Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego Weekend Events

San Diego Weekend Events Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend.

Ocean Beach Kite Festival 
March 2. Learn to make a simple kite from a unique design that is guaranteed to fly at this family festival now in its 65th year. In addition to traditional kite making for children, this year’s event includes flying demonstrations and kite stunts by professionals and dedicated amateurs. There are also carnival rides and food booths to keep the family entertained all day. Kite making from 9 a.m.-noon; judging at 1 p.m. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dusty Rhodes Park, Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, Ocean Beach. 

US-Grant-wedding-showcaseThe US Grant Wedding Showcase
Mar. 3. Explore winter, spring, summer and fall bridal trends in each of the US Grant’s four ballrooms, and get swept off your feet with this all-encompassing, experiential event. From bridal couture, make up artists and shoes to jewelry and reception décor, this wedding showcase is a one-stop shop with more than 100 Southern California wedding vendors. There’s even an opportunity to win a luxurious honeymoon grand prize package. Noon-4 p.m. The US Grant, 326 Broadway, San Diego. 619.744.2035.

guru-tattoo-volume-oneGuru Tattoo Volume One Book Release and Art Show
Mar. 2. Guru Tattoo Volume One is a limited-edition collection of art, tattoos and “random shenanigans,” and Jett Gallery is celebrating in a big way—with a showcase of the latest paintings and creations from the world-renowned artists of Guru, live music and drinks. Guru is widely hailed as one of the finest tattoo shops in Southern California, known for its superior-quality and its celebrity clientele. This is a rare opportunity to meet and greet the very best of the best in the industry. 7-11 p.m. Jett Gallery, 989 W. Kalmia Street, Little Italy. 858.270.1070.

gem-faireGem Faire
Mar. 1-3. Discover fine jewels, costume jewelry, precious and semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, sparkling crystals, gold and silver pieces, tools, jewelry supplies and boxes all under one roof at the Gem Fair. More than 80 exhibitors from all over the world will be on site selling goods at manufacturers’ prices. Be sure to enter the hourly raffle drawings. Fri. noon-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $7. Del Mar Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. 503.252.8300.

San-Diego-Bird-FestivalSan Diego Bird Festival
Feb. 28-Mar. 3. San Diego’s birding area encompasses diverse habitats including deserts, mountains, coastal wetlands, and urban and suburban regions that house more than 500 species of birds—and there are guided field trips to each of them through the festival. An equipment expo, workshops, social mixers and art classes round out this annual event. Sunday is Family Free Day with special art and nature events geared especially towards kids and families. Marina Village Conference Center, 1936 Quivira Way, Mission Bay. 858.273.7800. 

Arte, Color & Fiesta 
Mar. 3. Arte, Color & Fiesta by the House of Mexico is an annual celebration of art, music and food with live entertainment by local musicians and folklorico dance groups. Part of the House of Pacific Relations Sunday lawn programs, this event shares the culture of Mexico, including traditional fare such as tostadas, carne asada, enchiladas and the popular rice drink, horchata. The program is dedicated to children in honor of Dia de los Ninos. Other Pacific Relations houses will be open for exploration. 2-3 p.m. 2191 W Pan American Rd., San Diego.

tower-after-hoursTower After Hours: Ireland
Feb. 28. Celebrate the Emerald Isle with food, drink, dance, music and more. Enjoy traditional music and dance performed by several groups, feast on classic pub fare provided by local restaurants, and of course, delight in a glass of Guinness. $12/members, $15/students and military, $25/non-members. Includes entrance to the San Diego Museum of Man, food tastings, beverages, and entertainment. Museum of Man Grand Routunda, 1350 El Prado, San Diego. 619.239.2001.

Flower Hill Promenade Re-Opening Ceremonies
Through Mar 3. To celebrate the re-opening of the Del Mar shopping center this week, Flower Hill Promenade is hosting a plethora of activities including events, giveaways and entertainment each day. Check out grand opening specials, daily live modeling showcases and a smattering of tastes from the center’s restaurants. On Saturday there’s even an outdoor yoga class. Flower Hill Promenade, 2720 Via De La Valle, Del Mar. 858.481.2904. 

Through March 30. Mixtape is a delicious taste of ‘80s nostalgia—Reagan was in the White House, Michael Jackson was at the top of the charts and a “mix tape” of favorite tunes was the ultimate in self-expression. Put on your Members Only jacket and leg-warmers and let this ’80s rock show blasts you into the past with pop favorites from U2, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears and more. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., San Diego. 619.437.6000.

Super Diamond

Mar. 2. No one can deny the infectiousness of “Sweet Caroline.” While the real Neil Diamond isn’t always on tour, Super Diamond can help fill the void. After assembling a band of truly kindred spirits, Surreal Neil and Super Diamond began to perform their high-octane Diamond tribute regularly all over the U.S. This show is a double dose of expert impersonation, as Trial by Fire, a Journey tribute, opens. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros, Solana Beach. 858.481.8140.

academy-of-st-martin-la-jolAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields
Mar. 2. Expose your ears to a fresh, brilliant interpretation of some of the world’s most loved classical music by one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is renowned for its outstanding musicianship and polished sound, and is one of the most recorded chamber orchestras in the world with more than 500 recordings under its belt. The La Jolla Music Society program will feature works by Britten, Hayden and Bach. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., San Diego. 858.459.3728.