Ready to know more about San Diego?


The Best Things To Do in San Diego This Weekend: Feb. 22-25

Support local filmmakers in Oceanside, rock out to roots reggae in Balboa Park and join SD Mag in celebrating the cuisine of the South Bay
Courtesy of Wikipedia

Through March 10

Fiddler On the Roof at The San Diego Musical Theatre

Telling the universal tale of a poor Jewish milkman struggling to keep his family culturally intact, the San Diego Musical Theatre’s production of Fiddler On the Roof continues with five shows Thursday through Sunday. Tevye struggles to uphold Jewish traditions when his daughters look to marry outside of their faith in this adaptation of the beloved Broadway musical. Tickets are available from $30 to $70 and can be purchase here

4650 Mercury Street, Kearny Mesa

February 20-24

Oceanside International Film Festival 

Over 30 short films and four feature films, from independent filmmakers hailing all the way from Ramona to Bosnia, will be shown over five days at the Sunshine Brooks Theater during the 13th annual Oceanside International Film Festival. Held just blocks away from the beach, the festival lineup will once again feature surf-themed narrative and nonfiction shorts, plus special events like the opening night red carpet ($25), Reel Women Shorts Program ($50-$100) and the closing night awards ceremony ($10). Filmgoers can buy $15 daily block tickets or enjoy every film shown during the festival with the $45 full screening pass

217 North Coast Highway, Oceanside 

Courtesy of the San Diego Audubon Society

February 21-25

San Diego Bird Festival at Mission Bay

Local bird enthusiasts are invited to bring their binoculars, cameras and audubon sense of adventure to the San Diego Bird Festival this Wednesday through Sunday. The festival includes several birding keynote speakers, a bird-friendly home and garden fair with local bird orgs and business, and several field trips around San Diego County to explore the region’s unique bird species. Proceeds from the San Diego Bird Festival go toward the San Diego Audubon Society’s natural conservation education and sanctuary efforts.

1936 Quivira Way, Mission Bay

February 22

An Evening with Elizabeth Gilbert at Balboa Theatre

Known for her inescapable best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert will give a lecture and participate in a Q&A moderated by Dr. Dean Nelson, Director of Writer’s Symposium By The Sea, this Thursday beginning at 7:30 p.m. As expressed in her viral 2009 TED Talk, Gilbert will encourage the audience to pursue their creative ambitions and channel their inner “genius.” General admission tickets are available and ranging from $68 to $155. There are also a limited number of VIP passes available for purchase, which come with a pre-show meet and greet with Gilbert. 

868 4th Avenue, Gaslamp 

Courtesy of Balboa Park

Opens February 24

Pinar Yoldas: “Synaptic Sculpture” at the Institute for Contemporary Art

Synaptic Sculpture,” a new immersive exhibition from UC San Diego Professor Dr. Pinar Yoldas, on display at ICA Central through June 23, boldly envisions a future where technology is used to create a more empathetic society. Marking her first solo exhibition in the U.S., Dr. Yoldas has equipped her studies in neuroscience and architecture to mark how technological innovations in the pursuit of progress can help lead to new products that address the world’s greatest needs. 

1439 El Prado, Balboa Park

February 24

“AFROFUTURE” at San Diego City College

Explore Black identity in photography through art, film and community discussions during “AFROFUTURE” at San Diego City College this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “AFROFUTURE” will give a glimpse into the perspective of Black photographers with a slate of free events that include a panel on decolonizing photography, a screening of the documentary Screening: Through A Lens Darkly, and the opening of the “I See You: Beauty Through The Black Lens” exhibition at the school’s Luxe Gallery. 

1081 16th Street, Downtown

43rd Annual Tribute to the Reggae Legends at WorldBeat Cultural Center

As the Bob Marley biopic Bob Marley: One Love continues its run in theaters, the WorldBeat Cultural Center pays homage to the history, evolution and legacy of roots reggae music with a day-long celebration this Saturday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Recognizing the genre’s history of advocating for unity, love and social justice, the 43rd Annual Tribute to the Reggae Legends features a packed lineup of local and international reggae artists and boasts legendary Jamaican musicians like Johnny Clarke and The Wailing Souls. Tickets to this celebration of roots reggae are available for $57 online here

2100 Park Boulevard, Balboa Park

2024 Mermaid Half Marathon at Mission bay

This year marks two decades since the inaugural Mermaid Series event and twenty years later they are still encouraging women runners to follow through on their fitness aspirations and embrace their inner mermaid. Starting bright and early Saturday morning at South Shores Park, racers can sign up for a morning 5K, 10K or test their long distance endurance with a 13.1 mile half marathon. In addition to the satisfaction of crossing the finish line, all adult racers will receive a mermaid-themed shirt, medal and necklace. 

1775 East Mission Bay Drive, Mission Bay

February 24 & 25

2024 San Diego Chinese New Year Fair 

The 40th annual San Diego Chinese New Year Fair returns to downtown to kick off the new year with two days full of activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday. The festival will feature all-day live entertainment, including music, martial arts, cultural dances and the daily lantern parade featuring the lucky lion dancers. There will also be a wide variety of arts, crafts and food vendors to peruse including House of Bao, Thai Burger Company and All is Pretty Candles. 

428 3rd Avenue, Downtown 

The Many Loves of Don Juan at Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center

The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center hosts the San Diego Ballet for a pair of passionate performances of The Many Loves of Don Juan, the story of Spain’s most salacious lover. Covering the many conquests of the fabled womanizer, audiences will be drawn in by romantic choreography, the sounds of Spanish guitars and the intoxicating story of the legendary ladies’ man. There will be two performances of The Many Loves of Don Juan, Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets for each performance are available and ranging from $48-$68. 

7600 Fay Avenue, La Jolla

February 25

Taste of South Bay 2024 

Following our celebration of the cars, community and culture of the South Bay in our February 2024 issue, we are teaming up with Novo Brazil Brewing for a day party highlighting the best eats that the region has to offer. With thirty local vendors in attendance this Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. guests can enjoy unlimited food and drinks plus live music during this local deep dive into the South Bay’s cuisine. General admission for Taste of South Bay is $55 for those 21+ and $35 for those under 21. Children ages 2 and under can enter for free but must be RSVP’d.  

535 Florence Street, Imperial Beach

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.

Share this post

Contact Us

1230 Columbia Street, Suite 800,

San Diego, CA