Weekend warriors will enjoy the varied event lineup in San Diego this weekend.
Thursday, May 21
San Diego Surf Film Festival
6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sherwood Auditorium at MCASD La Jolla
Groms, salties and everyone in between will enjoy the annual San Diego Surf Film Festival happening May 20-23. The event will highlight more than 20 international films, with dozens of filmmakers and producers in attendance. Also on deck: an amazing surf art gallery, live music and surf legends. Opening Night on Thursday includes a Green Flash Brewing Co. Happy Hour and special tribute to longtime surf cameraman Sonny Miller. Tickets range between $5, $15 and $20, depending on which session you want to take in.
Friday, May 22
105th Annual Festa do Espirito Santo
6 p.m.,United Portuguese S.E.S.; 2818 Avenida De Portugal, Point Loma
This free event honors Portuguese culture and tradition and is a very old ethnic religious celebration dating back to the time when the first families settled here in 1884. The event was first formally organized in 1910. This events runs through Saturday and Sunday too.
7:30 p.m., SDSU Open Air Theatre
It’s hard to say no to Paramore – they “just feel so good.” The Tennessee-spun group pack the SDSU Open Air Theatre with pop anthems spiked and emo instinct as Hayley Williams, Taylor York and Jeremy Davis spool bouncy hits like gold.
8 p.m., Observatory North Park
Yes, the iconic ’80s punk outfit X play San Diego regularly, and it’s always amazing. But what’s killer about this show in particular is that Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake are playing their seminal debut record, “Los Angeles,” in its entirety. It’s an experience. Add on front-to-back play of “Wild Gift,” and you’re looking at an evening pumped with pure, poetic energy.
Saturday, May 23
2 p.m., Hotel La Jolla
Rum lovers, rejoice. Hotel La Jolla is hosting its 21+ Rum Fest, a sampling of more than a half-dozen premium brands including Bacardi, Malahat, Owney's, Papa's Pilar, Rhum Clement, Flor de Cana, Brugal, Mount Gay and Zaya. The rum party will be held poolside – the perfect ambiance for those rum-riddled tiki-themed cocktails. Tickets cost $10 per person.
Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival
10 a.m., Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway
More than 30,000 visitors flock to this Santee Street Fair each year, which includes live music, entertainment, a crafter row and an artist alley. Enjoy more than 300 different food and vendor booths throughout the day, including carnival rides and games for the entire family. Tickets range from $15 to $30 online.
Summer Kickoff Craft Beer Festival
1 p.m., Liberty Station
Kick off Memorial Day weekend right with a craft beer festival featuring all of your favorites! Spend an afternoon sampling all your favorite beers from San Diego's top craft breweries and great live entertainment. Food trucks and locak restaurants will also be in attendance. Tickets start at $50, but you can buy your discounted tickets through The Goods now for $30.
American Freedom Festival
7:30 p.m., USS Midway
Spend an evening celebrating our veterans and military families at the annual charity benefit event. The event raises money for local San Diego military charitable organizations and features Grammy Award-winning artist Wynonna and The Big Noise. Enter to win free tickets for the event on NBC 7's Facebook page by clicking here.
Sunday, May 24
Lebanese Food Festival
11 a.m., St. Ephrem Maronite Catholic Church in El Cajon (starts Friday, May 22)
Celebrate Lebanese culture at the 12th Annual Lebanese Festival with evenings of live music, dancing, folklore performances and a variety of booths. Try cultural specialities, including beer and wine at a beer and wine garden, as well as carnival rides and cooking demonstrations. Entrance fee is $2.
Annual Vista Strawberry Festival
6:30 a.m., Downtown Vista
Did you know San Diego County was once the Strawberry Capital of the World? That's some what you'll learn at this annual festival, celebrating all things strawberry. More than 90,000 attendees came out to this festival last year - and more may be heading to this festival this year. Enjoy live entertainment, contests and yummy food.
The Rolling Stones
7 p.m., Petco Park
The Stones, man. They’re kicking off their 15-city Zip Code tour in America’s Finest City at Petco Park. Officially, tickets have been sold out for a while now, but you kind of need to know that the Rolling Stones are playing this weekend. Plus, unofficially, there are still tons of seats available through certain ticket resale sites. It’s just a matter of how much you’re willing to spend to paint it black.