Downtown Calendar – May 2017

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Calendar, Opinion & News | No Comments

Horton Plaza Park 1-Year Anniversary
Saturday, May 6

Celebrate Horton Plaza Park’s first birthday with food, games, music and AquaVie Wellness yoga. Enjoy Harvest Kitchen and Lil‘ Miss Short Cakes food trucks as well as live performances from Ben Carroll and Maria Z. A water and light show will conclude the night. Free and family-friendly event. 4–9 p.m. at Horton Plaza Park, 900 Fourth Ave. Visit

Gator by the Bay
Thursday, May 11-Sunday, May 14

Get your Gator on! The annual Louisiana-themed four-day festival features Southern cuisine, dancing and live tunes. Over 100 music acts will perform including Grammy-award winners and local San Diego bands. Tickets $20-200 online at Times vary each day. Spanish Landing Park, 4300 N. Harbor Drive. Visit

‘Star Wars’ at the library
Saturday, May 13

San Diego Central Library presents a day packed with “Star Wars”-themed activities. Fans can celebrate the franchise with an escape room, a photo booth and lightsaber dueling demos. Presentations about the “Star Wars” universe and 501st Legion costumes will also be offered. 9:30 a.m.­–1:30 p.m. at the San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd. Visit

PhenomeNOW Women & Wine
Saturday, May 13

Celebrate and support feminism with wine, food, music and more. Join San Diego National Organization for Women (NOW) for their second annual fundraising event. The event features speakers Sen. Toni Atkins and Planned Parenthood’s Nora Vargas as well as live music from The Resizters. Tickets $30 online or $40 at the door. 3–5 p.m. at the San Diego Foundation, 2508 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 200. Visit

2017 Children’s Charity Gala
Saturday, May 13

Father Joe’s Villages will host a fundraiser to raise money for children who are homeless or in poverty. Tickets start at $200 and include dinner, cocktails, auctions and live music from Atomic Groove. Community leaders, including Father Gilbert Gentile, will also be honored. 5–10 p.m. at U.S. Grant Hotel, 326 Broadway. Visit

Whatever It Takes showcase event
Thursday, May 18

Whatever It Takes (WIT) will present their annual showcase event that features presentations from teenagers from 15 local high schools around the county. WIT is a nonprofit that supports young entrepreneurship and leadership. 6–8:30 p.m. at the San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd. Contact Ruth Everett at or 619-677-2238.

The Petco Foundation Awards Gala: A Celebration of Love
Friday, May 19

The Petco Foundation invites you to celebrate animals in style with a paw-print red carpet, “pawparazzi,” photo booth selfies with adoptable puppies and kittens, and more. Actress, singer and animal lover Jane Lynch from “Glee” will emcee the event. Various organizations and individuals will be honored for their animal-related efforts. 6–11 p.m. at the Marriot Marquis San Diego Marina, 333 W. Harbor Drive. Visit

2017 San Diego Taco Fest
Saturday, May 20

Celebrate America’s Finest City with a day full of tacos. The San Diego Taco Festival will feature food from 30 taco-centric restaurants. The festival will also host Lucha Libre wrestling matches, a chihuahuas beauty pageant and race, and live performances from Vanilla Ice, Mix Master Mike and other musicians. This is a 21-and-older event. Tickets $25-125 online. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. at Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway. Visit

Cinema at The Balboa: ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?’
Saturday, May 20

Balboa Theatre presents a film screening of “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” the psychological thriller about sibling rivalry and the aftermath of fame, featured in Ryan Murphy’s recent FX series, “Feud.” Bette Davis and Joan Crawford star in the 1962 classic. Tickets $8–11 plus fees. 5–7:30 p.m. at Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. Visit

Pirate Days
Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21

Maritime Museum of San Diego invites you to celebrate the weekend with cannon firings, sword fights, live parrots and a treasure hunt. Tickets $17 for adults and $9 for children 3–12 years old (children 2 and under free). Come dressed in a pirate or mermaid costume for a $2 discount. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N. Harbor Drive. Visit

‘Unseen Portrait: The Art of Tom Hom’
Saturday, May 20

The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM) will feature an exhibition by Tom Hom, a leader in the art, political and Chinese-American communities. The collection includes over 50 works, including sketches, watercolors, cartoons and oil paintings.

Admission is $5, free for museum members and children 12 and under. Opening reception May 20 from 2–4 p.m. and the exhibit is on display May 20-Aug. 20. San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Extension Building, 328 J St. Visit

The Vine Affair
Friday, June 2

Balboa Park Cultural Partnerships presents an evening of wine, art and entertainment. Balboa Park museums will offer art installations, live music and wine tasters for guests. Tickets $35–100 online. 6–10 p.m. Museums participating are San Diego Art Institute, San Diego Museum of Art, the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, Fleet Science Center, San Diego History Center and the Balboa Park Conservancy. Visit

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