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Things To Do in San Diego This Weekend: Feb. 28–Mar. 3

Raise money for local music students in Pacific Beach, headbang to EDM hitmakers at CRSSD and eat your way through the city during San Diego Restaurant Week
Carlsbad Flower Fields in San Diego during Spring
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Food and Drink Events in San Diego

Connecting en la Cocina: Empowerment, Resistance & Wisdom-Keeping Opening 

March 2

This Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Centro Cultural de la Raza will host a night of art and live music with the opening of two new exhibitions and a fundraiser to remodel the Centro kitchen. In celebration of Women’s History Month, the event will feature the opening of the Connecting en la Cocina and Because We Eat exhibitions and a women’s market as well as several local artists, musicians and food vendors. RSVPs are not required to attend, but they are encouraged. 

2004 Park Boulevard, Balboa Park

San Diego Restaurant Week 

March 3–10

San Diego Restaurant Week begins this Sunday stretching along the coast from Oceanside down to Imperial Beach. Participating SDRW locations will be offering multi-course menus for lunch and dinner beginning at $20 through March 10. There will be food to try all over the city and plenty of unique options, with over 100 SDRW locations, whether you’re searching for a new brunch spot or a swanky steak dinner. Reservations are recommended. Check out the full list of participating restaurants and price ranges.


Lakehouse 3rd Annual Food & Wine Festival 

March 3

Lakehouse Resort will host a day on the lake with 40 participating food, beer and wine vendors, live music from Perry O’Neal and as much food and drinks as attendees can handle. Guests will vote for their favorite food and drink and can check out the Brandt Beef experience which includes a beef tallow candle making station, a butcher case display and five chefs pairing Brandt Beef items with local spirits. Ticket options include $95 general admission tickets, $125 early entry tickets which come with an extra hour beginning 11 a.m. and $185 VIP passes which feature access via a luxury cruise to the island in Lake San Marcos for selections from exclusive vendors. 

1105 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos 

People dancing at San Diego's Waterfront Park during the CRSSD Festival Spring 2024 happening downtown this weekend
Courtesy of CRSSD Festival

Concerts & Theatre in San Diego

Mission Bay High School Preservationists Jazz Band Fundraiser

February 28

Community members can help raise money for Mission Bay High School’s Preservationists Jazz Band to visit New Orleans and explore the city’s jazz heritage by attending this event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m this Sunday at Soledad Club. Guests will be able bid on silent auction items to to help students reach their goal of $20K for their annual trip. Tickets to the fundraiser dinner cost $30 per person, $40 for preferred seating, and donations can be made here

5050 Soledad Road, Pacific Beach

Sitting on Stacy With Saint Luna & Band of Gringos at Music Box

February 29

Three rockin’ bands in the San Diego music scene will receive the spotlight during this Leap Day concert at Music Box headlined by Sitting on Stacy, a trio of childhood friends and San Diego State alums who’ve gone from playing on campus to touring with the Jonas Brothers. Sitting on Stacy will be joined by Pacific Beach’s own Saint Luna, who are fresh off the release of their debut album, and eclectic Ocean Beach-based group Band of Gringos. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the show beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22. 

1337 India Street, Downtown

San Diego Theatre Month

March 1–31

San Diegans can support a handful of local theatre productions during this month-long promotion of the city’s wide-ranging performing arts community. San Diego Theatre Month, the San Diego Performing Arts League’s annual program, highlights the many performing arts happenings throughout the county during March with discounted tickets sold at $15, $30 and $45 intervals.

This weekend’s offerings include tickets to the Harry Potter-inspired Puffs at the San Diego Junior Theatre ($15), Clyde’s at Moxie Theater ($30), How I Learned To Drive at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center ($30-$45) and various free performances at Mockingbird Improv. Check out the full list of discounted performances here

San Diego County

Las Migas

March 2

With sounds of violin, guitar and lovely vocals, the Spanish quartet Las Migas play world-class flamenco and Mediterranean music with each member of the group representing a unique region of the country and bringing a distinct style to their music. The group’s songs feature beautiful and complex rhythms with strong Latin influences and their concert at UC San Diego’s Epstein Family Amphitheater will take audiences on a journey through their musical evolution. Tickets for Saturday’s performance range from $28-$33. 

9480 Innovation Lane, La Jolla

Chris Stapleton at Petco Park 

March 2

Lace on your boots and put on your cowboy hats for a concert from country superstar Chris Stapleton. Stapleton is a magnetic presence on stage, combining his country origins, tenor vocal range and soul music inspirations for a resoundingly powerful Nashville sound. Known for songs like “Tennessee Whiskey” and “White Horse,” and for all-timer performances at the Grammys and Austin City Limits, Stapleton will serenade a San Diego crowd of more than 40,000 at Petco Park this Saturday night. Tickets are sold out, but there are still resale tickets available (though you are now at the mercy of Ticketmaster).

100 Park Boulevard, Downtown

CRSSD Festival Spring 2024

March 2–3

Over 35 electronic music artists will take over Waterfront Park (rain or shine) for two packed days of live music with three stages playing house, techno and EDM. The lineup for CRSSD’s annual spring edition is headlined by artists like house music aficionado Armand Van Helden, Detroit techno legend Jeff Mills, and Dutch DJ Joris Voorn. CRSSD After Dark will also make its return with a series of after parties held at clubs in downtown, Hillcrest, Five Points and more to keep the party going all night. Two-day tickets are still available ($239-$249) as well as single-day passes for Saturday or Sunday ($130-$140). 

1600 Pacific Highway, Embarcadero 

San Diego Symphony’s 3rd Annual Picnic at the Park

March 3

Enjoy an afternoon at Jacobs Park with live music by musicians from the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Rebecca Jade plus Jeff Berkley and The Band. Activities include a San Diego Padres fast-pitch station, an autograph signing session from Richard Blais for his new healthy recipe cookbook Plant Forward with wife Jazmin, plus plenty of giveaways. Guests are welcome to bring picnics, blankets, chairs. Rady Shell vendors Biga Pizza, Lola 55, Urban Kitchen and Cali Creamery will also have food for purchase. Anyone interested in attending can RSVP here for more details; gates will open for the Picnic at the Park at 10:30 a.m. and RSVPs do not guarantee admission to the event. 

222 Marina Park Way, Embarcadero

A painting of Sunset Cliffs from San Diego artist Kevin Inman who's exhibit "San Diego Scenes" will be available for viewing this weekend
Courtesy of The Moving Castle

Festivals and Art Exhibits in San Diego

San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering

March 2

STEAM enthusiasts of all ages, from esports players to mechanical engineering professors, are invited to Snapdragon Stadium from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday for the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering. There will be over 100 interactive activities from a variety of academia, community, and government organizations designed to inspire the next generation of scientists and foster the search for innovation. The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering is free for all with no prior registration necessary. 

2101 Stadium Way, Mission Valley 

San Diego Scenes Artist Reception

March 2

Gallery 21 is celebrating San Diego Scenes, a new exhibition from San Diego-based landscape artist Kevin Inman which highlights his San Diego-centric paintings made over the course of 15 years, with an opening reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday. On display daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March 11, San Diego Scenes depicts Inman’s love for the city, its community, geography and energy through colors and brushstrokes. 

1770 Village Place, Balboa Park

Colorful blooming flowers in the spring at the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch
Courtesy of the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

More Fun Things to Do in San Diego

The Flower Fields 

Opens March 1 

Though the rain refuses to go away for good, springtime is just around the corner in San Diego; and there is no better seasonal sight than the Flower Fields in Carlsbad. Through May 12, visitors can witness the colorful and vivid ranunculus flowers as they evolve into full bloom, plus enjoy a variety of activities including themed gardens and displays, tractor wagon tours, picnics and more across the two months of floral celebration. Tickets are now on sale for the whole season, with $18 single-day adult tickets and $54 seasonal passes available for purchase. 

5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad

By Ryan Hardison

Ryan Hardison is a freelance arts and entertainment writer and recent graduate of San Diego State. When he's not staring at his laptop, he's likely eating an adobada burrito or getting sunburnt at the beach.

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