It’s time for another fabulous weekend in America’s Finest City. From sports to tacos and ballet to shopping, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this weekend in San Diego.
Thursday, Feb. 16
South Bay Sustainability Fair
10 a.m., National City Chamber of Commerce
National City’s Chamber of Commerce will host the South Bay Sustainability Fair Thursday, a free event promoting alternative programs and services. The quarterly fair runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Culture & Cocktails: Persian Nights
6 p.m., The San Diego Museum of Art
The San Diego Museum of Art’s popular 21+ sundown series returns, this time inspired by the new galleries, “Arts of Iran” and “Arts of South and Southeast Asia.” The evening includes activities like a station where patrons can create their own mosaic jewelry influenced by geometric Iranian motifs. There will also be a sticky note mural where patrons can leave their own personal mark. An artist will also create portraits of patrons’ auras. As for cocktails, enjoy a “Darius the Great,” crafted by the Papa’s Pilar Rum distillery. There will be snacks, too, plus live music. Tickets are $25 if purchased ahead of time; $35 at the door.
7 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Blind Burro
The Blind Burro brings back its “Taco Fights” showdown this month: a battle between two of San Diego’s top chefs showcasing their best taco creations. The tasty event features two new chefs every Thursday night. Up this week: Chef Lety Gonzalez, of Uptown Tavern, versus Chef Chris Gerwig, of Searsucker. The final championship is on Feb. 23. Patrons can order from the Taco Fights Menu, which includes a Taco Fight Plate for $9 and drink specials like the $7 Espolon Cadillac Margarita, to name a few items.
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
7:30 p.m., Balboa Theatre
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox — a group known for transforming new music into classical pieces – plays Balboa Theatre Thursday night. The group has a huge following on YouTube, snagging millions of views for their musical talents.
San Diego Sockers vs. El Paso Coyotes
7:35 p.m., Valley View Casino Center
Get your soccer fix this weekend as the San Diego Sockers host the El Paso Coyotes at Valley View Casino Center. Tickets start at $11; kickoff for Thursday night’s game is at 7:35 p.m
8 p.m., Copley Symphony Hall
Emmy Award-winning actor, producer and director Billy Crystal continues his U.S. tour with a stop in San Diego, taking the stage at Copley Symphony Hall. The actor is in the middle of his “Spend the Night with Billy Crystal” tour; the show looks at Crystal’s life, comedy and career.
Eli Young Band
8 p.m., House of Blues
Country music takes over House of Blues this Thursday night. The Texas-based Eli Young Band is set to perform at 8 p.m. Before the concert, HOB will host “Nashville Nights” with the Country Rockin’ Rebels band in the Voodoo Room at 6 p.m. – the venue’s restaurant and bar. That part of the night is free.
Friday, Feb. 17
University of San Diego vs. Vanderbilt University: College Baseball
6 p.m., Fowler Park
The USD Toreros baseball team starts its 2017 season Friday, hosting sluggers from Vanderbilt University at Fowler Park. First pitch hits the field at 6 p.m.
San Diego State University vs. University of the Pacific: College Baseball
6 p.m., Tony Gwynn Stadium
Pitchers and catchers for the San Diego Padres don’t report to the field until next week, but baseball fans can still get their fix with some college ball. The San Diego State University Aztecs open their season Friday, hosting University of the Pacific at Tony Gwynn Stadium at 6 p.m.
Ages and Ages
7 p.m., Museum of Making Music
The indie-pop group Ages and Ages will perform at the Music of Making Music Friday. The Portland-based group is expected to do a mostly acoustic show. Tickets start at $15, which includes a beverage.
8 p.m., The Observatory North Park
Famous English artist Adam Ant travels across the pond to perform in North Park this weekend. Known for his work with the group Adam and the Ants, the singer plans to perform the 1980 album, “Kings of the Wild Frontier.” Tickets start at $30.
San Diego Ballet Presents: Ritmos Latinos
8 p.m., Lyceum Stage Theatre
This sizzling show, based on the production “AUDAZ,” brings Samba, Rhumba and Cha-Cha to the stage at the Lyceum in downtown San Diego. The show includes a live performance by jazz expert Gilbert Castellanos and some of San Diego’s hottest Latin Jazz musicians. Tickets start at $25; the show runs Feb. 18 and Feb. 19, too.
Penn & Teller
9 p.m., Harrah’s Resort SoCal
The dynamic duo of Penn & Teller brings their famous magic show to Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s Events Center Friday night. The show is 21+; tickets start at $30.
Saturday, Feb. 18
Bird the Loop
8 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park – Visitor’s Center
Wake up early and come explore Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) – and some of the incredible birds that call it home. MTRP birding guides Jeanne Raimond and Millie Basden will guide you on this family-friendly loop along the Oak Grove Loop Trail. Migratory birds and local resident species will be visible, as milder temperatures make for excellent birding opportunities. Bring binoculars and a book, if possible. The walk is free.
5K Paw Walk in the Garden 2017
8 a.m. to 12 p.m., San Diego Botanic Garden
The San Diego Botanic Garden (230 Quail Gardens) will host its annual 5K Paw Walk Saturday for families and their furry friends. Participants are allowed to bring up to two dogs to the 5K (vaccinated and well-behaved pooches, only) through the 37-acre garden; after the walk, participants can check out the latest in pet products and doggie treats – and people food will be available, too. Registration is $32 per adult and $21 for kids.
Junk Bonanza Vintage Market
9 a.m., Del Mar Fairgrounds
Fashion mavens across San Diego will love this vintage market, an event full of eclectic and fun finds, antiques, architectural salvage and handcrafted goods. Hand-picked vendors will fill the fairgrounds with unique items you won’t want to miss. The event is on Friday and Saturday. Tickets start at $10.
Del Mar Plaza Saturday Market
11 a.m., Del Mar Plaza (1555 Camino Del Mar)
More than 30 unique boutiques will showcase artisanal baked goods, fine art, fashionable clothing, handmade products and more at this Saturday market. Additionally, the Mar Dels will provide live entertainment from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Tribute to the Reggae Legends
1 p.m., World Beat Center
Come enjoy tributes to some of the most iconic reggae artists this weekend at this two-day event at Balboa Park’s World Beat Center. The 36th annual festival features artists like Yami Bolo, Addis Pablo, Kush, Michael Palmer, Israel Vibration with the Roots Radic and more. Performances will take place on two stages – one indoor, and one outdoor. There will also be a beer and kombucha garden as well as international food vendors and multicultural arts and crafts vendors. Tickets start at $35.
San Diego Gulls vs. Tucson Roadrunners
7 p.m., Valley View Casino Center
The San Diego Gulls take on the Tucson Roadrunners at the Valley View Casino Center this week. Tickets start at $19 per person.
7:30 p.m., The American Comedy Co.
Los Angeles-based comedienne, actress, writer and producer Whitney Cummings will perform her stand-up act at The American Comedy Co. in downtown San Diego. Cummings is the co-creator of the hit TV sitcom, “Two Broke Girls,” and “Whitney.” She’s also a regular at those hilarious Comedy Central Roasts. Tickets are $35 per person, and she performs two times on Saturday: at 7:30 p.m. and again at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19
Tribute to the Reggae Legends
1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, World Beat Center
The reggae jams continue Sunday at Balboa Park’s World Beat Center. The 36th annual festival features artists like Yami Bolo, Addis Pablo, Kush, Michael Palmer, Israel Vibration with the Roots Radic and more. Performances will take place on two stages – one indoor, and one outdoor. There will also be a beer and kombucha garden as well as international food vendors and multicultural arts and crafts vendors. Tickets start at $35.
Disney’s Freaky Friday The Musical
2 p.m. or 7 p.m., La Jolla Playhouse
Don’t miss the West Coast premiere of Disney’s “Freaky Friday”, based on the hit Disney movie. With a book by Bridget Carpenter (“Parenthood”, “Friday Night Lights”) and music by Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”, “If/Then”) and lyrics by Brian Yorkey (“Next to Normal”, “If/Then”), recipients of multiple Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, the show promises to be a delightful and polished production with two close friends playing the lead mother-daughter duo. It runs through March 12. You can buy tickets here.
Free or Cheap Things to Do in San Diego
Times and locations vary
Is your wallet hurting from the holidays? In San Diego, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy for free or on the cheap. Go for a hike at Torrey Pines State Park or Cowles Mountain, stroll Balboa Park, try a new craft brewery, admire the murals of Chicano Park or read a book at a downtown park. Get out there and explore America’s Finest City.
Picasso At The Lapin Agile
2 p.m. or 7 p.m., The Old Globe
Don’t miss the third piece in comedian and playwright Steve Martin’s collaboration with San Diego’s iconic Old Globe Theatre. The play, written by Martin and directed by Barry Edelstein, opens on The Lapin Agile in Paris 1904, where struggling artists (Pablo Picasso, for one) and one-day geniuses (picture: young Albert Einstein) come together for an extraordinary, witty night. The show runs from Feb. 4 to March 12. If you’re looking for other theater shows in San Diego this year, check out this roundup of new and upcoming local productions. http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/San-Diego-Theater-Look-Ahead-2017-409420495.html
9 to 5: The Musical
2 p.m., Spreckels Theater
“9 to 5” is the hilarious musical adaptation of the 1980 film of the same name (which starred the trio of Jane Honda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton). The jubilant musical follows three female co-workers who are pushed to the brink with their sexist and egotistical boss. The country music musical features songs from legendary composer, lyricist and the original film’s star, Dolly Parton. Tickets start at $32.