Things to do this weekend in San Diego

Things to do this weekend in San Diego


Tuesday, March 7, 2019

The Flowers Fields at Carlsbad Ranch: Opening Day
9 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Flowers Field at Carlsbad
Possibly San Diego’s most beloved springtime tradition, The Flowers Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are now open for the season. The beautiful burst of blooms at the famous flower fields are back in their brilliant glory, with prime viewing season running now through Mother’s Day (May 12). As usual, for about eight weeks, visitors can enjoy displays of colorful Giant Tecolote Ranunculus spanning the 50-acre site. The Flower Fields are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; tickets cost $18 for adults, $16 for seniors 60+, and $9 for children ages 3 to 10. If you plan on visiting a few times this season, you may want to spring for a season pass ($39 for adults, $20 for kids). Keep an eye on the Flower Fields website, too, as the venue hosts lots of family-friendly, fun events throughout its run, usually on the weekends.

Defining Place/Space: Contemporary Photography From Australia
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Museum of Photographic Arts
The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park has rolled out a new exhibition this week: “Defining Place/Space,” featuring photography that reflects on indigenous heritage. Austrian curators nominated the works in this display as being of utmost importance to global photography today. The exhibition is included with entry into MOPA, which, by the way, is on a “Pay What You Wish” basis. This means there is no general admission fee for the museum – you just make a contribution of your choice instead. The museum does this so MOPA can be accessible to all.

Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar
5:30 p.m., Different Locations Around San Diego County
The Fleet Science Center brings back another round of “Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar,” an event that brings local scientists to about two dozen bars across San Diego County for one night. The concept is simple: scientists visit watering holes and patrons are encouraged to ask them questions. The scientists will be sitting near a sign that reads, “We are scientists. Ask us anything!” This edition of the fun mingling session brings scientists to breweries and bars including Ballast Point on India Street in Little Italy, Culture Brewing in both Ocean Beach and Solana Beach, North Park Beer Co., Fall Brewing, and Iron Fist in both National City and Vista, to name a few spots. Cheers to mingling and learning!

Circus Vargas
7:30 p.m., Westfield North County
Circus Vargas – celebrating its 50th anniversary and the golden era of the circus in America – has been traveling around San Diego for the past couple of months, bringing with it acrobats, daredevils and flying trapeze under the big top. The “Big One” begins its run in Escondido this Thursday, at Westfield North County, where it’ll stay until March 18. General admission bleacher seats start at $15, while arena seats start at $27. Kids under 2 who sit on an adult’s lap get in free.

8 p.m., La Jolla Playhouse
This musical about the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, is currently running at La Jolla Playhouse through April 7. Portraying the beloved late royal is British actress Jeanna De Waal, who spoke with NBC 7 last week about how she prepared for the role of a lifetime. The musical is widely expected to transfer to Broadway, though there are no concrete plans just yet. This Thursday’s performance of “Diana” is at 8 p.m.; tickets cost around $100. It’s a hot ticket, so if you can’t get into the play this weekend, keep checking the calendar on the La Jolla Playhouse website for future shows throughout March.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Museum of What? Love Tour
11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Encinitas
This pop-up museum experience in Encinitas (220 North El Camino Real) has been gaining a lot of attention for its blissful exhibits inviting visitors to live, laugh and love. The “Love Tour” aims to delight the senses as visitors touch, smell, feel and listen their way through more than 21 exhibits inspired by love and happiness. The displays have also been deemed very Instagram-worthy. General admission costs $24 for adults and $15 for children ages 4 to 15; kids 3 and under get in free. Hours vary by day and you can pick your time to visit between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. when you buy your ticket online.

The Acro-Cats
3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Moxie Theater
Cat lovers, this one’s for you. The Amazing Acro-Cats are a troupe of house cats that perform tricks in a traveling show – from cats riding skateboards to jumping through hoops. The troupe and their trainer are performing at San Diego’s Moxie Theater (6663 El Cajon Blvd.) through March 17. On Friday, they will perform two shows, at 3 p.m. and at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $40; a portion of proceeds benefit the group’s ongoing cat foster and rescue efforts.

Film & Float: ‘A League of Their Own’
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., The Lafayette Swim Club & Bungalows
The Lafayette’s “Film & Float” series – a free outdoor movie screening at the hotel’s pool – returns, this time with the Geena Davis classic, “A League of Their Own.” The flick is perfectly timed, too, since March 8 is International Women’s Day, and the movie is all about women who play ball. The event will also feature $5 ballpark-themed snacks and drinks, plus “spirited games” for the 21+ crowd. Dottie and Kit would approve.

Hops on the Harbor: Modern Times Beer
7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Flagship Cruises & Events
Enjoy a craft beer dinner cruise around the San Diego Bay paired with suds from San Diego favorite, Modern Times Beer, best known for its lineup of aroma-driven, “sessionish” beers. The menu from this installment of “Hops on the Harbor” includes four 6-ounce beer tastings expertly paired with four courses. For instance, Modern Times’ Fruitlands (Fruited Sour Gose) will be paired with Pan-Seared Salmon, while the brewery’s Blazing World (Hoppy Amber) will be paired with a gourmet pasta bar featuring decadent penne and tortellini dishes. Also on the beer list: Dreamspeaker (Seasonal IPA) and Black House (Oatmeal Coffee Stout). The dinner cruise boards at 7 p.m. from 990 North Harbor Dr. and sails past the San Diego skyline, USS Midway, Star of India and other Maritime Museum ships and the Coronado Bay Bridge. Tickets cost $79.50 for adults and $47.70 for children ages 4 to 12; kids 3 and under are free. Reservations are recommended. Insider Tip: The featured brewery changes monthly.

San Diego Gulls vs. Colorado Eagles
7 p.m., Pechanga Arena San Diego
Root for the San Diego Gulls at this hockey home game against the Colorado Eagles. Tickets start at $22; the puck drops at 7 p.m.

2019 International Women’s Day Mixer
7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Café Sevilla Nightclub
The National Latina Business Women Association will host this mixer at Café Sevilla in honor of International Women’s Day. It’s an evening of networking among entrepreneurs, professionals and community leaders. Tickets cost $20.

Fan Halen: A Tribute to Van Halen
8 p.m., House of Blues San Diego
Van Halen fans, this one might make you “Jump”: Fan Halen, a Van Halen tribute band, takes the stage at House of Blues in downtown San Diego Friday night. The doors open at 7 p.m.; tickets range from $15 to $30.

The Joffrey Ballet
8 p.m., San Diego Civic Theatre
The Joffrey Ballet will showcase new works from innovative choreographers performed to a live score by Philip Glass. The 2-hour show has a keen focus on manipulating bodies to form geometric structures, so the visuals on stage will be quite spectacular. Tickets start at $29.

Saturday, March 9

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. 

Cook With an Italian Chef & Market Tour
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Little Italy
This weekly event in Little Italy gives you a chance to cook alongside a trained chef while discovering the community’s charming open-air farmers “mercato.” Here’s how the tour works: a chef-guide will walk with you through the market, pointing out local vendors specializing in fresh ingredients. Together, you’ll taste-test items and buy what you need to create your meal before heading to the guide’s home to partake in a cooking lesson. You’ll cook three dishes – an appetizer and two main dishes – and also enjoy a glass of wine and pannacotta for dessert. This cooking tour costs $79 per person and is usually available every Saturday.

Wildlife Baby Shower
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., San Diego Wildlife Center
This might be the most adorable baby shower you attend this year. The Wildlife Baby Shower at the San Diego Wildlife Center in Carlsbad will celebrate animal babies arriving at the facility this spring. The event will help collect donations and “shower gifts” for the baby animals being cared for at the facility. The shower registry wish list includes items like bird seed, beef-only baby food, paper towels and dish soap. The event will also include vendors, animal ambassadors, a kid’s zone and a tour of The San Diego Wildlife Center. The center – located at 2380 Camino Vida Roble Unit G – helps rehabilitate injured, ill orphaned wildlife and is a program of the local non-profit, Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

The Oddities & Curiosities Expo
11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Del Mar Fairgrounds
Enthusiasts of the strange and usual might like this one: The Oddities & Curiosities Expo travels to the Del Mar Fairgrounds Saturday, taking over O’Brien Hall. It’s all about the weird here, with local and national vendors offering items like taxidermy, odd antiques, jewelry made from insects, and more. The expo also features sideshow-style performers, including a “live human suspension” team. General admission costs $10; kids age 12 and under get in free. Parking at the fairgrounds costs $15.

11th Annual Baldrick’s Shave-a-Thon San Diego
12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Nason’s Beer Hall at The Pendry Hotel
This fundraiser at Nason’s Beer Hall at The Pendry in downtown San Diego supports the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and its ongoing mission to conquer childhood cancers. Everyone is welcome to join the festivities – and, if you’d like, you can even partake in the “annual shave.” A $10 donation gets you into the event, and a $15 donation gets you entry, a T-shirt and a raffle ticket. Money raised this year will benefit the Mighty Micah’s Mission Fund to help a little boy diagnosed who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of just 15 months. If you’d like to learn more about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation or make a donation, click here.

Best Coast Beer Fest
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Embarcadero Park South
The Best Coast Beer Fest brings more than 100 breweries together for a day of suds, snacks and local music at Embarcadero Park South. Participating breweries include San Diego favorites like AleSmith Brewing Company, Belching Beaver, Eppig Brewing, Iron Fist, Hess Brewing, Societe Brewing Company, and Stone Brewing Co., to name a few. Tickets are currently $55 and include unlimited beer samples and a souvenir cup. If tickets are still available on the day of the event, they will be $60.

The Irish Rovers
7:30 p.m., Balboa Theatre
The Irish Rovers – a group from Northern Ireland that’s been around for more than 50 years – make their way to San Diego to perform their hits at Balboa Theatre. Expect to hear “The Unicorn,” the group’s most famous, lucky little ditty written by Shel Silverstein, which propelled The Irish Rovers to stardom. Tickets start at $34.50

Stand-Up Comedy
7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., American Comedy Co. and The Comedy Store
Looking for a good laugh? Try a stand-up comedy show at two prime San Diego venues: downtown’s American Comedy Co. or The Comedy Store in La Jolla. On Friday night, funnyman, host and actor Chris Hardwick takes the mic at The American Comedy Co., with 21+ shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; tickets cost $35. Over at The Comedy Store, Oakland Raiders cheerleader-turned-viral sensation Anjelah Johnson headlines Friday night, with shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Those tickets cost between $40 and $75.

Sunday, March 10

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.

Pioneer BBQ, Axes & Beer
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thorn Brewing Co. (Barrio Logan)
Thorn Brewing will host this Sunday shindig at its Barrio Logan tasting room (1745 National Ave.), featuring food from Pioneer BBQ, craft brews and axe-throwing in a special booth. A $27 ticket gets you a BBQ plate, one beer of choice, and 10 axe throws. If you want to skip the axe-throwing, a $22 ticket gets you food and beer.

Farm-to-Bottle DIY Kombucha Workshop
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wild Willow Farm
Learn to make kombucha safely in this workshop led by the Fermenters Club at Wild Willow Farm (2550 Sunset Ave.) in south San Diego. The class includes a walk through the farm to pick herbs to flavor your kombucha creation, take-home live kombucha culture, and a 16-ounce bottle of kombucha that you will flavor in the class with herbs and fruit. The cost of the class starts at $50.

Live Music: Modern Day Moonshine
1 p.m., Liberty Public Market
Local band Modern Day Moonshine brings its soulful sounds and catalog of original jams to this free lunchtime concert on the patio at Liberty Public Market Sunday. To make a day of it, grab a bite from one of the vendors inside Liberty Public Market, take your food to the patio and eat while enjoying the live music.

San Diego Fleet vs. Salt Lake Stallions
5 p.m., SDCCU Stadium
San Diego Fleet – our city’s Alliance of American Football (AAF) team – squares off against the Salt Lake Stallions at this Sunday evening home game at SDCCU Stadium. With the Chargers long gone, this is one way to still enjoy football in San Diego. Tickets start at $20.

San Diego Sockers vs. Ontario Fury
5:05 p.m., Pechanga Arena San Diego
Watch soccer superstar Landon Donovan lead the San Diego Sockers in this home game against the Ontario Fury. The “Sunday Funday” themed match-up includes a retro logo cup giveaway and $5 CaliFino Margaritas during the game. Tickets range between $15 and $35.