March 2 – 4
Spring Home/Garden Show
The San Diego Spring Home/Garden Show has hundreds of different exhibits including home improvement products, furnishings, decorating & remodeling ideas, garden displays, and flowers and landscaping.
Time: Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm / Sun: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
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March 3
64th Annual Ocean Beach Kite Festival
A fun day of festivities including a crafts fair, food and entertainment along with kite making, decorating and a flying contest.
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Ocean Beach Recreation Center, 4726 Santa Monica Blvd.
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March 3
Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K Run/Walk
In addition to the 5K run/walk, a family festival will feature many “Chelsea-esque” activities including a yoga booth, organic produce booth, group photo area, sunflower pot painting station for children and other family-friendly activities.
Time: 7:30 am – 11:00 am
Location: Balboa Park at 6th Ave & Palm St.
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March 4
US Grant 2012 Wedding & Event Showcase
A Wedding & Event Showcase presented by the US Grant Hotel. Discover the hotel’s stunning wedding venues, and engage with more than 60 of Southern California’s most sought-after wedding vendors. Opportunity to win a wedding for 100 guests at
The US Grant as well as luxurious honeymoon vacations to top destinations.
Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: US Grant Hotel, 326 Broadway
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March 4
Free Family Art Day: Ship Building
Inspired by the works of John Taylor, kids will use a variety of materials to create, decorate, name and float their own boats. The ship building is geared toward children of all ages and no art experience is required. All art materials are provided by the museum.
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside
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March 8-11
Robert Egger South Bay Recreation Center Carnival
4-day community carnival–fun for the whole family. There will be traditional carnival rides, challenging games, snacks, and a portrait novelty booth. Small admission fee of $2.00. Free for age 6 & under.
Time: Thurs & Fri: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm / Sat & Sun 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location:  Robert Egger South Bay Recreation Center, 1885 Coronado Ave.
For more information call 760-735-8542

March 8 – 18
19th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival
The San Diego Latino Film Festival has developed into one of
the larger and well-respected Latino film festivals in the country.
Short and feature length films by Latinos and/or about the Latino experience will be shown. Films are from Latin America and the US.
Time: See website for information
Location: UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas, Hazard Center – Mission Valley
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March 10 – 11
85th Annual Thursday Club Rummage Sale
Thousands of new and gently used items such as furniture, clothing, sporting equipment, appliances, electronics, and more will be sold to benefit local charities.
Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Balboa Park Activity Center, 2145 Park Blvd.
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March 11
The San Diego Half Marathon
The San Diego Half Marathon at Petco Park is a new race that celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of the city of San Diego while raising money to help its communities. A sports health and fitness expo entitled “Celebrate San Diego” takes place the day before the half marathon and continues through the day of the event.
Time: 7:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd
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March 11
San Diego Wine-Family Winemakers
Originally for member-wineries and California’s wine trade, the Family Winemakers of California Annual Tasting is now open to consumers as well. New discoveries and old favorites, wineries from Mendocino to Temecula and every place in between.
This event is for 21 and up.
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
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March 11
17th Annual Del Mar Kiwanis’ Ugly Dog Contest
Big dogs, little dogs, long dogs, short dogs, shaggy dogs, curly dogs…and not a pretty one in the bunch! Well, there’s more to it than just “ugly” with 14 categories of winners.
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
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March 17
ShamROCK 2012
17th Annual outdoor musical block party celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on the green streets of the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Features three stages of live entertainment, DJ’s, Irish food, green beer, Jameson Irish Whiskey, and much more! 21 & up.
Time: 2:00 pm to Midnight
Location: Gaslamp Quarter – Downtown San Diego
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March 17
32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival & Parade
Wear something green when you come to enjoy the festivities in a Celtic Village filled with Irish culture music, dancing, food, beer and a Kid’s Zone with rides.
Time: Festival: 9:00 am – 6:30 pm   Parade: 10:30 am
Location: Balboa Park, West side of park along 6th Ave
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March 24
Annual Mud Run in La Mesa
San Diego Mud Run is a challenging course for 2000 runners of all ages and experience levels. Participants run through water spray, down steep grades, through dozens of mud pits, over slippery hills and obstacles, and crawl through tunnels. A portion of the proceeds from the race benefit the USO San Diego and the children of Sonshine Haven.
Time: 10:00 am
Location:  On the grounds of Skyline Church, 11330 Campo Rd., La Mesa
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March 24
2012 Race for Autism
100% of race donations support San Diego programs and classrooms that benefit thousands of local children. Featuring 5K timed run or walk, 1-mile Family Fun Walk, educational resource fair, children’s activities, prizes, refreshments and more!
Time: 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Balboa Park, corner of 6th Ave. and Laurel St., grassy area
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March 24 – 25
Seaport Village Spring Busker Festival
The only Busker Festival in Southern California. Professionals from across the country will perform their bizarre talents from sword swallowing to knife throwing to pogo stick tricks and juggling on unicycles. Even escape artists and comedic stuntmen.
Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Seaport Village – Embarcadero
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March 31
Ironman 70.3 California
Cheer on these incredible Ironman athletes as they endure a 1.2-mile swim course in Oceanside Harbor, a 56-mile bike course that includes the challenging inland hills of Camp Pendleton and a 13.1-mile run through the coastal neighborhoods of Oceanside.
Time: 6:30 am
Location: Oceanside Harbor – starts at the boat ramp in the southwest quadrant
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