San Diego Weekend Happenings: February 23 – 25, 2018

Jason Belangoy
Jason Belangoy
Published on February 22, 2018

What’s there to do this Friday (February 23rd), Saturday (February 24th), and Sunday (February 25th)?  Read on for your San Diego weekend recommendations.

All Weekend Long

San Diego Bird Festival at the Marina Village Conference Center (plus other locations, too — check the San Diego Audubon Society website for more details) | 92109 | Family-friendly | February 23rd – 25th, varies by time and event.  The San Diego Audubon Society invites all to the annual San Diego Bird Festival to learn more about birds, avian ecology, and conservation.  Numerous excursions, meetings, and adventures are lined up for the festival — all at various locations, but the main one is at the Marina Village Conference Center for this San Diego weekend event.  Either visit the Marina Village Conference Center to learn more of what else is on offer, or likewise visit the San Diego Audubon Society website for further details.

Dave Freeman Badminton Open at Balboa Park Activity Center | 92101 | Family-friendly | Friday from 5PM – 11PM, Saturday from 9AM – 11PM, and Sunday from 9AM to 7PM.  Have you ever wanted to see what the sport of badminton looks like at championship level — where birdies move as fast as 100 mph?  This international meet includes over 300 elite-caliber players.  You won’t want to miss this San Diego weekend event.  From the website we learn, “The junior tournament is on Friday, and finals start on Sunday. Dave Freeman was a world-class badminton player who worked as a neurosurgeon in San Diego after retiring from badminton, a career trajectory few can claim. There’s a $12,000 cash prize for the top winner. Spectators are welcome, with free admission.”  You can also learn more at the website of the San Diego Badminton Club.

36th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Fair, downtown Third Avenue and J Street | 92101 | Family-friendly | Saturday, from 10AM to 5PM, and Sunday, from 10AM to 5PM.  This family-oriented San Diego weekend event celebrating the Year of the Dog is free and spans two days of festivities.  There will be Asian art, culture, performances, and food to ring in the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Friday – February 23rd, 2018

Harlem Globetrotters at Valley View Casino | 92110 | Family-friendly | Friday from 7PM until closing.  The Flying Globies have long been known as an “acrobatic trampoline dunk team.”  They’ll be challenging their long-standing nemesis, the Washington Generals, during this adrenaline-rush of a San Diego weekend event.  This showdown is sure to be a crowd-favorite for basketball enthusiasts of all ages.

2018 Chinese New Year Concert at Copley Symphony Hall | 92101 | Family-friendly | Friday from 8PM until closing.  In the Chinese culture, 2018 celebrates the Year of the Dog.  This San Diego weekend symphony concert features talent from both the San Diego Yantai Friendship Society, the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, and the Chongqing Chuanju Theater — making this performance quite the Far East spectacle.  Call ahead to purchase your tickets, which range from $24 to $79.

Saturday – February 24th, 2018

Little Italy Mercato | 92101 | Family-friendly | Saturday from 8AM to 2PM.  Over 200 tents will line Little Italy’s streets to showcase a wide range of farm fresh produce, flowers, meats, and artisan craft goods during this San Diego weekend event.  There will be music played by local artists as well.  Start your Saturday with a visit to the Little Italy Mercato, one of the largest farmers markets in the Greater San Diego region.

Adventure Sail aboard the Tall Ship San Salvador via the Maritime Museum of San Diego | 92101 | Family-friendly | Saturday, from 11AM until 4PM.  The San Salvador is a replica of the galleon sailed by Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European to enter San Diego Bay — way back in September 28, 1542.  This 4-hour adventure will certainly be a delight for those who are aficionados of both sailing and history.  There is limited space for this San Diego weekend event, so get your tickets now.  Kids 2 and under sail free.  Remember that boarding time is different from launch time.

Puccini’s TURANDOT at the San Diego Civic Theater | 92101 | Family-friendly | Saturday, at 7PM until closing time.  For your San Diego weekend, take in Puccini’s masterpiece opera, TURANDOT, about the icy Chinese Princess Turandot who keeps suitors away with riddles — that is, until Calaf solves them.  The romance, uplifting music, and spectacle is sure to be a MUST SEE this weekend.

Sunday – February 25th, 2018

Third Avenue Certified Farmers’ Market and Asian Bazaar, downtown | 92101 | Family-friendly | Sunday, at 9AM until 1PM.  Certified California-grown farm fresh produce along with flowers, meats, smoked fish, pet treats, hand-crafted candles + soaps, and artisan goods can all be enjoyed at this San Diego weekend open-air farmers market.  The Asian bazaar likewise adds a Southern California Asian tenor to the atmosphere, which is great, given that there will still be celebrations revolving around the Chinese Lunar New Year festivities for the Year of the Dog taking place nearby.

National Clam Chowder Day at Bluewater Boathhouse Seafood Grill in Coronado | 92118 | Family-friendly | Sunday, from 11AM until 9PM.  According to the website, the Bluewater Grill is known as the “unofficial home of the West’s best clam chowder” — and the venue is thereby celebrating National Clam Chowder Day on Sunday, February 25th, with plenty of dine-in and takeout chowder offerings.  So head over to Coronado’s prime locale to celebrate National Clam Chowder Day, where you can sample the Bluewater Boathouse’s New England and Manhattan clam chowder fare.

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San Diego Weekend Happenings: February 23 – 25, 2018
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