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Exploring San Diego: Things to do May 18-22

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Posted at 3:26 PM, May 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-19 17:14:36-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — This weekend, enjoy everything San Diego has to offer with live music, mouth-watering food, vintage wine, outdoors, and plenty of independent films.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the North Park Music Fest is bringing together the best entertainment in the neighborhood.

Also, it's that time of the year to revel in the California Wine Festival where people can taste variables of wine from state and local makers.

Here's a look at some things to do this weekend:


GI Film Festival
Where: Balboa Park; Costs: Varies
After two years of virtual screenings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GI Film Festival will be held in person at the Museum of Photographic Arts. 27 films will have themes that include post-traumatic stress, veteran suicide, women in service, and transitioning to civilian life, as well as highlight experiences from World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and the present day. The festival begins Wednesday, May 18, and continues through Saturday, May 21.


Roberto Fonseca Concert
Where: La Jolla; Costs: $66 - $83
Pianist Roberto Fonseca is honoring his deep Afro-Cuban roots by putting on two jazz shows at The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center. The first show starts at 6:30 p.m. and the second show begins at 8:30 p.m.


California Wine Festival
Where: Carlsbad; Costs: $70 – $180
This weekend at Park Hyatt Aviara, wine lovers can taste varietals from local and statewide makers, including Cuvaison from Napa Valley, Adobe Road from Sonoma, and Temecula’s Wilson Creek. The Beachside Wine Festival is the following day where visitors can experience artisanal cheeses, breads, olive oil, as well as shellfish, salads, chocolates, cakes, and a live band that will keep the beat for this all-day feast. The two-day festival will run from Friday, May 20 to Saturday, May 21.

The San Diego International Shortsfest
Where: Del Mar; Costs: $29 - $79
ShortsFest, which is the shorter sibling of the San Diego International Film Festival, will have a variety of genres (animation, documentary, indie) that all aim to showcase the art of cinema in 30 minutes or less. The film festival will run from Friday, May 20 to Sunday, May 22.

Lake Jennings Catfish Opener
Where: Lakeside/East County; Costs: $4 - $12
Fishers and catfish lovers, here's your chance! Lake Jennings will be pumping the lake with 1,750 pounds of catfish for the opener. Even if you are not into fishing, visitors can take a nice hike or relax. The event starts Friday, May 20, and runs until Sunday, May 22. The hours are Friday (3 p.m. to midnight), Saturday (6 a.m. to midnight), and Sunday (6 a.m. to 7 p.m.)


San Diego Century Bicycle Tour 2022
Where: North County/Cardiff; Costs: Varies
Want to take on a challenging and rewarding experience by cycling some of San Diego's most scenic routes? Riders of all levels can choose to take on three journeys by picking 33, 67, or 102.5 miles.

Fiesta del Sol
Where: Solana Beach; Costs: FREE
Check out one of Southern California's best free festivals by hitting up Fiesta del Sol! The two-day annual beachside festival, which is being held at Fletcher Cove Park, runs from Saturday, May 21 to Sunday, May 22. The hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

North Park Music Fest
Where: North Park; Costs: Varies
Hear performances by local bands such as Tulengua, Little Hurricane, and Wavves. Not only will there be plenty of food at this two-day event, but there will be drinks and snow cones. The music fest will run from Saturday, May 21 to Sunday, May 22. The hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Festival of Cars
Where: Broadway Pier/Downtown San Diego; Costs: $15 – $50
Calling all car lovers! The San Diego Festival of Cars will be showcasing custom cars from imports, exotics, classics to American muscle, low riders, trucks, and the hottest new model cars. There will also be a car cruise down Harbor Drive after the show. The festival will have car models, DJ entertainment, general and food vendors.


Los Angeles Rams Trophy Tour
Where: Seaport Village; Costs: $5
The Los Angeles Rams have added San Diego as a stop for their Vince Lombardi Trophy Tour. Football fans will have the opportunity to take photos with the trophy and celebrate the World Champions all over again. It will be at the Lighthouse District from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.