65th Annual Ocean Beach Kite Festival
This is a fun day of festivities including a crafts fair, food and entertainment along with kite making, decorating, demonstrations, and a flying contest. This is a free event.
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Dusty Rhodes Park, Sunset Cliffs Blvd., Ocean Beach
For more information visit www.oceanbeachkiwanis.org/calendar.php
Taste of Navajo
A one of a kind event celebrating the great eateries, wineries, and breweries in the Navajo community (Allied Gardens, Del Cerro, Grantville, San Carlos) and surrounding areas. An event to benefit Green Elementary. Formerly The Taste of San Carlos. Sample sumptuous bites from local restaurants & caterers or get great restaurant ideas for visitors or date night! In addition to the many opportunities to sample local fare, guests can purchase a drink at the bar, bid on silent auction items, listen to music, and learn about the night sky from an on-site astronomer and about the park itself from a volunteer ranger.
Time: 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Location: Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
For more information visit TasteofNavajo.com
8th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
The cherry trees are blooming and the Japanese Friendship Garden in
Balboa Park is hosting a festival to celebrate the season. Get a taste of Japan by visiting gorgeous outdoor gardens and watching a traditional tea ceremony. Enjoy delicious food, arts, crafts, and cultural demonstrations. Refer to website for admission information.
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Balboa Park Japanese Friendship Garden, 2125 Pan American Rd., San Diego
For more information visit www.niwa.org/8th-annual-cherry-blossom-festival
March 9 – 10
86th Annual Thursday Club Rummage Sale
The granddaddy of all rummage sales! Thousands of new and gently used items such as furniture, clothing, sporting equipment, appliances, electronics, and more will be sold to benefit Balboa Park and local charities.
Time: Sat: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sun: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Balboa Park Activity Center, 2145 Park Blvd., San Diego
For more information visit www.thethursdayclub.org
San Diego Half Marathon & 5K
The Second Annual San Diego Half Marathon is a scenic 13.1-mile course that will start at Petco Park and finish at 5th Avenue and K St. The 5K is a fast and scenic 3.1-mile race into downtown San Diego, designed for all ages and abilities. The event benefits several local charities. After the finish, “Celebrate San Diego” at the Gaslamp Block Party! Refer to website for admission information.
Time: 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., San Diego
For more information visit www.sdhalfmarathon.com
18th Annual Del Mar Kiwanis’ Ugly Dog Contest
Big dogs, little dogs, long dogs, short dogs, shaggy dogs, curly dogs and not a pretty one in the bunch! With this event there’s more to it than just “ugly” with 10 categories of winners. See website for admission information. Proceeds benefit several charities.
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center
For more information visit www.uglydogcontest.com
March 15 – 16
Epic Beer Festival
This festival features over 80 craft breweries with more than 200 beers to sample. The Epic Beer Festival benefits Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a non-profit organization that transforms lives through the gift of reconstructive surgery and related medical care. Refer to website for admission information.
Time: Refer to website for specific times
Location: Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Dr., San Diego
For more information visit www.epicbeerfestival.com
33rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival & Parade
Wear something green while you enjoy the festivities in a Celtic Village filled with Irish culture, music, dancing, food, and beer; plus a Kid’s Zone with rides and activities.
Time: Festival: 9:00 am – 6:30 pm, Parade: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Balboa Park, West side of park along 6th Ave., San Diego
For more information visit www.stpatsparade.org
Annual St. Patrick’s 10K & 2/4-Mile Run/Walk
This is an athletic event celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. This run/walk benefits Rady Children’s Hospital. There will be drawings, awards, and a special Irish award for the best “Irish Theme” running costume.
Time: 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Location: Mission Bay Park, San Diego
For more information visit www.kathyloperevents.com
North County St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
There will be a wonderful parade with three possible prizes for participants. After the parade The Village scavenger hunt for gold lets you search for clues that could lead you to be the winner of a gold coin! There will also be limerick readings at Art Beat, games and contests, a beer garden, and live entertainment.
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Main St., Downtown Vista
For more information visit www.northcountystpatricksdayparade.com
This is the 18th Annual Outdoor Musical Block Party celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on the green streets of the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Featuring live entertainment, DJs, Irish food, green beer, Jameson Irish Whiskey, and much more! Refer to website for admission information.
Time: 2:00 pm – 12:00 am
Location: Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego
For more information visit www.sandiegoshamrock.com
Fight for Air: Climb & Festival
This is a most unusual athletic event where the challenge is a climb up the stairwell of the One America Plaza Building, the tallest in downtown
San Diego with 657 stairs to the 32nd floor. Then celebrate your amazing feat at the outdoor festival with music, vendors, food, and drink. Refer to website for participation and admission information.
Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: One America Plaza Building, San Diego
For more information visit www.fightforairclimb.org
South Park Spring Walkabout
Browse, shop, and explore the neighborhood of South Park. This is a fun-filled evening festival where the shops are open late, plus entertainment, specials and surprises. This is a free event.
Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: South Park neighborhood, 30th St. and Fern St., San Diego
For more information visit www.southparkscene.com/whats_happening.html
March 23 – 24
Seaport Village Spring Busker Festival
The only Busker Festival in Southern California takes place in Seaport Village. Professionals from across the country will perform their bizarre talents from sword swallowing to knife throwing to pogo stick tricks and juggling on unicycles. Even escape artists and comedic stunt men will be there. This is a free event.
Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Seaport Village, San Diego
For more information visit www.seaportvillage.com/entertainment/busker-festival
Paws in the Park 2013
Celebrate the bond between people and their pets! Raise funds and awareness for animals in need. Proceeds go to the Escondido Humane Society. Registration is free. Fun contests, costume parades, entertainment, shopping, giveaways, games for people and pets, opportunity drawing and more!
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Pkwy., Escondido
For more information visit www.escondidohumanesociety.org
2013 Cruise Into Easter
This is a free family event! There will be a visit from the Easter Bunny, face painting, bounce houses, a live band and a chuck wagon lunch. Sponsored by San Diego Harley Davidson and helps support Give Clean Water, a local non-profit focused on giving clean water to the world.
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, egg hunts at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Location: San Diego Harley Davidson, 5600 Kearny Mesa Rd., San Diego
For more information visit www.givecleanwater.org
Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt
Celebrate Easter at the Hotel del Coronado with food, entertainment and fun for the whole family. The Del will feature their Easter Champagne Brunch Buffet, Easter-egg hunts, holiday crafts and visits with the Easter Bunny! There will also be a fun zone with crafts for all ages. Refer to website for admission information.
Time: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Location: Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado
For more information visit www.hoteldel.com/holidays.aspx#1