From a fashion show benefit for the Food Bank, to a NOH8 photo shoot, two-day waterfront reggae festival and three ways to celebrate Carnival, discover this week’s best San Diego events.
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Fashion Plates at Hyatt Regency La Jolla – Thursday, Feb. 16
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. Get details here.
NOH8 Campaign Photo Shoot at Hotel Solamar – Saturday, Feb. 18
On the heels of a great victory for the LGBT community, Adam Bouska is bringing his NOH8 Campaign back to San Diego. California has officially overturned Proposition 8, and now it’s time to celebrate by taking a stand for equality in a stylish photo shoot. The NOH8 mobile studio will arrive at Hotel Solamar for an open call photo session from 2 to 5pm this Saturday. Get details here.
Tribute to the Legends Reggae Festivalat Broadway Pier – Feb. 18 & 19
Calling all reggae music fans, the 31st Annual Tribute to the Legends Festival is taking over the waterfront Broadway Pier Port Pavilion for two days of non-stop good vibrations. Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 11pm, enjoy soothing reggae music from headliners Don Carlos, King Yellowman, Johnny Osbourne, Junior Reid, Sister Carol, Sister Nancy and more. Get details here.
Andaz Salon: Carnival Brazil at Andaz Hotel – Saturday, Feb. 18
This week’s Andaz Salon series takes on the Carnival Brazil party spirit. From the swanky Ivy Rooftop to the subterranean Ivy Nightclub, stimulate your senses with Capoeira performances, a live Samba showcase by the ladies of Lipstik Inc., and exotic dance beats by DJ duo Sex Panther. This Carnival bash is presented by DJhere and Brasil San Diego. Get details here.
Brazil Carnival Mardi Gras Ball at 4th & B – Saturday, Feb. 18
Can’t make it to Brazil this year? 4th & B offers the next best thing; the 20th Annual San Diego Brazil Carnival Mardi Gras Ball is set to transform this downtown space with sexy Samba dancers, seductive Capoeira performances, acrobatic martial arts, a Batucada-style parade and of course, plenty of vibrant costumes shimmering with sequins and feathers. The best of Carnival and Mardi Gras collide this Saturday night, and the beads are yours for the taking. Get details here.
Little Italy Carnevale – Saturday, Feb. 18
Embrace the spirit of Carnevale, Italian-style, during the 9th Annual Little Italy Carnevale, a family-friendly festival filled with authentic traditions and alluring temptations. At the intersection of W. Date and India Streets, enter a Venice-inspired scene illustrated with live music and dancing, stilt-walkers, art displays and mask-making for kids. For the ultimate experience, dress up in Venetian regalia and play the part throughout the evening. This free event runs from 5 to 9pm. Get details here.
LED Presents Anniversary Party at Valley View Casino Center – Sunday, Feb. 19
The guys behind LED Presents are taking over Valley View Casino Center for their big anniversary bash this Sunday night. The anniversary line-up features Dirty South, Bingo Players, Tommy Trash, and Kill The Noise with guest Nicky Romero, plus a surprise guest DJ. Based on their track record, this should be one hell of a surprise performer. The event is 18+, with perks for those over the age of 21. Get details here.
LED Presents Aeroplane at Voyeur – Thursday, Feb. 16
Phat Thursday Mardi Gras Party at Hard Rock Hotel – Thursday, Feb. 16
Nik Richie Birthday Party ft. Dirt Nasty Live at Stingaree – Friday, Feb. 17
Sam the Cooking Guy Live at Joan B. Kroc Theatre - Saturday, Feb. 18
Brett Bodley at Bar West – Saturday, Feb. 18
Mardi Gras Masquerade at McFadden’s – Saturday, Feb. 18
LED Presents Le Castle Vania at Voyeur – Saturday, Feb. 18
Five / Ten Winter Sessions at Side Bar – Sunday, Feb. 19
President’s Day Celebration at Hard Rock Hotel – Sunday, Feb. 19
GuestHouse Day Club Neon Party at Stingaree – Sunday, Feb. 19
Discover more entertainment ideas in our San Diego events calendar
Pictured: 2011 Carnival Party at Ivy Rooftop - view all photos