Things to do in March


Events in San Diego during March include BrunchCon, the Encinitas Half Marathon, St. Patrick’s Day events and the Great Inflatable Race.

3.3: The Super Run

Don your cape, cowl and other crime-fighting attire for this “Galactic Heroes”-themed 5K that raises funds for a variety of outstanding orgs.

Embarcadero Marina North, Marina District,

3.3-4: Busker Festival

Acrobats, comedians, fire jugglers and scads of street performers from across the country descend upon Seaport Village for SoCal’s signature two-day busker festival, featuring an untamed 18-and-up party Saturday after sunset.

Seaport Village, Marina District,

Hillary Matson from Canyon Lake uses 30 hula-hoops to create her giant slinky during a her performance for the crowd attending Seaport Village's Spring Busker Festival in 2017.

Hillary Matson from Canyon Lake uses 30 hula-hoops to create her giant slinky during a her performance for the crowd attending Seaport Village’s Spring Busker Festival in 2017.

(Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)

3.3-4: CRSSD Festival

Bonobo, Gorgon City and Empire of the Sun are atop the epic lineup of artists performing at this annual celebration of dance and electronic music.

Waterfront Park, downtown,

3.3-11: 10th Anniversary San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering

With more than 60 scheduled events throughout the city — including several adult-exclusive activities — this 10-day educational experience proves science exploration isn’t strictly for students.

Various locations around San Diego,

3.4: Sixth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon/5K

This fast, costume-friendly 5K invites finishers to compete in a CrossFit-inspired obstacle course before enjoying food trucks and live music at the event’s exclusive Beer Fest.

Main Street at Magnolia Avenue, downtown El Cajon,

3.4 Encinitas Half Marathon

Featuring live music, local vendors and 7 miles of oceanfront running — that’s more than any other race in the county — this 13.1-mile trek awards finishers with a free post-race breakfast and beer garden.

Moonlight State Beach, Encinitas,

3.4: BrunchCon

Indulge in bottomless mimosas, an unrestricted Bloody Mary bar and bites from 30 food vendors as the world’s biggest brunch-centric celebration arrives in San Diego.

Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, Marina District,

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.

Throughout Chula Vista Village,

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.

Pechanga Summit, Temecula,

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.

Pechanga Summit, Temecula,

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.

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.

Portwood Pier, Imperial Beach,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SDCCU Stadium, Mission Valley,

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.

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.

Bread & Salt, Barrio Logan,

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.

Pepper Park, National City,

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.

Balboa 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?

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.

South of Hilton Hotel, Mission Bay Park,

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.

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.

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.

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.

Embarcadero Marina Park South, downtown,

3.19: 27th Annual San Diego Music Awards

Honoring the stand-out achievements from our city’s diverse music community, this award show recognizes artists in more than 20 categories including rock, jazz and hip hop.

House of Blues, downtown,

Blackout Party's Brian Holwerda plays guitar during the 2013 San Diego Music Awards.

Blackout Party’s Brian Holwerda plays guitar during the 2013 San Diego Music Awards.

(Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune)

3.23: Sixth Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival

Local artists and Bankers Hill restaurants join forces at this two-level, 21+ event offering unlimited pours from more than a dozen nearby breweries.

The Abbey on Fifth Avenue, Bankers Hill,

3.24: 11th Annual Mustache Bash

Celebrate that which separates the men from the boys at this facial-hair affair followed by an after-party aboard a private boat departing right from the pier.

Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, Marina District,

3.30-31: Beatles Fair

Express your appreciation for John, Paul, George and Ringo at this annual community event dedicated to preserving the culture of the Fab Four.

Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center, North Park,

3.31: March for Meals 5K Charity Walk

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

Crown Point South, Mission Bay Park,

3.31: Ninth Annual Del Mar Mud Run

Get set for some filthy fun at this unique 5K featuring 15 muddy obstacles, a few mystery surprises and a sudsy post-race foam-fest.

Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar,

3.31: Uncorked: San Diego Wine Festival

Swirl, sniff and sip to your heart’s content at this oenophilic event boasting booths from more than 50 wineries alongside a fine selection of food trucks.

Embarcadero Marina Park North, Marina District,

San Diego Gulls home games

3.2 vs Ontario Reign

3.6 vs Cleveland Monsters

3.13 vs San Antonio Rampage

3.16 vs Milwaukee Admirals

3.17 vs Bakersfield Condors

3.28 vs Bakersfield Condors

3.30 vs Cleveland Monsters

The Gulls battling against the Texas Stars at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.

The Gulls battling against the Texas Stars at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.

(Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Diego Sockers home games

3.3 vs El Paso Coyotes



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3.28: Paul, Apostle of Christ

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