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San Diego Events Calendar: February 2020

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego

By Kai Oliver-Kurtin

February 1:

Get down to Motown: The Groove That Changed America, a live show held through the weekend at California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

Adrenaline junkies rejoice! Monster Jam motor sports competition is returning to Petco Park (also 2/15).

February 8:

Explore the two-day San Diego Chinese New Year Fair downtown for live performances, art, food, and cultural displays.

New comedy Hurricane Diane at The Old Globe follows the Greek god Dionysus disguised as a modern-day gardener, on a secret quest to seduce some New Jersey housewives (through 3/8).



February 13:

This year’s San Diego International Jewish Film Festival roster has over 30 dramas, comedies, documentaries, and more, held at various venues over 11 days.


February 14: 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by enjoying some all-time great love songs in Love Me Tonight at Copley Symphony Hall.

Ballet numbers and a live rock band collide when California Ballet puts on The Rock & Blues Project in back-to-back performances at Balboa Theatre.

The Harlem Globetrotters stop by Pechanga Arena to show off their athletic basketball stunts on their Pushing the Limits World Tour (also 2/23).


February 15:

Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz shares the Spreckels Theatre stage for two days with local arts and nonprofit groups in Shine, a musical that pulls from his own catalog.

Steve Hackman’s Beethoven vs. Coldplay at Copley Symphony Hall cleverly marries Ludwig Van’s Eroica Symphony with songs like “Fix You,” “Paradise,” and “The Scientist.”

Pay Tribute to the Reggae Legends on “Bob Day,” with lots of good vibes and live music at WorldBeat Cultural Center.


February 18:

Spend An Evening with Sarah McLachlan as she performs emotional power ballads like “I Will Remember You” and “Angel” at Civic Theatre.

Concert-style theater show The Simon & Garfunkel Story traces the path two boys from New York took to become a world-famous music duo, performed for two days at Balboa Theatre.

A modern-day Peter Pan story, the new musical Fly at La Jolla Playhouse promises to dazzle with dynamic choreography and aerial acrobatics (through 3/29).


February 19:

The Outsider by Paul Slade Smith brings nonpartisan political humor and biting satire to North Coast Repertory Theatre (through 3/15).

February 20:

Hear from four of the most successful local companies during San Diego Magazine’s Behind the Brands event, including bites, sips, and live entertainment at Music Box in Little Italy.

National Book Award–winning biographer Deirdre Bair discusses her time in Paris with literary giants Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir at UC San Diego’s The Loft.

February 21:

Country superstar Miranda Lambert brings down the house at Viejas Arena.

Get your fill of classic jazz music from more than 20 artists during the San Diego Jazz Party at Hilton San Diego / Del Mar.

Comedian Mike Epps headlines the Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival at Pechanga Arena, along with Sommore, Gary Owen, Lavell Crawford, and Mark Curry.



February 22:

Flash your beads at the Gaslamp Quarter Mardi Gras block party, with food and drink stations at each stop.

February 25:

Celebrate Fat Tuesday at the Hillcrest Mardi Gras bar crawl, complete with party buses for festive transport.


February 27:

Save your final rose for The Bachelor Live On Stage, hosted by former Bachelorette Becca Kufrin at the Civic Theatre, where a lucky local bachelor will be introduced to ladies in the audience to embark on a (hopefully) romantic evening.


February 2020 – The Illusionists

The Illusionists—Live From Broadway

February 28:

The Illusionists—Live From Broadway mystifies all weekend long at the Civic Theatre.


February 29:

Celebrate Leap Day by noshing on unlimited samples during the 10th annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival at SDCCU Stadium.


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