Top San Diego Things to Do in March

Fire dancers, sword swallowers, acrobats and more perform during the Spring Busker Festival March 2-3.

Padres baseball, Hot Chocolate Run, wine-paired dinners and more fun things to do are on tap this month. Here are the top 30+ San Diego things to do in March.

Edited by Jordan Fraser.

Carlsbad Flower Fields
Starts March 1. Take yourself out of the concrete jungle and spend a few hours among 50 acres of blooming spectacular ranunculus flowers in North County during this photo-worthy salute to spring. See website for exciting events and festivals throughout the season. 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, 760.431.0352.

March 2-3. This two-day electronic music festival on the bay features live music and DJ sets from dozens of artists including Odesza, Phantogram, Armand Van Helden and The Martinez Brothers. See website for show times and ticket prices. Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy., downtown.

Spring Busker Festival
March 2-3. Ogle the fascinating and unique talents of street performers at California’s only busker festival. This beloved annual Seaport Village tradition showcases a variety of colorful busker performances from contortionists to sword swallowers. For those 18 and older, Buskers After Dark offers unedited amusement that runs after-hours on Saturday, including fire jugglers, adult beverages, DJ beats and more. Sa noon-6 p.m., Su noon-6 p.m. Buskers After Dark Sa 7-10 p.m. Free. 849 Harbor Drive, Seaport Village.

Dancing with the Stars Live
March 4. Dancing with the Stars fan favorite professional and troupe dancers star in A Night to Remember, a brand-new production showcasing every type of dance style as seen on ABC’s hit show ranging from ballroom and jazz to modern and hip-hop. 7:30 p.m. $40-100. California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido.

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
March 5. The off-Broadway hit comedy starring Ryan Drummond is a one-man fusion of theater and stand-up comedy based on the New York Times’ best-selling book by John Gray. Drummond moves swiftly through a series of vignettes, covering everything from dating to marriage to the bedroom. Sexy and fast-paced, this show is meant for adults. 7:30 p.m. $32. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055.

Masters Kitchen Long Meadow Ranch Dinner
March 7. Enjoy five courses from Executive Chef André Clark paired with Long Meadow Ranch wines designed to bring out the flavors in each dish. Menu highlights include D’Anjou pear amuse bouche paired with Long Meadow Ranch Sonoma Country Brut; lump crab cake with mango grapefruit relish paired with Long Meadow Ranch 2015 Anderson Valley Chardonnay; and Cape Grim beef with ruby cocoa chili, garlic frites and blackberry gastrique paired with Long Meadow Ranch 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Reservations required. 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. $85 per person. Masters Kitchen and Cocktail, 208 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside, 760.231.6278.

This sous vide pork tenderloin pairs perfectly with DAOU Pessimist Red Blend, 2017.

Sunset and Wine Dinner
March 7. Wine and dine your way through this special collaboration dinner with DAOU Vineyards. Menu highlights include sous vide pork tenderloin served with broccoli puree, seasonal vegetables, bleu cheese mousse and a cabernet-infused demi glace; braised short rib ragu with linguine pasta, roasted baby cauliflower, shaved parmesan cheese and microgreens; and chocolate and boysenberry cake. Each course is thoughtfully paired with a wine from DAOU. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $124 per person includes tax and gratuity. Sally’s Fish House & Bar at Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place, downtown. Tickets.

Best Coast Beer Fest
March 9. Sip on suds from Eppig Brewing, Booch Craft, North Park Beer Co., The Lost Abbey and more than 100 other San Diego’s home-grown craft breweries at this scenic beer fest. Also enjoy food trucks, games and local entertainment. The event not only showcases San Diego’s rich craft beer scene, but also raises money for Cuck Fancer, an organization dedicated to raising awareness for young adult cancer, and helping survivors get back on their feet. VIP session noon-4 p.m. General admission 1-4 p.m. $50-$115. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Park Way, Embarcadero.

San Diego Half Marathon and Padres 5K
March 10. See San Diego’s sights by foot on this spectacular 13.1-mile USATF-certified course. Begin between PETCO Park and the San Diego Convention Center on Harbor Drive and continue with spectacular views of the USS Midway Museum, San Diego Bay, Harbor Island and Spanish Landing Park before looping through Liberty Station, Mission Hills and Hillcrest. 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. PETCO Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village.

Latino Film Festival
March 14-24. Celebrate Latino cinema, arts and culture with more than 160 films from the U.S., Latin America and Spain. The festival includes Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers, free student screenings, and other cultural events such as the Sabor Latino Food, Beer & Wine Festival. See website for screening schedule and ticket prices. AMC Fashion Valley 18, 7037 Friars Road, Fashion Valley; Digital Gym Cinema, 2921 El Cajon Blvd., North Park.

Bernardo Winery Summer Season
Starts March 15. The oldest family owned and operated winery in Southern California, Bernardo Winery ushers in summer by staying open late on Friday and Saturday nights with live music, pizza, wine, shopping, and more. The Kitchen at Bernardo Winery will also be serving dinner on Friday and Saturday nights with the last seating at 8 p.m. 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, Rancho Bernardo.

Comedian Randy Rainbow brings his political satire and musical parodies to Balboa Theatre Mar. 16.

Randy Rainbow
March 16. The comedian, actor, writer, host and Internet sensation is best known for his viral comedy videos, political spoofs and musical parodies. He has also written for comedian Kathy Griffin and hosted and performed in numerous theatrical events for the Broadway, cabaret and gay communities and the Tony Awards, so expect a well-rounded comedy experience that will keep you on your toes. 7:30 p.m. $39.50+. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619-570-1100.

March 16. Celebrate the luck of the Irish as the Gaslamp Quarter turns green with 50,000 square feet of luscious Astroturf for this 25th annual block party. Rock out to live DJs and Irish bands on three stages plus Irish fare and drink specials at dozens of downtown bars and restaurants. New this year, hours have been extended and ShamROCK introduces Shenanigans Street for a variety of St. Patrick’s Day-themed games. 2 p.m.-midnight. $35 GA, $70 VIP. Gaslamp Quarter, 619.233.5008.

South Park Walkabout
March 16. Explore the locally owned shops, galleries and eateries in the crafty neighborhood of South Park at this quarterly open house. Use a streetcar to tour, or casually stroll at your own pace, savoring the arts, festive decorations and food along the way. A guided walking tour departs at 6:30 p.m. from the corner of Juniper and 30th. 6-10 p.m. 30th Street from Kalmia to Beech streets.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival
March 16. Experience the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the western U.S. Expect a parade with more than 125 entries, 75 food/craft booths, a beer garden, two band stages, a Celtic village, dancing and kids’ activities all tied to this year’s theme “Celebrating Irish Music.” 10:30 a.m. parade; 1-6 p.m. festival. Free. Sixth Ave. and Laurel St., Balboa Park.

Diana Brunch
March 17. Meet and greet with some of the stars of La Jolla Playhouse’s smash hit Diana at this collaboration brunch with The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Enjoy delectable dishes crafted by Executive Chef Jeff Jackson and several live renditions of songs from the musical about the beloved Princess Diana. 10 a.m.-noon. $110 per person. A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 N Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, 858.777.6635. Tickets.

Through March 17. British playwright Moira Buffini’s award-winning off-Broadway play tells the dramatic tale of the loss and dangers of a family under Nazi occupation. A powerful wartime drama brimming with suspense and intrigue. See website for show times and ticket prices. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe, Solana Beach, 858.481.1055.

Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Through March 17. The music of rock and roll legends Leiber and Stoller provide the basis for this electrifying musical that includes the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blended with hilarious set-pieces and slice-of-life emotions. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Potion Number 9,” and “Stand By Me.” See website for show times. $28. New Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State St., Carlsbad, 760.433.3245.

Tiny Beautiful Things
Through March 17. Based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things follows the relationships between an anonymous advice columnist named Sugar and the many real-life readers who pour out their hearts to her. It is an uplifting play about reaching out when you’re stuck, recovering when you’re broken, and finding the courage to ask the questions that are hardest to answer. Adapted for the stage by Academy Award nominee Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding). See website for show times and ticket prices. Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre at The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Opens March 21. The iconic musical follows a fictional band fronted by Hedwig, a transgender wannabe rock star. Learn Hedwig’s hilarious and horrifying origin story in this transcendent musical journey. See website for show times and ticket prices. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., #101, University Heights, 619.220.0097.

Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival
March 22. Cheers to the annual art and beer festival where guests can experience unlimited access to two-ounce pours from more than a dozen San Diego breweries, tastes from Bankers Hill restaurants, pop-up galleries with works by local artists and a live DJ. Featured breweries include Mike Hess Brewing, Booze Brothers Brewing Co., Second Chance Beer Company and more. 21+. 6-9 p.m. $25-$35. The Abbey, 2825 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill.

Cherry Blossom Festival
March 22-24. Appreciate the beauty of the cherry blossom flowers at the Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego’s 14th annual Cherry Blossom Festival. In addition to the beautiful blooming trees, the festival includes food vendors, cultural performances and demonstrations, and a plethora of family-friendly activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. See website for ticket information. 2215 Pan American Road, Balboa Park, 619.232.2721.

San Diego Sings! Festial culminates in a performance by 1,000 singers.

San Diego Sings! Festival
March 23. Feel the music at this event featuring performances by 22 individual choral groups and the feature presentation of a massed choir of 1,000 voices. Notable vocal groups including SACRA/PROFANA, La Jolla Symphony Chorus, San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and others will perform for 12 minutes each, offering a wide array of musical selections and styles. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park.

Wanderlust 108
March 23. Experience the world’s only mindful triathlon: a 5K run, 90 minutes of yoga and a guided meditation session to clear your mind and relax your body. Following the triathlon, choose your own mindful adventure by partaking in a scheduled activity; grabbing a healthy, organic lunch; or stopping by Wanderlust’s True North Cafe. Additional activities include aerial yoga, bodywork and tarot card reading. 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $26. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Park Way, Embarcadero.

San Diego Hot Chocolate 15K & 5K Road Race
March 24. The Hot Chocolate Run is San Diego’s sweetest run ever. Race downtown on the 5K or 15K course with your fellow chocoholics for a soiree of chocolate fondue, high-quality swag, hot cocoa and a variety of chocolate treats at the finish line. There’s also a family-friendly kid zone complete with bounce houses and games. All participants will receive a goody bag. 5K start time 6:45 a.m.; 15K start time 7:45 a.m. See website for entry fees. Race starts at Petco Park. 100 Park Blvd., East Village.

The Official Blues Brothers Revue
March 24. Kieron Lafferty and Wayne Catania embody Elwood and Jake Blues in this spot-on tribute. Backed by the all-star Intercontinental Rhythm & Blues Band, The Official Blues Brothers Revue is an interactive multimedia experience showcasing their undeniable talent in songs that comprise a virtual encyclopedia of rock, blues and soul. Lafferty and Catania were chosen by original Blues Brothers star Dan Aykroyd, Judith Belushi (widow of the late Jim Belushi) and original musical director Paul Shaffer. 6 p.m. $40+. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619-570-1100.

East Village Opening Day Block Party
March 28-29. East Village knocks it out of the park to celebrate baseball’s opening day. The two-day block party includes live bands and DJ entertainment, an interactive game zone, a micro-brew beer garden, food trucks, baseball-themed cocktails and much more. Sixth Ave. and J St., East Village.

San Diego Padres Baseball
March 28-31. The Padres kick off the 2019 season with a four-game series against the rival San Francisco Giants. Thursday’s home opener includes Padres hats for all attendees. Saturday, get your 50th-anniversary swingin’ Friar bobblehead, and on Sunday, honor veterans with Military Opening Day. See website for game times and ticket prices. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village.

Made in San Diego Block Party
March 30. Show your San Diego pride at this celebration of San Diego-based brands including breweries, music, food, artists and more. Beer sampling ticket options start at $35 and include unlimited two-ounce pours and guaranteed entry. 21+. Free, but donation to the Little Italy Association is suggested. 2-7 p.m. W. Ivy and W. Juniper streets surrounding the Ballast Point Little Italy Tasting Room, Little Italy. Tickets.

Chef-made baked goods are $5 at this fundraiser to break the cycle of youth homelessness.

Chef-Driven Bake Sale
March 31. Join San Diego’s top pastry chefs and bakers as they showcase signature pastries at this fundraiser. Guests can purchase a variety of unique pastries from notable local establishments including Wayfarer Bread, Cowboy Star, Ironside and TRUST. Proceeds benefit Friendly Feast, a nonprofit organization that produces engaging culinary events to bring the community together and raise funds for local charities and Monarch School, a public school in Barrio Logan whose mission is to break the cycle of youth homelessness through education. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. See website for ticket prices. Herb & Eatery, 2210 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. Tickets



Photos: Busker Festival courtesy Seaport Village. Sunset and Wine Dinner courtesy Manchester Grand Hyatt. Randy Rainbow courtesy Randy Rainbow. San Diego Sings! Festival courtesy Stephanie Thompson Communications. Chef-Driven Bake Sale courtesy Katalyst PR.