Spring Home/Garden Show Mar. 2-4
“Garden Masters” landscapes (created exclusively for the Show), hands-on demonstrations, hundreds of home-improvement products and services exhibitors, educational seminars, plant sales and face-to-face consultations with top experts.
Fri & Sun 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-6pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
858-350-3738 / www.springhomegardenshow.com
San Diego Undy Run/Walk Mar. 3
Participants run in underwear-themed outfits to get people talking about the often tabooed disease of colon cancer.
7am-12pm / 2750 North Mission Bay Drive
Insane Inflatable 5K Mar. 3
A fun and dynamic 5K, made up solely of inflatable obstacles will challenge you, surprise you, and leave you bouncing back for more!
8-11:30am / Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista
Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K Mar. 3
In honor of Chelsea King. The event will feature a competitive 5K race and fun run/walk, family festival, children’s activities, team competition,
entertainment and refreshments.
6:30-11am / Balboa Park
Taste of Third Mar. 3
Ticket holders receive savory samples of signature dishes from assorted Village eateries and drinking establishments! Along the culinary course, there will be a variety of entertainment that will keep you grooving along the avenue!
4-8pm / Third Ave., Chula Vista www.thirdavenuevillage.com
American Ninja Warrior Experience Mar. 3-4
A live event where you can test your skills on obstacles from NBC’s American Ninja Warrior and watch your favorite top ninjas compete live!
SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm)
Spring Busker Festival Mar. 3-4
Professional street performers from across the country perform their bizarre talents from sword swallowing to knife throwing to pogo stick tricks and juggling on unicycles.
12-6pm / Seaport Village
619-235-4014 / www.seaportvillage.com
CRSSD Festival Mar. 3-4
Electronic music festival at the 12 acre San Diego Waterfront Park featuring three stages and 36+ performers. In addition to the music, the festival will offer craft beer, mixed drinks and food.
1600 Pacific Highway
St. Patrick's Day Half Marathon Mar. 4
Half marathon and 5k, the Green Mile for kids and adults with special needs in Downtown El Cajon.
7am-1pm / Main Street & Magnolia Avenue
EC Craft Beer Invitational Mar. 4
Celebrate the finest craft beers from breweries nationwide along with food trucks, live music, entertainment, and great company!
8am-12pm / Centennial Plaza, El Cajon
Cherry Blossom Festival Mar. 9-11
Visitors are able to enjoy the Japanese custom of hanami - appreciating the beauty of cherry blossom flowers. Each day will be accompanied by various food vendors, cultural performances and demonstrations, and a plethora of family friendly activities!
10am-6pm / Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego
619-232-2721 / www.niwa.org/cbf18
Harcourts FREE Community Shredding Event Mar. 10
Helping you avoid identity theft! Harcourts Advantage has teamed up with Access as a community service to help you protect your privacy and avoid theft.
Come on by and and bring all your files or boxes of personal papers you need to have shredded. Please no CD's, plastic, or metal. For more information
on Access secure document shredding specifically, please visit www.informationprotected.com
10am - 12pm / 3150 El Camino Real, Suite B, Carlsbad, CA 92010
Best Coast Beer Fest Mar. 10
Enjoy more than 200 beers from nearly 100 local breweries, grab a sensible lunch in our food truck alley and listen to the sweet sounds of local bands - all while taking
in the gorgeous views of Coronado and downtown San Diego.
1-5pm / Embarcadero Marina Park South
The Great Inflatable Race San Diego Mar. 10
You and your friends will feel like kids again as you jump, dive and bounce on our custom-designed inflatables.
9am-12pm / SDCCU Stadium
San Diego Homebrew Festival & Competition Mar. 10
Festival attendees will taste and vote for their favorite beer and enjoy street-side chats by our beer professionals, vendors & food.
12-4pm / North Park & South Park
Julian Daffodil Show Mar. 10-11
Visit Julian to marvel at daffodils on display and have any questions about daffodils answered by National Daffodil Society experts. It will also feature
Children’s Art - Water Colors of Daffodils.
10am-4pm / Julian Town Hall
619-562-0867 / www.daffodil.org
Tomatomania Mar. 10-11
Features hundreds of heirloom and hybrid tomato varieties, expert advice, and the accessories to grow tomatoes in your own backyard.
9am-3pm / Water Conservation Garden, El Cajon
619-660-0614 x10 / www.thegarden.org
San Diego Half Marathon & 5K Mar. 11
Designed to carry runners over a spectacular 13.1-mile USATF-certified course, while showcasing one of the world’s most beautiful cities!
6:30am-1pm / Petco Park
International Mariachi Festival Mar. 11
Celebrate San Diego’s Mexican heritage through Mariachi music, colorful traditional ballet folkloric dancing, and a grand celebration of the arts, culture and culinary delights.
11am-7pm / Pepper Park, National City
619-477-9339 / www.mariachifest.com
San Diego Latino Film Festival Mar. 15-25
There will be screenings of more than 160+ movies as well as the Sabor Latino – Food, Beer & Wine Fest, celeb appearances, Virtual Reality Lounge, Sonido Latino concerts, 25th Anniversary Awards Ceremony Gala, and much more!
See website for schedule. / Fashion Valley Mall
619-230-1938 x102 / www.sdlatinofilm.com/25thsdlff
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival Mar. 17
Join more than 30,000 attendees in our annual celebration featuring a parade with over 125 entries, more than 75 food/craft booths, a beer garden, two band stages, a Celtic village and Kids Zone.
9am-6pm / Balboa Park
619-301-4829 / www.stpatsparade.org
Hell Fire Fat Tire Mar. 17
Challenge yourself on our 15 mile mountain bike race with 2,000’ of elevation gain or a 25 mile distance race with 3,600’ of elevation gain, as well as 1 mile kids ride.
7am-12pm / Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
San Diego shamROCK Mar. 17
Over 50,000 square feet of astroturf will be rolled out to set the scene for an absolutely epic block party. We’ll have three stages, non-stop music, and of course–plenty of green Bud Light beer and Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey libations.
4pm-Midnight / Gaslamp Quarter
619-233-5008 / www.sandiegoshamrock.com
St. Patrick’s Day 10K Run Mar. 17
10K Run and 2-4 Mile Run/Walk. Awesome Medals to all Finishers. Domino’s Pizza and Beer at the finish. High quality tech shirt. 10K Awards to top 3 in each age division.
7:45am / Mission Bay Park
SeaWorld’s 7 Seas Food Festival Mar. 17-Apr. 14
Craft beer from favorite local breweries, fresh international cuisine infused with local, sustainable ingredients and unique signature flavors from around the world.
See website for schedule. / SeaWorld San Diego
619-222-4732 / www.seaworld.com/san-diego
San Diego Cake Show Mar. 17-18
Celebrity chef appearances, raffles, cake competitions, classes by world-renowned cake artists, shopping from the top caking vendors, and free stage demos.
10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
858-333-6905 / www.sandiegocakeshow.com
Hot Chocolate 15/5K San DiegoMar. 18
The chocolate really begins to flow at the Post Race Party where runners enjoy music, a family friendly kid-zone and a finisher’s mugs filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and tasty dippable treats!
6:45am / Petco Park
Race for Autism Mar. 24
Race features a 5K chip-timed run or walk, 1-mile SUPERHERO Family Fun Walk, scenic Balboa Park course, educational resource fair, children’s activities, music, commemorative medals and t-shirts, prizes, refreshments, and more! Costumes and strollers welcome!
7-10:30am / Balboa Park
11th Marines Regiment Easter Eggstravaganza Mar. 24
All Marines and family members are welcome. There will be food, games, raffles, a petting zoo, Easter egg hunt, and much more. Please RSVP by March 16th.
11am-1pm / Lake O'Neill Campground, Oceanside
REINS Spring Hop Egg Hunt Mar. 24
Children’s Egg Hunt and Basket included with Admission! Fun Games, Music, Food, Bunny Photo, Bake Sale, Petting Zoo, Egg Decorating, Bounce House and more.
11am-1pm / REINS: 4461 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook
760-731-9168 / www.reinsprogram.org
WSA West Coast Championships Mar. 24-25
Surfing competition to qualify competitors to the West Coast Championships, U.S. Championships, Prime Event and any World Team Event. Viewing the competition is free and open to the public; all ages will enjoy.
South Harbor Jetty, Oceanside
949-369-6677 / https://wsa.surfsignup.com
San Diego Crew Classic Mar. 24-25
Regarded as the first major regatta of the year, the San Diego Crew Classic brings together thousands of athletes from more than 100 universities, clubs
and high school programs from across the United States to participate in this premier rowing event in San Diego.
Mission Bay, San Diego
Santee Spring Eggstravaganza Mar. 25
Egg hunts, rides, crafts and much more family fun!
9am-3pm / Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
619-596-3141 / www.santeelakes.com
East Village Opening Day Block PartyMar. 30-31
Celebrate the opening of the MLB baseball season. Show your team pride and “root, root, root for the home team” as we kick-off the party with fun family games, activities, and much more! Enjoy great food, craft beer, and cocktails from delicious local restaurants.
Fri 2-8pm, Sat 12-6:30pm / Sixth Ave & J St, San Diego
619-546-5636 / www.eastvillagesandiego.com
Uncorked: San Diego Mar. 31
Features over 60 wineries, more than 200 wines from around the globe, champagne bar, amazing local ciders, gourmet food trucks, lawn games, live dj and a fun atmosphere to sip and savor with friends.
1-5pm / Embarcadero Marina Park North
Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival Mar. 31
That’s right, FOOD. You don’t pay for food at MVCBF. Beer: Included. Food: Included. Spirits: Included.
1:30-5pm / SDCCU Stadium
Circus Vargas Jan. 18-Feb. 19
Join Us for A Swashbuckling Circus Spectacular, “Dreaming of Pirates!” A Voyage of Nonstop Action and Adventure Guaranteed to Thrill and Enchant Children of all Ages! Death- Defying Acrobats, Daredevils, Flying Trapeze Artists, Jugglers, Contortionists, Comedians, Motorcycles and much more!
See website for schedule.
877-468-3861 / www.circusvargas.com
San Diego Black Film Festival Jan. 31-Feb. 1
In order to spotlight African American & African Diaspora Cinema, we screen over 100 films each year: Comedy, Drama, Documentaries, Animation, GLBT, Horror, Religious, Foreign/African Diaspora, Shorts, Feature Films and music videos.
See website for schedule.
619-232-0401 / www.sdbff.com
FREE Youth Fishing Derby Seminar/Campout Feb. 2
Learn to fish from the pros and watch demonstrations on how to properly rig a line the night before the 23rd Annual Youth Fishing Derby. Pizza dinner will be served with the fishing seminar immediately following. Participants and their families are invited to spend the night for only $15 a car.
5pm / Lake Poway
858-668-4772 / www.poway.org
Lake Poway Youth Fishing Derby Feb. 3
Fishing, prizes, entertainment, games, bounce houses, a free barbecue lunch and more! Join the City of Poway and Captain Ron Baker. Freshly stocked with 1,500 pounds of rainbow trout, the lake will be open only to youth ages 15 and younger. Winners must be present to claim prizes at the awards ceremony.
6am-12pm / Lake Poway
858-668-4772 / www.poway.org
Sandbag Give-a-Way Event Feb. 3
Sandbags will be available per event to Encinitas residents (no contractors) on a first come, first serve basis. Residents must provide photo ID and show proof of residency. 10 filled sandbags will be given for each address/property (while supply lasts). Residents must self-load the sandbags.
8am-2pm / Public Works/SDWD Facility: 160 Calle Magdalena
760-633-2600 / www.ci.encinitas.ca.us
Save A Heart Save A Life 5K Feb. 3
The mission of the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation is to influence familes, educators, elected officials and the medical community to recognize the incidence of youth SCA/D and the importance of preventative heart screenings, and to support equipping schools with automated external defibrillators (AED) plus CPR/AED training.
8am / NTC Park at Liberty Station: 2455 Cushing Road
619-550-2129 / www.epsavealife.org/5k
Ramona Installation Dinner
and Community Awards Gala Feb. 3
Tickets are $59 and includes your choice of the below meals.
See website for schedule
5-9pm / Barona Resort & Casino Golf Center, Lakeside
760-789-1311 / www.ramonachamber.com
Burn Run 5K Feb. 3
Help the Burn Institute promote Burn Awareness Week and raise funds to support burn prevention education and burn survivor support programs by running or walking in the Burn Run 5K.
8am / De Anza Cove on Mission Bay
Miniatures Show & Sale Feb. 3-4
More than 40 dealers from across the country will have a vast array of miniatures for the crafter, artist and collector of tiny treasures! Quarter scale, half scale and 1:12 will all be available.
Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm / Marriott Mission Valley
Stone Super Sunday CELLARbration Feb. 4
We have paired 5 fantastic dishes by Executive Chef Tausha Lopez with 15 tasters of Stone’s favorites. Not to mention a complimentary can growler to take home and share at your big game party! Tickets are $55.
10am-2pm / Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station
Cardiff Kook Run Feb. 4
The Cardiff Kook Run 5K, 10K and Costume Contest is a celebration of one of the greatest communities in the most amazing town.
7:30am-12pm / 505 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas
XTERRA Mission Gorge Trail Run Feb. 4
Features the ‘thousand steps’ and the 5k has some great trails around the old dam. The event field is limited, so enter early! All participants will receive the following: Soft cotton race t-shirt - subject to availability for race day registrations, Finisher medal, coffee and hot breakfast - post-race, entry into the raffle.
8-11am / Mission Trails Regional Park: Equestrian Cir, Santee
San Diego Jewish Film Festival Feb 8-18
Feature Teh Festival will showcase a total of 58 films of the best contemporary Jewish themed films from around the world celebrating life, human rights, and freedom of expression. Screenings will be shown at five locations.
See website for schedule.
858-362.1348 / www.sdcjc.org/sdjff
Lunar New Year Festival Feb. 9-11
Offers a fusion of Asian food stations, unique vendor booths, carnival rides, non-stop live entertainment (including lion dances, concerts, and the much anticipated “Miss Asia” Beauty Pageant) as well as a highly acclaimed “Cultural Village” featuring breathtaking artistic reconstructions of iconic sculptures, buildings and landscapes from across South East Asia.
Fri 5-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-8pm / SDCCU Stadium
619-786-7573 / www.lunarnewyearfestival.org
Mermaid Half Marathon San Diego Feb. 10
A scenic women’s 5k, 10k, and half marathon. Mermaids receive a stylish race shirt, finisher medal and necklace! Mermaid Series is building a welcoming community that inspires women from all backgrounds to realize their full potential.
6-11am / South Shores Park: 1775 E Mission Bay Dr.
Oceanside Valentine’s Week Movie at the Pier Feb. 10
6:45-9pm / Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater / 760-435-5041
Brewbies Beer Festival Feb. 10
Enjoy an array of outstanding, interesting, unique and (our favorite) signature PINK beers from over 40 of the best breweries around! As always we donate 100% of the proceeds from Brewbies to The Keep A Breast Foundation to help support their mission of empowering young peopl around the world with breast health education and support!
12-5pm / Bagby Beer Company: 601 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside
Boys & Girls Club Texas Hold ‘Em Feb. 10
Casual dress is requested and doors will open at 4:30 for registration. Dinner will be served from 5-6pm and players should bring their pok er faces for the 6pm tournament. Guests will also enjoy local beer and wine.
5-11pm / 410 W. California Avenue, Vista
Gaslamp Quarter Mardi Gras Feb. 13
Experience Gaslamp Mardi Gras, Southern California’s most beloved block party, parade and celebration headlined by Warren G! Get ready for a WILD night of DJ’s, dancers, floats, drinks + more! Parade begins at 9pm.
5-11:45pm / Downtown San Diego
619-233-5008 / www.sdmardigras.com
San Diego Improv Festival Feb. 15-18
This yearly festival brings some of the top talent from all over the nation to both perform and teach right here in our own backyard! The festival will offer professional workshops and performances from a selection of handpicked improv teams from cities around the country.
Finest City Improv: 4250 Louisiana St.
619-306-6047 / www.sdimprovfestival.com
San Diego Tet Festical Feb 16-18
Our signature Miss Vietnam San Diego Pageant. Lion dancing all 3 days. A new cultural village. Beer Garden. Full Carnival Rides. Golden Voice contest and Dancing contests for cash prizes. Game Booth with prizes. 2 stages with non-stop entertainment from A-list singers/artists as well as local artists in San Diego. Food vendors with variety of foods from cultures all around the world!
Fri 5-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm/Mira Mesa Community Park
Randy Jones Run/Walk for Independence Feb. 17
Home of Guiding Hands (HGH) and Randy Jones, former San Diego Padre and National League CY Young Award Winner, will once again join forces to support over 2,500 infants, adolescents and adults living with a developmental disability.
8am / Crown Point Park, Mission Bay
619-938-2854 / www.randyjonesrunwalk.org
San Diego Pet Expo Feb. 17-18
Four-legged friends can receive “spa treatments” from local groomers, sample delicious treats and try on the latest in furry fashions; their humans will enjoy interacting with top trainers and learning pet-care tips from animal welfare organizations. Rounding out the list of activities is an agility demonstration, pet talent and costume shows.
Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds
800-977-3609 / www.petexposandiego.com
130th Anniversary Dinner Feb. 19
A spectacular dinner commemorating the legendary history of the iconic Hotel del Coronado. Begin your evening with a sunset champagne toast on Windsor Lawn followed by a stunning fireworks display. The head into 1500 OCEAN for a delectable six-course menu paired with exquisite wines.
5:30-9:30pm / 1500 Ocean - Hotel del Coronado
San Diego Bird Festival Feb. 21-25
We’re celebrating the birds and habitats of our county, which truly offer some of the best birding in the United States.
Marina Village Conference Center: 1936 Quivira Way
858-273-7800 / www.sandiegoaudubon.org
SD Kuumba Fest Feb. 22-25
From gospel to hip-hop and theater to dance, San Diego’s Kuumba Fest present a wide showcase of arts that celebrate Black American culture in all its variety. Educational workshops, hip-hop dance and speech competitions, performances of plays, Late Night Live (San Diego’s version of Late Night at the Apollo), and as always, a gospel concert finale.
Lyceum: 79 Horton Plaza
Sycamore Canyon Trail Races Feb. 24
Registration Requirements: 100k Solo runners must have completed at least one 50k+ race.
6am / Goodan Ranch Sycamore Canyon Preserve, Lakeside
San Diego Winter Brew Fest Feb. 24
Celebrate craft beverages from California and beyond and features live local music, food, and other vendors. This event benefits Outdoor Outreach and the San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA).
6-10pm / Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park
Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair Feb. 24-25
This year’s fair celebrates the year of the dog, is free to the public, and promised to be the best ever, filled with spectacular dance and cultural performances, and tantalizing street food that you might find at a lively Chinese night market.
10am-5pm / San Diego’s Historic Chinatown District
619-338-9888 / http://sdcny.org