Top weekend events in San Diego for Jan. 19-22: Lunar New Year, ‘Frozen’ and more

Arthur Tran, 3 walks away from the lion during a celebration of 10th Annual San Diego Lunar New Year Festival.
Arthur Tran, 3 walks away from the lion during the 10th Annual San Diego Lunar New Year Festival at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, Jan. 19, 2020.
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This weekend brings the beginning of Lunar New Year celebrations across San Diego County.

We have a complete guide to local events, including what you need to know about this holiday, below. It will be celebrated for the next few weeks.

Lunar New Year is a celebration of the beginning of a new year on the lunar calendar for many Asian cultures, and celebrations are taking place across San Diego County.

Here are some of the top events this weekend in San Diego.


The national touring company of "Frozen the Musical."
(Courtesy of Deen van Meer)

‘Frozen the Musical’: The national touring production of this Disney musical is the story of two orphaned princess sisters torn apart by secrets and the eldest sister’s icy powers. 7 p.m. Wednesdays. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays. 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Through Jan. 29. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., San Diego. $39-$114.

“Selections from the Closets of the People That I Love”: Oceanside Museum of Art has opened an exhibit of semi-edible wearable art by Ethan Chan titled “Selections from the Closets of the People That I Love.” Known for his use of nontraditional materials, Chan created clothing, shoes and outerwear from sauce packets from fast food chains, gas stations and high school cafeterias. The so-called “sauce suits” along with photos of his friends wearing the creations are a commentary on consumerist culture and self-identity. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays. Through April 30. 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Free to $10. (760) 435-3720.

“Wood: A Furniture Show XIII”: Escondido Arts Partnership presents its 13th annual exhibition of artistically crafted wood furniture by Southern California artisans, hosted by Brian Murphy of Murphy’s Fine Woodworking. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. Through Feb. 24. 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido. Free.


2023 SD Lunar New Year Festival: The annual celebration is back this weekend in City Heights. The three-day event is scheduled to have arts and cultural exhibitions, folk and traditional performances, a firework display, line dances and family-friendly activities. There will also be a pho-eating competition and costume contests for children and pets and much more. Friday 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jeremy Henwood Park, 4455 Wightman Street, San Diego. Free.

Disney on Ice: Join your favorite Disney characters when Disney On Ice brings “Road Trip Adventures” to town! Twists and turns await as Mickey Mouse and his Disney friends embark on a wild ride to different Disney destinations. Travel with Moana to the sun soaked Motunui, go on safari to the Pride Lands with Simba, join Aladdin’s princely parade and more! Shows at 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Pechanga Arena, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego. Tickets start at $15.

Kevin Nealon arrives at the premiere of "Dog Gone" on Wednesday, Jan 11, 2023, at The Bay Theater in Los Angeles.
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Kevin Nealon: Multifaceted comedian/satirist Kevin Nealon, star of “Saturday Night Live”, “Weeds,” several Happy Madison films and so much more drops in on San Diego. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The American Comedy Co., 818 Sixth Ave., San Diego. Tickets start at $30.

“The Revlon Girl”: Lamplighters Community Theatre presents Neil Anthony Docking’s drama inspired by the real-life 1966 coal-mine disaster in Wales, where a landslide killed 144 people, most of them schoolchildren. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 2 p.m. Sundays. Through Feb. 5. 5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa. $20-$25. (619) 303-5092.

‘Jurassic Quest’: This exhibit features dozens of colorful motorized dinosaurs grouped together in pens where visitors can get up close. Geared for families with children ages 2 and up, “Jurassic Quest” allows children to learn from “dinosaur trainers,” meet baby dinos (hand puppets), ride on a dino’s back, dig for fossils, do dino crafts and climb in a bounce house. There are also walk-around puppets (with humans inside) roaming the exhibition floor. The “Ancient Oceans” exhibit re-creates prehistoric sea creatures, like a 50-foot megalodon. Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. $22 standard admission for adults and kids; $36 for unlimited activities for kids ages 2 to 10.

‘Jurassic Quest’ runs this weekend only at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, while ‘Jurassic World: The Exhibition’ continues in Mission Valley

Hutchins Consort: “Bach and Rock!”: This local scaled violin octet presents works by Bach, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and more. 7 p.m. Friday. St Andrews Episcopal Church, 890 Balour St., Encinitas. $20-$60.


Chinese New Year Festival: In Balboa Park, the House of China is hosting its annual Chinese New Year Festival Saturday and Sunday. This free event will have the traditional legendary lion dance, musical performances, dancers, food, vendors, arts and crafts, calligraphy, a fashion show, speakers and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. House of China, 2191 Pan American W Road, San Diego.

Martin Luther King Jr. Festival and Parade: Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a parade that will start at Valencia Park Elementary School and head easy on Skyline Drive before ending a the Martin Luther King Jr. Parks and Recreation Center for a sportsfest and community festival. There will be live entertainment, art projects, sports and a kids zone, vendors and resource booths and more. Parade parking is available at O’Farrell Charter School. 9 a.m. Saturday. Festival located at Martin Luther King Jr. Park and Recreation Center, 6401 Skyline Drive, San Diego.

Tarot readings will be featured at the San Diego Psychic and Healing Arts Fair.

What’s your future?: The San Diego Psychic & Healing Arts Fair offers a psychic and health fair and wellness expo featuring psychics, healers, vendors and speakers. Experience astrology readings, tarot readings, energy healings, Reiki healings, chakra healings. Shop holistic and metaphysical gifts including gemstones, gemstone jewelry, crystals and holistic health products. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Marina Village Conference Center, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego. Early bird tickets are free; otherwise $10 at the door. Ages 12 and under are free.

Monster Energy Supercross: Snapdragon Stadium will host the third round of the Monster Energy Supercross Championship series on Saturday. Ahead of the competition, there will be a fanfest from noon to 6 p.m.
6:30 p.m. Saturday. Snapdragon Stadium, 2101 Stadium Way, San Diego.

Night fishing: Lake Jennings opens for New Moon Fishing until 10 p.m. on Saturday. Enjoy fishing, boating, watching the sunset, gazing at stars and more. Boat rentals will be available for various fees. Lanterns required after 5 p.m. A California state fishing license is required. Open at 6 a.m.; gate closes at 8 p.m. Saturday. Lake Jennings, 9535 Harritt Road, Lakeside. Daily use fee (not fishing), $4/adult; fishing fees, $12 adults (age 16 plus), senior/military, $11, ages 6 to 15, $8, ages 5 and younger, free.

“The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci”: The Old Globe presents Mary Zimmerman’s creative exploration of the notebook pages the genius painter of the “Mona Lisa” left behind, detailing his inventions, scientific theories and more. 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays .Through Feb. 26. Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, San Diego. $33 to $116. (619) 234-5623.

“Ripped”: Loud Fridge Theatre Group presents Rachel Bublitz’s play that takes an unfliching look at the gray areas in a case of college campus sexual assault. Opens Saturday and runs through Feb. 5. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. OnStage Playhouse, 291 Third Ave., Chula Vista. $17.50- $35.

“Timothy Emerson Hinchliff: World of Wonder”: Santa Ysabel Art Gallery hosts an exhibition of yarn paintings by shaman artist Hinchliff, as well as the opening of an exhibit of sculpture by Ted Berryman in a new garage studio on the gallery property. Opening reception, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Exhibits continue through Feb. 26. 30352 Highway 78, Santa Ysabel. (760) 765-1676.

Ars Lyrica Houston: “Crossing Borders”: San Diego Early Music Society presents this Grammy-nominated ensemble in its San Diego debut performing music and song that explores the colonial and indigenous cultures of 17th and 18th century Latin America. 7:30 p.m. Friday. St James by-the-Sea, 743 Prospect St., La Jolla. $10-$50.


“Depths of Wikipedia Live”: “@depthsofwikipedia” creator Annie Rauwerda takes the audience through a journey of the website’s most interesting corners, highlighting its strange, offbeat and interesting facts. 6 p.m. Sunday, Mic Drop Comedy, 8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. $25.

“The Little Foxes”: Jplay with The Roustabouts presents a reading of Lillian Hellman’s drama about greed, betrayal and corruption in the post-Civil War South. 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. $25.