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13 Things To Do in San Diego This Weekend: May 30–June 2

Stop by a francophone film soiree in La Jolla, bolster your closet by shopping for flea market finds, & hit the streets with the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon
San Diego events and fun things to do this weekend including the 2024 Rock 'n' Roll marathon running event on June 2, 2024
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June kicks off this weekend with plenty of summer festivities, live music performances, and hopefully a glimmer of sunshine. This weekend a classic local brewery turns nine, a two-day music festival kicks off in North Park, and San Diego’s largest running event each year takes place. Here are 13 fun things to do this upcoming weekend in San Diego.

Food and Drink | Concerts and Theater | Festivals and Art | More Things to Do 

San Diego events and fun things to do this weekend including a Bluefin Tuna dinner series at Herb & Sea restaurant in Enciniitas
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Food & Drink Events in San Diego This Weekend

Duck Foot Brewing 9th Anniversary Party

June 1

Ales and anniversaries will go hand-in-hand this Saturday at Duck Foot Brewing. The local brewery will be celebrating its ninth birthday at its Miramar tasting room with dozens of beers on tap, a live DJ and arcade games from 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The party will also feature free craft-brewed sodas, shaded outdoor seating, picnic tables, an outdoor game zone, two food trucks and finish off with a comedy performance from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Attendees can purchase either the five ($29) or 10 taster ($49) drinkpass, each of which comes with a commemorative tasting glass. 

8920 Kenamar Drive, Miramar 

Bluefin Tuna Tasting Menu at Herb & Sea

June 2

San Diegans are invited to taste the fresh local catch from Tuna Dockside Market as bluefin tuna swims back on the Herb & Sea menu. With new offerings every Sunday throughout the summer, Herb & Sea executive chef Aidan Owens will craft a three-course meal with an appetizer, entree and dessert, but the star of the show will be the fatty and flavorful bluefin tuna. Every week, the dishes will change so this Sunday’s dinner guests will get first dibs on the sea’s seasonal bounty. Reservations are available between 5 p.m. and 9 .m. this Sunday and cost $55 per person. 

131 West D Street, Encinitas

San Diego events and fun things to do this weekend including the 2024 North Park Music Festival featuring bands performing on a stage
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Concerts & Theater in San Diego This Weekend

North Park Music Fest 2024

May 31 & June 1

With the theme of “Music Beyond Borders,” North Park Music Fest welcomes worldly musicians and plenty of local talent, including Tijuana’s Parque de Cometas and several of San Diego’s own, including Big Yen, TRANSFER and Mokoto. Attendees can enjoy two days worth of live performances, plus beer, craft cocktails and over 15 local food vendors, craft cocktails, beers from local breweries from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. at North Park Mini Park.

Ticket options include 2-day general admission ($60) and single-day general admission ($45) and can be purchased here; kids ages 18 and under receive free admission but must be accompanied by an adult. For the full festival experience, there is also a VIP add-on ($25 for single-day, $40 for two-day) for festival goers to check out a DJ, art exhibit, rooftop beer garden and more at Granado House Gallery. 

3812 29th Street, North Park

Camelot at North Coast Repertory Theatre

Through June 23

Originating from the folktales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Camelot at the North Coast Repertory promises a medieval time at the theater. Adapted from the iconic Broadway musical and featuring new orchestrations by Steve Orich, audiences can dive into this mythical and musical tale of royalty, chivalry and betrayals of the heart. There will be preview performances on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday followed by a pair of shows on Sunday; though opening night on Saturday is sold out, anyone interested in attending can call the box office to be placed on the waitlist. Tickets for this week’s performances start at $52. 

987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach 

The Little Mermaid Ballet at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre

May 31 & June 1

See traditional ballet sequences set to a fantasy under the sea at Joan B. Kroc Theatre this weekend. Students from BalletCenter Studios, trained under the tutelage of teachers Michelle Noblejas Bartolomei and Trystan Merrick, will perform as the music and choreography of the influential ballet Le Corsaire is incorporated into this onstage re-imagining of the iconic Disney film. There will be a performance Friday night followed by two shows on Saturday; tickets for each performance range from $30 to $60. 

6611 University Avenue, Rolando

San Diego events and fun things to do this weekend including the Pride by the Beach annual gay pride community event on June 1, 2024
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Festivals & Art Exhibits in San Diego This Weekend

Valley Center Western Days Parade and Festival

May 31 & June 1

At Valley Center’s historical, western-inspired celebration, the whole community is a part of the fun. The free two-day festival commences Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., with live music, a food and beer garden and local first responders duking it out at the Guns & Hose Chili Cook-off ($5 entry donation. More is in store Saturday with the FFA Pancake Breakfast, a 5K and kids’ fun run and a parade from 10 a.m. to noon. The festival continues from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., with more live music, line dancing lessons, a car show, farmers market and an old-fashioned pie eating contest.

Festival – 28305 Lilac Road, Valley Center | Parade – Valley Center Road (Cole Grade Road to Lilac Road), Valley Center

Pride by the Beach Oceanside

June 1

The 17th annual Pride by the Beach will be a day full of education, entertainment and community-wide fun, officially kicking off Pride Month with a free family-friendly event. The festival will include more than 130 food and retail vendors, two stages of live entertainment, and a music lineup headlined by Oceanside native DJ Inspired from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Oceanside Civic Center Plaza. The festival will continue over at the Coco Cabana with a 21+ after party going until 10 p.m.; early bird tickets are still on sale for $10. 

300 North Coast Highway, Oceanside

Sam Hinton Folk Heritage Festival at Old Poway Park

June 1

Championing the sounds of bluegrass and all things folk, the Sam Hinton Folk Heritage Festival continues to carry on the traditions of acoustic musical storytelling. The free festival carries the namesake of marine biologist, UCSD Professor and folk singer extraordinaire Sam Hinton, who passed away in 2009 but remains a pioneer of the city’s folk scene. Beginning at 10 a.m. this Saturday at Old Poway Park, attendees can check out a bevy of folk and folk-adjacent performances—headlined by the bayou bumpin’ Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters—and also peruse the Poway Farmers Market onsite from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

14134 Midland Road, Poway

Cuéntame Exhibit at The Front Arte & Cultura

June 1-7 

Cuéntame the newest exhibition at The Front Arte & Cultura is an artistic testament to the power of community preservation. Curated by Yvette Roman and Natalia Ventura, Cuéntame is an oral history conducted by nine rising artists living in San Diego and Tijuana, showcasing art, audio and documentation on display for a week-long exhibition. Through these archival methods, the stories, insights and sageness of the elder community residing at nearby Villa Merced Apartments have been captured and preserved to carry on into the next generation. An opening reception for Cuéntame will be held at the gallery from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday. 

147 West San Ysidro Boulevard, San Ysidro

San Diego French Film Festival Opening Party at The Lot

June 2-5

The fourth annual San Diego French Film Festival—four days of food, films and festivities that honor French cinematic heritage—from Alliance Française San Diego begins this Sunday at The Lot with an opening party. After guests make their entrance on the red carpet, they’ll be treated with a screening of the short film Au Revoir Belmondo followed by the César Award–winning feature The Three Musketeers: Milady. The night at the movies will close out with a classy party featuring Champagne, hors d’oeuvres, music from DJ GRGTRAXX and desserts from San Diego-based French pastry chef Clément Le Déoré. Tickets for the full opening night experience are $195 for non-members and $155 for members; for admission to the Sunday screenings only, tickets are $35. 

7611 Fay Avenue, La Jolla 

San Diego events and fun things to do this weekend including the San Diego Vintage Flea Market in Normal Heights each month
Courtesy of the San Diego Vintage Flea Market

More Fun Things To Do in San Diego This Weekend

San Diego Vintage Flea Market in Normal Heights

June 1

A collection of local crafters, makers, artists and artisans come together one Saturday a month at the Normal Heights Masonic Lodge as part of the San Diego Vintage Flea Market. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, the monthly market returns with new finds and locally sourced items from a variety of vendors. Whether you’re looking for a stylish leather jacket for a night out or the perfect rug to liven up your living room, the vintage flea market is packed to the brim with essentials that won’t break the bank. Entry to the market is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will go towards a local nonprofit. 

3366 Adams Avenue, Normal Heights

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon San Diego

June 1-2

Though runners are invited to take part in a traditional Saturday morning 5K, the racers who strive to complete the half marathon or marathon at Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego will receive an extra helping of motivation. In addition to getting an on-foot tour of America’s Finest City beginning from Balboa Park, runners will get to enjoy music and entertainment along the course from DJs, live bands and even a Tom Cruise impersonator. Following the races on Sunday, there will be live music from No Doubt tribute band No Duh and Saved by the 90’s plus post-race entertainment beginning at 9 a.m. at Waterfront Park.


“The Endless Mile” West Coast Premiere at Digital Gym Cinema

June 1-2

Marathon Media is throwing a special west coast premiere at Digital Gym Cinema for the short documentary film The Endless Mile, which tells the powerful story of 85-year-old ultra-marathon athlete Jimmie Barnes and his walk towards a world record. The Endless Mile captures the perspective of Barnes, his family and his herculean pursuit of walking 114 miles in 48 hours, with a resilient story sure to leave audiences feeling a runner’s high. Screenings will be held at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., each which will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A session with the all-women cast and crew, all of whom are based in San Diego. Tickets for each screening are $15 per person and guests are advised to arrive 15 minutes before their screenings.

1100 Market Street, East Village

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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