San Francisco events March 2020. Things to do in San Francisco.

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San Francisco events March 2020

Free day at the greenhouse

March 3, 2020
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.

South Bay film festival

March 3 - 15, 2020
San Jose & Redwood City
Join 100,000 people attending the highly acclaimed Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival to see cutting-edge films from 50 countries and to attend film and technology forums at theaters in San Jose and Redwood City.

Open house at the Old Mint

March 7 - 8, 2020
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.

Gourmet food & wine festival

March 12 - 15, 2020
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 13, 2020
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 for age 21+. Free.

St. Patrick’s crawl in Pleasanton

March 14, 2020
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.

East Bay St. Patrick’s Day

March 14 - 15, 2020
36.3 miles
City of Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Celebration includes a free 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. No pets.

Flying Leprechaun

March 15, 2020
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. Children age 4 and younger are free with a paid adult.

St. Patrick’s Day - Schroeders

March 17, 2020
2 miles NE
Hosted by Royal Exchange & Schroeders, St. Patrick’s Day Block Party fills Front Street with live music (5 to 8:30 p.m.), DJ music (7 to 11 p.m.), green beer, Guinness, and traditional Irish fare. Free.

Persian festival

March 17, 2020
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.

Berkeley animation festival

March 19 - 22, 2020
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.

Family carnival in San Rafael

March 20, 2020
19.8 miles NW
Everyone is welcome at Purim Palooza, which has a bounce house, balloon animals, face painting, carnival games, and live music at Osher Marin JCC. Everything is free except the food.

Steampunk convention

March 20 - 22, 2020
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.

Corn dog day

March 21, 2020
0.8 miles SE
Enjoy corn dog specials plus the usual street-truck fare at The Great San Francisco Corn Dog Festival, with live music and a costume contest at SoMa StrEat Food Park. Admission $5. Children age 10 and younger free.

Culinary festival in Napa County

March 21, 2020
66 miles north
Taste of Yountville is a $195 “wine and music festival featuring world-class chefs, wineries, and international recording artists” in downtown Yountville.

Model train show in Pleasanton

March 21 - 22, 2020
36.2 miles SE
The Great Train Show features model train layouts and hundreds of vendors, with bounce houses and train rides for the kids at Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Travel show

March 21 - 22, 2020
42.4 miles south
Hear travel experts (including Rick Steves) at the Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show, and shop from travel industry vendors in Santa Clara Convention Center.

Wine tasting in Livermore

March 21 - 22, 2020
49 miles east
With a ticket to Barrel Tasting Weekend, you can visit 30 wineries and “sample wines still in development right out of the barrel and take the opportunity to purchase futures for your very own wine cellar” in Livermore Valley.

Children’s art festival

March 21 - 29, 2020
0.1 miles east
Enjoy student creativity in visual, literary, media, and performing arts during SFUSD Arts Festival, mostly at the Asian Art Museum in the Civic Center. Free, including the museum.

San Jose home show

March 22 - 23, 2020
48.3 miles south
See home improvement products, services, and demonstrations at the San Jose Spring Home Show at the San Jose convention center. Repeats in September.

Film festival in Sonoma

March 25 - 29, 2020
44.1 miles north
Watch 100 films at Sonoma International Film Festival, including independent features, documentaries, world cinema, and shorts, all screened within walking distance of Sonoma’s historic plaza.

Documentary films

March 26 - 29, 2020
55 miles north
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival screens the non-fiction work of independent filmmakers, with a focus on “characters of extraordinary presence, whether animate or not, and compelling stories” in Sebastopol.

Whisky expo

March 27 - 28, 2020
San Francisco & San Jose
Sample whiskies from different countries with food pairings and seminars at Whiskies of the World.

Cheese festival

March 27 - 29, 2020
54 miles north
Attend seminars, tastings, and tours led by cheese experts, cheese makers, chefs, and fromagiers during California Artisan Cheese Festival, mostly at Sonoma County Event Center at the Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.

Independent music festival

March 2020
San Francisco & Oakland & Berkeley
Noise Pop Festival is an indie music, arts, and film festival, with a focus on emerging talent.

People in the street

March 2020
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.

Women’s Day party at the library

March 2020
0.1 mile east
Celebrate International Women’s Day with cocktails, appetizers, music, and a performance by an award-winning comedy team at the $200 Library Laureate Gallery, a stand-up party in the skylight gallery of San Francisco Public Library on Larkin Street.

Taste of the Nation

March 2020
0.7 miles north
San Francisco’s Taste of the Nation promises “an unforgettable night of unlimited bites and sips from San Francisco’s best restaurants and drink purveyors” at The Regency Ballroom for age 21+.

Macy’s flower show

March 2020
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.

Mardi Gras - Fillmore

March 2020
1.1 miles NW
Mardi Gras San Francisco Style includes a free blues concert at Fillmore & O’Farrell Streets (5 to 7:30 p.m.), followed by a parade, and then and a ticketed masquerade ball with dinner at Fillmore Heritage Center (8 p.m.).

Short dance films

March 2020
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.

Mardi Gras - Mission District

March 2020
1.5 miles south
Carnaval SF Mardi Gras
“Enjoy live samba drummers, dancers winding their way through the party, and lively music from salsa and soca to cumbia and rumba at Carnaval SF Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Kick-Off Celebration at 20 venues in the Mission District. Free.

Human-rights film festival

March 2020
1.8 miles west
Watch films that promote social justice at the USF Human Rights Film Festival at the University of San Francisco Presentation Theater. Free.

Persian spring festival

March 2020
1.8 miles south
Norooz Spring Festival promises food, live music, dance, Persian calligraphy & miniatures, and activities for children at Union Square. Free.

Edgy comedy festival

March 2020
1.9 miles south
Hear 50 comics as they produce podcasts and live shows at Mutiny Radio Comedy Festival, which promises “adult content, dark and blue humor, outspoken political and religious opinion, and fallible human beings with divine tendencies some of whom should seek therapy” at Mutiny Radio.

Ocean film festival

March 12 - 15, 2020
2.3 miles north
International Ocean Film Festival screens 58 films that capture the beauty, power, and mystery of the ocean, mostly at Cowell Theater in Fort Mason Center. Filmmakers answer questions after many screenings.

Italian wine tasting

March 2020
3.9 miles NW
Sample wine from 90 top Italian vintners at the walk-around event Great Wines of Italy, with DJ music at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio. Lower price for ages 21 to 28.

Soul-food festival

March 2020
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.

Exchange your plants

March 2020
16 miles east
Bring plants or gardening supplies (or pay $5) to attend The Plant Exchange, where you’ll find plants, pots, live music, and food trucks at Ability Now Bay Area in Oakland. Garden demonstrations begin at 11 a.m. No dogs.

Beer festival in Fairfax

March 2020
20.8 miles north
A ticket to Fairfax Brewfest gets you unlimited tastes of local and regional beer, with live Irish music and pub food for sale at the Fairfax Pavilion. You’re invited to wear green and gold for St. Patrick’s Day.

Car show

March 2020
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.

Scrapbook expo

March 2020
36.2 miles SE
Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

Lunar New Year in the South Bay

March 2020
48.7 miles south
The New Year Festival has a lion dance at noon, a children’s parade at 1:30 p.m., a magician, music, martial arts, calligraphy, Chinese food for sale, and vendors at Hakone Estate and Gardens in Saratoga.

Santa Clara beer & wine

March 2020
52 miles south
A ticket to Hop ‘N Vine Festival & Market gets you tastes from 10 breweries and 20 wineries that are located in Santa Clara County, with light appetizers at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose.

St. Patrick’s Day parade

March 2020
1.2 miles NE
St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 2nd Street and Market Street and ends at the Civic Center. Free.

St. Patrick’s Day - Irish Bank Bar

March 2020
1.3 miles NE
St. Patrick’s Day Block Party promises live music, DJ music, bars, and “dancing and revelry” at The Irish Bank.

Irish show in San Jose

March 2020
49 miles south
Saint Patrick’s Day in San Jose includes traditional music, Celtic rock, and even bluegrass at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Historic Hoover Theater, plus a free concert in the courtyard at 5 p.m. See the schedule.

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