San Diego Weekend Events Roundup March 9-12

Find the best San Diego things to do for March 9-12.

Edited by Madelyn Harris

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
March 11.
Celebrate the holiday early at the parade that features more than 120 floats, community groups and musicians; followed by an Irish festival that offers 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.




Gold Rush Days
March 12.
 Presented by the Maritime Museum, Gold Rush Days will give visitors the chance to step back in time and relive the Gold Rush 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.




Corvette Diner’s 30th Anniversary Party
March 10. Corvette Diner celebrates 30 years of 1950s-themed style with vintage games, a throwback menu and entertainment including a DJ, magician, photo booth, costume contest and balloon artist. Corvette Diner, 2965 Historic Decatur Rd., 619.542.1476.




Butterfly Jungle Exhibit: San Diego Zoo Safari Park
March 11-April 23. Interact with thousands of exotic butterflies of various species at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s new exhibit. Frolic with the insects, take photos and enjoy a butterfly search using a butterfly identification guide. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido. 760.747.8702.






Biocom Institute Festival of Science & Engineering
Through March 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.




Carlsbad Flower Fields
 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
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.





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.




Cucina enoteca’s Festa Della Donna
March 12. Tracy Borkum of Urban Kitchen Group has assembled eight of San Diego’s top female chefs and eight of the West Coast’s top winemakers, brewers and distillers to collaborate for a special event celebrating International Women’s Day. Enjoy a finely crafted food and beverage pairing event, live interactive fiber art and live music. Cucina enoteca, 2730 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, 858.704.4500.




Notorious Burgers
March 9. Notorious Burgers celebrates National Meatball Day with their signature meatballs or a meatball sub. Complete your meal with one of their many craft beers on tap. 6955 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 760.431.2929.




Now Open: Farmer’s Table
Ongoing. The newest restaurant in La Mesa (and the sister restaurant to Farmer’s Bottega) brings unique recipes based on family favorites, with dishes like bison tartare, pecan crusted chicken sandwich, Italian pizza and tiramisu French toast. 8141 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, 619.724.6465.



Rubio’s Coastal Grill
Throughout March. With millions of individuals observing Lent, Rubio’s Coastal Grill offers a wide selection of grilled seafood tacos, burritos and bowls for guests who are looking for alternatives to red meat and poultry during the 40-day Lenten period. In addition to their signature menu, Rubio’s has just added the panko crusted shrimp taco plate and burrito to their menu. Various locations around San Diego.




Balanchine and Beyond
March 10-20. City Ballet of San Diego will be performing a landmark production. The performance will feature two ballets by the founder of New York City Ballet (George Balanchine), a ballet by co-artistic director Jerome Robbins and a company premiere by the current artistic director of New York City Ballet, Peter Martins.  Spreckels Theater, 121 Broadway, downtown, 619.235.9500.




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.




Freaky Friday
Through Mar. 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 Mar. 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.