Exploring San Diego


Exploring San Diego: Things to do May 2 - 5

Posted at 12:03 PM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-01 15:03:10-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — This weekend is filled with free cultural experiences for all San Diegans.

From Cinco de Mayo to free days at Liberty Station's art walk and Oceanside's Museum of Art, there are plenty of ways to get cultured and have fun in the process.

It's the perfect weekend to celebrate Pacific Asian American Heritage Month in Mira Mesa at the Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego, featuring tons of performances, entertainment, demonstrations, and delicious food.

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The Rhthym and Brews festival hits Vista Village, bringing scores of award-winning breweries and their beers as well as local musicians together for a day of music and craft beer.

Carlsbad's Village Street Faire returns for its massive biannual street fair, packing nearly a thousand vendors into the fair with plenty of options for shoppers, eaters, and kids.

Here's a look at events this weekend in San Diego:


West Coast Weekender
Where: Viejas Casino; Cost: $50 - $240
(Thursday - Sunday) Viejas Casino's West Coast Weekender four-day festival celebrates San Diego's electronic music scene with some of the biggest DJs and artists around covering house, techno, and drum and bass styles. In addition to the massive music lineup, an array of panels covering branding and community empowerment, and yoga sessions will be offered to attendees.

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment
Where: Pechanga Arena; Cost: $17 - $159
(Thursday - Sunday) Non-stop ice-skating fun hits Pechanga Arena with Disney on Ice's presentation of Worlds of Enchantment. See high-speed stunts by the crew of Pixar's "Cars" and watch as the gang from "Toy Story" works to escape from Sunnyside Daycare. More of your favorite Disney characters are set to join the adventure on ice.


First Friday Arts District Walk
Where: Liberty Station; Cost: Free
Explore galleries, art studios, shops, and museums throughout Liberty Station during the venue's monthly first Friday free art walk. Meet the artists behind beautiful works and enjoy some dancing and musical performances during the artistic showcase.

Old Town Cinco De Mayo
Where: Old Town San Diego; Cost: Free
(Friday - Sunday) Where better to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than in Old Town's vibrant community, where Fiesta Cinco de Mayo will bring three days of live music and entertainment, a lowrider and auto showcase, children's activities and areas, and, of course, delicious traditional food and drinks.


Rhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival
Where: Vista Village; Cost: $45 - $70
Vista Village hosts a delicious union of live music from local musicians and craft breweries, offering more than 100 beers to sample from more than 50 award-winning breweries. The festival is within arms-length of several mouthwatering eateries in Vista Village.

Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego
Where: Mira Mesa Community Park; Cost: Free
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month takes center stage in Mira Mesa during the Asian Cultural Festival, featuring two stages of cultural and traditional performances from a dozen countries, family fun entertainment, children's arts and crafts, martial arts and cooking demonstrations, and more to enjoy and learn.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Where: Balboa Park; Cost: Free
One of the largest free Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the area hits Balboa Park the day before the official holiday, featuring plenty of traditional music and performances, strolling mariachis, hands-on activity booths, delicious food, and more at the Plaza de Panama and Spreckels Organ Pavilion.


Brunch with the Birds
Where: Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary; Cost: $5 - $20
Join Del Mar's Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary in celebration of their 10th anniversary with a special brunch in the company of their fine, feathered friends. The non-profit parrot shelter holds the event to fundraiser and teach about their work with companion parrots. Not interested in brunch? The shelter is open to public visits daily.

Carlsbad Spring Village Faire
Where: Carlsbad Village; Cost: Free
Carlsbad's massive street fair packs more than 850 vendors into the area, featuring everything from clothing, art, antiques, and more. And, of course, there's plenty for kids, where a children's area will feature games, a super slide, rock climbing wall, bounce house, and more activities. If you're hungry, more than 50 booths covering a range of international tastes will be on hand.

Oceanside Museum of Art Free First Sunday
Where: Oceanside Museum of Art; Cost: Free
It's the first Sunday of the month, which means free admission at the Oceanside Museum of Art. Head up north and check out exhibitions by the National Watercolor Society, artist Matthew Barnes, and a range of surrealism by San Diego artists.