Pacific Coast Sportfishing Tackle, Boat, Travel and Outdoor Show Mar. 2-5
Southern California’s Premier Outdoors Show will again bring a great selection of top boats, tackle, and travel destinations. Looking for a new boat, fishing tackle, or to plan the trip of a lifetime? Don’t miss this show! OC Fair & Event Center www.sportfishingfestival.com
School Readiness Fair: Learn Succeed Grow Mar. 4
Connect with experts regarding: Community & support, Healthy development & milestones, Literacy, creativity, math, & S.T.E.M, Speech & language, Dental, hearing, vision. Free to attend.
9am-1pm / Pretend City, Irvine www.pretendcity.org
Aliso Viejo Hiring Fair Mar. 4
Get tips on perfecting your resume and interviewing skills as well as meet and apply to some great organizations who are hiring for the upcoming summer season. 11am-2pm / Aliso Viejo Ranch www.avcity.org
Shamrock Run 5K/10K Mar. 4
Get your green on! Race or walk the scenic beach trails, historic downtown and pier. Every racer gets a chipped racing bib and Shamrock Run t-shirt. All ages are welcomed. 7am-12pm / San Clemente Pier www.scdba.org
Fish for Life Clam Chowder Cook-Off! Mar. 4
15 local restaurants will compete for the People's Choice, Mayors Choice awards as well as the Best Booth Decoration. Proceeds will help fund Fish for Life, a non-profit that provides fishing trips for special needs children. 11am-3pm / Baby Beach Grass Area, Dana Point Harbor www.fishforlife.org
Dana Point Festival of Whales Mar. 4-5
Celebrates the return of the once-endangered California Gray Whale with a leviathan-size event. Festival includes a kick-off parade, Sand Sculpting, Ocean Awareness Day, musical entertainment, on-the-water Concert, Whale of a Block Party, Art Shows, Pancake Breakfast, BBQs, Kids Interpretive Crafts, Classic Car Exhibits, Lectures/Seminars at multiple venues including the Ocean Institute, plus much more! www.festivalofwhales.com
Crooner Classics & Dinner Mar. 5
A tribute to the classics. $55 concert and dinner. 4:30pm / Garden Grove Elks Lodge www.ggcity.org
Orange County Restaurant Week Mar. 5-11
This year’s event will highlight more than 150 restaurants that have thoughtfully crafted menus and cocktails designed to showcase Orange County’s diverse dining options. www.ocrestaurantweek.com
Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Mar. 10-Apr. 16
Indulge in a tantalizing lineup of dishes and drinks including a variety of wines and craft beers that you can only find at Knott's Berry Farm during this limited-time food-inspired event. Live music, musical stage shows, & fun activities for guests of all ages. Knott's Berry Farm: 8039 Beach Blvd. www.knotts.com
Monarch Butterfly Habitat Build Mar. 11
Be part of creating habitats in Dana Point for Monarch Butterflies! Water, tools, and snacks will be provided. A volunteer email will be sent prior to the event. 9am-12pm / Lantern Bay Park, Dana Point www.danapoint.org
#La Habra Race Mar. 11
5K Run/Walk, 1K Kiddy Run and 50-YD. Diaper Dash! Registration includes La Habra Races medal, t-shirt, bib number, goodie bag and entry to the pop-up farmer's market. There also will be vendor booths and a kids' zone. This year's theme is "Groovy '70s Family Fun Run" so dress in '70s attire. 6am / La Habra Marketplace shopping Center
562-383-4200 / www.lahabraca.gov/674/La-Habra-Races
El Presidente Ball Mar. 11
Celebrates the origins of the old west when San Juan Capistrano was in its early days. All colorful characters are welcome and encouraged to come dressed in Western, Spanish, Mexican or early California attire. Great food and old-fashioned fun while dancing under the stars to live country- western style music.
6-10pm / El Adobe de Capistrano, SJC 949-615-1920 / www.swallowsparade.com
Irvine Animal Care Center Foster Donation Celebration Mar. 11
Help newborn, very young, and recuperating animals thrive with the support of foster care. Drop off new pet supplies to support animals in foster care. We'll have treats and an Irvine Animal Care Center Supporter sticker for everyone who donates. 6443 Oak Canyon 949-724-7740 / www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-animal-care-center
Family Art Festival Mar. 11
The Family Art Fest provides a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to enjoy a day discovering the arts together. Join us for fun activities such as crafts, painting, music, and entertainment!
10am-1pm / Smith-Murphy Park, Buena Park www.buenapark.com
Fullerton Wedding Show Mar. 11
Brides, grooms, parents can join you on your journey creating your special day. So make your sure you mark your calendar & register online to attend this wedding planning fun event.
12-3pm / Fullerton Community Center 714-738-6575 / www.cityoffullerton.com
California Bridal & Wedding Expo Mar. 12
An amazing selection of wedding pros ready to help you find the perfect gown, reception venue, invitations, photographer, music, menu, honeymoon destination, and more!
12:30-5pm / OC Fair & Event Center www.cabridalshows-of.com
Arts & Crafts Show Mar. 12 & 26Shop over 50 unique, hand picked artisans and crafters as they showcase their latest designs, collections, products and one-of-a-kinds!
10am-4pm / Old World Village, Huntington Beach www.visitoldworld.com
American Red Cross Blood Drive Mar. 13
To schedule your appointment for this Blood Drive, visit www. RedCrossBlood.org. Use Sponsor Code: Ladera Ranch. At this time, all donors must make an appointment.
7am-7pm / 28192 O'Neill Drive, Ladera Ranch 949-388-8300 / www.laderalife.com
Hoag Classic Mar. 15-19
Each year, the tournament raises funds for Hoag and other local charities, totaling more than $20 million in its history – making it one of the most philanthropic events on the PGA TOUR Champions.
Newport Beach Country Club 949-660-1001 / www.hoagclassic.com
TPSF 9th Annual Golf Classic and Auction Mar. 16
Join community leaders in support of Tustin Public Schools Foundation's 9th Annual Golf Classic and Auction. Proceeds from the event will go towards enrichment programs in Tustin Unified schools and to support need-based scholarships for Tustin Summer Academy. Refreshments, games, boxed lunch, evening reception, live & silent auction, and prizes. Strawberry Farms Golf Club, Irvine www.tpsf.net/golf
Weekend of Art Mar. 17-18
Saturday will include an arts & crafts vendor fair. We encourage all artists to participate in the exhibition as well as a vendor in the arts & crafts fair. Fri 5-8pm, Sat 12-6pm / Los Alamitos 562-430-1073 / www.cityoflosalamitos.org
Brea Spring Craft Boutique Mar. 17-18
Features unique, one-of-a-kind crafts, seasonal and year-round gifts and décor, wearable art, jewelry, florals, baby items, tasty goodies, and much more from over 250 vendors.
Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-4pm / Brea Community Center www.ci.brea.ca.us
Irish Fest @ Old World Village Mar. 17-19
Come down to The Biergarten in Old World Huntington Beach for great food, drinks, and live music! During Irish Fest, Corned Beef & Cabbage and Irish Stew will be served at the Biergarten!
Old World Village, Huntington Beach www.oldworldhb.com/irishfest
Art in the Park Mar. 18
The Garden Grove Unified School District's First Impressions Art Gallery, showcasing hundreds of works of student art will be open, plus experience interactive art exhibits and create hands-on DIY keepsakes.
11am-2pm / Village Green Park, Garden Grove www.ggcity.org
Saint Joseph's Day at the Mission Mar. 19
Highlights of the day include: Ringing of the historic bells, Live Mariachi music, Community presentations, Native American Storytelling, Flamenco dance performance, History of St. Joseph’s Day and Swallows Legend, Virtual Lecture on the State of the Swallows, Coloring Pages, Complimentary Tours, Craft Station for Kids and more!
Mission San Juan Capistrano, SJC www.missionsjc.com
Bugs, Bees and Butterflies Day Mar. 21
Stroll our grounds and gardens, create free bug art projects (perfect for your school age children), speak with local beekeepers and entomologists, shop the artist vendor village, and learn about our amazing insect friends! 10am-1pm / The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton 714-738-6595 / www.themuck.org
Swallows Day Fiesta Grande Mar. 22
A night of Wild West entertainment! Four contests are rolled into one evening of fun at the Fiesta Grandé. This is the kick off of the culmination of the Swallow’s Day Parade Season. Spectators are always welcome!
6-9pm / Swallow's Inn, SJC www.swallowsparade.com
Swallows Day Parade & Mercado Mar. 25
Our Grand Marshal for 2023 is Actor Dennis Quaid and our theme is Back in the Saddle Again! The Mercado Street Faire is open from 9am-5pm in the Historic Town Center. It's a fun event just off the main Parade route where the whole family can go to eat, dance, play, and shop. Listen and dance to the music of a traditional country music band.
11am / Downtown San Juan Capistrano www.swallowsparade.com
Bubble Run Mar. 25
Participants run, walk, dance and play across 3 miles of rad real estate. Foam Bogs of colored suds are encountered along the course, bringing back memories of car washes and bathtub bubble beards.
6am / OC Fair & Event Center www.bubblerun.com
Animals Everywhere Mar. 25
With petting zoos, animal shows, a pony sweep, and a special Peter Rabbit meet and greet, families will have the chance to learn about animals big and small! Refreshments will be available for purchase from local vendors. 10am-1pm / Central Park, Rancho Santa Margarita www.samlarc.org
Springfest: Open House Mar. 25
In partnership with our Santa Ana Collaborative members, we are excited to re-introduce Santa Ana recreation classes! Enjoy a morning filled with presentations from instructors, food, a scavenger hunt, and much more! 10am-1pm / El Salvador Community Center, Santa Ana 714-647-6558 / www.santa-ana.org
OC Pet & Reptile Expo Mar. 25-26
Includes product representation from local pet stores and manufactures, accessories like leashes and collars, dog and cat beds, treats and other goodies and our reptile room is full of exotic reptiles.
Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm / OC Fair & Event Center www.ocfair.com
Wedding & Event Expo Mar. 26
Come and meet some of the OC's premier event businesses. We have everything from A-Z including traditional vendors like photographers, travel agents, custom suit and dress companies and wedding planners to vendors like a doggie daycare, bartenders, body sculpting and more! Placentia Round Table Women's Club 714-528-1873 / www.placentiachamber.com
PaleyFest Mar. 31- Apr. 4
Geek out with fellow TV nerds at PaleyFest, the annual weeklong festival of exclusive episodes, clips and panel discussions with the cast and creators of the hottest TV shows. For the 2023 lineup, the slate of shows includes The Mandalorian, Yellowjackets, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Yellowstone, Abbott Elementary, Grey’s Anatomy and The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Dolby Theatre, Hollywood www.paleycenter.org/events/paleyfest-2023
Women of the West Concert Mar. 4
Award-winning artist Manda Mosher and music producer Deb Morrison bring together a female-fronted lineup, featuring some of the best local and nationally known artists in Americana music, including June Clivas, Rosy Nolan, Abby Posner, and Aubrey Richmond.
3-5pm / El Segundo Performing Arts Center 310-524-2300 / www.elsegundo.org
Lakewood Run Mar. 4
Warriors Building Healthier Communities" Deputy Sheriffs, recreational runners, families and kids will gather at the starting line in front of the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station to walk, roll, ruck or run the event’s 5K Run/ Walk/Ruck or the 10K Run course for time.
6:30am-1pm / 5130 Clark Ave., Lakewood www.lakewoodrun.com
Rosemead Community Yard Sale Mar. 4
If you have things to sell, vendor applications are available at the Rosemead Community Recreation Center. Prices are $20 for one space and $30 for two spaces for residents, or $30 for one space and $45 for two spaces for non-residents. A space is equivalent to a standard parking stall. Bring the whole family and enjoy the great bargains!
7am-1:30pm / Southern California Edison Parking Lot 626-569-210 / www.cityofrosemead.org
AlienCon Mar. 4-5
Featuring thought-provoking panel discussions and presentations, autograph and photograph sessions, exclusive merchandise, screenings, and more, AlienCon has become the ultimate otherworldly experience here on Earth!
9am-6pm / Pasadena Convention Center www.thealiencon.com
International Women’s Day Celebration Mar. 5
The Russian-speaking Advisory Board Members invite you to enjoy a program created by Helix Collective celebrating International Women’s Day with a concert of music by female composers of film, television, and game music.
1-3pm / Plummer Park - Fiesta Hall, West Hollywood 323-848-6501 / www.weho.org
Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade Mar. 11
Enjoy seeing some of your favorite local nonprofits, unique vehicles, cool brands and more in this eclectic and diverse celebration of St. Patrick's Day. After the parade, come down to Pier Plaza to enjoy some added fun for families.
11am-3pm / Downtown Hermosa Beach 310-376-0951 / www.hbchamber.net/parade
Duarte Spring Fashion Show Mar. 11
Don't miss our annual fashion show highlighting this spring's clothing line at Macy's! Local teens, seniors and families will show off their amateur modeling skills while raising funds for the Duarte Teen Center and Boxing program!
1-3pm / Duarte Performing Arts Center 626-303-0863 / www.accessduarte.com
Adopt-A-Walk Walk with Malin Mar. 11
Adopt-A-Walk is a health advocacy organization passionate about creating and promoting walking friendly communities to improve the health of the people in the community in a fun and easy way.
9am-12pm / Wilmont Walking Loop, Santa Monica 310-845-6072 / www.adoptawalk.org/events
Free To Be Me Festival Mar. 11
The Free To Be Me Festival is a FREE community event celebrating our special needs community and their families through a series of inclusive and adaptive activities. Enjoy live sensory-friendly entertainment, arts and crafts, recreational activities, sensory play and more. A chill zone will also be available for those that need a calming space. The event is held outdoors with an indoor sensory safe space. A select number of headphones will be available for check out. Sign language interpreters will be at the stage. Stickers with phone numbers will be available for identification purposes. 12-3pm / Canyon Country Community Center, Santa Clarita
661-250-3787 / https://santaclaritaarts.com
Flow Expo Mar. 11
The 46th Annual Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Industry Trade Show. The Flow Expo brings together more than 140 exhibitors to exhibit over 500 brands from fixtures to tools, HVAC to vehicles. For the PHC Industry, by those in the PHC Industry!
9am-4pm / Pomona Fairplex www.flowexpousa.com
Silver Spur Celebration Mar. 11
The annual College of the Canyons Silver Spur Celebration is considered to be one of the community’s most popular and elegant evening events. This year's event honors Randy Moberg and Mitzi Like Moberg for their considerable contributions to College of the Canyons and the community. 6-10pm / Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach, Oxnard www.cocfoundation.com
Festival of the Kite Mar. 12
DJ and Live Music by 1969. Prizes for various kite flying categories. Craig’s Hot Dog on a Stick Eating Contest. Sponsor Giveaways. Presented by Redondo Pier Association and MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach.
12-5pm / Redondo Beach Pier www.redondopier.com/festival-of-the-kite
Shamrock Run & Roll Virtual 5K Mar. 12-18
Participate in a virtual race through Rosemead! Participants can run, walk, or take a ride on a bike anywhere and at your own pace. All participants will receive a T-shirt and a Finisher medal in the mail at the conclusion of the event time frame. Race bibs and suggested race routes will be emailed before the start of the event. Registration fee is $20, and includes a virtual race bib, a T-shirt, and a themed commemorative finisher medal.
626-569-2264 / www.cityofrosemead.org
Night Dive Mar. 17
This adults-only event features food trucks, cash bars, DJs throughout the Aquarium galleries, art, and a live band performing on the stage in front of the Honda Blue Cavern.
7:30-11pm / Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach 562-590-3100 / www.aquariumofpacific.org
California Power Sports Expo Mar. 18-19
Get ready for the ultimate outdoor lifestyle event! One ticket gets you into three shows: California Overland Adventure, Power Sports, and RCX – Radio Control Expo.
Pomona Fairplex www.caoverlandadv.com
LA Marathon Mar. 19
Participants will set out on our course starting at Dodger Stadium and finishing on the Avenue of the Stars in Century City and not only accomplish a personal goal but also support The McCourt Foundation's mission to build a healthier world.
Dodger Stadium, Echo Park
213-542-3000 / www.lamarathon.com
Vintage Paperback Collectors Book Show Mar. 19
Parking in the Civic Auditorium Garage Structure for $6 per car. The event is in the upper auditorium.
10am-5pm / Glendale Civic Auditorium www.la-vintage-paperback-show.com
Cesar Chavez 21st Annual Celebration Mar. 25
The City of Glendale invites you to celebrate the life and work of Cesar Chavez. Free tacos will be served from 11:30 am until food runs out.
10am-3pm / Pacific Community Center, Glendale 818-548-4098 / www.glendaleca.gov
Youth Arts Showcase Mar. 25
Watch music, dance and theatre performances by local youth-based performing groups, and view artwork submitted by young artists in the Youth Arts Gallery. Bring out your inner artist at hands-on craft stations, and enjoy a bite to eat from the on-site food trucks.
11am-3pm / Newhall Community Center https://santaclaritaarts.com
Hearts of Hermosa Mar. 25
The Hearts of Hermosa annual fundraiser for the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation includes an auction, dinner, drinks and dancing.
6-11pm / Community Center - Parking Lot www.hbef.org/hearts-of-hermosa
Torrance Antique Street Faire Mar. 26
Join the hunt for vintage treasures when over 180 talented vintage and artisan sellers transform the streets of Downtown Torrance into an eclectic open-air antique market. Have a snack or a meal at one of our many downtown restaurants, bakery, and sport's bars. Antique appraisal booth, only $3.00 per item and DJ Ozzie spinning tunes in the park! Pet Friendly, FREE admission & parking.
8am-3pm / Downtown Torrance
310-328-6107 / www.torranceca.gov
Cherry Blossom Festival Mar. 26
The free festival includes a variety of multicultural performances & demonstrations. The Torrance Craftsman's Guild invites artists and crafters to display and sell their work; and there is a wide range of food truck and food booth cuisine.
11am-4pm / Columbia Park, Torrance 310-328-5310 / www.torranceca.gov
Bell Gardens Springtacular Mar. 29
Get your bunny ears out. Spring is here! Activities include crafts, outdoor games, and an egg hunt. Sign up online or onsite with staff. Ages: 6-13. 3:30pm / Veterans Park - Game Room
562-806-7700 / www.bellgardens.org
Monterey Park Spring Egg Hunt Mar. 30
Thousands of eggs containing prizes (candy, toys, tickets to grand prizes, etc) will be scattered throughout the field for kids of all ages to find. Egg hunt times designated for different age groups (0-3, 4-7, and 8-12) Additional activities will include City-sponsored game booths, photos with the Easter Bunny and the Weekly Farmers' Market.
5-7pm / Barnes Park
626-307-1388 / www.montereypark.ca.gov
Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals Mar. 30-Apr. 2
The famed raceway, which also hosts the season ﬁnale in November, will be the scene of numerous new team and sponsorship debuts and is the ﬁrst event at which Top Fuel drivers can earn points towards the All-Star Top Fuel Callout in Gainesville.
Pomona Fairplex, The Dragstrip www.nhra.com
Seaside Equestrian Tour Through Mar. 12
Will feature a wide variety of classes, including everything from Cross Rails to the Grand Prix. NEE will be waiving class fees for competitors riding OTTBs and Young Horses. As always, you can expect the same world class dining and entertainment that you find at other Nilforushan Equisport Events horse shows. The Seaside Social Club will offer the best view of the Del Mar Arena with food that we promise will not disappoint.
See website for schedule. / Del Mar Fairgrounds 858-755-1161 / www.delmarfairgrounds.com
Beyond King Tut Through Mar. 26
Commemorating the historic discovery of King Tut’s tomb 100 years ago, the exhibition combines the power of cinematic storytelling and soaring imagery to bring the National Geographic archives to life. With nine galleries to explore, visitors wind through the story of a young boy to discover how he changed the ancient – and modern – world.
Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-9pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds www.beyondkingtut.com
Jurassic World: The Exhibition Through Apr. 16
A family-friendly immersive 20,000-square-foot experience. Visitors walk through the world-famous “Jurassic World” gates, explore richly themed environments and encounter life-sized Velociraptors, a Brachiosaurus, and the most fearsome dinosaur of all, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. Guests will be able to imagine what it would have been like to roam among these breathtaking creatures and even interact with new baby dinosaurs.
11am-6pm / Westfield Mission Valley Center www.jurassicworldexhibition.com
Pairings With a Purpose Dinner Party Mar. 2
Enjoy a 4-course culinary exploration with Chef Angelo Sosa, star of Top Chef and executive chef of Tia Carmen, and Chef Ruffo Ibarra, chef/owner of Oryx Restaurante and executive chef of The Guild Hotel, benefitting Feeding San Diego, the county's leading hunger-relief and food rescue organization.
6-9pm / The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, La Jolla 858-452-3663 / www.feedingsandiego.org
Gem Faire Mar. 3-5
A world-renowned marketplace for fine jewelry, crystals, gemstones, beads, minerals, fossils and much more. Take advantage of buying direct from the importers and wholesalers. From loose gemstones, raw minerals and millions of bead strands, to finished jewelry, fashion accessories, supplies and tools, find them all under one roof. Jewelry repair, cleaning
& ring sizing service is available while you shop. Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall
503-252-8500 / www.gemfaire.com
City Hike-Piedras Pintadas/Bernardo Bay Trails Mar. 4
Cross the Kreitzer Bridge and skirt the edges of Lake Hodges on this beautiful 8-mile hike that takes you on the Piedras Pintadas and Bernardo Bay Trails. You’ll only gain 440’ of elevation but this hike is rated moderate to strenuous.
9am-12pm / SDRP Parking Lot, Escondido 760-744-1050 / www.san-marcos.net
Diamond Gala Mar. 4
The Diamond Gala is the Boys & Girls Club of Vista's signature event. We will be celebrating our 60th anniversary in classic style with live & silent auctions, wine wall, brand new beer wall featuring local breweries, casino games, & live entertainment.
5:30-10pm / Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa
760-295-4731 / www.bgcvista.org/diamond-gala
East County Honors Awards Gala Mar. 5
Join us as we celebrate 111 years recognizing and honoring East County's outstanding businesses and community leaders. Enjoy an unforgettable night with dinner, entertainment, silent auction, and more. The San Diego Regional East County Chamber of Commerce will swear in the new Board of Directors for 2023.
5-9pm / Sycuan Casino Resort, El Cajon
619-440-6161 / www.eastcountychamber.org
Heroes of Vista Gala Mar. 10
We will be celebrating excellence in education, business, public safety, and more! Immediately following the Heroes of Vista event, local restaurants will be offering special dinner packages for your enjoyment.
4-7pm / The Vistonian www.vistachamber.org
TrueCare Havana Nights Grand Gala Mar. 11
Mix and mingle on the promenade with a Caribbean cocktail, enjoy a delicious Cuban-style dinner, participate in the lively auction, and then hit the dance floor to enjoy the mambo and salsa rhythms! Take part in the live and silent auctions knowing that all funds raised will support TrueCare’s enhanced programs and services for our aging population at the new TrueCare Older Adult Health Center and across TrueCare locations 5:30pm / Seabird Resort, Oceanside
760-510-8507 / www.truecare.org
Chili Cook Off Mar. 12
Make the best red or green chili in town and help raise funds for the Fallbrook Food Pantry. Up to 2 entries per person, $25/each entry. Chili will be judged: People's Choice & by Local Chefs. Guest tickets are $35 per person All sponsorships are $250.
12-3pm / Fallbrook Community Center
760-728-7608 / www.facebook.com/Fallbrookfoodpantry
TinyFest Mar. 12
Explore a variety of tiny houses from pro-builders, DIYers, Van Lifers and Tiny Dwellers. Tour tiny houses on wheels, backyard cottages, shipping container homes, vans, bus conversions and more! Enjoy the Simple Living Marketplace, live music, good food & beer!
10am-5pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall http://tinyfest.events
Swing Into HOPE Golf Tournament Mar. 17
Join Operation HOPE-North County to support families with children and single women experiencing homelessness.
7am-2pm / St. Mark Golf Course, San Marcos 760-726-1122 / www.vistachamber.org
ShamROCK St Patricks Day Block Party Mar. 17
ShamROCK transforms downtown into a Celtic carnival for the senses with an abundance of pub-style seating, flowing green beer, traditional Irish steppers, Celtic rock bands, photo-ops, shenanigan games (with prizes), and activations throughout the Gaslamp. Free games throughout the day at the Shenanigans Block with Giant lucky Jenga, Pot of Gold Cornhole, and Giant beer pong.
4-11pm / Gaslamp Quarter www.sandiegoshamrock.com
Luck O' Loma St. Patrick's Day Block Party Mar. 17
Luck O' 'Loma returns for the 3rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Point Loma San Diego block party benefiting The Animal Pad! Get ready for green beer, cocktails & festive foods + entertainment featuring live bands, DJs, themed games, local vendors, green stuff & more! This dog-friendly, 21 and up event will transform the lot in front of GoodBar with a stage, bar, vendor booths, and YOU.
12-10pm / GoodBar, Point Loma
619-642-0900 / www.goodbarsd.com
The Julian Daffodil Show Mar. 17-19
Visit Julian to marvel at Daffodils on display and have any questions about daffodils answered by National Daffodil Society experts. This event draws many entrants including a strong youth entrance. It will also feature Children's Art - Water Colors of Daffodils.
12-5pm / Julian Town Hall
760-765-1857 / https://visitjulian.com
Boarded! Pirate Adventure Mar. 18
This hilarious interactive show puts visitors right in the middle of the pirate action. Participants will be sworn in as part of the ship crew, trained how to navigate, sword fight, bail water from a sinking ship, escape from the King’s Jail, swab the deck and other pirate skills. Board at the Maritime Museum and head out on San Diego Bay for this non stop outdoor pirate playground staged aboard the galleon replica San Salvador.
10:30am-2:25pm / Maritime Museum of San Diego www.sdmaritime.org
Amigos de Vista Lion's Club
42nd Annual Pancake Breakfast Mar. 18
Proceeds from this event help support youth basketball and baseball groups. Breakfast $8 for a single serving.
7-11am / Brengle Senior Center, Vista 760-726-1122 / www.vistachamber.org
Bark in the Park Mar. 18
Bring the whole family (especially the furry four-footed ones!) for a day of fun to help raise funds for Live Oak Dog Park! Dog walks, super fun contests, pet related booths, kids crafts, drool worthy food vendors, pawsome demonstrations and so much more!
9am-2pm / Live Oak Park, Fallbrook www.fallbrookdogpark.com
Star Walk XXII Mar. 19
Learn beginner astronomy concepts, about specific stars, constellations and simple astronomy facts and principles. Tonight's features: Old Moon/ Gibbous Moon/New Moon and the Planets; Bright Hexagon of Winter/ Spring Constellations; What does an Equinox mean? See Venus, Mars, and Jupiter; Uranus with Binoculars.
7:30-9pm / Double Peak Park, San Marcos 760-744-1050 / www.san-marcos.net
"Spring Fling" Business Expo Mar. 22
The Chamber invites you to a fun-filled evening to meet local businesses and have the opportunity to win FREE door prizes. The evening will be filled with raffles, great samplings of delicious food from local restaurants and more! All tickets need to be pre-purchased.
5-7:30pm / Courtyard by Marriott, El Cajon 619-465-7700 x2 / https://lamesachamber.net
Oceans at Night Mar. 23
A first-of-its-kind event that invites a 21+ audience to experience an immersive blend of art, science and technology after hours. The new monthly series celebrates the wonders and mysteries of the ocean after dark. Oceans at Night features interactive experiences highlighting ocean phenomena that occur at night including bioluminescence and biofluorescence, while creating a fun, adults-only atmosphere with live music, a glow lounge with life-sized games, glowing nighttime dives and epic ocean views.
6:30-9:30pm / Birch Aquarium at Scripps, La Jolla 858-534-3474 / https://aquarium.ucsd.edu
San Diego Half Marathon & 5K Mar. 26
FIVE miles of waterfront, FOUR historic communities, THREE beautiful parks, TWO miles through downtown San Diego, and ONE epic Gaslamp finish! Entry includes: Technical fabric short-sleeve shirt, Custom finisher's medal, Souvenir cinch bag, Half Marathon Legacy Program, One-day pass to the invite-only Carlsbad Columbia Sportswear Employee Store, and much more!
6:30am / 5th & Harbor www.sdhalfmarathon.com
Art Alive 2023 Mar. 30-Apr. 2
Celebrate the return of Art Alive with an impressive display of colorful floral arrangements interpreting works of art from the Museum’s collection and four days of sensational events. Art Alive is The San Diego Museum of Art’s signature fundraiser, providing essential support for the Museum’s exhibitions, education, and outreach programs.
San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park 619-232-7931 / www.sdmart.org/artalive
Goodguys Meguiar's Del Mar Nationals Mar. 31-Apr. 2
The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association hosts legendary classic car shows around the United States each year bringing together Hot Rodder's of all kinds, families and vintage auto appreciators for weekends of good times.
Fri & Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 8am-3pm / Del Mar Fairgrounds 800-777-1258 / www.good-guys.com/dmn