San Diego: This Weekend (March 21-24)


Top events in San Diego this weekend include San Diego Taco & Beer Festival, Ladies Rock San Diego, Hot Chocolate 15K and Dinners for Good.

Through 3.24: 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,

Through 3.24: 14th annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Learn the fine art of appreciating cherry blossom flowers during this yearly festival featuring mouthwatering street food, exotic demonstrations and a beer-and-sake garden.

Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park,

3.21: Beefsteak San Diego

In support of No Kid Hungry, this food extravaganza features a night of “all you can hold beef and beer” of six cuts of beef cooked by some of San Diego’s top chefs and brews from 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

Fireside, 2855 Perry Rd., Building 8, Liberty Station,

3.22: Klingande

Reprising an appearance at OMNIA from last July, French tropical house DJ/producer Klingande (aka Cédric Steinmyller) returns to San Diego after teaming with French producer Broken Back on the single, Wonders. The pair also released a remix EP for their song last November. — Scott McDonald


3.22: Mexican National Team vs. Chile

San Diego’s neighbors to the south bring their Mexican National Team to face off against Chile at SDCCU Stadium before continuing on to Santa Clara where they will compete against Paraguay on a continuing Mexico/U.S. Tour.

SDCCU Stadium, Mission Valley,

3.22: Rich the Kid

Dimitri Roger, aka Atlanta-based rapper Rich the Kid, released his debut studio album, The World Is Yours, last year. It debuted at No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and features an impressive list of guest rappers including Kendrick Lamar, Future, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and others. The already-completed follow-up, The World Is Yours 2, was set to drop in January, but is currently on hold. — Scott McDonald

@ Bassmnt,

3.22-24: Ladies Rock San Diego

Local women take part in an intensive weekend-long program where they form a band, learn an instrument, write an original song, and perform it live at the House of Blues — all in just three days. — Michael Benninger

A Reason to Survive (A.R.T.S.), National City,

3.22-24: Paul Rodriguez

“No two people on the planet have exactly the same areola. For real. … Go home and look at one nipple, and look at the other. They’re not the same, man, they’re different, you know. ’Cause nipples come in all kind of varieties and flavors. Some people have like, really cute, pink, nice, appealing, inviting nipples. Then some people have like really ugly, coarse, rough nipples that are made out of elbow meat. You know who you are.” — Paul Rodriguez at The Laugh Factory

@ The American Comedy Co.,

3.22-24: David Koechner

“I believe in two things: Chicken, and that the census is a way for the UN to make your children gay.” — David Koechner as Champ Kind in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

@ The Comedy Store,

3.22: Seventh annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival

Local artists, DJs and Bankers Hill’s best restaurants join forces at this two-level, 21+ event offering limitless 2-ounce pours from more than a dozen nearby breweries. — Michael Benninger

The Abbey, Bankers Hill,

3.23: Malaa

Who is the ski mask-wearing DJ known as Malaa? Is it French producer Sebastian Benett? Is it a rotating duo with DJ Snake and Tchami? Who cares? When he’s cranking out singles as good as Notorious, The Sermon, and We Get Crunk, it shouldn’t matter. — Scott McDonald

@ Bassmnt,

3.23: San Diego Taco & Beer Festival

Knock back unlimited pours of craft beer from local and regional breweries, then soak up those suds with unlimited taco tastings from some of the city’s top restaurants and food trucks. — Michael Benninger

Port Pavilion, Broadway Pier,

3.23: Pauly D

Best known for his stint on MTV’s Jersey Shore, DJ Pauly D signed an album deal with 50 Cent’s G-Unit Records and G-Note Records in 2011.

Parq, downtown,

3.23: The Art of Dance

A night of art-themed culinary arts, fashion and dance will create a unique experience to help support Malashock Dance, which offers free dance programs to San Diego-area students.

The Hub @ IDEA1, 895 Park Blvd., East Village,

3.23: March for Meals Charity 5K Walk

Help end senior hunger and isolation at this charity walk raising awareness of the struggles confronted by the elderly. — Michael Benninger

Liberty Station, Point Loma ,

3.23: Wanderlust 108

Touted as “the world’s only mindful triathlon” Wanderlust 108 combines a 5K run/walk, yoga session and guided meditation along the San Diego waterfront.

Embarcadero Marina Park South, downtown,

3.23-24: OH! San Diego

The San Diego Architectural Foundation’s Open House (OH!) celebrates our city’s iconic buildings by offering free access to hidden gems and structural treasures in numerous nearby neighborhoods. — Michael Benninger

Throughout San Diego,

3.24: Hot Chocolate 15K

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

Petco Park, East Village,

3.24: TEDxSDSU: (Moment)um

Reflecting on the notion “that it only takes one push to substantially move things forward,” this series of talks showcases an array of speakers and covers topics ranging from optimizing stubbornness to promoting inclusivity with magic. — Michael Benninger

Montezuma Hall, San Diego State University,

3.24: Dinners for Good

Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien and Tommy Gomes from Catalina Offshore invite guests to enjoy a five-course tasting menu and paired drinks during a live cooking demonstration from Carnitas Snack Shack’s chef Hanis Cavin. — Michael Benninger

Kitchens for Good, Encanto,

3.24: Uncork & Unwind

The Spa at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe hosts its monthly series combining yoga with wine tasting and supporting a new philanthropic organization each month (March’s event will support SMARTS Farms).

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, 5951 Linea Dl Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe,

San Diego Seals

(at Pechanga Arena)

3.22 vs. Saskatchewan Rush

San Diego Gulls

(at Pechanga Arena)

3.23 vs. Ontario Reign


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