Saturday, March 5: Spring Busker Fest
  • Saturday, March 5: Spring Busker Fest
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Thursday | 3

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Art of Mixology: Taste & Learn

  • Thursday, March 3, 2016, 6 p.m.
  • 20|Twenty, Sheraton Hotel, 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad
  • $40

A demonstration of how to make three cocktails using various liquors. Guests will have the opportunity to create their own drink. The winning drink will be featured on the restaurant’s cocktail list for April 2016. With four small-plate pairings, selected to complement each drink. Twenty/20 beverage manager and mixologist Steve George will lead the conversation with descriptions and demonstrations.

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  • Thursday, March 3, 2016, 7 p.m.
  • Irenic, 3090 Polk Avenue, San Diego
  • $13 - $15

Indie-folkie Katie Crutchfield brings the full-band experience of last year’s critical hit Ivy Tripp to the all-ages stage at the Irenic Thursday night. Waxahatchee’s Crutchfield had a chat with the Reader’s Dryw Keltz about the propulsive Tripp and its pending solo follow-up.

Friday | 4

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Spring Home Garden Show

  • Friday, March 4, 2016, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar
  • $9

Now in its 31st year, the show returns to Del Mar Fairgrounds for a three-day showcase of landscapes created exclusively for this event, hands-on demonstrations, hundreds of home-improvement exhibitors, seminars, plant sales, and consultations with experts. Visitors can learn how to refresh or remodel their home and outdoor surroundings with the latest in garden lighting, fencing, security systems, and sunrooms. The popular Garden Masters exhibit features landscapes using local plants and products designed by San Diegans for San Diegans. These gardens are judged by a panel and honored in several categories. Don’t miss the sculpted, bonsai-like Sevillano, an ancient olive tree salvaged years ago from a historic European orchard. Also on Saturday and Sunday.

Past Event

Best Coast + Wavves

The Observatory North Park stages Summer Is Forever II, also featuring Cherry Glazerr, which makes for three of Southern California’s most “Southern California” surf-pop acts going. Best Coast released California Nights last year, a polished pop-rock peek at L.A.’s seedier side.

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Balanchine Masterworks: City Ballet of San Diego

  • Friday, March 4, 2016, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, San Diego
  • $29 - $79

The late George Balanchine is widely considered to be the greatest choreographer of the 20th Century, creating more than 300 ballets during his lifetime. City Ballet of San Diego is the largest presenter of Balanchine’s work in Southern California, with 19 of his ballets in its repertoire. Accompanied by the City Ballet Orchestra, John Nettles conducting. There’s a preperformance lecture one half hour prior to all performances. Also on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday | 5

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Birding by Kayak

  • Saturday, March 5, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to noon
  • Salt Works Trailhead, 1470 Bay Boulevard, Chula Vista
  • $60

Join Jim Peugh, a frequent kayaker on our bays, as he takes a small group to visit the edges of salt marshes and open-water areas to get close-up views of bird life. Shorebirds, herons, and other species await. Species highlights: Pacific loon, brant, double-crested cormorant, American white and brown pelicans, and pied-billed, eared, and Western grebes. Tandem kayaks are provided, and participants will receive training.

Past Event

San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering

  • Saturday, March 5, 2016, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Petco Park, 100 Park Boulevard, San Diego
  • Free

The nine-day San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering runs throughout the city and kicks off with a daylong celebration at Petco Park with 130 local businesses and organizations providing interactive, hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math exhibits and activities to budding K–12 science lovers. This year includes a Star Wars Steampunk Recycle Challenge. Open to teams of four students in grades 5 to 12. Teams will have three hours to design, build, and present a wearable garment or device out of recycled materials that can be used in the Star Wars universe.

SUP Pups

Learn how to stand-up paddleboard with your dog. This Meetup group ventures out in the water way behind Liberty Station in Point Loma, where the area is a no-wake zone, safe for paddlers and pups. $35 includes a one-hour lesson, board rental, paddle, and a lifejacket for you and your dog. You can see how well you did when the day’s photos are posted on their Facebook page.

Past Event

Spring Busker Fest

  • Saturday, March 5, 2016, noon to 6 p.m.
  • Seaport Village, 849 West Harbor Drive, San Diego
  • Free

Known for their unusual and comedic acts in Boston’s Faneuil Hall or standing statue-like, painted in gold on San Francisco’s Pier 39, busker street artists perform for tips in public venues across the globe. Seaport Village hosts the only busker festival in Southern California, and professionals from across the country will be here to perform. You’ll see sword-swallowers, pogo-stick tricks, knife-throwers, acrobalancers (two partners lifting, holding, and posing), jugglers on unicycles, contortionists, and stilt-walkers. Also on Sunday.

Sunday | 6

Past Event

Cherry Blossom Festival

Celebrate spring and the blooming of 150 Cherry Tree Grove in Balboa Park with cultural performances, traditional food, unique local vendors, and a beer tasting. Guests may partake in hanami, the traditional custom of picnicking under the cherry trees. A kids’ corner (admission $3) offers educational and sustainable crafts and activities, face-painting, and an exhibit by Mari Jarvis, the garden’s resident beekeeper. Cameron the Caterpillar will also be on hand — a blow-up obstacle course that kids can jump through until they get to the end. Also on Saturday.

Past Event

Johnny Marr

  • Sunday, March 6, 2016, 8 p.m.
  • Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach
  • 21+ / $30 - $53

The ex-Smiths guitarist has been a gun-for-hire since the demise of that popular English pop group, working with Modest Mouse, Talking Heads, and the Pretenders. Last year Marr released a solo record, Playland, that found the guitarist playing to his six-string strengths. Marr takes the stage at the Belly Up.

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