San Diego: This Weekend (March 9-12)

From late night shopping at North Park After Dark to San Diego’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival and a Will Ferrel-approved beer festival, there’s so much to do in San Diego this weekend.

3.9 North Park After Dark

Head to North Park tonight where shops and restaurants are staying open late and offering special deals. Enter the “Shop Hop” raffle for a chance to win great prizes. For more information and to see a full list of the more than 20 participating locations, visit

3.10 The Poetry Brothel’s Mystical Medicine Show

A sexy literary event from New York makes its debut on Friday in the Mississippi Ballroom of the Lafayette Hotel. Expect performances from the Gypsy Groove band, burlesque beauties Luna Divine and Emeraude LaStar, plus tarot reader Henley la Lune and featured poetry reader David Matlin. The show is sure to cure any weekend boredom you may have.

8:30 p.m. The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, 2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park, 619.296.2101,

3.10 Timmy Trumpet

The brass-playing Australian DJ/producer scored a major hit in 2014 when he teamed with Savage on the single, “Freaks.” He appeared on Nervo’s “Any Where You Go” and collaborated with MAKJ and Andrew W.K. on “Party Till We Die” last year. His latest single, “Oracle,” is out now. - Scott McDonald

10 p.m. Parq, 615 Broadway, downtown. $15-20. 21+. 619.727.6789 or

3.10-11 Bret Ernst

“I’m exhausted from walking around the city with these eyebrows all day. It takes a lot out of you. I actually have to wax them like once every three days or they start growing into a goatee. I don’t know if my mother banged a Muppet in the ‘70s or what, but it is what it is. " - Bret Ernst on “Comedy Central Presents”

@ The Comedy Store,

3.10-12 Finesse Mitchell

“Black women under the age of 21 shouldn’t be allowed to have black children by themselves. Names like Finesse, La Quay Quay, Plexico. All this bulls*** got to stop sooner or later.” - Finesse Mitchell on “The Kevin Nealon Show”

@ The American Comedy Co.,

3.10-12 San Diego Cherry Blossom Festival

If you think the best cherry blossom blooms are found only in Japan and Washington D.C., you obviously haven’t been to the San Diego Cherry Blossom Festival in Balboa Park. The 12th annual festival will have Japanese street food vendors, cultural performances and other family-friendly activities, and of course.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego, 2215 Pan American Road East, Balboa Park. $10 general admission; $8 students, military and seniors (65+); free for children under 6.

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. - Michelle Dederko

Fifth and Laurel streets, Balboa Park,

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. - Michelle Dederko

Mission Bay Park, Mission Bay,

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. Read more about the event here. - Michelle Dederko

Embarcadero Park South, Marina District,

3.11 Ray at Night

Check out the North Park art scene including local and nationally-known artists while enjoying live street performances and local food vendors. The event takes place from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday on Ray Street between University and North Park Way in North Park. For more information, visit

3.11 Daylight saving time begins

Don’t forget to set your clock one hour ahead (of course, you’re probably relying on your cell phone which does that automatically) on Saturday night. If you’re wondering what kind of trouble you can get into with one extra hour of sunshine, check out our suggestions here.

3.11-12 Thursday Club Rummage Sale

As they say: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Get ready to have your mind blown with thousands of trinkets, pieces of clothing, antique furniture, jewelry items, sports equipment and so much more at this annual rummage sale. Proceeds from the two-day event go to support programs and projects at Balboa Park, plus other nonprofit organizations in the San Diego community.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Balboa Park Activity Center, 2145 Park Blvd., Balboa Park. Free.

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. - Michelle Dederko

Copley Symphony Hall, downtown,

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. - Michelle Dederko

Petco Park, East Village,


Groove: March concert calendar (in town this weekend are: Social Distortion, Bash & Pop, Plain White T’s, P.O.S., Ghostface Killa, TCHAMI, Ozomatli, Blake Shelton, Japandroids, Morgan Page, G. Love & Special Sauce, The Menzingers and Daya)

The reel deal: March movie releases

Curtain calls: March performing arts

Art beat: March gallery and exhibit openings