Photo: Fiesta Botanica

Honor fallen soldiers this Memorial Day weekend with patriotic events: a commemoration ceremony at Mt. Soledad and an entire weekend of activities aboard the USS Midway––both include flyovers that will wow the kids. Also on tap for the long weekend: the kickoff of Summer Movies in the Park, Balboa Park After Dark, giant garden party Fiesta Botanica, a strawberry festival, a grunion run and much more! Read on for the details.


All Shook Up! A Musical Comedy
Channel Elvis at Classical Academy High School’s student production of All Shook Up! Inspired by the songs of Elvis Presley, All Shook Up! combines the magic of romance with the power of rock and roll. Set in 1955 in a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy. It will have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.” Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park After Dark
Keep the fun going after nightfall as Balboa Park comes alive after 5 p.m. on Fridays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Enjoy extended evening hours at eight museums, as well as food trucks and entertainment throughout the Park.  Visit the following institutions until 8 p.m.: Japanese Friendship GardenMingei International MuseumSan Diego Art InstituteSpanish VillageSan Diego Museum of Man, San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT)The San Diego Museum of Art and Fleet Science CenterFri. Event details.

Fiesta Botanica
Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate spring amid the region’s most spectacular historical gardens at Fiesta Botanica: Celebrating Balboa Park’s Plants & Gardens. The family-friendly festival kicks off with the Fiesta Botanica Wagon Parade along El Prado. The festivities continue with horticultural-themed lectures and demonstrations, hands-on activities for kids, live entertainment, tours of the park’s historic gardens, four majestic butterfly releases and more. This year’s floral extravaganza will feature live entertainment by Hullabaloo and additional bands, open-air sketching stations provided by the Spanish Village Art Center, plant sales in the Casa del Prado, kids activities in Zoro Garden and a dozen food trucks parked along Village Place. Note: The Wagon Parade is open to everyone, but advanced registration is required. Sat. Event details.

Ethnic Food Fair
Enjoy tasty treats and mouthwatering dishes from 34 different cultures while enjoying multi-cultural performances. Sun. Event details.


Santee Street Fair
Bring the family out for more than 300 food and vendor booths, beer festival, live music and entertainment, art, kids zone and lots of family fun! Sat. Event details.


Open Cockpit Days at Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
Come sit in the cockpit of a plane like a real pilot! The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum has 27 vintage aircraft on display as well as hundreds of artifacts from World War I to present day. Select aircraft will be open for visitors to experience Marine aviation from a pilot’s perspective. Cockpits of select aircraft will be open 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Free admission and parking. The museum entrance is on Miramar Rd., 3.9 miles east of I-805 and 1.3 miles west of I-15. (Look for the Marine Corps and American flags at the entrance.) Sat. & Sun. Event details.

La Jolla

Grunion Run
Get ready for a true Southern California experience! Observe hundreds of small silver fish called grunion ride the waves onto La Jolla beaches to spawn. Naturalists will highlight the fascinating lives of these mysterious fish, help you hatch grunion eggs before your eyes and then lead you to the beach to search for grunion in the wild. Prepare for cool, wet conditions and bring a flashlight. Minors must attend with a paid adult, for ages 6+. Please note: Grunion Runs do not meet at Birch Aquarium. Sun. Event details.


Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial Commemoration Ceremony
This Memorial Day, the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial commemoration ceremony will include a special salute to our nation’s Gold Star families. There will be a flyover by the San Diego Performance Formation Team, led by John “Flipper” Flippen. Mon. Event details.


Vista Strawberry Festival
The Vista Strawberry Festival will be a day filled with fun, food, multiple entertainment stages, bands, carnival rides and local craft beer in the beer garden and of course, strawberries! The event will also host over 300 local vendors to showcase their local products to the community. The festival will be held in Historic Downtown Vista, beginning with the early morning Strawberry runs. There are runs for children and all levels of adult runners. If running isn’t your thing, there will also be the Miss Strawberry Pageant, cooking contests, pie eating contests, costume contests, Strawberry Idol, local artists and much more. Sun. Event details.


USS Midway Legacy Week 2017
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 that includes a flyover, a freedom concert featuring the rock band Lifehouse, an adventure discovery zone for kids, a meet the aviators experience, live music, dance performances and much more. Click here for all of the events. Sat.-Mon. Event details.

Hullabaloo Concert on the Waterfront
Enjoy Sunday night with the family at a free Hullabaloo concert. Bring a blanket and a picnic and watch the sun set over San Diego Bay while listening to fantastic tunes. Sun. Event details.

Summer Movies in the Park Kickoff: Moana
Come kickoff the 2017 Summer Movies in the Park at the Waterfront Park! Enjoy crafts, games, giveaways, music and activities before the movie Moana starts at 8 p.m. Bring your chairs, blankets and jackets. Enjoy a meal or snack from the food trucks and sit back and relax for a fun night under the stars. Click here for the Summer Movies in the Park schedule. Fri. Event details.


Fallbrook Vintage Car Show
Bring the whole family to admire and appreciate 400 cars at this vintage car show that will also feature food, music, jump houses, slides and 80 vendors. Sun. Event details.

Where are you enjoying the long weekend with your family? Let us know in the comments!

––Beth Shea