Time to wear green, celebrate all things Irish and be Irish for a day. There are also some fun art activities in town this weekend. Here’s your guide.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
The 39th annual San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival is the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi. More than 30,000 people are expected to attend the one-day festival, hosted by the Irish Congress of Southern California.
More than 75 food and craft booths are expected at the festival, including a beer garden, two band stages and a Celtic Village. There is also a Kids Zone complete with a young performers stage featuring traditional Irish music as well as carnival rides and crafts.
The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The parade route goes up Fifth Avenue at Laurel Street and goes to Upas Street then loops around down Sixth Avenue and ends at Juniper.
The festival starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and goes to 6 p.m. Admission is free.
San Diego shamROCK
If you’re looking for the biggest St. Paddy’s Day party, look no further than San Diego shamRock. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend this music festival.
There are three stages of nonstop music featuring Irish rock, Celtic bands, top DJs, go-go dancer and traditional Irish steppers.
shamRock goes from 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Tickets are $45 (price jumps to $50 on Saturday) for general admission and $100 for VIP.
San Diego Latino Film Festival
The 26th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival, hosted by Media Arts Center San Diego, opens this weekend and runs through next weekend.
It showcases films by Latinos or about the Latino Experience. This year, filmgoers will find 170 films to choose from, including a documentary on singer Ruben Blades and a 30th-anniversary screening of “Mi Vida Loca.”
The Latino Film Festival goes through March 24 at two screening locations, AMC Fashion Valley 18 and Digital Gym Cinema. Screening times vary. Tickets are $12 single screening passes and there are passes available for multiple screenings. For more info, see our festival preview here.
30th Anniversary Circle of Art
The rain has finally let up and we have a rain-free weekend, take advantage of that and head out to the desert for a free outdoor art show.
The Circle of Art show is staged at the Christmas Circle in the heart of Borrego Springs. Nearly 60 artists will exhibit their quality work, representing a variety of media including fine arts, oils and watercolors, photography, sculpture, pottery/ceramics, jewelry, fabric art and more.
The Circle of Art event goes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
On the Steps at SDMA: A Celebration of Asian Arts
For an art scene that’s a little close to home, check out A Celebration of Asian Arts by the San Diego Museum Art. It’s part of the museum On the Steps at SDMA series.
From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, admission to the museum will be free. There are also artmaking activities, live performances and artists from San Diego’s Japanese, Chinese, and Korean communities.
Performances include Japanese Koto performance, taiko drums and Tai Chi Kung Fu.
A Celebration of Asian Arts goes from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park.
San Diego Cake Show
More than 200 cakes will be on display at the 36th Annual San Diego Cake Show this weekend at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
The event raises fund for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego while also educating and inspiring people with cake demos and other related activities.
Celebrity chefs, in-depth classes, and a cake competition are scheduled, while a range of vendor booths will showcase decorating tools, tips and supplies.
The San Diego Cake Show goes from 10 a.m. t0 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $12 to $50.