San Diego's Best Events in March
Run, Forrest, run to see pal Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band rock out to raise money for wounded American military at Temecula’s Town Square Park. $35 and up. www.temeculatheater.org.
Johnny Depp takes to the postmodern West in the black-and-white 1995 film Dead Man, screened at San Diego Museum of Art’s First Friday Films. $5 members; $10 nonmembers. www.sdmart.org.
Sip and swirl your way through Temecula’s World of Wine Weekend, two days of self-guided tours and barrel tastings at more than 30 wineries. $99 for two-day tickets. www.temeculawines.org.
In Carlsbad, burger lovers get elevated to a new level of organic deliciousness at Elevation Burger’s grand opening celebration. Free. www.elevationburger.com.
The US GRANT hosts its fourth annual bridal showcase, Love, Etc,* with more than 60 local wedding vendors. $20. www.usgrant.net/love
Raise a pint – and “what’s left of the flag” – for Celtic punk rockers Flogging Molly swigging and singing their “drunken lullabies” at the House of Blues. $35 and up. www.houseofblues.com.
It’s 10 days of films by and about Latino artists as Media Arts Center San Diego presents the 19th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Hazard Center. Full event passes start at $35. www.sdlatinofilm.com.
Bald is beautiful at the St. Baldrick’s shave-a-thon at Quality Social. $10 donation. www.stbaldricks.org.
The San Diego Symphony provides the soundtrack to 1920s The Mark of Zorro on Silent Film Night. $20. www.sandiegosymphony.org.
Enlist a DD, put on your drinking cap and prepare to try varietals from more than 150 family-owned California wineries at Tasting 2012 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. $45 and up. www.familywinemakers.org.
Eat your way through Encinitas on the budget-friendly gastronomic feast that is a Grub Sprawl. $5 per taste. www.grubsprawl.com.
Female golfers share their love of the sport—and the post-game libations—at Women on Course’s Nine & Wine networking event at Rancho Bernardo Inn. www.womenoncourse.com.
Meanwhile smoke and drink lovers get their swagger on at the swanky five-course Beer and Cigar Dinner at Stone Brewing Company. $94.01. www.stonebrew.com.
Comedienne Sandra Bernhard brings her satire to the cabaret-style Potiker Theatre stage in her new show I Love Being Me, Don’t You? $35 and up. www.lajollaplayhouse.org.
It’s a weekend of eclectic music options, as Pala Casino pays tribute to the King in its three-day contest, The Rockin’ Elvis Fest. $10 and up. www.palacasino.com.
Fiddles and banjos rock the beat at The Old Town Temecula Bluegrass Festival. www.temeculacalifornia.com
Get lucky like the Irish at San Diego’s two biggest St. Patrick’s Day festivities: the free St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival—featuring a rollicking beer garden—at Balboa Park, and ShamROCK, a green-carpeted celebration in the Gaslamp. $35 and up. www.gaslamp.org.
Explore the architecture of early 20th century Bankers Hill on SOHO’s annual Historic Home Tour. $30 and up. www.sohosandiego.org.
A week of scientific wonder awaits at the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering. www.sdsciencefestival.com.
The distinguished Kyoto Prize Symposium is back in town, kicking off with a gala at the Bayfront Hilton, Mar. 20th. The current laureates will present at SDSU and UCSD, Mar. 21st and USD, Mar. 22nd. http://kyotoprize-us.org.
As the place where stars like Tina Fey and Steve Carell got their start, The Second City knows how to spot talent. You never know who you’ll discover when the sketch comedy troupe’s Laugh out Loud Tour comes to La Jolla Playhouse. $30 and up. www.secondcity.com.
Three cheers for our city’s brews! The San Diego Brewery Awards spotlights the finest at Tap Hunter’s second annual craft brew celebration. awards.taphunter.com.
TNT returns to downtown’s Museum of Contemporary Art for a night of “Ten Thousand Waves.” $8 and up. www.mcasd.org.
Crossover country act Lady Antebellum brings its uber-catchy tunes to the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. $30 and up. www.livenation.com.
Meanwhile, hipsters stroll the scene in South Park at the spring Walkabout. www.southparkscene.com.
At the Natural History Museum, Mayor Jerry Sanders will kick off the night with the Memories in the Making Art Auction benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association San Diego/Imperial Chapter. www.alz.org/sandiego
Save $25 at the Westfield UTC Eileen Fisher and support local leadership programs for women and girls. 10% of proceeds that day benefits Girls on the Run San Diego. http://www.eileenfisher.com/
Street acts amaze and inspire at Seaport Village’s free Spring Busker Festival. www.seaportvillage.com.
Chocoholic runners race for sweet rewards in the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K. www.hotchocolate15k.com.
Long live long hair! The hair-band musical Rock of Ages brings the 80s back to the Broadway/San Diego stage. $20 and up. www.broadwaysd.com.
If trippy tunes of the 70s are more your speed, escape to the Pink Floyd Experience at the House of Blues. $25 and up. www.houseofblues.com.
Witness on-the-water athleticism at its finest as some of the nation’s best rowers race along Mission Bay in the San Diego Crew Classic regatta. www.crewclassic.org. (see photo above)
Six of San Diego’s best female jazz artists come together for the Women in Jazz concert at Carlsbad’s Museum of Making Music. $15 and up. www.museumofmakingmusic.org.
A century, a blockbuster film, and one Celine Dion megahit later, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum takes you on a historic tour through a timeless tragedy. Through September. $27. www.sdnhm.org.