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Things to do in San Diego in March! (and a giveaway)

Posted on: February 24th, 2017 by Kate Hamernik

Balboa Park San Diego

Welcome to March, the month where we say good bye to winter and hello to spring! It is the perfect time to ignore your spring cleaning and head to San Diego for some fun! Enjoy this recommended list of FREE activities in San Diego.


Point Loma area

San Diego Comic Art Gallery (FREE)

Comic fans and graphic artists, rejoice! It is hard to believe that there is no price for admission at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery, it is totally free! With a focus on educating and involving the local San Diego community, guests will find original art from comics and animation as well as artists who work on site at the gallery. The gallery is owned and operated by IDW Publishing, an international publisher located in San Diego. Along with rotating exhibits (call for details!), San Diego Comic Art Gallery is the permanent home to the Eastman Studio. On display is Kevin Eastman’s (co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) home studio and 35 years’ worth of personal memorabilia!

To learn more about San Diego Comic Art Gallery go to:

Located at:

2765 Truxtun Rd in San Diego, CA 92106

Contact info:


Chula Vista

Olympic Training Center (FREE)

Any athletes or future Olympic hopefuls in the family? Or maybe you are just curious to see the facilities Olympic athletes train in? Head on over to 1 of 3 Olympic Training Centers that is operated by the United States Olympic Committee. On Saturdays, at 11am, FREE guided tours are offered. Self-guided phone tours are also available.

You might be fortunate enough to spot a few or many athletes training at the center, depending on the time of the year. Some of the sports that are included in this facility are cycling, archery, soccer, softball, kayaking, rowing, field hockey, track & field and tennis. A few visitors have also commented on the amazing, peaceful views, so be camera ready!

For more information:


2800 Olympic Pkwy, Chula Vista, CA 91915

Contact Info:



Balboa Park

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival (FREE)

There was no way I could get through the month of March without mentioning St. Patrick’s Day. On Saturday, March 11th, head over to Balboa Park for an incredible day of Irish food, festivities, a Celtic Village, an art contest, a parade, beer garden for those over 21, music, live entertainment and family fun. The

festival and beer gardens open at 9am. The parade begins at 10:30am and starts up Fifth from Laurel to Upas and then heads back down Sixth Ave to Laurel.

Located at:

Balboa Park

Directions and hours:

Contact Info:



El Cajon

Taylor Guitar Factory Tours (FREE)

This one was inspired by my 7 year old who loves to rock out on his guitar. His guitar teacher highly recommended the tour and best part, it is free! Every Monday through Friday at 1PM (does not include holidays) free guided tours are offered. They last around one hour and 15 minutes and can be slightly technical in nature. The tour will show the process of how guitars are constructed, from raw wood to the final instrument. There is also a store if you are interested in purchasing Taylor items.

Located at:

1890 Gillespie Way in El Cajon, CA 92020

For more information:

Contact Info: 1-800-943-6782



San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering (FREE)

Festival week at PETCO Park kicks off on Saturday, March 4th from 10am to 5pm, and will continue daily through March 12th. Expo day is the largest, signature event of the week and will take place on March 4th. Expo day will feature an interactive, hands-on setting provided by over 130 local organizations, business and corporations. In addition there will be technology, engineering and math activities and exhibits. Following this, beginning March 5th-March 12th, will be fun involved days of interaction, learning and behind-the-scenes activities. Be on the lookout for Fireside Chats at the Mercado. These are a version of a mini-Ted talk around the Mercado fire pits where the audience is invited to participate in discussion, Q & A and extended conversation. Sounds like the perfect way to make STEM fun for the youngest and oldest members of the family!

Lunch tip: Kids meals are $6 at the park but for FREE you are permitted to bring your own lunch!

For more information:


Harvey Homes FREE bag giveaway

I am handing out 20 free Harvey Homes reusable bags to the first 20 requests from San Diego county residents. 1 per request! You can use these incredible reusable bags for shopping and entering our Facebook and Instagram contests. We have held 2 contests so far with pictures featuring the bag in use. Our next contest will be in April, so get your bags now if you would like to be eligible for the upcoming contest!

Her last contest had 3 winners who won Starbucks gift cards (yum!)

Get your FREE bag at:

Michelle was born and raised in North San Diego County. She began her career in the real estate industry in 1999 and in 2005, she launched her own full-service real estate brokerage, Harvey Homes Real Estate and Property Management (link to Her business is based out of North San Diego County, but she also works in San Diego and on occasion, Riverside County. Michelle is able to offer incredible deals to her home sellers because she operates a virtual office and you work directly with her, the Broker/owner. Home buyers are also able to benefit from the knowledge gained in her 18+ year career. In addition to running a successful full time business, she is a proud homeschooler, CSUSM business graduate, wife to her incredible husband, Jason, and is always learning something new from her tenacious 7 year old son, Mason. Michelle enjoys family time, giving back to the community, never ending home projects with her husband, playing piano with her son, new travel adventures, and attempting to be crafty.

Contact info:

760-716-7549 call/text

Thank you once again to Michelle for sharing some fun things to do around San Diego with your family this March!  Please follow Harvey Homes on Facebook to stay up to date! We are thankful for our partners who bring us fun things to do each month!  Please support her too by following along (and you might even win a prize – bonus!)


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