Enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend at fun, family-friendly events all over the city. From the Vista Strawberry Festival and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Summer Safari to the USS Midway Museum’s Legacy Week and the Festival of the Sea, there are plenty of ways to connect with your clan. Read on for the details.

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Downtown

USS Midway Museum Legacy Week
The USS Midway Museum is the heart and soul of Memorial Day celebration in San Diego. The Legacy Week Memorial Day lineup of activities aboard the Midway honors and remembers America’s heroes as it celebrates the military heritage of the U.S.A. Weekend activities and events offer the community an affordable and inspiring way to kick off summer in San Diego and range from a wreath ceremony, a freedom concert featuring Daughtry, an adventure discovery zone for kids and so much more. Click here for all of the events. Fri.-Mon. Event details.

Incredibles 2
Head to Waterfront Park to see Incredibles 2 (PG) for the Kickoff to 2019 Summer Movies in the Park. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for a fun night for the whole family. Come early to get a good seat and enjoy pre-movie activities. There will be concessions and food trucks onsite for yummy snacks and dinner. Pre-Movie Activities begin at 6 p.m. Movie starts at 8 p.m. right after sunset.  Fri. Event details.

Toddler Time: Puppet Play
The New Children’s Museum hosts facilitated toddler programming every Friday morning beginning at 10 a.m. Their toddler program values the whole child and supports healthy bodies and minds, with music, movement and social play for young children. Friday morning toddler time is free with admission. Fri. Event details.

Family Magic Show
The Red Spade Theater is proud to present The Family Magic Show starring The Amazing Derek. As a member of The Magic Castle, The Amazing Derek has been entertaining audiences for years. He has developed a show full of humor, gags and most of all magic. This is a fun and interactive show the whole family can enjoy together and have a wonderful time. Sat. Event details.

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Festival of the Sea
The Port of San Diego Festival of the Sea has something for everyone to enjoy. Taking place aboard the historic vessels of the Maritime Museum on the scenic North Embarcadero region of downtown San Diego. Tickets include: Freedom to tour all Museum vessels and dozens of fascinating exhibits below deck, 27th Annual San Diego Sea Chantey Festival, Jam session by local favorite Classic Rock quartet Paul Hartley & The Chiefs, Fun-filled Education Zone, Regional Artist and Artisan Exhibition of paintings. Additional fun (for an added fee) includes Movies Beneath the Mast aboard the Star of India and performances of Boarded! A Pirate Adventure aboard San Salvador. Sat.-Mon. Event details.

Escondido

Science & Engineering Night
Enjoy the Museum after hours and discover the world of Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math (STREAM)! The entire Museum will be transformed to host hands-on activity booths for the whole family to explore; from virtual reality, to slime-making, to high & low tech coding, to paleontology and “mad scientist” workshops and more. There will be food and drink available for purchase throughout the event and opportunity drawings for fun prizes. Visit the Go Go Truck for food and drinks and participate in opportunity drawings throughout the event to get a chance to win fun prizes. Sat. Event details.

Summer Safari
Summer Safari is returning to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, bringing fun activities and entertainment for the whole family. Enjoy a spectacular array of activities, live music, arts and crafts, pop-up entertainment for all ages, and much more. Guests at the Safari Park will also have the unique opportunity to encounter fascinating animals up-close and enjoy a variety of special evening shows. During Summer Safari, guests can stay late on selected Mondays and Tuesdays during the first-ever “family nights,” when the Safari Park will stay open until 8 p.m. On these Monday and Tuesday nights—June 10-July 30, guests can spend relaxing evenings at the Safari Park and enjoy unique, family-friendly entertainment, such as the whimsical Bubble Show or an evening Cheetah Run. Fri.-Mon. Event details.

The Piano Men
The music of Elton John and Billy Joel bursts to life in this thoroughly entertaining concert highlighting the countless hits by these two incredible singer/songwriters. Featuring an amazing cast of piano playing vocalists displaying their talents on not one, but two grand pianos, backed by a live band, this show is not to be missed! Following their successful outings with The Best of Broadway and The Best of Motown, The Barn Stage Company is thrilled to be partnering once again with California Center for the Arts to bring you this one of a kind theatrical experience. Sat. Event details.

Miramar

Open Cockpit Days
Come sit in a cockpit and experience Marine aviation from a pilot’s perspective at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum in San Diego. Cockpits of some of the aircraft on display will be open and pilots will be available to answer questions every other weekend during the summer. See 31 historical aircraft up close at this indoor/outdoor attraction as well as hundreds of artifacts from the earliest days of aviation to present day. Kids and adults can strap into an ejection seat, try on a helmet and do an “I Spy” activity. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Vista

Vista Strawberry Festival
Vista was once known as the “Strawberry Capital of the World!” Head to San Diego County’s only celebration of the Strawberry at this fun festival. There will be live entertainment on multiple stages, bands, local craft brews in the beer garden, food, carnival rides and contests! Additionally, you’ll find 400 vendors that include strawberry desserts, food, crafts and local shops. Contests include Little Ms. Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Costume, Pie-Eating and many more! Sun. Event details.

––Beth Shea