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Festivals, Fairs & Celebrations

Enjoy a festival, fair or celebration which has an international, cultural or ethnic flavor.

08/31/2019 - Pacific Islander Festival Luau
In celebration of PIFA
10/29/2016 - Balboa Park Halloween Family Day
Over two dozen museums and community partners present costume parades, craft projects for kids, and spooky gallery tours and treasure hunts. Highlights include a mini-carnival hosted by San Diego Park and Rec., a doggie costume contest in the Spanish Village, the San Diego Air & Space Museum
01/30/2016 - Lunar New Year at SeaWorld
Celebrate Lunar New Year at SeaWorld San Diego. Enjoy riveting performances from Chinese acrobats inside Mission Bay Theater. Be awed by lion dancers and take in the beautiful scenery and d
03/14/2020 - 2nd Annual Luck o Loma St. Paddy's Day Festival (POSTPONED)
Due to concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus, this event has been postponed.

Stop by the outdoor music and food fair celebrating Point Loma and St. Paddy's Day. There are various artists and activations throughout the event. There's also a pet-friendly activation early in the day that could potentially include opportunities for adoption.

Admission/cost: FREE

Poe Street between Rosecrans Avenue and Locust Street
Point Loma, CA

Saturday, March 14 - 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
03/12/2020 - San Diego Latino Film Festival Opening Night Party (POSTPONED)
27th San Diego Latino Film Festival presents... opening after party & concert with Orquesta Bi-nacional de Mambo

Join us as Orquesta Bi-nacional De Mambo helps kick off Media Arts Center San Diego’s 27th San Diego Latino Film Festival in style at Bread & Salt in Barrio Logan! Brought to you by Barrio Logan Business Association, Bread and Salt, Radio Latina, La Cocina 35, Univision TV, Azteca TV, La Vuelta Barrio Logan, Switch Eventos & Stella Artois.

1 Free Movie ticket to be used throughout the 11 day fest
1 Free Stella Artois drink ticket
Appetizers provided by La Cocina 35
20-piece live Mambo Orchestra
Red Carpet & Photo Booth
The chance to mingle w/ guest filmmakers & actors premiering their movie at 27th San Diego Latino Film Festival (TBA)
Annual Silent auction, all proceeds benefit Media Arts Center San Diego‘s education programs

Street parking only. We encourage you to take public transportation, Lyft, or Uber.

Admissiom/cost: $15 - $300

Bread & Salt Art Gallery
1955 Julian Ave.
San Diego

Thursday, March 12 - 8:00 PM
03/16/2020 - Voices of Ireland (POSTPONED)
In consideration of public health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, this event has been canceled.

Write Out Loud presents VOICES OF IRELAND. Our Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the Emerald Isle, with classic and contemporary Irish tales and music. Performers include Agustine Welles, Linda Libby, Walter Ritter and Veronica Murphy. Pre-show and intermission music will be provided by the Celtic Echoes.
Tickets are $40 with discounts for seniors, students and military.

Purchase tickets online at or by calling 619-437-6000

Admission/cost: $40

Lamb's Players Theatre
1142 Orange Ave
Coronado, CA

Monday, March 16 - 7:30 PM
03/22/2020 - Poway Symphony Orchestra: A Spanish Festival
The Poway Symphony Orchestra presents a concert of Spanish inspired music. The brilliant rhapsody España opens the program. Delightful guitar sounds combine with the Orchestra in the Fantasia para un gentilhombre by Rodrigo, with soloist Fred Benedetti. To conclude the program, the exciting Spanish Capriccio by Rimski Korsakov. John LoPiccolo, Music Director, leads the orchestra.

Admission/Cost: $12 - $20

Poway Center for the Performing Arts
15498 Espola Road, Poway, 92064

Sunday, March 22 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
03/14/2020 - St Patrick's Day Parade & Festival (CANCELED)
In response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus this event has been canceled.

The Annual San Diego St. Patrick's Day Parade (largest Parade west of the Mississippi) will step off on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 10:30 AM on Fifth Avenue at Laurel Street as thousands of marchers and spectators gather to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland.

We have over 120 parade entries. See floats, high school marching bands, police and fire department units, dancing groups, marching and equestrian units, clowns, dignitaries and honorees, representatives from Ireland, antique cars, Irish Setters and more.

Irish Festival in Balboa Park 9 AM to 6 PM
Following the parade, an event filled Irish Festival in Balboa Park (Sixth and Maple) features live entertainment on 3 Stages. In the morning we have Irish Step Dancers and then we have a full afternoon line-up with Irish Folk singers and bands. All day there are Craft Booths, a Celtic Food Village and other Food Booths, a Beer Garden and a Kids Zone.

Main stage line up:
1:00 PM - Highland Way
1:45 PM - The Downs Family
2:30 PM - Tony Cummins
3:15 PM - Shamrockers
4:00 PM - Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas
4:45 P - Sc'al Eile

North stage line up:
9:45 AM - Flag Presentation
12:30 PM - Calamity: (All girl bluegrass/Americana band with fiddle!)
1:30 PM - Rose Richie/Irish Dancing
2:30 PM - Chiara Capobianco (Harpist performing on an Irish harp!)
3:30 PM - Clan Rince/Irish Dancing
4:30 PM - The Vaquitos (Blues/rock with Irish theme)

Admission/Cost: FREE

Location: 6th Ave. at Balboa Park
03/14/2020 - French Film Festival Launch Party (POSTPONED)
At the present time we have decided to postpone the French Film Festival originally scheduled from March 26 to March 29, 2020. The Saturday, March 14 French Film Festival Launch Party will also be postponed.

Join us for an evening of fun at the San Diego French Film Festival launch party. This event will feature the trailers of the movies, photo booth backdrops and all the participants could be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a Free entrance for the premiere. Buy a ticket and get a free crêpe and a glass of champagne. RSVP (858) 550-0144

Admission/Cost: FREE

Alliance Française de San Diego
6640 Lusk Boulevard, suite 104
San Diego, CA 92121

Saturday, March 14 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
03/20/2020 - Norooz Gala (CANCELLED)
Ambyx Production and InMaah are proud to present

Norooz 1399 Gala and Celebration on March 20, 2020 at Hilton Torrey Pines .

Event Details:
• 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Cocktail hour and check-in
• 7:30 PM Doors Open for seating
• 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM Dinner (Persian Food)
• 9:00 to 10:00 PM Norooz Festivities, Live Music, Dance Performances. Hosted By Shally Zomorodi (FOX 5 News Anchor)
• 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM Party with Deejay

Admission/Cost: $0 - $200

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
10950 North Torrey Pines Road
San Diego, CA 92037

Friday, March 20 - 6:30 PM to 1:00 AM
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