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Sunday, Feb 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Film: Mind Game
12:00 PM Chinese New Year Lion Dance
1:00 PM Art: Dongsheng Gao
1:00 PM San Diego Kuumba Fest
2:00 PM International Cottage Sampler Program
2:00 PM Stage: Safa's Story
2:00 PM Music: Beat Quest
2:00 PM Stage: Uncle Vanya
7:00 PM Music: Herb Alpert & Lani Hall
7:00 PM Stage: Safa's Story
7:00 PM House of Erzulie Book Launch Party
7:30 PM Stage: The Diary Of Anne Frank
8:00 PM The Benedetti Trio: George Harrison Tribute
Monday, Feb 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:45 PM Lecture: Why Vietnam Still Matters
4:30 PM Europe-China Relations: New Realities and Implications for the U.S.
6:00 PM Cooking Class: Shabbat San Diego Hamantaschen Bake
6:30 PM Film: Body/Bag and dancedance/ReVolution
Tuesday, Feb 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:30 PM Black History Month Film and Conversation Series
7:00 PM Queer Film Festival
7:00 PM Stage: Turandot
7:00 PM Stage: Uncle Vanya
7:30 PM Lecture: Bioarchaeology of the Lower Rio Verde, Oaxaca, Mexico
Wednesday, Feb 28
6:00 PM Film: Spirit of the Beehive
6:00 PM Cooking Class: Chef Javier Plascencia
6:30 PM Discussion: Trekking off the Beaten Path to Machu Picchu
6:30 PM Music: Dornob
7:00 PM East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity
7:00 PM Book Signing: The Prince And The Dressmaker
7:00 PM Film: Concert for George
7:00 PM Stage: Uncle Vanya
Thursday, Mar 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:00 PM The Continuous Clapback: The Legacy of Language
5:00 PM Guest Lecture: Hung Liu—Summoning Ghosts
6:00 PM Chef Gilberto Morales, Haute Kumeyaay Cuisine
7:30 PM Stage: Othello
7:30 PM Book Signing: Call Me by Your Name
7:30 PM Stage: Three Sisters
8:00 PM La Jolla Music Society Presents Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Friday, Mar 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM San Diego Film Week
1:00 PM Lecture: The Role of Hunting in Anthropogeny
7:00 PM Stage: Turandot
7:30 PM Stage: Othello
7:30 PM Stage: Three Sisters
Saturday, Mar 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
9:00 AM Music: Edo Bayashi and Kotobuki Jishi Workshops with Eien Hunter-Ishikawa
10:00 AM San Diego Film Week
10:00 AM Art: Treasures from San Diego's University Libraries
12:30 PM Music: Edo Bayashi and Kotobuki Jishi Workshops with Eien Hunter-Ishikawa
2:00 PM Stage: Three Sisters
7:00 PM Music: Dornob
7:30 PM Stage: Othello
7:30 PM Music: Golden Bough
Sunday, Mar 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:30 AM Music: Edo Bayashi and Kotobuki Jishi Workshops with Eien Hunter-Ishikawa
10:00 AM San Diego Film Week
12:55 PM Dance: The Flames of Paris
2:00 PM Stage: Turandot
2:00 PM Stage: Three Sisters
2:15 PM Music: Edo Bayashi and Kotobuki Jishi Workshops with Eien Hunter-Ishikawa
6:00 PM Music: Brasil Jazz Festa
7:00 PM Music: Raga, Roots & Re-Imaginings
7:00 PM Music: Velvet Caravan
7:30 PM Stage: Three Sisters
Monday, Mar 5
10:00 AM San Diego Film Week
Tuesday, Mar 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM San Diego Film Week
7:00 PM Music: Descarga Cubana
7:00 PM Stage: Uncle Vanya
Wednesday, Mar 7
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM San Diego Film Week
7:00 PM Queer Film Festival
Thursday, Mar 8
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM San Diego Film Week
7:00 PM Film: Arrangiarsi
Friday, Mar 9
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM San Diego Film Week
8:00 PM Music: Up Dharma Down Live in San Diego
Saturday, Mar 10
10:00 AM San Diego Film Week

< Sunday, February 11, 2018 >

All Day Ongoing and Extended Events


Cloud Techtonics
Until February 24, 2018

Cardboard Piano
Until February 25, 2018

The Importance of Being Earnest
Until March 4, 2018

Exhibitions and Art

Age of the Baroque
Until February 13, 2018

Art of the Americas
Until February 18, 2018

Indonesian Shadow Puppets
Until March 1, 2018

Jewels of India
Until March 1, 2018

Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal
Until March 25, 2018

Barrio Art Crawl
Ongoing, every 2nd Saturday of each month

Art of East Asia
Until December 31, 2019

Arts of Iran
Until January 31, 2019

Art Of The 20th Century
Ongoing until December 31, 2019

German Expressionism
Ongoing until December 31, 2019

Art Of The Open Air
Ongoing until February 13, 2018


Kids Meet Mandarin
Ongoing Fridays

Chinese Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Spanish Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Bilingual Storytime
Ongoing Fridays

Classes and Workshops

African Djembe Drumming
Ongoing Wednesday

Irish Gaelic Conversation Circle
Ongoing Tuesdays

Tai Chi Workshop
Ongoing Saturdays

Ongoing Sundays

African Dance Class
Ongoing Sundays

Dancing With The Brush: Chinese Brush Painting And Calligraphy
Ongoing Tuesdays

Middle-Eastern Drum and Belly Dance Class
Ongoing Mondays

Salsa Class
Ongoing Tuesdays

Urban Art & More
Ongoing Tuesdays

Mandarin Meetup
Ongoing Wednesdays

Cultural Tours and Excursions

Tequila, Tacos, & Tombstones: Old Town Tour
ongoing Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Tijuana Street Food Tour
ongoing Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays

Puerto Nuevo Lobster Dinner
ongoing Saturdays

Tijuana Seafood Tour
ongoing Fridays and Sundays

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum & Garden Tour
Ongoing, every 1st Saturday of each month

Little Italy Culinary Tour
Ongoing Saturdays

Asian Pacific Historical District Walking Tour
Ongoing, every 2nd Saturday of each month.

Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling in Tijuana
Ongoing, Select Fridays

Tijuana Street Art Trek with Panca
Ongoing, Select Saturdays

Tijuana Brewery Tour
Ongoing, Select Saturdays

Tijuana Market Hop
Ongoing, Select Sundays

Tijuana Foodie Adventure
Ongoing Saturdays,Tuesdays,Sundays

Ensenada Mexico Pacific Ocean Coastal Tour

Baja Mexico Grand Tour

Tijuana Foodie Adventures


Tea with The Bard
Ongoing, first Sunday of each month

Kirtan Musical Meditation
Ongoing, Thursdays

Dances of Universal Peace
Ongoing Saturdays
All Day San Diego Jewish Film Festival The 28th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival runs February 8-18. The 11-day event is the largest Jewish cultural event in San Diego and draws over 17,000 attendees annually to more than 70 screenings. Features San Diego film premieres, international guest filmmakers, and juried and audience choice awards. Screenings will be shown at five locations. This year the festival will showcase a total of 58 films of the best contemporary Jewish-themed films from around the world celebrating life, human rights and freedom of expression.

Admission/Cost: $12.25 - $15.25, Festival pass $275

Full Festival Schedule

Search for Individual Films (note: choose film and then the date):

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
4126 Executive Drive
San Diego, CA 92037

Ongoing from February 8 to 18, 2018

For more information, please call: (858) 362-1348 or visit:
11:00 AM Lunar New Year Tet Festival The Little Saigon San Diego Foundation is excited to announce the return of its flagship event. The Lunar New Year is an important Asian holiday that has been celebrated for thousands of years throughout the world, especially in Asia. 2018 marks the Year of the Dog, a modest and loyal animal that represents honesty, intelligence, and reliability.

The San Diego Lunar New Year Festival attracts over 32,000 guests from across San Diego County and offers a fusion of Asian food stations, unique vendor booths, carnival rides, non-stop live entertainment (including lion dances, concerts, and bands such as Hearbreaka GeeQ, Remj Michael Jackson) as well as a cultural village featuring artistic reconstructions of iconic sculptures, buildings, and landscapes from across Southeast Asia.

Admission/Cost: $3 - $5

SDCCU Stadium
9449 Friars Road
San Diego, CA 92108

Dates and times:
Friday, February 9 - 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Saturday, February 10 - 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Sunday, February 11 - 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 641-3100 or visit:
11:00 AM Festival of Fastelavn The House of Norway at Balboa Park's Intentional Cottages is having a traditional event that observes the beginning of lent. There will be craft making and baking. Especially fun for children. All donations go to Rady Children's Hospital.


Balboa Park Hall of Nations
2191 W. Pan American Road
San Diego, CA 92101

Sunday, February 11 - 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
11:00 AM HPR Queens Program The House of Pacific Relations (HPR), located in San Diego 's Balboa Park , is a consortium of 'houses' representing 34 nations. The HPR promotes multicultural goodwill and understanding through enriching educational programs. The park features historic 1935 Exposition cottages plus four newer cottages where HPR member nations can offer visitors a window to their history and traditions.

The Queens Organization of the HPR houses is an educational and cultural service organization for young members.

Admission/Cost: FREE

HPR International Cottages Lawn & Outdoor Stage
2294 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

Sunday, February 11 - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 234-0739 or visit:
11:30 AM International Dance Festival The International Dance Association of San Diego County presents its Annual Dance Festival in the spacious and beautiful Balboa Park Club. Dances from around the world will be demonstrated and taught every half hour throughout the afternoon: International Folk Dancers - San Diego 'N' Line Dancers - Reels and Squares Variety Dancing - Balboa Park Dancers (Ballroom) - Bon Temps Social Club (Cajun/Zydeco) - Pride of Erin Irish Ceili Dancers - Moreton Bay Fig Morris (English) - Royal Scottish Country Dance Society - Waltz & Such Vintage Social Dancers - Playford Plodders (English Country) and Diversity Dance Sport. Come learn easy steps to fun dances. Partners are not required to participate. Or, just come and watch the dancing! Everyone is welcome at the Dance Festival in the park. This is a fun family event. Admission is FREE to all the dance classes and exhibitions.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Balboa Park Club
2144 Pan American Rd
San Diego, CA 92101

Sunday, February 11 - 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
2:00 PM Music: Chini and Camberos Chini and Camberos are a dynamic guitar duo that combines a unique blend of world beats and rhythms to well-crafted melodies. Their music takes you on a journey from the deserts of the Southwest to the Isles of the Mediterranean.

The Latin jazz guitar duo performs on the tasting room patio.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Bernardo Winery
13330 Paseo del Verano Norte
San Diego, CA 92128

Dates and times:
Sunday, January 14 - 2:00 PM
Sunday, February 11 - 2:00 PM
Sunday, March 11 - 2:00 PM

For more information, please call: (858) 487-1866 or visit:
2:00 PM Art: Raul Anguiano Anguiano was an important, internationally recognized painter whose style is quintessentially Mexican. The exhibit at the La Jolla Library features work from a collection donated to Tijuana by Anguiano, the last icon of the Mexican Muralist School of painting. He is famous for painting indigenous peoples and depicting the merge between Indigenous and Spanish cultures. The exhibit also celebrates the close ties between San Diego and Tijuana, encompassing the cultural richness of the border mega-region.

Admission/Cost: FREE

La Jolla Riford Library
7555 Draper Avenue
San Diego, CA 92037

Sunday, February 11 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
2:00 PM Stage: Cardboard Piano Diversionary Theatre stages the West Coast premiere of Hansol Jung's drama. Chris, daughter of an American missionary, falls in love with a local teenage girl in Northern Uganda. They meet in a church and exchange vows, but the civil war outside invades their fragile union. Jacole Kitchen directs.

Admission/Cost: $15 - $50

Diversionary Theatre
4545 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92116

Dates and times:
Ongoing until Sunday, February 25 - 2018
Thursdays - 7:00 PM
Fridays - 8:00 PM
Saturdays - 8:00 PM
Sundays - 2:00 PM
2:00 PM Stage: Vietgone The San Diego Repertory Theatre stages Qui Nguyen's "love story like no other." At the end of the Vietnam War, Quang and Tong fall in love in a refugee camp in Arkansas, then take a life-changing trip across America. Jesca Prudencio directs the piece, performed with a mash-up of comic book aesthetics, martial arts and hip-hop.

Admission/Cost: $20 - $65

San Diego Repertory Theatre
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA

Ongoing from Wednesday, January 31 until Sunday, February 18 - 2018
Wednesdays - 7:00 PM
Thursdays - 8:00 PM
Fridays - 8:00 PM
Saturdays - 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Sundays - 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
4:00 PM Music: Four Shillings Short Four Shillings Short, the husband/wife duo of Aodh Og O'Tuama from Cork, Ireland, and Christy Martin from California, perform traditional and original music from the Celtic lands, medieval and renaissance Europe, India, and the Americas on a wide array of instruments (over 30): hammered and mountain dulcimer; mandolin; mandola; bouzouki; recorders; tinwhistles; medieval and renaissance woodwinds; North Indian sitar; charango; bowed psaltery; banjo; Native American flutes; bodhran; guitar; ukelele; doumbek and darbuka; spoons; vocals and even a Krumhorn.

Admission/Cost: $10 - $15

Christ Church Unity of El Cajon
311 Highland
El Cajon, CA 92020

Sunday, February 11 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 579-9586
6:00 PM Music: Cipher - Sibarg Ensemble The Sibarg Ensemble was established in 2008 by Hesam Abedini, along with a group of students as the first Fusion Ensemble of the Tehran Music Conservatory in Iran. By 2010 the ensemble had moved to the United States, and since, they have performed at many academic and cultural institutions, as well as at music festivals. With each performance they share their methods and innovations in fusing Eastern and Western melodic patterns that form the basis of their unique and original compositions.

In 2015, Sibarg invited two Doctorate students from the UC San Diego music department to join the ensemble, which became a starting point for several concerts in different cities such as San Diego and Los Angeles. In these concerts Sibarg combined traditional Iranian and jazz in order to create a sense of unity and peace, and to facilitate multiculturalism.

Admission/Cost: $25 - $30

Iranian American Center
6790 Top Gun St.
San Diego, CA 92121

Sunday, February 11 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

For more information, please call: (858) 552-9355 or visit:
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