While not official, Memorial Day Weekend is widely regarded as the start of summer and one of the best opportunities to go out and have fun with the entire family, and as one of America’s top touristic destinations, San Diego is the perfect destination to both celebrate and observe this date.
Here are some of the best events and activities you can attend to make your Memorial Weekend in San Diego a trip to remember!
USS Midway Museum’s Legacy Week.
With a concert, numerous family activities, interactive exhibits, and a Wreath Memorial ceremony, no Memorial Day celebration is complete without visiting San Diego’s USS Midway Museum.
Location: USS Midway Museum, 910 N. Harbor Drive. San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Open Until 5:00 pm.
Admission: Regular Midway Museum admission for all activities except for the benefit concert.
Valley Center Stampede Rodeo & Memorial Festival
Held in Valley Center, a rural community that evokes America’s western history, this rodeo is a family-friendly way of commemorating America’s veterans.
With both youth and adult rodeos, a parade and numerous food offerings, this volunteer-run event offers something for everything.
The best thing about this event? All the profits will go to local organizations dedicated to promoting the morale of the US troops.
Valley Center is an hour’s drive from San Diego, so get in your van and have some fun!
Location: 29902 Valley Center Rd. Valley Center, Ca 92082
Dates: May 24 – May 25, 2019
Price: Memorial Festival – Free. Rodeo – $15-$17
House of Pacific Relations’ Ethnic Food Fair
If your idea of fun involves copious amounts of food, then this is the event for you.
Held in Downtown San Diego, this food fair brings to the table 34 different cuisines from all over the world, as well as various kinds of music and dances, each showcasing the diversity of our country.
The event is free to attend (though you do need to pay for the food) and takes place in Balboa Park, making it an exceptional choice for those who prefer celebrating Memorial Day outdoors.
Location: House of Pacific Relations International Cottages. 2191 W Pan American Rd. San Diego, CA 92101
Dates: May 26, 2019, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Price: Free to attend, charge for food.
Sail San Diego Bay on Memorial Day!
If what you’re looking for is an opportunity to enjoy the ocean then San Diego is the right place to do it.
There are numerous tour companies that will sail you around San Diego Bay through the day, giving you a stunning view of the city and its beautiful surroundings.
If San Diego Bay isn’t your ideal destination, you can always get in your rented van and drive to Mission Bay, Ocean Beach, La Jolla, Del Mar and other nearby destinations with beautiful seaside attractions and even more sailing offerings.
Sesame Street Party Parade
If you’re visiting San Diego, there’s a good chance a visit to SeaWorld is already on your plans, but if it’s not, you may want to consider adding it because from May 25 through September 1, your children will be able to enjoy one of the most colorful parades on earth.
This weekend-only parade brings your Sesame Street favorites to life and will give children and adults alike something to remember for the years to come.
If you’re visiting San Diego with children, this visit is a must.
Location: SeaWorld Sann Diego 500 SeaWorld Dr. San Diego, CA 92109
Dates: May 25 – Sept 1,10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Price: Included with park admission
Make sure to check SeaWorld’s website before your visit, as the parade’s times can change depending on conditions.
Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival.
If you’re traveling with a group of friends, then hop on your van and drive to Santee because this is a delicious event that mixes food, beer, music and more!
With over 300 food and craft beer vendors, carnival rides, local entertainment and a special memorial exhibit dedicated to Fallen Soldiers of the War on Terror, this event isn’t one you want to miss.
Rest assured that while “Craft Beer” is right there in the title, this is a family-friendly event and your children will be able not only to attend but to enjoy the food, the local art exhibits, and an inflatable zone.
Location: Riverview parkway and Town Center. Santee, CA 92071
Dates: May 25, 2019, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Price: Free for the street fair, $15-$25 for the Craft Beer Festival.
Please keep in mind that children aren’t allowed in the Beer Festival, just the Street Fair.