San Diego

Weekend roundup

January 6-9


Botanic Wonderland

Extended to Jan. 7-9. Hooray for more nights of lights! The San Diego Botanic Garden has extended its seasonal, family-friendly lighting experience through this weekend. The property’s plant collection will be illuminated like rarely seen before—featuring a 1-mile pathway of holiday lights; plus firepits to keep guests warm. Stroll among 37 acres of beautifully lit gardens—including the glass conservatory, Toni’s Treehouse, the rainforest, waterfall and lawn garden. Reservations required. 5:30-9 p.m. (last entry at 8 p.m.). See website for ticket pricing. 300 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, 760.436.3036.

Lane Field Park Market

Jan. 8-9. 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 and more. Sample cuisine from a dozen vendors, including waffles, crepes, empanadas, burgers, Vietnamese bao, fresh sushi, wood-fired pizza, hot mini doughnuts and smoothies; along with pour-over craft coffee by Nostalgia Coffee Roasters. Bring your own blanket (and sunscreen) for a picnic on the grass. Lawn umbrellas are provided for shade. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. 1009 N. Harbor Drive, downtown. More Info

Oceanfront Yoga at Sunset Cliffs

Jan. 8. Start your Saturday with a little namaste, along with some sweet ocean views and breezes. Taught by Amy Baack and open to all levels, this 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 iconic Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. Bring your own mat, towel, water and sunscreen. 9-10 a.m. (no registration required). $10 donation suggested per person (cash or Venmo accepted). Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Adair Street, Ocean Beach. More Info

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 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 flights are $175. 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, La Jolla, 858.452.9858.

Food + Drink

Flamenco Dinner Show at Cafe Sevilla

Jan. 8. Spice up your Saturday night with dinner and flamenco dancing at this beloved Spanish eatery (a Gaslamp Quarter staple since 1987). Cafe Sevilla presents a two-part flamenco performance, showcasing seasoned dancers who were trained in Spain; along with a three-course dinner featuring its award-winning Paella Valenciana. Add-ons include a tapas menu, wine and a full bar. Advance tickets are required and include entry to the restaurant’s nightclub. 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m., with communal-style seating assigned upon arrival.) $89.50 per person. 353 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.233.5979. Tickets

San Diego Brew Festival

Jan. 8. Calling all craft beer lovers! Head to Liberty Station’s NTC Park for a fun afternoon of suds and sunshine. The 11th annual event features more than 70 international and local craft breweries; along with food trucks, live music and lawn games. Participating brewers include Ballast Point, Harland Brewing Co., Latitude 33, Thorn Brewing Co., Flying Embers, Societe Brewing Company, Second Chance, Bell’s Inspired Brewing, Protector Brewery and East Brother Beer Co. Admission includes unlimited beer tastings. Noon-4 p.m. $50-$65 (ages 21+ only). 2455 Cushing Road, Liberty Station.

5th & Sky Rooftop Gardens

Open. Nestled atop Theatre Box luxury cineplex and Sugar Factory restaurant, 5th & Sky Rooftop Gardens & Lounge is a Japanese-garden-inspired retreat—complete with cherry blossom trees, lush greenery, firepits and a hand-painted mural by artist Kahori Maki. Take in sweeping views of the downtown skyline while sampling sushi, small plates and over-the-top cocktails. Come early and stay until after sundown to watch the city lights begin to glow, with notable DJs spinning to set the mood. Reservations recommended. F-Su 5 p.m.-1 a.m. 701 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.814.2225.

Secret Sister

Open. South Park’s hidden gem isn’t such a secret anymore, and for good reason: It’s a literal urban oasis of baked delights. The owners of The Rose wine bar and bottle shop have transformed their onsite event space into an adorable bakery and teahouse—offering scratch-made, seasonal baked goods, teas, coffee drinks and outdoor dining. Items sell out quickly and change often, but guests can expect quiche, cakes, fruit pies, pastries, breads, baguettes, ice cream and more. (See website for oven schedule.) W-Su 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 2215 30th St., South Park, 619.281.0718.

Arts + Culture

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Jan. 6. Broadway San Diego presents this “extra season event” for one night only at the historical Balboa Theatre. The acclaimed concert-style theater show profiles one of the more successful music duos of all time, beginning with their start as two young kids from Queens. Accompanied by a full live band, the concert showcases Simon & Garfunkel’s nostalgic hits—including “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Mrs. Robinson,” “Scarborough Fair” and “The Sound of Silence.” See website for theater safety protocols. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $40. 868 Fourth Ave., downtown, 888.973.7469.

Chicano Park Tours

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

Photo credits: Botanic Wonderland by Elena Belevich. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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