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Best events in San Diego through May 15
Through Sunday, May 12
GATOR BY THE BAY 2013
Twelfth annual zydeco and Cajun festival showcases over 60 bands, artists, performers, food, dance, and “8000 pounds of crawfish straight from Louisiana.” Also on tap: authentic Creole food, dancing and dance lessons, costumed New Orleans–style parades daily, and kids’ activities. $25–$30.
WHEN: gates open at 3:30 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday
WHERE: Spanish Landing Park, 4077 North Harbor Drive. 619-234-8612; gatorbythebay.com
Saturday | 11
SPRING ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR
This 36th annual event features over 125 artisans and crafters, wine tasting and reserve barrel tasting, food court, and live music. Free parking and shuttle.
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Bernardo Winery, 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte, Rancho Bernardo. 858-487-1866; bernardowinery.com
Sunday | 12
MOTHER’S DAY 5K
The 5K race begins at 8:30 a.m., and Lil’ Tykes 100M dash begins at 9:30 a.m. Sponsored by Mission Valley Sunset Rotary and benefitting San Diego Rescue Mission. $0–$35.
WHEN: 7:00 a.m. (check-in)
WHERE: DeAnza Cove, 3000 East Mission Bay Drive, Pacific Beach. 619-269-7047; sandyfeetevents.com/mothers-day-5k
Monday | 13
THE BASICS OF CANNING
Executive chef Arleen Lloyd teaches participants the proper way to prepare and can the bounty of local farms. Bring an apron, closed-toe shoes, chef’s knife, and three dish towels. Pre-registration required. Ages 18 and up. $65.
WHEN: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Alchemy of the Hearth, 960 Rancheros Drive, Suite L, San Marcos. 760-233-2433; alchemyofthehearth.com
Tuesday | 14
FILM FORUM: FOREIGN LETTERS
Young Ellie, newly arrived to the U.S. from Israel, anxiously awaits letters from her best friend at home. Suffering from home sickness, language difficulties, and rejection at school, life brightens when she meets Thuy, a young Vietnamese refugee. Together, the girls teach each other the healing power of friendship. A Film Movement presentation in English, Hebrew, and Vietnamese with English subtitles.
WHEN: 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Point Loma Library, 3701 Voltaire Street, Point Loma. 619-532-1539.
Wednesday | 15
TEEN ART CAFÉ AT THE MUSEUM
Teen artists are invited to celebrate Young Art 2013: The Story of Me, the museum’s biennial exhibition of K–12 student artwork from San Diego County Schools. Activities include art projects that explore the subject of individual identity in the form of portraits, art journals, collage, and more; the viewing of the onsite mural project led by artists from Writerz Blok of San Diego; and an after-hours visit to the Young Art 2013 galleries. Light refreshments will be served.
WHEN: 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619-232-7931; sdmart.org