Saturday, Jan. 5 2019
San Diego Whale Watching Tours
9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., Flagship Cruises & Events
Whale watching season in San Diego typically runs from December to April, when approximately 20,000 gray whales migrate along our coast. Flagship offers daily whale watching tours to catch a glimpse of the magnificent giants of the sea, led by marine experts from Birch Aquarium, who will explain the intricacies of the ocean ecosystem. The tours are aboard the two-story yacht, the Marietta, and last about three-and-a-half hours. Weekend prices cost $48 for adults and $24 for children ages 4 to 12. Check the Flagship website for departure times, depending on the day you choose to cruise.
Yoga + Beer
10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Eppig Brewing
Eppig Brewing in North Park invites yogis to partake in this hour-long Vinyasa flow session, followed by a pint of Eppig beer. To reserve your spot, email [email protected] Tickets cost $20 and include a “welcome taster,” the yoga class and one pint. The brewery hosts these yoga sessions on the first and third Saturday of each month, so if you miss this one, plan ahead to join in on the next one.
Minefaire: Official Minecraft Community Event
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), San Diego Convention Center
Grab your little Minecraft fanatics and head to the San Diego Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday for Minefaire, an expo dedicated to the popular video game. The fair will include special parent-child build challenges, a Minecraft costume contest, stage shows and meet-and-learn sessions with Minecraft masterminds. Tickets start at $31.99; kids age 2 and under get in free with an adult.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
The Archaeological Institute of America turns 140 years old in 2019 and this expo at the Marriott Marquis will pretty much serve as the institute’s birthday bash. The fair will feature archaeology presentations, hands-on demos, workshops, an “ancient game tournament” centered on a board game from Mesopotamia, and Q&A sessions with experts. A $10 general admission ticket will let you dig into the educational fun.
SDSU Aztecs Women’s Basketball vs. Boise State Broncos
1 p.m., Viejas Arena
Root for San Diego State University as the Aztecs Women’s Basketball team takes on the Boise State Broncos at Viejas Arena Saturday afternoon. Tickets to the game start at $6.
Holiday by the Bay
5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Saturday is the final day of Holiday by the Bay, the Hilton Bayfront’s holiday adventure park. In addition to its scenic view of San Diego Bay, the attraction features activities like a two-story ice tubing slide, “iceberg” bumper cars and a dynamic light show centered on a Christmas tree. Tickets start at $20 for adults or $15 for kids under 12. Some activities cost extra.
Tequila Flight Night
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., VOM Fass
Tequila aficionados might enjoy this special tasting session at Vom Fass on University Avenue featuring four tequilas made by the same producer. The flight will consist of Plata, Reposado, Anejo and Extra Anejo tequilas, served alongside light appetizers. Tickets cost $40.
San Diego Sockers vs. Ontario Fury
7:05 p.m., Pechanga Arena San Diego
The San Diego Sockers play the Ontario Fury at this Saturday night game at Pechanga Arena San Diego. Tickets to the all-ages soccer match start at $15.
The Winehouse Experience: Jonny Tarr Quarter With Horns
8:30 p.m., The Music Box
Music fans who loved the late Amy Winehouse will enjoy this show Saturday night at The Music Box on India Street. Mia Karter takes the mic to pay tribute to Winehouse’s unique vocals, backed by a full band. General admission (standing) tickets cost $20; if you want to make a night of it with dinner, you might want to splurge for a dinner and concert package.
Sunday, Jan. 6
Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park
Start your Sunday with a little nature walk at Mission Trails Regional Park. A trail guide will take visitors through one of three trails — the Oak Grove Loop, the Visitor Center Loop or the Riverside Grinding Rocks — while talking about the plants, animals, geology, history, and ecology of the park. These weekly guided walks are free and open to the public and begin at the Visitor Center. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, a hat and sunscreen. Rain cancels the walk.
Gaslamp Artisan Market
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gaslamp Quarter (Fifth Avenue)
Peruse more than 30 local artisans offering carefully-curated, handmade products at this weekly outdoor market in the Gaslamp Quarter. The Gaslamp Artisan Market sets up shop every Sunday on Fifth Avenue, between Market Street and Island Avenue.
Cider & Savasana
10:30 a.m., Serpertine Cider
Start off 2019 on the right foot with this expert-led vinyasa yoga class that includes a bonus: a flight of three ciders at Serpentine Cider (8665 Miralani Dr., Suite 100). Yogis of all levels are welcome to join this class; the cider is only for participants age 21 and up. Tickets cost $20.
Skating by the Sea
11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Hotel Del Coronado
The Hotel Del Coronado’s picturesque ice skating rink hosts its last hurrah of the season this Sunday, so now is your final chance to hit the ice and enjoy some breathtaking views. Tickets cost $35.
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