San Diego Memorial Day Weekend Events & Things to Do 2014

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!!

Happy Memorial Day weekend San Diego! This is the best time to kick off summer and start with some amazing events around the city. Here are some of the best Memorial Day Weekend events:
Legacy-Week-2014What: Legacy Week 2014
When: Saturday, May 24 to May 26, 2014
Where: USS Midway Museum, San Diego
Description: The USS Midway Museum is the heart of Memorial Day celebration in San Diego where it pays tribute to the brave soldiers of our country. This is the busiest weekend of the year with a great the Memorial Day lineup of activities for both adults and kids aboard the Midway. Remember our heroes as we celebrate our military heritage with pride. Memorial Day weekend activities on board the Midway offer the community a rousing and affordable way to start the summer in San Diego.

padres-vs-cubsWhat: San Diego Padres vs. Chicago Cubs

When: Friday, May 23, 2014
Where: Petco Park, San Diego
Description: Come to Petco Park and cheer on the San Diego Padres to a blazing victory! Show your love and support to the San Diego Padres as they sprint their way to a triumphant win! Get your San Diego Padres vs. Chicago Cubs tickets today and get the best seats! The San Diego Padres start their 2014 with a a lot of energy and optimism to earn the NL West title. The team being is led by Jedd Gyorko, Chase Headley and Ian Kennedy and makes for one of the best Padres rosters this year. Head to Petco Park this baseball season to watch the Padres compete for a playoff spot.

reebok-crossfitWhat: Reebok Crossfit Games
When: Friday, May 23, 2014
Where: Del Mar, San Diego
Description: Witness and get inspired by tremendous feats of strength this month. The Reebok CrossFit Games scheduled at the Del Mar Arena on May 23, is set to showcase top athletes who have qualified from the International Open in February. They are here to perform surprising challenges in the regionals and earn the chance to move on to the big Games in July. The MS Fitness Challenge at Campland on the Bay demonstrated the power of exercise and the importance of nutrition in conquering Multiple Sclerosis. Founder David Lyons who was diagnosed with MS in 2006 at the age of 47, became a well-known bodybuilding champion in his own terms, despite his doctors’ dire predictions that he would be in a wheelchair. The six-hour event is open to everyone and is dedicated to those brave souls who are looking forward to soaking up some training along with inspiration and motivation.

san-diego-jazz-festivalWhat: San Diego Jazz Festival
When: Friday, May 23, to Sunday, May 25, 2014
Where: Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, San Diego
Description: The Payne Pest Management San Diego Jazz Festival has returned this year in all its grandeur! The festival boasts of a Three-Day event hosted at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. You don’t want to miss out on this incredible weekend steeped in great music! This year’s lineup includes:
Friday, May 23, 2014
* Maxwell
* Brian Culbertson
* Dominic Amato

Saturday, May 24, 2014
* Charlie Wilson
* Joe & Eric Darius
* Ledisi
* Mint Condition
* Robert Glasper

Sunday, May 25, 2014
* Jill Scott
* Anthony Hamilton
* Boney James
* Leela James
* Norman Brown & Jonathan Butler

Cost: $50-$975

American-Freedom-ConcertWhat: American Freedom Foundation Rock Concert
When: Saturday, May 24, 2014
Where: Aboard flight deck of USS Midway, San Diego
Description: The American Freedom Foundation has announced the 5th Anniversary of the American Freedom Festival San Diego Concert Event this weekend. The grand annual charity event will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014 and will start from 7:30 pm. The event will feature classic-rock-all-star band, the illustrious and fantastic, World Classic Rockers. The concert, held every year, on board the historic USS MIDWAY MUSEUM, reached record sales and a sell-out last year! Get your tickets now before all are sold! The event features not only World Classic Rockers who are back by popular demand, but will also showcase former band members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steppenwolf, Journey, Boston and Santana. They will be performing classic rock hits such as: BORN TO BE WILD, ANYWAY YOU WANT IT, SWEET HOME ALABAMA, MORE THAN A FEELING, SEPARATE WAYS, BLACK MAGIC WOMAN, DON’T LOOK BACK, MAGIC CARPET RIDE, GIMME THREE STEPS, ROCK ‘N ROLL BAND, FREE BIRD, WHAT’S YOUR NAME, HERE I GO AGAIN, and more! The American Freedom Festival San Diego has raised nearly $120,000 for the local San Diego military charitable organizations over the last four years.
Cost: $49.50-$69.50

Veterans-Remembrance-CeremonyWhat: Veterans Remembrance Ceremony
When: Saturday, May 24, 2014
Where: USS Midway Museum, San Diego
Description: Join the community to honor World War II veterans at this family-oriented tribute ceremony on the flight deck of USS Midway. Entertainment will be provided by the Pomerado Community Band. Enjoy the motivational and educational event with your whole family. The event is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate the importance of service to community and country to your kids.
Cost: Free

Summer-Nights-at-SeaWorldWhat: Summer Nights at SeaWorld
When: Saturday, May 24 to September 1, 2014
Where: SeaWorld San Diego
Description: Enjoy the summer with good times and after-dark adventures at SeaWorld San Diego. Get ready to start as the park transforms into a nocturnal paradise with extended hours along with summer nighttime-only shows and fireworks. Take part in SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration during the day – including new entertainment, frequent animal encounters and the SeaWorld Surprise Squad delighting park guests with varied prizes every day! Feel the amazing vibrancy and delight of the all-new Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night; share a laugh with friends at Sea Lions Tonite – a sea lion and otter show; and lastly, lift your spirits with Beneath the Blue fireworks of every kind.

Ethnic-Food-FairWhat: Ethnic Food Fair, San Diego
When: Sunday, May 25, 2014, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: House of Pacific Relations International Cottages, Balboa Park, San Diego
Description: Have great fun at the annual festival in Balboa Park celebrating the different cultures of the world with their cuisine. Sample delicious foods from around the world! Taste the culinary marvels of 33 different ethnicities and witness LIVE performances in colorful native costumes with amazing music.



Rosarito-Art-Fest-2014What: Rosarito Art Fest 2014
When: Saturday May 24, 2014
Where: Hotel Festival Plaza, Rosarito, San Diego

Description: Come and join the 5th two-day cultural festival on the  24th and 25th of May on Blvd. Benito Juárez Sur, (in front the Festival Plaza Hotel). Admission for everyone is free. The event will showcase over 80 artists and their wares. The festival will keep things fresh with a live music stage, an organic products section and the masters of Mexican folk art. Rosarito Art Fest 2014 promises to reflect the energy, traditions and mores, talent, knowledge, and eclectic wealth of artistic talent of Northern Baja. The local hotels are offering special rates just for those attending the event.
Cost: Free

a-time-to-saluteWhat: A Time To Salute
When: Sunday, May 25, 2014
Where: 207, 5th ave. San Diego
Description: Join us to enjoy our great Memorial Day Weekend party taking place on Sunday, May 25th at 207 SD at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego!!! The night will be celebrated by SGM’s own DJ Scooter and Fresh One. The event celebrates the day with an awesome Line-up that Includes: Engage JJ Flores Kristina Sky Lavelle Dupree Late Night Science Myron Eugene.
Cost: Free


What: Vista Strawberry Festival
When: Sunday, May 26, 2014
Where: Downtown Vista, San Diego
Description: The Annual Vista Strawberry Festival is back for 2014! The Fest is sponsored by Mossy BMW of Vista ( and brought to you by the Vista Chamber of Commerce. The fiesta is expected to pull in over 75,000 attendees this year!

The Festival kicks off at the Wave Waterpark in Vista on Sunday, May 25, 2014. Starting at 7:05 am, the festival will go on its merry way with the Strawberry Festival Run (10K/5K/1-Mile/¼-Mile) sponsored by Robert Franks State Farm.

The run is bound to make you hungry, so replenish your energy with a pie eating contest. Get into the strawberry costume contest and Strawberry Idol to add in some awesome fun. The event is being extended to Friday, May 23, to open the new kid’s ride area. The festival will also include a host of other activities like Sidewalk Art displays, a Strawberry Picking contest, and a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament.

For more info, call: (760) 726-1122

Cost: Free


Classic-Car-Truck-Cycle-ShowWhat: Classic Car, Truck, & Cycle Show
When: Monday, May 26, 2014
Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
Description: The San Diego Auto Swap has been serving and entertaining a long list of vehicle hobbyists since 1990. Enjoy this year with a great Classic Car, Truck & Cycle Shows & Swap Meet.

There will be hundreds of amazing classics, envy-worthy collectibles, tuners, low riders, customs, hi-performance, and mouth-watering racing vehicles in the Show & Sale area. Enjoy the show and get a chance to buy some for yourself from the scores of vendors lining up to sell thousands of parts and accessories in the Swap Meet area.

There will be dozens of trophies and prizes to be awarded at the Show plus the one and only “Best of Show” trophy and Cash Raffle prize. Have fun at the event with great Music & Go Go Girls!

Cost: Free to $10

La-Vista-Memorial-Day-CelebrationWhat: Memorial Day Celebration
When: Monday May 26, 2014
Where: La Vista Memorial Park, San Diego
Description: Commander of Navy Medicine West, Rear Admiral Bruce L. Gillingham, is all set to give the keynote speech at the Memorial Day observance on Monday, May 26, at 1 p.m. at the La Vista Memorial Park, 3191 Orange St. National City. He will be joined by guest speakers Christopher Lawrence and Mark Zambon, both Warriors wounded in combat.

While the La Vista event has it’s solemn side, it also celebrates life and family. The event is hosted every year as a chance to pay our respects and to show the importance of remembrance. It includes free food and beverages, an aerialist performance with a mini-zoo and pony rides for kids. To commemorate the day, 1940’s era music will be provided by the band, Fantastic Earrings.

Cost: Free


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