San Diego: This Weekend (March 8-11)


Top events around town included Mexico in a Bottle, Best Coast Beer Fest, The Great Inflatable Race and San Diego Yoga Festival.

3.8: Fifth Annual International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day

Brewers around the world will make “Unite Exotic,” a specialty beer. Local Pink Boots Society members will gather at various breweries around the county to brew. Read more about the ladies brewing at Bay City Brewing here. — Peter Rowe

3.8: Taste of Third

Sip on discounted drinks, bite into savory samples and witness impressive performances by musicians and magicians during this self-guided tasting tour of Chula Vista eateries. — Michael Benninger

Throughout Chula Vista Village,

3.8-10: Aries Spears

“Everybody in this room, individually, sexually, has something that you are into that is downright filthy, uh, disgusting. No one knows how nasty this is, but you and the Lord. Like, if anybody else knew what the f**k you was into, you would have to leave the country.” — Aries Spears on Comedy Blueprint

@ American Comedy Co.,

Aries Spears.

Aries Spears.

(John Lamparski / Getty Images)

3.9: 10th Annual Chocolate Decadance Festival

Treat your sweet tooth to an array of chocolates and pastries while listening to live music and sampling a variety of wines, bubbles and spirits at this highly anticipated epicurean event. — Michael Benninger

Pechanga Summit, Temecula,

3.9: Lil Jon

Who knew? But when this guy sang/yelled “Turn Down For What?!,” he meant it. The DJ, producer, and Grammy-winning King of Crunk was just at Omnia in December. But he returns once again, this time fresh from releasing new single, Alive, with Offset and 2 Chainz. — Scott McDonald


Lil Jon.

Lil Jon.

(Jeff Schear / Getty Images)

3.9-11: Jon Rudnitsky

“You think people in Africa have time to Tweet about their problems? ‘I was just mauled by a lion, and my uncle has AIDS #fml,’ ‘My town was raped and pillaged today #africangirlproblems amirite?’; ‘Was just bit by a mosquito #malarious.’” — Jon Rudnitsky at The Stand

@ The Comedy Store,

Jon Rudnitsky

Jon Rudnitsky

(Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images)

3.9-11: 13th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Learn the fine art of cherry blossom flower appreciation during this yearly festival full of food vendors, cultural performances and other exotic demonstrations. — Michael Benninger

Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park,

3.9-12: San Diego Yoga Festival

Hit the reset button during four days of non-stop oceanfront yoga, including classes that incorporate hikes, live music, energy healing and even skateboards. — Michael Benninger

Portwood Pier, Imperial Beach,

3.10: 10th Annual Pechanga Wine Festival

Sip, savor and sample a slew of distinguished vintages from notable wineries throughout Europe, South America and California. — Michael Benninger

Pechanga Summit, Temecula,

3.10: Chingona’s Flea Market

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Barrio Logan Flea Market is hosting a Chingona’s Market with more than 50% of the vendors being females.

2146 Logan Ave., Barrio Logan,

3.10: MitiS

After releasing a dozen EPs and nearly as many singles, Philadelphia-based DJ and classically trained pianist Joseph Torre will release his debut full-length album, ‘Til the End, this month. Two new singles, Moments (feat. Adara) and By My Side (feat. Tedy), are out now. — Scott McDonald

@ Bassmnt,

3.10: Home Brew Fest and Competition

Check out who in San Diego is brewing some great beer from their backyards, garages and/or tiny apartment kitchens at this annual event benefiting Jefferson Elementary. This event is rain or shine.

2896 North Park Way (Behind the Observatory North Park), North Park,

3.10: North Park Street Gallery (NOTE: Event cancelled due to rain)

Ten local artists will display their creative prowess in a series of live paintings on neighborhood utility boxes while live bands play nearby. For more information and a walking tour map read here.

Various locations around North Park,

3.10: Henry Fong

The progressive house DJ heads to San Diego after releasing a handful of singles last year. The L.A.-based producer linked up with Bad Royale and Hardwell on a pair of tracks, as well as releasing three of his own. — Scott McDonald

@ Bang Bang,

3.10: Best Coast Beer Fest

Discover more than 200 beers from 90-plus local breweries at this ale-lovers event benefiting Cuck Fancer, which helps young cancer patients and survivors move forward. — Michael Benninger

Embarcadero Park South, downtown,

3.10: Fourth Annual Bunny Ball

Bring a new stuffed bunny (or just donate an Andrew Jackson) at this black-tie ball that aims to deliver wascally wabbits to 1,500 sick and needy children. — Michael Benninger

Town & Country Hotel, Mission Valley,

3.10: Rock Star Beer Festival

Headlined by Offsprung, Sega Genecide and Pop Punk Mayhem, this charity concert includes unlimited samples from more than 50 craft breweries. — Michael Benninger

Humphreys by the Bay, Shelter Island,

3.10: TEDxSDSU: Pattern Disruption

A selection of brilliant artists, scholars and entrepreneurs deliver short talks about the patterns that define our existence, encouraging attendees to question their preconceived notions. — Michael Benninger

Montezuma Hall, SDSU Campus,

3.10: The Great Inflatable Race

Laugh your ass off while jumping, diving and bouncing through the massive, custom-designed inflatable obstacles scattered throughout this fun run supporting local businesses and charities. — Michael Benninger

SDCCU Stadium, Mission Valley,

3.10-11: Holy Matcha One Year Anniversary

One of the most Instagrammable spots in San Diego celebrates its first year in North Park. The first 10 people in the door both days will receive a swag bag filled with Holy Matcha items, along with wellness-centric brands like Cocokind, Moon Juice and Sun Portion. —Leslie Hackett

3118 University Ave., North Park,

3.10-11: Thursday Club Rumage Sale

Going strong since 1927, this annual event is San Diego’s largest rummage sale. So, if second-hand items are your bag, head down to Balboa Park for a weekend of, well, rumaging.

2145 Park Blvd., Balboa Park,

3.11: San Diego Half Marathon & 5K

Beginning and ending near Petco Park, this race first heads up the coast toward Liberty Station, then ventures east into Mission Hills and Hillcrest before passing Balboa Park on the way back to East Village. — Michael Benninger

Broadway Pier, downtown,

Runners start the San Diego Half Marathon.

Runners start the San Diego Half Marathon.

(Howard Lipin / San Diego Union-Tribune)

3.11: Mexico in a Bottle

This traveling celebration of Mexican culture includes a selection of mezcals, raicillas and tequilas, plus several south-of-the-border wines and beers paired with bites from local restaurants. — Michael Benninger

Bread & Salt, Barrio Logan,

3.11: Sip & Shop

Whether searching for the perfect festival outfit or just needing a new look, head downtown from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. for this event which will see the launch of the Thieves Like Us Spring/Summer lookbook as well as clothing and accessories from several other San Diego-based and women owned/designed brands. More info at

Fifth & Rose at the Pendry Hotel, 550 J St., downtown,

3.11: Sixth Annual International Mariachi Festival & Competition

It’s not just about the mariachi music at this eclectic event that also includes bungee jumping, extreme water sports, a wrestling exhibition and interactive virtual reality games. — Michael Benninger

Pepper Park, National City,

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