San Diego Weekend Events Roundup Feb. 16-20

Find the best San Diego things to do for Feb. 16-20

Edited by Madelyn Harris

Monster Jam

Feb. 18. World-class drivers compete in both monster truck racing and freestyle competitions during the action-packed live event. Monster Jam combines spontaneous entertainment with off-road, motorsport competition. $15+. 7-10 p.m. Petco Park, 100 Park Boulevard, 619.795.5555.




Watercolor Workshop
Feb. 18. This three-hour course is a perfect fit for beginning watercolor artists; this class will start off by going through and learning about the various supplies and materials. Then, you’ll cover tips and techniques for brush strokes, creating basic shapes, color theory and blending. Finally, you will learn how to structure basic shapes into florals, leaves, berries, peonies and more. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. $125. Pigment, 3801 30th St., 619.501.6318.



San Diego Pet Expo
Feb. 18-19. San Diego’s event for the whole family (pooches too) includes agility demonstration, pet talent and costume shows, and a pet/owner look-alike contest. Dogs can receive spa treatments from local groomers, try a variety of treats, and try on the latest of doggie fashions. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1161.



San Diego Comic Fest
Feb. 17-20. For the fifth year running, San Diego Comic Fest is a friendly comic convention that allows fans to mingle with both exhibitors and professionals. The program will include panel discussions, guest programs, artist alley, tabletop gaming, cosplay, steampunk and an exhibitor full of comics, books, toys and collectibles. Four Points by Sheraton, 8110 Aero Drive, 858.277.8888.



Insane Inflatable 5K
Feb. 18. Challenge yourself by signing up for the Insane Inflatable 5K––a fun 5K made up entirely of inflatable obstacles. Forget slides and bounce houses…the Insane Inflatable 5K is the leading manufacturer of custom inflatables. Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N Santa Fe Ave., Vista, 760.941.1791.



San Diego Film Week
Through Feb. 19.
 San Diego Film Week will include nightly curated screenings of locally produced films and showcase the best of San Diego’s previous film festivals. Other film week events include professional workshops for filmmakers that cover funding, distribution, SAG and Final Cut Pro, as well as networking events. Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park, 1649 El Prado, 619.238.7559.



Circus Vargas
Through Feb. 21. Enter the big tent and listen to lively circus music and watch thrilling exploits of human stars rendering unparalleled artistry and comical acts. See silly clowns, trampoline acrobatics, balancing acts and aerial ballet. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 877.468.3861.



San Diego Museum Month

Through February. Access more than 40 of San Diego’s top museums all month long for half-off admission. Participants include local favorites such as the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, several museums in Balboa Park, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Maritime Museum. Pick up passes at San Diego Macy’s stores. Macy’s, various locations around San Diego.



The Basics of Sushi: Hands-On with Katherine Emmenegger

Feb. 18. In this hands-on class, you will learn the fundamentals of sushi, from rice to rolls, and how to incorporate your own creativity along the way. You will learn what tools are needed to create the best quality end result so you’ll have the confidence to make sushi at home. 3:30-5:30 p.m. The Curious Fork, 512 Via De La Valle #102, Solana Beach, 858.876.6386.



Culture & Cocktails: Persian Nights
Feb. 16. The San Diego Museum of Art’s popular sundown series returns with Persian Nights. Guests will enjoy Persian art, signature cocktails by Papa Pilar’s Rum, a make-your-own choker necklace bar, an interactive Post-It mosaic and a themed photo booth. $25 pre-sale. San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, 619.232.7931.



Inaugural Music Festival

Feb. 18-25. Rancho La Puerta is hosting a week long music festival with international guest artists coming together for a series of five nights of special performances. Musicians for the week include Julian Milkis (Canada), Polina Osetinskaya (Russia), Konstantin Lifschitz (Switzerland), Mikhail Kopelman (USA) and Alexander Rudin (Russia), among others. Rancho La Puerta, 5090 Shoreham Pl., 800.443.7565.




Shaolin Warriors
Feb. 17. 
In this fully choreographed theatrical production, masters of Kung Fu bring skill, movement and death-defying martial-arts prowess to the stage. 8 pm. $38 and up. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.





Feb. 18. Join Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, the women behind #IMomSoHard for a night of laughs. With over 400,000 Facebook fans and more than 30 million views of their web series, the duo blend humor and honesty, delivering straight talk that all women are sure to understand, not just moms. $29.75. 8-9:30 p.m. Historic Balboa Theatre, 868 Fouth Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.



Feb. 18-26. 
In San Diego Civic Theatre’s newest opera, Sir John Falstaff is the ultimate human juxtaposition—old yet immature, hapless but manipulative, decent yet wickedly indecent. Suddenly finding himself broke, he hatches a plot to cure his woes—he sends identical love letters to two married women to get his hands on their wealthy husbands’ purse strings. Falstaff doesn’t bank on getting found out and with the help of some “merry wives,” husbands and supernatural creatures, he gets his due and finds out the joke is on him. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., 619.570.1100.



2.5 Minute Ride
Through Mar. 19. This inventive solo show is a roller coaster adventure through the playwright’s family album, focusing on her relationship with her father, a Holocaust survivor, and the ties that bind a family. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. #101, University Heights, 619.220.0097.