22 Things To Do in San Diego This March

After a long, cold winter (wait, we live in San Diego…) After a beautiful, warm winter, we welcome spring with open arms, and it seems like tons of events are happening around the city in celebration! From flowers, to beers, to leprechauns and runs…March is going to be an awesome month to get out and do something new!

And why not do something new WITH someone new?? Remember that MeetnGreet can help you find people to join you for these Springy events. Check out the list below then head to MeetnGreet to search for people that can help you find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. 

The Flower Fields

 March 1 – May 8 @ Carlsbad Ranch

For over sixty years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of north San Diego County into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world. The nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch in Carlsbad, California, are in bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year – from early March through early May – literally bringing the famous fields back to life. This annual burst of color, which has become part of the area’s local heritage, also is one of nature’s official ways of announcing the arrival of spring here in southern California.

Flower Fields. Things to do in San Diego this March.

Photo: Michael Aubert | The Flower Fields Facebook Page

Rock Star Beer Festival

March 5 @ SILO in Makers Quarters

The Rock Star Beer Festival is a unique event celebrating craft beer and live music for its third year in San Diego. The event is a collaborative effort of #rockstarbeer Productions and many local breweries combining their efforts to raise money for the San Diego Hunger Coalition 501c3. Guests have access to complimentary samples of over 50 craft beers and can enjoy live music, food vendors and a crazy After Party.

Masters Cocktail Challenge

March 5 @ The Westgate Hotel

The Westgate Hotel and Old Harbor Distillery are partnering to present San Diego Master’s Cocktail Challenge. Taste uniquely crafted cocktails by San Diego’s finest mixologists, featuring Old Harbor Distillery’s new cold-pressed coffee liqueur, Ampersand, while grooving to the sounds of DJ Alexi. Each competitor will present their unique libations to a panel of judges. Ticket packages include cocktail tastings.

San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering EXPO Day

March 5 @ Petco Park

EXPO DAY is the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Festival’s signature event, with more than 130 local businesses, corporations, and organizations providing interactive, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math exhibits and activities to budding K-12 science lovers. The event is free and open to the public of all ages.

Blacklight Run

March 5 @ Sleep Train Amphitheater

Blacklight Run™ is a unique night 5K fun run focused less on speed and more on UV Neon Glowing fun with friends and family. Glowing participants come from all different ages, shapes, sizes, and speeds; every participant will get Glowed™ and has the time of their life. Whether you are an avid runner or a walk around the park walker, the 3 miles of the Blacklight Run™ course will have you glowing and waiting for the next one!

Blacklight Run. Things to do in San Diego this March.

Photo: Blacklight Run Facebook Page

CRSSD Festival

March 5 – 6 @ Waterfront Park

CRSSD Festival is a two-day electronic music festival at the beautiful San Diego Waterfront Park featuring three stages and 36+ performers. In addition to the music, the festival will offer craft beer, mixed drinks, food, and more. This year’s lineup will also include extended sets from performers like Loco Dice, Tale Of Us, Cirez D, and more that you don’t want to miss.

Busker Festival

March 5 – 6 @ Seaport Village

A Busker is a street performer. Known for their unusual and comedic acts, these artists perform for tips in public venues across the globe. San Diego’s Seaport Village hosts the only Busker Festival in Southern California. Professionals  from across the country come to perform their bizarre talents from sword swallowing to knife throwing to pogo stick tricks and juggling on unicycles. Throughout the two-day festival, some of the nation’s top performers fill the bayfront village drawing visitors to shop, dine and enjoy an entire day of one-of-a-kind entertainment. Free entry. Tips will be accepted by performers.

Busker Festival: Things to do in San Diego this March

Photo: Busker Festival Facebook Page

Cherry Blossom Festival

March 5 – 6 @ The Japanese Friendship Garden

Celebrate spring and the blooming of the Cherry Trees with cultural performances, Japanese street food, unique local vendors, and a children’s corner. Hang out in the beer and tea gardens! Guests may partake in Hanami, the traditional custom of picnicking under the cherry trees. This is a community tradition in San Diego!

Best Coast Beer Fest

March 12 @ Embarcadero Park

Every ticket sold supports Will Ferrell’s favorite charity, Cancer For College, and helps a cancer survivor realize their dream of a college education. Plus, you’ll get to taste beer from nearly 100 of the West Coast’s craft breweries, enjoy the sweet sounds of local bands and possibly enjoy a sensible lunch from our food truck alley. To re-cap: You. Beer. Music. Food trucks. The whole shebang.

Best Coast Beer Fest. Things to do in San Diego this March.

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St. Patrick’s Day 10K

March 12 @ Mission Bay Park

Before you head out for pints of Guinness, take a short jaunt around Mission Bay Park at the St. Patrick’s Day 10K Run and 2-4 Mile Run/Walk. All participants will be entered into a drawing to win a 9 night trip to Ireland and run the Dublin Marathon in October 2016!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

March 12 @ Balboa Park

Paint yourself green and head to Balboa Park for this year’s St. Patty’s Day Parade and Irish Festival. The beer garden opens at 9am, and the parade gets moving at 10:30am — claim your spot along the route on 5th or 6th Ave from Laurel to Upas. There will be two stages of live Irish music at the park along with plenty of food, both Irish and otherwise, and vendors peddling crafts.

St. Patrick's Day Parade. Things to do in San Diego this March.

Photo: San Diego Coast Life

Irish 4 A Day

March 12 @ Gaslamp Quarter

Join 1,000 revelers all dressed in green for a St. Patrick’s Day party hop to the Top 20 nightclubs, bars and good ol’ Irish pubs along the famous 5th Avenue. Enjoy no cover admission to more than 20 parties, 15 welcome shots, green beer specials, live music, DJ, dancing and a fun progressive route guided by Irish fairies and leprechauns!

EC Craft Beer Invitational

March 12 @ El Cajon

Calling all enthusiasts and explorers of the Craft Beer Scene! The EC Craft Beer Invitational invites you to join in to celebrate St. Patrick’s weekend with delicious craft beer tasters. The event includes access to craft beers from 40+ breweries nationwide, gourmet food trucks, live bands, and entertainment.

St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon, 5K, and Green Mile

March 12 @ El Cajon

Join in the fun at the St. Patrick’s Day half marathon and 5k, the Green Mile for kids and adults with special needs in Downtown El Cajon. Participants receive free entry into the EC Craft Beer Invitational.

San Diego Half Marathon & 5K

March 13 @ Downtown

The San Diego Half Marathon has been designed to carry runners over a spectacular 13.1-mile USATF-certified course, while showcasing one of the world’s most beautiful cities! The route begins at Petco Park and winds through downtown to Harbor Drive with views of San Diego Bay, San Diego’s skyline, Spanish Landing and Cancer Survivor Park. Then it makes its way through historic Liberty Station while passing NTC Park and the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Next it’s up Washington Street through Mission Hills and Hillcrest. The last few miles coast downhill, passing the scenic palm trees that line Balboa Park and lead right back into downtown, with an unforgettable 5th Avenue finish – featuring a live jumbotron and Gaslamp Block Party!


March 17 @ Gaslamp Quarters

Join over 20,000 revelers in attendance and become engulfed into an Irish haven at this year’s biggest St. Patty’s Day celebration featuring a 150-foot Irish Pub in the streets, traditional Irish dancers, DJs, the hottest green Go-Go dancers in town and much more! The streets will be turned green with over 80,000 square feet of green Astroturf for the biggest and best shamRock yet!

ShamRock. Things to do in San Diego this March.

Photo: McFarlane Promotions on Facebook

Rendezvous #2 – St. Patrick’s Pop-Up Party

March 19 @ The US Grant

A uniquely exquisite St. Patrick’s pop-up party, hosted in a secret venue within the storied walls of THE US GRANT Hotel. Tickets include Irish craft beers, cask ale, whiskey tastings and cocktails, Irish cuisine, and live entertainment.

Stone Oakquinox

March 20 @ Stone Brewing in Escondido

Join in a celebration of the delicious extravagance that ensues when beer meets wood. Craft Beer Ambassador “Dr.” Bill Sysak has lined up an amazing selection of barrel-aged and wood-infused brews on tap and in bottles. Ticket includes a commemorative glass, fifteen 3oz tasters, and more than 100 amazing beers to choose from!

Electric Run

March 26 @ Del Mar Fairgrounds

The 2016 Recharged World Tour is amping up healthy living by taking you on a 5k connected journey through light and sound. There will be music throughout the entire course as well as an exclusive ELECTROBAND. Alos 5 themed dance party zones, and a live DJ after party

Strawberry Picking

March 26 – April 30 @ Suzie’s Farm

It’s strawberry picking season at Suzie’s Farm! This year the Strawberry Jam is not just a one day event; the festivities are happening six Saturdays in a row. There will be food, activities, and plenty of strawberries for you to pick.

Bikes & Beers

March 26 @ Quartyard

This event is a celebration of bicycling and San Diego craft beer. The 22 mile ride will start and end at Quartyard. There will be a festival after the ride, and all riders will get two free drink tickets for any of the 20+ taps. A portion of the proceeds are donated to BikeSD, a bicycle advocacy organization. Come for the ride; stay for the beer!

Bikes & Beers. Things to do in San Diego this March.

Photo: BikeSD

Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival

March 26 @ Qualcomm Stadium

A multitude of local breweries and distilleries will be participating along with some of San Diego’s best chefs for an afternoon that you won’t forget. MVCBF is an all-inclusive event! Your ticket includes unlimited sampling from every participating brewery, distillery and eatery. Both General Admission and VIP tickets include unlimited beverage and food tasters. Parking is included also!


Featured image from CRSSD Fest Facebook Page

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