Super Bowl Party Pacific Beach
Prefer throngs of people for the Super Bowl or Valentine’s? You can have both this weekend. Here, the Firehouse in Pacific Beach hosts its annual block party for the big game. Photo credit: @FirehouseSD, via Facebook

Key question: What’s the priority, the Super Bowl or Valentine’s Day? This San Diego weekend, make time for both – trust us, it’s healthier for your relationship – and a few other goodies too.

Start off by laughing with comedian and podcaster Marc Maron at the Observatory North Park. His “This May Be The Last Time Tour” arrives for two shows, at 6:30 and 9:15 p.m. Friday. Admission costs $49.

Poway’s Lensic Performing Arts Center hosts the U.S. Army Field Band as they perform “America the Beautiful,” a celebration of our nation, at 7 p.m. Friday. The concert is free, but online reservations are required.

Want to secure your place in the Guinness Book of World Records and help out shelter animals too? At 11 a.m. Saturday, the Helen Woodward Animal Center hosts the Magic Pet Parade and adoption event at Soapy Joe’s carwash, 10383 Friars Road, in Mission Valley. The record attempt? The largest pet parade. There’s a pet photo contest too, and an adoption fair with fees covered by Soapy Joes.

The San Diego Symphony fans out across San Diego County as part of the “Music Connects” series of free concerts at churches and community centers throughout the region. There are three shows Saturday. Head to La Mesa’s Foothills United Methodist Church, 4031 Avocado Blvd., for 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. shows, or First Presbyterian Church of San Diego, 320 Date St. at 7:30 p.m. The programs include Beethoven and Farrenc. Reserve seats online.

Valentine’s Day is Monday, but that means lots of folks are stretching the holiday out. If you’re heading to Balboa Park or the Gaslamp, try a couple freebies to add a little romance to the weekend:

  • Nostalgic for old-school photo booths? The Gaslamp Quarter will host one from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at 5th Avenue and J Street, but you must have a paid parking receipt from a nearby structure to get a free vintage shot.
  • See actors from the San Diego Shakespeare Society perform the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet Sunday in Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama in front of the San Diego Museum of Art, at 1:25 and 2:55 p.m. There’s two more chances to see the scene, part of the Romantic Art Stops program, but with paid museum admission, at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Treat your sweetheart to throwback tunes from the roaring ’20s, including Gershwin, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman, at the park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion at 2 p.m. Sunday.

And yes, there’s a certain game Sunday. Yep, there also are many a restaurant and barkeep giving their establishments over to the viewing of it. Here’s a couple locally:

  • American Heroes & Brew, Carlsbad – need eats that reflect the game? American Heroes has an LA special – a French dip – and a Cincy special – skyline chili fries.
  • Firehouse, Pacific Beach – the 10th annual Super Bowl LVI Block Party features the game on a 20-foot LED screen. Groove to a DJ for the pre-game. Begins at 1:30 p.m. with $39 admission.
  • McGregor’s Grill, Grantville – specials include $6 pints, $7 vodka cocktails and $8 appetizers, with raffle prizes during the game. Opens early, 9 a.m. Sunday, so plan accordingly.
  • Chula Vista Brewery, East Lake – features the game on all screens, with a menu by Chef Leon including speciality hot dog and brisket nachos.