Weekend Events

Things to Do This Weekend in San Diego

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? There's always something going on in America's Finest City. Check out what's happening this weekend: Jan. 16 to Jan. 19

Mission Beach in San Diego, California
Monica Garske

TGI Weekend! There’s so much to do around San Diego. Get up. Get out. Play.

Thursday, Jan. 16

Tooth Fairy Meet-and-Greet
10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
Looking for something unique to do with the little ones this Thursday? The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido is hosting a special guest: The Tooth Fairy. The museum will hold a special story time with reps from The Super Dentists, plus a meet-and-greet with the Tooth Fairy herself. The half-hour morning event is free with paid admission into the museum, which costs $9.50 for children and adults (infants under 1 get in free).

Jail Mini-Museum at The Headquarters
10 a.m. to 9 p.m., The Headquarters at Seaport (between Kitson and Madison San Diego)
The Headquarters at Seaport is a solid place to shop and eat but, if you’re a San Diego history buff, you may want to pop into a free mini-museum located at its core, between the Kitson and Madison San Diego stores. There, you’ll find a fully-restored, 8-cell jail block housing historical photos and San Diego Police Department memorabilia. You see, The Headquarters – built in 1939 – sits in the very complex that served for many decades as the SDPD’s headquarters. The site is listed on The National Register of Historic Places. It was restored and reopened as The Headquarters and Seaport shopping and dining complex in 2013. Read all about the site’s rich history here.

Behind-The-Scenes Tour, Growing Up Seahorse
10:30 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. (Daily), Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Dive into the unique world of seahorses and the Birch Aquarium’s renowned breeding program dedicated to the conservation of the seahorse. This behind-the-scenes tour is for visitors age 8 and up. Tickets cost $35 (does not include general admission to the aquarium) but space is limited, so reserve that spot ahead of time. The tour happens daily at 10:30 a.m. and lasts an hour.

Lemon Grove Farmers Market
3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Veteran’s Foreign Wars Parking Lot on Lemon Grove Avenue
The Lemon Grove Farmers Market goes down weekly each Thursday at the VFW parking lot at 2885 Lemon Grove Ave. Expect vendors selling fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and handmade gifts, plus savory dishes from local restaurants. Entry is free; bring money to shop local.

North Park Thursday Market
3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., North Park Way & Granada Avenue (North Park)
North Park is known for its interesting small businesses and, on Thursdays year-round, local vendors and artisans are showcased at this popular farmers market located on the corner of North Park Way and 29th Street. On the shopping list: farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, sauces, bread and even handcrafted gifts from local, small businesses. The free event also features live music.

Oceanside Sunset Market
5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Main Street Oceanside
Each Thursday, year-round, the Oceanside Sunset Market brings about 200 local merchants together for this sunset marketplace spanning four blocks in downtown Oceanside. Shoppers can expect vendors showcasing homemade goods and tasty grub, plus live music and, of course, an incredible ocean view. The family-friendly weekly event also features the Dorothy’s KidZone filled with activities for the little ones. The free market is located on Pier View Way, west of Coast Highway. Rain may cancel the event, so check the weather before making your plans.

Waterfront Social Run
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Eppig Brewing Waterfront Biergarten
Each Thursday, Eppig Brewing hosts this scenic, waterfront run alongside Step by Step Run Co. and Lululemon Fashion Valley that starts and ends at the craft brewery’s Waterfront Biergarten (2817 Dickens St.). The route is usually between 2 and 4 miles, and runners and walkers of all levels are welcome to partake in the non-competitive, just-for-fun run. The event is free; it’s followed by social hour at the brewery, and runners get $1 off pints. Cheers to that.

Friday, Jan. 17

SDUSD Art Gallery at Seaport
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Friday through Sunday), Seaport Village
Seaport Village and the San Diego Unified School District have joined forces to launch a student-led art gallery located within Seaport Village. The 640-square-foot SDUSD Art Gallery at Seaport is in the easternmost area of the waterfront landmark, closest to the San Diego Convention Center. The gallery will showcase a rotating selection of artwork curated from more than 12,000 San Diego students in Pre-K to 11th grade. The gallery is open each week, Friday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry is free.

Shoes & Chews: Carla & Linda’s Walking Food Tour
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., South Oceanside
Oceanside is experiencing a bit of a restaurant renaissance, and these “Shoes & Chews” walking food tours allow you to taste what’s cooking in the waterfront city in San Diego’s North County. Friday’s three-hour foodie tour – led by locals Carla and Linda – will span south Oceanside, with stops at PCH Bar & Grill, Panca, Privateer and Wrench & Rodent. Tickets cost $59 per person (foodies 16+ only) and include tastings of specially chosen items, plus a little history lesson on each restaurant, chef, and the surrounding area. Shoes & Chews started in 2015; today, the tour hits the streets of Oceanside every weekend, usually Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Tunes on the Terrace
3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Orfila Vineyards & Winery in Escondido
Orfila Vineyards & Winery in Escondido hosts another round of “Tunes on the Terrace,” a laid-back event that goes down at the venue every Friday through Sunday, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Rotating food trucks, live music, and wine sipping on the patio? Sounds like a solid start to the weekend. Entry is free; bring money for food and drinks.

San Diego Lunar New Year Festival
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, SDCCU Stadium
The San Diego Lunar New Year Festival takes over SDCCU Stadium for three days this weekend, featuring dragon and lion dances, music, lanterns, firecrackers, games, food and festive cheer in honor of the Asian holiday. Tickets cost $4 to $6, and parking is free.

‘Matilda: The Musical’
7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Coronado Playhouse
The Coronado Playhouse presents “Matilda: The Musical,” the Royal Shakespeare Company’s award-winning adaptation of Roald Dahl’s iconic book about a little girl with incredible powers, who dreams of a better life. The premiere of the play is this Thursday; adult tickets start at $27. “Matilda: The Musical” will run at the venue through Feb. 23, so check the Coronado Playhouse’s website for dates, times, and ticket prices.

Hops on the Harbor: Bay City Brewing
7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Flagship Cruises & Events
Enjoy a cruise around the San Diego Bay featuring sights, bites, and craft brews. Every month, Hops on the Harbor highlights a local brewery and, for this first round of 2020, the spotlight is on Bay City Brewing. This month’s menu will feature four 6-ounce tasters of Bay City beers, expertly paired with four courses. For example, a Maple Bacon-Glazed Salmon will be paired with the brewery’s Peninsula Lager, a Vienna lager, while a Coffee-Rubbed Brisket is matched with Bay City’s Coffee Cream Ale. The dinner cruise boards at 7 p.m. from 990 North Harbor Dr. and sails past the San Diego skyline, USS Midway, Star of India and other Maritime Museum ships and the Coronado Bay Bridge. Tickets cost $84.50 for adults and $50.70 for children ages 4 to 12; kids 3 and under are free. Reservations are recommended. By the way, Bay City Brewing took home a medal in 2019 at the San Diego International Beer Festival for its Bay City Pale Ale, which is also on the Hops on the Harbor menu, paired with an Herb-Roasted Pork Loin dish.

San Diego Gulls vs. Tucson Roadrunners
7 p.m., Pechanga Arena San Diego
Go, Gulls! Watch our hockey home team take on the Tucson Roadrunners in this match-up at Pechanga Arena San Diego Friday night. The puck drops at 7 p.m.; tickets start at $16.

Shen Yun 2020: 5,000 Years of Civilization Reborn
7:30 p.m., California Center for the Arts, Escondido
“Shen Yun 2020” runs Thursday through Jan. 21 at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, a colorful production that takes the audience into the magical world of ancient China through the art of dance. This theatrical production is known around the globe and premieres a new production each year. Tickets to its run in Escondido range from $80 to $100.

‘Us’
8 p.m. (Friday through Saturday), Cinema Under the Stars
The 2019 Jordan Peele thrill ride, “Us,” hits the outdoor movie screen this Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills. Since the theater on Goldfinch Street is outdoors and it can be a bit chilly at night, the venue offers blankets, space heaters and other amenities to keep patrons warm and cozy. Admission is $18 at the box office, or you can reserve your seat in advance for $20.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
8 p.m., California Center for the Arts Escondido
This witty and humorous production inspired by the book by Rachel Sheinkin continues its run at the Art & Education Studios at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido through this Sunday. The plot follows an eclectic group of tweens vying for the spelling bee championship of a lifetime – but there will only be one winner. Tickets cost $25.

Saturday, Jan. 11

City Heights Health Fair
9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Copley-Price Family YMCA
The 5th annual City Heights Health Fair returns to the Copley-Price Family YMCA this weekend, a free event that aims to connect the community with health and wellness providers. The event will include mobile clinics, free health screenings and chances to get a flu shot. The street team with NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 will be there; drop by our booth to say hello!

Canyoneers Hike: Black Mountain Open Space Park (Miner's Ridge Loop)
9 a.m. to11:30 a.m., Black Mountain Open Space Park
This hike led by “Canyoneers” – volunteers with the San Diego Natural History Museum – will trek through chaparral at the Black Mountain Open Space Park in Rancho Peñasquitos to view the remains of an old arsenic mine. The intermediate-level, 3-mile hike will also include sightings of seasonal wildflowers. The hike begins at 9 a.m. and is set to end by 11:30 a.m.; Black Mountain Space Open Park is accessible off Carmel Valley Road. By the way, the Canyoneers hiking program has been offering dozens of free, guided hikes around San Diego County this season. Learn all about that here.

Travel & Adventure Show
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, San Diego Convention Center (Hall D-E)
Got wanderlust? Get the ultimate inspiration for your next big trip at the annual Travel & Adventure Show this weekend at downtown’s San Diego Convention Center. Explore 200+ booths offering info on destinations around the globe and chat with travel experts on how to make that dream getaway a reality. The show will also feature music and dance performances on the Global Beats Stage, and appearances by travel celebrities like Cheryl Strayed, Patricia Schultz, Wayne Dunlap and Peter Greenberg. A one-day adult ticket costs $11, or you can get into both days for $18. Children age 16 and younger get in free when accompanied by an adult. The NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 street team will be at this event Saturday; drop by our booth and hang out with us!

Ruocco Park Market
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., (Every Saturday) Ruocco Park
This Saturday farmers market sets up shop every weekend on Harbor Lane, at Ruocco Park overlooking the San Diego Bay. Expect a healthy lineup of local vendors selling everything from coffee to street food and, of course, an epic view.

Legendary Tour: Hotel Del Coronado
10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Hotel Del Coronado
San Diego history buffs, this one’s for you. The iconic Hotel Del Coronado is currently offering a daily tour at 10 a.m. dubbed the “Legendary Tour,” which explores the landmark’s rich 130-year-old heritage. Learn about the celebrities, royalty and beach-loving families who have gravitated toward The Del over the decades, and the hotel’s most notorious guest, Kate Morgan, who checked into the hotel in 1892 whom some believe never really checked out. The 90-minute tour costs $40 for adults; kids 5 and under can join for free. You must register ahead of time. By the way, The Del is currently undergoing the first phase of a $200 million revitalization project called the “Master Plan.” It includes preservation of historic sites and a new History Gallery. Read all about that here. 

Cook With an Italian Chef & Market Tour
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Little Italy
This weekly event in Little Italy gives you a chance to cook alongside a trained chef while discovering the community’s charming open-air farmers “mercato.” Here’s how the tour works: a chef-guide will walk with you through the market, pointing out local vendors specializing in fresh ingredients. Together, you’ll taste-test items and buy what you need to create your meal before heading to the guide’s home to partake in a cooking lesson. You’ll cook three dishes – an appetizer and two main dishes – and also enjoy a glass of wine and panna cotta for dessert. This cooking tour costs $79 per person, and is usually available every Saturday.

Boomshaka 2020 Music Festival
3 p.m., Pechanga Arena San Diego
California reggae group Iration and hip-hop legends Cypress Hill will headline this music festival at Pechanga Arena Saturday, which is all about the sounds of SoCal. The fest will also feature a “village” lined with artisans selling handmade goods, craft beers and food vendors. Tickets cost $75.

Stand-Up Comedy           
7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., American Comedy Co. and The Comedy Store
Looking for a good laugh? Try a stand-up comedy show at two prime San Diego venues: downtown’s American Comedy Co. or The Comedy Store in La Jolla. This Saturday night, funnyman Sam Comroe brings his stand-up act to The American Comedy Co., with 21+ shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20. Meanwhile, over at The Comedy Store, Heather McDonald headlines shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., although the earlier show is already sold out. Those tickets cost $25.

Sunday, Jan. 19

San Diego Restaurant Week
Sunday through Jan. 26, Locations Vary
The most downright delicious event returns this Sunday: San Diego Restaurant Week 2020. The semi-annual foodie event – which runs from Jan. 19 through Jan. 26 – features eight days of prix-fixe, often multi-course menus at more than 180 restaurants across San Diego. The participating eateries are scattered throughout the county – north to south, east to west – and offer all sorts of cuisine, from Mexican meals and Seafood, to Asian eats and French fare. Let’s eat.

Yoga + Mimosa Mornings
9:30 a.m., Windmill Food Hall (Carlsbad)
Enjoy a Sunday morning yoga session at the brand-new Windmill Food Hall in Carlsbad led by a certified instructor. Afterward, 21+ participants can enjoy a mimosa at the foodie-friendly attraction. This class costs $5; bring your own mat.

Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park
Start your Sunday with a little nature walk at Mission Trails Regional Park. A trail guide will take visitors through one of three trails – the Oak Grove Loop, the Visitor Center Loop, or the Riverside Grinding Rocks – while talking about the plants, animals, geology, history, and ecology of the park. These weekly guided walks are free and open to the public and begin at the Visitor Center. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, a hat, and sunscreen. Rain cancels the walk.

Gaslamp Artisan Market
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gaslamp Quarter (Fifth Avenue)
Peruse more than 30 local artisans offering carefully-curated, handmade products at this weekly outdoor market in the Gaslamp Quarter. The Gaslamp Artisan Market sets up shop every Sunday on Fifth Avenue, between Market Street and Island Avenue.

Allied Gardens Sunday Market
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lewis Middle School This certified market takes place every Sunday in the front parking lot of Lewis Middle School in Allied Gardens. Stroll through dozens of vendors and enjoy live performances at this little neighborhood farmers market.

40th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Harbor Drive (Embarcadero)
The 40th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade will fill downtown San Diego’s waterfront with floats, bands, and drill teams all coming together to remember the legacy of the legendary civil rights leader. The parade is coordinated by the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the oldest African American fraternity in America. Dr. King was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha. The NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 street teams will be at the parade; come by and say hi to us.

Sunday Spreckels Organ Concert
2 p.m., Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park
Enjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will typically find Raul Prieto Ramirez, the city’s San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Prieto Ramirez hails from Spain and, as he told NBC 7 in 2018, he hopes to keep the program interesting – from Bach to Queen – at the historic Spreckels Organ. Pets are welcome, and so are picnics.

San Diego Sockers vs. Mesquite Outlaws
5:05 p.m., Pechanga Arena San Diego
Root for the San Diego Sockers at this home game at Pechanga Arena San Diego Sunday evening where the team will take on the Mesquite Outlaws. The game starts at 5:05 p.m.; tickets start at $15.

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