It’s a weekend full of dinosaurs, whales, celebrations, and family fun! Head to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps for their special SEA Days: Ocean Love program where kids learn all about whales. Get cultural at the Tet Festival at the Mira Mesa Community Park, or go downtown for the city’s Chinese New Year Festival. And if your kiddo is a Dinosaur Train fan, don’t miss this special show at the Balboa Theatre on Saturday. Have a great weekend!


San Diego

San Diego Tet Festival
Celebrate the Vietnamese New Year with fun for whole the family including carnival rides, games, authentic Vietnamese food, lion dancing and firecrackers. The entertainment programs include Miss Vietnam of San Diego and a Cultural Village to immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture. Fri. – Sun., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mira Mesa Community Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Dinosaur Train Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure
Embrace and celebrate the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains. Come join Buddy, Tiny, King, Don and more in this fun-filled, interactive and immersive live trip back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth … and rode in trains! Sat., 3 – 6 p.m., Balboa Theatre, $17 – $52/person. All ages. Event details.

Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance
Dads, put on your best tie and take your daughter out to enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing! Your evening includes a 4×6 photo and access to online gallery. Register online or at our welcome center. Sat., 4 – 7 p.m., Mission Valley YMCA, $34/members, $37/youth program members, $40/participants. Ages 2 -12 years. Event details.

Chinese New Year Cultural Fair
Celebrate the Year of the Dragon at the Chinese New Year Food and Cultural fair. This is a free, family friendly event! Come celebrate our 30th annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair, which will feature lion and dragon dances, traditional Chinese musical, taiko drumming, martial arts demos, a children’s craft area, food and craft vendors and more. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Downtown San Diego, Free. All ages. Event details.

North County

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
See Charlie and his friends as they visit Wily Wonka’s famous chocolate factory and learn valuable lessons. Thurs. – Sun., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. shows, San Marcos Community Center, $7-$10/person, All ages. Event details.

SEA Days: Ocean Love
Learn all about the time of the year when whales are calving an fish and sprawling. Meet experts from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and show your love of the ocean. Sat., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Birch Aquarium at Scripps, $12.50 – $17/person. All ages. Event details.

5K Paw Walk in the Park
Take a stroll with your dog and enjoy pet-related vendors, food and treats. A great event for dog lovers and families! Sat., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., San Diego Botanic Gardens, $12 – $24/person. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Color Fun Fest
Come join us as we combine two of the most EPIC festivals in the world. Color Fun Fest brings the Holi Festival and the electronic dance movement together for the first time with a day and night glowing color 5K run. Sat., 5 – 10 p.m., Sleep Train Amphitheater, $20/person. All ages. Event details.

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

— Leah R. Singer

Photo courtesy of Birch Aquarium at Scripps Facebook page