San Diego: This Weekend (Feb. 23-26)


From the Tater Tots & Beer Festival to Mardi Gras parties, there’s plenty to do this weekend in San Diego.

Pinback - Thursday

San Diego indie rock royalty, Rob Crow and Armistead Burwell Smith IV return for a pair of hometown shows to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their fourth full-length album, “Autumn of the Seraphs.” - Scott McDonald

Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach .

San Diego Tater Tots & Beer Festival - Saturday

Unfortunately, this fest has sold out. But, if you’re a hardcore tater tot fan, you can linger around Balboa Park just to smell the creative dishes coming out of this fat kid-friendly fest.

Balboa Park.

Elephante - Saturday

Harvard grad Tim Wu quit his consulting job at management consulting firm McKinsey to start making music. Good thing it worked out. The DJ/producer released the remixes to his debut EP, “I Am The Elephante,” in December. Read the full interview with the DJ here. - Scott McDonald

OMNIA San Diego, downtown.

San Diego Brazil Carnival Mardi Gras - Saturday

Before you completely lose your beads at this year’s Mardi Gras parties, celebrate South American-style. Grab your feathers, stretch your glutes and get ready for some serious booty-shakin’ all night at the 25th annual San Diego Brazil Carnival. The fun will unleash with Samba beats, Samba dancers, electrifying Capoeira performances and high-energy, nonstop Brazilian music.

Park 6, Little Italy.

Big Easy Bites & Booze Tour - Saturday

Experience a different side of the Fat Tuesday magic at this new tasting stroll, inviting hungry guests through downtown’s hotspots to indulge in some southern comfort food and drink. The self guided tour includes 20 small plates and 20 festive cocktail sips with beads at every stop. Any guest who collects 10 bead necklaces will get access to the after party.

Gaslamp Quarter.

Cam’ron at FLUXX - Sunday

Straight from New York, Harlem native Cam’ron is taking over FLUXX Nightclub on Sunday night with beats by DJ Dre Sinatra.

FLUXX Nightclub, downtown.

San Diego Mardi Gras Masquerade Parade & Celebration- Tuesday

This massive block party is one of the most popular Mardi Gras celebrations in the city, a 23-year old tradition that features top talent and endless colorful beads. An expected 20,000 revelers will rage alongside three stages throughout multiple blocks of downtown, taking over all of Fifth Ave.

Gaslamp Quarter.

Hillcrest Fat Tuesday - Tuesday

Over in Uptown, the Hillcrest Fat Tuesday celebration returns to its original location on University Ave. between First and Fourth Ave. Attendees can get down with a nighttime dance party, performances by Urban MO’s Dreamgirls Revue, a costume competition, two bars, a DIY Mardi Gras mask booth and exclusive VIP area with private bar.

University Ave. between First and Fourth Ave.