San Francisco events March 2018. Things to do in San Francisco.

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San Francisco events March 2018

South Bay film festival

March 1 - 11, 2018
San Jose & Redwood City
Join 100,000 people attending the highly acclaimed Cinequest Film & VR Festival to see cutting-edge films from 50 countries and to attend film and technology forums at theaters in San Jose and Redwood City.

Scrapbook Expo

March 2 - 3, 2018
36.2 miles SE
Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Free tulips

March 3, 2018 (1 to 4:30 p.m.)
1.1 miles NE
Walk through Union Square on American Tulip Day when it’s filled with 100,000 Dutch tulips, and choose a bunch to take home. Free.

Soul-food festival

March 3, 2018
4.8 miles south
Black Cuisine Festival has live music, vendor booths, a kids’ zone, and soulful delights (fried chicken, catfish, chitterlings, ribs, black-eyed peas, macaroni & cheese, and sweet potato pie) at 1753 Carroll Avenue. Free.

Open house at the Old Mint

March 3 - 4, 2018
0.7 miles NE
The Old Mint opens its doors one weekend a year for San Francisco History Days to present historical talks, films, photos, and exhibits. See schedule. Free.

Pig feast

March 4, 2018 (5 p.m., VIP 4 p.m.)
2 miles east
Cochon 555 is a stand-up tasting featuring dozens of chef-made dishes plus wine, cocktails, and beer at AT&T Park for age 21+, with baseball memorabilia on display.

Free day at the greenhouse

March 6, 2018
2.6 miles west
See 1,700 species of plants from 50 countries at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park on the first Tuesday of each month. Free.

Ocean film festival

March 8 - 11, 2018
2.3 miles north
International Ocean Film Festival screens 50 films that capture the beauty, power, and mystery of the ocean, mostly at Cowell Theater in Fort Mason Center.

Latin music

March 9, 2018 (8 p.m.)
10.2 miles NE
Las Cafeteras plays Afro-Caribbean music and all-female Grammy winning Mariachi Flor de Toloache sings unique Mexican songs at Fox Theater in Oakland.

Corn Dog Day

March 10, 2018
0.8 miles SE
Enjoy corn dog specials plus the usual street-truck fare at Corn Dog Day, which has live music and a 3 p.m. eating contest at SoMa StrEat Food Park. Entry $5.

Historical reenactment

March 10, 2018
2.1 miles north
March is Women’s History Month. Celebrate by reliving the original women’s movement at the Suffragette March & Ladies Salon at Hyde Street Pier. Free.
  • noon & 3 p.m. - Costumed suffragettes of 1901 march to support giving women the right to vote.
  • 2 p.m. - Join a salon of Victorian women as they discuss issues of the day.

Young dancers in the park

March 10, 2018
2.6 miles south
You’re welcome to bring a picnic and a blanket to Mission Youth Arts Festival for DJ music at 1 p.m. and dancers at 2 p.m. in Potrero del Sol Park. Free.

Super hero run

March 10, 2018
3.4 miles NW
The Super Run 5K provides a cape and welcomes costumes at Little Marina Green.

Oakland Bacon & Beer Festival

March 10, 2018 (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.)
13.1 miles east
Sample bacon-inspired dishes from restaurants with locally made beer during Oakland Bacon and Beer Festival at Jack London Market Building.

Santa Clara beer & wine

March 10, 2018 (2 to 7 p.m.)
52 miles south
A ticket to Hop ‘N Vine Festival & Market gets you 12 tastes from among 10 breweries and 20 wineries located in Santa Clara County, with light appetizers at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose.

Virtual reality fair

March 10 - 11, 2018
4.4 miles SE
Worlds Fair Nano promises “mind-blowing technology, futurist talks, interactive art, live music, food trucks, and more” at Pier 48. Kids 10 and younger are free.

Model train show

March 10 - 11, 2018
52 miles south
The Great Train Show features model train layouts and hundreds of vendors, with bounce houses and riding trains for the kids at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Children age 11 and younger are free.

Persian festival

March 13, 2018 (6 to 10 p.m.)
13.4 miles NE
Watch Iranian adults and children jump over bonfires to welcome spring at the Persian New Year Festival, with DJ music, dancing, food, and craft vendors on Durant Avenue in Berkeley. No alcohol. Free.

Art and flowers

March 13 - 18, 2018
3 miles west
Bouquets to Art pairs flower arrangements and floral art, and it offers optional lectures, luncheons, and a flower demonstration at the de Young Museum.

Berkeley wine walk

March 14, 2018 (5 p.m.)
14 miles NE
Sample local wines with small bites at 18 participating businesses on the Gourmet Ghetto Wine Walk, which includes a wine glass and supports charity.

Gourmet food & wine

March 15 - 18, 2018
122 miles south
GourmetFest is a four-day foodie extravaganza featuring tastings and meals by Relais & Châteaux chefs, wine estate tours, and even wild mushroom hunting near Carmel-by-the-Sea.

St. Patrick’s - Taverna Aventine

March 16, 2018 (4 to 10 p.m.)
1.7 miles NE
St. Patrick’s Day Block Party has DJ music, games, food trucks, and drink specials both indoors and outdoors at Taverna Aventine. Free.

St. Patrick’s Day - Royal Exchange

March 16, 2018 (3 to 10 p.m.)
2 miles NE
You must sign into Facebook to see the page for St. Patrick’s Day Block Party, hosted by Royal Exchange & Schroeders, which fills Front Street with live music, green beer, Guinness, and traditional Irish fare. Free.

St. Patrick’s Day crawl

March 16 - 17, 2018
0.8 miles north
St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl promises drink specials at bars beginning at Mayes Oyster House for age 21+.

Adventure race

March 16 - 17, 2018
40.4 miles south
Questival is a 24-hour race that begins with a check-in party at Planet Granite in Sunnyvale. Your team of 2 to 6 people completes the challenges assigned by a smartphone app to win prizes. Video. [Also held in San Francisco on Sept. 28.]

St. Patrick’s Day parade & festival

March 17, 2018
1.2 miles NE
St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins 11:30 a.m. at 2nd Street and Market Street and ends at the Civic Center, where you’ll find St. Patrick’s Day Festival with entertainment, arts and crafts, Irish exhibitors, food, and kids’ rides until 5 p.m. Free.

St. Patrick’s Day - Irish Bank Bar

March 17, 2018 (noon to midnight)
1.3 miles NE
St. Patrick’s Day Block Party has live music and beer at the Irish Bank Bar. Doors 9 a.m.

Jazz festival in Brisbane

March 17, 2018 (noon to 11:30 p.m.)
5.9 miles south
7 Mile House Jazz Fest promises 11 “of the Bay Area’s top jazz musicians and ensembles” performing at 7 Mile House, with food and beverages for sale. Free.

Beer festival in Fairfax

March 17, 2018 (1 to 5 p.m.)
20.8 miles north
A ticket to Fairfax Brewfest gets you unlimited tastes of California and Northwest beer, with live music and pub food for sale at the Fairfax Pavilion. You’re invited to wear green and gold for St. Patrick’s Day.

Flying Leprechaun

March 17, 2018 (10 a.m. to noon)
24 miles south
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with kids’ activities and a Flying Leprechaun who leaps from a helicopter at 11 a.m. and parachutes down to give each child wearing green a toy at Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos.

St. Patrick’s Day crawl

March 17, 2018 (5 to 8 p.m.)
39.5 miles SE
Sample craft beers from Bay Area breweries with tasty bites at 25 locations in downtown Pleasanton during St. Patrick’s Day Brew Crawl. Wear green.

Culinary festival in Napa County

March 17, 2018 (noon to 5 p.m.)
66 miles north
Taste of Yountville is a “wine and music festival featuring world-class chefs, wineries, and international recording artists” with Grand Tasting events both days.

East Bay St. Patrick’s Day

March 17 - 18, 2018 (gala March 16)
36.3 miles
City of Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Celebration includes a free two-day festival at Dublin Civic Center with food, music, dance, and vendors, plus a Saturday parade at 9:30 a.m., and a Sunday Shamrock 5K run/walk.

Wine tasting in Sonoma

March 17 - 18, 2018
55 miles north
Meet winemakers, taste wines straight from the barrels, and sample new releases at Savor Sonoma Valley for age 21+. Dine at local restaurants or visit the food trucks.

Musical comedy show

March 21 - 23, 2018 (8 p.m.)
1.9 miles NE
Billed as “the world’s longest-running musical revue,” Beach Blanket Babylon features Snow White on a trip around the world meeting satirical celebrities, at Club Fugazi for age 21+.

Discount tickets $27 to $33.

Backstage comedy

March 21 - April 1, 2018
0.3 miles south
It’s Only a Play is a witty satire about the business of big-budget theater, with humorous celebrity takedowns and behind-the-scenes shenanigans at New Conservatory Theatre Center.

Discount tickets $18 to $23.

Strangers in love

March 21 - April 8, 2018
1.1 miles NE
The “vibrant and emotionally charged” [NY Times] Broadway play Heisenberg is a comedy that rethinks the polar magnetism of opposites attracting and the conventions of modern-day playwriting at A.C.T.

Discount tickets $12 to $66.

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San Jose magic show

March 22, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
48.3 miles south
Immerse yourself in an extravaganza of comedy, magic, and music when Adam Trent performs his high-tech show at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.

Discount tickets $20 to $53.

Whisky expo

March 22 & 24, 2018
San Francisco & San Jose
Sample whiskies from different countries with food pairings and seminars at Whiskies of the World.

Evening cruise

March 22 - 24, 2018 (5:30 p.m.)
2.6 miles north
California Twilight Cruise includes two hours of romantic views on San Francisco Bay, live guitar music, a drink, and appetizers, departing from Fisherman’s Wharf.

Discount tickets $40.

Berkeley animation festival

March 22 - 25, 2018
13.6 miles NE
The GLAS Animation Festival screens new animation by “fresh voices” competing in various categories, with filmmaker conversations and Q&A sessions.


March 23 - 24, 2018 (8 p.m.)
2.7 miles SE
Circus Center Cabaret features acrobats, aerialists, magicians, and clowns, with a full bar in the intimate Circus Center for age 21+. The theme is “Broadway.”

Discount tickets $7.50.

Steampunk convention

March 23 - 25, 2018
15.4 miles south
Combining 19th-century history with science fiction and imaginary worlds, Clockwork Alchemy promises “makers, dancing, writing, crafting, fashion, and fun related to steampunk” at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. Children 12 and younger are free.

Cheese festival

March 23 - 25, 2018
54 miles north
Attend seminars, tastings, and tours led by cheese experts, cheese makers, chefs, and fromagiers during California’s Artisan Cheese Festival, mostly at Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.

Vaudeville cabaret

March 23 - April 28, 2018
2 miles NE
Wear cocktail attire to The Speakeasy, a 1920s watering hole with multiple rooms of bootleggers, bouncers, war veterans, and barflies put on by Boxcar Theatre behind a secret door in North Beach.

Discount tickets $65 to $120.

Comedy about technology

March 23 - May 5, 2018 (Fri. & Sat.)
1.1 miles NE
Megabytes is a low-budget spoof about the problems faced by non-techie people (swiping, scrolling, and surfing), with lots of short songs, humorous lyrics, and a piano player in tiny Shelton Theater.

Discount tickets $8 to $10.

Doggie egg hunt

March 24, 2018
S.F., Oakland, Redwood City, Santa Clara
Enjoy finger foods and local vendors while your dog sniffs out eggs filled with tasty treats and prizes at the Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs in multiple Bay Area cities.

Beer festival

March 24, 2018 (noon and 5 p.m.)
2.1 miles NE
Join the young crowd age 21+ at Bay Area Brew Fest for unlimited samples of 200 varieties of beer, a DJ, and food trucks at Pier 35.

Short dance films

March 24 - 25, 2018
1.2 miles south
Tiny Dance Film Festival screens dozens of films, none longer than 10 minutes, that “dance with the camera” at Roxie Theater.

Car show

March 24 - 25, 2018
36.2 miles SE
See 3,000 American hot rods, customs, muscle cars, classics, and trucks at the Goodguys All American Get-Together, which includes 200 vendors and a swap meet at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

All-American musical

March 24 - April 1, 2018
26 miles south
A con artist plans to steal money he collects for band instruments for a small Iowa town, until he falls in love in The Music Man at Fox Theatre in Redwood City.

Discount tickets $20 to $55.

People in the street

March 25, 2018 (Excelsior)
San Francisco neighborhoods
Walk, bike, or roller skate on a city street when most cars are banned for Sunday Streets, which are held about once a month from March to October.

Brunch & bar tasting

March 25, 2018
Downtown (1.2 miles SE)
A ticket to BrunchCon includes tastes from 30 vendors, a bottomless Mimosa and Bloody Mary bar, lawn games, and DJ dancing at The Armory for age 21+.

South Bay Easter concert

March 25, 2018 (7 p.m.)
53.2 miles south
Celebrate Easter by hearing and/or singing Handel’s entire Messiah with a full orchestra in Los Gatos. Register free online.

Macy’s flower show

March 25 - April 8, 2018
1 mile NE
See spectacular arrangements of flowers from around the world and attend scheduled events at Macy’s Flower Show at Macy’s in Union Square. Free.

National Geographic in San Jose

March 28 & May 9, 2018
55.4 miles south
Hear world explorers tell their stories at National Geographic Live at Hammer Theatre Center.
  • March 28 - Exploring the wild ocean
  • May 9 - Rhinos, rickshaws, and revolutions

West Side Story

March 30 - April 29, 2018
24 miles NE
West Side Story is a musical about true love, inspired by “Romeo and Juliet” and set in 1950s New York City, with soaring songs like “America” and “Maria” at Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.

Discount tickets $49 to $59.

Easter in the park

March 31, 2018 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
2.8 miles west
Eggstravaganza is a family-friendly event with egg hunts, carnival rides, games, live entertainment, kids’ activities, and a BBQ competition at Robin Williams Meadow in Golden Gate Park. Read the web page to reserve $10 tickets (kids 2 and under free). No pets.

Easter at the zoo

March 31, 2018
7.7 miles SW
Big Bunny’s Spring Fling includes crafts, music, egg hunts for ages 3 to 12, bunnies in the Exploration Zone, and an Easter bunny at San Francisco Zoo.

Easter festival & parade - Oakland

March 31, 2018
12.3 miles east
Decorate a hat at home, or arrive early to decorate one, and then join the 11:30 a.m. parade, with face painting and treats during the Easter Parade & Spring Festival at Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church in Oakland.

Color eggs naturally

March 31, 2018 (10 a.m. & 12:30)
14.7 miles NE
Children make patterns on eggs with brilliant plant-based colors at the hands-on workshop Naturally Dyed Eggs at UC Botanical Garden.

Rabbit race in Cupertino

March 31, 2018
44.1 miles south
Big Bunny 5K has awards by age category; the Kids’ Fun Run has medals for all at Cupertino Civic Center.

Easter parade - Campbell

March 31, 2018 (noon)
54 miles south
Bunnies and Bonnets Parade has marching bands, animals, and dancers going west on Campbell Avenue (from Railway Avenue to 3rd Street). Free.

Festival of colors

March 31 - April 13, 2018
Bay Area
Throw brightly colored flour, dance to DJ music, and eat Indian food to celebrate the spring festival of Holi.