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Welcoming March with Blooms, Movies, Shamrocks and more!

San Diego in March means blossoming flowers and trees, spring break weather, St. Patrick’s Day, and much more. To help make planning your stay easier, we’ve compiled a list of events happening this month.

Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

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Nothing says “Spring is here” like flowers! The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch bloom for about 6-8 weeks of the year – from early March to early May. Take a day trip to Carlsbad Ranch 30 minutes north of OPI. You can walk through the fields and stop to smell the roses or join in on one of the many events Carlsbad Ranch puts on throughout the month of March. They offer wagon rides, floral arranging workshops, arts & crafts days and more!

For more information about tickets, click here.


$14/seniors (60+)

$8/child (3-10)

March 1-May 13, 2018 – 9AM-6PM
5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad

San Diego Film Week

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Are you a film lover? Enjoy a day at the movies – actually more like 10 DAYS at the movies! The second annual San Diego Film Week will be put on by the Film Consortium at the Museum of Photographic Arts. The celebration of film will include over 100 local, national, and international films, as well as a variety of panels, parties and workshops.

If you’re interested in more information on the films being shown or purchasing tickets or a pass, click here.

50 for a 5-ticket package
March 2-March 11, 2018
1649 El Prado, San Diego

Best Coast Beer Fest

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BEER = Brew. Enjoy. Empty. Repeat. Enjoy a warm day and cold beer at San Diego’s Premier Beer Festival at Embarcadero Park South! You can sample and learn more about the 90 local breweries who will be in attendance, try the local cuisine and listen a variety of bands who will be playing throughout the afternoon.

This event also helps raise money for the Charity partnered with Best Coast Beer Fest (BCBF): Cuck Fancer. Over the past 3 years, BCBF has raised over $50,000 to help raise awareness for young adult cancer survivors get back on their feet.

For more information on the charity and the event details click here.

If you’d like to purchase tickets, click here.

VIP tickets start at $105

General Admission tickets start at $50

March 10, 2018 – 2PM-5PM
200 Marina Park Way, San Diego

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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If you’re staying with us over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, join the fun and attend the annual San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade – the largest parade west of the Mississippi! There will be floats, high school marching bands, dancing groups, antique cars and representatives from Ireland. You will see it all! Thousands of spectators and marchers will celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland and their Irish Roots.

For parking information, click here.

March 17, 2018 – 10:30AM
Downtown San Diego at Fifth Avenue and Laurel St.

Irish Festival

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More St. Patrick’s Day fun includes the Irish Festival at Balboa Park. It will include Irish Step Dancers, various Irish Folk singers and bands playing throughout the afternoon, a kids zone, Celtic food, craft booths and a Beer Garden.

For more information about the event schedule, click here.

March 17, 2018 – 1PM-6PM

St. Patty’s Day Festival

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Looking to have some fun and enjoy great music while you’re in San Diego? Check out Gaslamp Quarter’s St. Patty’s Day Festival: shamROCK! There will be three stages with Irish, Celtic, and Rock Bands, DJs and Performers, Irish Dancers and 25 bars participating in the event.

To purchase tickets, click here.

March 17, 2018 – 4PM-Midnight

Champagne Brunch Cruise

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This Sunday afternoon brunch will be the highlight of your stay in San Diego. Enjoy a day on the water and a full brunch buffet with unlimited champagne for you and your special someone.

For more information check out Flagship Cruises or Hornblower Cruises.

Every Sunday in March – 11AM-1PM

Departs from Broadway Pier

1000 N Harbor Dr, San Diego

Tall Ship Adventure

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An authentic way to experience the San Diego culture is to board the gold rush era replica, the Californian! The Maritime Museum of San Diego offers the Tall Ship Adventure. Spend three hours sailing in a traditionally rigged ship. As passengers, you’ll learn about the history of sailing and exploration in San Diego, the whale and sea otter trade, various sea battles and what life is like at sea!

For more information about the Tall Ship Adventure or Maritime Museum, click here.

Here’s  a tip: if you have kids, strollers or folding chairs are not allowed on board.

General Admission tickets range from $44-$62 (entrance to all the museums included)
Every Sunday of March – 11:30AM-3PM
1492 N Harbor Dr, San Diego

La Jolla Kayak Cave Tour

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Are you up for an outdoor adventure? Just north from OPI, you can spend a day kayaking and looking at sea caves and cliffs throughout the La Jolla Ecological Reserve! No experience necessary! On your journey, you’ll see all kinds of marine life (such as sea lions, garibaldi, leopard sharks, shovelnose guitarfish or an occasional dolphin), come up close to marvelous sandstone formations, and explore seven different caves! San Diego in March is the perfect time to take advantage of a day on the water.

For more information about tickets and tours, click here.

Available all year round – every hour from 9AM-Sunset

National Comedy Theater

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Are you in need of a good laugh? During your stay, catch the National Comedy Theater Mainstage show. The content is solely on the current audience’s suggestions, and the professional cast creates an entire improv comedy show!

For more information about tickets, click here.

Every Friday or Saturday

Early Show – 7:30PM

Late Show – 9:30PM

3717 India St, San Diego

2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball

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Are you a basketball fan? If so, you won’t want to miss out on one of the biggest college basketball tournaments! The first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament will be held at San Diego State University’s basketball stadium.

To purchase tickets, click here.

For parking information, click here

March 16 & 18, 2018

Viejas Arena

5500 Canyon Crest Dr, San Diego

Trivia Night at Garage

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Are you one of those people who know random facts and like to test them once in a while? You’re in luck! During your stay, check out Garage Kitchen + Bar’s Trivia Night! Join in on the fun by grabbing a drink and a bite to eat. Make sure to check out their Taco Tuesday specials and play for a prize! This event is for ages 21 and up.

The top three teams play for: $2 carnitas tacos, $5 margaritas, $15 bucket of Corona (five beers).

Every Tuesday night – 7PM-9PM
655 Fourth Avenue, San Diego

Old Town Tour

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If you have a free night during your time at OPI, spend it exploring Old Town San Diego! During the tour you can learn about San Diego’s roots from the early Spanish settlement to the California Gold Rush Era and everything in between. You will sample authentic Mexican cuisine from a few of the best restaurants in Old Town and explore some of the oldest graveyards near the historic town in San Diego.

For more information and tickets, click link.


Meeting point: Café Coyote Restaurant

2461 San Diego Ave, San Diego

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