Get planning! This weekend’s calendar is packed with festivals, food and shows


San Diego’s top events include Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live, Taste of Eastlake, Chinese New Year Festival and much more.

Starting 1.23: “The Great Leap”

Cygnet stages the local premiere of the high-profile play by another nationally renowned UCSD playwriting grad, Lauren Yee. This one is partly inspired by her own dad’s adventures in the world of basketball. Runs through Feb. 16.

@ Cygnet Theatre, Old Town.

1.23-25: Sklar Brothers

Comedian duo known for Sklarbro Country podcast and Better Call Saul hit the San Diego comedy scene for the weekend.

@ American Comedy Company,

Sklar Brothers
(Courtesy photo)

Through 1.26: San Diego Restaurant Week

More than 180 of the county’s best restaurants offer limited-time prix fixe menus during this eight-day celebration of San Diego’s culinary scene.

@ Restaurants throughout the county,

San Diego Restaurant Week
(Gravity Heights)

1.23-26: San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show

Meet marine vendors, attend boating seminars and scope out the latest nautical products and services at this annual event that brings together the biggest brands on the water.

@ Sunroad Resort Marina, Harbor Island,

Flags are flying as crews prepare Wednesday for the Sunroad Marina Boat Show on Harbor Island in San Diego, California.
(Eduardo Contreras/San Diego Union-Tribune)

1.23-26: Farmers Insurance Open

The world’s best golfers (and thousands of ogling admirers) return to Torrey Pines as the PGA Tour makes its annual stop in America’s Finest City.

@ Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla,

Tiger Woods hits on on the 4th hole during the fourth round of the Farmers Insurance Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course on Jan. 27, 2019.
Tiger Woods hits on on the 4th hole during the fourth round of the Farmers Insurance Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course on Jan. 27, 2019.
(K.C. Alfred/San Diego Union-Tribune)

1.24-26: Seventh annual San Diego Caffeine Crawl

Grab your java-loving friends spend a day getting buzzed by choosing one of 10 distinct routes to several of the city’s best coffeehouses, cafes, roasters and importers.

@ Coffeehouses throughout the county,

A Caffeine Crawl led by a group called The Lab toured dozens of San Diego spots over the weekend in an effort acquaint coffee lovers with local roasters and coffee shops. Caffeine Crawl participants at Ryan Bros. coffee stand next to bins of roasted coffee that they were encouraged to smell.
(John Gastaldo/San Diego Union-Tribune)

1.24-26: San Diego Tet Festival

The city’s longest running Vietnamese Lunar New Year festival returns with the Miss Vietnam of San Diego Pageant, two stages of competitive singing and hundreds of merchants and food vendors from around the world.

@ Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa,

San Diego Tet Festival
(Spencer Grant)

1.24-26: “Shen Yun”

You’ve seen the leaflets; now check out the ubiquitous (and much-memed) show, which brings its large-scale tableaux of Chinese dance to greater San Diego twice this month, first to Escondido and then to downtown.

@ California Center for the Arts, Escondido and San Diego Civic Theatre, downtown.

Starting 1.25: “Chiachio and Giannone”

Artists Leo Chiachio and Daniel Giannone live and work together as partners in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The trained painters now use threads and fabric as their medium to create textile mosaics that celebrate a new form of the family portrait, drawing from their own life together and referencing LGBT artists and their legacy in Latin America. Runs through March 21.

@ Lux Art Institute,

La Selva De Constantin by Chiachio & Giannone
La Selva De Constantin by Chiachio & Giannone

1.25: 25th Annual Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge

One of California’s longest-running paddlesport races returns, challenging athletes of all ages and experience levels to paddle their way across Mission Bay.

@ Bonita Cove, Mission Bay,

1.25: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live

Watch robots riff on cheesy B movies as the cult-classic television show takes its uproarious act on the road one final time.

@ Balboa Theatre, Downtown,

'Mystery Science Theater 3000' starring Jonah Ray.
‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ starring Jonah Ray.
(Darren Michaels, SMPSP for Satellite of Love, LLC © 2016)

1.25: Taste of Eastlake

Sporting a “Back to the ’80s” theme and featuring bites from an array of Eastlake’s best eateries, South Bay’s annual foodie fest returns with local libations and a lineup of live entertainment.

@ The Venue at Eastlake, Eastlake,

House Ceviche at Moriscos El Pulpo restaurant at the El Barrio food market in Barrio Logan on June 5, 2019 in San Diego, California.
(Eduardo Contreras/San Diego Union-Tribune)

1.25-26: San Diego Cat Show

More than 400 felines from 40-plus breeds compete in beauty and agility contests at this sprawling cat expo that features speakers, exhibitors and the opportunity to adopt your own kitty.

@ Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar,

All the way from Ohio, Vanna, a 10-month old brown spotted Bengal waits near her owner Sami Kerr before they head off to compete in the CFA's San Diego Cat Show, "Food and Water Bowl XXVI" held at Del Mar on Sunday.
(Nelvin C. Cepeda/San Diego Union-Tribune)

1.25-26: Chinese New Year Festival

Ushering in the Year of the Rat, this two-day celebration includes art and cultural performances alongside crafts, calligraphy classes and an assortment of authentic Asian food.

@ International Cottages, Balboa Park,