Things to do in February


Events to look out for around San Diego include Local Brews Local Groves, Super Bowl Block Party, Cabrillo Sunrise 5K and San Diego Museum Month.

2.1: Mad Hatter’s Ball: Down the Rabbit Hole

Don your finest duds for this strictly formal affair, and join the Mad Hatter and his entourage for a journey down the rabbit hole featuring dinner, live music, craft libations and cirque performers, among other eclectic acts.

Observatory North Park, North Park,

2.1-3: San Diego Lunar New Year Festival

Compete for the title of San Diego’s phở eating champion — or fill your belly in the beer garden — at this annual Lunar New Year festival offering free admission to anyone born in the Year of the Pig.

SDCCU Stadium, Mission Valley,

2.1-28: San Diego Museum Month

Aficionados of art, history and nature can score half-price admission to more than 40 local museums during this month-long celebration of the county’s rich culture.

Museums throughout the county,

2.2: AMA Monster Energy Supercross

Cramped corners, speedy straightaways and treacherous triple jumps define this elite off-road racing championship that gives spectators a chance to see many of the world’s top motorcyclists.

Petco Park, East Village,

AMA Monster Energy Supercross.

AMA Monster Energy Supercross.

(Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune)

2.3: San Diego Wedding Party Expo

Bridezillas, Frankengrooms and professional wedding planners from far and wide descend upon this trendsetting event held for couples planning their nuptials in the San Diego area.

Hilton Torrey Pines Resort, La Jolla,

2.3: Super Bowl Block Party

Watch the Big Game on a 20-foot LED screen and fill up on grub from gourmet food trucks at this outdoor viewing party featuring live DJs and a full-service bar.

Firehouse American Eatery + Lounge parking lot, Pacific Beach,

2.3: Girls Night Out

Chiseled cowboys, shredded fireman and sinewy knights in shining armor perform seductive dance routines during this scandalous celebration of the male physique.

Winstons, Ocean Beach,

2.7: Health in Action 5K

Walk, skip or run in this race that benefits the Environmental Institute for Golf and rewards gift cards to the top three male and female finishers.

Embarcadero Marina Park North, downtown,

2.7-17: 29th annual San Diego Jewish International Film Festival

Portraying the Jewish experience from contemporary and historic perspectives, this annual film festival promotes the awareness of and appreciation for the community’s diverse culture.

Throughout the county,

2.8: Secret Society of Adultologists: Red

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at this sensual, 21+ celebration of love, lust and the color red that includes craft cocktails, delicious food and intimate conversations with The Nat’s knowledgeable scientists.

Click here for a chance to win a pair of tickets.

San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park,

2.8-10: 14th annual San Diego Tet Festival

Carnival rides, the Miss Vietnam of San Diego Pageant and two stages of competitive singing, dancing and eating span this three-day festival that also boasts a beer garden and food vendors from around the world.

Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa,

2.9: Cabrillo Sunrise 5K

Wake up with the sun at San Diego’s only national park during this fun run and walk that supports the educational, interpretive and scientific programs of Cabrillo National Monument.

Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma,

2.9: T9 Mermaid Half Marathon San Diego 5K, 10K, 13.1

Runners and walkers alike are encouraged to participate in this scenic, aquatic-themed event with a variety of courses around Mission Bay.

South Shores, Mission Bay,

2.10: Ninth annual Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K, 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

Pick a bib labeled “Available,” “Taken” or “It’s Complicated” at this bayside matchmaking race followed by a breakfast buffet and beer garden at McP’s Irish Pub & Grill.

Tidelands Park, Coronado,

2.10: Zombie Escape 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run

Try to avoid getting infected at this zombie-apocalypse-themed racing event in which the undead obstacles attempt to yank flags from your belt to diminish your health.

Rancho Bernardo Park, Rancho Bernardo,

2.14-3.5: Museum of What Love Tour Pop-Up Museum

Take your sweetheart (or family or bestie) to Encinitas for a one-of-a-kind, Instagram-worthy tour through the Museum of What Love Tour pop-up museum, where guests will experience love-themed exhibits like a “love nest” and “hugs & kisses lounge” in a 16,000 square foot space, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

220 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas,

2.16: Seventh annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden

Bring Fido along for this stroll through North County’s sprawling 37-acre garden that’s peppered with pet products, dog treats and great resources for people who love pups.

San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas,

2.16: Breakthrough: The Roaring 20s

Dress in your best 1920s-inspired attire for this themed evening centered around visual art, spoken word poetry and live musical performances, complemented by fine wine and fantastic fare.

IDEA1, downtown,

2.16-17: 37th annual San Diego Chinese New Year Fair

The county’s largest celebration of the Chinese New Year includes two free days of art, culture and exciting performances alongside an array of authentic Asian food.

Third Avenue & J Street, downtown,

2.16-17: 13th annual Tritonman

UCSD’s Triathlon Team continues the legacy of the first modern triathlon by hosting a 750-meter swim, a 21K bike and a 5K run at the exact same site where the original event took place in 1974.

Fiesta Island Park, Mission Bay,

2.15: Galentines: Midsummer Night’s Dream

Drawing inspiration from the fairies, nymphs and butterflies featured in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, this night of mystical decor and unearthly libations celebrates all that is female.

Bldg 177, Liberty Station,

2.17: Local Brews Local Grooves

Twelve local bands take over two stages, while a dozen local breweries serve their finest suds at the House of Blues’ signature beer, food and music festival.

Click here for a chance to win a pair of tickets.

House of Blues, downtown,

2.17: Fifth annual Tantrums & Tiaras

Five Uptown bartenders with no experience in drag slip into stilettos and compete head-to-head in rounds such as swimsuit, evening wear and special talent.

The Observatory, North Park,

2.20: Sixth annual Pizza Port Golf Tournament

Raising funds for research into the rare genetic disease Friedreich’s ataxia, this annual golf tourney begins with a shotgun start and includes breakfast, lunch and a BBQ dinner from Julian Brewing.

Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, Encinitas,

2.21: Culture & Cocktails: Legends and Voyages

Celebrating the arrival of freshly installed works depicting the adventures of Sinbad the Sailor, this artsy party includes a live DJ, a lobster food truck and maritime-themed activities that encourage mixing and mingling.

San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park,

2.22, 24: Harlem Globetrotters

Bask in the ball-handling wizardry of the original Harlem Globetrotters, then applaud the astounding acrobatics of the Flying Globies trampoline dunk team.

Click here for a chance to win a pair of tickets.

Pechanga Arena, Midway District,

2.24: Awesome ’80s Run

Dress up as your favorite ’80s icon for this flat and fast fun run that rewards finishers with radical medals.

Embarcadero Park South, downtown,

San Diego Gulls home games

2.1 vs. Ontario Reign

2.2 vs. Iowa Wild

2.6 vs. Ontario Reign

2.20 vs. Tucson Roadrunners

2.23 vs. San Antonio Rampage

San Diego Legion home games

2.2 vs. Seattle Seawolves

2.9 vs. Houston SaberCats

2.17 vs. Utah Warriors

San Diego Seals home games

2.8 vs. Vancouver Warriors

San Diego Sockers home games

2.15 vs. Tacoma Stars