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Weekend roundup

January 5-8


Monster Jam at Snapdragon Stadium

Jan. 7-8. It’s a battle of speed and skill (while tearing up the dirt!) at this two-day competition that pits 12,000-pound monster trucks against each other. Featured competitors include “Grave Digger” (Tyler Menninga), “Megalodon” (Cory Rummell) and “Zombie” (Bari Musawwir). The fun includes the Monster Jam Trackside experience, including a peek behind the scenes with the Pit Crew, giveaways and the Judges Zone Overview; the Pit Party, where guests can see the monster trucks up close; and a post-event driver meet-and-greet. See website for full schedule and tickets. 2108 Stadium Way, Mission Valley.

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Oceanfront Yoga at Sunset Cliffs

Jan. 7. Start your Saturday with a little namaste, along with some sweet ocean views and breezes. Taught by Amy Baack and open to all levels, the 60-minute class is a vinyasa/hatha flow experience—a balance of stretching, strengthening and relaxing. The best part: the unparalleled ocean and coastline views from the iconic Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. Bring your own mat, towel, water and sunscreen. 9-10 a.m. (see website to register). $10 donation suggested per person (cash or Venmo accepted at beginning of class). Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Adair Street, Ocean Beach. More Info

Lane Field Park Market

Jan. 7-8. This popular weekend market by the waterfront across from Broadway Pier features live music, gourmet street food, artwork and pop-up installations, handmade jewelry, crafts, San Diego Bay views and more. Sample cuisine from a dozen vendors, including waffles, crepes, empanadas, burgers, Vietnamese bao, Thai food, wood-fired pizza, hot mini doughnuts and smoothies; along with Columbian craft coffee by Yipao Coffee San Diego. Bring your own blanket (and sunscreen) for a picnic on the grass. Lawn umbrellas are provided for shade. Sa-Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free entry. 1009 N. Harbor Drive, downtown. More Info

Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station

Closes Jan. 8. Don’t miss your chance to ice skate at the Rady Children’s Hospital ice rink, located on the central promenade at the Arts District Liberty Station, before its last day on Sunday. All net proceeds from ice-rink admission will benefit the Thriving After Cancer program at the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s. Tickets include helmet and skate rentals Open daily 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $20 adults; $15 kids; $10 Rady Children’s staff and military (see website to purchase tickets in advance). 2875 Dewey Road, Liberty Station, 619.221.1970.

Paragliding Over La Jolla

Ongoing. Glide like a bird above the majestic bluffs overlooking Torrey Pines State Beach aboard a hang glider or parasail glider. The Torrey Pines Gliderport offers tandem rides by experienced instructors daily (weather permitting). The approximately 25-minute flights show off the coastal cliffs, Torrey Pines Golf Course and some of the region’s priciest real estate. (Should paragliding become a passion for you, the glider port offers a flight school where you can earn your own pilot wings to fly solo.) Tandem paragliding flights start at $175. 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, La Jolla, 858.452.9858.

Food + Drink

San Diego Brew Festival

Jan. 7. Calling all craft beer lovers. Head to Liberty Station’s NTC Park for a fun afternoon of suds and sunshine. The 12th annual event features more than 70 regional and local craft breweries; along with 10 food trucks, live music and lawn games. Participating brewers include Ballast Point, Coronado Brewing Co., Boochcraft Organic Hard Kombucha, Thorn Brewing Co., Societe Brewing Company, Second Chance, Mike Hess Brewing, Flying Embers and The Original 40 Brewing Company. Admission includes unlimited beer tastings. 1-4 p.m. $50-$65 (free parking; no pets; 21+). 2455 Cushing Road, Liberty Station.

Salt & Fin Restaurant

Now Open. An ode to oysters and refined sea fare, Salt & Fin is the fifth full-service restaurant to open at Harrah’s Resort Southern California. Helmed by executive chef Eric Mickle, the elegant outpost offers chilled seafood and shellfish towers; specialties like wild-caught, whole-grilled orate fish, poached Pacific halibut and the signature Salt & Fin Shrimp ‘n’ Grits; plus pasture-raised chicken, flat-iron prime steak, fresh-baked cornbread with spiced honey, chili butter and smoked sea salt; and bourbon-caramel budino (pictured) for dessert. Open daily 4:30-10 p.m. 777 S. Resort Drive, Valley Center, 760.751.3100.

Arts + Culture

Broadway San Diego’s Ain’t Too Proud

Through Jan. 8. Broadway San Diego brings us the smash-hit musical, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations, at the San Diego Civic Theatre. A 2019 Tony Award winner for “Best Choreography,” the rousing musical is based on the inspiring true story of the legendary Motown quintet—spotlighting their journey from humble roots in Detroit to super stardom. Expect some smooth dance moves and hit Temptations songs to be belted out, including “Just My Imagination” and “My Girl.” See website for showtimes and tickets. 1100 Third Ave., downtown.

Chicano Park Tours

Ongoing. An often-overlooked (literally) cultural gem, Chicano Park sits beneath the Coronado Bridge overpass—an enclave for local artists and a proud community steeped in Mexican heritage. Founded in 1970, the park houses 72 vibrant murals created by various artists throughout the 1970s and 1980s; it’s the largest collection of outdoor murals in the U.S. A $1.6 million restoration project in 2011 returned 20 murals to their original glory. Take a virtual tour online to familiarize yourself with each mural; then take a self-guided tour onsite. Open daily. National Avenue and Evans Street, Barrio Logan.

WNDR Museum

Upcoming | Opens Jan. 11. First opened in Chicago, WNDR Museum is a departure from the traditional museum experience. It’s an immersive, multidimensional adventure, boasting more than 20 multisensory installations and exhibits by acclaimed designers, technologists and artists such as Yayoi Kusama. Visitors essentially become an extension of each creator through interaction. For example, the Brightlogic x WNDR Studios’ Lightfloor reacts to your every move as you dance across it. All ages are welcome, and no two museum visits—each lasting 75 to 90 minutes—are the same. 422 Market St., downtown.

Photo credits: Ain’t Too Proud by Emilio Madrid. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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