With this being Memorial Day weekend, it’s unofficially the beginning of summer. Are you planning a trip to the beach, a dive in the pool, or a barbecue with friends? If you’re looking for something other than the typical Memorial Day weekend activities. Experience multiculturalism throughout the city at the Lebanese Festival or the Ethnic Food Fair in Balboa Park. Or head to North County for the Annual Vista Strawberry Festival. Have a great holiday weekend!

vista strawberry festivalPhoto: Vista Strawberry Festival Facebook page

San Diego

Lebanese Festival
Bring the family to the annual Lebanese Festival featuring authentic Lebanese food, folkloric performances, music, dancing, and a kids zone with carnival rides. Fri. – Sun., 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., St. Ephrem Maronite Catholic Church, $2/person (12 and under free). All ages. Event details.

Ethnic Food Fair
Enjoy tasty treats and mouthwatering dishes from different cultures while enjoying multi-cultural performances. Sat and Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., International Cottages, Free admission. All ages. Event details.

East County

Santee Street Fair
Bring the family out for more than 300 food and vendor booths, three stages of live music and entertainment, rides and lots of family fun! Sat., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Santee (Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway), Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

Rancho Bernardo Pancake Festival
Enjoy live music, door prizes, a bounce house, food, and of course, pancakes at this annual event that honors the military. Memorial Day, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Bernardo Winery, $7/person; free/veterans, military, kids under 3. All ages. Event details.

The Annual Vista Strawberry Festival
The Annual Vista Strawberry Festival officially kicks off at the Wave Waterpark in Vista with the Strawberry Festival Run (10K, 5K, 1-Mile, ¼-Mile). The run is followed by a pie eating contest, strawberry costume contest, Strawberry Idol and much more. Sun., 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Downtown Vista, Free. All ages. Event details.

Family Paint Party at Cape Rey
Kick off the unofficial start of summer with a Family Paint Party on Memorial Day Weekend! With the ocean as inspiration, parents and kids will partner and explore the use of watercolors. Each family will create their own masterpiece to take home. Sat., 2 – 4 p.m., Cape Rey Resort, $35/ adult/kid station which includes light snacks and one takeaway project. All ages. Event details.

What are your Memorial Day weekend plans? Tell us in the comments! 

— Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of Vista Strawberry Festival Facebook page