Weekend plans: The Mad Hatter’s Ball, Boulevard Mardi Gras Crawl and more


From Average Joe 5K to the closing of “Abstract Revolution” art exhibition, here’s what to do in San Diego this weekend!


2.20: Seaport Sessions

A new local music and arts festival debuts in Seaport Village, including live bands, art installations and free beer samples. This month, the free event features tunes from The Frets and MDRN HSTRY, as well as Jessica Ling Findley’s Ocean Optimism series.

@ Seaport Village, downtown,


2.20-22: American Indian and Indigenous Film Fest

Exposing SoCal audiences to the finest work in American Indian film and media, this annual event includes panel discussions and Q&A sessions with native filmmakers, producers, directors and actors.

@ Pechanga Resort Casino, Temecula,

Hoping for a two-fer this weekend: Taking a look at the newly opened exhibit at the Timken Museum of Art, “Captivating Women from the Dijkstra Collection.” And then next door, at the San Diego Museum of Art, there’s “Bouguereau & America,” which closes next month. And then maybe get some steps in with a walk around Balboa Park. Win-win-win!

— Michael Rocha, Arts and Entertainment Editor, Union-Tribune


2.20-2.22: ‘Matilda’

The Broadway hit about a strong-minded girl and her passion for reading heads into its home stretch this weekend, so head to Coronado Playhouse to see the production (directed by Rayme Sciaroni) before it leaves San Diego.

@ Coronado Playhouse, Coronado,


2.22: The Mad Hatter’s Ball

Don your finest duds for this formal, Alice in Wonderland-themed hat party that combines an immersive variety show with indulgent entertainment and features an assortment of whimsical activities.

@ The Observatory, North Park,

I’m a political junkie, so the big thing on my radar this weekend is the Democratic Party’s Nevada caucuses on Saturday. You say caucuses, I say cocktails.

— Matthew T. Hall, Editorial and Opinion Director, Union-Tribune


2.22: Coasterra Tequila Festival

Be the first to try Los Javis #DINECRG mezcal, an exclusive blend of the agave-based spirit from Cohn Restaurant Group’s beverage director and bar management team. The event also features a tequila and mezcal tasting, a blind tasting challenge, a margarita-making competition, taco and paella stations and more.

@ Harbor Island, downtown,


2.22: Average Joe Run 5K

Dubbed “The World’s Easiest 5K,” this unique spin on the traditional athletic event awards the individual who finishes in the middle of the pack with the biggest prize.

@ Crown Point Park, Pacific Beach,


2.22: San Diego Mardi Gras Big Easy Bites & Booze Tour

Prepare to wear a bevy of beads on this self-guided restaurant roam that includes sinful sips and NOLA-inspired nibbles at 20 of the Gaslamp’s hottest venues.

Throughout the Gaslamp Quarter,

This weekend I’m going to let my new pup potentially embarrass me at Kate Sessions dog park, deep clean my house, and go out to a nice dinner with my girls in Little Italy!

— Mindy Anderson, Multimedia Account Executive, PACIFIC


2.23: Boulevard Mardi Gras Crawl

Suit up and stroll down El Cajon Boulevard with a lively New-Orleans-style brass band! This Mardi Gras Crawl in North Park features local food vendors, craft beer, costumes and more. After the parade, dance the night away at the Lafayette Hotel.

Throughout North Park,


Closing 2.23: ‘Abstract Revolution’

Catch the last weekend of this exhibit, which focuses on women’s contributions to Abstract Expressionism. The featured female artists (including Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Deborah Remington and Mary Heilmann) prove that the art style is far more diverse than the masculine lens it is often seen through.

@ San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park,

On Sunday, Fathom Events will screen Bolshoi Ballet’s version of “Swan Lake” in movie theaters. This is probably the most famous ballet of all time, so seeing it performed by world-class dancers is a rare treat.

— Nina Garin, Editor-in-Chief, PACIFIC