Three-day weekend! Woo-hoo!
Of course, that’s not all it is, as numerous ceremonies throughout San Diego demonstrate. The long weekend isn’t just for beach trips and picnics, but also to honor and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifices for their country.
We can guide you to opportunities to salute the fallen in Coronado and beyond on Memorial Day. What else is happening? Art and theater openings and a bevy of high school playoffs on Saturday.
- Where/when: Midway Museum, 910 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, 9 a.m. Saturday.
- Why go: The museum hosts several events in conjunction with Memorial Day, including the laying of a remembrance wreath Saturday, followed by an evening concert with ’80s pop star Kenny Loggins, whose hit “Danger Zone” was featured in Top Gun. Activities continue through Wednesday.
- Price: Mostly free, but concert tickets start at $69.
- Where/when: Star Park, Star Park Circle and Park Place, 10 a.m. Monday.
- Why go: Lt. Cmdr. Scott Adams of the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps will speak, along with Sgt. Maj. John Clampitt of Coronado.
- Price: Free.
- Where/when: Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Cabrillo Memorial Drive and McClelland Road, San Diego, 10 a.m. Monday.
- Why go: Rear Adm. William Douglas French, commander of Navy Region Southwest, will offer the keynote address. The ceremony will include prayers, historical readings and music by the Navy Band Southwest.
- Price: Free.
CLOSE TO HOME
- Where/when: Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 8 p.m. Friday.
- Why go: The theater presents the musical favorite The Music Man. Previews continue through June 2. The official run is from June 3 to July 24.
- Price: $26-$52, with discounts in previews.
- Where/when: Spreckels Park, 601 Orange Ave., Coronado, 6 p.m. Sunday.
- Why go: The city’s summer concert series includes weekly Sunday performances, with extra celebrations July 4 and Labor Day. The season opens with the Coronado Community Concert Band.
- Price: Free.
BEST BETS, A LITTLE FARTHER OUT
QUOTABLE LINES OR A CHORUS LINE
- Where/when: Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, Friday, and The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, Sunday.
- Why go: Enjoy one modern and three throwback classics. A Chorus Line, which follows a group of Broadway hopefuls as they audition, begins at the Lyceum. Take in Will al fresco as the Old Globe opens its new season of the Shakespeare Festival with a rotating schedule of three productions. Through Sept. 25.
- Price: $30-$60 for A Chorus Line; $29-$85 for Shakespeare.
- Where/when: Maritime Museum, 1492 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, 9 a.m. Saturday.
- Why go: See the work of famous impressionist Paul Gauguin, whose art was inspired by the time he spent in the South Pacific. The museum opens the exhibit “Cook, Melville and Gauguin: Three Voyages to Paradise,” which also features collections from Capt. James Cook and writer Herman Melville. Continues through Jan. 1.
- Price: $10, plus regular museum admission of $7-$12.