San Diego Weekend Roundup February 8-11

BANNER Hillcrest Mardi Gras photo by Daniel Solomon

Don your best party attire and grab your friends for the annual Hillcrest Mardi Gras.

From festivals galore to romantic dinner cruises, check out the top San Diego weekend events for February 8-11.

Edited by Whitney Lauren Han.


Lunar New Year FestivalLunar New Year Festival 2018
Feb. 9-11.
Celebrate the Year of the Dog at this annual cultural festival featuring carnival rides, live performances, delicious Asian food, a Lion Dance, a village to explore and martial arts. F 5-10 p.m.; Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $6 adults; $4 kids; free parking. SDCCU Stadium, 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, 619.786.7573.




Brewbies Fest9th Annual Brewbies Festival
Feb. 10.
Soak in the sun and sip on cold beers at the annual Brewbies festival. Expect signature beers from over 40 of the best breweries, with all proceeds benefiting the Keep a Breast Foundation. No children or pets allowed. 21+. 1-5 p.m. $45-$60. Bagby Beer Co., 601 S. Coast Hwy., Oceanside.





Escondido Chocolate FestEscondido Chocolate Festival
Feb. 10.
Bring your sweetheart or just your sweet tooth to downtown Escondido to enjoy the “For The Love of Chocolate” Festival. Stroll through more than 20 designated restaurants, shops and spas while sampling chocolates paired with local fine wines and craft beers. 21+. 1-5 p.m. $35 until February 9, $45 day-of. Historic Downtown Escondido, 198 Maple St. Plaza, Escondido, 760.207.6321.




Hillcrest Mardi GrasHillcrest Mardi Gras
Feb. 10.
Celebrate Mardi Gras at this roaring annual celebration, featuring live dance and music performances, DJs, a costume contest and DIY mask-making. 6-11 p.m. $10 advance, $15 day-of. Hillcrest Rainbow Pride Flag, University Avenue and Normal Street, San Diego, 619.299.3330.





Mardi Gras Club CrawlMardi Gras Club Crawl
Feb. 10.
Party with locals and tourists at four of the best bars and clubs that downtown San Diego nightlife has to offer. Enjoy drink specials, no cover charges and VIP express entry to all venues. 21+. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. $25. Club Crawl San Diego, 801 5th Ave., San Diego, 619.718.0996.





Mermaid RunMermaid Half Marathon San Diego
Feb. 10. Calling all mermaids! Join an on land scenic race series (women’s 5k, 10k and half marathon) at San Diego’s Mission Bay. Bring the little ones (ages 6-12) for one of two Mermaid Dashes. 7 a.m. 10k, 7:15 a.m. half marathon, 7:25 a.m. 5k. See website for prices and to register. Parking at South Shores Park, San Diego.





Gaslamp Quarter Mardi GrasMardi Gras Beads, Bites And Booze Tour
Feb. 10.
Grab your crew and indulge in this holiday-inspired tasting tour filled with 20 delicious bites and sips throughout the historic Gaslamp Quarter. Collect 10 beads from each hotspot and you will receive entry to the exclusive VIP Carnival after-party. 21+. 1-5 p.m. $25 advance, $30 day-of. Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, 619.233.5008.





House of Blues SD Gospel BrunchWorld Famous Gospel Brunch
Feb. 11.
Grammy-award winning star Kirk Franklin takes center stage at House of Blues for this month’s Gospel Brunch. With Franklin’s hand-picked performers showcasing explosive energy and contemporary music, it’s an unforgettable afternoon of great tunes and tastes. 11 a.m. $44. 1055 Fifth Ave., San Diego, 619.299.2583.





Vive Le Vodka Martini

Vive Le Vodka Martini with Grey Goose
Feb. 9. Indulge in a four-course dinner with signature Grey Goose cocktail pairings. Grey Goose ambassador Selena Donovan will walk you through the history of the martini and go over each signature cocktail. Menu highlights include pacific oyster, pan-seared turbot, grouper crudo and chocolate-hazelnut “Rocher”. Call to reserve seats. Cocktail reception 5:30 p.m., dinner 6-8:30 p.m. $125 (excludes tax and gratuity). Amaya in Fairmont Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Ct, San Diego, 858.314.2727.



champagne-dinner-cruiseChampagne Dinner Cruise
Feb. 10-11, 17-18.
Sip on free-flowing bubbly aboard a Hornblower yacht while taking in views of San Diego landmarks on the sundeck. Tickets includes a private reserved table, full brunch buffet featuring seasonal dishes, decadent dessert buffet, a narrated tour and unlimited champagne, mimosas and sparkling cider. Boarding 10:30 a.m., cruising 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $65.95 (excludes tax, service charge and landing fee). Pier 1, Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, 619.686.8715.





2018-OceansideOceanside Valentine’s Week 2018
Feb. 8-14. Celebrate all things love during the third annual Oceanside Valentine’s Week. Expect romantic ferris wheel rides with ocean views, coastal carriage rides, scenic harbor cruises and more. The celebration will also include a gigantic 25-foot heart-shaped balloon that will be making appearances at different locations and community events. See website for list of activities and prices. 928 North Coast Hwy., Oceanside, 800.350.7873.




2018 Galentine's Day Cupid Bar Crawl

2018 Galentine’s Day Cupid Bar Crawl
Feb. 9-10.
Calling all gals! Celebrate the weekend with the first annual Galentine’s Day Cupid Bar Crawl. Event highlights include an exclusive opening party, 10 hosted libations, all-night happy hour at select venues, $1 oysters, champagne toasts, dessert treats and more. F-Sa 6 p.m.-2 a.m. $25+. Vin De Syrah, 901 5th Ave., San Diego, 619.944.8900.





Hornblower-Dinner-CruiseCupid’s VIP Dinner Cruise
Feb. 10, 14, 17. 
Sweep your Valentine off their feet with a romantic evening of dinner and dancing. Feast on a luxurious four-course meal (vegetarian and gluten-free options available), toast to your love with bottomless champagne and spend the evening dancing beneath the stars. Boarding 6 p.m., cruising 7-10 p.m. $114.95 (excludes tax, service charge and landing fee). Pier 1, Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, 619.686.8715.





A Night with Janis Joplin‘A Night with Janis Joplin’
Feb. 7-8.
Celebrate the iconic Janis Joplin and her unforgettable songs in this hit musical. 8-10:15 p.m. $36+. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., San Diego, 619.570.1100.






Ashley BathgateAshley Bathgate
Feb. 9-11. Described as an “eloquent new music interpreter” (New York Times) and “a glorious cellist” (The Washington Post), American cellist Ashley Bathgate will perform live on stage in Carlsbad. 7-9 p.m. $20 GA, $25 premium. Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, 760.438.5996.





Dirty Dancing‘Dirty Dancing’
Feb. 9-11.
The Broadway musical adaptation of the popular 1980s movie starring Patrick Swayze returns to San Diego this month for a limited engagement. See website for showtimes. $27+. Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.564.3000.






Beauty of the Garden ExhibitBeauty of the Garden Exhibit
Feb. 10.
Master oil painter Concetta Antico, fellow artist Irina Negulescu and famed body painter Evgeniya Golik join forces to celebrate the power of women and art. Expect a live painting by Concetta as well as local food and drink vendors. 6-10 p.m. Free, RSVP required to The iN Gallery, 1878 Main St., #D, San Diego, 619.278.8410.




Uncle Vanya‘Uncle Vanya’
Feb. 10-March 11.
This Globe-commissioned, world-premiere translation of Chekhov’s classic drama about country life, love, hope and loss is a must-see for every theater-lover. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. White Theatre at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.





'The Cake'‘The Cake’
Feb. 6-Mar. 4.
This touching and timely new play follows a conservative baker who must confront her beliefs on marriage when she is asked to bake the cake for her best friend’s daughter’s wedding. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Potiker Theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla, 858.550.1010.



Mermaid Half Marathon San Diego photo by Facchino Photography. Beauty of the Garden Exhibit painting by Irina Negulescu. ‘Uncle Vanya’ artwork provided by The Old Globe.