San Diego

Weekend roundup

February 1-4


“Glow Ball” at The Loma Club

Feb. 2. When the sun sets, the golf course at The Loma Club will begin to glow in an eye-popping way. Kick off the first weekend of February with the club’s popular Glow Ball winter tournament on its par-3 golf course. The fun includes a welcome beer from Coronado Brewing Company; as well as beer tastings on the course—all while you play nine holes along the specially illuminated course (glow balls are included). Participants must be age 21 or older. 7 p.m. shotgun start. (Check-in begins at 6 p.m.) $40 per person. 2960 Truxtun Road, Liberty Station. More Info

SeaWorld Mardi Gras

Through Feb. 25. SeaWorld San Diego brings some big New Orleans energy to the park each weekend this month (including Friday, Feb. 16 and Monday, Feb. 19). The carnival-style celebration includes costumes, decorations channeling the world-famous French Quarter, and Creole and Cajun cuisine—from jambalaya to beignets. Mardi Gras-inspired entertainment includes live jazz, Dixieland music and DJs; family-friendly games and activities; a walk-through tunnel of 5,000 colorful lights; a Mardi Gras processional; and much more. See website for hours and tickets. 500 Sea World Drive, Mission Bay, 619.222.4732.

Beyond Monet: The Immersive Experience

Upcoming | Feb. 6- April 4. Opening alongside the similar exhibit, Beyond Van Gogh, at Wyland Center at Del Mar Fairgrounds, Beyond Monet: The Immersive Experience visits San Diego for the first time. More than 400 works by French impressionist painter Claude Monet come to life in this walk-through exhibition—including his famous water lilies, poppies and sunrises—thanks to 3D-projection-wrapped walls of shapes, lights and colors that dance and morph into the artist’s creations. See website for hours and tickets. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. More Info

Aolani Catamaran Charters

Ongoing. An afternoon on the water is one of the best ways to explore San Diego’s coastal landmarks, scenery and attractions—especially right now, when chances are good you’ll spot local marine life, including seals and sea lions, and even a whale or two. (Gray whales pass through our waters through mid-March.) Family-owned charter company Aolani Catamaran Sailing offers all-inclusive private San Diego day cruises aboard its 58-foot catamaran, boasting 360-degrees views and accommodating up to 48 passengers … perfect for larger family gatherings. 1380 Harbor Drive, Harbor Island, 619.807.8000.

Food + Drink

Little Italy Mercato

Feb. 3. Did you know San Diego County is home to around 50 certified farmers markets? If we had to pick our favorite, this quintessential San Diego weekend experience would be high on the list. Stroll among 150 vendors offering fresh produce, flowers, meat, eggs, cheeses, sauces, pantry items, home and bath products, and more—with peeks of San Diego Bay a few blocks away. Afterward, grab lunch at one of the neighborhood’s dozens of restaurants offering ample patio dining. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (The Mercato is also open Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) Along W. Date Street, Little Italy, 619.233.3901. More Info

Angry Pete’s Pizza

Now Open. Known for both classic and creative Detroit-style pies and slices, Angry Pete’s Pizza has opened its newest location in Kearny Mesa. What exactly is Detroit-style pizza? At Angry Pete’s, you’ll find handcrafted, rectangular pan pizzas (sliced into fours) made in steel pans, comprising 80-percent hydration dough and crispy, caramelized cheese edges. Try the Ezzo SS Pepperoni Pizza, the Buffalo Chicken Pizza (pictured) and the Lions, Tigers & Wolverines Pizza; plus “Motor City” comfort food like smash burgers and coney dogs. See website for hours. 5335 Overland Ave., Kearny Mesa, 619.415.3477.

Pannikin Oceanside

Now Open. Local coffee shop Pannikin Coffee & Tea (long known for its quaint Leucadia locale and La Jolla outpost, the latter of which closed in 2022) has opened a new location in Oceanside’s historical 1886 Bunker House. The café offers coffee drinks (including Pannikin Originals like the Jimi Hendrix with four shots of espresso, Mexican chocolate and hazelnut), teas, a spacious patio and live music. To eat: breakfast tacos and burritos, avocado toast, quiche, empanadas and sandwiches. Open daily at 6 a.m. 322 N. Cleveland St., Oceanside, 442.266.2016. More Info

Arts + Culture

San Diego Opera’s Don Giovanni

Feb. 2 & 4. Staged as a concert-style performance with the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Opera presents Don Giovanni at the Civic Theatre. Mozart’s iconic tale of seduction, consequence and revenge is based on the story of the amorous Don Juan—with baritone Germán Enrique Alcántara (pictured) singing the title role of Don Giovanni. The production features state-of-the-art projections and lighting, fully costumed singers and the Symphony orchestra front and center on stage. F 7:30 p.m.; Su 2 p.m. See website for ticket pricing. 1100 Third Ave., downtown.

MOPA@SDMA Film Festival

Feb. 2-10. MOPA@SDMA (formerly the Museum of Photographic Arts, now housed inside The San Diego Museum of Art) presents the 14th annual San Diego Human Rights Watch Film Festival—featuring a series of film screenings in Balboa Park. The festival spans topics such as LGBTQ+ teens, refugee rights, disability rights and more; and each in-person screening is accompanied by a Q&A session with filmmakers and human rights leaders. The film lineup includes We Dare to Dream (pictured), Summer Qamp and Bad Press. See website for full schedule and ticket pricing. Balboa Park.

San Diego Museum Month

Through Feb. 29. Now in its 35th year, San Diego Museum Month is back and bigger than ever. Presented by the San Diego Museum Council, the event runs the entire month of February. Art and culture lovers can access more than 60 participating museums; plus cultural attractions, historical sites, aquariums, zoos and gardens—all for half-off admission. These include the California Surf Museum, myriad Balboa Park museums, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the floating USS Midway Museum, and many other venues. Passes are available at 80-plus local public libraries (see website). More Info

Photo credits: Beyond Monet is courtesy of Paquin Entertainment Group. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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