Downtown San Diego March 2014 Events

February 28th, 2014

Finish Chelsea’s Run Mar. 1 Chelsea King was an avid cross country runner who tragically lost her life while on a training run at Lake Hodges. This 5K run/walk is held in her memory. Proceeds from the event help San Diego youths to realize their academic and community enrichment goals. 5-11am. Balboa Park. (808) 223-7656 / www.chelseaslight.org
Taste of North County Barn Bash Mar. 1

Foundation Auction Fundraiser will be held at the Ecke Family Barn in Carlsbad from 6-11pm. This event is designed to be a LCC Community FUNdraiser with proceeds going to support the Academics and the Arts at La Costa Canyon High School. www.lcchsfoundation.org
Gaslamp Mardi Gras Mar. 4 Mardi Gras is a celebration of Fat Tuesday as held in New Orleans. This mardi gras is open to adults (age 21+) where everyone can party in masked revelry. Come and catch handfuls of shiny beads tossed from a float parade, mingle about, make new friends, eat, drink, and enjoy the night. 5pm. (619) 233-5008 / www.mcfarlanepromotions.com
Hillcrest Fat Tuesday Mar. 4 Fat Tuesday is Mardi Gras time! So, dress in sparkling attire and get ready for some New Orleans style excitement. The event is for adults (age 21+) so you can mingle about with your drink. Enjoy musical performances, street performers, a parade, rides, games, Cajun food, and colorful beads. 6pm. (619) 299-3330 / www.hillcrestmardigras.com
Robert Egger South Bay Recreation Center Carnival Mar. 6-9 Bring your friends to a carnival at Robert Egger Sr. South Bay Recreation Center where persons of all ages are having a good time. Attractions include traditional carnival rides and games, snacks, and a computer portrait novelty booth. 5-11pm. 1885 Coronado Ave. (760) 735-8542 / www.amusements.com
Colon Cancer Alliance Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk Mar. 8 Colon cancer can affect anyone at any age, but most often in people age 50 or older. The purpose of this 5K run/walk is to bring awareness about the importance of colon screening and early detection. Come and join medical personnel and others at this event. There is also a 1-mile memorial walk. 8-9:30am. East Mission Bay. (619) 261-5578
San Diego Half Marathon Mar. 9 There’s a half marathon and a 5K to choose from. The course begins and ends at Petco Park and travels through the Gaslamp Quarter, Port District, Liberty Station, Hillcrest, and Balboa Park. In conjunction with the “San Diego Half Marathon Block Party”. You can mix and mingle, listen to music and browse the vendor booths. 7:15am. (619) 333-6786 / www.sdhalfmarathon.com
St. Patrick’s Day Festival Mar. 15 Wear something green in the spirit of Irish fun when you and your leprechauns come to this festival. Irish culture abounds with music, dancing, merchandise, food, and beer. Children can enjoy a play area with rides and activities. In conjunction with the “St. Patrick’s Day Parade”. 9am-6pm. Balboa Park. (619) 302-8298 / www.stpatsparade.org
Shamrock 2014 Mar. 15 Irish eyes are smiling at this Saint Patrick’s Day Festival. Come and join a happy crowd for a joyous evening filled with an Irish flavor of entertainment, dancing, food, drink, shamrocks, and more. As you saunter up to the pub, be sure to wear something green so you won’t get pinched! 4pm. Gaslamp Quarter. (619) 233-5008 /www.sandiegoshamrock.com
North County St Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival Mar. 16 Join us for the only North County family friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration. This festival is complete with a parade representing all North County cities, vendors, entertainment and children’s crafts and activities. 10am-4pm in Vista’s historic downtown area on Indiana Avenue and Main Street.www.northcountystpatricksdayparade.com
Persian New Year Mar. 18 The last Tuesday of the Persian calendar is a prelude to Nowruz which marks the arrival of Spring and the closing of the Persian calendar year. Iranian families will celebrate with Persian folk music, food, and dancing. 7-10pm. Liberty Station (NTC Park) (858) 586-6600
Hot Chocolate 5K & 15K Mar. 23 The event is a 5K and 15K race that begins and ends at Petco Park and travels through downtown, Golden Hill, and North Park. Both courses provide a good workout. Then, meet and mingle at the post-race party with music, hot cocoa, and treats dipped in delicious chocolate fondue. 6:30-11am. (619) 308-6472 /
San Marcos Alive Mar. 23 In addition to a fine arts fair, San Marcos Alive will include craft vendors, art demonstrations and displays, a community mural painting project and plenty of hands-on art projects. Entertainment will include performances by local dancers and musicians. 10am-4pm. San Marcos Civic Center. / www.san-marcos.net
MillerCoors Distributor Convention Street Party Mar. 26 As a closing event for the MillerCoors annual convention, a party in the Gaslamp Quarter will partner with bars such as Bub’s, The Blind Burro, and Moonshine Flats with an outdoor concert in the street offering food and beer. 5-11pm. (214) 421-8300 / www.vwv.com
San Diego Travel & Adventure Show Mar. 29-30 Your ticket to discover authentic travel experiences, snap up travel deals, win trips and giveaways, and be entertained and delighted at this amazing travel extravaganza. Experience ziplining, climb the rock wall, and see cultural performances. San Diego Convention Center. / www.adventureexpo.com
La Jolla Playhouse Annual Gala Mar. 29 Step into our custom-built contemporary lounge for a truly sensory experience, including a fabulous menu paired with hand-selected, fine wines and a private musical performance by some past Playhouse favorites. (858) 228-3085 / www.lajollaplayhouse.org
Carlsbad 5000 Mar. 30 The Carlsbad 5000 features a fast and fun seaside course where 16 world records have been set. Both rookie runners and serious speedsters alike enjoy running or walking in one of seven people’s races. 7am-1pm. Celebrate after your race with two free beers at the Pizza Port Beer Garden! / http://carlsbad.competitor.com
Rolando Street Fair Mar. 30

The Rolando Street Fair has it all! There’s a variety of musical entertainment, merchandise booths, and a food court with hot and cold foods. A special section of the fair is designed for children and youths with activities, bouncers, carnival rides, and booths containing items of their liking. 10am-6pm. (619) 324-3456 / www.rolandocc.org
CicloSDias San Diego Mar. 30 There are alternatives to driving a car such as biking, jogging, skateboarding, rollerblading, handcycling, and just plain walking. Choose your car-free mode of travel and join others at this event on a pleasant course that can lead to a healthy active lifestyle. 10am-3pm. Ingraham St. & Garnet Ave. (619) 977-2989 / www.sdcbc.org

Nature Day Mar. 30 The 13th day of the first month of the Persian calendar is a special day for celebration. It’s a day for Iranian families to come together for an outdoor picnic and to appreciate the beauty of nature. Families will celebrate with Persian folk music, food, and dancing. 1-6pm. Liberty Station (NTC Park) (858) 586-6600 / –

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