Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego Weekend Events

San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.


Dead Man’s Party
Jan. 18. This tribute band has been rockin’ Oingo Boingo tunes for more than a decade. Fashioned after the original Oingo Boingo line-up, this eight-piece band features a three-piece horn section, guitar, bass, keys, drums and a front-man so convincing that crowds sometimes believe that they are actually watching Danny Elfman himself. Dead Man’s Party has even been joined on stage by former Oingo Boingo band members. 9 p.m. Belly Up Tavern, 143 South Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. 858.481.8140.


Brian Stokes Mitchell 
Jan. 18-19. See a genius of our time as the San Diego Symphony presents two electrifying performances by vocalist and Tony Award-winner, Brian Stokes Mitchell. One of Broadway’s brightest stars and most in-demand leading men, Mitchell has starred in “Ragtime,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “Man of La Mancha” and many other hit musicals. 8 p.m. Copley Symphony Hall, 1245 Seventh Ave., downtown. 619.235.0804.


Hannibal Buress
Jan. 17-18. Cool, confident and intelligent, Hannibal Buress is regarded as one of the brightest young comedic talents today. A natural storyteller who can captivate a room with his words alone, Hannibal gets huge laughs with his laidback, quirky observations. Hannibal’s stories about his experiences with dating older women, the merits of Courier New font and his not-so-secret desire to kick pigeons have led to appearances on “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.” $24/presale, $28/door. American Comedy Co., 818 B Sixth Ave., San Diego. 619.795.3858.


San Diego Restaurant Week
Through Jan. 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. No tickets or passes are required, but reservations are highly recommended. Check the website for menu details and locations.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade
Jan. 20. Musical bands, floats and drill teams will march along the Embarcadero to celebrate the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This waterfront parade is coordinated by the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, the oldest African-American fraternity. Parade programs are available for $3. 2 p.m. Harbor Drive, along the Embarcadero. 619.264.0542.


Real J. Wallace
Jan. 18. Hip Hop artist Real J. Wallace will release his free-stream album “Coretta Scott” at Graffiti Beach with a live performance by vocalist Preston, art that profiles the people in the city of San Diego by photographer Ukeim and beats by DJ Winter Inter. The night honors the story of what a strong woman Coretta was, and dips into the parallels that Martin Luther King Jr. and Real J. Wallace share. Complimentary craft beer is included with RSVP. 6-9 p.m. Graffiti Beach, 2220 Fern St., South Park. 858.433.0950.


Flying for a Cure
Jan. 19. Reach new heights in the fight to cure ALS at this special event including a surprise performance from a highly acclaimed San Diego musician. Also enjoy a silent auction offering one of the largest signed guitar collections available in San Diego’s history, and a cocktail and appetizer happy hour with bites from Urban Solace, Sbicca, Pacifica, Crush and Campine. The evening’s playful flight theme takes a cue from John Constans 30-year career as a Navy, PSA and US Airways pilot and honors his zest for life by embracing a more casual and fun-loving approach to the festivities. All proceeds will go to Team Godfather Charitable Foundation. 5:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency La Jolla, 3777 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla.


Monster Jam
Jan. 19. Grave Digger, Maximum Destruction, Monster Mutt, El Toro Loco, Captain’s Curse and Blue Thunder—the biggest names in monster trucks rally together for the world’s largest monster truck tour. This energy-packed event includes racing and freestyle competition as well as thrill acts, quad wars and plenty of high-octane action. Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Rd., San Diego.


Neil Berg’s 103 Years of Broadway
Jan. 20. This widely acclaimed musical revue of Broadway’s most celebrated shows features a dazzling cast of Broadway stars accompanied by an all-star New York band. Ron Bohmer, Sandra Joseph, Jeffrey Denman, Ted Louis Levy and Erin Denman are scheduled to recreate some of the greatest moments from the finest Broadway productions of the century. If you’re a fan of Broadway musicals, you won’t want to miss this show. 2:30 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., San Diego. 619.570.1100.


Era by James Verbicky
Jan. 19-Feb. 19. Widely known for his atmospheric abstract expressionist work, Verbicky has developed a strong presence in the contemporary art market in the U.S. and abroad. Verbicky’s latest exhibit, Era, mixes his modern style with his recent dip into sculptural elements in a host of new pieces. Era opens with a VIP artist reception this Saturday. 6-9 p.m. Madison Gallery, 1020 Prospect Street, Suite 130, La Jolla. 858.459.0836.