San Diego presents a host of high society events happening throughout the month of March. Embrace the arts and culture scene, flirt with spring fashion and attend thoughtful charity events that matter all month long. Our top picks include the San Diego Ballet Gala, La Jolla Playhouse Gala, La Jolla Music Society WinterFest Gala, Go Red for Women Luncheon at Hilton Bayfront, TNT: Ten Thousand Waves at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Oliver Tolentino fashion show during San Diego Women’s Week.
Discover the best Style & Society events in March.
AIGA Idea Series: Restaurant Design at The Neuroscience Institute
Thursday, March 1, 6 p.m.
$30 for non-members; sandiego.aiga.org
Join San Diego’s top restaurant designers in an interactive setting, paired with food and spirit tastings from local restaurants. The design panel stars Barbara Rourke of Bells & Whistles, Michael Soriano from Onairos Design and Paul Basile of Basile Studio, moderated by dining critic Troy Johnson. Get details here.
San Diego Ballet Annual Gala at La Jolla Country Club
Saturday, March 3, 5:30 p.m.
The San Diego Ballet presents the Enchanted Evening Gala, a whimsical event taking place at the La Jolla Country Club. Guests will enjoy dinner and desserts, live ballet performances, and silent auction prizes, including theater tickets, fitness packages and more. Get details here.
Love, Etc. Wedding Showcase at The US Grant Hotel
Sunday, March 4, 12 p.m.
$20 for individual ticket; usgrant.net/love
Love, Etc. is a luxury wedding showcase that spans three floors with over 60 Southern California wedding vendors, from fashion designers and stylists, to florists, cake creators, photographers and entertainers. Peruse gowns by M Bride, jewelry from Tiffany & Co. and a designer ‘Shoe Bar’ by Neiman Marcus, while sipping champagne and tasting cake trends. Get details here.
Edward Wilkerson for Lafayette 148 Personal Appearance at Neiman Marcus
Tuesday, March 6, 11 a.m.
The design director of Lafayette 148, Edward Wilkerson will present the Spring 2012 collection and mingle with style enthusiasts at Neiman Marcus at Fashion Valley Mall on Tuesday afternoon. Meet the man behind the label and shop exclusive fashions in the Lafayette 148 trunk show. Get details here.
La Jolla Playhouse 2012 Gala: Supper Club at Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre
Friday, March 9, 6 p.m.
La Jolla Playhouse is channeling a sumptuous supper club vibe for the annual gala, transforming the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre with custom banquettes across multi-level platforms. The evening will feature a cocktail party, catered dinner by Chef Giuseppe Ciuffa, auctions, live entertainment by Tony Award winner Peter Gallagher and dancing under the stars. Get details here.
St. Baldrick’s Shave-a-Thon at Quality Social
Saturday, March 10, 12:30 p.m.
$20 donation; stbaldricks.org
St. Baldrick’s Foundation is one of the nation’s leading contributors to childhood cancer research. Make a statement that bald is beautiful by participating in the St. Baldrick’s Shave-a-Thon, a worldwide fundraiser for the foundation. Quality Social will transform into a benevolent barber shop, featuring emcees Frankie V. and Sonic of Channel 933 and hair salon sponsor, The Factory. Get details here.
Go Red for Women Luncheon at Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Friday, March 16, 10 a.m.
The Go Red for Women initiative promotes heart health awareness and celebrates the fierce stand women make to band together and conquer heart disease, which is the number one killer of women. The 12th Annual Go Red for Women Luncheon takes place at the Hilton Bayfront, with an expo and silent auction, followed by a catered luncheon and fashion show. Get details here.
Young Leaders St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Barfly La Jolla
Saturday, March 17, 7 p.m.
In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, The American Ireland Fund celebrates the young leaders of San Diego with a high-energy benefit taking place at Barfly in La Jolla. Guests will enjoy a welcome AIF signature cocktail, the Floggin’ Molly, complimentary appetizers and a live performance by a U2 cover band. VIP tables are available for $1,000, which include an AIF gift bag and 10 tickets. Get details here.
TNT: Ten Thousand Waves at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m.
Thursday Night Thing (TNT) is the Museum of Contemporary Art’s signature social event that attracts a younger demographic with live music, cocktail stations, art activities, and surprise performances themed around the museum’s new exhibits. This TNT celebrates three new exhibitions, including the West Coast premiere of Isaac Julien’s nine-screen video installation Ten Thousand Waves. Get details here.
La Jolla Music Society WinterFest Gala at Anthology
Friday, March 30, 6 p.m.
The La Jolla Music Society will travel downtown for its annual WinterFest Gala at Anthology, an upscale supper club located in Little Italy. The main music event will be German chanteuse Ute Lemper with The Vogler Quartet on center stage. More event perks include a champagne reception, seated dinner and auction, with proceeds to benefit LJMS’ education and artistic programs. Get details here.
San Diego Women’s Week Red Carpet Evening with Oliver Tolentino
Saturday, March 31, 6:30 p.m.
San Diego Women’s Week is a symposium with hundreds of powerful women in leadership roles across all industries. Among the many events is a red carpet evening with Oliver Tolentino, a couturier to the stars who is known for capturing old Hollywood glamour with strong silhouettes and feminine detailing. Tolentino’s fashion show takes place at the Lexus Center in Escondido. Get details here.
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