San Diego: This Weekend (March 15-18)


Top events around town include Ookay at Omnia, St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Festival, San Diego ShamRock and the Hot Chocolate 15K.

3.15-25: San Diego Latino Film Festival

Of the 160-plus entries in the festival, 73 are features, 87 are shorts, and the majority will be local premieres. In addition, the festival will present an awards ceremony gala, a closing-night after-party and free live-music performances as the festival celebrates its 25th anniversary. This Saturday afternoon, it will hold the outdoor Sabor Latino Food, Wine & Beer Festival. — Beth Woods

Screenings at AMC Fashion Valley 18, 7037 Friars Road, Mission Valley; and Digital Gym Cinema, 2921 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. Special events at various locations.

3.15-16: Jacob Sirof

“Anyone been to a NASCAR event? You won’t see one black guy there, right? Not one. You’re better off trying to find a Mexican in a Crate & Barrel. It’s not gonna happen. You might find a Mexican in a crate or a barrel, but probably not shopping at the Crate & Barrel.”

— Jacob Sirof on Rooftop Comedy
@ The American Comedy Co.,

3.16: Ookay

Abe Laguna, the San Diego DJ/producer known as Ookay, has worked with the likes of A-Trak, Borgore, Marshmello and Showtek. His latest single, Cool, was released last month. — Scott McDonald


3.16: Flux Pavilion

British DJ/producer Josh Steele, aka Flux Pavillion, has played the stages of Coachella, Glastonbury, Reading and EDC Vegas. A Maduk remix of his recent single, Pull The Trigger, was included on a recent 3-song sampler from Rampage Recordings. — Scott McDonald

@ Bassmnt,

3.16-17: Hippie Sabotage

Kevin and Jeff Saurer, the California-based sibling DJ duo, are perhaps best known for remixing Swedish crooner Tove Lo’s breakthrough hit, Habits (Stay High). The pair released a pair of their own singles, I Found You and The Mist, last month. — Scott McDonald

@ Observatory North Park,

3.17: St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Festival

Revel in the floats, bands and dancing groups comprising this St. Paddy’s Day parade, then soak up even more Celtic culture at the following Irish Festival with craft booths, live entertainment and oodles of food and brews. — Michael Benninger

Balboa Park,

3.17: South Park Walkabout

Stroll through neighborhood businesses and enjoy complimentary treats, live entertainment and other special offers. Most notable on the night will be the grand opening of Communal Coffee.

30th Street from Kalmia Street to Beech Street, South Park,

3.17: San Diego ShamRock

Three stages of live music, 25 participating bars and endless green beer. What else do you need to know? — Michael Benninger

Throughout the Gaslamp Quarter,

3.17: St. Patrick’s Day 10K, 2- & 4-Mile Fun Run

Choose a distance that matches your ambition, then celebrate crossing the finish line with a frothy cold one at the beer garden on Mission Bay. — Michael Benninger

South of Hilton Hotel, Mission Bay Park,

3.17: St. Patrick’s Day around San Diego

For more San Diego deals and events to mark the greenest party around, go here.

3.17: The Gift of Health

Fitness isn’t just for mall walkers at a series of health and wellness expos being held at several Westfield locations around San Diego. Along with a variety of wellness vendors providing samples and demos, the San Diego Blood Bank will be on hand accepting donations.

Westfield Plaza Bonita: 3030 Plaza Bonita Rd., National City,; Westfield Mission Valley: 1640 Camino Del Rio North, Mission Valley,; Westfield North County: 272 E. Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido,

3.17-18: 35th Annual San Diego Cake Show

Also known as Confections for a Cause, this cake competition features classes, a variety of vendors and demos all benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. — Michael Benninger

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar,

3.17: Leprechaun Run

Score a pair of green socks, sunglasses and either a tutu or headband at this inaugural Irish-inspired 5K followed by a post-run party at a the newly opened Mavericks Beach Club in P.B. — Michael Benninger

Garnet Avenue at Bayard Street, Pacific Beach,

3.18: Hot Chocolate 15K

Satisfy your sweet tooth between strides on this indulgent urban run that’s drizzled with Sweet Stations offering choice treats chocoholics can’t turn down. — Michael Benninger

Petco Park, East Village,

3.18: Ninth Annual Puppy Love 5K

Four-legged friends are invited on this quick course around the Embarcadero that’s followed by a sprawling “barketplace” full of food and fun. — Michael Benninger

Embarcadero Marina Park South, downtown,

San Diego Gulls home games

3.16 vs Milwaukee Admirals

3.17 vs Bakersfield Condors

Movie releases

3.16: Love, Simon, 7 Days in Entebbe, Tomb Raider, The Leisure Seeker


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