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San Diego’s Best Events – Spring 2011

Spring 2011:


San Diego Brazil Carnival

Date/Time: Saturday, March 5th from 7:00pm until 2:00am

Location: 4th & B, Downtown San Diego

Price: $25-$75

Why should I do this? presents an exciting Carnival event in the Brazilian style, here in San Diego. The event features Samba dancers, Brazilian singers, contests, Capoeria performers, food and drinks. Student volunteers are also needed for this event, so if you want to get involved in this energetic cultural event, contact them today. Christine and Brittany invite you aboard!


Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Quarter

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 8th from 6:00pm until midnight

Location: Gaslamp/Downtown San Diego

Price: $20 (in advance)

Why should I do this? San Diego Mardi Gras is one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the US besides New Orleans. Enjoy this American version of Carnival in the streets of the Gaslamp with thousands of other San Diegans as they celebrate the last day before the Lent observance.


ShamROCK St. Patrick’s Day festival

Date/Time: Thursday, March 17th from 4:00pm until midnight

Location: Gaslamp/Downtown San Diego

Price: $20-$30

Why should I do this? The streets of the Gaslamp Quarter turn into the rolling hills of Ireland when they are covered with green AstroTurf for this event. Three stages of live music, DJs, drink sponsors, and plenty of people pretending to be Irish for one day in the USA.


Carlsbad Flower Fields

Date/Time: March 1st – May 8th, 9:00am until 6:00pm every day

Location: Carlsbad, North County San Diego

Price: $10

Why should I do this? It is an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing day in a beautiful place. The flower fields are huge and colorful. Connect English students organized a trip to the flower fields last year and they loved it.


Rise Against + Bad Religion

Date/Time: April 8th, 2011

Location: RIMAC Arena, UCSD

Price: $31.50

Why should I do this? Rock superstars Rise Against and classic punk rock legends Bad Religion put on a show of some new favorites and some legendary high-energy rock music from years past. Tickets will sell out fast, so get yours soon!


San Diego EarthFair

Date/Time: Sunday, April 17th from 10:00am until 5:00pm

Location: Balboa Park

Price: Completely FREE!

Why should I do this? EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. Each year, the EarthFair draws around 60,000 visitors. This year the event features exhibitors, special activities for kids, live music on three stages, the eARTh gallery, a food pavilion, a showcase of cleaner cars and a lot more.



Date/Time: April 19th – 24th, 2011

Location: Balboa Theatre

Price: $20

Why should I do this? STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous national television shows.



Date/Time: April 15th-17th, 2011

Location: Indio, California

Price: $170+

Why should I do this? This is the largest and most excellent music festival in Southern California. This year’s performers include Kings of Leon, Kanye West, The Strokes, Duran Duran, The Arcade Fire and maaaaaany more.



Date/Time: April 30th & May 1st, 2011

Location: Indio, California

Price: $149+

Why should I do this? If you love country music, this is THE BEST festival in California. Some of the biggest names will be there, like Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, and Carrie Underwood. You’ll see cowboys and cowgirls dressed in their best outfits, dancing and having fun country-style.


Cinco de Mayo

Date/Time: May 5th, 2011

Location: Old Town, San Diego

Price: Various

Why should I do this? Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexico’s independence day, but it IS an excellent spring street party. Cultural performances and Mexican-style cocktails make this a unique day for Americans to celebrate the culture of our southern neighbors.


Red Bull Soap Box Races

Date/Time: May 21st, 11:00am – 5:00pm

Location: Downtown Los Angeles (map of location)

Price: Completely FREE!

Why should I do this? Spend a day in Los Angeles and watch a crazy race of carts that are only gravity powered. People build their carts in their own garages and speed down the streets of LA just for the fun of it. Get ready for laughs and lots of fun.


Rock N Roll Marathon and Half Marathon

Date/Time: June 5th, 2011

Location: All around the city of San Diego

Price: Free to watch, $125-160 to run

Why should I do this? Running through the city of San Diego, you’ll have a chance to enjoy some of the best music that local bands can offer as they play their music on stages along the race route. Your registration fees benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society


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