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Things to do in March

March is filled with cool events including Time Warp 80s Prom, St. Patrick’s Day activities, the World Baseball Classic and Best Coast Beer Festival.

March is filled with cool events including the Color in Motion 5K, St. Patrick’s Day activities, the World Baseball Classic and Best Coast Beer Festival. 

3.2-13 Circus Vargas Presents Steam Cirque

Goggles, gear and gadgets share the stage for this traveling big top circus experience featuring a wacky cast of characters performing crazy tricks. 

Westfield North County, Escondido,

Circus Vargas presents Steam Cirque. (Mike Rollerson/Courtesy Circus Vargas)


3.4-5 San Diego Travel & Adventure Show

Travelers unleash at this two-day showcase featuring destination experts dishing out packing tips, technology trends and budget hacks for every future vacationer.

San Diego Convention Center, Marina District,

3.4 The Super Run 5K

It’s heroes versus villains at this themed race, where capes are encouraged and proceeds benefit a handful of nonprofit organizations.

Embarcadero Marina North, Marina District,

The Super Run 5K. (Jon Ran/J & J Studios)


3.4 Time Warp ’80s Prom

Rad costumes are totally mandatory at the Princess Project’s annual ’80s prom fundraising event, where a prom king and queen will be crowned. Read more about the event here

San Diego Hall of Champions, Balboa Park,


3.4 Chippendales 2017: Best. Night. Ever. Tour

No shirts, no problem. The Chippendales tour takes on San Diego for a whirlwind of bumping and grinding to the sounds of squeals.

House of Blues, downtown,

Chippendales 2017: Best. Night. Ever. Tour. (Courtesy photo)


3.11 St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival

Embrace the Irish spirit at this annual cultural parade and festival set to include Irish food, live entertainment on two stages and, of course, a beer garden.

Fifth and Laurel streets, Balboa Park,

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival. (Charlie Neuman/Union-Tribune)


3.11 St. Patrick’s Day 10K

Before the beer, go for a green and mean run around Mission Bay on this flat 10K course.

Mission Bay Park, Mission Bay,

The St. Patrick’s Day 10K Run in Mission Bay Park. (Courtesy Kathy Loper Events)


3.11 Best Coast Beer Festival

This Will Ferrell-backed beer festival supports his favorite charity, Cancer For College, with nearly 100 beers from West Coast craft breweries, local bands, food trucks and classy bay views.

Embarcadero Park South, Marina District,

Best Coast Beer Fest at the Embarcadero. (Courtesy photo)


3.11-12 Harry Potter at the San Diego Symphony

Watch “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” with a live soundtrack by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra performing every note from John Williams’ magical score. Read more about this event (which is unfortunately sold out) here.

Copley Symphony Hall, downtown,

Copley Symphony Hall (Courtesy photo from San Diego Symphony)


3.12 San Diego Half Marathon

This scenic 13.1-mile course begins at Petco Park and winds through downtown, past views of the San Diego Bay and into Liberty Station, Mission Hills and Hillcrest.

Petco Park, East Village,

The San Diego Half Marathon. (Peggy Peattie/Union-Tribune)


3.14-19 World Baseball Classic

Major League Baseball stars from around the world batter up in San Diego for the second round of action in the World Baseball Classic.

Petco Park, East Village,

The World Baseball Classic returns to Petco Park. (Sean M. Haffey)


3.17 San Diego ShamROCK

Irish flags will fly and green beer will flow at this massive St. Patrick’s Day party in the Gaslamp Quarter, where artificial grass gets rolled out over 50,000 square feet for the ultimate outdoor block party. 


ShamRock St. Patricks Day celebration in the Gaslamp. (John R. McCutchen/Union-Tribune)


3.17-19 San Diego Cake Show

Sweeten up at this beautifully baked event, where master pastry chefs, local bakers, amateur decorators and anyone with a sweet tooth can rub shoulders and overindulge.

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar,

San Diego Cake Show. (Courtesy photo)


3.18 Color in Motion 5K

Sport a bright white shirt and run through pops of color on this course, followed by a vibrant after-party. Read more about this event here.

Qualcomm Stadium, Mission Valley,

Color in Motion 5K race. (Courtesy photo)


3.18 Mission Hills 5K

Run through one of San Diego’s most historic neighborhoods on a route that passes Craftsman-style homes, charming boutiques and cozy cafes.

Mission Hills,

Mission Hills 5K Run. (Courtesy photo)


3.18 Yoga to Farm

Take your downward dog to the renowned Suzie’s Farm for a 75-minute class in the open air, taught by local teachers under a canopy of eucalyptus trees, followed by a field tour of the organic fruits and veggies. 

Suzie’s Farm, South Bay,


3.18 Rock Star Beer Festival

Party like a rock star with unlimited samples of craft beer and live local bands jamming through the night.

The Lafayette Hotel, North Park,

Rock Star Beer Festival. (Photo by Matt Farrington/Courtesy Rock Star Beer Fest)


3.21 San Diego Music Awards

The local stars rockin’ San Diego’s music scene win awards in more than 20 categories as a roster of homegrown bands perform live. Read more about this year’s nominees here.

House of Blues, downtown,

San Diego Music Awards. (Hayne Palmour IV/Union-Tribune)


3.25 10th anniversary Mustache Bash

This ’stache bash is essentially a festival of funk, embracing groovy mustache vibes with live bands and bellbottoms galore.

The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, Marina District,

The Mustache Bash. (Brendan McCourt)


3.25-26 Tequila & Taco Festival

Tacos. Tequila. Enough said. (If you really need to know more, read on here.)

Embarcadero Marina Park South,

Tequila! (iStock)


3.26 Hot Chocolate 5K/15K

Marshmallow stations are sprinkled throughout this sweet course, and participants celebrate their run with a mug of hot chocolate across the finish line.

Petco Park, East Village,


3.26 Encinitas Half Marathon

A flat course with an ocean view is every runner’s dream. Join this 13.1-mile run, perfect for first-timers or seasoned athletes.




Groove: March concert calendar

Take a spin: March EDM calendar

Laughing stock: March stand-up comedy shows

Art beat: March gallery and exhibit openings

The “Top 100” Plus One-foot show and sale at the Spanish Village Art Center will feature “Explosive” by Cristiana Brusco. (Courtesy photo)

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