photo: The New Children’s Museum

The word of the weekend is: ART! Macy’s Museum Month has begun and there are so many amazing exhibits to experience including gigantic balloon sculptures ––all for half-price admission through February. Read our guide for which museums you can’t miss and scroll down for more art-inspired events you’ll love this weekend.

Point Loma

Friday Night Liberty
Friday Night Liberty is San Diego’s biggest monthly art walk! Meet working artists, enjoy dance, theatre and music performances, visit museums and galleries and explore the growing District. This Friday’s theme is Love the ARTS. The June Rubin Studio/Gallery invites you to Make Your Own Valentine with artist June Rubin. Have fun as a family while you use decorative papers, stickers and feathers to collage your own valentine. Fri. Event details.

San Diego

Macy’s Museum Month
Explore over 40 museums across the county including the San Diego Natural History Museum, Birch Aquarium at Scripps and the USS Midway Museum, for just half-price admission. Pick up a free Museum Month pass at your nearest Macy’s store, starting Feb. 1. One pass is good for up to four half-price admissions at each museum. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Celebrate Groundhog Day at Pretend City
Today at Pretend City, celebrate with Punxsutawney Phil and learn about Groundhog Day! Find out if we will have a long winter or an early spring and why we celebrate this holiday dating back to 1887! Fri. Event details.


Dine Out! Escondido Restaurant Week
No New Year’s diet resolutions can start until Feb 4th! Dine Out Escondido! Restaurant Week is happening January 28 – February 3, 2018 at over thirty fantastic restaurants in historic downtown and all around town! Enjoy scrumptious specials from our highly-acclaimed chefs, restaurateurs, and eateries. Savor the diverse culinary flavors of Escondido by taking advantage of this opportunity to visit your favorites and create new experiences! Whether you’re looking for craft beer foodie burger pairings, local farm-to-fork delights, chef-owned culinary experiences, international flavors, high tea or home cooking… Escondido’s fantastic restaurants have something for everyone. Click here for a list of participating restaurants. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Niki de Saint Phalle: Mythical California Exhibit
Internationally known artist Niki de Saint Phalle created several larger than life works of art about the myths and legends of California. Through maquettes, models, sculptures, photographs, furniture, blueprints, and video California Center for the Arts honors this vibrant 20th century artist. Join in celebration of the fifteen-year anniversary of the construction of her sculptural garden Queen Califia’s Magical Circle and the series’ she developed while living in San Diego. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Monster Jam
Action-packed motorsports experience Monster Jam returns to San Diego with more action and bigger trucks than ever before ready to battle it out in the ultimate event of speed, racing, stunts and demolition for another season of high-octane weekend events at PETCO Park. This year’s massive truck lineup features appearances by Monster Jam super-truck icons Grave Digger® and MAX-D™, along with World Finals Champions El Toro Loco® and Avenger. Eight trucks are making their San Diego debut appearances including all-new 2018 season trucks BroDozer and Whiplash, along with Mutant, Stone Crusher, Hooked, Jester, Xtermigator, Over Bored and the newest member of the Monster Jam beasts family – the menacing giant shark Megalodon. In addition to the world-class racing and freestyle competition action, fans can come to the stadium early to enjoy the Monster Jam® Pit Party pre-show experience – which gives fans unparalleled access to view their favorite trucks up-close and meet the star drivers for autographs & photos. New for 2018, Monster Jam has introduced the limited quantity Pit Party Early Access Pass that provides fans early entry into the Pit Party one hour before open to the general public. Sat. Event details.

5,000 years of civilization reborn, a global sensation returns! After sold-out shows last season, Shen Yun is back with a brand-new production. Embark on a wondrous journey through China’s 5,000 years of divine culture. Watch glorious legends and heavenly realms spring to life. See dazzling costumes and powerful flips fill the stage with color and energy. Let the orchestra’s exquisite melodies uplift your spirit and the dynamic animated backdrops transport you to another world. An inspiring experience not to miss. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Family Fun Days at San Elijo Lagoon
Explore the lives of birds, with new topics discussed the first Sunday of every month, including feathers and flight, migration, and lagoon babies. Discover the ways birds move and change with the air, lands and waters they live in, and look for animal babies and learn about nature cycles in springtime events. Includes interactive tours and arts/crafts. Feb. 4th program: Why do birds have so many different ways of making a home to raise their young? In February’s ‘Nests and Eggs’ Family Fun Day you can get to know some of our local birds by investigating a variety of nest types and egg shapes and colors. Sun. Event details.

Where are you enjoying the first weekend of February? Share in the comments!

––Beth Shea