Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers | Spring
Join the thousands of annual visitors to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in the spring to enjoy the famous wildflowers in bloom. Weather conditions affect when the blooms will be best, but the second week of March is often considered the peak of the season. Check out the State Park’s website to get updates on the flower conditions.
Cloak & Petal Fashion Industry Mixer | March 1st
Cloak & Petal, a trendy Little Italy restaurant and bar, is hosting a Fashion Industry Mixer on Friday, March 1st from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The place will be packed with a slew of industry professionals including models, modeling scouts, agents, designers, photographers, stylists, fashion influencers and hair/makeup artists, among other industry pros. If you’re looking to get into the fashion industry or have the desire to network with creatives who share the same craft, then this is a unique opportunity for you to begin! Admission is complimentary but you must RSVP, as space is limited.
Meze Hummus Competition | March 1st
Are you hummus obsessed? If so, swing by Meze Greek Fusion in the Gaslamp District on March 1st, starting at 6:00 p.m., for a chance to vote on your favorite flavors. Taste the five competing hummus dishes and vote on your favorite–maybe your choice will be featured on Meze’s spring menu! A portion of ticket sales will be donated to It’s All About the Kids Feed the Kids Program. Click here to reserve your spot!
Wine and Paella at the Beach | March 1st
Local Ocean Beach paella chef, Noelia Murias, and Fianni Buonomo Vintners’ wines, will be coming together for this Wine and Paella Happy Hour at the Beach. From 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., enjoy $5 and $7 glasses of wine and paella with your friends and San Diegan neighbors. Plan to come early–the paella may sell out!
Carlsbad Flower Fields | March 1st
March 1st marks the first day of the season for the famous Carlsbad Flower Fields, which will be open until May 12th. Be the first to see this year’s ranunculus blooms from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on March 1st. Adult tickets are $18 and children’s tickets are $9, and can be purchased in advance on their website.
Finish Chelsea’s Run 5k | March 2nd
Honor late San Diegan, Chelsea King, by joining in the Finish Chelsea’s Run 5k in Balboa Park on March 2. Started in 2010 in remembrance of Chelsea King, the competitive 5k race and fun run and walk is also the primary fundraiser for the Chelsea’s Light Foundation Sunflower Scholarship fund, which provides scholarships for San Diego teens heading to college.
Spring Home/Garden Show | March 1st – 3rd
Hosted at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the 34th Annual Spring Home/Garden Show is coming to San Diego March 1-3. Check out the exhibitions, meet home and gardening experts and try your hand at the succulent potting bar. More information and tickets on their website.
Mardi Gras & Fat Tuesday Celebrations | March 1st – 5th
Help bring the spirit of New Orleans to San Diego with Gaslamp Quarter’s Mardi Gras celebration! Buy tickets on the website that include free admission to 20 parties, live entertainment and extended happy hour deals on food and drinks.
CRRSD Music Festival | March 2nd – 3rd
The CRSSD Music Festival is a two-day electronic music event held March 2 and 3 at San Diego Waterfront Park and featuring over 36 performers on three stages. Plus, there will be craft beer, mixed drinks, food and much more. For tickets and more information, click here.
Busker Fest | March 2nd – 3rd
Celebrate unique talents at the Busker Fest, March 2 and 3, at Seaport Village. California’s only busker festival will include two days of family-friendly juggling, knife throwing and pogo stick tricks. Plus, come back from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. on March 2nd for the 18+ “Busker After Dark” event.
St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon | March 3rd
Race through downtown El Cajon during the St. Patrick’s’ Day Half Marathon, 5K and Green Mile for kids and adults with special needs. Celebrate your athletic achievement with a high-quality technical shirt, medal for finishers, and a post-race festival with food, a 21+ beer garden, and music! Half Marathon starts at 7:15 a.m. on March 3rd. Buy your tickets on the event’s website.
The Smoking Gun’s Crawfish Boil | March 5th
Celebrate Fat Tuesday at The Smoking Gun’s All-You-Can-Eat Crawfish Boil, beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5th. Back for it’s second year, this Gaslamp District hangout is celebrating in style with crawfish and all the fixin’s, along with your favorite Fat Tuesday Cocktails. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made by emailing Gary at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Backyard Kitchen & Tap’s Party Gras | March 5th
Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler at Backyard Kitchen & Tap for Mardi Gras…or should we say, PARTY Gras, this year! On Tuesday, March 5th, guests can enjoy $8 hurricanes with a complimentary glass (while supplies last), along with $3 Bud and Shocktop specials. The laidback PB spot will also have authentic Southern food specials, including jambalaya and boiled shrimp. Yum!
San Diego Comic Fest | March 7th – 10th
Indulge your love of all things comics at the San Diego Comic Fest, March 7th through 10th at the Four Points by Sheraton on Aero Drive. The Fest will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, where science fiction became science fact! For more information and to buy your ticket, visit the Fest website.
SeaWorld Seven Seas Craft Beer and Food Festival | March 9th – April 28th
Explore the world of craft beer and food at SeaWorld every weekend from March 9th to April 28th during their Seven Seas Craft Beer and Food Festival. There will be “culinary destinations” throughout the park, where guests will have the chance to sample over 50 dishes. Plus, choose from a selection of local craft beers and wines, and enjoy special live entertainment throughout the park.
Best Coast Beer Fest | March 9th
Sip on beers from nearly 100 of the West Coast’s best craft breweries, listen to local bands live performances and munch on delicious food truck delicacies at the Best Coast Beer Fest on March 9th. Every ticket purchased supports Cuck Fancer, a nonprofit focused on helping cancer patients. Information and tickets available on the Best Coast Beer Fest website.
San Diego Half Marathon & Padres 5K | March 10th
Soak up the beauty of the city during the San Diego Half Marathon & Padres 5K on March 10th. The 13.1-mile course will race by Petco Park, the USS Midway, through Liberty Station and up through Mission Hills, before coasting through Balboa Park and back into downtown for an epic finish! If you’re looking for something shorter, try the Padres 5K, which will finish inside Petco Park!
St. Paddy’s Day Shamrocks & Shenanigans Cruise | March 16th
Join Hornblower Cruises for their St. Paddy’s Day Shamrocks & Shenanigans Cruise on March 16th from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. The evening will include Irish-themed decor, a live DJ and of course, breathtaking views of the city. Also enjoy appetizers, cocktails specials and a green beer or two! Tickets include a boarding glass of green champagne or cider as well as light bites.
San Diego ShamROCK Block Party | March 16th
Wear your best green attire out for the San Diego ShamRock Block Party on March 16th in the Gaslamp District. Festivities being at 2:00 p.m. and will include three stages of live music and cocktail specials at 25 participating bars. Paint the Gaslamp green over the 50,000 square feet of green astroturf! More information and tickets on the event’s website.
Babies and Bunnies at the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch | March 16th & 17th, 23rd & 24th
The bunnies are coming! For over 25 years, Keane Studios at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch has had the joy of photographing children with real bunnies every spring. The family photography veterans at Keane Studios will be photographing their signature bunnies on March 16th, 17th, 23rd & 24th for two weekends only. Don’t miss this hoppy opportunity to capture one-of-a-kind memories of your springtime babies and toddlers with these picture-perfect bunnies! For only $39, reserve your ten- minute session with one child only. Additional children and added time are only $29 each with time for a quick outfit change.
San Diego Magazine’s Brunch Bash | March 17th
San Diego Magazine is throwing an epic Brunch Bash on March 17th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Estancia La Jolla. The event will feature unlimited brunch dishes from San Diego’s best brunch spots, plus bottomless beers, brunch cocktails and hot coffee! There will also be live music in the Estancia gardens. Tickets are $65 a person, and sell out, so grab your spot soon!
Cherry Blossom Festival | March 22nd – 24th
Join the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park for their 14th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival from March 22-24. Enjoy the Japanese custom of hanami (appreciating the beauty of the cherry blossom flowers), as well as a wide selection of food vendors, performances and more family friendly activities. Buy your presale tickets ($12 a person) in advance to skip the general admission lines.
Light the Water Lantern Festival | March 23rd
Celebrate the bright parts of life during the Light the Water Festival in Santee on March 23. In the hours before sunset, enjoy delicious food and entertainment, and then, as the sun sinks down, send your lantern (decorated carefully by you!) into the night sky. Tickets and more information can be found on the Festival website.
Del Mar Mud Run | March 31st
Get filthy at the 9th Annual Del Mar Mud Run, held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This muddy 5k course will be filled with obstacles and fun, and after the race is over, enjoy the signature Foam Fest showers, courtesy of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Foam Experience! Participants will receive an official race tee, a free beer and a race medal.