Where will you find handmade chocolates, a symphony performing Harry Potter music, an American Girl Fashion Show, a Cherry Blossom Festival, a St. Patrick’s Day Parade and more? In this weekend’s guide to family fun! Read on for the 411.

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San Diego

JBF Spring Consignment Event
Score major deals at San Diego’s largest children’s and maternity consignment sale, where you’ll find huge savings on over 40,000 gently used children’s and maternity items. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Make Sweets with Your Sweeties at a Spring Chocolate Making Class
Sweet Petite Confections offers chocolate making classes for parents and kids to pair up as a team to learn the basics of working with chocolate. Participants will create their own molded chocolates, chocolate bark and more… and you’ll keep all of your creations. This class will highlight spring designs and flavors including bitter orange ganache and pomegranate caramel for the molded chocolates and candied orange peel and candied lemon peel for the bark. Sat. Event details.

Balboa Park

12th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
Take time to stop and behold the cherry trees at The Cherry Blossom Festival, or Sakura Matsuri. In addition to celebrating the beauty of cherry blossom flowers, enjoy Japanese street food, cultural performances, a children’s corner with family activities, unique gifts, tea tastings and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Festival
Join in the merriment of the 37th Annual Irish Festival and St. Patrick’s Day Parade, where there will be rides, games, live music, dancing, Irish food, craft vendors selling Irish wares, a Celtic Village and an art contest that celebrates Irish culture. Note: Parade Begins at 10:30 a.m. and children are not allowed in the Beer Garden. Sat. Event details.

Mission Bay

St. Patrick’s Day 10k Run
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by participating in a 10K, 2- and 4-mile run/walk to support Rady Children’s Hospital. Every participant receives a finisher medal, t-shirt, and Domino’s Pizza. Sat. Event details.


San Diego Symphony Plays Music from Harry Potter While You Watch the Film
This concert will feature the San Diego Symphony Orchestra performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen (and two side screens) while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Skate Rising Skateboard Clinic for Girls
Skate Rising is a learn, serve, and skateboard program for girls that’s both fun and empowering. Each month girls will learn about a need in the community, and how to fulfill the need via community service. They’ll then participate in a skateboard clinic that’s run by professionals in the skate industry. Snacks and drinks provided by Nekter Encinitas and pHive Bar. The session also features a fun raffle for the participants, with items donated by local businesses. Sat. Event details.

La Jolla

Go on a Tidepooling Adventure
Visit a local tide pool with Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Learn how these amazing habitats and their inhabitants truly survive between a rock and a hard place. Trained naturalists will show you how to tread lightly during your visit and how to protect and preserve these natural wonders. Sat. Event details.

Sorrento Valley

10th Annual American Girl Fashion Show
Fun and engaging, the American Girl Fashion Show showcases historical and contemporary fashions for girls and their dolls. Proceeds from the event benefit Isabella’s Giraffe Club, a non-profit that supports the infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UCSD Medical Center. This year’s show will feature American girls and their friends ages 6-14. A brand new format will include an inspiring new narration modeling the qualities for happiness and success inspired by the stories of favorite dolls. Also featured will be dancers from the Scripps Ballet Theatre, who will perform complementing repertoire. Sun. Event details.

Where is your family headed this weekend? Tell us in the comments.

–– Beth Shea