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Exploring San Diego: Things to do March 14 - 17

Posted: 12:46 PM, Mar 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-14 15:45:22-04
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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner and spring is in the air!

This weekend, check out a number of St. Paddy's events, from "Irish 4 a Day," a Spring Fling family festival, to San Diego ShamROCK downtown. For a full list of San Diego St. Patrick's Day events, check out more on our list here .

Also this weekend, a number of cinema opportunities await at the 26th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival, running this month at AMC Fashion Valley. Discover more than 160 films showcasing Latino history, culture, and the arts and hear from Q&A sessions with filmmakers and actors.

Actor Val Kilmer is scheduled to be in town for a screening of the one-man show "Cinema Twain," depicting the life and writings of Samuel Clemens, known as Mark Twain. Kilmer is set to stick around for Q&A as well.

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Or, tickle your artistic senses at the CRY San Diego Color Festival, Lantern Festival, or Borrego Springs Circle of Art! Here's a look at this weekend's happenings:

THURSDAY

Taste of Third
Where: Third Avene, Chula Vista; Cost: $25
Enjoy delicacies across Chula Vista's Third Avenue during the Taste of Third event. The self-guided tour of South Bay eateries allows ticket-holders to savor samples and raise a glass at local cocktail lounges, breweries, and restaurants.

San Diego Latino Film Festival
Where: AMC Fashion Valley; Cost: $10 - $300
(Thursday - Sunday) The 26th annual San Diego Film Festival celebrates Latino culture, history, and arts over 11 days featuring more than 160 films from the U.S., Latin America, and Spain. The festival will host Q&A sessions with filmmakers and actors, a food,beer, and wine festival, and more experiences centered around Latino cinema.

"Cinema Twain" with Val Kilmer
Where: Theater Box; Cost: $20 - 40
Enjoy a private screening of the one-man play "Cinema Twain," with actor Val Kilmer, showcasing the life and writings of Samuel Clemens, known as Mark Twain. Stick around after for a Q&A session with Kilmer himself.

FRIDAY

Irish 4 A Day Party Hop
Where: McFadden's San Diego; Cost: $35 - $99
(Friday - Sunday) Spend three nights celebrating St. Patrick's Day in downtown on a party hop between more than 20 nightclubs, restaurants, and bars, drink specials, and opening night and finale night party fun.

Diseny's Moana Jr.
Where: San Diego junior Theater; Cost: $14 - $16
(Friday - Sunday) Take the kids to catch the Junior Theatre's production of Disney's Moana on a smaller scale. Moana Jr. follows an adventurous teenager as she sails out on a daring mission to save her people.

SATURDAY

CRY San Diego Color Festival
Where: Hourglass Field Community Park; Cost: $5 - $15
Celebrate India's Festival of Colors in San Diego! The festival signifies the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring, as people apply (safe) colored paint powder to each other, enjoy games, delicious Indian cuisine, and live music and dancing.

San Diego ShamROCK
Where: Gaslamp Quarter; Cost: $40 - $100
San Diego's biggest St. Patrick's Day romp returns to the Gaslamp Quarter, drawing more than 20,000 revelers to the block party celebration. Three stages of non-stop, diverse entertainment will keep the festivities going well into the night with 25 bars inside the party to visit.

Lantern Street Festival
Where: Liberty Station; Cost: Free - $35
Take in live music and entertainment and delicious food, headlined by beautiful lanterns you can create ahead of time or at the festival! Watch as Liberty Station comes alive from the beautiful glow of thousands of lights.

SUNDAY

Spring Fling St. Patrick's Family Festival
Where: Welk Resort, Escondido; Cost: Free - $25
(Saturday - Sunday) Families can celebrate St. Patrick's Day for two days at Welk Resorts with an "infinite" obstacle course, "escape the leprechaun" wipeout challenges, a flying trapeze, and other fun activities. And of course, plenty of Irish-themed food and green beer.

San Diego Cake Show
Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds; Cost: $12 - $50
(Saturday - Sunday) Enjoy cake? Who doesn't! Del Mar Fairgrounds will host the cake shows of all cake shows, with cake demonstrations, activities, competitions between chefs, and, duh, delicious cake! The show benefits San Diego's Ronald McDonald House.

Borrego Springs Circle of Art
Where: Christmas Circle, Borrego Springs; Cost: Free
(Saturday - Sunday) Check out the creations of 60 artists, spanning everything from fine art to photography, to sculptures, and much more, in Borrego Springs this weekend! Not only can you visit the beautiful wildflower super bloom, but also this free outdoor art show celebrating its 30th year!