San Diego Weekend Events Roundup March 16-19

Find the best San Diego things to do for March 16-19.

Edited by Madelyn Harris

EVENTS
Shamrock 2017
March 17.
The Gaslamp turns green for its annual St. Patrick’s Day block party—featuring 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. sandiegoshamrock.com

 

 

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. hilton.com

 

 

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SeaWorld’s All Day Orca Play
Opens March 18. As Sea World prepares for its Orca Encounter exhibit this summer, All Day Orca Play provides guests with the experience to get an up close and personal look into the lives of killer whales. For nine weeks only, guests will learn about whale personalities, chat with orca educators and spend time learning about SeaWorld’s killer whale family from whale behaviorists. SeaWorld, 500 Sea World Dr., 619.222.4732. seaworldparks.com

 

 

Beer Fest at Dive
March 19. Check out some of the hottest local breweries in San Diego, including Harrah’s Resort’s new craft brewery SR76. Kick back by the pool and enjoy unlimited tastings, access to Dive’s swim-up bar and 400 foot lazy river, pool volleyball, giant Jenga, beer pong and a full day of live entertainment. $35. 12-4 p.m. Harrah’s Resort Southern California. 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center, 760.751.3100. harrahssocal.com

 

 

Live at the Lake
March 18. Head to San Marcos for a concert on the lawn with DSB Band. Enjoy classic rock covers, cozy up with blankets and lawn chairs and sample tasty concessions from Decoy Dockside. $20. The Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, 1025 La Bonita Dr., San Marcos, 760.744.0120. lakehousehotelandresort.com

 

 

Back to Nature
March 18-Sept. 4. As Living Coast Discovery Center’s newest exhibit, Back to Nature features animals such as parrots, mice, iguanas, falcons and more. Walk through the Native Pollinator Garden and see butterflies and hummingbirds, and celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sweetwater Marsh. 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr., Chula Vista, 619.409.5900. thelivingcoast.org

 

 

Soul Fuel Yoga Fest
March 18. Head downtown for an afternoon of yoga overlooking the marina. Free and open to all, the event will include yoga classes, music lineups and a variety of healthy vendors and businesses. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 333 W. Harbor Dr., 619.234.1500. sandiegomarquis.com

 

 

 

Dream Big: Engineering Our World
Through March 31. Fleet Science Center is proud to present Dream Big: Engineering Our World, a film to transform how individuals think about engineering. The film shows advances made by engineers of the past, present and future, and shows how technology makes the world more sustainable. 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.238.1233. rhfleet.org

 

 

Macro Flower and Garden Photography Workshop with Bob Bretell
March 18. Professional flower photographer Bob Bretell teaches you how to create stunning nature and flower photos in this workshop. He’ll explain compositional techniques, flash and light modifications, in addition to lens and filter tricks. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $74. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, 760.436.3036. sdbgarden.org

 

 

San Diego Latino Film Festival
March 16-26.
The film festival celebrates Latino film, art and culture by screening more than 120 feature and short films from Latin America, Mexico, Spain, the U.S. and other parts of the world. The festival also features guest celebrities, musical performances, after-parties, filmmaker workshops and more. AMC 18 Fashion Valley, 7037 Friars Road, Mission Valley, 619.296.0370. sdlatinofilm.com

 

 

The inTents Conference
March 19-21.
Catt Fields White, CEO Of San Diego Markets, 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. eventbrite.com

 

 

ATTRACTIONS
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. theflowerfields.com

 

 

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. abdnha.org

 

 

FOOD + DRINK
Sabor Latino Food, Beer & Wine Festival
March 18. Enjoy tastings from 20 of the most celebrated chefs from around Baja, California and San Diego, as well as beverages from roughly 20 craft breweries and fine wineries. $40. 1-5 p.m. Fashion Valley Mall, 7007 Friars Road. sdlatinofilm.com

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day at Bluewater
March 16-17. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Bluewater’s special: Guinness beer battered fish & chips, served with a pint of Guinness. The restaurant will also be serving Bluewater Irish coffees and corned ceef and cabbage with boiled potatoes. 1701 Strand Way, Coronado, 619.435.0155. bluewaterseafoodsandiego.com

 

 

Carnitas’ Snack Shack: Beer Release & Tap Takeover
March 19. Check out Pure Project’s latest brew, crafted by renowned brewmaster Winslow Sawyer and chef Hanis Cavin. To complement the brew, enjoy specialty paired bites. 12-4 p.m. Carnitas’ Snack Shack, 2632 University Ave., carnitassnackshack.com

 

 


ARTS + CULTURE
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. sdrep.org

 

 

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