San Diego Weekend Roundup March 15-18


Sip and sample your way through Seaworld’s Seven Seas Food Festival.

From Latino festivities to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, check out the top San Diego weekend events for March 15-18.

Edited by Whitney Lauren Han.


SD-Cake-Show35th Annual San Diego Cake Show
Mar. 17-18. Master pastry chefs, well-known California “sugar artists,” talented local bakers, amateur decorators and those who enjoy beautiful sugar art of all kinds will come together for the annual “Confections for a Cause” cake show. Expect celebrity chef appearances, raffles, cake competitions, classes by world-renowned cake artists, shopping from the top caking vendors and free stage demos. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10-$50. The Exhibit Hall at The Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar.


Salsa-Under-the-StarsSalsa Under the Stars
Mar. 17. Dance the night away with musician Manny Cepeda and his orchestra in the beautiful outdoor courtyard. No partner or experience necessary for this event. Free. 6-9 p.m. The Headquarters at Seaport, 789 West Harbor Dr., San Diego, 619.235.4013.





2018-Spring-Wedding-Showcase-photo-by-thecrossingsatcarlsbad-via-InstagramSpring Wedding Showcase
Mar. 18. Ring in the new season with The Crossings at Carlsbad annual wedding event. Highlights include chef’s selection of appetizers, seasonal table settings, ceremony site trends, reception ideas, multiple vendors, package enhancements and more. 4-7 p.m. $15. The Crossings at Carlsbad, 5800 The Crossings Dr., Carlsbad, 760.444.1800.




The-Flower-Fields-Rebecca-Horikawa-2The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch
Through May 13. SoCal’s beloved springtime attraction returns to Carlsbad Ranch with a rainbow of Tecolote ranunculus in the 50 acres of rolling hillsides that overlook the Pacific Ocean. Highlights include various display gardens, new pathways at the acclaimed sweet pea maze, hands-on workshops, Mediterranean, whimsical and wedding gardens, plus a picnic area where visitors can bring their own food. Daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $16 adults; $14 seniors 60+; $8 ages 3-10; free for ages under 3. Season passes and group tours are also available. The Flower Fields, 5704 Paseo Del Norte Carlsbad, 760.431.0352.



Irish-4-a-DayIrish 4 a Day
Mar. 16-17. Kick off the holiday weekend at McFadden’s with live music, a DJ, leprechauns, green beer, J-Mo, Irish Car Bombs, body painting of Downtown Dolls by CJ Martinez and more shenanigans. This premier event includes 23 of Gaslamp’s top nightclubs and bars including Parq, Omnia, SideBar, F6ix and more. 21+. F 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Sa 2 p.m.-2 a.m. $29+. McFadden’s San Diego, 731 5th Ave., San Diego, 619.944.8900.




St.-Patrick's-Day-Parade38th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
Mar. 17. Come experience the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade west of the Mississippi with the Irish Congress of Southern California. Expect a parade with over 125 entries, more than 75 food/craft booths, a beer garden, two band stages, a Celtic village, dancing and kids’ activities. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Sixth Ave. & Laurel St., San Diego.




Mar. 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. 4 p.m.-midnight. $40-$80. Gaslamp Quarter, 619.233.5008.




Sabor-Latino-Food,-Beer-and-Wine-Fest-photo-by-Alex-RochaSabor Latino Food, Beer & Wine Fest
Mar. 17. Celebrate Latino flavors and culture at this third annual festival along with live music and art showcases. Enjoy unlimited food tastings inspired by celebrated Latino chefs, as well as unlimited beer and wine tastings provided by some of the best craft breweries and wineries from San Diego and Baja California. 21+. VIP 1 p.m., GA 2-5 p.m. $40 GA, $50 VIP, $25 designated driver. Fashion Valley Mall, 7007 Friars Road, San Diego, 619.230.1938.



Seaworld-Seven-Seas-Food-FestivalSeaworld’s Seven Seas Food Festival
Mar. 17-Apr. 15. Sip and sample your way through traditional international street foods, craft beers and wines while enjoying live musical performances along the way. Waves of flavor will tantalize the taste buds with gourmet offerings created by SeaWorld’s executive chef Axel Dirolf and his expert culinary team. $20-$65. SeaWorld, 500 SeaWorld Dr., San Diego, 619.222.4732.




Veuve-Clicquot-Champagne-Dinner-at-AmayaVeuve Clicquot Champagne Dinner at Amaya
Mar. 17. Embark on a culinary journey to France with Veuve Clicquot ambassador Allie DeKock for an intimate evening of the finest champagne paired with four irresistible courses in the private dining room. Reception 5:30 p.m., dinner 6 p.m. $165. Fairmont Grand Del Mar, 858.314.2727.





Beerfest-at-Dive-photo-provided-by-Kat-OdomBeerfest at Dive
Mar. 18. Kick off spring with music, beer tastings and poolside games at Dive. Participating breweries include Ballast Point, Firestone, Funner, California’s very own SR76 and more. 21+. Noon-4 p.m. $40, $20 designated driver pass. Harrah’s Resort Southern California, 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Funner, 760.751.3100.




San-Diego-Latino-Film-FestivalSan Diego Latino Film Festival
Mar. 15-25. Check out more than 160 feature and short films from Latin America, Mexico, Spain, the U.S. and other parts of the world in celebration of Latino film, art and culture. The festival also features guest celebrities, musical performances, after-parties, filmmaker workshops and more. 7037 Friars Road, Mission Valley, 619.230.1983.



2018 Spring Wedding Showcase photo by thecrossingsatcarlsbad via Instagram. The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch photo by Rebecca Horikawa. Sabor Latino Food, Beer and Wine Fest photo by Alex Rocha. Beerfest at Dive photo provided by Kat Odom.