22 Things to Do in March

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3.1-5.8: The Flower Fields
Carlsbad Ranch
Mother Nature’s unofficial spring-season commencement begins with millions of Technicolor Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers blooming across 50 acres of ocean-view hills in Carlsbad.

3.4: Chippendales: Break the Rules Tour
House of Blues, Downtown
The chiseled chaps of Chippendales entertain America’s Finest cougars and cubs with a 75-minute Magic Mike-esque show that leaves little to the imagination.

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3.5: Finish Chelsea’s Run
Balboa Park
This annual run commemorates the life of Poway High School senior Chelsea King, who, in 2010, was tragically murdered while jogging alone around Lake Hodges.

3.5: Undy Run/Walk
De Anza Cover, Mission Bay
Run this 5K to raise funds for the Colon Cancer Alliance and for the free pair of boxer shorts at the finish line.

3.5: Flying Tomato Festival
Qualcomm Stadium, Mission Valley
This event proves that, whether you believe they’re fruits or veggies (they’re fruits, BTW), tomatoes are exponentially more fun when being hurled at strangers.

3.5-6: Busker Festival
Seaport Village
Sword-swallowing, knife-throwing and fire- juggling street performers from across the globe showcase their talents for tourists and locals alike during this annual event.

3.5-13: San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering
Petco Park, East Village
This week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) kicks off March 5 with Expo Day at Petco Park, where 20,000- plus tech enthusiasts can see and interact with STEM-related products from 130 local businesses.

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3.10: Taste of Third
Third Avenue, Chula Vista
Feast on food and drink samples from a couple dozen South Bay eateries, peruse works by local artists and listen to live acoustic jams during this 20th anniversary event in Chula Vista.

3.10-20: San Diego Latino Film Festival
AMC Fashion Valley and Digital Gym Cinema in North Park
Nearly 200 films showcasing Latin American stars and themes will be screened at two local theatres during this 11-day event, which features celebrity appearances, concerts and a wine-and-beer festival.

3.11-12: The Price is Right Live
Harrah’s Resort SoCal, Valley Center
Traveling game-show host Jerry Springer will call a few lucky locals to “Come on Down!” for a chance to spin the big wheel and win even bigger prizes.

3.12: Best Coast Beer Fest
Embarcadero Marina Park South, Downtown
Raise your glass (many times) for a cause and the chance to rub elbows with Will Ferrell at this annual beer event benefiting Cancer for College, a nonprofit founded by Ferrell’s BFF to grant university scholarships to cancer survivors.

3.12: St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
Balboa Park
Billed as the “largest parade west of the Mississippi,” this procession of thousands of actual and honorary Irelanders along Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest will be amplified by two stages of live entertainment, Irish food and a beer garden.

3.12: St. Baldrick’s Brave the Shave
The Commons, Downtown
Get a buzz cut or help those brave enough to do so in this annual drive to raise funds and awareness for kids with cancer.

3.13: Puppy Love 5K
Lake Poway
Run a pet-friendly 3.1-mile course around Lake Poway before entering Fido in the canine costume contest in support of the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

3.17: ShamROCK
Several blocks of the Gaslamp
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with more than 20,000 partygoers at this annual event featuring live Irish bands and DJs, an endless supply of green beer and nearly two acres of green grass (in the form of AstroTurf) covering the streets of the Gaslamp.

3.19: Race for Autism
Balboa Park
Run this 5K dressed as a superhero to become a real-life hero for local autism programs and services.

3.19: Color in Motion 5K
Qualcomm Stadium, Mission Valley
Don your whitest whites during this 5K run, and then cross the finish line in neon-colored, biodegradable, cornstarch camouflage.

3.19: Berry Best Chocolate Fest
Liberty Station
Chocolate fountains, cakes, cookies, cocktails and more will lure legions of chocoholics to Liberty Station.

3.19-20: Cake Show
Del Mar Fairgrounds
See elaborate cakes decked out in this year’s “Off to Neverland” theme; choose from a variety of cake-decorating classes; and meet local cheflebrities Claudia Sandoval (MasterChef Season Six winner), Maeve Rochford (Holiday Baking Challenge winner), Nathan Odom (MasterChef Junior Season Three winner) and other cooking-show stars who’ve taken the cake.

3.20: Hot Chocolate 15K/5K
Petco Park, East Village
Complete a 15K or 5K to feel less guilty about guzzling the Finisher Mug filled with chocolate fondue (plus snacks for dipping and hot cocoa) at the finish line.

3.24-27: Kia Classic
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Carlsbad
The LPGA tour’s top female golfers compete in four rounds at Aviara for a $1.7-million purse.

3.26: Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival
Qualcomm Stadium, Mission Valley
Enjoy unlimited beer and food samples from a few dozen breweries and local restaurants while supporting the It’s All About the Kids Foundation.