Is your family ready to Rock the Weekend in San Diego? We hope so because there’s no shortage of events to enjoy. Cinco de Mayo celebrations are happening in Old Town and Solana Beach. Celebrate 100 years of Flagship SD cruises on the San Diego Bay at their family-friendly anniversary bash. Or learn about nature and craft for mom at the Family Fun days at San Elijo Lagoon. Have a great first weekend of May!


San Diego

Flagship SD Dockside Anniversary Party
In celebration of a century on San Diego Bay, Flagship Cruises & Events will host a 100th anniversary party where guests will enjoy food, drinks and fun aboard Flagship’s fleet of luxury yachts. The event includes live music, kids entertainment (balloon art, games face painting and a magician), commemorative photos, and lots more. Sat., 2 – 6 p.m., San Diego Embarcadero, Free. All ages. Event details.

Friday Night Liberty
Bring the family out for the first-Friday event, featuring open artist studios, galleries, shopping and entertainment throughout NTC Promenade Arts & Cultural District at Liberty Station in Point Loma. Fri., 6 – 8 p.m., Liberty Station, Free. All ages. Event details.

Old Town Cinco de Mayo
The fiesta has an incredible variety of festivities and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy including a special kids area and stage. Enjoy a car show, chalk art, shopping, Mexican wrestling, and rope tricks. Enjoy carriage rides, pony rides, and carnival rides; plus soccer matches, and displays. Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m., Old Town San Diego, Free. All ages. Event details.

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day
At this annual event, participating comic book shops across the nation give away free comic books to anyone who comes into their stores. That’s right, we said free! Check out our list of free comics available at your nearest shop. Sun., all day. San Diego County comic book stores, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Fiesta de los Peñasquitos
Have fun at this family festival with vendors, great food, kids’ activities and more at this community festival and street fair. Sat., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Rancho Peñasquitos (near Von’s shopping center), Free. All ages. Event details.

Have Fun at a Pug Party
This event is one of the largest gatherings on the West Coast to celebrate the Pug breed and to celebrate Pugs in need. This year’s theme is “Vegas Pugs,” and organizers are expecting some of the most creative costumes this year—showgirls, Rat Pack, Elvis perhaps? Sat., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Del Mar Fairgrounds, $5 – $10/person (kids 10 and under free). All ages. Event details.

Carlsbad Village Faire
Located in the heart of Carlsbad, Carlsbad Village Faire features over 850 unique vendors, making it the largest street festival of its kind in the county. The art fair offers a little of everything, including arts and crafts, antiques, unique clothing, items from around the world, and more. Sun., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Grand Ave. Free. All ages. Event details.

Family Fun Days at San Elijo Lagoon: What’s the Buzz?
Ever wonder why flowers and pollinators need each other? Learn about that and make a take-home craft for Mother’s Day. Sun., 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, $1 suggested donation. All ages. Event details.

How are you rocking the weekend? Tell us in the comments!

— Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of Flagship SD.