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San Diego Events Happening in May

Posted By Mclain

With the Spring in full bloom, May marks a time where bright colors take center stage with the beautiful backdrop of San Diego’s rolling hills and coastal views. Enjoy the start of the season by breathing in a field of fresh flowers, watching colorful butterflies dance around you, and feasting on the city’s most delicious tacos. Here are a few events in San Diego that you should know about this month:

The Flower Fields

Dates: May 1st – May 12th

Admission: $9 – $18


The hillsides North San Diego County transforms into a colorful blanket of flowers and fauna every Spring, producing one of the most stunning natural landscapes in the world. The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are dominated by fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers. Get here while you can for a fabulous photo op—these flowers only bloom for 10 weeks every year, from March through May. To celebrate this burst of color, you can explore gardens, a greenhouse, an antique tractor wagon ride, and much more.

Butterfly Jungle

Date: March 23rd – May 12th

Admission: Free with Safari Park admission


Experience the magic of butterflies at the San Diego Zoo this month. The Butterfly Jungle is a special exhibition where butterfly species from all over the world fly free in a greenhouse surrounded by lush greenery. Visitors will be able to use the provided butterfly guide to determine which butterflies are near them. This fluttering barrage of color is the perfect ode to Spring.

San Diego County Fair

Starting this month, the 2019 San Diego County Fair is in full effect—and it will be “Ozsome.” This year, the theme is the classic tale, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Get your friends or family ready and skip down the yellow brick road towards some fantastical rides and themed vendors. Be sure to check out their event calendar for a lengthy list of great performing acts that will take place at the Fair throughout the summer. And lastly, don’t forget to take a panoramic photo of the Pacific Ocean while on the Ferris Wheel!

Ramona Rodeo

Date: May 17th-19th

Admission: $10 – $100


Get into Western moden at the Ramona Rodeo. Here, you’ll see some of the greatest cowboys around show off their moves, at one of the most hospitable ranches around. All the proceeds from this event go back into the non-profit Rodea Park. The event will be hosted at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center and features a 5,000-square-foot pavilion, an An Olympic-sized equestrian arena, and 4,000 stadium seats.

San Diego Magazine’s 2019 SWEAT presented by White

Date: May 18th

Admission: $45


Presented by White Claw Hard Seltzer, this is San Diego Magazine’s annual fitness event, SWEAT, and it’s the perfect time to break a sweat. The event brings together some of the most well-known fitness studios and healthy brands to leave several short fitness sessions throughout the day. There are several fitness workshops to choose from: yoga, recovery stretch, and barre, among others. After workouts, guests can visit the Live Well Lounge to enjoy shopping, drinks, and healthy brunch bites. You’ll also get the chance to meet emerging wellness brands, listen to live music, and collect swag bags. Go to their website to check out different classes being offered and purchase tickets.


SoCal Taco Fest

Date: May 18th

Admission: $25 – $125


Southern California is known for their delectable selection of Mexican cuisine, and the SoCal Taco Fest is the place to experience it. Over 25 restaurants will come to the Waterfront Park for San Diego’s biggest taco festival. While you feast on tacos, sip on drinks at the Milagro Cantina Margarita Tent and catch some entertainment with Lucha Libre wrestling.


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