San Diego's Best Events in February
San Diego kicks off 29 days of big-time culture for a wee little price when 40 area museums cut their admission fees in half for Museum Month. www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org.
Be a tourist in your own town with the free Hometown Pass on Old Town Trolley Tours and SEAL Tours. Residents ride free when accompanied by a paying guest. http://hometownpass.com.
Little Italy’s Anthology is no stranger to supper, but it’s a new kid on the brunch block. Their new Sunday Brunch Live features farm-fresh grub (rum butter banana-nut hotcakes), eye-opening cocktails (white peach mimosas) and live music. www.anthologysd.com.
Del Mar bistro Sbicca sips its way through the Red World Tour, a six-class wine series, schooling oenophiles on the bold beauty of reds—from pinots to Gamays, Sonoma to Spain. $49 per class; $264 for series. www.mwineeducation.com.
The Lawrence Family JCC presents a 10-day cinematic exploration of the Jewish experience at the 22nd annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival. www.sdcjc.org/sdjff.
Ever look at the Petco Park outfield and think “Man, I’d love to throw a dinner party on that immaculate grass”? Dinner on the Diamond is your chance. The Padres fundraiser for youth baseball starts with cocktails at shortstop, then out to the centerfield grass for dinner and dancing. $200 and up. www.padres.com/awardsdinner.
FanFest marks day two of Petco Park fun, giving fans face-to-face access to players and media personalities, plus a garage sale of game-used items and memorabilia, autograph opps, and pitching clinics. Free. www.padres.com/fanfest.
Run for (or from) your beau at the second annual Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K in Tidelands Park. $32 and up. www.coronado10k.com. The Puppy Love 5K Run/Walk in Solana Beach invites your pooch to get in on the action. $35. www.animalcenter.org/events/puppylove/.
Anti-Valentine’s Day singles (and couples) lampoon the Hallmark holiday at Bacchus Wine Market’s fifth annual Cupid is Stupid wine-tasting party. $25. www.bacchuswinemarket.com.
Experience the grace and elegance of the Moscow Festival Ballet performing Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake at Copley Symphony Hall. $20. www.sandiegosymphony.com.
SDSU’s Experimental Theatre SQUAWKs its way into the hearts of bird lovers with a “madcap adventure” of the avian variety. Through February 26. $15. http://theatre.sdsu.edu.
The Harlem Globetrotters are lockout-proof. They bring their zany brand of basketball-based physical comedy (and pretty magical ball skills) to Valley View Casino Center. $15 and up. www.harlemglobetrotters.com.
The show isn’t over until the fat whale sings. It’s Moby-Dick—Melville as you’ve never seen it—as an opera at the Civic Theatre. $50 and up. www.sdopera.com.
Day two of the Tribute to the Reggae Legends by the Bay brings roots reggae icons—Junior Reid, Sister Carol, Don Carlos, etc.—and the music of Marley to a new venue at the waterfront Broadway Pier. www.worldbeatcenter.org.
It’s a four-course brew-and-chew as Alchemy and Hamilton’s Tavern team-up for Barrel and the Beast, the first in a series of pairing dinners. $75. www.alchemysandiego.com.
Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp is the biggest Fat Tuesday bash on the West Coast, with fairy dancers (yes, fairies), fire freaks, breakdancers, building-sized video art and big-time DJs. $20. http://gaslamp.org/mardi-gras.
Culture and Cocktails is back for a new year of after-dark mixing and mingling at SDMA. This month, Echoes of the Past recreates long-destroyed Buddhist cave temples in China that you can literally explore, thanks to the immersive, digital installation. $15. www.sdmart.org.
Tap your inner Irishman at the Museum of Man’s Tower After Hours showcase of traditional food, drink, music, dance and storytelling. $20. www.museumofman.org.
San Diego Surf Ladies and The Loft at UC San Diego will host Board Shorts, an annual festival of short surf films by regional artists (male and female! But “inspired by women”).
It’s one of the city’s most popular brunches. Live music and oh sweet jeebus those housemade cinnamon rolls. Time you partied before noon at Urban Solace’s weekly Bluegrass Brunch. www.urbansolace.net.
From roadhouse ditties to Tex-Mex polkas, the tunes of cowboy country will make up Don’t Fence Me In: Songs, Music and Poetry of the American West at UCSD’s Mandeville Auditorium. $10 and up. www.artpwr.com.
Get your “Texican” (that’s country-rock, Laredo-style) groove on at the Belly Up at the Los Lonely Boys acoustic show. $42. www.bellyup.com.
They sing about blood. About sugar. About sex, magik and Californication. Over 30 years (yes, you’re getting old) the Red Hot Chili Peppers have gone from FCC-baiting punk-funkers to radio-friendly superstars. Catch the rock legends live at the Valley View Casino Center. $39.50 and up. www.redhotchilipeppers.com.