Be a landing spot for a blue morpho at Butterfly Jungle, fly on a trapeze at the Leprechaun Palooza Festival, channel the Force at the new Star Wars Miniland display at LEGOLAND–– all this plus a magic show, a cake show, a spring jubilee, a storytelling festival and so much more! We’re putting the ‘WHEE!’ into your weekend!

St. Louis Butterfly House

San Diego

1st Annual Campland on the Bay St. Patrick’s Day Festival
This inaugural festival sounds like our kind of party! Live music, Irish food, a best dressed leprechaun contest and festive activities including a potato toss, fairy face painting, a leprechaun scavenger hunt and Irish dancing. So much fun they spread the festivities out over two days! Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Escondido

Butterfly Jungle 
Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park features 30 different species of thousands of beautiful butterflies. Stroll through the Butterfly Jungle to mingle among butterflies of all colors, shapes and sizes, take photos, and learn more about these remarkable winged creatures. Wear bright colors so you will attract the butterflies. They may land on your shoulder or your head! Note: Priority butterfly viewing is available for a nominal fee. Inquire at the Lorikeet Landing ticket booth. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Leprechaun Palooza Festival
Have a golden time at the Leprechaun Palooza Festival––a two day event which will have carnival rides, a, 180 ft long zip line, leprechaun face painting, an exotic petting zoo, roving leprechaun circus acts, two 30-minute circus shows, the ultimate shamrock scavenger hunt, a flying trapeze that you get to try, leprechaun zorb bowling, games and live bands. Bring a blanket to lounge on to watch the musical performances. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Carlsbad

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Miniland Model Display at LEGOLAND
LEGOLAND’s newest model display:STAR WARS: The Force Awakens is now open in the center of LEGO STAR WARS Miniland. Lights, sound effects and animation will bring scenes and characters from the film to life in this impressive display. See new The Force Awakens Minilanders including Rey, BB-8, Poe, Finn and more, a 16-foot long Finalizer model made out of 350,000 LEGO bricks and six new brick-built Miniland scenes from The Force Awakens. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Poway

Poway Pets in the Park
Head to Old Poway Park for a day of family and pet-friendly fun. Entertainment will include carnival games, face painting, pet competitions, petting zoo, tasty treats, pony rides, train rides and more! All pets are welcome, but must be on a leash. Sat. Event details.

Encinitas

Spring Planting Jubilee
Gather your little green thumbed gardening buddies and head to San Diego Botanic Garden for their Spring Planting Jubilee & Tomato Sale. There will be a KidZone at the Jubilee with educational displays, crafts and activities as well as a petting zoo and pony rides. Garden experts will be on hand to answer questions and provide helpful advice on spring plantings and caring for your entire garden. Red Oven Artisanal Pizza will be offering pizzas featuring vegetables grown right next door at Coastal Roots Farm. Other lunch items, coffee, and delicious treats will be available from the Feel Good Coffee Cart. Musical entertainment will be provided by Bob Ballentine and friends. Visit Sam the Giant Galapagos Tortoise to guess his weight and win prizes! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

7th Annual San Diego Storytelling Festival
Join in the fun of the 7th Annual Storytelling Festival for kids and families, featuring a wide variety of storytelling programs, performances and workshops. There will be an open mic for kids and the Simply Fresh Food Truck will be on site from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sat. Event details.

Del Mar

San Diego Cake Show
Master pastry chefs, well-known California “sugar artists,” talented local bakers, amateur decorators and those who enjoy beautiful sugar art of all kinds will come together for the 34th Annual San Diego “Confections for a Cause” Cake Show. The theme of this year’s event is “Comic Cake.” There will be a cake design competition open to everyone, decorating classes for all skill levels, skills & decorating demonstrations, raffles and vendor booths. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Downtown

Puppy Love 5k
Take the whole family to exercise for a cause in the 8th annual Puppy Love 5K, with a gorgeous bay view as your backdrop. Timed runners will complete the race as fast as they can, or register to walk and stroll around the beautiful bay. Once you pass the finish line, head over to the BARKetplace for food, giveaways, costume contests, opportunity drawings, free kid’s activities, awards, and more! Sun. Event details.

Old Town

Family Magic Show
The Red Spade Theater presents The Family Magic Show starring The Amazing Derek, a magician who has been entertaining audiences for years. He has developed a show full of humor, gags and most of all magic. This fun and interactive show will be enjoyable for the entire family. Sun. Event details.

Where are you getting the party started this weekend? Let us know in the comments!

–– Beth Shea