Festivals, Feasts & Fairs

SAN DIEGO--There will be a bevy of blooms at the San Diego County Orchid Society's 52nd annual show and sale, "Jungle Gems," March 13-15. Hundreds of varieties, including rare hybrids, will be on display. Free lectures on orchid cultivation will be offered. 6-9 p.m. March 13, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. March 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 15 at the Scottish Rite Memorial Center, 1895 Camino del Rio S. $5, children under 12 free. (619) 444-8839.

SAN FRANCISCO--This city's St. Patrick's Day procession turns 146 this year. Bands, floats, equestrians and fire engines will be among more than 200 entries. 12:45 p.m. March 15 along Market Street, beginning at Market and 7th streets. Afterward, at Justin Herman Plaza, Market and Steuart streets, there will be Irish dancing performances, live music and food for sale. 2-6 p.m. Free. (510) 339-1116.

TRONA--Get ready to do the second annual Spring Fling on March 21. Events include a parade at 11 a.m., with floats, clowns, cars and more, along Telescope Street. A street fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. along Trona Frontage Road, will feature carnival-type games; arts, crafts and food vendors; a horseshoe tournament; and a display of classic cars. Free admission. (760) 372-5356.

FORT BRAGG--The city salutes the great gray whale by having a whale of a good time. Whale Festival activities March 21 include chowder tasting ($5 for four 4-ounce tastes), microbrew beer tasting ($15 for 15 tastes), arts and crafts vendors, a classic car show, and an antique doll show. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (though hours of some activities vary) along Main, Laurel and Franklin streets. Free. (800) 726-2780.

ONTARIO--The Easter Bunny will be on hand for photos ($3) at the Spring Craft Fair, March 28. The fair features homemade arts and crafts for sale and entertainment by a country band. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Euclid Avenue median from B to F streets. Free. (909) 988-8743.

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