Everything Fun You Can Do in San Diego This Weekend

A creepy expo, yoga on ice, and an immersive art exhibit!

TGIF, San Diego! We’ve got quite a lineup this weekend, starting with a gorgeous immersive art exhibit dedicated to Vincent Van Gogh, a blowout fifth beer-iversary, and a ghoulish expo that’s guaranteed to give you nightmares. Or, you can chill with yoga on ice, say hello to Hello Kitty, and hit a new tasting room. Whatever you choose, stay safe, wear a mask, and have fun. Here’s everything you can eat, drink, and do in San Diego this weekend:

Friday, January 14-Sunday, March 6, 2022
Del Mar Fairgrounds
What is it about Vincent Van Gogh that’s so captivating, as a person and as an artist? Find out for yourself at “Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience,” a mesmerizing, three-dimensional art exhibit opening this weekend. More than 300 of Van Gogh’s masterpieces are projected by a one-of-a-kind multimedia technology, telling the story of his career in a unique and exceptional experience. Lose yourself in walls of color and forms that change, disappear, and reappear, all set to a gorgeous symphonic score, narrated by the artist’s own words.
Cost: $28.99-$96.99 +fees.

Saturday, January 15
Carlsbad
Prepare for all the adorableness you can handle when the Hello Kitty Café Truck rolls into Carlsbad for an all-day appearance at The Shoppes at Carlsbad near the Regal Cinemas and Luna Grill. The mobile café features their popular giant kitty cookie along with cake, madeleines, and cookie and macaron character sets, while the retail side is stocked with limited edition enamel pin sets, totes, cute lunch boxes, mugs, plush, and more.
Cost: Varies

Saturday, January 15
Burgeon Beer Company
Burgeon Beer Company celebrates their fifth anniversary by inviting all their best brewing buddies to the party—more than 36 different breweries will be pouring, including Pizza Port, The Lost Abbey, Societe, and Pure Project. Included in your ticket price are unlimited tastings from each brewery, a commemorative glass, and access to rare and special releases, plus adventure-themed activities and a raffle to win a recreational sea kayak and more. Live music will be provided by San Diego reggae band Ginger Roots & The Protectors and food will be available at an additional cost. Proceeds benefit the San Diego Brewers Guild. 21+.
Cost: $60

Saturday, January 15
Del Mar Fairgrounds
Whether you’ve been thinking about redecorating your place in a horror theme, have a collection of funeral implements and accessories, or just want to handcraft your own stuffed, two-headed duckling, the Oddities and Curiosities Expo is the place to discover that perfect accent piece. You’ll find taxidermy, quack medical devices, preserved specimens, a Museum of Marvelous Mutations and all things creepy, macabre, and just plain weird.
Cost: $10 +fees for general admission, additional $235 +fees for the two-headed duckling taxidermy workshop, additional $5 +fees for the Museum of Marvelous Mutations.

Sunday, January 16
Ocean Beach
Rincon Reservation Road Brewery, the first certified Native American-owned and operated brewery located on tribal land in SoCal, is opening a second tasting room in the space formerly occupied by Belching Beaver Brewery. The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians and the Rincon Economic Development Corporation (REDCO) have done a massive overhaul to the 3,200-square-foot space, creating a main bar area and a tasting room, featuring a dozen of the breweries’ beers, with plans for future collaborations with other local brewers and an array of beer cocktails in the works. Though not licensed to serve food yet, chef Ron Oliver, former chef de cuisine at The Marine Room, plans to add Indigeonous American ingredients to the menu, which will celebrate the culinary culture of the Luiseño in a modern approach to traditional dishes.
Cost: Varies

Saturday, January 15
Midway District
If you haven’t seen San Diego’s American League hockey team play yet, you're really missing out. This weekend they face rivals Abbottsville Canucks at home on both Friday and Saturday night. Even better, on Saturday there’s a pregame Yoga On The Ice one hour yoga practice, presented by the Gulls and Lululemon, and featuring Lululemon ambassadors Sophia Da Silva, Kim Bauman, D’Andre Clayton, and Andrew Schultz. The yoga session takes place inside the arena on the ice, with a Juneshine tailgate after party. Your ticket gets you the Yoga on the Ice session, admission to the Gulls hockey game, and the Juneshine tailgate party. Proceeds from the event support the Love Your Brain Foundation’s mission to “improve the quality of life of people affected by traumatic brain injury and raise awareness about the importance of brain health.”
Cost: $50, includes yoga, tailgate party, and admission to the hockey game.

Sunday, January 16
Vista
Discover what off flavors may be lurking in your beer at the second session of Pure Project’s two-part educational series. A total of seven characteristics that you definitely don’t want to taste will be covered, including H2S, Isovaleric acid, lactic acid, mercaptan, metallic, barnyard, and ethyl acetate. Don’t worry if you don’t know what those are, Advanced Cicerone® Chris Leguizamon and Certified Cicerone® Devin McGuire will guide you through the interactive event. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a pour of Pure Project beer (barrel aged not included). You don’t need to have attended the first class to enjoy this one.
Cost: $30, includes one pour.

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Mary Beth Abate is a San Diego-based freelance writer by way of Chicago and Los Angeles. Her hobbies include yoga, pickling and fermenting stuff, reading cookbooks, and drinking fabulous gin. Keep up with her experiments @MaryBeth_Abate.