Things To Do In San Diego This Week

Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge, Farmer's Insurance Open, Tet Festival, Chinese New Year festival, and more things to do in San Diego this week.


January 23


Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party 

Discover the magic, with stunts, skating, acrobatics and more.

Pechanga Arena, 7 p.m.; $17-82 (through January 26).


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Farmers Insurance Open

Watch top names in professional golf compete for millions as the four-day tournament returns to Torrey Pines.

Torrey Pines Golf Course, 9 a.m.; $60 (through January 26).



August Wilson’s Jitney 

A story of unlicensed cab drivers in 1970s Pittsburgh who fight to save their business in a gentrifying neighborhood. The show’s run kicks off with In Conversation with actor/director Ruben-Santiago Hudson.

The Old Globe; $30-94 (through February 23).



The Humans

The 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Play explores a spiritual rift at the heart of a modern American family.

Lyceum Theatre, 8 p.m.; $22-55 (through February 2).




This Irish love story follows an older couple retracing their steps to rediscover their younger selves.

North Coast Repertory Theatre, 8 p.m.; $41-46 (through February 2).



México Quiero Conocerte

The work of two celebrated Latin American photographers appears in this new exhibit.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (through March 15).



Illusion: The Magic of Motion

MoPA’s newest exhibit is all about crystallizing the moments within movement.

Museum of Photographic Arts (through January 2021).



Hunt Slonem: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Admire paintings of bunnies, butterflies, and tropical birds.

Madison Gallery, Free (through March 20).


January 24


San Diego Tet Festival

Expect lion dances, fashion shows, and traditional Vietnamese music during the three-day festival. 

Mira Mesa Community Park, 5 p.m.; Free (through January 26).



Shen Yun

Travel back in time to ancient China with the dance and music company.

Civic Theatre, 7:30 p.m.; $81-206 (through January 26).



The Princess Bride


Cinema Under the Stars, 8 p.m.; $17-20.


January 25


Pure Project’s fourth anniversary party 

Raise a glass to another year for the local craft brewery.

Pure Project Miramar, 1 p.m.; $25.



Chinese New Year Festival 

Celebrate the Year of the Rat during the two-day event.

Balboa Park’s International Cottages, 11:30 a.m.; Free.



Chinese New Year Banquet

Ring in the Year of the Rat with a 10-course dinner at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum’s dinner, including traditional entertainment and a live auction.

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, 5:30 p.m.; $125.


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Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge 

Paddle it out—on a canoe, kayak, surf ski, stand-up paddleboard, and other vessels.

Mission Bay, 7:30 a.m.; Free for spectators.



Los Dug Dug’s

Catch the legendary psychedelic rock band from Mexico. Read more about the group in this week’s edition of The Setlist.

Soda Bar, 8:30 p.m.; $15.


January 26


Bird Habitat Restoration

Help the San Diego Audubon restore the California Least Tern habitat by removing weeds and repairing fencing.

Stony Point, Fiesta Island, 9:30 a.m.; Free.


January 27


The Midnight Pine

The final night in The Casbah’s Redwoods Residency features The Midnight Pine, who’ll deliver their enchanting, ethereal folk and Americana.

Casbah, 8:30 p.m.; $5.



Tim and Eric Mandatory Attendance Tour

The absurdist comedy duo comes to San Diego. Be prepared for zaniness. (“It’s free real estate!”)

Balboa Theatre, 8 p.m.; $42-59.



David Foster

The legendary songwriter and record producer stops by Escondido with his wife and special guest Katharine McPhee.

California Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.; $40-80.


January 28


Ranky Tanky

Spend an evening hearing the soulful sounds of Gullah music from this South Carolina-based outfit.

Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, 7 p.m.; $46-60.


January 29


Super Bowl Snack Challenge

A Super Bowl-themed teen cooking challenge for teens.

Coronado Public Library, 2:30 p.m.; Free.


Past Events

January 16


Kindred 4-Year Anniversary

The metal-themed vegan restaurant is holding special events all weekend for its anniversary, including new merch releases, donut collaborations and more.

Kindred; menu prices vary (through January 19).



Downtown at Sundown

Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art and SDSU Downtown Gallery for free, with food and drink specials at nearby Stone Company Store and AAHARN.

MCASD Downtown/SDSU Downtown Gallery, 6 p.m.; Free.


January 17


Twelfth Night

San Diego Junior Theatre takes on the classic Shakespeare play. Read our review of the play.

Casa del Prado Theatre, 7 p.m.; $14-16 (through January 19).




Watch Jordan Peele’s acclaimed horror film in a cozy outdoor setting (make sure to grab a blanket!).

Cinema Under the Stars, 8 p.m.; $17-20 (through January 18).


January 18

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Los Lobos

The long-running band performs a benefit concert in support of the nonprofit Doors of Change.

Spreckels Theatre, 8 p.m.; $69.



Women’s March San Diego

Make your voice heard!

Kicks off at Waterfront Park, 10 a.m.; Free.


January 19


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

Stand up for civil rights at the annual parade.

Harbor Drive, 2 p.m.; Free.



San Diego Restaurant Week

Dine out for eight days during this annual event, when foodies can score special deals at more than 180 participating restaurants. Read about some of our picks here.

Various restaurants (through January 26).


January 20

things to do in San Diego this week Dani Bell Redwoods Residency


Redwoods Residency: Dani Bell and the Tarantist

The Redwoods Music takeover of the Casbah on Monday nights continues.

Casbah, 7:30 p.m.; $5.



Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Honor the civil rights hero’s legacy with a celebration of diversity, including food and entertainment.

WorldBeat Cultural Center, noon; Free.


January 21


Venissimo Beer and Cheese Pairing

If Dry January isn’t in your plans, enjoy five different cheeses, paired with tasty brews.

Thorn Brewing (Mission Hills), 6 p.m.; $40.


January 22


The Great Leap 

This show tells the dramatic story of an American college basketball team traveling to Beijing for an exhibition game in 1989. The playwright, Lauren Yee, is a UC San Diego alum; our theater critic called her most recent work, Cambodian Rock Band, one of the best plays he saw in 2019, so this one’s at the top of our list for the new year.

Cygnet Theater, 7:30 p.m.; $40 (through February 16).



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