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Los Angeles events March 2020

Baking and pastry convention

March 1, 2020
(begins Feb. 29)
location uncertain
Taste free samples, meet celebrity chefs, watch baking demonstrations, join a class or workshop, and visit the kids’ zone during LA Cookie Con.

Family science festival

March 6 - 7, 2020
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Watch science on stage, play games, write code, and connect with robots during STEA2M Fair at the Fairplex. Free registration.

Marathon & fitness expo

March 6 - 8, 2020
Downtown / Santa Monica (3 miles north)
The Los Angeles Marathon passes iconic landmarks as it heads from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica on Sunday. The Health & Fitness Expo at Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday & Saturday is free to all.

Lantern festival

March 7, 2020
(12 to 5 p.m.)
Downtown (2.9 miles NE)
Los Angeles Lantern Festival
Los Angeles Lantern Festival offers live entertainment, music, arts and crafts, community booths, museum tours, and food trucks at the Chinese American Museum. Free.

Festival of Colors

March 7 - 14, 2020
multiple locations
Throw brightly colored cornstarch at each other, dance to Bollywood DJ music, and shop from exotic food vendors to celebrate spring at a Holi event.

Whale festival

March 7 - 8 and 14 - 15, 2020
Dana Point (61 miles SE)
Festival of Whales [slow website] is an “ocean-friendly” event with booths, displays, and exhibits along the water’s edge at Dana Point Harbor, with a chowder contest, noon concerts, art shows, and whale watching from shore. See schedule.

Kite festival

March 8, 2020
Redondo Beach (21.6 miles SW)
All-ages Festival of the Kite features a gigantic kite 25 feet wide, a dance performance, live music, and prizes for the best handmade kite, highest-flying kite, youngest flyer, etc. at Redondo Beach Pier. Free.

Restaurant week in Orange County

March 8 - 14, 2020
Orange County (42 miles SE)
Get a special deal on a fixed-price lunch or dinner at 125 restaurants on Orange County Restaurant Week.

Tennis tournament

March 9 - 22, 2020
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.

St. Patrick’s Day party

March 14, 2020
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 14, 2020
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.

Nature festival

March 14 - 15, 2020
Exposition Park (2.9 miles SW)
Check out animals, birds, and insects at L.A. Nature Fest, which features 35 exhibitors, scientists and nature experts, animals, and nature crafts at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Pole-dancing competition

March 14 - 15, 2020
North Hollywood (13.4 miles NW)
Watch amateurs compete on both days, and professionals on Saturday evening at the Pacific Pole Championships at El Portal Theater in North Hollywood.

St. Patrick’s Day party

March 17, 2020
Downtown (1 mile NE)
St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival features 400 kegs of beer, Irish fare, pizza, and DJ music in the closed street outside Casey’s Irish Pub for age 21+. No pets.

Free classical concerts

March 19 - 25, 2020
Greater Los Angeles
Hear performances in public places during Bach in the Subways, including Santa Monica, Pasadena, Hollywood, Glendale, and Claremont. Free.

Vegan food festival

March 21 - 22, 2020
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 entertainment, activities, and games on Chandler Boulevard (from Tujunga to Vineland). No pets. Free.

Air show

March 21 - 22, 2020
Lancaster (77 miles north)
See historic aircraft in the air and on the ground at Los Angeles County Air Show, which also has modern Air Force jets, skydivers, aerobatics, pyrotechnics, music, food, and educational displays at William J. Fox Airfield in Lancaster. Wear sunscreen.

Latin food

March 27 - 28, 2020
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+.

Hip car show

March 28, 2020
Exposition Park (2.5 miles south)
Hot Import Nights features modified cars, nightclub acts, DJ music, foreign models, a fashion walk, and vendors at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Native plant tour

March 28 - 29, 2020
Los Angeles County
Take a self-guided tour of 30 public and private gardens landscaped mostly with native plants during Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour. Northern locations open Saturday, southern Sunday. No pets.

Tea festival

March 28 - 29, 2020
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. This event expands to two days in 2020.

OC wine festival

March 28 - 29, 2020
San Juan Capistrano (60 miles SE)
OCWineFest offers wine tasting, wine seminars, craft vendors, and gourmet food at A Stone’s Throw Winery.

Ukrainian Easter eggs

March 29, 2020
East Hollywood (5.4 miles NW)
Learn how to make beautiful Easter eggs​, see crafts on display, and taste Ukrainian food at Ukrainian Pysanka Festival at the Ukrainian Culture Center. Free.

Weird films

March 2020
Los Angeles & Santa Ana
Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival screens dozens of unusual films “that challenge the viewers reality with ideas and concepts not normally found in conventional stories.” Directors appear at some screenings.
  • Ebell Club of Santa Ana
  • Echo Park Film Center, L.A.

New art fair

March 2020
Downtown (1 mile south)
Based in London, The Other Art Fair “leads the way in uncovering and nurturing new and innovative creative talent” exhibiting works by 140 emerging artists at Magic Box at The Reef. Children under age 16 free.

Racy movies

March 2020
Downtown (1.6 miles NE)
Hump! screens 21 explicit short films (under 5 minutes long) made by amateurs of all persuasions at at Downtown Independent.

People in the street

March 2020
multiple locations
Walk, bike, or roller skate without cars from Culver City to Mar Vista and Palms during CicLAvia. Cars cross the route at some intersections. Minors on wheels must wear helmets. Free.

Interior design conference

March 2020
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.

TV festival

March 2020
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.

ArtNight in Pasadena

March 2020
Pasadena (11.7 miles NE)
Expect crowds at ArtNight, where you can see exhibitions and performances at 22 venues and shop from 8 food trucks. Held in March and October. Free.

Art at the airport

March 2020
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. Free.

Gourmet tasting event

March 2020
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.

Cherry blossom walk

March 2020
La Cañada Flintridge (14.3 miles north)
Join one of the guided Spring Bloom Walks this month in Descanso Gardens. Check the schedule on their events calendar.

Cherry blossom festival

March 2020
Torrance (17.7 miles SW)
Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival offers “performances from artists representing cultures around the world,” children’s activities, and food & crafts for sale at Columbia Park. Free.

Arts, crafts, and flowers

March 2020
Sierra Madre (21 miles NE)
See the famous vine planted in 1894, hear live music, visit the beer garden, see the auto show, check out the children’s play land, and shop from 100 arts and crafts vendors at Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival.

Mardi Gras festival

March 2020
Long Beach (24.6 miles south)
Join thousands of cheering revelers at the Long Beach Mardi Gras for zydeco music, dancing, costumes, art, and kids’ activities in Shoreline Village. A parade featuring a king and queen begins at 2 p.m. Free.

Berry festival

March 2020
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.

Cherry Blossom Festival

March 2020
Huntington Beach (36.2 miles SE)
Cherry Blossom Festival features Japanese dance, music, food, cultural exhibits, arts, crafts, and games in pretty Huntington Beach Central Park. Night market until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Photos. Free.

Classic car show

March 2020
Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)
Billed as America’s largest, The Classic Auto Show exhibits 2,500 classics ranging from muscle cars to rare imports at OC Fair & Event Center, with celebrity talks and a vendor market. Video (30 seconds).

Tattoo & car convention

March 2020
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. You must be age 16 with parental cibsebt for piercing, age 18 for tattoos, age 21 for beer. See info/faq for the very strict security rules.https://aws.musinkfest.com/images/2019/admat/header_poster_costa_mesa_01.png

Swallows Day Parade

March 2020
San Juan Capistrano (56.4 miles south)
Celebrate the swallows returning from Argentina to Mission San Juan Capistrano at the Swallows Day Parade through the city. Eat and shop 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Swallows Day Mercado Street Faire.

Giant music festival

March 2020
San Bernardino (60 miles east)
With pyrotechnics, fantasy set designs, and characters from Alice in Wonderland, Beyond Wonderland presents 60 music acts on four stages at National Orange Show Event Center (NOS Events Center). General admission tickets age 18+, VIP age 21+.

Coffee & doughnuts

March 2020
location uncertain
Coffee and Donut Festival SoCal has doughnut-eating contests, a kids’ zone, a rockabilly band, and vendors in Orange County, where “fried, sugary dough perfections meet smooth-roasted brews.”

Small-town festival

March 2020
Lancaster (72 miles north)
Almond Blossom Festival has arts and crafts, food vendors, carnival rides, live music, and a Saturday car show at George Lane Park in Quartz Hill. Free.

Food & wine near Palm Springs

March 2020
Palm Desert (132 miles east)
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.

St. Patrick’s on the Queen Mary

March 2020
Long Beach (26.2 miles south)
Visit the Queen Mary on St. Patrick’s Day Eve when its historic salons and spaces are converted to Irish pubs with food, drinks, and live Irish music. Parking $15.

St. Patrick’s show

March 2020
Thousand Oaks (42.3 miles NW)
St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland offers “a rollicking night” of traditional Irish dancing and live music at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

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