Friday, March 6
Bike the BLVD Spectacular
From February to June 2020, the San Diego County Bike Coalition invites cyclists to Bike the BLVD Spectacular the first Friday of every month, celebrating the new bus and bike lanes on El Cajon Boulevard in North Park. The event will take riders for a 6-mile ride complete with stops for drinks, music and prizes. Bike the BLVD features different mini-experiences each time – this time with a comedy ride. 6-9 p.m. Ride starts and ends at BLVD court, Alabama Street and El Cajon Boulevard. The event is free but food, drinks and safety lights will be available to purchase.
Saturday, March 7
Friends of the Library Book Sale
Come to North Park Library to purchase some used books in support of library programs. The sale starts at 9:30 a.m. This is also the last day the library will be open until April 6. The North Park Library will be closed for renovations until April 6.
Small Fry Drive-In Movie
Rev your engines and get the popcorn! Children will make their own “cars” from cardboard boxes and then watch a child-friendly film. Registration is REQUIRED for those who want a box to decorate. Sign up at sandiego.librarymarket.com. No registration is needed to enjoy the movie. For ages 3 and up. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Mission Valley Library.
OH! San Diego BBQ
at Truax Lofts
The San Diego Architectural Foundation and Nakhshab Development & Design, Inc add to this year’s OH! San Diego events with a community BBQ at Truax Lofts in Bankers Hill. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the innovative architecture and design of this unique OH! tour site while enjoying DJ entertainment, complimentary food and drinks, games and more in the development’s courtyard. Tours from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Barbecue from noon-3 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is free and open to the public. 2517 Union St.
Through Sunday, March 8
‘Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed’
Junior Theatre will present the San Diego debut of “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience,” based on the popular children’s book by Mo Willems, Feb. 28-March 8 at the Casa del Prado Theatre. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for youth, seniors, and military. Performances are at 7 p.m. on Fridays and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through March 8. Pajama night is Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m. – wear your jammies and take home a prize! Additionally, we will have a sensory-friendly performance on Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m., and an ASL-interpreted performance on Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit juniortheatre.com, or call the box office at 619-239-8355.
Sunday, March 8
March for Black Womxn San Diego
M4BWSD, in solidarity with accomplices and allies, marches for a better San Diego for black womxn centering racial justice, economic power, health equity, and social sustainability to create a better San Diego for black womxn that will be a better San Diego for all. 10-10:45 a.m. rally at Euclid and Logan. 11 a.m.-noon march from Euclid and Logan to Kennedy Neighborhood Park. Noon-2 p.m. closing program artists and speakers at Kennedy Neighborhood Park, 4825 Ocean View Blvd.
Thursday, March 12
Japanese Friendship Garden concert series: Rob Thorsen
Enjoy music in a small, intimate environment at the Japanese Friendship Garden. Come and hear jazz bassist Rob Thorsen, who created the “Jazz, an American Art Form” education program and is a teacher at Young Lions Jazz Conservatory. All tickets come with access to the garden half an hour before the show. Beverages and snacks will be available at the event. Tickets are $20. 7 p.m.
San Diego Job Fair
Bring 10-15 resumes and dress business professional for a free event for job seekers. Job opportunities include sales reps, account managers and human resources. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at DoubleTree San Diego Hotel Circle.
Friday, March 13
Pride Night with the
San Diego Gulls
Join the San Diego Gulls Hockey Club, San Diego Pride, and the You Can Play Project for Pride Night with the Gulls to celebrate and highlight the LGBTQ community in San Diego as the Gulls take on the San Jose Barracudas at Pechanga Arena San Diego! All fans will have the opportunity to enjoy $2 Bud Light Friday, with Bud Lights on sale at the game for just $2 until 8:30 p.m.! For each ticket sold, the Gulls will donate $5 back to San Diego Pride’s program She Fest. The first 100 ticket purchasers will be invited to participate in a post-game photo at center ice immediately following the Gulls game! Additionally, a first-intermission Zamboni ride will be raffled off to one lucky winner! 7 p.m. Tickets start at $24.
Pop Culture Science: The Social Science of ‘Get Out’
Join the Fleet Science Center and Comic-Con Museum for a sneak peek at the new program series, Pop Culture Science. This exciting new series will explore the science behind everything we love about pop culture, from films, TV shows, comics, books, toys, to fandom and more. Join us on Friday, March 13, for a good Friday the 13th scare as we watch “Get Out.” Before the movie, we will hear from Dr. Phillip Serrato from San Diego State University as he uses “Get Out” to explain why some horror movies scare us so deeply, why some people seek out horror films and how horror films offer audiences new types of knowledge that can prove disturbing or downright scary. Admission is $5. 7-9:30 p.m. RSVP at bit.ly/3cagEYb.
Saturday, March 14
Art of Pride: Youth Art Show
San Diego Pride and Art of Pride are partnering to create a platform to showcase young local LGBTQ artists in an art show and open mic. 6-8 p.m. at San Diego Pride, 3620 30th St.
South Park Walkabout
The South Park Walkabout is a quarterly fun-filled evening festival that showcases all the unique and independent businesses within South Park. Enjoy complimentary treats, live entertainment and special offers. Free event for all ages! 6-10 p.m. in South Park, 30th and Fern streets and Juniper Street to 30th and Beech streets.
Sunday, March 15
‘Garden of the Dead’ Lecture
The House of Spain is sponsoring a lecture. Learn about the sacrifices made by members of the historic Sacred Expedition to establish Spain’s presence in California from 1769 to 1774.Visit the sites of the Spanish Camp, which contained California’s first Spanish fort and mission, as well as a military field hospital and adjacent cemetery, which reportedly still contains the unmarked graves of at least 30 of San Diego’s first “Unknown Soldiers.” Visit other modern memorial markers to the Serra Palm and the nearby La Playa Trail and Derby Dike. 5-6:30 p.m. at House of Spain, 2168 Pan American Road East in the Balboa Park Palisades area.
Tiki Nation Freaky Geeky Ukulele Jam
The Comic-Con Museum presents a new quarterly event: The Comic-Con Museum Tiki Nation Freaky Geeky Ukulele Jam. We want to keep it weird so be sure to come in your best costume. You might just win a prize! You don’t need to play ukulele to come. Bring your geeky friends and make a night of it. Bring your ukulele if you have one. We also have a limited number of loaner ukuleles for the event. We will be hosting a free educational “Introduction to the Ukulele” mini-workshop before the ukulele jam from 1:30-2:30 p.m. PST at the Comic-Con Museum. As a reminder, there are a limited number of loaner ukuleles available if you would like to try it! The Tiki Nation Freaky Geeky Ukulele Play-along will happen from 5-7 p.m.
Thursday, March 19
Join certified yoga instructor Aryn Ranazzisi in this fun program for children ages 2-6 featuring stories and yoga poses. Parent participation is encouraged. Bring a yoga mat or towel and come find your center at the library! 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Mission Valley Library.
Ten-year-old Vittoria’s summer will be one with two mothers to challenge, to hate, to love, and to forgive. Shy Vittoria has a close relationship with her loving mother Tina (Valeria Golino). But their quiet Sardinian life will be upset when the young girl discovers that local party girl Angelica (Alba Rohrwacher) is her birth mother. When Angelica is forced to move away because of financial troubles, she first asks to become acquainted with Vittoria. Tina agrees, comforted by the idea that the woman will soon be leaving town. Searching for something deep and inexplicable, Vittoria and Angelica spend more and more time together, against Tina’s will… “Daughter of Mine” is the story of a young girl torn between two mothers, of imperfect motherhood and inextricable bonds, struggling with overwhelming feelings and dealing with wounds. Director Laura Bispuri examines the accommodations women make, independent of the laws or judgment of men, but mainly she questions what it means to be a good mother. Part of the Italian Film Festival at the Museum of Photographic Arts. Tickets are $12. 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 20
LA-based punk outfit Tiger Army will be headlining San Diego’s North Park Theatre alongside Twin Temple, Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 21
Mission Hills 5K
Mission Hills 5K is back for 2020! Marking its fifth consecutive year, the local fun run/walk will take place on Saturday, March 21, beginning and ending at Grant K8. To date, the Mission Hills 5K has raised more than $75,000 for STEAM programs at Grant K8, our local public school at 1425 Washington Place. Runners of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to register at missionhills5k.com. Entry fees are $35/adult and $25/child, which includes a Mission Hills 5K T-shirt and medal for all registrants 15 and under. A limited number of registrations will be available the morning of the race for $45/adult and $35/child, though T-shirts are not guaranteed for registrations after March 19. The race begins at 8 a.m.
Master Gardener Spring Seminar
Wondering what plants make the most sense for San Diego gardens? Want to grow magnificent roses and stunning succulents in the same backyard? Tired of losing your harvest to bugs and hungry wildlife? Then master the art of gardening San Diego style with the UCCE Master Gardener Program of San Diego County at the annual Spring Seminar “Learn, Plant, Grow!” from 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. at the San Diego County Operations Center. The classes, workshops and exhibits will be located at 5515 Farnham St., San Diego, CA 92123. Full event details, class fees and the registration form can be found here: mastergardenerssandiego.org/seminar.
‘Garden of the Dead’ Walk
A historian-led guided walk through Presidio Park’s historic “Garden of the Dead.” Learn about the sacrifices made by members of the historic Sacred Expedition to establish Spain’s presence in California from 1769 to 1774. Visit the sites of the Spanish Camp, which contained California’s first Spanish fort and mission, as well as a military field hospital and adjacent cemetery, which reportedly still contains the unmarked graves of at least 30 of San Diego’s first “Unknown Soldiers.” Visit other modern memorial markers to the Serra Palm and the nearby La Playa Trail and Derby Dike. Meet at the foot of Presidio Hill, at the corner of Taylor Street and Presidio Drive. The event is free. Free RSVP to the House of Spain at email@example.com. 9-11 a.m.
Library NExT Presents: Marine Mammals of California
A large number of creatures call the ocean home, and many of them are mammals. In this workshop, students will explore the characteristics of marine mammals, especially dolphins, whales and seals found off the California coast. Through hands-on activities, students will learn about marine mammal adaptations, such as echolocation in whales and locomotion in seals and sea lions. Students will also study coloration and fur patterns by sculpting marine mammals in clay to take home. The goal of this course is to leave students with a better understanding of California marine mammals and how we can make simple changes in our lives to help preserve these fascinating creatures. Registration is required. For more information, go to sandiego.librarymarket.com. For grades three through five. 2-5 p.m. at Mission Valley Library.
Tuesday, March 24
Oasis presents ‘King Richard III: Guilty or Not?’
Did Richard III, king of England, murder his nephews to take the throne? Certainly, Shakespeare wrote the play that way, because the history books of the time said as much. What’s the evidence? Come hear a murder mystery for the ages and see if you would vote him guilty after you hear the true facts of the case. Was he guilty of multiple murders? Was he a hunchback with a terrible deformity? Learn more about the last king in England to be killed in war. This lecture is free and open to the public, and there is no need to pre-register. 12:30-2 p.m. at Mission Valley Library.
Lestat’s West Open Mic
Weekly open mic event hosted by Robby Robertson every Monday, 6:30-11 p.m. at Lestat’s, 3343 Adams Ave.
Introduction to Buddhism & Meditation
Join an all-ages introductory class to learn the basic Buddhist concepts as well as participate in a discussion and silent meditation. Weekly event led by Jeff Zlotnik. Free. 7-8 p.m. at Dharma Bum Temple 4144 Campus Ave. Also held on Saturdays at 11 a.m.-noon
North Park Thursday Market
Shop at more than 90 tents for locally grown produce, seasonal grocery items, fresh food and hand-crafted arts and crafts. 3-7:30 p.m. at 3000 North Park Way, stretching from 31st to Utah streets in North Park.
Thursdays at the Ken
San Diego’s late-night jazz jam convenes every Thursday night at the Kensington Club. Hosted by musicians Ian Buss, Robert Dove and Hugo Suarez. $5. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 4079 Adams Ave. bit.ly/ThursKen
Free Friend Friday
Looking for a co-working space with value-aligned social entrepreneurs, artists, nonprofit professionals and local startups? Collective Impact Center offers a complimentary day pass to use shared desks and office space. Bring your laptop and check in on social media with #cicfreefriendfriday for free Wi-Fi. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Collective Impact Center, 3295 Meade Ave.
Art after Hours
For only $5 after 5 p.m. on Fridays, experience exhibitions and the museum’s 20 galleries while live music plays at Panama 66 in the May S. Marcy Sculpture Court. Free admission for members, youth 17 and under, and college students with ID. Tickets available and sold at the door. 5-8 p.m. at the San Diego Museum of Art.
Old Town Saturday Market
This street market features original works from local artists including paintings, jewelry, photography and more. Every Saturday and Sunday. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Harney Street and San Diego Avenue in Old Town. bit.ly/OTMarket
Tai Chi Beginner Classes
Tai Chi Beginner Classes start monthly on the first Saturday at Kensington Community Church from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Classes are taught by accredited volunteer instructors of the Taoist Tai Chi Society, the largest nonprofit, charitable organization in the world offering tai chi classes for health and wellness. After the first free class, a one-time registration fee of $20 and a monthly donation of $40 is requested, while taking classes. Senior, student and fixed income discounts are available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 619-485-0939 or visit taoisttaichi.org for more information.
Hillcrest Farmers Market
About 175 venders offer a variety of locally grown produce, hand-made arts and crafts, and fresh-cut florals at one of the city’s largest open-air markets. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Normal Street between University and Lincoln avenues.