Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego Weekend Events

San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.

Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream
Through Jan. 27. Embark on a hair-raising escapade with Rapunzel and her unlikely companions; boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana; and see all of Cinderella’s dreams come true when she meets Prince Charming. All of your favorite princesses take to the ice in this ultimate Disney event. 7 p.m. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway. 619.224.4171.


San Diego Big Bay Whale Festival
Jan. 26. Whale watching season is in full swing, and it’s one of the best seasons to date. Celebrate whales and San Diego’s big, beautiful bay at the fifth annual Big Bay Whale Festival, complete with more than 50 vendors providing giveaways, food and entertainment. Also check out dance performances, an inflatable obstacle course, educational resources, children’s activities and the return of the walk-through giant gray whale. There’s even a splash mob—no flash mobs here—at 1:15 p.m. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego.


San Diego Cat Fanciers Show
Jan. 26-27. Calling all cat lovers! Nearly 450 of the nation’s finest cats of more than 41 pedigree breeds will be featured at this annual show. Learn the basic characteristics of all cats, personality traits and grooming tips; rescue cats that are available for adoption; and see which cat will take home the prize for “best in show.” There’s even an agility contest—just like you’ve seen with dogs, but with a special feline flair. $9/adult, $7/child. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. 760.735.8209.


Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half
Jan. 27. Enjoy a runner’s paradise as this marathon and half marathon weaves through Carlsbad Village and along the oceanfront Pacific Coast Highway. The Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon’s spectacular coastal course and ideal weather conditions, along with live music at every mile marker and thousands of spectators, will keep runners motivated for the duration of the course. All participants will receive a technical fabric shirt, goodie bag, finisher’s medal and more. Begin at Westfield Plaza Camino Real, 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad.


Farmers Insurance Open
Through Jan. 27. San Diego’s most anticipated pro golf tournament includes legends such as Tiger Woods, 2012 defending champ Brandt Snedeker and beloved local superstar Phil Mickelson. The action-packed week includes practice rounds for the PGA Tour players, the Sycuan and Zurich pro-am tournaments, official women’s and men’s days, a junior clinic, military appreciation activities and plenty of celebrity after-parties. Torrey Pines Golf Course, 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla. 858.535.4500.


Ben Folds Five
Jan. 27. Though the group officially disbanded in 2000, Ben Folds Five reunited last year for a new album. The Sound of the Life of the Mind parlayed into a few performances, and then a full fledged tour. Expect to hear the album’s first single, “Do It Anyway” along with other new tunes and older favorites including “Brick,” the single that shot them to mainstream success. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Avenue, San Diego. 619.299.2583.


Jan. 25. Culture-mashers and music crusaders, the guys of Ozomatli have been rocking together since 1995. Their music—an artful collision of everything from hip hop and salsa to samba and funk—will take you around the world by taking you around L.A. In their time together, the band has made the transition from hometown heroes to Grammy award-winners and official U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors. Bang Data also performs. 21 and over. 9 p.m. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. 858.481.8140. 


San Diego Restaurant Week
Through Jan. 25. Recently extended! Enjoy a second week 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.


Daughter Of The Regiment 
Jan. 26 and 29. With nine high Cs for the tenor in one aria and brilliant coloratura for the soprano, Daughter of the Regiment is an exciting, bold opener to the San Diego Opera’s 2013 season. In this delightful tale of an orphan French girl adopted by a regiment of soldiers in the waning days of World War II, the spunky tomboy Marie loves Tonio, a peasant, but the Marquise tries to marry her off to a rich Duke. When the regiment is invaded, she’s frees Marie to marry Tonio. A happy ending! San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., San Diego. 619.570.1100.

Through Jan. 27. See the world from the San Diego youth’s perspective as captured through photographic works on display. This seventh annual exhibition is a selection of juried artwork that explores the power of photography as a method of communicating ideas sustainability and the environment. The jury panel comprises museum curators, professional photographers and the executive director of MOPA. Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park.

the-horse-natural-historyThe Horse
Through Jan. 30. It’s no doubt that horses are magnificent animals to which the modern world owes credit. What you might not know is that the horse-human relationship started as a prey-predator dynamic. Learn about the evolution, nature and history of horses and their impact on civilization throughout the years. From the extraordinary qualities that have made horses so useful to humans to modern-age therapy and sport, The Horse dives to the bottom of the deep bond between human and equine. San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619.232.3821.