Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day a few days early or just enjoying the outdoors and activities around town, there’s no shortage of activities to do this weekend in San Diego. Head downtown for a Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair. Travel with the Harlem Globetrotters, read to therapy dogs or play with pets at the San Diego Humane Society. You can also check out all the gluten free goodness at the food expo in Del Mar. Have a great weekend!

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San Diego

Pet Pals at the Humane Society
Get ready to meet and learn about animals at the San Diego Humane Society. This month’s theme is Pamper the Pigs: Guinea Pig Spa Day. Fri. Event details

The Harlem Globetrotters
Enjoy a star-studded event that will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Fri. Event details.

International Dance Festival
Join the dance clubs of the IDA in Balboa Park as they teach and demonstrate various styles of social dancing and give you a chance to learn easy, enjoyable dances from around the world! There will also be vendors of food and folk, international and dance related items. Sun. Event details.

Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair
Come celebrate the Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair to ring in the Year of the Rooster! The event includes lion dances, martial arts performances, food, Asian Story Theater, arts and crafts, opportunity drawings, and more! Sat. and Sun.  Event details.

Make Sweets with Your Sweetheart
Love is in the air! Join creative chocolate shop Sweet Petite Confections for a chocolate-making class celebrating Valentine’s Day. Participants will create and fill fun-shaped chocolate molds with unique flavors like champagne caramel and serrano chili ganache. Then, participants will use raspberries, strawberries, candied bacon and other playful ingredients to make personalized chocolate barks. Sat. Event details.

North County

Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo
The GFAF Expos are the largest and fastest growing special diet consumer events in the US. Started in 2007, the events are professionally managed and have expanded from one to seven cities throughout the United States. In addition to meeting the needs of the Celiac community, the Expo welcomes those with gluten sensitivities, auto-immune/inflammatory diseases and autism. Sat. and Sun. Event details.

Read Aloud to Therapy Dogs
Kids can read books aloud to trained, certified therapy dogs to practice and improve their reading skills. Note: Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Guided Bird Walk on the Sweetwater Marsh
What are all those birds tweeting about? Come explore the world of beaks, feet, and feathers out on the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge! Enjoy a guided bird walk looking for local shorebirds, discover how light feathers can be, and get up close with bird friends. Take home fun treats and even better stories about the local birds of San Diego. Plus, the first 10 members to arrive will receive a special red shouldered hawk encounter! Sat. Event details.

Suzie’s Sweetheart Dance
Celebrate Valentine’s Day on the farm. Enjoy live music and dancing and sweet treats. Food and drinks available for purchase. Sat. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments!

— Leah R. Singer