12 IRVINE EVENTS IN MARCH

Culture

1. Peach Flower Festival

Learn about the Peach Flower Festival (or the Doll Festival), a traditional Japanese event celebrating the healthy growth of girls, at Pretend City Children’s Museum. Using cardboard rolls and tissue paper, kids will create their own peach blossom trees. March 3. pretendcity.org.


Blockbuster

2. ‘The Batman’

Watch “The Batman,” starring Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, at Regal Irvine Spectrum. The theater completed a multimillion-dollar luxury makeover that features king-size recliners and motion-synchronized seats. March 4. regmovies.com.


Outdoors

3. Mountain biking

Join a guided mountain bike ride to Limestone Canyon hosted by OC Parks. The 16-mile ride will take you through Loma Ridge, Box Springs and The Sinks, known as “the mini-Grand Canyon of Orange County.” March 6. letsgooutside.org.


K-9 entertainment

4. ‘Stunt Dog Experience’

Witness famed trainer Chris Perondi and his cast of rescue dogs perform amazing tricks, big-air stunts, comedy antics, dancing and athletic feats at Irvine Barclay Theatre. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 12. thebarclay.org.

Chris Perondi’s “Stunt Dog Experience,” March 12 at The Barclay.

Shopping

5. Woodbury Makers Mart

Enjoy shopping locally handcrafted goods with some live music at the outdoor Modern Makers Mart at Woodbury Town Center. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 12-13. modernmakersmart.com.


On the farm

6. Hilltop luncheon

Enjoy a tractor-pulled wagon ride up a beautiful hilltop venue at Tanaka Farms for a St. Patrick’s Day buffet lunch with outdoor games and activities. 10 a.m-2 p.m. March 19. Reservations at tanakafarms.com.


Music

7. Women in jazz

Celebrate the enduring legacies of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, who were among the pioneering women in jazz. The concert at Irvine Barclay Theatre features three rising vocalist stars, Charen e Wade, Vanisha Gould and Tahira Clayton. 8 p.m. March 25. thebarclay.org.


Shopping

8. Woodbridge Makers Mart

Enjoy shopping locally handcrafted goods with some live music at the outdoor Modern Makers Mart at Woodbridge Village Center. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 26-27. modernmakersmart.com.


The arts

9. Photo exhibit

Visit Great Park’s Palm Court Arts Complex for “52nd Street: Jazz and the Photography of William Gottlieb.” The free exhibit features photographs and rare documents archiving Manhattan’s 52nd Street, a hub of musical creativity in the years immediately following World War II. Noon-4 p.m. Thursdays/Fridays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays/Sundays.


Recreation

10. Roller skating

Meet up for roller skating from 3 p.m. till dark every Thursday up the hill from Parking Lot 3 at the Great Park. Free beginners’ lesson at 6 p.m. Join “Roller Skate OC” on Facebook. atomicskates.com.


Farm to table

11. Farmers Market

Shop for hard-to-find fruits, vegetables and scratch-made baked goods at Irvine Farmers Market. 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Mariners Church, 5001 Newport Coast Drive.


Laughs

12. Stand-up comedy

Get ready for a night of laughs at Irvine Improv at Irvine Spectrum Center. Tehran Von Ghasri, Doug Stanhope, Andrew Santino, Patton Oswalt and Alyssa Limperis are just some of the comedians that will take the stage in March. improv.com/irvine.


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