Spring is just around the corner, and it’s safe to say there’s a lot on San Diego’s agenda in the coming weeks. We’ve rounded up the top 11 things to do in San Diego this March – from our very own Half Marathon to the “Best Coast” Beer Fest and of course, St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations and the Spring Busker Festival!
1. Best Coast Beer Fest
Embarcadero Park South; Marina Park Way, San Diego 92101
If you’re interested in attending an amazing beer festival while helping out an incredible cause, this event is for you. Every ticket sold supports the Cancer For College charity, which helps a cancer survivor realize their dream of a college education. You’ll get to taste beer from nearly 100 of the West Coast’s craft breweries, enjoy the sweet sounds of local bands, and enjoy a sensible lunch from our food truck alley. It’s no wonder this is Will Ferrell’s favorite beer festival!
2. Spring Busker Festival
March 7 & 8, 12pm-6pm
849 W. Harbor Drive; San Diego 92101
The Spring Busker Festival brings colorful street performers from across the country to perform bizarre talents like sword swallowers, jugglers on unicycles, escape artists and comedic stuntmen to the cobblestone streets of downtown’s Seaport Village. This is a festival unlike any other; plus, shops, restaurants and eateries will add to Seaport’s Spring Busker Festival flair with special sales. Parking is $10 for the day and shuttles from the County Admin Building on the PCH will run every 15 minutes.
3. San Diego Half Marathon
March 8, 6:30am-1pm
The San Diego Half Marathon is a 13.1-mile race that celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of San Diego, while raising money to support our communities! Perks include a collectible 2015 “Military Appreciation” Special Edition Finisher’s Medal,an official 2015 San Diego Half Marathon Premium Technical Shirt, Ultima Electrolyte drink (orange flavor) throughout the course, post-race nutrition, featuring products by Dole, Clif Bar, and Larabar, and more! There will also be a 5k race and a Gaslamp Block Party to close out the day.
4. 2015 San Diego Latino Film Festival
AMC Fashion Valley: 7037 Friars Road, San Diego 92108
The 22nd annual San Diego Latino Film Festival is set to take place March 12-22 at the AMC Fashion Valley 18 at Simon Fashion Valley. Several of its 2015 Spotlight Films boasts stars like Kate del Castillo, Demián Bichir, Sandra Echeverría, Marimar Vega, and Sebastián Zurita, as well as an unforgettable profile of one of soccer’s greatest players from world renowned filmmaker Álex de la Iglesia. For screening tickets and more info visit sdlatinofilm.com.
5. St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
March 14, 9am-6pm
5th & 6th Avenues, between Juniper and Upas; San Diego 92101
Celebrate Ireland with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. With more than 120 parade entries and thousands in attendance, this has become one of the largest single-day events in San Diego. The Flag Raising ceremony in Balboa Park will be at 9:45am; the Parade steps off at 10:30am from Sixth Avenue and Juniper Street. The Festival is held in conjunction with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and opens at 9am with food and craft booths, two beer gardens, and an authentic Celtic village. Live entertainment on the Festival’s two stages will run from 11:00am to 5:30pm.
6. Spring Garden Festival & Tomatomania
March 14 & 15, 9am-5pm
230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas 92024
Don’t miss the San Diego Botanic Garden‘s new Spring Garden Festival and Tomatomania, featuring a wide variety of herbs, spring plants, bromeliads, garden art and implements and of course -tomatoes! Garden experts will be on hand to answer questions and provide helpful advice on spring plantings and caring for your entire garden. Food will be available from Divine Fresh and there will be musical entertainment from Bob Ballentine and friends. Be sure not to miss the petting zoo and pony rides. Bring out the whole family!
7. San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering
100 Park Boulevard, San Diego 92101
With its eclectic offering of events and science-inspired adventures, this weeklong festival at venues throughout San Diego sets out to prove that science is fun. Each year in March, the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering explodes in a weeklong celebration of science and engineering that invigorates over 75,000 students, parents, scientists, educators and other community members. Expo Day (totally free!) will be on March 21 at Petco Park – the Festival’s culminating event with over 130 local businesses, corporations, and organizations providing interactive, hands-on activities showcasing STEM from all parts of Southern California.
8. Balboa Park STEAM Family Day
March 15, 11am-3pm
As the first major event for families on the 2015 Centennial Celebration calendar, STEAM Family Day brings a world of discovery to children of all ages. Over two dozen cultural organizations will put the fun into STEAM—Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math – through hands-on activities, crafts, demonstrations, special exhibitions, and more. Activities take place from 11am-3pm and are free with paid museum admission. Participating museums are also offering free admission to children 12 and under with a paying adult.
9. “The Spring Thing” at MCASD
March 20, 7pm-11:45pm
MCASD San Diego; 1001 Kettner Blvd at Broadway, San Diego 92101
Shimmer and shine with Avant Garde Members at MCASD Downtown to support their exhibition and education programs. Be inspired by Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, an exhibition featuring the celebrated artist who transforms discarded materials into glimmering artworks of monumental beauty. Artful Dining begins at 7, featuring a cocktail hour menu created by Chef duo Giuseppe Ciuffa of Giuseppe Restaurants and Guest Chef David Warner of Bottega Americano; the after party will start at 8:30pm with the turn-table talents of DJ Adam Salter and DJ Steve French and a Mixology Lounge featuring signature cocktails from Patrón. All proceeds benefit MCASD’s exhibition and education programs.
10. Ironman 70.3 in Oceanside
300 North The Strand; Oceanside 92054
This race offers a chance for San Diego athletes to participate in an Ironman! Swim in the calm, protected Oceanside Harbor for 2.4 miles; bike for 112 miles along the California coastline to San Clemente, before dropping down into the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton where challenging hills confront athletes before they swing back to the Oceanside Pier, one of the longest fishing piers in California. The 26.2-mile run portion winds along the pier, and then out to Oceanside’s flat beachfront path known as “The Strand; runners then turn into a residential area before looping back out for an exciting grand finish at the ocean’s edge.
11. San Diego Crew Classic
March 28 & 29
Corona Oriente Road, San Diego 92109
Established in 1973, the Crew Classic is a highlight of the rowing season and a serious competition for future Olympians, as well as for those new to the sport. Ranging in age from 14 to 84, rowers compete each year in over 100 races in various divisions. In addition to the outstanding racing, the San Diego Crew Classic offers a festival atmosphere with music, a trade show and alumni tents, as well as a Family Festival area which caters to families looking for an affordable day on the bay with a kids zone and artist booths.
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