San Diego presents a host of high society events happening throughout February. Embrace the arts and culture scene, flirt with spring fashion and attend thoughtful charity events that matter all month long. Our top picks include Dinner on the Diamond for the Padres Foundation, Fashion Plates presented by the San Diego Food Bank, Culture & Cocktails at San Diego Museum of Art and the Nordstrom Designer Preview.
Discover the best Style & Society events in February.
Dinner on the Diamond at PETCO Park
Friday, Feb. 10, 6 p.m.
100 Park Blvd.
Dinner on the Diamond is a unique opportunity to interact with local MLB leaders on their home field. The evening begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by a multi-course dinner and program presentation at 7:15 p.m. Then it’s time to celebrate with dessert and dancing, complete with live music by The Wayne Foster Orchestra. Proceeds benefit the Padres Foundation’s commitment to youth baseball and softball initiatives in San Diego County. Get details here
San Diego Food Bank Presents: Fashion Plates
Thursday, Feb. 16, 10:30 a.m.
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
$100 - $150; sandiegofoodbank.org
Fashion and food collide during this unique benefit presented by The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. Fashion Plates will whisk you away for “an afternoon in Tuscany,” including an inspired gourmet lunch, fashion show, and live and silent auctions. Proceeds will benefit The Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, which provides nutritious food to local students who suffer from hunger over the weekend.
Nordstrom Designer Preview
Thursday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m.
The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier
$150 - $300, promises2kids.org
The Nordstrom Designer Preview is back, showcasing the top American and European designer collections for spring. Enjoy an exclusive runway fashion show with haute looks from Lanvin, Missoni, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney and more, as you taste cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and partake in intimate boutique shopping in a waterfront setting. All ticket sale proceeds benefit Promises2Kids.
Culture & Cocktails: Echoes of the Past at San Diego Museum of Art
Thursday, Feb. 23, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
1450 El Prado, Balboa Park; 619.232.7931
$15 for non-members, sdmart.org
Echoes of the Past explores the Buddhist cave temples of Xiangtangshan through 6th century Chinese Buddhist sculpture intermixed with 21st century 3D-imaging technology. Experience the new exhibition during Culture & Cocktails as the museum opens up at night with spirits, music, art stations and themed surprises.
Tower After Hours: Ireland at San Diego Museum of Man
Thursday, Feb. 23, 6 – 9 p.m.
1350 El Prado, Balboa Park; 619.239.2001
$20 for non-members; museumofman.org
The San Diego Museum of Man presents the first Tower After Hours social event of the year, with the festive focus on Ireland. The event will feature traditional Irish food and drink, music, dance, and story-telling performed by top talent in the San Diego Irish community. Tower After Hours is an all-ages event.
Oscar Night America – San Diego
Sunday, Feb. 26, 5 – 9 p.m.
Market Creek Event & Venues; 404 Euclid Ave.
$85 - $1000, oscarnightsandiego.charityhappenings.org
Dress up and join the who’s who of San Diego for the ultimate 84th Annual Academy Awards viewing party. The only San Diego event officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motions Picture Arts and Sciences, Oscar Night America will embrace the excitement and glamour of Hollywood, while supporting a great cause. Proceeds will benefit the Community Council’s Kids to Camp Program.
More San Diego Events:
Foodie Friday with American Night: The Ballad of Juan José at La Jolla Playhouse – Feb. 10
La Jolla Playhouse 2012 Gala – March 9
Thank Globe It’s Friday with A Room with A View at Old Globe Theater – March 16
Discover more local entertainment ideas in our San Diego events calendar
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