Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego Weekend Events

San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.

prado-taste-of-NFLThe Prado
Through Feb. 10. To celebrate Chef Jonathan Hale representing San Diego in the prestigious culinary fundraiser “Taste of NFL,” the Prado is organizing a delicious way to support the national fundraising initiative locally. Guests can enjoy a limited edition “Taste of NFL” three-course menu, and one dollar per dish will benefit the San Diego Food Bank. Every dollar generates six meals for the hungry—that’s 18 meals donated per diner! The menu features Hale’s signature dishes such as the farmer’s mix salad, beer braised beef short rib risotto and chocolate-hazelnut mousse bar. $32.95/pp. The Prado, 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619.557.9441.


Super Bowl Block Party at Firehouse
Feb. 3. Firehouse is turning its parking lot into the Super Bowl party of the year. Watch the game on a massive screen, groove to some music by a few of the resident DJs, and grab some drinks and food. You can even strut your stuff in the 13th Annual Half Time 40 Yard Dash Foot Race! 1-8 p.m. Firehouse, 722 Grand Ave., Pacific Beach. 858.274.3100.


Vavi Super Bowl
Feb. 3. San Diego’s favorite sports and social club is tailgating in the parking lot of the biggest Niner bar in Southern California. After pre-gaming, watch San Francisco take on Baltimore on a giant 18-foot LED screen. In the spirit of Vavi, there will also be plenty of activities and contests throughout the day. 11 a.m. Typhoon Saloon, 1165 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach.


Quality Social
Feb. 3. The downtown lounge is adding TVs just for the big game so that every seat in the house will have prime viewing. Quality Social will also be holding a game-day cookout complete with BBQ ribs, burgers, hot dogs and chili, and drink specials on Bloody Marys, wells and drafts. Table reservations suggested. 3-9 p.m. Quality Social, 789 Sixth Ave., downtown. 619.501.7675.


Feb. 1. San Diego’s beloved indie rock band performs at this 91X and Casbah-presented show in support of its fifth studio album, “Information Retrieved,” which was released in October of last year. The album has received high acclaim for taking big risks, but still includes Pinback’s signature sound including Zach Smith’s unique bass acrobatics, the earnest immediacy of Rob Crow’s voice, and the musical and lyrical interplay between the two of them that made Pinback so special in the first place. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown. 619.299.2583.


Tristan Prettyman
Feb. 1-2. With her first three recordings, “The Love EP,“ ”Breezy Twentythree” and “Hello,” Tristan Prettyman parlayed her smoky alto voice and laid-back surfer-girl charm into an eight-year career studded with highlights that include rocking the iTunes Digital Albums chart and headlining tours across America, Europe and Japan. Her new album, “Cedar and Gold,” finds her sifting through the wreckage of a lost relationship and emerging stronger on the other side. A San Diego native, Prettyman is also featured in Where San Diego’s current issue! 143 S Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. 858.481.8140.

Electric Run
Feb. 2. Del Mar Fairgrounds will be transformed into an electric wonderland with one million watts of light and sound pumping through this fully charged 5K run. Wear glow sticks or LEDs and be a part of the art during a night that is as much show as it is a race. Participants will receive an event shirt, LED bracelet, glow jewelry and a finisher’s medal. Participate as an individual, as a team, or as a centipede—a team connected by an LED-light rope. Across the finish line, party the night away with live DJs. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar.


San Diego Museum Month
Feb. 1-28. Access 41 of San Diego’s top museums all month long for half-off admission, including local favorites such as Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Birch Aquarium at Scripps and several museums at Balboa Park. From Oceanside Museum of Art down to the Tijuana Estuary, there are ample opportunities for education, entertainment and creating memories for the whole family. Passes are free to obtain while supplies last, available at Macy’s stores. With a pass, up to four visitors can gain admission to any of the participating museums for half-price.


Behold, America!
Through Feb. 10. Sample a smattering of Americana at this innovative collaborative effort between the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the San Diego Museum of Art and the Timken Museum of Art. Behold, America! comprises artwork from the colonial period to the present day to tell the history of art in the U.S. in an unprecedented, groundbreaking exhibition. Various locations. 619.232.7931.


Culture & Cocktails
Jan. 31. Come dressed in blue jeans, a poodle skirt, or your favorite vintage garb and experience 1950’s Americana as inspired by Behold, America! Complete your look at the mobile spa offering blowouts for the ladies and straight razor shaves for the fellas, and enjoy an adult twist on an American classic with a spiked root beer float while mingling with fellow art lovers. Sample a Cravory cookie made from ingredients inspired by the exhibition of East Asian works in SDMA’s permanent collection, or nosh on the country’s traditional favorites, which will be available for sale on the front steps. 21+. $15/pp. Free for members. 6-11 p.m. San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, San Diego. 619.232.7931.


Friday Night Liberty
Feb. 1. Explore, wander and enjoy the growing cultural campus in Liberty Station while enjoying new exhibitions, refreshments and live entertainment at this monthly gallery and studio event. Enjoy performances by San Diego Dance Theater, Malashock Dance Company and San Diego Ballet while shopping unique works at Sophie’s Gallery, handmade cards at Marion Black and gourmet sweets at Chi Chocholat. 5-8 p.m. 2801 Rosecrans St., San Diego.

Daughter Of The Regiment
Feb. 1 and 3. 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.


Gem Of The Ocean
Through Feb. 24. Set in 1904, when slavery was still a living memory, Gem of the Ocean is the story of drifter Citizen Barlow, who arrives at the home of Aunt Ester in search of asylum and spiritual redemption. At 287 years old, Aunt Ester guides Barlow on a soaring, lyrical journey of self-discovery to a mythical city, on which, Ester tells Barlow, everything is built. Once there, Barlow finds absolution and makes a startling discovery of faith that moves him to act beyond the boundaries of his conscience. Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs Street, Old Town, 619.337.1525.

Through 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.