Downtown Calendar – March 2016


‘The Spring Thing: Modern Mutiny’
Friday, March 4

The third annual “Spring Thing” benefit will be hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (1100 Kettner Blvd., Downtown) starting at 6:30 p.m. “Modern Mutiny” will pay homage to contemporary art and rule-breaking artists. The anchoring, and only displayed, piece of artwork for the event will be “Sailing at Sunset” by Marnie Weber – an LA-based artist who will be in attendance. This unconventional event will include a cocktail hour and dinner party with rum and food pairings curated by Kettner Exchange’s Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski and Beverage Director Steven Tuttle along with Malahat Spirit Co. (7:30 p.m.). For those who want to skip dinner, a late-night party will start at 9:30 p.m. and feature music by Jeffrey Paradise, Wild Wild Wets and DJ Vaughn Avakian. The party will also include an all-night hosted bar featuring Malahat Spirit Co.’s rum and Tito’s vodka, snacks from Starlite and Nomad Donuts, aerial yoga and more. Event proceeds will benefit education and exhibition programming at the museum. Ticket prices are $50 for the late-night party and $175 for the dinner (includes party) with discounts for the museum’s “Avant Garde” members. Visit for tickets and details.

2016 Spring Busker Festival
Saturday, March 5 – Sunday, March 6

The 10th edition of this busker festival will feature a diverse lineup of acts from across the country at Seaport Village (849 W. Harbor Drive, Marina District) and The Headquarters at Seaport (789 W. Harbor Drive). From unicyclists to acrobats to fire-breathers, there will be many eye-catching performances. Mainstream forms of entertainment like comedy and music will also be featured at the weekend-long event, which will be held from noon – 6 p.m. each day. On March 5 from 7 – 10 p.m. an “untamed” show dubbed “Buskers After Dark,” with acts best suited for those over the age of 18, will occur in conjunction with food and drink specials, a live DJ and more. Entry to the entire festival is free; tips accepted by performers. Visit for more information.

San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering
Saturday, March 5 – Sunday, March 13

The eighth installment of this science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) festival will kickoff with Expo Day on March 5 at Petco Park (100 Park Blvd., East Village). Local businesses, corporations and organizations will provide interactive, hands-on STEM exhibits and activities for this daylong event. The festival week (March 6 – 13) will continue with over 60 events and programs throughout San Diego County. Geared towards children grades K – 12, but there will be events appropriate for preschoolers and some 21-and-up happenings as well. Visit for a full program of events.

Seventh annual St. Baldrick’s Shave-A-Thon
Monday, March 7

St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a national charity that funds childhood cancer research. Their nationwide Shave-A-Thons invite attendees to volunteer, donate or shave their heads to help raise money for the organization. The fundraiser by the San Diego chapter will be held at The Commons (901 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp) from noon – 4 p.m. A $10 donation at the door will provide admission; a $20 donation will include admission, a T-shirt and a raffle ticket. Last year’s event raised over $35,000 and this year the chapter has set a goal of $50,000. At this year’s event, and throughout the month of March, The Commons will feature a St. Baldrick’s signature cocktail and three specialty food items where $1 from the sale of each will benefit the foundation. All the proceeds from the Shave-A-Thon will go directly to the foundation as well. Visit for more information and to donate.

‘Hearts for Healing: Children Helping Children’
Wednesday, March 9

Downtown San Diego Partnership and Family Health Centers (FHC) are hosting this annual fundraising art auction to benefit FHC and the Hearts for Healing Foundation. The event will feature artwork by Gerrit Greve, his students and teaching assistants. The fundraiser will be held from 5 – 8 p.m. at L Street Fine Art Gallery in the Omni San Diego Hotel (628 L St., East Village). Festivities will include music, drinks and appetizers. Tickets are free but RSVP is required to or For more on Hearts for Healing and the artwork, visit

‘Altar Boyz’
Wednesday, March 9 – Saturday, March 12

Coronado Playhouse (1835 Strand Way, Coronado) presents this musical full of “sharp parody, sinfully spectacular dancing, and irreverent humor” for four nights only. It tells the story of five small-town boys taking their pious pop act on the road after finding success in Ohio. Michael Mizerany will choreograph and direct this show. Tickets $20, all performances start at 8 p.m. Visit

Mozzarella cheese-making class
Thursday, March 10

The Cheese Store of San Diego (1980 Kettner Blvd. #30, Little Italy) will host this fun cheese-making class lead by Claudia Lucero – author of “One Hour Cheese” and owner of Urban Cheesecraft in Portland, Oregon — starting at 7 p.m. Attendees will see the process of making mozzarella from start to finish and customize their own ball of cheese, learning how to flavor with herbs and spices. The class includes a glass of wine, tastings of classic and flavored mozzarellas along with other cheese platter items and flatbread. Class is $65 per person. Visit for more info and to reserve a seat. And visit for more on the instructor.

Fourth annual Arts and Craft Beer Festival
Thursday, March 10


The Abbey in Bankers Hill is a unique venue for the beer festival (Courtesy Bankers Hill Business Group)

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for this event presented by the Bankers Hill Business Group and the San Diego Brewers Guild. The event will be held at The Abbey (2825 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill) and feature some of San Diego’s top breweries including Uptown-area brewers like Hillcrest Brewing Company, Thorn Street Brewing and more. There will also be food served by local restaurants including Barrio Star, Mister A’s, Pizzicato and more. Community members are invited to eat, drink and mingle with business owners and neighbors. Tickets are $25 through March 1; $30 thereafter and $35 at the door. Visit for details and tickets.

‘Irish 4 A Day’
Saturday, March 12

Revelers will be turning ‘Irish for a Day’ on March 12 (Courtesy ClubVIPsd)

This St. Patrick’s Day party will take place in more than 25 of Downtown’s nightclubs, bars and pubs. Ticket holders will receive a “Club VIP Party Passport” granting them free admission to participating venues all along Fifth Avenue, with welcome shots at 15 of the stops, green beer specials, DJ and live music, dancing and lots of fun. Opening party at 2 p.m. at McFadden’s (731 Fifth Ave., Downtown) featuring traditional bagpipers, green beer pong, outdoor games and more. Afterward, attendees can follow a pre-planned route or bar hop at their own pace. The finale party is at Parq Nightclub (615 Broadway, Downtown). Tickets start at $30. Visit for more details and tickets.

‘The Wizard of Oz’
Tuesday, March 15 – Sunday, March 20

Broadway San Diego presents a new production of this classic fairytale featuring songs from the movie score plus new ones by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The family-friendly fantasy has a run time of two hours and 30 minutes, including an intermission. Evening performances each night and matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start at $23.50. Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. in Downtown San Diego. Visit for tickets and showtimes.

22nd annual shamROCK
Thursday, March 17

One of the largest outdoor St. Patrick’s Day parties on the West Coast returns to the Gaslamp Quarter from 4 p.m. – midnight. The festival will take over the streets with live entertainment, specials in various eateries and bars, and more. General admission tickets are $40 through March 16 and $45 at the door; VIP tickets are $85 through March 16 and $95 at the door. VIP amenities include entry to a special lounge area and bar, four complimentary drinks, $1 off drinks at the VIP bar, access to a VIP restroom and more. This event is hosted by and benefits the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. Visit for tickets and more.

‘Baking Your Breakfast’ baking class
Saturday, March 19

Bake Sale (815 F St., Downtown) will hold this morning baking class from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., to explore ways to serve breakfast or brunch that doesn’t involve a skillet or griddle. Some of the items to be prepared (and consumed) include stuffed French toast bread-pudding-style and a baked sausage-and-egg tart. Entrance to the class costs $80.12. Visit for more classes and info.

‘Spring Picnic’
Sunday, March 20

The Cheese Store of San Diego (1980 Kettner Blvd. #30, Little Italy) will host a special pop-up dinner to celebrate the first day of spring with a “bright and fresh” menu. Each course prepared by guest chef Tristan Holmes will feature – you guessed it – cheese! $69 per person. Visit for more info and to reserve a seat.

‘Women of Dance’
Thursday, March 24

In honor of Women’s History Month, the women of The PGK Dance Project and female guest choreographers will perform at The San Diego Central Library (330 Park Blvd., Downtown) at 6 p.m. This is a free show. Visit for more information.

‘Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles’
Tuesday, March 29 – Sunday, April 3

This multi-media show at the Balboa Theatre (868 Fourth Ave., Downtown) will take attendees on a musical journey through the lives and careers of one of the world’s most iconic bands. The show features Beatles’ classics from “A Hard Day’s Night” to “Let It Be” and many more. These performances are family friendly and run two hours and 20 minutes with intermission. Tickets start at $30. Visit for tickets.



Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change the first four Tuesdays of the month. Free for San Diego city and county residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. Visit

Coronado Certified Farmers Market: 2:30 – 6 p.m. First and B streets at Coronado Ferry Landing. Visit


Weichelt Wednesday: Come eat, drink and mingle with East Village residents and visitors. Pizza samples, first drink free, drinks specials. 5 – 7 p.m. Basic Bar and Pizza, 410 10th Ave., East Village. Visit


Sunset Trivia: Bring a team or play alone. 7 – 9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. Visit


Weekly Downtown San Diego Partnership walkabouts: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. in alternating neighborhoods: Cortez Hill, Core/Columbia, Gaslamp Quarter, Marina and East Village. For more info, call 619-234-8900, visit or sign up for their newsletter.

Take a bite out of Downtown: Hosted by food tour service Bite San Diego, join fellow foodies and winos for a historical walking tour sampling some of Downtown’s finest restaurants. 21+. Noon. Tickets are $45. Tours also on Saturday. Visit


East Village walking tour: First Saturday of each month. Take a tour of the village’s best residential buildings, condos and see their amenities. 10 – noon, Urbana Lofts lobby, 450 10th Ave., East Village. Visit

East Village Community Clean Up: Second Saturday of each month. Help keep the village clean. Rooftop lunch provided. Meet at Urbana Flats Lobby, 450 10th Ave., East Village. RSVP

Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rain or shine, visit over 100 booths on West Cedar Street between Kettner Boulevard and Front Street. Visit

The Gaslamp Architectural Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, William Heath Davis House Museum and more. 11 a.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit


Walk-in eReader and device assistance: Free and open to the public. Bring your Android and iOS devices for hands-on learning. 2 – 4 p.m. Room 222, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit

Outdoor organ concert: The San Diego Organ Society presents a free organ concert. With over 4,500 pipes, this organ is one of the largest organs in the world with a wonderful sound, playing classic and popular hits by Carol Williams. Enjoy free parking, lots of seating. Balboa Park’s Organ Pavilion. 2 p.m. Visit

—Compiled by Jen Van Tieghem. Send items for inclusion to editor Morgan M. Hurley at 

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