Thursday | 1
Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch
For over 60 years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into a spectacular display of natural color and beauty. The 50 acres of giant Tecolote ranunculus flowers that make up the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are in bloom for six to eight weeks each year, literally bringing the famous fields back to life. This year brings new landscaping and renovations. See the display gardens developed by the San Diego Master Gardeners, walk through the fragrant sweet pea maze with new pathways, learn about composting and gardening in the new greenhouses with classes, and enjoy a new picnic area. The fields are a result of over 85 years of floral cultivation that began when Luther Gage settled in the area in the early 1920s. Gage introduced ranunculus seeds and began growing them in his fields next to Frank Frazee’s small vegetable farm in south Oceanside. $16 adults, $8 children three to ten.
America’s most famous ventriloquist is touring North America on his 60-city Passively Aggressive tour, and San Diego is one of the last stops. Jeff Dunham and cohorts Walter, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Bubba J, and Peanut consider the ramifications of bringing a new member into their already dysfunctional family.
- Thursday, March 1, 2018, 9 p.m.
Belly Up Tavern,
143 S. Cedros Avenue,
$30 - $53
They Might Be Giants
Quirky duo John Flansburgh and John Linnell (aka They Might Be Giants) emerged in the early ’80s with a series of homemade videos that illustrated their topical and humorous lyrics with what was then state-of-the-art videography and animation. Championed on TV shows such as Night Flight, it was their cover of a 1953 novelty song, “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” that provided not only their first widespread hit but also a permanent place in school classrooms, where the whimsical track doubles as an accurate, if open-ended, history lesson (“Istanbul was Constantinople, now it’s Istanbul not Constantinople. Why did Constantinople get the works? That’s nobody’s business but the Turks”).
Friday | 2
- Friday, March 2, 2018, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Del Mar Fairgrounds,
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard,
Spring Home and Garden Show
“Everything for your home-improvement needs, all under one (actually two) roofs.” Now in its 33rd year, the Spring Home & Garden Show returns to Del Mar Fairgrounds for three days of inspiring “garden masters” landscapes (using local plants, created exclusively for the show), over 400 home-improvement products and services exhibitors (from BBQs to security systems, baths to sunrooms), demonstrations, seminars, plant sales, and one-on-one consultations. The 11 full-scale gardens installed for the show are judged by a panel and honored in several categories. Also on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday | 3
- Saturday, March 3, 2018, noon to 6 p.m.
849 West Harbor Drive,
Spring Busker Festival
Seaport Village welcomes “strange and extraordinary acts” from around the world to its 12th-annual Busker Festival. The celebration brings colorful street performers — from jugglers on unicycles to stilt-walkers, contortionists, and acrobalancers — to Seaport Village. From noon to 6 p.m., the cobblestone streets will be transformed into various stages for the buskers to compete for the People’s Choice Award. Popular across the globe, buskers are public street performers known for their unusual and fascinating acts. The Seaport Village Spring Busker Festival is the only festival of its kind in California and one of only a few in the U.S. While hundreds of performers from across the world apply, only eight to ten acts are selected each year. Come nightfall, performers also let loose for Buskers After Dark on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Catered toward the 18+ crowd, this untamed show will also feature a DJ, food-and-drink specials, and adult humor. Also on Sunday.
- Saturday, March 3, 2018, noon
1600 Pacific Highway,
The bill includes Empire of the Sun, Gorgon City, Tchami, Cirez D, Sasha, Nicole Moudaber, Jai Wolf, Malaa, Shiba San, Lee Burridge, MK, Bonobo, Little Dragon, Gryffin, The Presets, SNBRN, Alan Fritzpatrick, Mark Knight, Charlotte De Witte, and dozens more. Also on Sunday.
Wednesday | 7
- Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 7 p.m.
6663 El Cajon Boulevard, Suite N,
$25 - $40
The Amazing Acro-Cats, featuring Tuna & the Rock Cats, are a troupe of real performing house cats. Using clicker training (a stress-free, positive-reinforcement method), Samantha Martin and the cats take their abilities on the road and tour the nation’s stages in the infamous Acro-Cat bus. Includes cats riding skateboards and jumping through hoops and Alley, a rising star, who holds the record for the longest cat jump in the Guinness Book of World Records. A portion of the proceeds benefits mobile foster and rescue efforts. Runs through Sunday, March 11.