Valentine’s Day – goodness, it’s complicated this year, right? But flowers and hearts and teddy bears are still sendable, romantic dinners in San Diego are available both outdoors and for take out and two local cities are leaning hard into all this Cupid business.
In one, enjoy the Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Run. It’s virtual and can be run Friday through Sunday. The entry fee costs $52. Factor in social distance, but have fun too, dressed in your favorite red and pink garb – runners have donned tutus in this race’s past. Do it!
Or in Encinitas, try the Garden of Love, AKA the San Diego Botanic Garden. Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m., the paths will be lit for romance, with live music and food trucks for eats. Admission costs $18, with military, senior and membership discounts – but it must be purchased in advance online.
Of course, the Bard knew a thing or two about madness and love. The Old Globe streams Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – the comedy of lovers, their inevitable muddles and the fairies watching over it all –performed by the company’s actors and those who are part of the University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. The free online production directed by Sam White, will be available to view beginning Friday through The Old Globe’s website and YouTube channel.
Grab a glass of wine with your sweetie or favorite gal pals for the virtual San Diego International Jewish Film Festival’s opening weekend. The slate includes dramas, comedies like Tango Shalom, and documentaries that cover everything from civil rights to WW II liberators. Screenings cost $15 each, with most films available for the entire run of the festival, which continues through Feb. 21.
The Vietnamese American Youth Alliance and Vietnamese Federation of San Diego host the 16th annual Tet Festival virtually at noon Saturday. It will be the Year of the Ox, so for moms giving birth soon, fellow oxen include Barack Obama, Issa Rae and Princess Diana.. The live stream, at sdtet.com and the event Facebook page, includes musical performances and theater pieces.
Mainly Mozart continues its Festival of Orchestras, drive-through style, at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds with concerts featuring Mozart and Tchaikovsky performed by visiting soloists from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony. Sunday’s show is billed as a special Valentine’s program.
Dance cheek-to-cheek with your honey as Scripps Ranch Theatre and Oceanside Theatre Company host a free livestream Valentine’s concert at 6 p.m. Sunday with pianist Robert Parker performing classic love songs, including “Evergreen,” “Always And Forever” and “Your Song.”
Cygnet Theatre’s “The Finish Line” concludes Sunday. Take a look at how a playwright shapes his work for the stage, through Aurin Squire’s Run/Fire. Admission is pay-what-you-can beginning at $5. Hey, it’s a holiday weekend, too – Presidents’ Day, ring a bell? – so you might have an extra day to celebrate. Cygnet extends Valentine’s to Monday, with “The Love Show,” at 7 p.m. featuring local vocalists including Melissa Fernandes, Leonard Patton and Jonathan Sangster. Tickets cost $15.