The weather is perfect and spring is just around the corner! Celebrate the official arrival of a beautiful March in San Diego with our top ten events happening in the city this month – from opening day at the Flower Fields in Carlsbad to CRSSD Festival and, of course, craft beer and food fests galore. As always, please be sure to check ticket availability prior to attending any event.
For more than 60 years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world. The nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch in Carlsbad are in bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year – from early March through early May – literally bringing the famous fields back to life. Daily adult admission starts at $14. 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad 92008.
La Jolla Nights is a monthly celebration of Prospect Street’s Arts, Eats, and Shops. Every 1st Friday of the month from 5-8pm. Enjoy special deals and discounts at participating restaurants, art galleries, and shops in downtown La Jolla. Participating merchants this year include La Valencia, We Olive, Jewels by the Sea (everything 15% off during event hours), and The La Jolla Gallery. Prospect Street, La Jolla 92037.
March 5 & 6
CRSSD Festival is a two-day electronic music festival at the 12-acre San Diego Waterfront Park featuring three stages and more than 36 performers. In addition to the music, the festival will offer craft beer, mixed drinks, food, and more. This year’s lineup includes Odesza, Chet Faker, Tycho, Skylar Spence, and Claude Vonstroke – to name just a few. Tickets start at $90 per day. 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego 92101.
March 5 & 6
Celebrate spring and the blooming of the Japanese Friendship Garden’s stunning Cherry Trees with cultural performances, Japanese street food, unique local vendors, children’s corner and hang out in the beer and tea gardens! Guests may partake in Hanami, the traditional custom of picnicking under the cherry trees. Now in its 11th year, this family-friendly festival has become a staple activity at beautiful Balboa Park. 2215 Pan American Rd E, San Diego 92101.
March 10 – 20
Celebrating 24 years, San Diego’s Latino Film Festival is an 11-day juried film/video exhibition of work by/about Latino artists and Latino genre. It hosts guest filmmakers’ appearances, workshops, live music, art exhibitions and gala celebrations. The Festival was originally established as a student film festival focusing on works by Latinos and/or about the Latino Experience. Since that time, it has developed into one of the largest and most well-respected Latino film festivals in the country. Venues this year will be AMC Fashion Valley and Digital Gym Cinema in North Park; festival passes start at $40 for 5 movies.
The Embarcadero will once again host the Best Coast Beer Fest – Will Ferrell’s beer festival of choice! The festival benefits Cancer for College, a non-profit that provides cancer patients and survivors with college scholarships. The festival will offer guests the opportunity to sample and learn about more than 200 beers from more than 80 craft breweries. Guests will experience local cuisine, live bands and a movie screening. Each guest will receive unlimited beer samples with admission! Embarcadero Marina Park South; 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego 92101.
Come experience the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade west of the Mississippi! Head out to the 36th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival taking place from 9am-6pm at Balboa Park. Join over 30,000 attendees in an annual celebration featuring a parade with over 125 entries, more than 75 food/craft booths, a beer garden, two band stages, and a Celtic village. The Kids Zone has a band stage featuring young performers and traditional Irish music, carnival rides and crafts. The parade begins at 10:30am. Balboa Park, between 6th Street and Laurel, San Diego 92101.
March 12 – April 10
Watch more than 10,000 beautiful butterflies flit, float, and flutter around you in this spectacular event at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park! Each spring, the Safari Park’s Hidden Jungle exhibit is filled with amazing and delightful exotic butterflies of all colors and sizes, while guests walk among them and take photos. If you wear bright colors, they may just perch on you to take a closer look! Daily 9am-7pm. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido 92027.
SEE ALSO: 7 Great Outdoor Activities in La Jolla
The San Diego Half Marathon & 5K is a race that celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of San Diego, while raising money to support our communities. The Half Marathon has been designed to carry runners over a spectacular 13.1-mile course, beginning at Petco Park and winding through downtown to Harbor Drive with views of San Diego Bay, and the skyline. The last few miles coast downhill and lead right back into downtown, with an unforgettable 5th Avenue finish featuring a jumbotron and Gaslamp Block Party. 100 Park Blvd., San Diego 92101.
A multitude of local breweries and distilleries will be participating along with some of San Diego’s best chefs for an afternoon that you won’t forget at Qualcomm Stadium. MVCBF is an all-inclusive event, meaning your ticket includes unlimited samplings from every participating brewery, distillery and eatery. There will be more than 35 local breweries, 21 eateries, and at least 10 distilleries sampling at this event! General admission tickets are $50. 12pm-5pm. 9449 Friars Road, San Diego 92108.
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