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11 Things To Do in San Diego This Weekend: January 25–28

See the planet’s best golfers in Torrey Pines, immerse yourself in art at “Beyond Van Gogh,” and see some fancy felines at the CFA San Diego Cat Show
The Farmers Insurance Open is one of the best things to do in San Diego this weekend.
Courtesy of Farmers Insurance Open

January 24–27

Farmers Insurance Open

Every year, the PGA Tour heads to San Diego for a stop on its West Coast Swing. This year, the world’s best golfers go head-to-head for a $9 million prize at the illustrious Torrey Pines Golf Course. Fans have various ways to get in on the action, whether they purchase tickets for the VIP Canyon Club ($420–485), the exclusive Ultra Pass ($210–285), or the general-admission Grounds pass ($75–120). | 11480 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla

January 25

Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia

Writer and filmmaker Natasha Lance Rogoff will discuss her 2022 book Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia in this free event at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla. This Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Rogoff will recount her entertaining and sometimes treacherous journey to get Ulitsa Sezam on the air in post–Soviet Union Russia. Reserve your spot here. | 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla

Ben Schwartz & Friends

Comedian Ben Schwartz, known for voicing Sonic the Hedgehog and for his scene-stealing role as Jean Ralphio Saperstein in Parks and Recreation, will host an improv comedy show this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the San Diego Civic Theatre. Schwartz and a trio of comedian friends who will pull characters and storylines out of thin air in this interactive performance where the audience should expect the unexpected. Purchase tickets here. | 1100 3rd Avenue, Downtown

January 25–28

Everyday Dances III

The Malashock Dance Company will bring ten short works from several local choreographers to life in a series of shows starting this Thursday at the Malashock Dance Studio Theater. Ticket options for Everyday Dances III include VIP ($100), general admission ($40), senior or military passes ($35), and tickets for students and children under the age of 12 ($20). | 2650 Truxtun Road, Liberty Station

Beyond Van Gogh is one of the best things to do in San Diego this weekend.
Courtesy of Beyond Van Gogh

Opens January 26

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

This Saturday, Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience returns to the Wyland Center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for a two-month exhibition. Hundreds of the Dutch painter’s finest post-impressionist paintings, including Sunflowers and The Starry Night, will be projected on the walls, ceilings, and floors, set to a musical soundtrack inspired by the art. Tickets are available starting at $36.99 for adults and $21.99 for children through April 4. | 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar

January 27

San Diego Yo-Yo Classic

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Queen Bee’s Art and Cultural Center will host the San Diego Yo-Yo Classic. Root for the best local yo-yo artists as they perform gravity-defying tricks and routines. This family-friendly weekend event features several freestyle and speed challenges, an assortment of accessory and merchandise booths, live music, and giveaways, plus prizes for the winning competitors. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 12 and under, and $25 for competitors. | 3925 Ohio Street, North Park

Opens January 27


Winner of the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Iranian-American playwright Sanaz Toossi’s English will begin its run at The Old Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre this Saturday. English centers around a group of four adult students near Tehran who bond while preparing for an English proficiency exam. Directed by Arya Shahi, the production will run through February 18. | 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park

SeaWorld Mardi Gras

In addition to beads and colorful costumes, SeaWorld Mardi Gras will feature a stacked menu packed with Creole and Cajun essentials including beignets, po’ boys, jambalaya, and more. Attendees to this New Orleans–inspired fête will also experience Mardi Gras performers, a brass band, and plenty of dancing, as well as extravagant opening and closing ceremonies. Celebrate Fat Tuesday every Saturday and Sunday through February 25 (plus Friday, Feb. 16, and Monday, Feb. 19). Access is included with park admission. | 500 SeaWorld Drive, Mission Bay

January 27–28

CFA San Diego Cat Show

The Cat Fancier Association’s annual San Diego cat show brings hundreds of kitties to the Del Mar Fairground for a two-day feline fiesta. In addition to rooting for their favorites in the pedigree cat competition and the feline agility showcase, attendees can browse rows of vendors selling pet-themed merchandise and meet adoptable kitties via local pet rescue organizations. Admission to the CFA San Diego Cat Show is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, military, and children ages 6 to 12. Children younger than 6 years old are admitted free with an adult. | 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar

See Lakecia Benjamin this weekend at The JAI in La Jolla.
Courtesy of La Jolla Music Society

January 28

Lakecia Benjamin and Phoenix 

The La Jolla Music Society welcomes jazz saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin for two shows at The JAI this Saturday at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. On her acclaimed 2023 album Phoenix, Benjamin expertly mixes elements of R&B, soul, and hip-hop to create a dynamic jazz-fusion sound that sets her apart from her contemporaries. Tickets for Benjamin’s afternoon ($68–83) and evening ($58–73) performances are available here. | 7600 Fay Avenue, La Jolla

Maybe I’m Amazed: Tribute to Paul McCartney 

Maybe I’m Amazed celebrates the music of Paul McCartney in a 90-minute performance at Music Box this Sunday at 8 p.m. From “Hey Jude” and “Get Back” to “Jet” and “Live and Let Die,” the performers will embody McCartney’s energetic stage presence from era to era with plenty of multimedia elements and sing-along fun. Tickets for Sunday night’s performance are $15 and can be purchased here. | 1337 India Street, Downtown

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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