Nick Karvounis

Top Things to Do in San Diego – March 4-9, 2014

Mardis Gras in the Gaslamp

The rain storms have passed and San Diego is back to its fabulous winter weather – sunny with a chance of perfect!  Check out some great things to do this week:

Fat Tuesday: San Diego Mardi Gras Parade & Celebration

Mardis Gras in the Gaslamp

It’s a carnival atmosphere in the Gaslamp during Mardi Gras

Those who think only NOLA knows how to celebrate Fat Tuesday have clearly never been to San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter for Mardi Gras. The biggest block party of the year features 22 city blocks with 3 main stages and 3 satellite stages, a DJ appearance by Snoopadelic, and a parade for more than 30,000 revelers.

Where: Market Street & 5th Avenue, San Diego 92101
When: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Cost: $35-75
>Find out more about the San Diego Mardi Gras Parade & Celebration

A Side-Splitting Night of Comedy with TJ Miller

He’s been named one of Variety’s “Top 10 comics to watch”, and that’s for a good reason.  His unique delivery of jokes and perspective on current affairs will leave you rolling in the aisles. Aside from a genuinely funny persona, his comedy is smart and on-the-edge.  You may recognize him from various TV and film appearances including Seeking a Friend for the End of the World with Steve Carrell, and Rock of Ages opposite Tom Cruise!  Watch him in the Moto X “Lazy Phone” commercial above for a quick laugh!

Where: The American Comedy Company, 818 B 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Thursday, March 6 – Saturday March 8, 2014
Cost: $24
>Read more about TJ Miller and American Comedy Company

Run with the Best: 3rd Annual San Diego Half-Marathon

san diego half marathon

Have you been training? It’s half-marathon time!

Grab your runnin’ shoes and enjoy the scenic beauty of San Diego along this 13.1 mile course though the city. This fantastic course begins at Petco Park under the Omni San Diego Hotel Sky Brige and winds throughout America’s Finest City. Enjoy spectacular views of San Diego Bay, Liberty Station, neighborhoods including Mission Hills and Hillcrest, and a final downhill stretch along Balboa Park. And what better way to finish than a block party at the historic Gaslamp Quarter! You can also participate in less rigorous events including the 2-person relay (you and a partner complete the race together) and a 5k for all ages.

Where: Varies – Runners, see your final registration instructions for meeting points.
When: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Cost: 5k – $45; Relay – $80; Half Marathon – $109
>Find out more about the San Diego Half Marathon

9th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Full Bloom

japanese friendship garden cherry blossom

Enjoy the sights and smells of cherry blossoms this weekend.

Winter may not officially end until March 19th, but in San Diego, the colors of spring bloom earlier than most parts of the country. Be part of the Japanese tradition of hanami, which means “enjoying the beauty of the Cherry Blossoms.”  For the eighth year, the Japanese Friendship Garden invites guests to stroll along the picturesque paths featuring more than 150 cherry trees. Cultural performances, samples from the Sapporo Beer Garden, authentic Japanese street food, and activities for the entire family round out a memorable day in Balboa Park.

Where: Balboa Park, 2215 Pan American Way E, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Cost: $6 adults; $5 Seniors, Military, Students; Kids under 6 free
>Find out more about the 9th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

San Diego Opera Presents a Masked Ball

San Diego Opera 2014

Get some culture: the San Diego Opera puts on a terrific show.

If you don’t speak Italian, that’s just fine.  Supertitles are projected in English above the stage for a complete translation during the show. Plus, the music alone is worth the price of admission. Giuseppe Verdi’s A Masked Ball is the story of friendship, love, jealousy and cold-blooded murder – all told through spectacular sets, award-winning music, and of course, legendary operatic ballads. With an all-star cast of world-renowned opera singers, the San Diego Opera production is sure to leave you cheering Bravo!

Where: San Diego Civic Theater, 1100 3rd Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 8-16, 2014
Cost: $35 – $225
>Read more about the San Diego Opera’s production of A Masked Ball

La Jolla Music Society Presents SIRO-A, an Interactive Hi-Tech Performance

Siro-A San Diego

You’ll have to see SIRO-A to understand…

It’s hard to compare this unique act to anything else on the planet. To say that they are Japan’s answer to the out-of-this-world vaudeville troupe, Blue Man Group, might be a close start. Fusing visual effects, mime, dance, puppetry, and a rockin’ electro soundtrack, SIRO-A is a collaborative show from six talented performers who interact with technology like you’ve never seen before.  Lasers, animation, and video projection are just some of the enhancements you’ll see when the lights go down this Sunday!

Where: La Jolla Music Society, 868 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Cost: $27 – $67
>Read more about the innovative group SIRO-A

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Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – March 5-10, 2013

Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth

This weekend is all about the theater, with Mike Tyson telling the truth and Sean Connery in an outfit that cannot be unseen! Here are the top things to do this weekend in San Diego.

Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth directed by Spike Lee

Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth

Don’t miss this rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most complicated men ever to wear the heavyweight crown. This riveting one man show goes beyond the headlines, behind the scenes and between the lines to deliver a must-see theatrical knockout!

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre – 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
When: March 5, 2013
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $25-$500
> Find out more about Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth directed by Spike Lee

San Diego Latino Film Festival

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San Diego’s proximity to Mexico makes it a natural venue for this prestigious 11-day film festival, now celebrating its 20th year, focusing on works by Latinos or about the Latino experience. More than 160 films and videos from across Latin America and the United States will be screened with many of the directors and actors in attendance.

Where: UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center – 7510 Hazard Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92108
When: March 7-17, 2013
Cost: Varies
> Find out more about the San Diego Latino Film Festival

TrashTalk Theater Cosmic Double Feature

Trash Talk Theater Cosmic Double Feature - Top Things to Do in San Diego

By blending the filmgoing experience and social media, TrashTalk Theater allows you to comment and critique films for all to see while not audibly disturbing the movie goers around you. This event marks TrashTalk Theater’s very first steps into documentary territory with a screening of Children of the Stars, a film by local San Diego filmmaker Bill Perrine, and John Boorman’s ZardozRemember to bring a laptop (recommended), tablet or smartphone to participate.

Where: Victory Theatre – 2558 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92102
When: March 7, 2013
Time: 6:30 to 10:00 PM
Cost: $7
> Find out more about TrashTalk Theater Cosmic Double Feature

8th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Walk through the Cherry Grove at the Japanese Friendship Garden.

Walk through the Cherry Grove at the Japanese Friendship Garden.

Celebrate spring and the Japanese tradition of hanami (enjoying the beauty of the cherry blossoms). More than 150 cherry blossom trees will be blooming in the new 9 acre expansion of the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. There will also be cultural performances, food, a Sapporo beer garden, family friendly activities and unique gifts from local vendors.

Where: 2215 Pan American Way, San Diego, CA 92101 (Downtown)
When: March 9, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Free with admission
> Find out more about the 8th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Board Shorts Surf Film Festival

Board Shorts Surf Film Festival - Top Things to Do in San Diego

The Board Shorts Film Festival is a festival of short surf films by international artists featuring women. Now in its 2nd year, the Board Shorts Film Festival is moving to a larger venue and will be an evening of live music, food, drink (beer provided by Green Flash Brewing) and great short films. Ashley Lloyd Thompson will be hosting and performing along with her band The Shapes.

Where: Bird’s Surf Shed – 1091 West Morena Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92110
When: March 9, 2013
Time: Starts at 6:30 PM
Cost: $20
> Find out more about the Board Shorts Surf Film Festival

> Browse more top things to do on the San Diego Event Calendar

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