Photo: Beth Shea

Spring is in the air! The Flower Fields open this week in all their glory, global performers are set to entertain crowds at the Spring Busker Festival and the Spring Railroadina Swap Meet featuring all things train related is happening just outside town in Perris. Check out our weekend guide below to soak up the sunshine and springtime vibes at these events and more.


Visit The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch
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, a new greenhouse dedicated to the evolution of the poinsettia flower, mining for gemstones, a Santa’s village-themed playground and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

San Diego

San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering
Take your kids to the kickoff celebration Expo Day for the 9th annual Biocom Institute Festival of Science & Engineering on Saturday, March 4th. 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 12, 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. Click here for a schedule of the Festival Week events that take place at various locations throughout San Diego County. Sat.& Sun. Event details.

Seaport Village

Annual Spring Busker Festival
Sword swallowers, fire jugglers, acrobats and daring acts from around the world are headed to the cobblestone streets of Seaport Village for the 2017 Spring Busker Festival. Nine bizarre acts will try to win the hearts of audience members as they compete for a chance to win the coveted People’s Choice Award. Just as busking is a centuries-old practice of street performing, the Busker Festival in Seaport Village has become a landmark tradition in San Diego, going on its 11th year. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Spring Railroadiana Swap Meet
Train enthusiasts, history buffs and those wanting to learn about Southern California’s railway history are welcome at the Spring Railroadiana Swap Meet at Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris. The open-air fundraising event for the nonprofit museum will feature 180-plus tables of railroad antiques, collectibles, art, books and model and toy trains. Visitors can see everything from highly detailed scale models to family heirloom trains, lanterns, signs, signals and archival photos. Sat. Event details.


Peter Pan Soars Onto the Stage
The California Ballet performs this dazzling, swashbuckling coming of age tale that will thrill audiences with a delightful mix of classical dance, slapstick, and aerial ballet. Be sure to arrive on the Plaza one hour before the performance for a costume contest, face painting and Pixie-themed drinks. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Balboa Park

Finish Chelsea’s Run Charitable 5k
In honor of Chelsea King, the annual Finish Chelsea’s Run includes a competitive 5K race or a “Short and Sweet” walk. After the race there’s a family festival where you can have refreshments, write a message on the inspiration wall, decorate a sunflower pot, listen to music and visit vendor booths. Sunflowers (Chelsea’s favorite) will be available for $1 and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Chelsea’s Light Foundation’s Sunflower Scholarship Fund. Sat. Event details.

Solana Beach

Kids Cooking Class at The Curious Fork
Cook up some fun at The Curious Fork’s ‘Chopped Class‘, a hands-on cooking class for kids taught by Chef Lisa Porfirio. Kids ages 7 to 13 will work together in teams to create their own pesto sauce for pasta and an amazing salad with their own version of vinaigrette. They will have a taste off and dine on their creations. Note: Class size is limited, so sign up if you’d like to attend. Kids should bring their own apron and wear close-toed shoes. Sun. Event details.


Family Fun Days at San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center
Explore the lives of birds with topics including feathers and flight, migration, and lagoon babies. Discover the ways birds move and change with the air, lands and waters they live in, and look for animal babies and learn about nature cycles in springtime events. Includes interactive tours and arts/crafts. Sun. Event details.

What are your fun family plans this weekend? Tell us where you’re headed in the comments.

–– Beth Shea