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Butterfly Jungle is starting this week and goes for a month. Photo courtesy of San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The weather is getting warmer, March Madness is starting and Spring Break is beginning.

With all that’s going on this weekend, is it any wonder that San Diego is the top Spring Break destination? So, go out and enjoy San Diego the way the tourists do.

Butterfly Jungle

Each spring, more than 10,000 butterflies flit, float and flutter around at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. You can walk among exotic butterflies of all colors and sizes. If you wear bright colors, the butterflies may perch on you for a closer look.

Butterfly Jungle starts Saturday and goes until April 12. The event is free with admission to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Festival

St. Patrick’s Day is Tuesday, but the Irish Congress of Southern California is hosting the annual parade and Irish festival this Saturday in Balboa Park.

The parade, with 120 entries, steps off at Fifth Avenue and Laurel Street. In addition to representatives from Ireland and the reigning Miss Colleen and Smiling Irishman, the parade features marching bands, floats, the Emerald Societies, bagpipe contingents among others

The festival, with cultural entertainment on two stages, will be at Fifth Avenue at Maple Street. The booth events are free.

San Diego ShamRock

For a decidedly more adult way of celebrating St. Paddy’s Day, the San Diego ShamRock block party is the one of the best ways to do it.

The streets in the Gaslamp will be transformed into an urban, super chic version of the beautiful rolling hills of Ireland as organizers color the streets green with more than 80,000 square feet of Astroturf.

The party includes three stages of live entertainment, featuring with countless live bands performing Irish Rock, Irish Punk Rock and other Irish favorites.

The party starts at 4 p.m. and is strictly 21 and older only. Tickets range from $35 to $95.

San Diego Latino Film Festival

The 22nd annual San Diego Latino Film Festival opened Thursday at AMC 18 Fashion Valley and will go until March 22.

More than 100 films will be screened over 10 days. They’re divided into showcases, including films from Mexico and Argentina, family films, documentaries, films made by women, and gay and lesbian-themed works.

Tickets range from $8.50 to $225 for a 10-day pass.

San Diego Opera’s ‘Nixon in China’

The San Diego Opera continues its 50th season with “Nixon in China.” The opera is a musical witness to President Richard Nixon’s historic trip to Beijing in 1972 ripped straight the headlines and news broadcasts of the day.

The show explores the heroic gesture of a sitting president toward a burgeon world power at the time that change history. The opera has risen to the top rank of 20th century American operas.

The opera opens at 7 p.m. Saturday and runs through March 22 on select dates. Tickets range from $45 to $295.