Top San Diego Things to Do in March

Kinky Boots Civic Theatre

Kinky Boots, a Tony Award-winning musical comedy, is coming to the San Diego Civic Theatre this month.

From St. Patrick’s Day parades to festivals and brunch bashes; find the best San Diego things to do in March 2017 in our events roundup.

Edited by Madelyn Harris

March 4-5. The two-day electronic music festival on the bay features live music and DJ performances by dozens of artists, including Flume, Duke Dumont, and Seth Troxler. 21+. Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy., downtown.

Spring Busker Festival
March 4-5. Head to Seaport Village for two days of live performances by contortionists, stilt walkers, fire-breathers, street performers, jugglers and other jaw-dropping entertainers. Noon-6 p.m. 849 W. Harbor Drive, Seaport Village.

Carlsbad Flower Fields
Continuing. Roam among 50 spectacular acres of blooming ranunculus flower bulbs during this annual salute to spring. 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, 760.431.0352.

Anza-Borrego Wildflowers
Continuing. A visit to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to hike the Palm Canyon Trail and see the spring wildflowers in full bloom makes for a lovely day trip. Late March and early April are ideal. 200 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, 760.767.4205.

Expo Day: Biocom Institute
March 4. Expo Day is the official kick-off celebration of Biocom’s week-long festival, and gives attendees a major glimpse of what’s to come at area businesses, schools, libraries and museums. Expo day will feature interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage kids, adults and families in STEM education. 10 a.m. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., 619.795.5555.

Biocom Institute Festival of Science & Engineering
March 5-12. As one of the largest STEM festivals in the U.S., the Biocom Institute Festival of Science & Engineering features interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers. Many events are free and open to the public. Various locations around San Diego.

Red Hot Chili Peppers
March. 5. On the heels of releasing their worldwide no .1 album The Getaway, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be stopping in San Diego this March as part of their North American tour. 4 p.m. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., 619.224.4171.

Kinky Boots
March 10-12. Based on true events, this Tony Award-winning musical comedy—featuring songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper—tells the story of a shoe factory owner struggling to save his family’s business. Help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
March 11. Festivities begin six days ahead of the official holiday with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Check out more than 120 parade entries, followed by an Irish festival including craft and food vendors, a beer garden, live music, dancing and kids’ activities. 9 a.m. festival, 10:30 a.m. parade. Juniper and Sixth St., Balboa Park,

Best Coast Beer Fest
March 11.
Rumored to be Will Ferrell’s beer festival of choice, the Best Coast Beer Fest returns to San Diego, bringing together over 75 of San Diego’s craft breweries, 10 local food trucks, in addition to local visual and performing artists. 1-4 p.m. $40-50. 200 Marina Park Way, 619.686.6200.

Gold Rush Days
March 12. Presented by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, Gold Rush Days will give visitors the chance to step back in time and relive the Gold Rush days on a traditional “Clipper” ship, pan for gold, climb deep into a mine, enjoy a train ride, make a covered wagon and participate in other activities organized for all ages. $17 adults, $9 children. Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N Harbor Dr., downtown, 619.234.9153.

Freaky Friday
Through March. 12. When a mother and her teenager daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding, in this new musical comedy based on the celebrated novel and hit Disney film. La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Villa Drive, La Jolla, 858.550.1010.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Through March. 12. Steve Martin returns to the Globe with this clever and crowd-pleasing comedy hit set in Paris 1904 about a chance encounter between two soon-to-be legends––Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein. Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, 619.234.5623.

San Diego Latino Film Festival
March 16-26. Check out more than 120 feature and short film screenings from Latin America, Mexico, Spain, the U.S. and other parts of the world in celebration of Latino film, art and culture. Plus guest celebrities, musical performances, after-parties, filmmaker workshops and more. AMC 18 Fashion Valley, 7037 Friars Road, Mission Valley, 619.296.0370.

Shamrock 2017
March 17. The Gaslamp turns green for its annual St. Patrick’s Day block party—featuring live DJs and Irish bands on three stages, plus Irish fare and drinks at dozens of participating bars and restaurants. 21+. 6 p.m.-midnight. Gaslamp Quarter.

Whiskey! A Grain & Oak Fest
March 18.
At this spirit festival, try a variety of whiskeys, scotches and bourbons with a nod to the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Passports can be purchased to sample all whiskeys offered. A special bar menu from chef Ingrid Funes will be available. 2-5 p.m. Hiatus Pool Lounge, 7955 La Jolla Shores Dr., La Jolla, 858.551.3620.

The inTents Conference
March 19-21. Farmers Market expert and CEO of San Diego Markets, Catt Fields White has created a conference to bring new and established farmers, artisan food makers and farmers market managers together to focus on creating ways for micro-entrepreneurs and small businesses to bring their product to the market in a sustainable way. Marina Village Conference Center, 1936 Quivira Way.

2.5 Minute Ride
Through March. 19. This inventive solo show is a roller coaster adventure through the playwright’s family album, focusing on her relationship with her father, a Holocaust survivor, and the ties that bind a family. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. #101, University Heights, 619.220.0097.

The Illusion
Through March. 19. Renowned playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) gives us a wildly inventive tour de force, which celebrates the magic and illusory nature of theater. It’s an entertaining tale of passion, regret, love and magic. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055.

Sex with Strangers
Through March 19. This sensuous and provocative comedy about fame and cyber identity explores the timely question: what transpires when our online and offline identities intersect and our private lives become public domain? Contains strong language. San Diego Rep, Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000.

What You See Is What You Get
March 25-July 25.
Richard Deacon’s renowned contemporary sculptor’s is returning to San Diego, and features roughly 40 works from more than three decades of his work. His pieces are meant to involve a range of mythological allusions and metaphors. San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, 619.232.7931.

Red Velvet
March 25-April 30. Lolita Chakrabarti’s multi-award-winning drama, set in London in the early 1800s, uncovers the fascinating true story of a pivotal figure in theater history, Ira Aldridge—a young American who was the first black man to play Othello on the British stage. Shiley Stage at The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.

The Blameless
Through March 26. Developed in The Old Globe’s 2016 New Voices Festival, this world-premiere play is a compassionate and moving look at the power of familial bonds in the most extraordinary of circumstances. Contains strong language. White Theatre at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.