Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego Weekend Events

San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.

restaurant-week-sdFOOD + DRINK
San Diego Restaurant Week
Jan. 13-18. Who could resist taking advantage of budget-friendly, prix-fix menus offered at nearly 200 fabulous restaurants across San Diego County? San Diego’s most popular culinary event offers $10, $15 or $20 two-course lunches and $20, $30 or $40 three-course dinners at various restaurants all over the county for six days of indulgance. No tickets or passes are required, but reservations are highly recommended. Check the website for menu details and locations.

brunch-at-monelloBrunch at Monello
Ongoing. The newly opened “naughty little brother” to Little Italy’s Bencotto Italian Kitchen is now offering brunch on weekends. The menu combines traditional sweet flavors from Milan and savory tastes from the U.S., including Monello eggs Benedict with prosciutto and pesto hollandaise, French toast, and Colazione, an authentic Italian breakfast. Pair brunch with a steamy cup of Illy Caffe, the number one coffee served in Italy. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 750 West Fir Street, Suite 102-B. 619.501.0030.

Jan. 12-Feb. 17. Renowned director Nicholas Martin returns to the Globe to direct this funny, touching and unforgettable battle of wits between two of theatre’s most iconic characters. Eliza Doolittle is in the right place at the right time, just as speech professor Henry Higgins makes a friendly wager that he can change her accent and pass her off as the epitome of English society. Dead Poets Society and House, M.D. actor Robert Sean Leonard stars in George Bernard Shaw’s masterpiece that inspired the musical My Fair Lady. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. 619.234.5623.

Jan. 13. The House of Blues may not be “Somewhere Only We Know,” but Keane sure makes it feel like an intimate musical experience. The Brit-rockers skyrocketed to the top of the pop charts with the release of their debut album “Hopes and Fears” in 2004, making a name for themselves by using a piano or synthesizer as the lead instrument instead of a guitar. Their latest album, “Strangeland,” was released last May. 1055 Fifth Ave., San Diego. 619.299.2583.

Ray at Night
Jan. 12. Shop local and find unique, one of a kind items amid performing arts and musical entertainment while meandering through the area around Ray Street. Businesses, galleries and shops in the North Park Arts District stay open late for this monthly art walk. Participating galleries usually include Cirello Gallery, Ray Street Custom Framing, Soul Ryde, The Red Crow, Dani Dodge Art and more. Every second Saturday of the month. 6-10 p.m. North Park Arts District, Ray Street between University and North Park Way.

kettner-nights-artKettner Nights
Jan. 11. Little Italy’s art district has as much flavor as the espresso and tantalizing marinara served in the local restaurants, and offers art and design lovers a place to explore their creativity at this monthly event. Walk this ever-growing distinctive neighborhood filled with art, design and antiques. Held the second Friday of every month, Kettner Nights in Little Italy has become the place to be for the arts and design crowd. 6-9 p.m. Kettner Boulevard and India Street from Grape to Laurel Streets. 619.233.3898.

James-Rielly-receptionJames Rielly Opening Reception
Jan. 12. James Rielly’s “When I was young I would sit in the bath and ideas would come to me, now I am old I sit in the bath” is a collection of both large and small-scale acrylic on canvas paintings and an animated video installation. Rielly, a Welsh artist, is the 1995 winner of of the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize, the United Kingdom’s best-known and most prestigious painting competition. The collection opens this Saturday with a reception from 6-8 p.m. and is on display through Feb. 23. Scott White Contemporary Art, 7655 Girard Avenue #101, La Jolla. 858.255.8574. 

John Caparulo
Jan. 10-12. The Chelsea Lately comedian known for his self-deprecating style got his first big break at the 2003 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, where he impressed the industry observers enough to offer him a sitcom deal. Since then, he performed as part of Blue Collar Comedy: The Next Generation, was featured in Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show documentary, and has often been compared to Larry the Cable Guy. Caparulo’s sharp wit and unique delivery makes him a fan favorite. $22. American Comedy Co., 818 B Sixth Ave., San Diego. 619.795.3858.

Chocolate Sunday
Jan. 13. Three of San Diego’s finest chocolatiers will be on site serving samples of their products, giving visitors the chance taste the gourmet chocolates that San Diego has to offer before or after touring the museum’s tasty exhibit. Get the story behind everyone’s favorite dessert in Chocolate—from rainforest treasure to luscious treat, the world of chocolate is rich with history. Noon-4 p.m. Exhibit included with general admission. $17. San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619.232.3821.

5K9 Walk/Run
Jan. 13. 5Ks have gone to the dogs—literally! This Del Mar race promotes healthy and fit living for people and pets, and supports local animal welfare organizations. After completing the 5K or one-mile course, explore the healthy living expo that includes vendors such as local wellness companies Leash Your Fitness and Whole Dog Sports, and demonstrations by a Camp Pendleton and Carlsbad Police K9 units. 8 a.m. Wyland Center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar.