Cool on the Coast: Get ready to shamrock and roll with local events


The Flower Fields at Carlsbad are pictured in March 2022. (Photo by Samantha Fortney via Unsplash)

Samantha Cox

The air is getting warmer and the days are getting longer, which means there is more time to explore what North County has to offer. From frolicking in flower fields to drinking green beer — there is something for everyone to enjoy this month.

The Carlsbad Flower Fields: All season — One of the most trendy things to do in Carlsbad is to visit the flower fields in Carlsbad Ranch. Visitors can expect to see a variety of blooms and engage in activities curated to teach about different species of flowers. Beginning March 1, the flower fields will be open everyday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This field of fun includes multiple greenhouses, food, wagon rides, picnic areas and more. Tickets start at $23 for adults and $12 for kids ages 3-10. In addition to regular ticket prices, there are discounts available for seniors, students and military as well as a discounted price on Mondays. Click here to purchase tickets.

Oceanside: WSA Western Surfing Championship Tour: March 18 — The surfing competition to qualify surfers to multiple championships including the West Coast Championships, U.S. Championships, Prime Event and World Team Events will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, at the South Harbor Jetty in Oceanside. Hosted by the Western Surfing Organization, this event aims to preserve the art of surfing through family-oriented surf competitions. Thecompetition is free for anyone who would like to watch, but there is a fee for those who would like to compete. For more information including how to register to compete, go to

Oceanside: Sip, Paint and Gaze: Fridays in March — For aspiring artists, or those who enjoy sipping wine along the coast, Cynthia’s Artistic Expressions will host a paint and sip night from 5 to 7 p.m. every Friday in March on the rooftop of the Mission Pacific Resort. Guests will enjoy alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages while they find inspiration from coastal views to paint the famous Oceanside Pier. Tickets cost $55 per person and include painting supplies and artist instruction. Beverages can be purchased at an additional cost. To purchase tickets, go to

Oceanside: Family Feud at Black Plague Brewing: Wednesdays in March — Families can put their trivia knowledge to the test by signing up to compete in Black Plague’s Family Feud Night. Every Wednesday in March, Black Plague will host a Family Feud game night from 7 to 9 p.m. While it is free to play, it’s recommended to go early to secure a spot as space is limited. Black Plague’s selection of beer will be available for purchase in addition to food by Full Metal Burgers. For more information, go to

Vista: Artists on the Asphalt: March 18 — The Backfence Society will host an art exhibition featuring local artists from 2 to 6 p.m. on March 18 in the parking lot of The Backfence in downtown Vista. Attendees will listen to live music and view art pieces from local artists. The event is free to the public and includes interactive activities. In addition to attending the event, artists are welcome to sign up to be a vendor to showcase their own art. Vendor booths are available for $25 and include a 10-by-10-foot space that can be used to decorate at the artists discretion. Click here for more information on vendors or how to become a vendor.

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