Head to the San Diego Made Summer Market or root for the Padres at a home game––this weekend is full of fun for the whole family. Read on for the best events.


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City Nature Challenge
It’s back! City Nature Challenge 2021 is a worldwide collaboration to document all the species we can find in just four days. From April 30-May 3, take photos of nearby nature, both inside and outside your doors. Upload those photos to iNaturalist.org or use your smartphone and the iNaturalist app. No need to know what species you’re photographing, the iNaturalist community will identify them for you––that’s part of the fun. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Cheer on the Padres at a Home Game
Root, root, root for the home team at a San Diego Padres home baseball game! Here’s hoping they hit it out of the park this season! Game times vary by day. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

20th Annual Russian Arts & Culture Celebration
The City of West Hollywood administration invites everyone to join a virtual celebration of Russian Arts and Culture this May. Last year, the celebration was canceled due to the pandemic. This year, in May, the 20th Annual Russian Arts and Culture Festival will be held in a new format – online. An array of musical events, activities for kids, workshops, virtual tours, concerts, contests, interviews with interesting people, and much more will comprise a month-long celebration. The upcoming virtual events are an opportunity for residents and visitors to highlight the visual arts, history, and language of the Russian-speaking community. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Bay Area Book Festival
The 2021 Bay Area Book Festival’s Youth Program puts young readers in the spotlight, as they share the virtual stage (and ideas, insights, and laughter) with some of the most exciting voices in YA and middle-grade literature today.  Our Young Readers Stage may be on a screen this year, but it’s still home to a new generation of budding young activists, writers, and entrepreneurs, holding their own (and then some) with famous, bestselling authors, including Newbery Medalist Meg Medina and Notes from a Young Black Chef author and Top Chef star Kwame Onwuachi. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

San Diego Made Summer Market
As San Diego’s largest locally-curated market, this event will feature a socially-distanced outdoor shopping experience with handmade and vintage goods by roughly 60 local vendors. The theme of this event is going to be 60/70’s, so pull out your roller skates and funky wears and get ready for some fun-in-the-sun shopping to kick off the summer and support local small businesses! There will be live bands performing both days, vintage photo trailers, and live art installations. This event is family-friendly and free to attend with door gifts (while supplies last) and a free raffle. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Cinco de Mayo Virtual Run
The Cinco de Mayo Trail Run has gone virtual! Pick your distance, pick your course, and run it between May 1st-16th. Post your results to our race tracker when you’re done and find out how you did. Earn your fiesta and get awesome swag: t-shirt or racer-back tank, bib, finisher’s medal, Mexican candy and stickers, all with a festive Cinco de Mayo theme. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Rooftop Cinema Club: The Princess Bride
Rooftop Cinema Club is offering new Family-Friendly screenings! They have opened up their usually 18+ Rooftop venue to younger moviegoers as well, so the whole family can enjoy a movie night under the stars. Be sure to select the “Kids and Teens” ticket for anyone under 18, and as always, check out the film’s rating before making plans as ratings will vary. Sun. Event details.

Mom’s Day Out
Enjoy this day of relaxation and fun for moms who have children with special needs. There will be speakers, crafts, lunch, swag bags, music and more. Sat. Event details.

––Beth Shea