Top Things to Do in San Diego – March 7-12, 2017

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do.

Kinky Boots

KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 9-12, 2017
Cost: Starting at $22.50
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Cherry Blossom Festival – Sakura Matsuri

Cherry Blossom Festival - Sakura Matsuri

Enjoy the blooming cherry blossoms, Japanese festival food, cultural performances, kids activities, local craft vendors, and a beer and sake tasting garden at the Japanese Friendship Garden.

Where: Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego -2215 Pan American Way E, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 10-12, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: $12
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The Tragedy of Carmen

The Tragedy of Carmen

If you don’t love me, I love you; if I love you, look out for yourself! Gypsy Carmen is a sizzling seductress, but play with her and you will get burned. Naïve young soldier Don Jose falls for her, leaving his homespun sweetheart Micaela in pursuit of a life of crime and lust with Carmen and her band. But when Carmen callously drops him for Escamillo the strutting bullfighter, jealousy ignites and Don Jose is pushed to the brink. Passions intensify and burst into an emotional bonfire that threatens to destroy them all.

Where: The Balboa Theatre – 868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 10-12, 2017
Cost: Starting at $25
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Butterfly Jungle

Butterfly Jungle - San Diego Zoo Safari Park

During Butterfly Jungle, more than 10,000 beautiful butterflies flit, float, and flutter around you in this spectacular spring fling event at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Where: San Diego Zoo Safari Park – 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027
When: March 11 – April 23, 2017
Cost: Free with Safari Park Admission
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St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day in San Diego

Gather up your favorite lads and lasses and celebrate the one day a year where everyone’s Irish. San Diego offers parades and celebrations suitable for the family and your little leprechauns, and late night parties and pub crawls with ever-flowing green beer for the grown-ups.

When: March 11-18, 2017
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Living with Animals

Living with Animals - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Whether we see an animal as a pet, a pest, or food has changed over time and across cultures, making our relationships with them dynamic and complex to say the least. Take a journey with us and discover all the surprising, unique, and inspiring ways that we live with animals. You’ll find we’re not human without them!

Where: San Diego Museum of Man – 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Opens: March 11, 2017
Cost: Included with admission
> Find out more about Living with Animals

Best Coast Beer Fest

Best Coast Beer Fest

Enjoy more than 200 beers from nearly 100 local breweries, grab a sensible lunch in our food truck alley and listen to the sweet sounds of local bands – all while taking in the gorgeous views of Coronado and downtown San Diego. To recap…You. Beer. Music. Food trucks. San Diego Bay. The whole shebang. There is no physical way in the universe you can enjoy a day better than this. We’ve done the research. It’s science.

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South – 1 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 11, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $25-$90
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5th Annual International Mariachi Festival

Annual International Mariachi Festival

National City’s International Mariachi Festival is a community friendly event providing entertainment for families to come together and celebrate San Diego’s Mexican heritage through mariachi music, traditional ballet folklorico dancing, and a celebration of arts, culture, and culinary delights.

Where: Pepper Park – 3299 Tidelands Avenue, National City, CA 91950
When: March 12, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the 5th Annual International Mariachi Festival

Gold Rush

Gold Rush

It is in our human nature to have an obsession with GOLD. The value we have put on it captivates, motivates and drives people to do incredible things. Take a step back in time and experience what life was like for many individuals who risked everything to try and make it rich quick once the news spread that gold was found and how the lure of gold changed and shaped California.

Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego – 1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 12, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $9-$17
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Brent Bernasconi

About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home.

How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night’s sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.