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11 Things To Do in San Diego This Weekend: Feb. 1-4

See San Diego at its smallest in Linda Vista, celebrate resilient cinema at Balboa Park and cruise into the history of lowrider culture in Oceanside

February 1-29

Museum Month

San Diegans can enjoy half-off admission to over 60 cultural, historic and artistic sites across the city, including museums, aquariums, gardens and more, during the 35th annual Museum Month. Legoland California, the California Wolf Center and the WNDR Museum San Diego are among the new additions to the stacked Museum Month roster—making February the perfect time to go explore all that the city has to offer. Passes for Museum Month can be picked up at dozens of San Diego public library locations and each pass can be used for 50 percent off admission (up to four times) at any of the participating locations throughout the month.


February 2

Kevin Hart – Brand New Material

Renowned comedian, actor and action star Kevin Hart, known for a handful of comedy specials and movies like Ride Along and Jumanji, will perform a special night of stand-up at The Magnolia this Friday. Hart will have two shows at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Ticketholders can also enjoy a pre-show party with early access, a taco stand serving nachos, elote corn, specialty cocktails and more.

210 East Main Street, El Cajon

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

The all-male drag ballet company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo expertly combines classical ballet with a comedic bite to create a uniquely delightful performance. As The Trocks continue their 50th anniversary tour with a stop at Balboa Theatre this Friday at 7:30 p.m., the troupe’s parody performers will showcase their elite dancing skill while poking fun at the serious traditions of ballet.

868 Fourth Avenue, Gaslamp

February 2 & 4

Don Giovanni

The San Diego Opera presents Don Giovanni, Mozart’s famed opera based on the legend of Don Juan, a notorious fictional playboy deviously devoted to seducing women, this Friday and Sunday at the San Diego Civic Theatre. This production will be a contemporary take on the centuries old-tale complete with modern costumes and visually stunning features, plus the performers will be joined on stage by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. The performance will be and will be sung in Italian with English and Spanish text projected above the stage.

1100 3rd Avenue, Downtown

February 2-10

San Diego Human Rights Watch Film Festival

The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) at the San Diego Museum of Art hosts the 14th Annual San Diego Human Rights Watch Film Festival beginning this Friday with several panels, receptions and empowering films in store. With a resounding focus on social issues and human rights with an international scope, this year’s films cover Native American press freedom, undocumented mothers resisting deportation and LGBTQ+ teens finding an uplifting community. The festival is hybrid, with five films, including two online exclusives, available to stream Feb. 4-10 and three in-person screenings at MOPA. Ticket options include digital and in-person passes, plus individual event tickets for the screenings, receptions and Q&As happening this weekend.

1450 El Prado, Balboa Park

Miniature cake next to spoon featured at the 49th Annual San DIego Miniature Show & Sale
Courtesy of the San Diego Miniature Show & Sale

February 3 & 4

49th Annual San Diego Miniatures Show & Sale

San Diego’s yearly celebration of all things mini—from dollhouses to dioramas—will take place Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at University of San Diego’s Hahn University Center. A vast arrangement of miniature exhibits will be on display from vendors, collectors and artists, each with incredible detail and tiny features proving that maybe it’s a small world after all. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 8-12 years old, and Saturday attendees earn free entry for Sunday.

5998 Alcala Park Way, Linda Vista

Black Com!x Day 2024

Now in its 6th year, Black Com!x Day continues to highlight Black-owned comics and Black artists responsible for creating and shaping legendary characters like Black Panther, Spider-Man and Blade with a free weekend-long event at WorldBeat Cultural Center. Guests of all ages are invited to bask in comic book glory as artists specializing in comics, film and animation display and discuss their work, plus there will be cosplay, games, music and a kids zone. RSVP for your spot here.

2100 Park Boulevard, Balboa Park

Portrait from San Diego photographer Alanna Airitam as part of her new exhibit "New Histories: Where Present Meets Past" at the Photographer's Eye Gallery
Courtesy of Alana Airitam

Opens February 3

“New Histories: Where Present Meets Past”

The Photographer’s Eye Gallery hosts “New Histories: Where Present Meets Past,” a new eye-opening exhibition consisting of works from the collections of photographer Alanna Airitam. Airitam’s visually stunning photos challenge racial stereotypes and the absence of Black figures in traditional art by reimagining Dutch Renaissance style portraits with Black muses that beam with resilience and beauty. Her first San Diego exhibition will include works from her series’ “Ghosts,” “Colonized Foods,” and “The Golden Age,” and showcase Airitam’s range of stunning compositions. “New Histories: Where Present Meets Past” will be on display through March 2, and an artist reception for the exhibition will be held on Feb. 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

326 East Grand Avenue, Escondido

Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association Barrel Tasting

Wine lovers are invited to fill up their glasses from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, as the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association hosts its annual Barrel Tasting. Guests can taste barrel and tank wine samples as well as newly released wines from the region from over 30 participating Temecula wineries along with delectable food pairings to go with the exclusive wine selections. Single-day passes for the Barrel Tasting ($49-$79) can be purchased, and the map of participating wineries can be viewed here, and all tickets include a one-time stop at each winery.


Film photograph of San Diego's South Bay featuring vintage low rider cars in downtown Chula Vista
Photo Credit: Delana Delgado

February 4

Culture of Low Riding

Brooks Theater will host this free interactive event, presented by Madstrange and Members Only Car Club, which explores North County’s connection to the camaraderie, cruising and candy paint confidence of lowriding. This afternoon panel will discuss the history of lowriding, its cultural and community roots in North County and the recent lifting of the California cruising ban, and the event will also include photo and art exhibits as well as merchandise for sale. This panel will be hosted by Jimmy Figeuroa beginning at 2 p.m. as part of the Oceanside Theatre Company’s Arts Unite program.
217 North Coast Highway, Oceanside

Coronado Valentine’s 10K, 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

Tidelands Park will host this matchmaking fun run just in time for Valentine’s Day with 10K, 5K and one-mile options on race day and a post-race party across the finish line. Participants will pick up their choice of bib with options for: available, taken, or it’s complicated and run through scenic Coronado whether they’re looking to meet their match or get in a good morning workout. Every race participant will receive a t-shirt, finisher’s medal, continental breakfast, and are invited to enjoy a live band and a beer garden following the race.

2000 Mullinex Drive, Coronado

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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