photo: The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

It’s opening weekend at The Flower Fields, where everything is coming up ranunculus! You also won’t want to miss a troupe of REAL performing house cats putting on quite a show, STOMP takes to the stage for a fist-pumping performance and the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering comes to town! Read on for the details.

Point Loma

Friday Night Liberty
Friday Night Liberty is San Diego’s biggest monthly art walk! Meet working artists, enjoy dance, theatre and music performances, visit museums and galleries and explore the growing District. The theme for Friday, March 2nd is Go Green! Fri. Event details.

Carlsbad

Visit The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch
It’s opening weekend at The Flower Fields! Behold over 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that offer a wondrous display of color. Also enjoy a wagon ride pulled by an antique tractor, a sweet pea maze, mining for gemstones, a Santa’s village-themed playground and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Balboa Park

Speed: Science in Motion
This interactive special exhibition explores the technology behind the fastest vehicles known to man. SPEED: Science in Motion is an immersive and fun adventure for all ages, testing minds and bodies in a unique and engaging environment that features the fastest vehicles mankind has every produced, including space ships, rockets, planes, trains, race cars, motorcycles, jet boats and more! You may want to visit this exhibit more than once as an ever-changing collection of fast vehicles will grace the museum’s floors as new vehicles debut every month. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Akeelah and the Bee
Akeelah and the Bee tells the story of a spunky 11-year-old girl whose razor-sharp mind just might take her all the way from the Chicago projects to the finals of the National Spelling Bee. An inspiring story that celebrates diversity, friendship and the triumph of the human spirit. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Rolando

The Amazing Acro-Cats in San Diego
The Amazing Acro-cats Featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats are a troupe of REAL performing house cats. The Acro-cats experience all started with Chief Executive Human (CEH for short) and animal trainer Samantha Martin. She has not only rescued her own pets, but also has found happy homes for over 200 homeless cats and kittens. Using the magic of clicker training (a stress-free positive reinforcement method) Samantha and the cats take their newfound amazing abilities on the road and tour the nation’s stages in the infamous Acro-cat bus! A portion of the proceeds always benefits mobile foster and rescue efforts. They have cats riding skateboards, jumping through hoops, and Alley, their rising star, has even leapt into the Guinness Book of World Records, holding the record for the longest cat jump! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Gaslamp

STOMP
Returning to the Balboa Theatre stage for the first time in seven years, STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique-an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Year after year, audiences worldwide keep coming back for more of this pulse-pounding electrifying show. Go see what all the noise is about. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Downtown

San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering
Take your kids to the kickoff celebration Expo Day for the 10th annual Biocom Institute Festival of Science & Engineering on Saturday, March 3rd. Expo Day will provide a major glimpse of what’s to come at area businesses, schools, libraries and museums through the weeklong festival of events which ends on Sunday, March 11, 2017. Expo Day features interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage kids, adults and families in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. By hosting events and activities throughout the region, the festival demonstrates how science and engineering opportunities are in our own “backyard,” and are for science lovers of all ages. Click here for a schedule of the Festival Week events that take place at various locations throughout San Diego County. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

12th Annual Seaport Village Busker Festival
Seaport Village will welcome strange and extraordinary acts from around the world to its 12th annual Spring Busker Festival. The celebration brings colorful street performers – from jugglers on unicycles to stilt walkers, sword swallowers and acrobalancers – to the waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment district. From noon to 6 p.m. the cobblestone streets of Seaport Village will be transformed into stages for the amazing (and bizarre) acts that will compete for a chance to win the coveted People’s Choice Award. Aside from the remarkable performances, visitors will enjoy shopping and specials from more than 50 shops, restaurants and eateries at Seaport Village. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

La Jolla

Artisans in the Atelier Workshop
These fantastic art classes for kids ages 1-5 are held in La Jolla in the Gillispie School’s beautiful atelier and community garden! Classes encourage participants to express their ideas using their hands and hearts in ways that are unique and meaningful. All classes are led by artisan Porschia Talbot of My Art Shed. Advanced registration is required online here. For more information, contact msmith@gillispie.org or 858-459-3773. Sat. Event details.

Where are you enjoying the weekend? Let us know in the comments.

––Beth Shea

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