Credit: Kambria Fischer
Credit: Kambria Fischer

6 Ways to Make the Most of Memorial Day Weekend in San Diego

From Rooftop Movies to Bonfires on the Bay, Here’s How to Take Advantage of a Day Off!

This long-awaited three-day weekend couldn’t come any faster! Memorial Day is on Monday, May 30, which also marks the unofficial start of summer. And there’s no better time to get out there and explore everything San Diego has to offer! With near-perfect weather and so many things to do, it can be hard to pick just one activity, so here are six ideas for you to make this long weekend one to remember. Grab your sunnies, sunscreen and flip-flops—let’s make these three days count with a stacked agenda! Memorial Day Weekend


Chill and Grill at Home

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Nothing says Memorial Day more than a classic backyard barbecue, and Ranch 45 in Solana Beach is making it easy with their signature grill kits. They’ve got four different kits, featuring Brandt Beef, for you to choose from, depending on your party size and barbecue needs. For a classic tailgate party cookout, their BBQ Box comes with enough hot dogs, hamburger patties and jalapeno relish to feed eight. For a barbecue your guests will never forget, the Ultimate Grill Box feeds six with rib eye, New York strip and flat iron steaks along with Maldon sea salt. If it’s breakfast you’re serving up, opt for the Ranch Breakfast Box, which comes with one package of Brandt Cowboy Bacon, one pound of housemade chorizo and six Eben-Haezer eggs!

Location: Solana Beach

Memorial Day Weekend

Relax and Unwind at the Lake

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There’s no better time to get away than over a long weekend! Whether you’re looking to vacation with the whole family or spend a romantic weekend away, Lakehouse Hotel and Golf Resort in San Marcos has the perfect setup for you. If you’re bringing little ones, Lakehouse’s Adventure Suite is complete with a children’s bunk bed, tent and dining table. Your kids will never want to leave! The property is situated right on the marina and has pontoon boats for rent, which are perfect if you’re looking to get out on the water.

Location: Lake San Marcos


Take the Kids to Seaport Village

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No place screams summer fun quite like Seaport Village. This harborside hub is situated right on the edge of San Diego Bay and has dozens of novelty stores and restaurants to explore. Start off at the historic carousel, then make your way to Del Sol, where you’ll find clothing and accessories that burst into vibrant colors when exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays! The kiddos are sure to get a kick out of it. Don’t forget to visit the Seaport Fudge Factory for classics like frozen bananas and caramel apples. You also can’t skip their homemade fudge!

Location: Downtown San Diego

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Catch a Flick Under the Stars

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Rooftop Cinema Club takes movie-watching to new heights–literally. With a location up on the rooftop of the Manchester Grand Hyatt, this outdoor theater is the perfect place to enjoy some fresh air and a flick this Memorial Day weekend. Watch fan-favorite films with the San Diego skyline as a backdrop, as you cozy up on Adirondack-style loveseats and snack on popcorn and candy from their concession stands. Rooftop Cinema Club plays different films every day, from older classics to new releases, so be sure to check out their schedule beforehand!

Location: Downtown San Diego


Spend a Day at Balboa Park

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This historic park is perhaps best known for its iconic lily pond, but it’s also home to attractions like the Japanese Friendship Garden, the San Diego Zoo, the California Tower and so much more. Balboa Park is the intersection of where art, culture, nature and science collide, so what better time to soak it all in than this holiday weekend? Even if you’ve been before, the park is so expansive that there’s always something new to see! Pro tip: for the best shot of the California Tower, head over to Alcazar Garden!  

Location: Balboa Park

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Bonfire on Mission Bay

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Mission Bay Park is an ideal spot to have a nighttime bonfire, especially during the summer when the fireworks at SeaWorld go off. And Beach Fire Guy takes the hassle out of it with a variety of bonfire packages. The Tiki S’mores Party will get you a fire pit, two tiki torches, s’mores and enough wood for three hours of burn time! Not only that, but Beach Fire Guy also delivers and will help with cleanup and proper ash disposal, so you and your friends can just show up and have a great time.

Location: Mission Bay

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​Currently based in San Diego, ​Kambria Fischer is a lifestyle photo​grapher known for her impactful​, authentic​ ​imagery​ of lifestyle brands, food, ​people and travel.​​ ​​She holds a ​BA in Journalism​ and Public Relations​​ from CSULB and has an accomplished professional background in the hospitality and tourism industries. You can find Kambria hiking or playing beach volleyball on the weekends and eating tacos almost any night of the week.
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