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San Diego: This Weekend (March 14-17)

Top events this weekend around San Diego include comedian Whitney Cummings, St. Patrick’s Day festivities and the start of the San Diego Latino Film Festival.

Top events this weekend around San Diego include comedian Whitney Cummings, St. Patrick’s Day festivities and the start of the San Diego Latino Film Festival. 

3.14: Taste of Third

Sip on discounted drinks and nosh on savory samples during this self-guided tour to many of Chula Vista’s most-loved eateries, lounges, breweries and tasting rooms. — Michael Benninger

Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista, thirdavenuevillage.com

3.14: Special Screening of “Cinema Twain” with Val Kilmer

A special screening of actor, writer and director Val Kilmer’s one-man play, Cinema Twain will be accompanied by an appearance from the man himself and includes hosted beverages preceeding the event.

701 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, bit.ly/TheatreBoxValKilmer

Theatre Box San Diego

Theatre Box San Diego.

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3.14: Behind the Scenes with Art Streiber and Michele Romero

Two driving forces behind the photography of Entertainment Weekly will discuss their works for the magazine, as well as their experience in other entertainment outlets.

Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, mopa.org/events

3.14: SoKO Cannabis Ball

Enjoy CBD-infused cocktails and specialty CBD-mocktails, a hemp runway fashion show and a glamorous red carpet experience during this evening event that is billed as “San Diego’s Sexiest cannabis event.”

The Sugar Factory, 701 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, sokocanna.com/cannabis-ball

3.14-16: Whitney Cummings

“Thank you Instagram for bringing to my attention that my friends secretly hang out with all the people they constantly talk s**t about.” — Whitney Cummings on Twitter

@ The Comedy Store, thecomedystore.com/la-jolla

Whitney Cummings

Whitney Cummings

Emma McIntyre

3.14-16: Harland Williams

“Can you imagine if ‘laughter is the best medicine’ was actually used in the medical profession? ‘Excuse me, Mrs. Johnson, we’re sorry to inform you … you have a terminal brain tumor.’ ‘Oh, my goodness! Is there anything you can do?’ ‘Well, ma’am. Uh, knock knock…’ ‘Who’s there?’ ‘Eura.’ ‘Eura who?’ ‘Eura gonna be dead in about three f**kin’ weeks.’” — Harland Williams on Live at Gotham 

@ The American Comedy Co., americancomedyco.com

Harland Williams

Harland Williams

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3.14-24: 26th San Diego Latino Film Festival

Taking a stand against the cinema’s status quo and challenging common stereotypes about the Latino experience, this film festival gives Latino moviemakers the power to share their stories first-hand. — Michael Benninger

AMC Fashion Valley Mall, Mission Valley and Digital Gym Cinema, North Park, sdlatinofilm.com

San Diego Latino Film Festival

San Diego Latino Film Festival

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3.15: Little Black Dress Initiative clothing drive

Join the Junior League of San Diego as the organization hosts its third annual Little Black Dress Initiative clothing drive where attendees are requested to bring new or gently used professional clothing that will be donated to community partners supporting homeless youth. 

Loading Dock, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, jlsd.org/lbdi

3.15: On the Steps: A Celebration of Asian Arts

The San Diego Museum of Art is hosting a free nighttime event on its front steps featuring live performances, artmaking activites and artists from the local Japanese, Chinese and Korean communities. 

1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, sdmart.org/event/on-the-steps-at-sdma-a-celebration-of-asian-arts

San Diego Museum Month

San Diego Museum of Art.

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3.15: Slander

Dubstep duo Derek Andersen and Scott Land have worked with the likes of Skrillex, DJ Snake and Diplo. Since the pair was last here in August, they released their fourth EP, The Headbangers Ball, which features appearances by Riot, Spag Heddy, Elle Vee and Dylan Matthews. — Scott McDonald

@ OMNIA, omnianightclub.com

Slander

Slander.

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3.15: Hotel Garuda

Once a duo consisting of Chris Gavino and Aseem Mangaoka, Gavino’s departure last year left the project in Mangaoka’s hands. He brings his One Reason Tour to San Diego — a 16-city swing named after Hotel Garuda’s most recent single featuring Imad Royal and Kiah Victoria. — Scott McDonald

@ Bang Bang, bangbangsd.com

Hotel Garuda

Hotel Garuda.

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3.15: Will Clarke + Sian + Lee K

Circling back after appearing at CRSSD earlier in the month, bearded beat maker Will Clarke returns with techno DJ (and Octopus Recordings founder) Sian, as well as local DJ Lee K, in tow. — Scott McDonald

@ Spin, spinnightclub.com

Will Clarke

Will Clarke.

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3.15-17: Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Series

The San Diego and Coronado yacht clubs host the 21st edition of the NOOD regatta, which will bring 100 racing teams to compete on various courses showcasing a wide variety of raceboats.

South San Diego Bay and offshore of Point Loma and Coronado, sailingworld.com/nood-regattas

3.16: St. Pat’s Parade

Feast your eyes on more than 120 floats, bands and dance groups at the largest St. Paddy’s Day parade west of the Mississippi, then soak up even more Celtic culture at the Irish Festival brimming with craft booths, live entertainment and oodles of food and brews. — Michael Benninger

Fifth Avenue at Laurel Street, Mission Hills, stpatsparade.org

3.16: Matoma

Norwegian tropical house DJ Matoma (aka Tom Lagergren) released his sophomore full-length album, One In A Million, last year. It cracked the top 20 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic albums and features appearances from Noah Cyrus, Enrique Iglesias, Nina Nesbitt, MAX, and others. — Scott McDonald

@ OMNIA, omnianightclub.com

Matoma

Matoma.

Monica Schipper

3.16: San Diego Pitch Tank

Shark Tank original shark Kevin Harrington will be in town along with Angel Investors Network to hear 12 different companies make their pitch in front of a live audience. 

Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Dr., Harbor Island, pitchtankinvestor.com

3.16: Got Green?

Learn how to live more sustainably during this fun-filled, first-year event bursting with educational workshops, organic gardening tips, plant-based cooking demos, vegan food vendors and much more. — Michael Benninger

San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas, sdbgarden.org

Got Green?

Got Green?

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3.16: Super Run

Don your cape, cowl and other crime-fighting attire for this superhero-themed 5K raising funds for a variety of outstanding orgs. — Michael Benninger

Embarcadero Marina Park North, downtown, thesuperrun.com

Super Run

Super Run

Jared Gase

3.16: San Diego Shamrock

San Diego’s largest St. Patrick’s Day block party returns to the Gaslamp Quarter with three stages of live music, dozens of participating bars and an endless amount of green beer. — Michael Benninger

Throughout the Gaslamp Quarter, sandiegoshamrock.com

San Diego Shamrock

San Diego Shamrock

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3.16: St. Patrick’s Day 10K

With any luck (of the Irish), you’ll cross the finish line then celebrate the accomplishment with a cold one at the beer garden on Mission Bay. — Michael Benninger

Mission Bay Park, Mission Bay, kathyloperevents.com

3.16: Leprechaun Run

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

Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach, sandiegorunningco.com

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Fest

St. Patrick's Day Parade & Fest

Jared Gase

3.16-17: 36th annual San Diego Cake Show

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

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, sandiegocakeshow.com

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(at Pechanga Arena)

3.15 vs. Dallas Sidekicks

San Diego Seals 

(at Pechanga Arena)

3.16 vs. Philadelphia Wings

San Diego Fleet 

(at SDCCU Stadium)

3.17 vs. Birmingham Iron

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