Thursday | 4
Art of the Ancients
In the first of the series “30,000 Years of Art History in Four Nights,” art professor Robin Douglas will cover the ritual, reverence, and relevance of prehistoric, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art. See how they influenced each other and morphed and merged into cultures that still intrigue today.
Let the Wookiee Win
Geeks Who Drink returns to a galaxy far, far away for a third iteration of Let the Wookiee Win: A Star Wars Quiz. A ton of Bothans died to bring you this. The questions will cover the five, good theatrical Star Wars films. That means a healthy dose of Episodes IV through VII and Rogue One plus a smattering of Extended Universe references to separate the contenders from the pretenders. Study up like a padawan: they may never say out loud the names of those bounty hunters Vader sends after the Millennium Falcon, but it’s fair game. Dust off those LaserDiscs, consult your Wookieepedia, and start recruiting. Teams are limited to six players; $5 admission for each player.
Saturday | 6
Fiesta Old Town
The 34th Annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo transforms the Old Town area into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border. This weekend celebration attracts over 100,000 people over the course of three days with a bustling mercado, a huge display of lowriders and other autos, lucha libre wrestling matches, a petting zoo and pony rides, roving performers, a Ballet Folklorico competition, and non-stop music on three stages with over 40 bands playing Latin rock, norteño, banda sinaloense, conjunto jarocho, and mariachi. Proceeds benefit the Historic Old Town Community Foundation. Also on Sunday.
- Saturday, May 6, 2017, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Vista Village Drive at Highway 78,
Rhythm and Brews
The San Diego Brewers Guild’s annual music and craft-beer festival celebrates San Diego’s brewing culture with 100 beers from over 50 of our county’s award-winning breweries along with local food trucks and music by San Diego’s own P.O.D., the Tighten Ups, and Ashley Hollander. Designated driver $15; general admission $45.
This traveling celebration of the Holi Festival of Colors “invites guests to celebrate the simple, joyful aspects of life.” Activities include live music and DJs, top-of-the-hour color throws, interactive dance, yoga, hugs, crafts, and a range of ethnic vegetarian dishes. Fourth-annual event. Children 12 and under free. P.S. You don’t want to breath this stuff in, don’t get it in your eyes (don’t even think about wearing contact lenses), and the colors are flammable, so even after the event avoid open lights, flames, smoking materials, and hot coals. Enjoy the love!
- Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Del Mar Fairgrounds,
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard,
We’ll let the promoter take this one: “A gathering of like-minded enthusiasts who are drawn by an authentic love for riding waves and the crafts that move us along those waves. It’s a shred show: top shapers, top boards, top manufacturing processes. Cutting-edge stuff. Hard goods are featured, and hardcore surfers show up and geek out. Everything and anything that rides waves or helps us to ride waves; i.e., fins, wetsuits, wax, grip, skateboards, training devices, board shorts, and accessories.” Head to the exhibition hall. $10; $16 for both days.
Sunday | 7
Gourds and Baskets
The Misti Washington Gourd and Basket Guild presents its 13th-annual event. Throughout the weekend, 30 classes will offer students of all abilities the opportunity to show off and develop their basket-weaving and decorative gourd skills. Artisans and vendors will have their creations on display, and 16 instructors from around the country will offer classes. Misti Washington is a nationally known basket-maker, gourd artist, teacher, and author who lived in Solana Beach.
Jewish Food Festival
This sixth-annual event includes a New York deli, a kosher grill, a wine & beer garden, music by the Simchat Shabbat Band, and demonstrations by area chefs, including Deborah Scott. Food includes “the delights of Israel, the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, New York, Chicago, or wherever you and yours call ‘The Old Country’” — meaning latkes and blintzes, kugel and knishes, chopped liver, falafel, rugelach, and strudel. The kids can stay busy with arts-and-craft projects and a bouncy house.
Samantha Lee of SUP Pups says that in a one-hour lesson she can get you from never having been on a stand-up paddleboard to paddling confidently with your dog. $55 includes dog treats and GoPro photos of your day.