TGI Weekend! Welcome to your first weekend of 2018 in America’s Finest City. Kick off the new year with a little bit of fitness, home improvement, art and music across the county. Oh, and there’s a little something called “Hamilton” taking over the San Diego Civic Theatre, no big deal. Get up. Get out. Play!
7:30 a.m., Hotel Del Coronado
Change up your morning workout with this oceanfront spin class on the Paseo Lawn at the Hotel Del Coronado. The 50-minute class is led by instructors and includes high-energy music and stunning views. It costs $15 for San Diego County residents, with a valid photo ID, and $25 for non-residents.
Rady Children’s Ice Rink
10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Liberty Station
If you haven’t gone ice skating in sunny San Diego yet this season, this is your final chance. The Rady Children’s Ice Rink, located at 2875 Dewey Rd. at Liberty Station, is open through this Sunday. Skating costs $12 for kids age 12 and younger, $14 for adults and $10 for military each day, which includes skate rental
Friday, Jan. 5
San Diego Spring Home Show
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Friday through Sunday), San Diego Convention Center
Get inspired to tackle those home improvement projects in the New Year at the San Diego Spring Home Show taking place Friday (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at the San Diego Convention Center. The expo features exhibitors in every home improvement arena – from bathroom remodeling and solar panels to experts in outdoor spaces. Entry to the Home Show is free.
Whale Watching Aboard America
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Maritime Museum of San Diego
Experience San Diego’s whale watching season aboard America, a 138-foot sailing yacht that launches from the Maritime Museum. This 4-hour tour cruises the coastline on a quest to view the sea creatures. Light snacks and beverages are included in the ticket price, plus admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego before or after the cruise. Tickets range from $42.50 to $85, with discounts for active duty and retired military. Check-in is 30 minutes before your departure time at the booth in front of the Berkeley Steam Ferry.
1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Lux Art Institute
The works of visiting Argentinian artist Santiago Quesnel are currently on exhibit at Lux Art Institute in Encinitas (1550 South El Camino Real). Quesnel’s paintings are inspired by the memories and layered landscapes of his hometown of Buenos Aires. His art is on display at the Lux’s Artist Pavilion through Feb. 17, which is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Admission to the Lux is $5 for adults and free for children ages 18 and younger. If you ride your bike there, you get in free, too.
Saturday, Jan. 6
Lucky Street Vintage Market
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1722 South Coast Highway #3, Oceanside
Every Saturday and Sunday, Lucky Street Productions hosts its “vintage marketplace” in a large warehouse filled with vintage finds in a variety of styles. From shabby chic to oddities and French country to glam, you are sure to find the vintage style of your choice. The market sells clothing items, gardening items, architecture, crafting supplies and so much more.
Yoga + Beer
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Eppig Brewing
Start your Saturday morning with a yoga session – with a crafty twist. Eppig Brewing’s tasting room (3052 El Cajon Blvd.) will play host to a 60-minute Vinyasa flow that welcomes yogis of all skill levels. After the session, students can stick around for an Eppig beer. The Yoga + Beer event costs $15 per person (cash only); space is limited, so email ahead of time to reserve your spot: [email protected]
Hamilton: An American Musical
2 p.m. & 8 p.m., San Diego Civic Theatre
This is finally your shot, San Diego. The famed, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “Hamilton,” takes over downtown’s Civic Theatre this month, with performances Jan. 6 through Jan. 28. Opening Day includes two shows – 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. – which, as you guessed, are sold out, as is the rest of the San Diego tour. Still, we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you this hit was coming through town – and you’d wonder why the crowds near the theatre were so big. The Hamilton app is offering a digital lottery-type system where fans can enter for a chance to buy orchestra tickets for $10. “Hamilton” is the brainchild of Lin-Manuel Miranda, based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Its trailblazing score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway as it unravels the story of America – then and now.
Willie Nelson and Family With Special Guest Lukas Nelson
8 p.m., Harrah’s Resort Southern California
It’s a family affair at Harrah’s Resort Southern California Saturday night as music legend Willie Nelson jams with his son, Lukas Nelson. Willie will bring his iconic sound to the stage at the Events Center – and all of his hits. Tickets to this 21+ concert start at $65 but they will likely sell out.is
Sunday, Jan. 7
San Diego Sockers vs. Turlock Express
5:05 p.m., Valley View Casino Center
Cheer for the San Diego Sockers Sunday evening as the team takes on the Turlock Express on the field at Valley View Casino Center. Tickets range from $12 to $45.
Soul Sunday: 1-Year Anniversary Show
6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Public Square Coffee House
Public Square Coffee House (8278 La Mesa Blvd.) celebrates its first anniversary as a La Mesa Village business with an intimate concert Sunday night showcasing local neo-soul, funk and jazz artists. A $10 ticket gets you into the show and includes a beer, glass of wine or drink from the coffee bar.
Free Concert at Mission Trails
3 p.m., Mission Trails Regional Park
The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation presents its first free concert of 2018 at the Visitor Center Theater, this time featuring Diane Mandle and her talents with Tibetan singing bowls. The 1-hour concert is free; seating at the theater is limited, so get there a little bit early to snag your spot.