By Catlin Dorset
3/15 The US Grant Wedding Show
The US Grant Hotel, Gaslamp
Meet nuptial know-it-alls - experts in hair and makeup, invitations, cakes and everything else - while previewing couture bridal collections and enjoying a three-course lunch at this annual wedding extravaganza at The US Grant Hotel.
3/1-5/10 The Flower Fields
Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad
Pop a Claritin before stopping to smell the millions of multicolored Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers blooming across a 50- acre hillside in Carlsbad.
3/7 Finish Chelsea’s Run
In 2010, 17-year-old Poway native Chelsea King went out for a run and never returned. Complete this 5K in her memory and to raise money for the Chelsea’s Light Foundation Sunflower Scholarship Fund.
3/7 St. Baldrick’s Shave-a-Thon
The Commons Bar, Gaslamp
Catch a buzz before buzzing it all off for a cause. Proceeds from this annual event support childhood cancer research.
3/7 Best Coast Beer Fest
Embarcadero Marina Park South, Downtown
Enjoy more than 70 craft brew samples and live local music while dining from a couple dozen food trucks and hoping for a Ron Burgundy sighting at what’s promoted as “Will Ferrell’s Beer Fest of Choice” (Ferrell’s BFF’s charity, Cancer for College, is the beneficiary).
3/7 The Undy Run/Walk
Mission Bay Park
Strip down to your skivvies for this 5K and one-mile fun run, then pick up a brand-spankingnew pair of Undy Run boxers at the finish line.
3/7-8 Koi Show
Del Mar Fairgrounds
Learn more about koi fish, koi art and water-garden design than you could ever possibly need or want to know. Go, fish!
3/7-8 Vista Civil War Reenactment
The Antique Gas and Steam Museum, Vista
Witness the Confederacy’s secession to the Union during this 1860s battle between the states, as reenacted by old timers of North County.
3/7-8 Spring Busker Festival
Sword-swallowing, firebreathing and unicycling street performers entertain crowds of tourists and locals during this annual two-day event.
3/8 San Diego Half Marathon
Starts at Petco Park, Downtown
Run a scenic, 13.1-mile loop through Downtown, Liberty Station, Mission Hills and Hillcrest.
3/12-22 San Diego Latino Film Festival
UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas and North Park’s Digital Gym Cinema
Now in its 22nd year, this annual cinematic ceremony spotlights Latino directors and actors in more than 150 films and shorts on six movie screens in North Park and Mission Valley.
Several blocks in the Gaslamp
Don ye best green garb and grab an emerald ale (or a few) before joining the more than 20,000 honorary Irish gals and guys celebrating St. Patrick’s Day during this allnight bash boasting three stages of live music and EDM in the streets of the Gaslamp.
3/15 SUPERSEAL IX and SEAL Sprint VI
Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado
Opt for the meek SEAL Sprint VI (500-meter swim, 20K bike ride, 6K run) or the overachiever’s SUPERSEAL IX (1,500-meter swim, 40K bike ride, 10K run).
3/15 Puppy Love 5K
Lake Poway Recreation Area
Bring your two- and fourlegged friends to this 3.1-mile trot around Lake Poway to benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center.
3/22 WWE Live! Road to WrestleMania
Valley View Casino Center, Point Loma
John Cena, Brock Lesnar and other WWE Superstars pack on the drama in scripted battles and phony feuds leading up to WrestleMania 31, to be held at Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium at the end of March.
3/22 Hot Chocolate 15K/5K
Begins and ends at Petco Park East Village,
Run/walk for the chocolate chips, marshmallows and Tootsie Rolls dispersed from Sweet Stations along the course, then stick around for hot cocoa and chocolate-fondue-dipped treats at the post-race party.
3/23-29 Kia Classic LPGA Tournament
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Carlsbad
More than 100 of the LGPA’s top female golfers tee off for bragging rights and a $1.7 million purse.
City Heights Urban Village
Electro-indie rockers Bear Hands headline this celebration of all things independent, including more than 50 band performances, a spoken-word stage and an art wall.
3/28 Bikes & Beers
Begin and end at Quartyard, East Village
Pedal through several San Diego neighborhoods (making brewery pit stops along the way), following a 22-mile course that culminates in an outdoor music-and- 3/28 beer festival at the finish line.
3/28 SoCal Battle of the Badges
Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula
Police officers, firefighters, members of the U.S. Armed Forces and others square off in the boxing ring to raise money for Cops 4 Kids, which supports at-risk youngsters.
3/29 Carlsbad 5000
Carlsbad Village Dr. and Roosevelt St., Carlsbad
Dubbed the “World’s Fastest 5K,” the 30th annual seaside race benefitting the Carlsbad Educational Foundation wraps up with a post-race health and fitness expo.