May 9, 2024 - Things to Do

San Diego weekend events: Wonderfront, Padres-Dodgers and Gator by the Bay

Wonderfront DJ tent

Wonderfront's dance club tent. Photo: Courtesy of Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival

If you're headed to the Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival this weekend, check out our insider guide (including free events open to the public).

If not, here are some other options:

Friday

San Diego Padres

Stand for good against evil as the Los Angeles Dodgers come to town for a three-game series.

  • When and where: 6:40pm Friday, 5:40pm Saturday and 1:10pm Sunday at Petco Park.
  • Cost: $49+

🦐Gator by the Bay

Enjoy the annual three-day bash with more than 100 acts playing zydeco, blues, rockabilly and New Orleans jazz on seven waterfront stages.

  • When and where: Friday 4-10:30pm, Saturday 11am-8pm and Sunday 11am-7pm at Spanish Landing Park.
  • Cost: $50+

🌸Carlsbad Flower Fields

It's the final weekend to stop and smell the ranunculus flowers at the 55-acre farm that's a spring tradition.

🎺 Mariachi Sol De Mexico

Enjoy one of mariachi great José Hernández's two touring acts.

  • When and where: 8pm at Sycuan Casino Resort.
  • Cost: $39+

Saturday

🧘🏼‍♀️Mamaste yoga

Relax at a free yoga class and then socialize over coffee with other moms while your kids make Mother's Day cards.

🎡 Fiesta de Los Peñasquitos

Take in the annual street festival for Rancho Peñasquitos with live music, food and craft vendors and carnival rides.

  • When and where: Noon-5pm, between Black Mountain Road and Twin Tails Drive
  • Cost: Free

🪩 Epic Fest

Dance to house DJs including headliner Pretty Pink in the middle of downtown.

  • When and where: 4-9pm at Quartyard
  • Cost: $35

🍷 Coronado Art and Wine Festival

Taste wine at a street festival with more than 80 artists displaying their work.

  • When and where: Noon-5pm along 10th Street and C Avenue on Coronado
  • Cost: The festival is free, but wine tasting is $50.

🎸 Live from Laurel Canyon

Relive the days of the "LA Sound" — a tribute act to the era of the Mamas and the Papas, Linda Rondstadt, Jackson Browne and Joni Mitchell.

  • When and where: 7:30pm at Balboa Theatre
  • Cost: $26

Sunday

🪶 Balboa Park Pow Wow

Celebrate 45 years of service from the San Diego American Indian Health Center with traditional crafts, performances, dances and music.

  • When and where: 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday at Park Boulevard and Presidents Way in Balboa Park
  • Cost: Free

🌊 San Diego Wave

Root on the Wave against defending NWSL champions Gotham FC during AAPI heritage night.

  • When and where: 4:30pm at Snapdragon Stadium
  • Cost: $15+

🎶 Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

See the Tennessee-based songwriter play some high-energy, foot-stomping Americana.

  • When and where: 8pm at Belly Up Tavern
  • Cost: $25+
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