Top weekend events in San Diego for Jan. 26-29: Tết Festival, ‘Frozen’ and more

Caroline Bowman as Elsa in the national touring production of "Frozen — the Musical."
Caroline Bowman as Elsa in the national touring production of “Frozen — the Musical,” playing through Jan. 29 at the San Diego Civic Theatre.
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This weekend San Diego County will see the return of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament and so much more.

There will also be more Lunar New Year events throughout the county. Here’s a guide:

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.

Jan. 14, 2023

And now here’s your weekend lineup.


Circus Vargas New 2022 production "Circus Vargas Express" in National City on Feb. 4, 2022.
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City of Lights at the circus: Circus Vargas returns with “Bonjour Paris,” channeling the City of Lights. The animal-free show delivers action-filled performances including aerialists, acrobats, trampoline artists, contortionists and — the Wheel of Death. Afternoon and evening performances of varying times through Feb. 13; dark Tuesdays. Westfield Mission Valley, 1640 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego. Tickets from $19 to $75.

“El Huracán”: Cygnet Theatre presents the world premiere of Charise Castro Smith’s play about four generations of Latinas caught up in a Miami hurricane. Previews, Wednesday through Jan. 27. Opens Jan. 28 and runs through Feb. 19. Showtimes, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. 8 p.m. Fridays. 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays. 2 p.m. Sundays. Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., San Diego. $30 and up. (619) 337-1525.

“Symphony at State”: The SDSU School of Music and Dance and SD Winds presents a series of master classes, panel discussions and recitals featuring principal members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Jan. 26-28. 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego. Full schedule at

Xander Schauffele, right, laughs with caddied Austin Kaiser during the Farmers Insurance Open Pro-Am.
Xander Schauffele, right, laughs with caddied Austin Kaiser during the Farmers Insurance Open Pro-Am at Torrey Pines on Tuesday, January 24, 2023.
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Farmers Insurance Open: See some of the biggest stars in professional golf compete in this PGA Tour tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course. With various levels of access and viewing experiences available, visitors can also enjoy a fan village, various cocktail lounges and more during the event. Times vary Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Torrey Pines Golf Course, 11480 N Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla.

Five of top 20 finishers from 2022 Farmers joined LIV Golf and are barred from PGA Tour, but plenty of great golf and golfers expected this week at Torrey Pines

Jan. 22, 2023

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

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour: This concert is an opportunity to see great jazz singers, a superb pianist, one of the most underrated drummers around and a fast-rising young saxophonist. The singers, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Kurt Elling, each have two Grammy Award wins to their credit. The pianist, Christian Sands, 33, has two Grammy nominations to his credit. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Balboa Theater, 868 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. $44-$84.


“Frozen”: 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. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., San Diego. $39-$114.

A woman looks at lanterns at the traditional Lunar New Year "Tet" market in the old quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam.
A woman looks at lanterns at the traditional Lunar New Year “Tet” market in the old quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)
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Tết Festival: The Vietnamese American Youth Alliance & Vietnamese Federation of San Diego sponsor the annual San Diego Tết Festival marking the New Year and the coming of spring, the most important holiday in Vietnam. Celebrate Vietnamese culture with lion dances, taiko drums, food, art, carnival rides and more. 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (cultural village closes at 9 p.m.) Mira Mesa Community Park, 8575 New Salem St., San Diego. Free.

“Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience”: This exhibit plunges spectators into the splendor of the Egyptian boy king’s rule, burial chamber and treasures via nine multi-sensory galleries. 10 a.m. Friday and daily through March 26; closing times 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays (last entry 7 p.m.) and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (last entry 8 p.m.) Wyland Center at Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Tickets $38-$44.

“Paisanos México”: Sparks Gallery and the Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura de Tijuana are presenting a joint exhibition of artworks that explore the issues of migration and movement. Opens today and runs through Feb. 19. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Ave., San Diego.

Paquita La Del Barrio y Sus Amigos: The Grammy-nominated Mexican singer known as Paquita La Del Barrio will perform in San Diego this weekend along with a lineup of several friends. The concert is part of the “La Ultima Parada” tour. 7 p.m. Friday. Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University, 5500 Canyon Crest Drive, San Diego.

Dolly Dance Party: The Dolly Parton Inspired Country Western Diva Dance Party offers country classics and a chance to dance. Enjoy the music of Dolly Parton, Tina Turner, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, The Chicks, Loretta Lynn, Shania Twain, Whitney Houston, Kacey Musgraves, Donna Summer and more. Ages 21-plus. 9 p.m. Friday; doors open at 8 p.m. The Music Box, 1337 India St., San Diego. Tickets $15-$25 (standing room only).

“The Revlon Girl”: Lamplighters Community Theatre presents Neil Anthony Docking’s drama inspired by a 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,

A scene from "Lucky Stiff" at Scripps Ranch Theatre.
(Courtesy of Ken Jacques)

‘Lucky Stiff’ opens two-theater run: Scripps Ranch Theatre and Oceanside Theatre Company present Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens’ musical about a man who must take the corpse of his uncle on a Monte Carlo gambling trip to inherit the dead man’s $6 million fortune. The production will be presented first in Scripps Ranch, then will move to Oceanside March 3-19. Opens Friday and runs through Feb. 19. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Legler-Benbough Theatre, Alliant International University, 9783 Avenue of Nations, San Diego. $15-$42. (858) 395-0573,

Harp and trombone concert: Harpist Christina Montes and trombonist David Rejano will perform a dual concert. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. $20-$25. (760) 633-2746.


A giant rabbit installation is set up ahead of the Year of the Rabbit for 2023 at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul.
A giant rabbit installation is set up ahead of the Year of the Rabbit for 2023 in the Chinese zodiac at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
(Ahn Young-joon / Associated Press)

Korean American Heritage and Lunar New Year Celebration: Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at the San Diego Central Library. This event includes performances by the San Diego Korean American Folk Dance Association and the San Diego Korean Pungmul Institute. There will also be an opportunity to learn your name in Korean, crafts, a photo booth and more. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., San Diego.

Escondido’s Zombie Escape 5K and 1 Mile Run: The route is a 3-mile trail and bike path loop around Kit Carson Park. Participants compete against the clock — and against blood-thirsty zombies throughout the course, with the major “infected” area in the last mile, just before the “safe zone.” Proceeds go to the San Diego Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. Registration closes Friday. Races start at 11 a.m. Saturday. Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Pkwy., Escondido. Fun run $20, 5K $50 individuals, $125 team of three.

Disco Night with the San Diego Gulls: The Gulls will take on Ontario Reign this weekend during a special promotional disco night. There will be a pregame tailgate, specialty jerseys and a beach towel giveaway. 7 p.m. Saturday. Pechanga Arena San Diego, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. San Diego.

Westgate Hotel hosting “Enchanted Tea”: To coincide with performances of “Frozen the Musical” at the San Diego Civic Theatre, nearby Westgate Hotel is offering a one-day-only tea party for children that will offer an up-close encounter with some fairy tale princesses. The Enchanted Tea will feature songs, a princess oath, photo opportunities with the ice princess and her sister and a full tea service with house-made pastries, tea sandwiches, desserts, teas and hot chocolate. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 28. 1055 2nd Ave., San Diego. $95 per person. Reserve at

“The Marvelous Wonderettes”: The Theatre at Welk presents Roger Bean’s musical revue about four female high school song leaders in 1958 forced to perform at their prom and comedy ensues. Opens Saturday and runs through March 26. 1 and 7 p.m. Saturdays; 1 p.m. Sundays. 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido. $62.

Tommy & Saundra O’Sullivan & Friends: These married Irish singers and musicians will perform a program of Irish music. 6 p.m. Saturday. St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 27228 Sixth Ave., San Diego. $20.

Pianist Rossina Grieco: The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library presents a solo recital of works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt. 4 p.m. Saturday. 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. $50-$55; optional dinner follows, with concert-and-meal tickets $175.


“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 -$116. (619) 234-5623,

“Weaving Together Many Thousands of Threads”: The Misti Washington Gourd and Basket Guild presents a show of more than 28 works by member artists. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Through April 19. Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. (760) 943-2260,