Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – February 18-23, 2014

Surfboards - California Surf Museum

Four-day work week means the weekend is just around the corner! So when you stop by San Diego to warm up, take some time, enjoy everything the city has to offer, including these top things to do:

Museum Month

Surfboards - California Surf Museum

Learn the history of surfing during Museum Month at the California Surf Museum

Have you wandered through the flora of the San Diego Botanic Garden? Or felt the chill of something other-worldly at the Whaley House Museum? If you haven’t, then you need to take advantage Museum Month by exploring one of the 44 museums throughout San Diego county offering half-off admission!

When: Through February 28, 2014
> Find out more about San Diego Museum Month

Culture & Cocktails – South Asian Art

San Diego Museum of Art - Culture & Cocktails

The art jumps off the walls during the San Diego Museum of Art’s Culture & Cocktails

From Mughal courts to Mumbai, experience the vivid sights, sounds, colors and culture of South Asia during a Culture & Cocktails event celebrating the museum’s world-renowned Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Indian miniature painting. The gallery will be full of excitement with a Bollywood performance, henna body art, photo booth, cocktails, multi-color candy booth, music and more.

Where: San Diego Museum of Art – 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: February 20, 2014
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $20
> Find out more about Culture & Cocktails – South Asian Art

San Diego Winter Brew Fest

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Sample delicious craft beer from close to 40 breweries from California and beyond. All the while, enjoy live music, mouth-watering food and more. The Winter Brew Fest supports Outdoor Outreach and the San Diego Mountain Bike Association.

Where: San Diego Hall of Champions – 2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
When: February 22, 2014
Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $10-$60
> Find out more about the San Diego Winter Brew Fest

Marilyn Monroe Marathon

Marilyn Monroe Marathon

Spend the day with one of films most beloved leading ladies. Journey through a selection of her best films including NiagraGentlemen Prefer Blondes, Seven Year Itch, and The Misfits. And while those are all classics, you don’t want to miss the best of the bunch, Some Like it Hot, with its picturesque scenes at the Hotel del Coronado.

Where: North Park Theatre – 2891 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104
When: February 22, 2014
Time: 12:00 to 11:00 PM
Cost: $10 per show. $25 all-day pass
> Find out more about the Marilyn Monroe Marathon

The Chieftains – Irish Spectacular!

The Chieftains - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Ireland’s premier musical ambassadors, The Chieftains, bring the Emerald Isles to San Diego

If I can find a sitter, I will be singing (badly) The Long Journey Home along with the six-time Grammy® Award-winners and “Ireland’s premier musical ambassadors” The Chieftains. In addition to featuring songs from The Chieftains recent critically acclaimed albums, the band will perform songs from throughout their 50+ year history, as well as some not heard live in well over a decade!

Where: 1245 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: February 23, 2014
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $20-$85
> Find out more about The Chieftains – Irish Spectacular

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

> Browse the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend in San Diego? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Chelsea

5 Must-do Family Adventures in Balboa Park

Spreckels Organ Pavillion

Perched high up on my father’s shoulders back when I was four years old, I remember the excitement of walking around Balboa Park. With so much to see from performing artists to the lily pond in front of the Botanical Building, even picnicking on the grass was a delight all of its own. Now that I am a mom of five, I continue to treasure the beautiful scenery, the iconic Cabrillo Bridge east/west entrance, gardens and so much more. And that’s before ever stepping foot inside one of the many museums and attractions! Over the past few decades (yes, I’m aging myself), I’ve also narrowed down some favorite spots that are frosting on the cake of family adventure.

Here are five must-do family activities in Balboa Park:

1. Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre on Balboa Park

Escape into the world of fairy tales and adventure with marionettes at the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre

Truth be told, I didn’t find out about this delightful show for the whole family that features marionettes, hand, rod, and shadow puppets, until one of my kids was invited to a birthday party there a few years back! With two shows daily Wednesday-Friday and three on weekends, be sure to pop in for some entertainment for all ages!

> Find out more about Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater

2. Balboa Park Miniature Railroad

Balboa Park Miniature Railroad

All aboard the Balboa Park Miniature Railroad’s G16 – now a rare antique with as few as fifty currently remaining

Located just outside of the zoo, I used to always beg my mom to let us ride on this train! Now, I beg my kids to let me go on…kidding…kind of! The 3-minute ride around the tracks is a must and don’t miss a ride on the classic 1910 carousel, too!

> Find out more about the Balboa Park Miniature Railroad

3. San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

It’s the model of miniature railroad museums

And speaking of locomotives, this is another gem I learned about when invited to a birthday party here: the train museum! Watch as the mini-trains travel through large layouts, with four set-ups choo-chooing along at once in a 28,000 square foot space!

> Find out more about the San Diego Model Railroad Museum

4. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Gravity Well - Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Hands on fun for all ages can be found at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

It’s hard to narrow down the must-see museums, but if you are short on time and could only choose one, this would be it! A definite field trip favorite when I was in elementary school, it’s a treat to see my kids enjoy the hands on exhibits all the while learning. And if you have the time, be sure to catch the IMAX theater located in a giant dome that makes you feel like you are in the movie! An absolutely incredible experience, it’s also great for a date night for parents if you can squeeze one in.

> Find out more about the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

5. Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Spreckels Organ Pavillion

Sunshine, plenty of seating and good music make the Spreckels Organ Pavilion perfect for a family afternoon

One of the world’s largest outdoor pipe organs (no, really!), this is a must-see (or is that hear?). Be sure to check the schedule but shows are generally on Sundays and a great place to rest after enjoying all the above attractions.

> Find out more about the Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Truly, there is so much to do and see in Balboa Park it was hard to narrow down my top picks. With activities the family can enjoy together, be sure to park (ahem) your family here!

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – February 13-16, 2014

Couple Walking on a San Diego Beach

Whether you”re looking for a romantic escape with that special someone or just a relaxing weekend, San Diego has something for you including these top things to do:

Valentine”s Day

Couple Walking on a San Diego Beach

Do you like long walks on a San Diego beach?

Avoid <a title=”Valentine”s Day Commercial” href=”http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/valentines-day-commercial/n45814″ target=”_blank”>resorting to this and spend a romantic weekend with that special someone enjoying everything San Diego has to offer.

> Browse Valentine”s Day Hotel Packages and Events

KuumbaFest

KuumbaFest - Top Things to Do in San Diego

KuumbaFest is San Diego”s longest running and premier celebration of African-American expression, culture, and heritage

The three-day festival will include traditional African art and pageantry, drama, educational workshops, community leadership awards, an African marketplace, a health fair, Hip Hop Showcase, tribute to the famed Apollo Theatre “Live at the Lyceum,” a Gospel Concert, and powerful guest speakers and artists.

Where: San Diego Repertory Theatre – 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
When: February 14-16, 2013
Cost: Price varies by event. All Festival Package Deal – $50
> Find out more about KuumbaFest

Art After Dark: Vintage Pop

Oceanside Museum of Art - Art After Dark

This (un)Valentine”s day avant-garde party will celebrate the very best of vintage pop culture, music and art. Guests will delight in the contemporary pop-inspired artwork of Jean Wells, on view in best online casino the exhibition,Icons of Desire, while swooning to the finest tunes of the 50s through 80s. This creative art party will be filled with plenty of activities to overload your senses. Enjoy live music, interactive art, performances, food, drinks and more!

Where: Oceanside Museum of Art – 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92054
When: February 14, 2014
Time: 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $10-$20
> Find out more about Art After Dark: Vintage Pop

California Open Wildlife Art Festival

California Open Wildlife Art Festival

See top carvers, wildlife artists and art lovers from all over the United States, Canada, Russia and Japan

Pacific Southwest Wildlife Arts, is proud to present the “California Open Wildlife Art Festival.” The exhibition and competition attracts top carvers, wildlife artists and art lovers from all over the United States, Canada, Russia and Japan.

Where: 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA 92106
When: February 15-16, 2014
Time: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $5
> Find out more about the California Open Wildlife Art Festival

San Diego Opera Presents The Elixir of Love

San Diego Opera Presents The Elixir of Love

This delightful comedy, from the composer of last season”s The Daughter of the Regiment, overflows with melody and famous arias including the heartbreaking “Una furtiva lagrima,” a favorite of tenors and audiences. With a lovesick peasant, a beautiful rich woman, a handsome Sergeant, and a quack Doctor you have the very definition of a romantic comedy, one that Hollywood could never rival and with far more satisfactory results.

Where: 1100 3rd Ave., San Diego, CA 92104
When: February 15-23, 2014
Cost: $35-$225
> Find out more about San Diego Opera Presents The Elixir of Love

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

> Browse the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend in San Diego? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – February 6-9, 2014

Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Spend the weekend in San Diego? Yes please! In addition to whale watching and San Diego Museum Month, spend the next few days enjoying these top things to do:

San Diego Jewish Film Festival

San Diego Jewish Film Festival 2014

The San Diego Jewish Film Festival offers outstanding world cinema that promotes awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people to attendees of the community at large. Festival programs aim to educate and illuminate through evocative, independent fiction and documentary films that portray the Jewish experience from current to historic global perspectives.

When: February 6-16, 2014
Cost: $33-$210
> Find out more about the San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Viewing Party

USS Midway Museum at Night

Catch the Olympic excitement aboard the USS Midway Museum

Watch the Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony from Sochi, Live Aboard the USS Midway! Activities include an “Olympic Winter Wonderland” with real snow, meet and greet with Olympic and Paralympic athletes, Russian inspired cocktails for those over 21, large screens to watch the ceremony and more.

Where: USS Midway Museum – 910 Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: February 7, 2014
Time: 6:30 to 9:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Viewing Party

Padres Fan Fest

San Diego Padres Fan Fest

It’s all about the supporters at the Padres’ Fan Fest. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Padres

Baseball is almost back and the only way to get ready is by going to Petco Park for Padres FanFest. The days activities include fan forums, autograph sessions, run the bases, catch pop flys in centerfield, pitch in the bullpen, military/first responders zone, KidsFest, clubhouse tours, baseball clinics and more.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: February 8, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about Padres Fan Fest

Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair

Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Join in the New Year of the Horse celebration at the Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair

This is a free two-day event fun-packed with various cultural performance including lion dancers, martial arts demonstrations and acrobatics, children’s crafts, lantern parade and a wide variety of Chinese and Asian food booths.

Where: San Diego Chinese Historical Society & Museum –  404 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: February 8-9, 2014
Time: 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair

Escondido Chocolate Festival

For the Love of Chocolate - Escondido Chocolate Festival 2014

Ready to enter a world full of chocolate treats and other delectable goodies? Indulge in the sweetest mix of chocolate and unique art at Escondido’s Chocolate Festival. Treat yourself or your honey to a romantic horse and carriage ride and sample some of the finest ware from local and international chocolatiers, jewelry designers and other vendors.

Where: W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025
When: February 8, 2014
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $20-$35. Sweet Street Festival Market – Free
> Find out more about the Escondido Chocolate Festival

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

> Browse the San Diego Event Calendar

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Brent Bernasconi

Don’t Miss These Exciting Exhibitions at San Diego Museums

The Star of India at Sunset - Pamela Ingwers

What?! Spend time in San Diego indoors? Yes! Take some time to visit these amazing exhibitions at museums throughout the county and you just might forget about the beach.

During San Diego Museum Month in February, you can use the half-off admission offer to explore some of these exciting exhibitions.

Please Note: Some special exhibitions may require an additional entrance fee. Also, this is not a complete list of exhibitions by any means! There are plenty more to see.

Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship

Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship - San Diego Natural History Museum

Real Pirates tells the true story of the Whydah – a real pirate ship that sank off the coast of Cape Cod nearly 300 years ago – and showcases treasure chests of coins and gold, jewelry, weaponry such as cannons, pistols, and knives and a replica of the actual ship that visitors can board.

Where: San Diego Natural History Museum – 1788 El Prado Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Opens February 8, 2014
> Find out more about Real Pirates

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Weirder and Wackier Than Ever

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One of San Diego’s most popular exhibit, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! returns to the San Diego Air & Space Museum weirder and wackier than ever. The exhibit has been updated with new amazing oddities and additional kid-friendly activities while keeping the fan-favorites.

Where: San Diego Air & Space Museum – 2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Through December 2014
> Find out more about Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World

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Experience the science, sound, history and cultural impact of the guitar in an exhibition that contains more than 60 instruments – ranging from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative – along with engaging, entertaining and educational displays specific to the guitar, including historical artifacts, models, posters, video screens, interactives and kiosks.

Where: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center – 1875 El Prado Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Through April 6, 2014
> Find out more about Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World

Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities

Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities

Empowering Women explores the work of ten female enterprises in ten countries by providing an intimate look at the compelling personal stories of these women and the exquisite traditional art works that they create. Discover how these women work together to create folk art in order to provide income for their families, preserve their cultural heritage, improve education, and influence major changes that lift up themselves and their communities.

Where: San Diego Museum of Man – 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Through August 17, 2014
> Find out more about Empowering Women

SIN DIEGO

SIN DIEGO: The Stingaree's Transformation from Vice to Nice

SIN DIEGO: The Stingaree’s Transformation from Vice to Nice showcases the development, and eventual “clean up” of San Diego’s infamous redlight district. During its heyday around the turn of the 20th Century, the Stingaree boasted 71 saloons, 120 bawdy houses, opium dens, and gambling establishments.

Where: San Diego History Center – 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
When: April 1 – October 31, 2014
> Find out more about SIN DIEGO

Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection

Jari WERC Alvarez 2008 - Cheech Marin Collection

Jari WERC Alvarez 2008 – Cheech Marin Collection

Each of the works in the exhibition takes the format of approximately 16 inches square or smaller and depicts subjects of a personal nature – familiar  landscapes, notions of cultural heritage, familial relationships, and social community. In Chicanitas, Marin has drawn together a rich variety of works that express the complex texture of Chicano experience.

Where: MCASD Downtown – 1001 Kettner Blvd at Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Through March 3, 2014
> Find out more about Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection

Artist in Residence – Jarmo Mäkilä

Jarmo Mäkilä - Zauberkreis, 2012

Jarmo Mäkilä – Zauberkreis, 2012

The large-scale autographical paintings of Jarmo Mäkilä reflect personal childhood memories and the mythology of his native Finland. Ritualistic scenes of boys playing cruel games are a favorite subject.

Where: Lux Art Institute – 1550 South El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: March 20 – May 24, 2014
> Find out more about Artist in Residence – Jarmo Mäkilä

The Banjo: A New Day for an Old Instrument

How did the banjo emerge from the plains of West Africa to plantations in the American South? How did it survive the disturbing years of minstrelsy and eventually thrive under the bright lights of country, folk and bluegrass? And finally how did the instrument break from its traditional roots to influence nearly every genre of American popular music, from jazz to rock, from funk to punk?

Where: Museum of Making Music – 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: Opening March 2014

Maritime Impressions

The Star of India at Sunset - Pamela Ingwers

The Star of India at Sunset – Pamela Ingwers

Take a tour of San Diego County’s thriving marine scene, and see it through the eyes of an artist! The artists of the Plein Air Painters Association of San Diego (PAPASAN) exhibit 35 impressionistic, contemporary paintings which document the rich beauty of San Diego’s maritime subjects.

Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego – 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Opens April 12, 2014
> Find out more about Maritime Impressions

> Discover and Learn More at San Diego Museums

Know of any other great exhibition(s) opening soon at a museum in San Diego? Let us and others know in the comments below.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 29 – February 2, 2014

John Isner at the Davis Cup

It’s not to late to sneak in a quick trip to San Diego this weekend and enjoy these top things to do:

San Diego Museum Month

San Diego Museum Month: Half of Admission to 44 Museums

Presented by Macy’s, San Diego Museum Month participants enjoy half-off entry fees at 44 San Diego Museum Council membership museums. The savings encourages everyone to explore a variety of arts, culture and science-oriented destinations. From Oceanside Museum of Art down to the Tijuana Estuary, there are ample opportunities for edutainment, creating memories and fun for the whole family.

> San Diego Museum Month: Half-Off at 40+ Museums

When: February 1-28, 2014
> Find out more about San Diego Museum Month

Davis Cup

John Isner at the Davis Cup

John Isner will be one of the US Davis Cup team members playing for a win in San Diego

USA will play host to Great Britain at Petco Park in a rematch of the first-ever Davis Cup tie, which took place at the Longwood Cricket Club in Boston back in 1900. Times have changed since then, however, and British No. 1 Andy Murray, who won all three points for Team GB in its World Group play-off against Croatia last September, will be favorite to win both his singles rubbers.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 31 – February 2, 2014
Cost: Three-day passes – $140-$500
> Find out more about the Davis Cup

San Diego Black Film Festival

San Diego Black Film Festival

The San Diego Black Film Festival shines the spotlight on African-American and African diaspora films. Several films from last year have gone on to win additional awards at other film festivals.

Where: The Reading Theatre – 701 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 30 – February 2, 2014
Cost: Varies by event
> Find out more about the San Diego Black Film Festival

San Diego Tết Festival

San Diego Tet Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Immerse yourself in the Vietnamese culture with food, music, dance and plenty of fun!

The San Diego Tết Festival promises fun for whole the family with such activities as carnival rides and games, authentic Vietnamese food, lion dancing and firecrackers. And entertainment programs, such as the Miss Vietnam of San Diego and a Cultural Village to immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture.

Where: Mira Mesa Community Park – 8575 New Salem Street, San Diego, CA 92126
When: January 31 – February 2, 2014
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the San Diego Tết Festival

San Diego Restaurant Week

George's at the Cove

150 Restaurants are taking part in the second week of San Diego Restaurant Week

San Diego Restaurant Week has been extended! Sample your way through 150 restaurants offering prix-fixe lunches and dinners during week 2.

When: Through January 31, 2014
Cost: $10-$45
> Find out more about San Diego Restaurant Week

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

> Browse the San Diego Event Calendar

Know of some other top things to do this weekend in San Diego? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Candice

San Diego Museum Month: Half-Off at 40+ Museums

san diego museum month 2014

san diego museum month 2014

Exploring San Diego’s museums, both big and small, is a great way to learn about the life, culture, history and art that makes up the city. But if you plan on visiting more than one or two, admission prices can really add up.

Fear not, budget-savvy museum lovers. San Diego Museum Month 2014 is right around the corner. From February 1-28, 2014, visitors can pick up a special Museum Month pass that provides half-off admission to 44 participating museums around San Diego.

With so many participating museums, it can be hard to choose which ones to visit. Fortunately, San Diego’s wealth of museums means that visitors from all walks of life are sure to find something one (or more) to love.

History and Heritage

maritime museum of san diego

The Star of India is one of the ships featured at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

The San Diego History Center showcases San Diego’s history with artifacts, costumes, art and one of the largest photograph collections in the western United States.

Famed architect Irving Gill designed the historic Craftsman period mansion, The Marston House, with an elegant English garden.

The Maritime Museum of San Diego in downtown San Diego along San Diego Bay offers one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including the famous Star of India – the world’s oldest active tall ship.

Artsy and Cool

lux art institute

The Lux Art Institute sits hillside in San Diego’s North County

The Museum of Photographic Arts presents photography from leaders like Ansel Adams, as well as cutting edge new artists. An intimate and elegant, state-of-the-art movie theater screens film classics and cult classics alike.

Set on a secluded hillside in a bright, modern structure that resembles a tiny Getty Center, the LUX Art Institute in Encinitas maintains an artist-in-residence program offering up-close opportunities to view international artists at work.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego displays modern masterpieces, including multi-media exhibits from world-renowned contemporary artists, in two locations, downtown San Diego and La Jolla.

Only in San Diego

USS Midway Museum

The USS Midway is an aircraft carrier turned museum.

The USS Midway Museum is a decommissioned aircraft carrier museum in downtown San Diego along San Diego Bay featuring aircraft displays and interactive exhibits honoring the U.S. military.

Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad features more than 450 musical instrument displays and interactive areas to listen to music, ranging from ragtime to rock ‘n’ roll.

California Surf Museum in Oceanside preserves the legacy of pioneering legends of the surfing world.

Museum Month passes are free and can be picked up at any San Diego area Macy’s store location (plus locations in Temecula and the Imperial Valley). Be sure to grab one early to make the most of your time in San Diego!

> Click here for a full list of San Diego Museum Month Participants

In the comments below, tell us which museum is your favorite and why…

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 21-26, 2014

Farmers Insurance Open - Final Round

Let”s hear it for the four-day work week! With only a few weekdays left, start making your plans to spend the weekend in San Diego enjoying everything the city has to offer, including these to things to do:

San Diego Restaurant Week

George

Taste the deliciousness known as the fish taco or try something new during San Diego Restaurant Week

It”s back! San Diego Restaurant Week is a great time to get out and explore San Diego”s culinary delights and save with prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus at restaurants throughout the county.

> 5 Reasons to Try San Diego Restaurant Week this January

When: Through January 24, 2014
Cost: $10-$45
> Find out more about San Diego Restaurant Week

Farmers Insurance Open

Farmers Insurance Open - Final Round

Tiger Woods returns to Torrey Pines to defend his title during the Farmers Insurance Open

The 2013 champion, Tiger Woods, will be among the prestigious PGA TOUR pros vying for the 2014 title. In addition to world-class golf, guests at the Farmers Insurance Open will have the opportunity to enjoy premium hospitality suites and attractions.

> Read our previous post: Farmers Insurance Open 2014 Comes to San Diego

Where: Torrey Pines Golf Course, 11480 North Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA 92037
When: January 23-26, 2014
Cost: $30-$200
> Find out more about the Farmers Insurance Open

Big Bay Whale Festival

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The Big Bay Whale Festival is a free, one-day family festival with a wide variety of interactive and hands-on displays to learn about California gray whale ecology and conservation. The festival will feature over 50 vendors providing giveaways, food and entertainment. Fun on-site activities for the kids will include a walk-through whale, a mini-train that the family can ride aboard, a bounce/obstacle course, free face painting, and a sea life coloring mural.

Where: Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier – 1000 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 25, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the Big Bay Whale Festival

San Diego Opera Presents Pagliacci

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One of the most powerful operas in the repertoire, Pagliacci is gut-wrenching as Tonio, a member of the traveling troupe of players rejected by Nedda, sees her with another man and tells Canio how to get vengeance. In the famous aria “Vesti la giubba,” Canio applies his clown make-up saying that the show must go on, but creates his own tragic ending.

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 3rd Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 25 – February 2, 2014
Cost: $35-$225
> Find out more about San Diego Opera Presents Pagliacci

The Science of Rock: Sounds & Stones

The Science of Rock at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Let your inner rock star take center stage at The Science of Rock: Sounds & online casino Stones. Explore rocks both musical and metamorphic, make coins shriek, design your own guitar pick and reaffirm that diamonds are a girl”s best friend. Indulge in savory bites, sample sweet wines and delicious beers all while discovering rock facts through fun presentations and hands-on activities.

Where: Reuben h. Fleet Science Center – 1875 El Prado Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 23, 2014
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $20-$30
> Find out more about The Science of Rock: Sounds & Stones

25 Years of the Casbah

25 Years of the Casbah - Top Things to Do In San Diego

An evening of conversation, music and fun, chronicling 25 years of San Diego”s beloved music venue, The Casbah, with its co-founder and driving force, Tim Mays. Mays will share a wealth of experiences and insights as a small business owner, music promoter, and patron of the arts in San Diego. Special guests and friends will be on hand to pay tribute to Mays” stalwart support of local artists, arts and culture, and endless energies in putting San Diego on the international music map.

Where: The North Park Theater – 2891 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104
When: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $15-$30
> Find out more about 25 Years of the Casbah

More Top Things to Do in San Diego

> Browse the San Diego Event Calendar

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego over Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend

San Diego Symphony's Ballroom with a Twist

Escape to San Diego for the long weekend to enjoy amazingly warm winter weather, plenty of outdoor adventures and these top things to do:

Ballroom with a Twist

San Diego Symphony's Ballroom with a Twist

Tango, Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Jive – and then some!

Tango, Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Jive – and then some! Don’t miss this evening of grace, athleticism and passion with a cast of international dancers and a pair of American Idol singers. You’ll be swept away with this sensational production!

Where: Copley Symphony Hall – 750 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 17-18, 2014
Time: Starts at 8:00 PM
Cost: $20-$85
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Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND California

Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND California

Start with a run then end with rides and fun at LEGOLAND California

Moms, dads, and big kids are invited to join the fun in this noncompetitive 1-mile run/walk through LEGOLAND® California. Registered participants will receive an event t-shirt and be treated to refreshments, fun activities, entertainment and a free 1-day SEA LIFE™ Hopper ticket to LEGOLAND® California and SEA LIFE™ Aquarium good for to use this weekend!

Where: LEGOLAND California – One LEGOLAND Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: January 18, 2014
Time: Run starts at 8:00 AM
Cost: $25-$30
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Jerry Coleman Memorial Service

Padres' Jerry Coleman Memorial Service

Join the San Diego Padres as they celebrate the life of baseball and San Diego legend, Jerry Coleman

On behalf of the Coleman family, the San Diego Padres announced a free, public memorial service for Jerry Coleman that will celebrate Coleman’s extraordinary life, and will feature special guests from throughout his lifetime.

Where: Petco Park – 100 Park Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 18, 2014
Time: Gates open at 9:30 AM
Cost: Free
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Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade - Top Things to Do in San Diego

A float commemorating Rosa Parks’ bus ride participates in the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.

Celebrate the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at a waterfront parade. Musical bands, floats and drill teams will march along the Embarcadero from North Harbor Drive south to Pacific Highway.

Where: Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 19, 2014
Time: Parade starts at 2:00 PM
Cost: Free
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San Diego Multi Cultural Festival

San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

Enjoy our multi-cultural heritage at the San Diego Multi-Cultural Festival

The Annual Sheila R. Hardin San Diego Multicultural Festival is a family friendly festival showcasing San Diego’s rich cultural and traditional heritage through live entertainment, food stations, vendors, and more.

Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade – Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 18, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Old Town Blessing of the Animals

Old Town State Historic Park's Blessing of the Animals

Join in the historic Old Town State Historic Park’s Blessing of the Animals

Historically, this event has been happening for more than 300 years. In San Diego, the annual Benediction of the Beasts celebrates St. Anthony of the Desert, the Patron Saint of Animals. Activities for both animals and families make this celebration very moving to all who participate. The community event will have activities for adults, children and their pets.

Where: Old Town State Historic Park – 2415 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110
When: January 19, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Worldbeat Center Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

The Worldbeat Center in Balboa Park is celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr with a family festival including live music, dancing, an outdoor cultural arts & craft fair, and more.

Where: Worldbeat Center – 2100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: January 20, 2014
Time: Starts at 12:00 PM
Cost: Free
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Top Things to Do in San Diego – January 7-12, 2014

Tidepooling With The Birch Aquarium

With this beautiful weather, you definitely need to take advantage of San Diego’s beachesparks and gardensoutdoor activities, and these top things to do this weekend:

Whale Watch Weekend and Inter-tidal Life Festival

Tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument

The Inter-tidal area at the Cabrillo National Monument

Whale Watch Weekend is a chance for Cabrillo National Monument to invite the San Diego community to the park and encourage them to learn about the importance of our oceans with fun activities including burial of a time-capsule, tide pool exploration, whale origami and more.

Where: Cabrillo National Monument – 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106
When: January 11-12, 2014
Time:
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost:
 $5 per vehicle. $3 for walk-ins, bicycles, motorcycles
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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Disney's Beauty and the Beast at Broadway San Diego - Top things to Do

It’s a tale as old as time

Based on the Academy Award®-winning animated feature film, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is an eye-popping spectacle that has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song.

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre, 3666 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
When: January 7-12, 2014
Cost: $35-$211.25
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soundON Festival of Modern Music

soundON Festival of Modern Music

Now in its seventh anniversary year, the soundON Festival of Modern Music brings together an international roster of composers and performers to present a four-day exploration of contemporary chamber music.

Where: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library – 1008 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: January 9-12, 2014
Cost: $10-$60
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Birch Aquarium at Scripps – Tidepooling Adventures

Tidepooling With The Birch Aquarium

She sees Sea Hares down by the sea-shore!

Visit a local tide pool to learn how these amazing habitats and their inhabitants truly survive “between a rock and a hard place.” The Birch’s trained naturalists will show you how to tread lightly during your visit and help you discover the wonderful world of tide pools.

Where: Birch Aquarium at Scripps – 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92093
When: January 12, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $12-$15
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The Complete Frida Kahlo

The Complete Frida Kahlo: Her Paintings. Her Life. Her Story

Marvel at 123 replicas of Frida Kahlo’s known paintings

The rich and colorful life of Frida Kahlo is revealed in The Complete Frida Kahlo: Her Paintings. Her Life. Her Story. This is the only exhibition worldwide where all of her paintings can be seen in one place. Some paintings, especially from Kahlo’s early years, have never before been seen.

Where: NTC at Liberty Station – 2801 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92106
When: Through March 9, 2014
Cost: $14.50-$16.50
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Poway Winter Festival

Poway Winter Festival

If you’re looking to have more in common with your Northerly friends, here’s your chance to bust out your sled and get a little taste of the cold stuff at the Winter Festival in Poway. They’ll have a snow hill for sledding, live music, s’mores, ice skating, campfires, and more.

Where: Poway Community Park – 13094 Civic Center Drive, Poway, California 92064
When: January 10-11, 2014
Cost: Free
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