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10 Things to Do in San Diego This Weekend: May 18–21

Attend a gallery opening party in Mission Hills, see eclectic artists perform at Balboa Park, and bring your furry friends to Pupapalooza

May 18–20

GI Film Festival

Held at the Museum of Photographic Arts, the GI Film Festival highlights films for and by American military service members and veterans, depicting their experiences—and though it’s been underway since Monday, there are still several interesting showings occurring before its Saturday finale. See feature-length movies The Gift and I Am Vanessa Guillen on Thursday, several narrative and documentary short films on Friday, and an awards ceremony on Saturday. | 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park

May 18–28

San Diego International Fringe Festival

This festival gives audience members a glimpse into a community of eccentric artists from all over the world, showcasing dance, comedy, theater, acrobatics, and more. Show entrance fees range from free to $10 and the majority of performances will be held at two Balboa Park locations: Centro Cultural de la Raza and the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre. Most shows run for 45 to 60 minutes and attendees can purchase individual tickets or a multishow festival pass (for three, five, or 10 shows). | Balboa Park

La Jolla Half Marathon

Race through gorgeous coastal landscapes in the La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5k on Saturday, May 20.

May 20

La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K

The La Jolla Half Marathon is a journey that will take racers from the Del Mar Fairgrounds through Torrey Pines State Park, with an eventual finish at La Jolla Cove. For those interested in the 5K option in lieu of the point-to-point half marathon, runners can race mostly downhill on the beautiful 3.1 mile stretch with luscious La Jolla views. Anyone interested in racing on Sunday can register here before Saturday morning’s deadline. | 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar

Kiwanis Ocean Beach Kite Festival

The oldest children’s kite festival in the world, this free event gives kids the chance to design, build, and fly their own kites alongside professionals from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at Robb Athletic Field. The 76th annual Ocean Beach Kite Festival also includes family-friendly games, live music, and a community fair. | 2525 Bacon Street, Point Loma

Island Vibe Music Festival

Held at Surf Sports Park in Del Mar, the annual Island Vibe Music Festival is a one-day cultural celebration of the Pacific Island regions of Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia with musical performances, cultural dancers, a vendor village, art, apparel, food, and much more. Headliners for this year’s entertainment include Katchafire, Anahuea, Kapena, and CRSB.  | 14989 Via De La Valle, Del Mar


Bring your four-legged friends along for the ride to Second Chance Beer Company’s Pupapalooza, taking place Saturday, May 20.

Pupapalooza Dog Festival & Fundraiser

Second Chance Beer Company’s third annual dog festival and fundraiser takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. this Saturday at their Carmel Mountain location. The event will feature 20 local vendors slinging supplies for your pup, plus food trucks, live music, and adoptable dogs from The Animal Pad, the event’s nonprofit beneficiary. Pupapalooza is free to attend; however there are gold ($150) and silver ($125) VIP options that include professional pet photo sessions along with gift bags and drink tickets. | 15378 Avenue of Science, Carmel Mountain

SD Art Advisory Grand Opening Party

The free grand opening celebration for SD Art Advisory, a new fine art gallery located in Mission Hills, takes place this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. The party will coincide with the Art in the Hills art walk and banner contest and include works from local and international artists, plus cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live music. | 3977 Falcon Street, Mission Hills

Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s latest program, showing at the San Diego Civic Theatre on Saturday, May 20, celebrates the music of Johann Sebatian Bach and David Bowie

Courtesy of Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Star Dust: From Bach to Bowie

The newest dance program from Complexions Contemporary Ballet celebrates the legacies of two musical legends at the San Diego Civic Theatre this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The performance includes choreography set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and a ballet rock-opera tribute to Bowie featuring his greatest hits, including “Life on Mars” and “Changes.” The remaining tickets for Saturday night’s performance are limited and range from $21 to $92. | 1100 Third Avenue, Downtown

May 20–21

Fiesta Del Sol

This annual, weekend-long music and arts event is a sign that summer is on the way in Solana Beach. Held at Fletcher Cove from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, the 42nd annual Fiesta Del Sol includes live music from local musicians, an arts and crafts fair, a beer and wine garden, and a children’s area with rides, games, and a climbing wall. | 111 South Sierra Avenue, Solana Beach

May 21

Vinters Wine Festival

The San Diego County Vintners Association hosts the Vintners Wine Festival at Bernardo Winery this Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The event exclusively features San Diego County wines and includes unlimited wine tasting, charcuterie plates, live music, and a silent auction. | 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, Rancho Bernardo

By Ryan Hardison

Ryan Hardison is a freelance arts and entertainment writer and recent graduate of San Diego State. When he's not staring at his laptop, he's likely eating an adobada burrito or getting sunburnt at the beach.

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