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The Best Things to Do in San Diego This Weekend: Feb. 15–18

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon in Mira Mesa, fundraise for flood relief in Logan Heights, and see the best of surf cinema in Oceanside
San Diego Tet Festival
Courtesy of the San Diego Tet Festival

Through February 18

Chicago at the San Diego Civic Theatre

An irresistibly fun tale of dueling showgirls vying for the media spotlight, Chicago brings “Cell Block Tango,” “Razzle Dazzle,” and several other iconic musical numbers to the San Diego Civic Theatre for eight upcoming performances. Set in the Windy City during its illustrious Jazz Age, this sensationalist story of murder, romance, and courtroom drama runs through Sunday. Tickets start at $68.
1100 Third Avenue, Downtown

February 16

Clarice & Sérgio Assad at The JAI

The La Jolla Music Society hosts the father-daughter duo of Clarice and Sérgio Assad for a pair of concerts this Friday night at The JAI. Guitarist Sergio and vocalist Clarice combine elements of classical, pop, and jazz music to channel the diverse sounds of their Brazilian homeland. The 6 p.m. show is already sold out, but tickets for the 8:30 p.m. concert are still available, ranging from $35 to $63.
7600 Fay Avenue, La Jolla

February 16–18

San Diego Tét Festival in Mira Mesa

This free, three-day festival at Mira Mesa Community Park offers activities, games, food, lion dancing, firecrackers, and more to celebrate the Vietnamese Lunar New Year. The San Diego Tét Festival also features two stages with live entertainment, including singing, dancing, talent contests, and the annual Miss Vietnam of San Diego pageant. Attendees can also catch an opening “lucky red envelope” ceremony featuring several city officials and explore a cultural village, a petting zoo, a beer garden, and carnival rides.
8575 New Salem Street, Mira Mesa

Opens February 17

Ving Simpson: Inside Out at the Oceanside Museum of Art

Through May 12, the Oceanside Museum of Art’s newest exhibition showcases art made with silver, bronze, wood, and found objects in Oceanside-based artist Ving Simpson’s local studio. Also on display this weekend at OMA is The Teeny Tiny Art Mart, a sale of five-by-five-inch canvases from several regional artists. The market runs through March 10.
704 Pier View Way, Oceanside

February 17

San Diego Made Factory Flood Relief Fundraiser in Logan Heights

This Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m., Bread & Salt hosts a night of food, art, and fundraising as San Diego Made Factory drums up money for local residents who were affected by the recent citywide flooding. The all-ages event includes a silent auction of artwork from resident artists at The Factory, plus spoken word poetry, live music, a food truck, and several local vendors. Anyone interested in attending can RSVP in advance, and donations are accepted online and at the door.
1955 Julian Avenue, Logan Heights

Peter and the Wolf at The Joan B. Kroc Theatre

The City Ballet of San Diego presents two family-friendly ballets at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre: Peter and the Wolf and Stravinsky Pieces. With the goal of teaching local children about music and dance, this show features dances orchestrated by resident choreographer Elizabeth Wistrich and is a great entry point to the world of ballet. Prior to the show, little ticket-holders can enjoy crafts, coloring, and photo ops with the dancers when the lobby opens at 1:30 p.m. Admission to the show and all activities costs $25 per person. | 6611 University Avenue, Rolando

February 17–18

Jason Mraz Foundation Presents “Kaleidoscope” in Escondido

The Jason Mraz Foundation hosts a special musical performance this Saturday at 3 p.m at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Grammy-winning artist Jason Mraz will perform alongside dozens of San Diego students from eight local performing arts programs, including Diversionary Theatre, Tap Fever Studios, Banding Together, and Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts. The event is intended to highlight and support these nonprofits, which have all received grants from the foundation.
340 North Escondido Boulevard, Escondido

Generational Black Pioneers Featuring Oceanside Firsts

Presented by Oceanside Theatre Company, the Oceanside Historical Society, and Bliss Tea & Treats, Generational Black Pioneers Featuring Oceanside Firsts celebrates San Diego’s Black history milestones while illustrating how the struggle for civil rights still persists today. This production recounts the stories of San Diego County’s first Black mayor (Terry Johnson), police chief (Kedrick Sadler), and Oceanside Chamber of Commerce president (Robbie Hass), along with the first Black teachers in Oceanside’s school district. This multimedia theater performance at Brooks Theater takes audiences back to the turbulent 1960s with shows Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Tickets are available for $20.
217 North Coast Highway, Oceanside

February 17–19

San Diego Surf Festival in Mission Bay

The 10th annual San Diego Surf Festival arrives this Saturday with 23 new international films from far-flung locales such as New Zealand, Ghana, South Africa, and Ireland. Attendees can watch screenings of documentaries and short films at the San Diego Mission Bay Boat and Ski Club and enjoy parties, art receptions, body surfing, and the Jen Smith Aloha Invitational honoring local surfboard-making legend Skip Frye. Tickets ($10 for adults, $5 for children) can be purchased for each block of three to four films. A limited number of all-inclusive Nautilus Passes are available for $52.50.
2606 North Mission Bay Drive, Mission Bay

February 18

Super Book V at Admiral Baker Golf Course

Fresh off the Swiftie Super Bowl, San Diego bibliophiles can enjoy a day with 20 best-selling authors at Super Book V from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Admiral Baker Golf Course Clubhouse this Sunday. The fifth iteration of this annual author showcase promises keynote speakers, a continental breakfast, and a gourmet lunch, plus activities like book signings, photo ops, and meet and greets. Tickets to Super Book V are $155 and include the option to order books from the participating authors for an additional cost.
2400 Admiral Baker Road, Mission Gorge

Promotional flyer for the Daygo Eats food market on February 18 celebrating San Diego's black arts and culture district in Encanto, San Diego
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Daygo Eatz Food Market in Encanto

This free afternoon market from The Mental Bar, Black San Diego, and Pillars of the Community celebrates Black History Month and highlights local Black-owned businesses and Black artists from 12 to 4:45 p.m. this Sunday. The Daygo Eatz street fair will take up nine blocks of San Diego’s Encanto neighborhood and feature local vendor pop-ups, an art walk, and live entertainment, including spoken word performances. The event also has a strong focus on health and fitness, with activities hosted by Movement Matters Collective and Fit, Black and Educated, Inc. at Marie Widman Park.
449 Ritchey Street, Encanto

The Ten Tenors: Greatest Hits Live at The Poway Center for Performing Arts

Australian singing supergroup The Ten Tenors offer a program of their greatest hits—spanning nearly every singing genre imaginable—during this Sunday-night show at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. Starting at 7 p.m., the music ensemble from Down Under brings beautiful harmonies and show-stopping charisma that will leave audiences spellbound. Tickets for the concert range from $34 to $94.
15498 Espola Road, Poway

By Ryan Hardison

Ryan Hardison is a freelance arts and entertainment writer and recent graduate of San Diego State. When he's not staring at his laptop, he's likely eating an adobada burrito or getting sunburnt at the beach.

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