March 2019 Events Calendar
FUN EVENTS FOR ORANGE, LOS ANGELES & SAN DIEGO COUNTIES
Orange County Events
Orange County Farmers Markets Ongoing
List of Farmers Markets in Orange County
Lantern Festival Mar. 2
Bring the entire family for Pacific Symphony’s annual Lantern Festival, celebrating the Year of the Pig! The Lantern Festival, which can be traced back 2,000 years, takes place 15 days after the Lunar New Year—on the first full moon night in the lunar calendar—and marks the return of spring, representing the reunion of family. Admission is FREE, but tickets are required. https://www.pacificsymphony.org/
Festival of Whales Mar. 2-3 & 9-10
The annual Dana Point Festival of Whales celebrates the return
of the once-endangered California Gray Whale with a leviathan size event. http://festivalofwhales.com/
Lord of the Strings: Laurence Juber Mar. 3
Two-time Grammy winner and former lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s WINGS band, Laurence Juber is performing at SOCO and The OC Mix. Tickets are $30.
OC Restaurant Week Mar. 3-9
Dine on specially priced prix-fixe menus across Orange County. The prix fixe menus are priced at $10, $15, $20 and $25 per person for lunch, and $20, $30, $40 and $50 per person for dinner. The only thing to make for dinner during Restaurant Week are reservations! www.ocrestaurantweek.com
South County Pet EXPO Mar. 9
It’s time for the 4th Annual South County Pet Expo at the Lake Forest Sports Park. This family and pet-friendly event will also feature rescue groups with many loving animals available for adoption, fun and exciting canine demonstrations, local vendors
providing all manner of pet products and services, food trucks and giveaways. Admission, parking, and shuttles to the event are FREE! http://adoptocpets.org/events/
Newport Beach Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl Mar. 16-17
The warm weather is just around the corner and the green clovers are the sign of great things to work. Follow the rainbow with us this St. Paddy’s weekend and ring in the Spring season with the best bars and drink specials in Newport Beach!
Shamrock n' Run Mar. 17
REACH Foundation’s 2019 Shamrock n' Run with St. Jude Medical Center benefits the Placentia-Yorba Linda Middle School Track Meet and other REACH Foundation Healthy
Lifestyle Initiatives within the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District. This fun community-wide event is open to the public. Early bird registration is through Feb. 17, 2019. https://www.reach4pylusd.org/
St. Patrick’s Day at Pretend City Mar. 17
It’s the luck of the Irish! Join us for this fun-filled day as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with story time, art, and fun activities. Wear your greenest outfit for our Irish heading home parade at the end of the day. https://www.pretendcity.org/
Cherry Blossom Festival Mar. 17
A FREE day of fun for the whole family filled with Japanese food, music, dance, cultural performances, and games and crafts for the kids. This festival is in support of the over 30-year student exchange relationship Huntington Beach shares with their sister
city of Anjo, Japan. http://www.hbcbfest.com/
St. Joseph’s Day at the Mission Mar. 19
Live mariachi music, community presentations, Special Guest “Swallows Speakers”, Mission Basilica School performances, ringing of the historic bells and History of St. Joseph’s Day and Swallows Legend. https://www.missionsjc.com
German Style Carnival Fasching Mar. 19
Families with children ages 4 -17 are welcome to join an afternoon filled with activities, dances and games lead by teachers of GermanSchoolCampus.com. A family fun event with traditional Fasching’s delicatessens like the famous “Berliner”, Krapfen, and
Currywurst. This event is FREE to attend. https://www.oldworld.ws/blog/events/
Irvine International Film Festival 2019 Mar 22-28
With a focus on creative expression, cultural differences and global issues, The IIFF celebrates the power of film as a language that transcends all geographical boundaries. Screenwriters, directors, cinematographers, producers, actors, and artists from
all over the world gather in Orange Country to showcase rare films to the community and enhance public awareness. http://irvinefilmfest.com
Foam Glow Run Mar. 23
As the runners/walkers reach the Foam Glow Zones, they will run through different color foam that Glows in the Dark under our high-intensity black lights. All products are 100% natural and non-toxic. At the end of the race, there will be a Foam Glow 5K after party filled with Music pumping from the stage, Foam Glow and tons of black lights! Whether you are a long term runner or a walk around the park stroller, the 3 miles of the Foam Glow 5K course will have you shining bright and waiting for the next run. http://www.foamglow.com
Swallows Day Fiesta Grande Mar. 23
The 61st Annual Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Faire will be held in downtown San Juan Capistrano. The Parade is part of the Fiesta de las Golondrinas, which celebrates the return of the songbird on St. Joseph’s Day. The festival includes a plethora of community activities including a Kids Pet Parade, a Hairiest
Man Contest, food, entertainment and much more. www.swallowsparade.com/
WonderCon 2019 Mar. 29-31
WonderCon in Anaheim, California, is a pop culture and comic book expo explosion. The three-day jubilee features celebrity meet and greets, film and television cast and crew panel discussions, comic book author autograph sessions, exhibits, booths selling
collectibles and memorabilia, a dance party masquerade ball and all things nerd culture.
Glitterfest Mar. 31
This event features a collection of creative folks who express their talent through mixed media art. It includes handmade jewelry, sculpture, primitive dolls, paper whimsy and much more! https://www.glitterfest.com
Los Angeles County Events
Los Angeles Farmers Markets Ongoing
Cinderella: The Musical Through Mar. 24
It’s the all-time favorite, internationally acclaimed Family Theatre Series fairy tale, a classic tale with a twist offering romantics from all walks of life the chance to try on the glass slipper and help Cinderella find her happily-ever-after. For tickets and showtimes
please visit: https://www.santamonicaplayhouse.com/cinderella.html
CicLAvia Mar. 3
Join us for the first CicLAvia of 2019! On March 3rd Culver City, Mar Vista and Palms will host the country’s largest open streets event! Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space. This event is
FREE to attend and will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
L.A. Festival of Colors Mar. 9-10
L.A.’s Festival of Colors brings the traditional Indian custom of Holi—during which revelers douse each other in colorful powder as a way to welcome spring—to the West coast. There will also be Bhangra (group Punjabi folk dancing) and performances by
world-music phenoms. http://www.festivalofcolorsla.com/
Almond Blossom Festival Mar. 9-10
Almond Blossom Festival has arts and crafts, food vendors, carnival rides, live music, and a car show at George Lane Park in Quartz Hill. This event is FREE to attend.
Arcade Expo Mar. 15-17
Bump and tilt your way to pinball wizardry at the Arcade Expo. This three-day tournament and expo at the Museum of Pinball (700 S Hathaway) in Banning includes free play on 1,100 modern and retro arcade cabinets and pinball machines.
PaleyFest Mar. 15-24
PaleyFest is the premier television festival in the country—a must-attend entertainment event produced by The Paley Center for Media that brings you together with the talent behind your favorite TV shows. Join us at the world-renowned Dolby Theatre,
as the hottest stars delight fans with exclusive behind-the-scenes scoops, hilarious anecdotes, and breaking news stories. Enjoy a screening followed by a discussion with your favorite stars live on stage, capped off by a Q & A with the audience.
25th Annual Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade Mar. 16.
It’s no emerald seaside, but Hermosa Beach injects a bit of Irish spirit into the coastal city for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Bagpipers, marching bands, cars decked out in green and festive pups from the Irish Setters Club of Southern California all make
their way across the seven-block route. http://business.hbchamber.net
Calabasas Shamrock Shuffle Mar. 16
Don’t miss out on the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in town! Run, jog, or walk along the beautiful streets of Calabasas this St. Patty’s Day during the Shamrock Shuffle 5K or Fun Run! After the race, enjoy the Irish Festival in Aguoura Hills with Irish music, games, food, a beer garden, and much more. The post-race St. Patrick’s Day
celebration is FREE! https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/Calabasas/CalabasasShamrockShuffle
Pasadena Spring Home Show Mar. 16-17
At the Home Show, our goal is simple: to inspire, motivate and excite you for your upcoming home improvement – whether it’s a minor renovation or a major remodel. After meeting with and comparing our expert exhibitors, we know you’ll be inspired and motivated to start planning with confidence. More importantly, we want you to be
excited for all the fantastic possibilities that come with your project!
L.A. Nature Fest Mar. 16-17
The Natural History Museum is celebrating that amazing urban wilderness with garden tours, nature walks, and early morning bird walks. Come out over two days for music and family-friendly performances, as well as crafts and animal presentations.
St. Patrick’s Day Block Party & Bar Crawl Mar. 17
Taking place in TWO locations (downtown L.A. and Hollywood) is the very anticipated St. Patrick’s Day celebration! Dress in green and enjoy a pint, Irish cuisine, music, and other
festivities to celebrate the day. Get your tickets today!
Inflatable Run & Festival Mar. 23
When you arrive at The Inflatable Run & Festival, you won’t have to wait in the registration line because your items were sent directly to your door. So you stroll through the entry gate; you look around at all the inflatable attractions and decide to start with your first 1-mile lap on the inflatable obstacle course.
13th Annual Airport ArtWalk Mar. 23
The Annual Airport ArtWalk in Santa Monica showcases the artist studios and multiple creative venues that occupy the airport’s converted airplane hangars. Featuring art and ceramic demonstrations, theater and art workshops, live music and food
trucks, the ArtWalk offers a fun-filled day of artistic exploration. Best
of all, this event is FREE to attend. https://www.smgov.net/Portals/Culture/
LA Marathon Mar. 24
Kicking off at Dodgers Stadium, this annual parade of physical endurance and community spirit winds its way through 26.2 miles of L.A., culminating at Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. More than 25,000 runners will participate, and even if you aren’t one of them, being a spectator can be an exhilarating experience as well. http://www.lamarathon.com
Latin Food Fest Mar. 29-30
Come and celebrate our 7th annual Hispanic culinary extravaganza! Enjoy celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, tasty appetizers, beer, wine, spirits, live music, and MUCH more. https://latinfoodfest.com/events-los-angeles/
San Diego County Events
San Diego Farmers Markets Ongoing
San Diego Food Trucks Ongoing
Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch Mar. 1 – May 12
This SoCal attraction will open its doors with new landscaping and renovations. See the display gardens developed by the San Diego Master Gardeners, get lost in the fragrant sweet pea maze with new pathways, learn about composting and gardening in
the new greenhouses that will offer classes for local elementary students and residents. http://www.theflowerfields.com
Mickey Cafagna Memorial Golf Classic Mar. 1
The 6th Annual Mickey Cafagna Memorial Golf Classic, presented by the Poway Chamber of Commerce, gets underway with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. In keeping with Mickey’s charitable spirit, a portion of this year’s profits will be donated to the Poway Chapter of Soroptimist International, a global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
Spring Home & Garden Show Mar. 1-3
Over 400 exhibits. Everything for your home improvement needs all under one (actually two) roofs. See the annual garden landscape features, where local landscape contractors and horticulturalists put their most creative foot forward to inspire the
Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K Run/Walk Mar. 2
The Annual Finish Chelsea’s Run in honor of Chelsea King will feature a competitive 5K race and fun run/walk, family festival, children’s activities, team competition, entertainment, and refreshments. https://chelseaslight.org/programs/finish-chelseas-run/
Mardi Gras Beads, Bites, and Booze Tour Mar. 2
We will be serving up New Orleans inspired bites and Carnival inspired cocktails throughout the Gaslamp Quarter with BEADS, BEADS and more BEADS from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets to the Gaslamp Mardi Gras Beads, Bites and Booze Tour are only
$25 in advance or $30 on the day of!
Festival of Science & Engineering: Expo Day Mar. 2
Expo Day is the official kick-off celebration for festival week featuring hundreds of exhibitors and gives attendees a major preview of what’s to come to area businesses, schools, libraries, and museums throughout the county during Festival Week, eight
days of learning, hands-on activities, innovation, and behind-the-scenes opportunities for students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as adults and families, to ignite their passion for STEM education. https://www.lovestemsd.org/
San Diego Yoga Festival Mar. 2-3
Come one, come all to the San Diego Yoga Festival in Imperial Beach! This event is perfect for Yoga practitioners of all levels: first-time, beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Bring your dog, or bring a friend to the beach to try a new yoga class!
Busker Festival Mar. 2-3
A Busker is a street performer. The celebration brings colorful street performers – from jugglers on unicycles to stilt walkers, contortionists, and acrobats – to the waterfront shopping, dining, and entertainment district. This event is FREE to attend.
St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon, BeerFest, and Tribes & Clans Mar. 3
St. Patrick’s Day half marathon, 5K run/walk, Green Mile Fun Run, and Tribes and Clans crossfit-style competition. http://www.stpatricksdayhalf.com/
Best Coast Beer Fest Mar. 9
Taste beer from nearly 100 of the West Coast’s craft breweries enjoy local bands and a food truck alley. Every ticket sold helps a cancer patient. http://bestcoastbeerfest.com/san-diego-2
San Diego Half Marathon & 5K Mar. 10
Founded in 2012, the San Diego Half Marathon is a premier race that celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of San Diego while raising money to help its communities. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3), all net proceeds are donated to community service projects and
local charitable causes. http://sdhalfmarathon.com/
San Diego Leprechaun Run Mar. 16
Before you wash down your Shepard’s Pie with a pint of Guinness, head over to Pacific Beach for the Leprechaun Run! The 5K starts at 9:00 a.m. and the kids run begins at 10:00 a.m. After the run, redeem your drink ticket at Maverick’s in Pacific Beach!
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Mar. 16
The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the LARGEST parade west of the Mississippi! The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and includes more than 120 floats, marching bands, Police and Fire Departments, dancers, and much more. Following the parade is
the Irish Festival in Balboa Park from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
San Diego Cake Show Mar. 16-17
With a cake design competition open to everyone, a variety of decorating classes for all skill levels, decorating demonstrations, plus raffles and vendor booths featuring a wide range of decorating tools, tips, and supplies. https://sandiegocakeshow.com/
Cherry Blossom Week & Festival Mar. 18-24
The Japanese Friendship Garden’s (JFG) 2019 Cherry Blossom Week is March 18 through March 21. During this time, select vendors will be set up throughout JFG giving guests a sneak peek of what’s to come during the weekend. JFG will bloom into a full
festival from March 22 through March 24 with crafts from local merchants, performances, a beer and sake garden, tea garden, street food, and children’s activities! http://www.niwa.org/cbf19
LPGA Kia Classic Mar. 25-31
Entering its tenth year, the 2019 Kia Classic will be held at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California March 25th –31st. The Kia Classic features 144 of the best women golfers playing for the $1.8 million purse. The field features 2018 Kia Classic Champion Eun-Hee Ji and crowd favorites Lydia Ko, Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, and Lexi Thompson. http://www.kiaclassic.com/
Rolando Street Fair Mar. 31
Located on pretty Rolando Boulevard between towering Silk Oaks (planted over 75 years ago) you can spend the day enjoying our neighborhood, meeting old friends, and making new ones! Enjoy live music, local artists and musicians, food, kids’ activities, and a
beer garden! https://www.rolandocc.org/