Los Angeles events March 2019. Things to do in LA.
Los Angeles events March 2019
March 1 - 9, 2019
(begins Feb. 28)
Downtown (1.8 miles NE)
Hump! screens 21 five-minute films produced by amateurs of all persuasions at Downtown Independent.
March 2, 2019
Downtown (2.9 miles NE)
Los Angeles Lantern Festival offers live entertainment, music, arts and crafts, community booths, museum tours, and food trucks at the Chinese American Museum. Free.
Model train show
March 2 - 3, 2019
Costa Mesa (42.8 miles SE)
The Great Train Show features model train layouts and hundreds of vendors, with bounce houses and a riding train for the kids at OC Fair & Event Center.
Mardi Gras at the market
March 2 - 5, 2019
Fairfax (8.9 miles NW)
The Mardi Gras Celebration promises New Orleans and Zydeco music, strolling bands, kids’ activities, bead-throwing, and a dog parade (Saturday at noon) at the Original Farmers Market. Free.
March 2 - 3 and 9 - 10, 2019
Dana Point (61 miles SE)
Festival of Whales is an “ocean-friendly” event with booths, displays, and exhibits along the water’s edge at Dana Point Harbor. See the schedule for a parade, a chowder contest, noon concerts, art shows, and whale watching from shore.
Restaurant week in Orange County
March 3 - 9, 2019
Orange County (42 miles SE)
Get a special deal on a fixed-price lunch or dinner at 150 restaurants on Orange County Restaurant Week, which includes wine or a cocktail on its “luxe” menu.
March 4 - 17, 2019
Indian Wells (134 miles east)
Billed as one of the premier professional tournaments in the world, the BNP Paribas Open is held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Art fair near Palm Springs
March 7 - 10, 2019
La Quinta (130 miles east)
Pay $17 to join the beautiful people admiring works by 200 contemporary artists in a spectacular setting at La Quinta Arts Festival, with live music and gourmet food vendors on the green Civic Center Campus. No pets.
OC wine festival
March 9 - 10, 2019
San Juan Capistrano (60 miles SE)
OCWineFest offers wine tasting, wine seminars, art vendors, and gourmet food at A Stone’s Throw Winery.
Festival of Colors
March 9 - 16, 2019
Holi: Festival of Colors sells brightly colored cornstarch for you to throw at each other and promises “interactive dance, live mantra bands, DJs, yoga teachers, cuisine, free hugs, and lotsa love.”
All-ages Festival of the Kite features a gigantic 25-foot kite, a dance performance, live classic rock, and prizes for the best handmade kite, best ground display, highest-flying kite, youngest flyer, and youngest at heart at Redondo Beach Pier. Free.
St. Patrick’s Day party
March 16, 2019
West Hollywood (10.6 miles NW)
Wear green and arrive by 3 p.m. with your ticket to the Block Party, which has 100 kegs of green beer, food stations, DJs, and games behind Rock & Reilly’s Irish Pub for age 21+.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 16, 2019
Hermosa Beach (20.4 miles SW)
Join 20,000 people watching floats, horses, bagpipers, and marching bands in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, which goes west on Pier Avenue (from Valley Drive to Hermosa Avenue) and then south on Hermosa Avenue (from Pier Avenue to 10th Street). Free.
Check out animals, birds, and insects at L.A. Nature Fest, which features 30 organizations, scientists and nature experts, animals, and nature crafts at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
March 16 - 17, 2019
Pasadena (11.4 miles NE)
See home improvement products, services, and demonstrations at the Pasadena Spring Home Show at the Pasadena Convention Center.
Classic car show
March 16 - 17, 2019
Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)
Billed as America’s largest, The Classic Auto Show exhibits 1,000 classics ranging from muscle cars to rare imports at OC Fair & Event Center, with celebrity talks and a vendor market.
Palm Desert Food & Wine offers lunches, dinners, demonstrations, and tasting events featuring “some of the world’s best chefs, vintners, and craft brewers from across the country” and supports a food bank.
Vegan food festival
March 23 - 24, 2019
North Hollywood (14 miles NW)
Buy bite-size portions of vegan foods from restaurants and vendors for $4 or less at the Vegan Street Fair, with a beer garden, activities, and games on Chandler Boulevard (from Tujunga to Vineland). No pets. Free.
March 29 - 30, 2019
(noon, VIP 11 a.m.)
Santa Monica (18 miles west)
The highlight of Latin Food Fest is Saturday’s Gran Tasting, “an all-inclusive Latin food, wine and spirits tasting” in tents at the beach in Santa Monica for age 21+.
WonderCon promises comics, movies, TV, animation, books and authors, action figures and collectibles, a costume masquerade, and anime screenings at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Noir film festival
March 29 - April 7, 2019
Hollywood (8.7 miles NW)
Noir City screens classic films that are stylish, cynical, and melodramatic at the Egyptian Theatre.
Concert & car show
Downtown (0.2 miles south)
See hundreds of hot custom cars and hear live performances (21 Savage, Rich The Kid, King Lil G, Famous Dex, and YBN Nahmir) at the Los Angeles Dub Show in Los Angeles Convention Center.
Downtown (0.2 miles NE)
All-Star Chef Classic offers casual tasting events and formal chef dinners from $125 to $425 at L.A. Live.
New art fair
Downtown (1.3 miles NE)
Based in London, The Other Art Fair “leads the way in uncovering and nurturing new and innovative creative talent” exhibiting works by 100 emerging artists at The Majestic Downtown. Children under age 16 free.
Boards & music festival
Exposition Park (3.4 miles south)
Watch world-class athletes compete on skateboards and snowboards, and hear big-name musicians perform on 2 stages at Air + Style in Exposition Park.
Interior design conference
West Hollywood (8 miles NW)
Sign up to attend talks and product introductions by boutiques and manufacturers during Westweek, which focuses on luxury furnishings and interior resources at Pacific Design Center. Free.
Hollywood (9.1 miles NW)
Attend the screening of a TV episode with the actual stars and creative talent, and then watch them in a live panel discussion at PaleyFest at the Dolby Theatre.
Pasadena (9.6 miles NE)
Sample tea from vendors and attend informative talks by tea experts at Pasadena Festival of Tea at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden. Reserve online.
Beverly Hills (10.3 miles NW)
See all the documentary films nominated for Academy Awards at DocuDay LA in the Writers Guild Theater, with a question-and-answer session after each film.
Art at the airport
Santa Monica (12.4 miles west)
Visit artists in their studios (converted from airplane hangars) during the Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk at Santa Monica Airport, with kids’ activities and food trucks available. Brochure. Free.
Gourmet tasting event
Santa Monica (12.5 miles west)
Get a taste from 150 restaurants, breweries, wineries, and caterers at Food Fare, which includes auctions at Barker Hangar to support Planned Parenthood.
Although the theme is marijuana, none is allowed at The 420 Games, which has a 4.2-mile walk/run, beer garden, music, comedy, speakers, and exhibitors to “promote the healthy and responsible use of cannabis” at Santa Monica Pier & Venice Skate Bowl.
Arts, crafts, and flowers
Sierra Madre (21 miles NE)
See the famous vine planted in 1894, hear live music, visit the children’s play land, and shop from 100 arts and crafts vendors at Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival at N. Baldwin Avenue & Sierra Madre Boulevard. Free.
Buena Park (25 miles SE)
Knott’s Berry Farm was among the first farms to grow boysenberries, which they celebrate during Knott’s Boysenberry Festival with berry-inspired dishes, drinks, a beer & wine garden, entertainment, and family activities. Reviews.
Cask beer festival
Anaheim (29.4 miles SE)
Get a taste from 50 casks of beer made by Southern California breweries, with live music and food for sale during Firkfest Cask Beer Festival at Farmer’s Park.
Anaheim (33 miles SE)
OC Beer Fest promises samples of dozens of international and domestic beers, food trucks, and live entertainment at The Phoenix Club for age 21+.
Cherry Blossom Festival features Japanese dance, music, food, cultural exhibits, arts, crafts, and games in pretty Huntington Beach Central Park. Photos. Free.
Tattoo & car convention
Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)
Musink is an all-ages tattoo convention, music festival, and car show with food and beer vendors at OC Fair & Event Center.
Brunch in Orange County
Laguna Beach (55 miles SE)
Fresh Toast returns with unlimited bites from 30 restaurants, cocktail samples, artisanal vendors, and a Bloody Mary competition at Festival of the Arts for age 21+.
Lancaster (72 miles north)
Almond Blossom Festival has arts and crafts, food vendors, carnival rides, live music, and a car show at George Lane Park in Quartz Hill. Free.
Lancaster (76.5 miles north)
See historic aircraft in the air and on the ground at the Los Angeles County Air Show, which includes modern Air Force jets, World War II airplanes, skydivers, aerobatics, pyrotechnics, music, food, and educational displays at William J. Fox Airfield. Wear sunscreen.