February is an exciting month in San Diego, whether you’re an outdoors enthusiast or culture vulture!
Whether you are a brand new homebuyer exploring your new city or want to get out and explore all the events San Diego has to offer, there’s something for everyone. From art festivals to cultural celebrations, outdoor activities and family friendly events, now is the perfect time to get acquainted with the City of San Diego.
Here’s our guide to some of the top February 2023 happenings that make this area so great.
Beyond King Tut Jan. 27-Mar. 26
Commemorating the historic discovery of King Tut’s tomb 100 years ago, the exhibition combines the power of cinematic storytelling and soaring imagery to bring the National Geographic archives to life. With nine galleries to explore, visitors wind through the story of a young boy to discover how he changed the ancient – and modern – world.
Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-9pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
Seaside Equestrian Tour Feb. 2-Mar. 12
Will feature a wide variety of classes, including everything from Cross Rails to the Grand Prix. In addition to these class offerings, NEE will be waiving class fees for competitors riding OTTBs and Young Horses. As always, you can expect the same world class dining and entertainment that you find at other Nilforushan Equisport Events horse shows. The Seaside Social Club
will offer the best view of the Del Mar Arena with food that we promise will not disappoint.
See website for schedule. / Del Mar Fairgrounds
858-755-1161 / www.delmarfairgrounds.com
Jurassic World: The Exhibition Through Apr. 16
A family-friendly immersive 20,000-square-foot experience. Visitors walk through the world-famous “Jurassic World” gates, explore richly themed environments and encounter life-sized Velociraptors, a Brachiosaurus, and the most fearsome dinosaur of all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. Guests will be able to imagine what it would have been like to roam among these breathtaking creatures and even interact with new baby dinosaurs, including “Bumpy” from the animated series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous.
11am-6pm / Westfield Mission Valley Center
Youth Fishing Derby Seminar & Campout Feb. 3-4
Learn to fish from the pros and watch demonstrations on how to properly rig a line the night before the 28th Annual Youth Fishing Derby. The fishing seminar will begin at 5pm. Participants and their families are invited to spend the night for only $16 a car. Don’t forget your camping and grilling supplies. Absolutely no fishing is permitted prior to the Derby. Freshly stocked with rainbow trout, the lake will be open only to youth ages 15
and younger on Saturday. Winners must be present to claim prizes at the awards ceremony.
Fri 5pm, Sat 6am-3pm / Lake Poway
858-668-4772 / www.poway.org
Taste of Barrio Logan Feb. 4
Experience the culture of Barrio Logan on a food, sips and beer crawl. Get sample dishes and libations from participating venues while you see the culture which is Barrio Logan. You will have the opportunity to discover, savor, and indulge in these incredible establishments in just one day.
12:30-4pm / Logan and Newton Avenues
City Hike Sunset Drive to Felicita Creek Feb. 4
Take a scenic 6.85-mile hike along the Lake Hodges north shoreline from I-15 to the Felicita Creek Crossing and beyond. There will be 456 feet of elevation gain. Hike rating = moderate.
9am-12pm / SDRP Parking Lot: 12655 Sunset Dr., Escondido
760-744-1050 / www.san-marcos.net
Chinese New Year Fair Feb. 4-5
A two-day event celebrating the Lunar New Year, showcasing exciting performances, Asian art and culture, an array of delicious Chinese and Asian food, and much more.
10am-7pm / Asian Thematic District, Downtown SD
619-338-9888 / www.sdcny.org
Crisis House Hearts of Gold Gala Feb. 11
An evening of celebration, music, a concert by Gregory Page and Jack Tempchin, superb dining, and more inspiring stories. Bid on jaw-dropping auction items, including a week’s stay at a fantastic 800-year-old villa in Tuscany. We are proud to add that 93% of every dollar raised goes directly to programs and services. Crisis House has been a landmark multi-service agency in east San Diego County since 1972. They operate a collective of housing programs for survivors of domestic abuse and their children. Crisis House responds to the needs of 125 of our community’s children in their
Camp HOPE program, one-of-a-kind camping, and mentorship program that heals the children traumatized by domestic violence in their homes.
5:30-11:30pm / US Grant Hotel, San Diego
619-592-1138 / www.crisishouse.org/inspire
San Diego Travel Expo Feb. 11
Connect with Travel Suppliers and specialists for cruises, resorts, tours, and more. Meet travel experts to discuss all your future travel plans for your next vacation for 2023 and beyond. There will be live entertainment, travel related prizes, and special trade show offers for those that attend the winter San Diego Travel Expo!
1-4pm / Encore Event Center: 8253 Ronson Rd.
La Jolla Symphony & Chorus: Learning to Fly Feb. 11-12
Steven Schick Mary Kouyoumdjian, UCSD alumna and composer often described as “politically fearless,” will be this year’s Brenda and Steven Schick commission honoree. The orchestra will then present Stravinsky’s energetic Firebird Suite, a work whose premiere was so successful it catapulted the composer to international fame.
Mandeville Auditorium at UCSD
858-534-4637 / www.ljsc.org/tickets
San Diego Opera: The Puccini Duo Feb. 11-19
Suor Angelica tells the story of a woman (Marina Costa-Jackson) who bears a child out of wedlock and is sent to a convent for penance. After seven years, she is visited by her aunt, the Principessa, who brings tragic news of her son, which sets in motion a series of dire actions that ultimately result in tragedy, forgiveness, and peace.
See website for schedule. / San Diego Civic Theatre
San Diego Int’l Jewish Film Festival Feb. 15-Mar. 4
In person: February 15-26 and Virtual: February 27-March 3. The festival will showcase a selection of the best contemporary Jewish-related films. 35 feature films are being screened at the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre.
San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, La Jolla
858-362-1348 / https://2023sdijff.eventive.org/welcome
The Bart Hall Show Feb. 16-19
Virtually all forms of outdoor recreation are represented at the Bart Hall Show, including boats, marine accessories, casting ponds, seminars and much more–along with a full day’s worth of family fun and entertainment.
Del Mar Fairgrounds
858-BH-SHOWS / www.hallshows.com
Gaslamp Mardi Gras: Fat Tuesday Feb. 17-18 & 21
Come experience one of SoCal’s best Fat Tuesday celebrations with New Orleans inspired cocktails and revelries from the French Quarter to the Gaslamp Quarter with our unique SoCal spin and one Club VIP Pass. Your ticket includes drink tickets in addition to FREE ENTRY to 10+ bars, restaurants and clubs along the famous Fifth Ave.
6pm-2am / American Junkie, 628 Fifth Ave.
John Novacek Feb. 19
Grammy-nominated pianist, John Novacek regularly tours the Americas, Europe and Asia, and we are delighted to welcome him back to Fallbrook! Mr. Novacek’s major performances have been heard in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Disney Hall – and international venues such as Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Élysees, London’s Wigmore Hall and most of the major concert halls of Japan. Free admission!
2-4pm / The Mission Theater, Fallbrook
760-253-8904 / www.fallbrookmissiontheater.com
Fungus Fair Feb. 19
Mycophiles, educators, chefs, supportive businesses and dedicated
mushroom amateurs, enthusiasts and professionals will gather.
10:30am-3:30pm / Casa del Prado, Balboa Park
Oceans at Night Feb. 23
A first-of-its-kind event that invites a 21+ audience to experience an immersive blend of art, science and technology after hours. The new monthly series celebrates the wonders and mysteries of the ocean after dark. Oceans at Night features interactive experiences highlighting ocean phenomena that occur at night including bioluminescence and biofluorescence, while creating a fun, adults-only atmosphere with live music, a glow lounge with life-sized games, glowing nighttime dives and epic ocean views.
6:30-9:30pm / Birch Aquarium at Scripps, La Jolla
858-534-3474 / https://aquarium.ucsd.edu
Dine & Dialogue w/ Joel Anderson Feb. 23
Sit down with County Supervisor, district 2, Joel Anderson!
12-1:30pm / San Diego Regional East County Chamber of Commerce, El Cajon
Silver Bay Dog Show Feb. 24-26
Established in 1934, Silver Bay Kennel Club of San Diego (SBKC) is one of the oldest kennel clubs in Southern California. The primary goal of the SBKC is to put on a good show for the exhibitors and to provide educational information and support to all dog fanciers.
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Bing Crosby Hall
Fido Fest Feb. 25
Dog Adoptions, exhibitors, and giveaways. Shelter Donation Drive to help local non-profit shelters. Bring an item and be entered to win great doggie gift baskets. Microchipping and Pet Licensing provided by the San Diego Humane Society. Interactive Zone: Agility Course, Off-Leash Tennis Ball Mania. Arfs & Crafts: Pawcasso, Doggie Temporary Tattoos, Treat Finder.
Contests: Doggie Cake Walk, Costume Contest, Smallest Dog, Largest Dog, Best Trick.
11am-3pm / Town Center Community Park East, Santee
619-258-4100 / www.cityofsanteeca.gov
Walk for Animals North County Feb. 25
Together, we can provide animals with shelter and lifesaving medical care, help families adopt new pets, rescue animals from cruelty and neglect, and so much more. In the coming year, we will care for more than 40,000 animals in need! By joining the Walk for Animals, you’ll help give each one the second chance they deserve.
7-11am / Kit Carson Park, Escondido
619-299-7012 / www.sdhumane.org
Touch-A-Truck Lakeside Edition Feb. 26
Trucks, trailers, tractors, machinery, cool cars and everything in between. For children to get up in and see what it’s like on the inside of one of these vehicles. They can talk to the operator of the vehicle for tips and stories and how each different vehicle has different functions and purposes. Vendors will be on hand for food and drinks so come out and have lunch and a snack and enjoy a day outside with your family and friends.
10am-3pm / 1160 Riverside Drive
619-561-1031 / www.lakesidechamber.org