The rest of the world may be grumbling about blizzards, freezing temperatures, and a lack of sunshine, but us lucky (and arguably quite spoiled) San Diegans get to spend the month of February with Marvel Comics, Tiger Woods, and Cirque de Soleil. We’ve rounded up the 10 best things to do in February in America’s Finest City – get out those calendars and start making plans!
February 1 – 28
San Diego residents and visitors are invited to enjoy half-price admission at 45 museums throughout the month of February! To take advantage of this awesome deal, all you have to do is pick up a Museum Month Pass at one of the fourteen Macy’s stores in the San Diego area, Temecula, and Imperial Valley. Passes will be available for pickup starting February 1, and they are completely free to obtain while supplies last. Up to four visitors can use one pass to gain admission to any of the over 40 participating museums for half-price. The pass is good all month long.
The Cardiff Kook Run 5K, 10K and Costume Contest is a celebration of one of the greatest community in the most amazing town on the map – and yes, it’s on Super Bowl Sunday! The course starts under the world famous “Encinitas” sign on historic HWY 101 in beautiful Encinitas, and passes by the famous “Cardiff Kook” statue (The Magic Carpet Ride), rises above some of the most popular surf breaks in the world and heads down to finish at Cardiff State Beach. The 10K run/walk begins at 8:30am, and the 5K begins at 9am. Visit their website for registration info.
Mark your calendars now, because one of golf’s biggest events of the year, the Farmers Insurance Open, returns to San Diego in 2015. San Diego’s leg of the annual PGA TOUR will take place February 5-8, 2015, at the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course. The gates open to the public each day at 7am, and the opening round begins promptly at 8:30am. Ticket prices start at $50. Visit their website for more information and to purchase ticket packages.
February 5 – 15
The San Diego Jewish Film Festival showcases 96 films of the best contemporary Jewish themed films from around the world celebrating life, human rights, and freedom of expression. The mission of the Film Festival is to offer outstanding world cinema that promotes awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people to attendees. Participating theaters include Clairemont Reading, ArcLight in La Jolla, the Carlsbad Village Theatre, Edwards San Marcos, and David and Dorothea Garfield Theater (LFJCC).
Fall in love with art at Friday Night Liberty! “So Say We All” returns to Friday Night Liberty from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Barracks 17 with a revue of some the best true stories to grace the page and stage, along with the people who told them! Hear live Brazilian jazz and samba in the Barracks 17 plaza in collaboration with a new show at La Onda Art Latino gallery, or join the Expressive Arts Institute and artist June Rubin to create your own valentine for a stranger or a loved one! Finally help us welcome back the New Americans Museum with their inaugural exhibit.
February 7 – 22
The Marvel Experience is coming to San Diego! This is a first-of-its-kind attraction at the Del Mar Fairgrounds that covers over two acres and encompasses seven colossal Domes. As S.H.I.E.L.D.’s newest recruit, you’ll swing with Spider-Man, smash with Hulk, and fly with Iron Man in next generation hyper-reality as you prepare to face the forces of Hydra. Your journey will take you through a 360-degree, 3-D stereoscopic projection Dome, where you’ll get closer than you’ve ever been to Marvel’s Heroes and Villains. The Marvel Experience utilizes the latest interactive technology, including augmented reality, and multi-person gaming.
Painting on Tap mixes creativity and craft beer in a relaxed, social atmosphere at the San Diego Museum of Art. Take an exclusive, after-hours tour of the exhibition American Visions, then grab a beer (or other drink) and nibbles from Panama 66 and let your creativity flow as you create a work inspired by Asher B. Durand’s Landscape-Composition: In The Catskills. Local artist Jessica Oh will guide you through the process to create a unique work of art by the end of the evening. Bring a date or grab a few friends and experience an unforgettable night at the Museum!
8. The 21st Annual Gaslamp Mardi Gras
On this year’s Fat Tuesday, Feb 17, the Gaslamp Quarter invites you to come experience Mardi Gras like you have never before! The party will take over the entire 5th Avenue, from Broadway to Harbor Drive, filling 20 city blocks with 40,000 international revelers, 6 mega stages, DJs, dancing, non-stop live entertainment and an epic parade with fabulous floats and tossing of beads, beads and more beads! General admission starts at $30. Festivities start at 5pm and the party continues until 4am!
Opens February 25
Cirque de Soleil is back! Varekai premiered in Montreal in 2002 and is still touring internationally. The story takes place deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, in an extraordinary world called Varekai. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures, a young man sets off on an adventure both absurd and extraordinary in a production that pays tribute to the nomadic soul. Visit their website for tickets. Venue is the Valley View Casino Center on Sports Arena Blvd.
Grab your passport and join MCASD (downtown) for an exploration of the art, food, and wine of El Valle de Guadalupe. We will start our journey by visiting the art space TJ in China Project Room, run by the artist couple Daniel Ruanova and Meli Barragan. Then we’ll explore Encuentro Guadalupe by architect Jorge Gracia, and end our trip with a visit to La Curva Studios of Einar and Jamex de La Torre, whose works are internationally recognized and broadly collected in San Diego. Tickets are $115 for nonmembers and include lunch and round-trip border transportation. Space is limited.
What are some of your favorite things to do in January?
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