Things to do in February


Events in San Diego during February include the Wedding Party Expo, Chinese New Year festivals, Mardi Gras events and Museum Month.

2.1-28: 29th Annual Macy’s Museum Month

Aficionados of art, history and nature can save half-off admission to more than 40 museums during this monthlong celebration of the county’s culture.


2.3: Monster Jam

Root for Brodozer, Grave Digger and El Toro Loco as the home of the San Diego Padres transforms into a giant playground for dozens of the world’s most famous monster trucks.

Petco Park, East Village,

2.3: San Diego Super Run 10K & 5K

A day before one of the biggest pig-out days of the year, stretch your legs on a brisk 5K along Fiesta Island or take on an approachable 10K around Crown Point in these “Super” races.

South Shores Park, Mission Bay,

2.9-11: 2018 Lunar New Year Tết Festival

Earn the title of San Diego’s phở eating champion or fill your belly in the beer garden at this massive Lunar New Year festival, where anyone born in the Year of the Dog gets free admission..

SDCCU Stadium, Mission Valley,

Members of Bird of Paradise Chinese Costume Group wearing Chinese ethnic costumes perform during the second day of the three-day Tet Festival.

Members of Bird of Paradise Chinese Costume Group wearing Chinese ethnic costumes perform during the second day of the three-day Tet Festival.

(Howard Lipin / San Diego Union-Tribune)

2.10: 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,

Monster Energy Supercross at Petco Park in San Diego.

Monster Energy Supercross at Petco Park in San Diego.

(Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune)

2.10: Mardi Gras Beads, Bites & Booze Tour

In lieu of the usual rowdy Gaslamp Mardi Gras celebration, get your fix at this tasting event that pairs delicious Mardi Gras-inspired bites with decadent drinks at 20 downtown spots. Bonus: beads available at each stop.


2.11: 4th Annual San Diego Fermentation Festival

Immerse yourself in workshops, presentations and do-it-yourself pickling stations at this outdoor fermentation fest granting guests 10 tasters of boozy craft beverages.

Leichtag Commons, Encinitas,

2.11: 8th Annual Coronado Valentine’s Day 5K, 10K or 1-Mile Fun Run

Choose a bib marked as “Available,” “Taken” or “It’s Complicated” at this bayside matchmaking race followed by a breakfast buffet at McP’s Irish Pub & Grill.

Tidelands Park, Coronado,

2.16, 2.23: Harlem Globetrotters

Bask in the ball-handling wizardry of the Harlem Globetrotters as they introduce San Diego to basketball’s first 4-point line — more than 6 feet beyond the NBA’s current 3-point perimeter.

Valley View Casino Center, Midway District,

2.16-18: 13th 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 3-day festival that also boasts a beer garden and food vendors from around the world.

Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa,

2.17: 15th Annual Guacamole Bowl

Thirty teams compete to guac your socks off at this annual dip-off where admission includes a full bag of tortilla chips and all the samples you can stomach.

Balboa Park Club, Balboa Park,

2.17: 6th 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,

2.17-18: San Diego Pet Con

Support local animal causes, be blown away by agility and obedience demonstrations and meet fuzzy friends in search of forever homes at this convention/adoption event showcasing vets, groomers and other pet-centric professionals.

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar,

2.18: Mardi Gras 5K, 10K & Half Marathon

Don a mask, bust out your beads and strut your stuff along a scenic seaside course before capping off your run with an unforgettable post-race party.

Tecolote Shores, Mission Bay,

2.18: Ultimate Wine Run

Registered racers receive four tastings at the festival following this wine-lovers run that also features a live DJ, a mechanical bull and oodles of impressive food trucks.

NTC Park at Liberty Station, Point Loma,

2.24: San Diego Winter Brew Fest

Sip samples from more than 30 breweries and rock out to live local artists at this adults-only event celebrating craft beverages from around California.

Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park,

2.24-25: 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 at J Street, downtown,

2.25: 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.

U.S. Grant, downtown,

2.26-27: 2nd Annual InTents Conference

Farmers, food makers and market managers can all benefit from two days of panels, roundtables and inspiring speakers at this one-of-a-kind event designed to increase the income of those who earn a living at farmers markets.

Marina Village, Mission Bay,

San Diego Gulls home games

2.3 vs Tucson Roadrunners

2.6 vs Iowa Wild

2.14 vs Bakersfield Condors

2.17 vs Ontario Reign

2.27 vs San Antonio Rampage

The Gulls' Kevin Roy takes a shot at the goal, guarded by Texas Stars' goalie Mike McKenna during the third period at the Valley View Casino Center.

The Gulls’ Kevin Roy takes a shot at the goal, guarded by Texas Stars’ goalie Mike McKenna during the third period at the Valley View Casino Center.

(Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Diego Sockers home games

2.2 vs Rio Grande Valley Barracudas

2.11 vs Sonora Soles

2.22 vs Rio Grande Valley Barracudas FC



Fear what’s inside

Thriller | Fantasy

Directed by Alex Garland

Starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac

In theaters: Feb. 23

After a brilliant biologist’s husband disappears beyond an anomalous boundary, she leads a discreet expedition to find him in this film based on the best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy.

2.2: Winchester, Bilal

2.9: Peter Rabbit, Fifty Shades Freed, The 15:17 to Paris, The Leisure Seeker

2.16: Black Panther, Early Man

2.23: Game Night, A Fantastic Woman, Annihilation


Laughing stock: February comedy shows