San Diego Weekend Events Roundup Feb. 23-26

Find the best San Diego things to do for Feb. 23-26

Edited by Madelyn Harris

Oscar Viewing Party at Pacifica Del Mar
Feb. 26. 
From watching the red carpet arrivals to the award presentations, guests can enjoy Oscar coverage at Pacific Del Mar. Enjoy happy hour all night, plus cast your vote on Pacifica’s ballots for a chance to win gift cards to the restaurant. 4 p.m. 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.792.0476.




Tidepooling Adventure with Birch Aquarium
Feb. 26. Visit a local tide pool with Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Learn how these amazing habitats and their inhabitants survive between a rock and a hard place. Trained naturalists will show you how to tread lightly during your visit and how to protect and preserve these natural wonders. $16. Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, 858.534.7336.



Mardi Gras Big Easy Bites & Booze Tour
Feb. 25. This new Mardi Gras festival promises to take you on a tour of delicious holiday-inspired bites and festive sips throughout the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Indulge the offerings from 20 hot spots all while collecting beads. Collect 10 beads to receive exclusive VIP beads, which will grant you access into the secret rooftop after party. $25. 5 p.m –1 a.m. 4th Avenue and E Street, downtown, 619.233.5008.



Meet the Winemaker

Feb. 23. Join We Olive for their first 2017 featured guest in their Meet the Winemaker series. Jessica Leitch from Paso Robles Winery League of Rogues will be discussing her passion for the process of winemaking. Additionally, sample some of We Olive’s best-selling wines and get the chance to try other offerings that aren’t usually carried in store. 6-8 p.m. $15. 1158 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858.551.8250.




Day Drinking at Pacific Standard with Cutwater Spirits
Feb. 25. Executive chef Giselle Wellman and sous chef Ami Cisneros have partnered with Cutwater Spirits distillery to develop a five-course menu featuring elements form the land and sea alongside a selection of paired daytime sippers. 2-4 p.m. $75. 21+. Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen, 2137 Pacific Hwy, 619.819.0090.





Free Scoops ‘Till the Sun Goes Gown
Feb. 25. San Diego’s sweet spot The Baked Bear is dedicating a day entirely to its customers. At all four San Diego locations, customers can enjoy one free cup or cone of ice cream all day as long as there is daylight. The Baked Bear, various locations around San Diego.





Taco Fight Championship at the Blind Burro
Feb. 23. During the month of February, chefs have battled it out each week to claim the title of Best Taco. Come watch the champions from each week go head to head in the ultimate taco challenge. 7-9 p.m. The Blind Burro, 639 J St., downtown, 619.795.7880.





Baja Food + Wine Tour
Feb. 25-26. Enjoy the flavors and sights of Valle de Guadalupe on this food and wine tour. Guests will depart from The Wine Pub for a two-day, overnight adventure to Valle de Guadalupe. On the way down, guests will stop for street tacos, continuing to private wine tastings, family style meals, and plenty of other fun stops along the way. Tickets include accommodation, guides, beverages, street food, wine tastings and full meals.  $455+.  The Wine Pub, 2907 Shelter Island Dr. #108, 619.758.9325.





Through Feb. 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.




The Illusion
Feb. 22-Mar. 19. Renowned playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) gives us a wildly inventive tour de force, which celebrates the magic and illusory nature of theater. It’s an entertaining tale of passion, regret, love and magic. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055.




Villalobos Brothers
Feb. 23. Hailing from Veracruz, Mexico, the Villalobos Brothers are acclaimed as one of today’s leading contemporary Mexican ensembles. The violin trio draws on many genres including jazz, rock and blues. These classically trained virtuosos deliver a signature style known as “Fast-Chatting Violin.” $25-35. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N Escondido Blvd., 800.988.4253.




Sex with Strangers
Feb. 23-March 19. This sensuous and provocative comedy about fame and cyber identity explores the timely question: What transpires when our online and offline identities intersect and our private lives become public domain? Contains strong language. San Diego Rep, Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000.




The Blameless
Feb. 23-March 26. Developed in The Old Globe’s 2016 New Voices Festival, this world-premiere play is a compassionate and moving look at the power of familial bonds in the most extraordinary of circumstances. Contains strong language. White Theatre at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.




Freaky Friday
Through Mar. 12.
 When a mother and her teenager daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding, in this new musical comedy based on the celebrated novel and hit Disney films. La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Villa Drive, La Jolla, 858.550.1010.




Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Through Mar. 12. 
Steve Martin returns to the Globe with this clever and crowd-pleasing comedy hit set in Paris 1904 about a chance encounter between two soon-to-be-legends––Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein. Shiley Stage at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, 619.234.5623.





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.





Through Mar. 19. This comedy begins as a reverent study of the playwright’s chronically ill mother and her extraordinary ability to heal a racially divided community despite her inability to make herself well. A funny and magical memoir, Well reveals how we heal ourselves is not always the best medicine for those we love. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. #101, University Heights, 619.220.0097.



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.