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Weekend roundup

January 26-29


2023 Farmers Insurance Open

Through Jan28. Pro golf’s biggest stars will swing by (pun intended) Torrey Pines Golf Course for this esteemed annual PGA Tour competition. Luke List—who clinched his first PGA victory at Torrey Pines in 2022—returns to defend his title. Jon Rahm, who has a Farmers title and U.S. Open win under his belt, is a leading favorite this year; followed by Xander Schauffele, Tony Finau, Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas and Will Zalatoris. See website for daily schedule, passes and pricing for the exclusive Canyon Club. 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla.

“Oceans at Night” at Birch Aquarium

Opens Jan. 26. Sea life and nightlife combine at this new monthly series at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Leave the kiddos at home for this adults-only (21+) event celebrating the ocean’s mysteries and wonders after dark. Partake in interactive experiences that spotlight ocean phenomena such as bioluminescence, biofluorescence and underwater acoustics; plus a “glow lounge,” live music and entertainment, glowing cocktails and food by The French Gourmet, and those famous Birch Aquarium ocean views. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $27 members; $30 general public. 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, 858.534.3474.

Little Italy Mercato

Jan. 28. 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. (also open every Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). Along W. Date Street, Little Italy.

R&B Block Party at Quartyard

Jan. 28. This isn’t just an R&B block party. It’s an “all decades” R&B block party, celebrating each decade of the genre every hour on the hour—from the soulful ‘70s to the ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s. Head to outdoor venue Quartyard for an evening of jams “that you just don’t get in the club no more.” Think: throwback tunes by artists such as Jodeci, Bell Biv Devoe, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Blackstreet, Keith Sweat and Jagged Edge. The party features resident DJ Alonzo The Mayor, as well as special DJ guests and performers. 5-10 p.m. $10-$25 (21+). 1301 Market St., East Village. More Info

Miniature Golf Pop-Up at One Paseo

Jan. 28-29. Inspired to get your putt-putt on? In the spirit of golf (with the PGA’s Farmers Insurance Open taking place this weekend), One Paseo is hosting a pop-up, 18-hole miniature golf course on The Lawn behind Harland Brewing Company. Catch the golf tournament on Harland’s TVs while working on your own putting skills. Guests can also partake in a chipping game and enjoy music by a live DJ. We also suggest making an afternoon of it with some retail therapy at One Paseo’s shops. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 3725 Paseo Place, Del Mar, 858.523.2298.

Food + Drink

Bivouac Ciderworks’ Five-Year Anniversary

Jan. 28. The North Park taproom of hard cider maker Bivouac Ciderworks is turning 5 years old. Stop by on Saturday for its all-day celebration, featuring an exclusive tasting flight made in collaboration with Julian cidery Storum Ranch Cider & Wine; the premiere of a short film spotlighting Bivouac Ciderworks’ owner Lara Worm and team’s visit to the UK; a special food menu by chef Gilberto Morales; anniversary merchandise available for purchase; live music; and a commemorative iron-on patch for the first 50 guests. Noon-11 p.m. Free entry. 3986 30th St., North Park, 619.725.0844.

Prince Street Pizza

Opens Jan. 27. First opened in 2012 in NYC (then expanding to Los Angeles and Miami), the Morano family’s Prince Street Pizza is known for its SoHo squares and Neapolitan-style round pies—incorporating Sicilian recipes and handcrafted sauces. Now pizza lovers can enjoy its famous fare at its new location in the Gaslamp. Expect the same menu offerings named after landmark SoHo streets; such as the Mercer Margherita pie, the Prince Perfection and the trademarked Spicy Spring; plus 10-inch pizzettas, salads and mozzarella balls. See website for hours. 415 Market St., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.501.4261.

Arts + Culture

Marston House Museum

Open. Getting to visit this historical landmark is our kind of house call. Built in 1905 and named for George W. Marston (the “Father of Balboa Park”), the Marston House is the embodiment of the Arts & Crafts architectural movement. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house—nestled on five acres of landscaped gardens—was designed by renowned architects William Hebbard and Irving Gill. Tours start every half hour and last 40-45 minutes. Sa-Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See website for pricing. 3525 Seventh Ave., Balboa Park, 619.297.9327. More Info

Spanish Village Art Center

Open. Established in 1936, this historical artist collective is an underrated Balboa Park gem—known for its old-world architecture and brightly colored tile walkways reminiscent of an actual Spanish village. Stroll among its working studios, where you’ll witness art in action. More than 200 local artists—whose mediums span painting, sculpture, jewelry design, glass, wood, metal, mixed media and more—can be found creating their latest masterpieces. The center also hosts art classes, shows and special events. Open daily 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. 1770 Village Place, Balboa Park, 619.233.9050.

San Diego Museum Month

Upcoming | Begins Feb. 1. Now in its 34th year (accruing 100,000 participants last year alone), San Diego Museum Month is back and bigger than ever. Presented by the San Diego Museum Council, the month-long event grants access to more than 60 museums, cultural attractions, historical sites, aquariums and gardens for half-off admission. Participants include The New Children’s Museum (pictured), myriad Balboa Park museums, MCASD, the floating USS Midway Museum and many more. Passes can be picked up at 75 area public libraries beginning Jan. 26. See website for all details. More Info

Photo credits: Birch Aquarium at Scripps by Jordann Tomasek. One Paseo by Diana Rose. Marston House Museum by Paul Body. Spanish Village Art Center by KD Graves. San Diego Museum Month / The New Children’s Museum by Philipp Scholz Rittermann. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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