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San Diego Weekend Events Roundup February 28-March 3

Chef Deborah Scott introduces a new menu at Island Prime that includes table-side preparations.

San Diego Yoga Festival, Gaslamp Mardi Gras, Spring Busker Festival and more. Check out the top San Diego weekend events for February 28-March 3.

Edited by Jordan Fraser.


Carlsbad Flower Fields
Starts March 1. Take yourself out of the concrete jungle and spend a few hours in 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.




Gaslamp Mardi Gras
March 1-2. Experience an epic Mardi Gras weekend before Fat Tuesday arrives. The Club VIP Pass includes more than eight welcome libations, exclusive drink and dining deals, and free entry to more than 20 downtown clubs and bars. The party begins at American Junkie and ends at BASSMNT Nightclub. $29-35. 628 Fifth Ave., downtown. Tickets




San Diego Yoga Festival
March 1-4. There is something for everyone from yoga newbies all the way to yoga teachers and healers festival that celebrates humanity and health. Continuous yoga and healing classes are open to all. Master classes will be held Friday and Monday, with the bulk of activities happening Saturday and Sunday. See website for complete schedule and ticket prices. 10 Evergreen Ave., Imperial Beach.



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 performance schedules and ticket prices. Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy., downtown.




Junior League of San Diego’s ’80s Party
March 2. Bust out your shoulder pads, mix-matched colors and velour sweats to dance the afternoon away for a good cause. With tunes from local ’80s cover band Manic Fanatic, this party includes costume contests, raffle prizes, food and adult beverages. Admission includes one free raffle ticket and one free beer thanks to Bay City Brewery (while supplies last). 1-4 p.m. $25-$35. Tin Roof, 401 G St., downtown.



San Diego Undy Run-Walk
March 2. Run or walk this Mission Bay 5K in your undies to support the Colon Cancer Alliance. All participants will receive a pair of boxer shorts and are encouraged to run in underwear-themed outfits—just keep in mind that this is an all-ages race. 7 a.m. check in, 8:30 a.m. 5K begins. $30-40. De Anza Cove, 2750 North Mission Bay Drive, Mission Bay.



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.




Medina: Moroccan Baja Kitchen Grand Opening
March 1.  Owned and created by innovative chef Alia Jaziri, Medina is a stylish yet refined fast-casual eatery and lively beer and wine bar. Medina’s menu is rooted in bringing together traditional North African flavors with the quintessential  ingredients of Baja California. Highlights include house-made spicy lamb sausage flatbread tacos and herbed couscous grain bowls with Moroccan spiced chicken asado. To celebrate the grand opening, the first 50 people at lunch who buy one taco will get one free. 2850 El Cajon Blvd., Suite 4, North Park.


Bartender Shakedown
March 2. Sample cocktails from 21 of the best bars in the county at this showcase of San Diego’s craft cocktail scene. Select bars from all over San Diego County—including False Idol, Campfire, Kindred, Lion’s Share and many more—will be pouring libations to enjoy. VIP tickets include one additional hour in the event and access to the VIP lounge. 21+. 6-10 p.m. VIP; 7-10 p.m. GA. $65-$100. Liberty Station Building 177, 2875 Dewey Road, Point Loma. Tickets



Dough Nations
Now Open. San Diego powerhouse GBOD Hospitality Group welcomes Dough Nations to its roster. Housed in a 2,500-square-foot space at the Mercado del Barrio mixed-use center, the menu includes classic Italian and internationally-inspired appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pizzas and pastas. Dough Nations also features a full bar complete with cocktails, wine and beer, including GBOD Hospitality Group’s locally-brewed lager. 1985 National Ave., Suite 1101, Barrio Logan, 619.487.0802.


Island Prime New Menu
Now Available. Chef Deborah Scott’s new menu at Harbor Island staple Island Prime showcases new proteins, new plates and new preparations. The revamped menu includes a seafood tower, citrus glazed Skuna Bay salmon and hazelnut crusted sea scallops. Also new is the tableside preparation of the classic Caesar salad with hearts of romaine, Mediterranean white anchovies and fresh-made dressing. Diners can watch, taste and modify the salad as it’s prepared to their preferences. 880 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, 619.298.6802.


Tocaya Organica’s Summer Love Salad
Now Available. Spring into summer at the fresh casual modern organic Mexican concept with the Summer Love Salad: Filled with butter lettuce, pomegranate seeds, organic strawberries, diced cucumbers, grilled corn, marcona almonds, chopped mint and topped with strawberry sherry vinaigrette. 755 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619 343.2898; 4301 La Jolla Village Drive #2003, UTC, 858.333.7920.




Through March 3. From the producer of The Lion King, this thrilling new production is filled with magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle, and features all your favorite songs from the Disney film along with new tunes. See website for show times and ticket prices. Broadway/San Diego, Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100.




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. The powerful wartime drama brims 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.




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’s 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.



Photos: Flower Fields courtesy Flower Fields. Mardi Gras courtesy Club VIP. San Diego Yoga Festival courtesy San Diego Yoga Festival. Crssd courtesy crssd. UNdy Run courtesy Undy Run. Junior League San Diego ’80s Party courtesy Tin Roof. Busker Festival and Island Prime courtesy H2PR. Medina Grand Opening courtesy Medina. Bartender Shakedown courtesy Chemistry PR. Dough Nations courtesy Wicked Creative. Summer Love Salad courtesy Tocaya Organica. Gabriel by Christopher Williams. Tiny Beautiful Things by Jim Cox.

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