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11 Things To Do in San Diego This Weekend Jan. 4–7

Check out local Latin American artwork in Borrego Springs, sample beers at the San Diego Brew Festival & see San Diego State face off against UNLV in basketball
San Diego Beer Fest 2024
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January 5

Taylor’s Version — A Swiftie Dance Party 

This Friday, House of Blues San Diego will be spinning several of Taylor Swift’s greatest hits for their Swiftie Dance Party starting at 9 p.m. If there’s anything we’ve learned from the past year, it’s that there’s never a bad time to embrace your inner Swiftie, whether it’s in the crowd at The Eras Tour, in the theater watching her acclaimed concert film, or just shaking it off on the dance floor. Tickets for this 18+ event are $24 and selling fast. | 1055 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp 

Paw Patrol Live!

This new interactive stage show inspired by the animated kids series Paw Patrol brings the on-screen team of pups to life as audience members get to help out the dogs during their heroic globe-trotting journey. Complete with visual effects, a musical score and plenty of family-friendly fun, Paw Patrol Live! will have five performances at the San Diego Civic Theatre this Friday, Jan. 5 through Sunday, Jan. 7.

General admission tickets are on sale ranging from $25 to $90, and VIP packages, which include premium seating and an exclusive photo op with Paw Patrol characters following the show, are also available. | 1100 3rd Avenue, Gaslamp

SoundON Festival of Modern Music

The 16th annual SoundON festival of modern music, from San Diego New Music and the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, has three nights of concerts in store, featuring a variety of local and international musicians performing contemporary chamber music. The series begins with a performance Friday night at the Athenaeum Art Center followed by Saturday night and Sunday afternoon shows at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room. Tickets can be purchased for individual concerts ($25 for members, $30 for nonmembers) or the entire festival ($70 for members, $85 for non-members). | 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla

January 6

A Show of Contemporary Latin American Art and Inspiring Desertscapes

The Borrego Art Institute will be featuring a new Latin American art exhibit, with all work from or influenced by Latino culture. The exhibit features paintings, photography and mixed media in the main gallery. The show will close with work from Latino artists hailing from Baja California. In the North Gallery, there will be 20 original oil and acrylic paintings from Jose Luis Nunez that use light and shade to highlight the beauty of SoCal desert as part of “Inspiring Desertscapes.” The exhibition will have an opening reception featuring music from Mariachi Mixteco this Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and will be on display through January 28, with gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. | 665 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs

San Diego Brew Fest

Try your fill of the city’s best beers at the 13th annual San Diego Brew Festival this Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at NTC Park. Attendees can choose from more than 70 breweries, 200 beers on tap and 10 local food trucks, plus enjoy live music and lawn games. Ticket options include $50 general admission which comes with unlimited samples and $65 VIP admission which includes an extra hour of admission from noon to 1 p.m. with specialty beers on tap. | 2455 Cushing Road, Point Loma

San Diego State vs. UNLV Men’s Basketball

Riding high off of an emphatic 84-74 victory on the road against Gonzaga to close out 2023, SDSU is looking to start strong in Mountain West play with a pair of home games this week. Following their game against Fresno State on Wednesday night, the Aztecs will face off against Kalib Boone, Luis Rodriguez and the UNLV Rebels at 1 p.m. this Saturday at Viejas Arena. Watch out for big performances from two SDSU players: junior guard Reese Waters and senior forward Jaedon LeDee, both of whom have had incredible starts to the season, as they take on their conference rivals. Tickets for Saturday’s afternoon matchup are starting at $37 and can be purchased here. | 5500 Canyon Crest Drive, El Cajon

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Masters of Illusion – Live! 

Be prepared for a magical evening with the Masters of Illusion in a show packed with electrifying illusions, daring escapes and lively comedic moments this Saturday night at Harrah’s Resort. Bringing together several of the world’s most talented magicians, the group has performed shows all over the globe, and this Saturday, audiences can expect them to have plenty of tricks up their sleeve. Tickets can be purchased here. | 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center

Who’s Bad

Groove all night to the music of the King of Pop during Who’s Bad – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience at The Magnolia this Saturday at 8 p.m. The Michael Jackson tribute band will cover decades worth of hits from the boyhood ballads of the Jackson 5 to the icon-making moments of “Thriller.” Tickets for this tribute show are starting at $41, and VIP Club access which comes with a private bar, spacious seating and complimentary popcorn is also available and can be purchased here. | 210 E Main Street, El Cajon

Courtesy of Oceanside Museum of Art | Cate Dudley, Buckthorn and Rabbit Bush

Artistic Resurgence: Artist Alliance at Ashton Gallery

The Oceanside Museum of Art’s Artist Alliance will showcase 46 artworks during their fifth annual exhibition at Ashton Gallery, with many of the works on display highlighting the uplifting theme of Artistic Resurgence. The contemporary, local artwork in Artistic Resurgence was selected by juror and curator Vallo Riberto, and will be on display through January 26.  The exhibition will have an opening reception this Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. | 4434 30th Street, North Park

January 6 & 7

San Diego Spring Home Show

For those looking to make home improvements big and small—whether you’re installing a new countertop or ushering in a complete makeover—the San Diego Spring Home Show will help answer any possible renovation questions. This Saturday and Sunday at the San Diego Convention Center, attendees can interact with home improvement pros and peruse several product exhibits to gather all the details they need before taking the next step in their home ownership journey. Admission is free with online registration, and $10 at the door. | 111 West Harbor Drive, Embarcadero

January 7

First Sunday Concert Series

Chase Morrin, San Diego raised musician and now professor at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, along with his Ize Trio, will kick off the Friends of the Encinitas Library’s First Sunday concert series from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. this Sunday. Weaving jazz, classical and folkloric Middle Eastern music traditions to create an international sound, they excel in improvisation and creating a spontaneous yet thoughtful musical performance on stage. | 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas

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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