Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego Weekend Events

San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.

second-city-laughing-matterCOMEDY
The Second City’s Laughing Matters Tour 
Mar. 20-23. Legendary sketch comedy group, the Second City, returns to San Diego with its Laughing Matters Tour featuring the best improvisations, sketches and songs from the company’s 53-year history. Whether it’s ripped from the morning headlines or a classic gem from the archives, the Second City is always a laugh out loud hit. The group is also prestigious Chicago landmark, having launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more. La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. 858.550.1010. lajollaplayhouse.org/laughing-matters

busker-festival-seaport-vilEVENTS
Spring Busker Festival 
Mar. 23-24. Seaport Village welcomes the unthinkable from around the world at its annual Spring Busker Festival. The celebration brings colorful street performers from jugglers and sword swallowers to contortionists and comedic stuntmen to perform on the cobblestone streets. Popular all around the world, busker festivals are known for gathering remarkable performers with extraordinary and bizarre talents, and this weekend will no exception. Noon-5 p.m. Seaport Village, 849 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego. 619.235.4014. seaportvillage.com

Mission-Valley-Craft--BeerMission Valley Craft Beer & Food Fest
Mar. 24. Whether you come for the beer and stay for the food, or come for the food and stay for the beer, the fourth annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Fest offers the best of both worlds. Beer and food are natural partners, so the MVCBF gathers together 30 breweries and 20 chefs from around San Diego who all put out their A-game for the occasion. Add to that, three fantastic bands and a partnership with Wounded Warrior Homes, and you have a spectacular day of food, beer and fun for a great cause. 21+. 1-5 p.m. $50/VIP, $40/general, $25/designated driver. 950 Hotel Circle N, San Diego. 619.398.8348. ticketderby.com/event/?id=9428

Walkabout-south-parkSouth Park Walkabout
Mar. 23. Explore the locally owned shops, galleries and eateries while keeping an eye out for unexpected art—it’s everywhere in the crafty neighborhood of South Park. Use a streetcar to tour, or casually stroll at your own pace, savoring the arts, crafts and food along the way. A guided walking tour departs at 6:30 p.m. from the table on Juniper and 30th Street. 6-10 p.m. 30th Street from Kalmia to Beech Streets. southparkscene.com

kenng-g-copley-symphony-halMUSIC
Kenny G 
Mar. 22-23. San Diego Symphony hosts Grammy Award-winning Kenny G for back-to-back evenings of smooth jazz. With his easy style and smooth sound, this world-renowned saxophonist is the biggest-selling instrumental musician of our time. He’ll take you to “Havana” and beyond. Other favorites include “Forever in Love,” “Heart and Soul,” “Silhouette” and “My Heart Will Go On.” 8 p.m. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown. 619.235.0804. sandiegosymphony.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=3345

a-dolls-houseTHEATRE
Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House 
Mar. 23-Apr. 21. Nora’s life is on the upswing, but when a man from her past reappears, bent on bringing a dangerous secret to light, everything changes: her marriage, her family, even her relationship to the world around her. Director Kirsten Brandt and translator Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey team up to create a new adaptation of the play expressly for the Globe’s intimate Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, bringing audiences closer than ever to Ibsen’s spellbinding masterwork. Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. 619.234.5623. oldglobe.org/tickets/production.aspx?PID=9819

menopause-the-musicalMenopause the Musical
Mar. 22-23. This hilarious musical parody staged to classic tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles. Set in a department store, four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra on sale, come to find they have more to share than ever imagined. The all-female cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. See for yourself what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for more than 10 years. 8 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., San Diego. 619.570.1100. sandiegotheatres.net/menopause-the-musical-2

james-chronister-lux-artART
James Chronister 
Through Apr. 13. Lux Art Institute’s resident artist this spring, James Chronister, is a San Francisco painter who uses white pigment dots on a black background to create landscapes, interiors and portraits that look almost photograph-like. In-studio through mid-April, catch this exclusive opportunity to see Chronister employ his labor-intensive, pointillist techniques. Exhibit on display through May 18. 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. 760.436.6611. luxartinstitute.org/Artist-Residency/James-Chronister

craft-and-commerce-new-cockFOOD + DRINK
Craft + Commerce
Ongoing. Little Italy’s Craft & Commerce is debuting more than a dozen never-before-seen craft cocktails just in time for spring. Having been a little more than a year since the hotspot released a fresh batch of libations, the new menu serves as the perfect kickoff to the warmer weather months while also giving the staff a chance to get creative with a handful of refreshing, lighter combinations. The new lineup features eleven innovative craft cocktails and three champagne cocktails, including the Odd Couple, made with rye whiskey, pear liqueur, angostura bitters and mezcal rinse. Craft + Commerce, 675 W. Beech St., San Diego. 619.269.2202. craft-commerce.com

amaya-la-jollaAmaya La Jolla
Ongoing. Amaya at the Grand Del Mar officially has a sister restaurant. The anticipated new venue opens its dramatic iron gates in the heart of La Jolla’s vibrant shopping and dining district with a contemporary American menu. Highlights include Angus beef carpaccio, seared day boat scallops and buttermilk fried quail appetizers, and crispy branzini with confit fennel and braised veal osso buco entrees, as well as nightly specials. Open daily for dinner. 1205 Prospect Street, La Jolla. 858.750.3695. amayalajolla.com

cigar-dinnerCigar Dinner: An Evening of BBQ, Bourbon & Smoke
Mar. 25. True North Tavern has teamed up with Chef Matt Gordon of Urban Solace to present a four course BBQ-inspired dinner. Each course will be carefully paired with a unique bourbon tasting, and watch out for additional bourbon flavors that Chef Gordon infused into some of the dishes. Spectacular cigar pairings also accompany the meal, hand-selected by David Mogilner, of Racine and Larime in Old Town. 6 p.m. True North Tavern, 3815 30th St., North Park. 619.291.3815. truenorthtavern.com/events

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