Because of the widespread closures of clubs and venues, the postponement of larger events, and the temporary halt of dining in at restaurants due to Covid-19 safety restrictions, we've changed our weekly Things to Do to things that you can do from home, or at the very least, are safe to do and helpful to the local business community.

 

March 19

Beer

Get Some Beer To-Go

Since we’re all spending a lot of time at home, and probably worried at that, it might be good to have some beer on hand, and local breweries are offering plenty of beer to-go options. Read Beth Demmon’s latest The Tap column for details.

 

March 20

Music

Buy Music Online

A lot of independent artists are going to be hurting from having to cancel tours, so consider buying music via Bandcamp, which on Friday will be waiving its revenue share so that artists will receive 100 percent of sales. Here are some suggestions, as well as ways to support local venues and record stores.

 

March 21

Food

Get Some Take-Out or a Restaurant Gift Card

Since restaurants are closed for dine-in service right now, support your local restaurants by getting some take-out or delivery service. Or consider buying a gift certificate. Some restaurant groups like Consortium Holdings are using gift card proceeds to help out restaurant employees facing unemployment and lost wages.

 

March 22

Shopping

Buy from Boutiques Online

A lot of local boutiques have closed their physical stores, but they’re still doing online sales. We put together a list of local shops with websites where you can purchase wares.

 

March 23

Wellness

Meditation

Now’s as good a time as any to get in the practice of meditation at home. It’s a good time to remind ourselves to stay grounded. Read about how Editor-in-Chief Erin Meanley Glenny’s experience with meditation made a positive impact on her life.

 

March 24

Drinks

Make Cocktails At Home

We can’t go to bars right now, but we can do some at-home mixing. Read about some local favorites you can mix yourself in the latest edition of The Sip.

 

March 25

Food

Try Out a New Recipe

There’s never been a better time to add some new items to your cooking repertoire, grocery inventory permitting. May we suggest the Busalacchi family bolognese?

 

Past Events

March 11

Theater

La Cage aux Folles - POSTPONED. Performances will resume on April 16

A hilarious introduction ensues when two families with vastly different political views and lifestyles meet before a wedding.

Cygnet Theatre, 7:30 p.m.; $45 (through 5/2).

 

Art

Out of the Shadows: Contemporary Chinese Photography 

Expect nontraditional perspectives and media in the new exhibit 

Museum of Photographic Arts (through 9/6).

 

Science

San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering

Let your imagination run wild during the nine-day event, kicking off with Expo Day at Petco Park.

Various Venues; Free (through March 15).

 

Theater

House of Joy 

An empowering story of a female bodyguard in 17th-century India.

Lyceum Theatre, 8 p.m.; $22-55 (through March 29).

 

Theater

Fly - CANCELED; La Jolla Playhouse will offer an update on performances after March 31

A modern-day Peter Pan story, this new musical promises to dazzle with dynamic choreography and aerial acrobatics.

La Jolla Playhouse, 7:30 p.m.; $25-97 (through March 29).

 

Art

México Quiero Conocerte

The work of two celebrated Latin American photographers appears in this new exhibit.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (through March 15).

 

Art

Illusion: The Magic of Motion

MoPA’s newest exhibit is all about crystallizing the moments within movement.

Museum of Photographic Arts (through January 2021).

 

Art

Hunt Slonem: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Admire paintings of bunnies, butterflies, and tropical birds.

Madison Gallery, Free (through March 20).

 

Theater

The Outsider

The Paul Slade Smith play offers nonpartisan political humor and biting satire.

North Coast Repertory Theatre, 8 p.m.; $41-46 (through March 15).

 

Art

Illumination

Sixteen local artists team up with scientists and technologists from major research institutions for an experimental, innovative art show.

San Diego Art Institute, noon; $5 (through May 3).

Nature

Flower Fields

50 acres of ranunculus in full bloom to see all spring long.

Carlsbad Ranch; $18-24 (open through May 10).

 

March 12

Comedy

Whose Live Anyway?

Cast members from the TV hit Whose Line Is It Anyway? take their improv comedy show on the road.

California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 7:30 p.m.; $27-78.

 

March 13

Community

6th Annual Women’s Symposium - POSTPONED until fall

Top women leaders share their insights and stories of success.

Academy of Our Lady of Peace, 8:30 a.m.; Free.

 

March 14

Music

Frances Quinlan - CANCELED

The Hop Along vocalist heads to San Diego in support of her new album, Likewise. We featured one of her songs on our recent Spring Playlist.

The Casbah, 8:30 p.m.; $13-15.

 

St. Patrick’s Day

San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival  - CANCELED

Paint the town green!

Balboa Park, 10:30 a.m.; Free.

 

Theater

Little Women  - POSTPONED until further notice

The stage adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel is a chance for audiences to fall in love with the March sisters all over again. Read our Q&A with playwright Kate Hamill.

The Old Globe, 8 p.m.; $30-94 (through April 19).

 

Gala

La Jolla Playhouse Gala 

Attend the big bash at The Prado to hear Broadway star Jenn Colella (Come from AwayIf/Then).

The Prado, 5:30 p.m.; $750.

 

March 15

Books

Barrio Stories with Vera Sanchez

A class for Latinx writers who want to write about their experiences with family and culture.

San Diego Writers Ink, 10 a.m.; $30-36.

 

March 16

Theater

Voices of Ireland

Write Out Loud celebrates classic and contemporary Irish storytelling.

Lamb’s Players Theater, 7:30 a.m.; $40.

 

Nature

Cherry Blossom Week

Partake in a visual feast of blooming cherry blossoms, along with food, beer and sake and live performances.

Japanese Friendship Garden, $10-14 (through March 22).

 

March 17

Holiday

St. Patrick’s Day

Venues throughout San Diego are celebrating the luck of the Irish. Find out the right one for you in our St. Patrick’s Day guide.

Various Venues

 

March 18

Charity

Volunbeers: Wine Edition - POSTPONED until further notice

Help out Serving Seniors by making crafts while enjoying a glass of wine.

KoiZen Cellars, 6 p.m.; $10-20.

 

Past Events

March 5

Pop Culture

San Diego Comic Fest

Geek out for the four-day festival, a more intimate Comic-Con alternative.

Four Points by Sheraton San Diego, 7 p.m. (10 a.m. all other dates); Free-$50 (through March 8).

 

Arts

Cirque du Soleil: Ovo

Enter the buzzing world of insects in Cirque’s latest, bringing four days of high-flying acrobatics to San Diego.

Viejas Arena, 7 p.m.; $45-104 (through March 8).

 

Music

Robyn Hitchcock

The legendary singer/songwriter brings his witty psychedelic folk to town.

The Casbah, 7:30 p.m.; $20-25.

 

Theater

Hurricane Diane 

This new comedy at The Old Globe follows the Greek god Dionysus disguised as a modern-day gardener, on a secret quest to seduce some New Jersey housewives.

The Old Globe, 8 p.m.; $66-78 (through March 8).

 

March 6

Music

Blake Shelton 

The country crooner and longtime coach on The Voice performs on his Friends and Heroes 2020 tour.

Pechanga Arena, 7 p.m.; $72-242.

 

Dance

Balanchine and More 

City Ballet’s production features works by famed choreographers throughout the weekend.

Spreckels Theatre, 8 p.m.; $27-92 (through March 8).

 

Home/Garden

Spring Home/Garden Show

Plan your next DIY home improvement project during the three-day.

Del Mar Fairgrounds, 10 a.m.; $5 (through March 8).

 

March 7

 

Music

Busker Festival

Street performers from around the world entertain audiences for the weekend.

Seaport Village, noon; Free (through March 8).

 

March 8

Music

International Mariachi Festival & Competition

Bands from across the US and Mexico battle it out.

Bayside Park, 11 a.m.; $10.

 

Magic

Shin Lim 

The America’s Got Talent winner brings his mystifying close-up card magic to San Diego.

Civic Theatre, 7 p.m.; $51-81.

 

March 9

Music

Tame Impala

The Australian psychedelic pop band comes to San Diego in support of new album The Slow Rush.

Pechanga Arena, 7 p.m.; $50-80.

 

March 10

Music

Art of Elan: Observations

The chamber group presents a concert inspired by artist Manierre Dawson.

San Diego Museum of Art, 7 p.m.; $45-50.

 

March 11

Science/Beer

Suds & Science

Pure Project will provide the beer at this panel discussion where you actually get to have a beer with scientists.

San Diego Art Institute, 6 p.m.; $5.

 

Music

Dan Deacon

The Baltimore-based electronic pop experimentalist comes to San Diego on his Mystic Familiar tour.

Music Box, 9 p.m.; $22.