North County and San Diego County Events – February 2017

North County and San Diego County Events - February 2017

Museum MonthMuseum Month: Half-Off Admission
February 1 – 28
Location: Multiple Locations

Arts, entertainment and culture collide for Macy’s Museum Month in San Diego. This February the San Diego Museum Council and Macy’s have teamed up again for Museum Month, giving patrons a chance to discover what’s new at more than 40 area museums with savings only seen once a year.

Participants can pick up a Museum Month Pass at any area Macy’s store to enjoy half-off admission to all of the participating museums through the entire month of February. Passes will be available beginning February 1 at all San Diego, Temecula and Imperial Valley Macy’s

Carlsbad Juried Bienniel Art Exhibit2017 Juried Biennial Art Exhibition
February 1 – March 5
Location: Carlsbad, 1775 Dove Ln, Cannon Art Gallery

Come see 44 works by 35 San Diego County artists in the 2017 Juried Biennial exhibit through March 5, 2017 at William D. Cannon Art Gallery.

This is one of San Diego County’s most significant showcases for emerging and mid-career artists. This year’s jurors are Yevgeniya Mikhailik, Curator of the Irvine Fine Arts Center, and Ginger Shulick Porcella, Executive Director of the San Diego Art Institute.

Sunset Whale WatchingValentine’s Week Sunset Whale Watching Cruises
February 2 – 13
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Oceanside, 315 Harbor Dr S

Sail with Oceanside Adventures aboard our 50 foot, beautifully equipped, one level, fast catamaran. This catamaran is perfect for optimal viewing, with both covered and open areas as well as seating throughout.

February 2 – 13, except Saturdays. Discount prices online: $29 adult, $19 child 3 – 12, 2 and under $10.

Damien Lawson Soul FusionSoul Fusion
February 4
4:00 – 7:30 PM
Location: Oceanside, 1 Barnard Dr, CONCERT HALL OC2406

MiraCosta College is kicking off Black History Month activities with the fourth annual Umoja Program fundraising concert.

Performing artists will include Umoja student and award-winning singer Jazmine Rogers and gospel group Eddie Baltrip and Fulfillment. Special guest artist and Season 7 finalist on the nationally syndicated show The Voice, Damien Lawson, will also be performing. Professor Anthony Blacksher, a.k.a. Ant Black, will serve as master of ceremonies and perform Spoken Word poetry. This event is for all ages so please join us and make it a family affair!

VIP Reception: 4-4:50 p.m.; Concert: 5-7:30 p.m.

General Admission: $10; VIP $20. Tickets can be purchased online.

Proceeds will benefit the MiraCosta College Umoja Program scholarship fund. This fund is designed to increase the educational outcomes of African-American and other students.

Lake Poway Youth Fishing21st Annual Lake Poway Youth Fishing Derby
February 4
6:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Poway, 14644 Lake Poway Rd

Fishing, prizes, entertainment, games, casting contest, a free barbecue lunch and more! Join the City of Poway and Captain Ron Baker of on Saturday, February 4, for an exciting day of fun and prizes at the FREE 22nd Annual Youth Fishing Derby!

Freshly stocked with 3,000 pounds of rainbow trout, the lake will be open only to youth ages 15 and younger from 6:00 AM-12:00 PM. Winners must be present to claim prizes at the awards ceremony, which is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM. No registration required. Information: (858) 668-4772.

Cardiff Kook RunCardiff Kook Run
February 5
7:00 AM
Location: Encinitas, Under “Encinitas” sign on Coast Hwy

The Cardiff Kook Run 5K, 10K and Costume Contest is a celebration of the greatest community in the most amazing town on the map. Remember, it’s on Super Bowl Sunday!

The course starts under the world famous “Encinitas” sign on historic HWY 101 in beautiful Encinitas, California. This scenic loop passes by the famous “Cardiff Kook” statue (The Magic Carpet Ride), rises above some of the most popular surf breaks in the world and heads down to Cardiff State Beach.

San Diego Jewish Film FestivalSan Diego Jewish Film Festival
February 8 – 19
Location: Multiple Locations

The 27th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival will showcase 37 feature length films from around the world. Each film is carefully curated into this year’s collection due to outstanding qualifies that we feel represent the best of contemporary Jewish film.

There are 19 documentaries and 18 narratives in addition to our shorts program and a host of amazing speakers. Some of our films will offer insight into Jewish values and identity as well as those of other cultures. Some films will entertain you – and each one has the potential to generate thought-provoking discussion.

Family Fun Tour Museum of Making MusicFamily Fun Tour
February 11
11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Location: Carlsbad, Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr

Families are invited to an interactive, kid-friendly guided tour through the Museum galleries. Led by trained museum education specialists, this tour is designed for children ages 6 and up accompanied by a parent or grandparent. Guests will take a musical exploration of the people, historical events and innovations that influenced music making and musical instruments.

Through this creative thinking adventure, children experience the instruments on display, sound and video clips, and interactive activities. The tour concludes with a giant drum circle where everyone becomes a musician! Cost is $7 for students and seniors, $10 for adults.

Oceanside Valentine BikeOceanside Valentine Bike Ride
February 11
Location: Oceanside, Oceanside City Hall, 300 N Coast Hwy

The Oceanside Valentine Bike rides on February 11, 2017 are two fun and beautiful courses that tour the beachfront, the Oceanside Pier, Mission San Luis Rey and the Prince of Peace Abbey. Riders finish with chocolate and bubbly (if you’re over 21) at the finish line. All ages are welcome for Valentine-themed fun including fun costume prize categories. It’s sure to be a great time for everyone followed by prizes, food, refreshments, beer/wine garden, music and fun at City Hall. In addition, it’s the location of America’s Biggest Heart, a 25′ high inflatable balloon for more fun and photos!

The five-mile ride is a cruise along the beach, under the Pier and back to the finish at the beautiful, Greek-inspired Oceanside City Hall.

The 25-mile route takes place on the vehicle-free San Luis Rey bike trail to the historic Old Mission San Luis Rey. Here riders will be blessed by the Mission’s friars, offered a snack and a photo op and return to City Hall. Near the end of the 25-mile course is a unique optional challenge. The 25-mile riders will have the option of climbing straight up the three switchbacks to the Prince of Peace Abbey. Once there, they will receive a unique memento of the climb before they descend. The hill is short, but steep and only those who can climb hills, or are willing to walk their bike, should try it.

All finishers receive special gifts – a Valentine’s friendship bracelet, a Valentine’s Week lapel pin and all riders receive a logoed cap. In addition, they will enjoy post-ride complimentary snacks of chocolate and sparkling wine (for those 21 and older). Cookies, candy, music, food and a wine/beer expo round out the finish. A celebrity judges’ panel will award prizes for best individual costumes, best group costumes and best couple costumes, all with a Valentine’s Day theme. Proceeds from the Oceanside Valentine’s Ride benefit the Oceanside Parks Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity.

Bring your Valentine, create a team of friends, family and co-workers or bring yourself and enjoy the incredible views and the celebration afterwards.

Tidepooling AdventureTidepooling Adventure with Birch Aquarium
February 11 & 26
Location: La Jolla

Visit a local tide pool to learn how these amazing habitats and their inhabitants truly survive between a rock and a hard place.

The optimal season for tidepooling is November – March when minus tides reveal wider beaches and tide pools teeming with life. During those months, you can sign up for a Tidepooling Adventure where our trained naturalists will show you how to tread lightly during your visit and help you discover the wonderful world of tide pools. Ages 2+. Under 15 must be accompanied by a paid adult.

Pre-purchase is required. Birch Aquarium Members: $13, Public: $16. Tidepooling Adventures do not meet at Birch Aquarium.

Sunset Club Trio Encinitas Music by the Sea
Sunset Club Trio
Encinitas Music By The Sea Concert Series
February 17
7:30 PM
Location: Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Dr

Under the artistic direction of Laura Schmieder, talented local and international artists are selected at the Beverly Hills National Auditions and presented monthly in concert in three cities: Encinitas, Torrance and Beverly Hills. There are nine concerts from September 2016 through June 2017.

February 17 will feature the Sunset Club Trio. The three highly-gifted musicians met while studying music at USC. They founded the trio to create a fresh approach to traditional repertoire by introducing guitar into works originally written for violin and piano. Their sensitive and subtle sonorities create exciting sound textures in Classical masterpieces. Along with newly commissioned works, the trio brings a whole new perspective and energy to the concert stage. Étienne, Ines and Michael are all previous winners of the Beverly Hills National Auditions.

Paw Walk
Photo by Rachel Cobb
5K Paw Walk in the Garden 2017
February 18
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Encinitas, San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr

The San Diego Botanic Garden is teaming up with the Rancho Coastal Humane Society for our fifth annual “5K Paw Walk in the Garden.” Both organizations will be benefiting from this event. Participants will follow a 5K walk through the 37-acre garden with their dog(s) in tow.

The route winds through our spectacular garden areas including California Native Plants, Australia, the Canary Islands, Hawaii, bamboo, tropical fruit, and palm canyon. Due to the construction at the Hamilton Children’s Garden, we will be starting this event at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum. This is across Ecke Ranch Road from Hamilton Children’s Garden.

There will be pet products, food (for people), treats (for dogs), lots of great information for dog lovers, and (of course) dogs and puppies! Cost: $14 – $32.

San Diego Fix-It ClinicSan Diego Fix-It Clinic
February 18
12:00 – 2:00 PM
Location: San Diego, Second Chance Brewery, 15378 Avenue of Science #222

Bring your broken, non-functioning items. This can be electronics, applicances, computers, toys, bicycles, clothes, etc. We’ll help you assess, disassemble and possibly repair. We’ll provide work space, specialty tools, and guidance to help you disassemble and troubleshoot what’s broken. Best yet, it’s all free!

To register, please to go to

International Guitar NightInternational Guitar Night
February 22
7:30 PM
Location: Escondido, California Center for the Arts, 340 N Escondido Blvd

Master performers Lulo Reinhardt, Germany’s Gypsy Jazz master, returns to the Center for another critically-acclaimed performance celebrating the world’s finest guitarists! This brilliant acoustic extravaganza features Reinhardt along with a new cast of celebrated guitar luminaries including Luca Stricagnoli, Chrystian Dozza, and Debashish Bhattacharya.

Formed in 1995 as a forum for the world’s finest guitarists, IGN has garnered critical acclaim since its inception. The San Francisco Chronicle described IGN as a “marvelous mix of virtuosos who astound.” Cost: $30 – $40.

All About Worms
Photo Courtesy of Solana Center
All About Worms – Vermi-Composting Workshop
February 25
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Fallbrook, Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens & Nursery, 2940 Reche Rd

In this 2-hour presentation you will learn the basics of backyard vermi-composting (composting with worms). Using trial-tested advice and interactive demonstrations, our expert educators will teach you all you need to know to get started with a bin that fits your needs and lifestyle. We’ll demonstrate how to build and maintain bins. And attendees will have the opportunity to harvest castings should they chose to participate.

We invite you to join us to learn more about composting and how it can benefit your garden, home, and community.

San Diego Mardi Gras2016 Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp
February 25 & 28
Location: San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter, 614 5th Ave

Bigger. Better. Bead-er? It’s true! In 2017 we are pulling out all the stops to make the world famous Gaslamp Quarter Mardi Gras even bigger and better than our past 23 years combined!

The Big Easy Booze & Bites Tour
Saturday, February 25th, 2017, 1pm – 5pm

Don’t want to wait until Fat Tuesday to get your Mardi Gras festivities started? We have you covered! This tasting event with a NOLA is set to take you on a tantelizing tour of delicious Mardi Gras inspired bites and sinful sips throughout Downtown San Diego. Indulge the offerings from 20 hotspots all while collecting BEADS, BEADS, and more BEADS just in time to deck yourself out for Fat Tuesday. Tickets for this delicious self guided stroll start at just $25!

Masquerade Fat Tuesday Parade
Tuesday, February 28th, 2017, 5pm – Midnight

Celebrate with over 20,000 revelers at one of the biggest parade festivals West of New Orleans! Experience for yourself why we have been voted one of the top 10 Mardi Gras events to attend in the WORLD!

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