual Ramona Bluegrass & Old West Festival
This event will include top performers and bands, day and night jam sessions, fireside storytelling, and overnight camping. Refer to website for admission information.
Time: Saturday 10AM-9PM and 11AM-7PM
Location: Ramona Rodeo Grounds, 421 Aqua Lane, Ramona
BILLY ELLIOT is the spectacular show with the heart, humor and passion to be called “THE BEST SHOW YOU’LL EVER SEE” by the New York Post and honored with ten 2009 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL. Set in a small English town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent for dance that inspires his family and his whole community, and changes his life forever.
Based on the internationally acclaimed film, BILLY ELLIOT is brought to life by a phenomenal cast of 45 performers and the Tony Award-winning creative team – director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling and writer Lee Hall – along with music legend Elton John, whose score is called “show-stopping and electric” by The New York Times. It’s your turn to experience this joyous celebration of one boy’s journey against the odds to make his dreams come true.
BILLY ELLIOT is most appropriate for children 8 years of age or older. It contains strong language and some scenes of confrontation between policemen and miners.
Location: San Diego Civic Theatre
May 8, 10, 11
In 2001, authorities busted a major human-trafficking and sex-slavery network that had been terrorizing Mexican women and girls in the San Diego County-Tijuana region. That despicable operation serves as the dramatic foundation for a new chamber opera, Cuatro Corridos,which tells the story of exploitation of young women in U.S. migrant-worker communities by focusing on four female protagonists. The opera features soprano Susan Narucki, percussionist Steven Schick, pianist Aleck Karis and guitarist Pablo Gomez performing compositions by Hilda Paredes, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang and Hebert Vázquez. A video screen made to look like a border fence will translate lyrics sung in English and Spanish.
Location: Conrad Prebys Music Center
Proceeds from this Miracle Babies event support families in need who have a newborn in the neonatal intensive care unit. Following the race will be a red rose ceremony and a champagne toast celebrating mothers. In addition, the day will be full of activities for kids, health and wellness expo, local food, and more!
Location: Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
This challenging, military-style obstacle course features wild and crazy game show-inspired obstacles creating the most fun 5K race in Southern California. The common theme is ridiculous and challenging fun!
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
20th Annual Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
This is the nation’s largest food drive to combat hunger. Letter carriers will collect nonperishable donations from homes as they deliver mail along their routes. Help stamp out hunger by leaving a bag of non-perishable food donations next to your mailbox before your mail delivery arrives. The letter carriers will do the rest.
Time: Refer to website here: Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
Location: All of San Diego
5th Annual Mother’s Day Fancy Dress Swim
This is a fundraiser for World Swims Against Malaria. Mothers will “dip” in the ocean wearing their Mother’s Day finest. A five dollar donation is all that is needed for World Swim Against Malaria to purchase an insecticide treated bed net and save a child’s life.
Location: Oceanside Pier, Oceanside
On the 15th of each month, Del Mar Plaza will offer special restaurant tastes and retail and service promotions all with unbeatable ocean views. 15th on 15th is the first series of its kind for the shopping and dining destination, located on the corner of 15th Street and Camino Del Mar. The savings and happenings will change each month, so customers can expect something new each time.
Time: Refer to website here: Del Mar
Location: 1555 Camino Del Mar in Del Mar
The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library will host a free walking tour of the eight murals of La Jolla, located from Prospect Street to Bishops Lane. Lynda Forsha, the mural project curator, will lead the tour and give inside information about each piece. The tour will end with a reception back at The Athenaeum. This event is free.
Location: The Athenaeum Museum, 1008 Wall St.
This is an explosion of art, culture, and entertainment. There will be arts and crafts booths, a food court, beer garden, Kid’s Art Beat, and tons more stuff! Refer to website for admission information.
Location: North Park, University Ave. & 30th, San Diego
The quintessential ballet, Swan Lake is undoubtedly the most popular of all classical ballets. Presented in four acts, Swan Lake is the tragic tale of Odette, the beautiful Swan Queen who is imprisoned under the spell of the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart. The ballet is the ultimate power struggle between good and evil, paired with the promise of everlasting love.
Choreographed by Thor Sutowski, the full-length Swan Lake was added to the California Ballet Company repertoire with its 1997 debut to rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. International Guest Artists Maia Makhateli and Artur Shesterikov, both principal dancers with the Dutch National Ballet, join the California Ballet Company as they perform this classic ballet live on stage at San Diego’s Civic Theatre.
Location: San Diego Civic Theatre
Annual Navy’s Original Bay Bridge Run/Walk
A running and walking event across the Coronado Bay Bridge is a rare opportunity. The route begins in downtown San Diego then across the bridge to Coronado Island concluding at Tidelands Park with fun festivities.
Location: Bayfront Hilton parking lot, One Park Blvd., San Diego
The Vista Chamber of Commerce and the Vista Village Business Association are hosting the Annual Vista Strawberry Festival. Strawberries will be the main event along with a 5K Fun Run and a Kids Run, as well as 200+ vendors at the street fair, a strawberry pie eating contest and much more. This event is free.
Location: Downtown Vista, 127 Main St., Vista