San Diego Events in March 2012

Montgomery Waller Community Park Carnival – Mar. 1-4
Bring your friends to a carnival at Montgomery Waller Community Park (3020 Coronado Ave.) Attractions include traditional carnival rides and games, snacks, and a computer portrait novelty booth. 5-11pm. $2 (age 7 & older) ~ FREE (age 6 & younger) (760) 735-8542


02Spring Home/Garden Show – Mar. 2-4
Now in its 27th year, the Spring Home/Garden Show returns to Del Mar Fairgrounds for a three-day extravaganza of inspiring displays and home-product sales booths, real gardens and hands-on demonstrations.


03Sue Krenn 15K – Mar. 3
In her memory, you can challenge yourself as Sue did by joining San Diego Track Club members for a pleasurable 15K run/walk at East Mission Bay Park. Early morning exercise is a sure way to get your body in motion for the day. 7-10am. $15-$20. (619) 578-4666 /


Mardi Gras BackgroundFinish Chelsea’s Run – Mar. 3
Chelsea King was an avid cross country runner who tragically lost her life while on a training run. The event concludes with an awards celebration and entertaining festivities. 7:30-11am. Balboa Park. $35-$40 (age 13 & older) ~ $20-$25 (age 12 & younger) (760) 692-2900 /


05Ocean Beach Kite Festival – Mar. 3
Residents of Ocean Beach can enjoy a kite festival that is known as the oldest kite festival in the United States. It offers musical entertainment, carnival rides, handmade crafts, and light refreshments. 9am-4pm. (619) 225-8705 /



Urban Health Awareness Run & Fair – Mar. 3
5K run/walk begins at Chollas Lake and finishes at the Jacobs Center where the event concludes with a health fair. Proceeds will support the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Foundation, Mama’s Kitchen, and the ARC of San Diego. $20. (619) 392-0203 /


SDH_logo_primary_darkbkgd_RGBRobert Egger South Bay Recreation Center Carnival – Mar. 8-11
Bring your friends to a carnival at Robert Egger South Bay Recreation Center (1885 Coronado Ave.) There’s traditional carnival rides and games, snacks, and a computer portrait novelty booth. 5-11pm. $2.00 (age 7 & older) ~ FREE (age 6 & younger) (760) 735-8542


Photo by Ed Morita

San Diego Latino Film Festival – Mar. 8-18
Screening over 150 films ranging in genre, including animation, documentary and short films. UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Hazard Center: 7510 Hazard Center Drive. 619-230-1938 /


09Colon Cancer Alliance Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk – Mar. 10
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 cancer screening and early detection. 8-9:30am. East Mission Bay. (619) 261-5578 /


10San Diego Travel Expo – Mar. 10-11
Being organized by Shows Usa, the San Diego Travel Expo is one of the largest travel show in San Diego. San Diego Convention Center.


11Tasting 2012 – Mar. 11
Over 150 wineries, all members of Family Winemakers of California, will be at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This highly anticipated trade and consumer tasting showcases California’s small, family-owned wineries. 1-6pm.


12San Diego Half Marathon – Mar. 11
This half marathon begins and ends at Petco Park. An expo entitled “Celebrate San Diego” takes place the day before the half marathon and the day of the event. 7am-1pm. $60-$120 (Half Marathon) ~ $10 (Celebrate San Diego Expo) (858) 248-0721 /


13Persian New Year – Mar. 13
The Persian New Year takes place on the last Tuesday of the Persian calendar. It’s a prelude to Nowruz which marks the arrival of spring. Celebrate with a mixture of DJ music, dancing, and delicious Persian foods. 7-1opm. Liberty Station. (858) 586-6600 /


14St. Patrick’s Day 10K Run & 2/4-Mile Run/Walks – Mar. 17
Participants can choose between several runs or walks. It’s a fun event for everyone to enjoy with a costume contest, prizes, pizza, and beer. E. Mission Bay Dr. 7:30-10am. Hosted by Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation. (619) 298-7400 /


15St. Patrick’s Day Festival – Mar. 17
A Celtic Village abounds with Irish culture filled with music, dancing, food, and beer. Children can enjoy rides and activities. This event is in conjunction with the “St. Patrick’s Day Parade”. 9am-6:30pm. Balboa Park. (858) 205-9140 /


Shamrock 2012 – Mar. 17
Irish eyes are smiling at this St. Patrick’s Day festival. Come and mingle with a happy crowd for a joyous evening filled with lively Irish entertainment, dancing, food, drink, bagpipes, shamrocks, and more. 12pm. Gaslamp Quarter. $30-$35. (619) 233-5008 /


17Historic Home Tour Weekend – Mar. 17-18
This year features the early 20th-century homes of Bankers Hill. On Saturday attendees can select from their choice of walking tours and new lectures. The main feature, the annual Home Tour, will be held on Sunday. 619-297-9327 /


18San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering – Mar. 17-24
Festival organizer UC San Diego is partnering with hundreds of community businesses and organizations to present more than 35 events throughout the county culminating in EXPO DAY at PETCO Park.


19Kia Classic – Mar. 19-25
The Kia Classic will return in 2012 to the renowned La Costa Resort and Spa (2100 Costa Del Mar Rd. Carlsbad) where the inaugural event was held in 2010. The tournament will feature a 144-player field.


20Piazza Carmel Easter Egg Hunt – Marc. 24
Piazza Carmel stores will be brimming with toys, candy, special offers, and a chance to WIN extravagant prices! Decorate your FREE crafts bag and receive your 2012 egg hunt map.12-3pm. Valley Centre Drive and Carmel Creek Rd., San Diego.


San Diego Race for Autism – Mar. 24
About one in 150 children are diagnosed with autism in the U.S. every year. This event offers a 5K run and 1K walk and is accompanied by an informational resource fair. 7-11am. Balboa Park. $20 (age 13 & older) ~ $10 (age 12 & younger) (858)679-8800 /


Seaport Village Spring Busker Festival – Mar. 24-25
A Busker is a street performer. Known for their unusual and comedic acts in Boston’s Faneuil Hall or standing statue-like, painted in gold on San Francisco’s Pier 39, these artists perform for tips in public venues across the globe. 12-5pm. 619-235-4014 /


Paws in the Park 2012 – Mar. 25
Join us as we celebrate the bond between people and their pets and raise funding and awareness for animals in need. 8am-12pm. Kit Carson Park: 3333 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido.


Butterfly Jungle – Mar. 24-Apr. 15
Once a year, the magic of butterflies sparks wonder and imagination among visitors both young and old at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido.


Hot Chocolate 5K & 15K- Mar. 25
The event is a 5K and 15K road race that begins and ends at Petco Park and travels through the western edge of National City and back again. The post-race party concludes with pop music, hot cocoa and treats. 7-11:30am. $65 (15K) ~ $48 (5K) (312) 259-2496 /


Hungry Dog Dash 5K – Mar. 25
The Point Loma HS Cross Country Team invites you to join them at Liberty Station. Post-event festivities include music, games, face-painting, and drawings. Dogs on leashes and strollers with kids are welcomed. 8-11:30am. $25 (adult) ~ $20 (child) ~ $60 (family) (619) 972-1250


Rolando Street Fair – Mar. 25
The Rolando Street Fair is a popular event for everyone and presents a fun atmosphere to mingle about in community unity. Musical entertainment, rides and activities for kids, a food court and booths. 10am-6pm. Rolando Blvd. (619) 324-3456 / www.rolandocommunity


San Diego Crew Classic (Rowing Regatta) – Mar. 31-Apr. 1
Nearly 4,000 collegiate, junior, and masters athletes from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe are coming to compete at this premier rowing event. It includes a Trade Show with food, drink, rides, music, and merchandise. 7am-7pm. Mission Bay. (619) 708-6007 /


ECNL San Diego Soccer Tournament – Mar. 31-Apr. 2
Elite Clubs National League is a very select all-girls organization that plays soccer game tournaments throughout the United States. This event is the West Coast Tournament game for the League. 8am-6pm. San Diego Polo Club field (14555 El Camino Real) (760) 944-7176 /

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