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Independent music festival

March 1, 2020
San Francisco & Oakland & Berkeley
Noise Pop Festival is an indie music, arts, and film festival, with a focus on emerging talent. Schedule.

Contemporary art fair

March 1, 2020
2.4 miles north
“Connect directly with 60 top local and international artists, collectives, and galleries” during Superfine at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. Children younger than age 10 are free.

Edgy comedy festival

March 1 - 7, 2020
1.9 miles south
Hear 67 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.

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.

Latino humor

March 3 - April 5, 2020
13.5 miles NE
Expect “badass, irreverent, thought-provoking social satire” at Culture Clash (Still) in America, which delivers outrageous monologues and sketch comedy about the immigrant experience in America at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Musical starring Sting

March 4 - 22, 2020
0.6 miles NE
Featuring music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Sting, The Last Ship tells the story of a British man who returns home after 17 years at sea to find the shipyard in his village is closing at Golden Gate Theatre.

Outrageous musical

March 5 - 15, 2020
1.1 miles south
Cheer on a group of misfit but lovable unemployed steel-mill workers who bare everything to earn cash for their families in The Full Monty, live at Victoria Theatre.

Whiskey walk

March 6, 2020
(6 to 9 p.m.)
15.1 miles east
Taste whiskey and small bites in a dozen shops with a ticket to the Whiskey Stroll in downtown Alameda.

Interracial musical

March 6 - 15, 2020
12.9 miles NE
Memphis is based on a true love story about a white radio DJ and a black club singer in 1950s Tennessee, including laughter, romance and irresistible songs, at Berkeley Playhouse.

Soul-food festival

March 7, 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 admission.

Family carnival in San Rafael

March 8, 2020
(11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
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 Jewish Community Center. Everything is free except food. Poster.

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.

Hip hop cocktail party

March 14, 2020
(5 to 8 p.m.)
0.7 miles SE
Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, dance performances, and a silent auction at One Love, a benefit for the Hip Hop DanceFest at City Dance Studios. Moved from March 14 to July 11.

St. Patrick’s Day parade

March 14, 2020
(11:30 a.m.)
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 crawl in Pleasanton

March 14, 2020
(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.

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 200 vendors, plus a Saturday parade at 9:30 a.m., and a Sunday Shamrock 5K run/walk. No pets.

St. Patrick’s Day - Irish Bank Bar

March 14 & 17, 2020
1.3 miles NE
St. Patrick’s Day Block Party has live music (1 to 7 p.m.), DJ music (7 p.m. to midnight), bars, and “dancing and revelry” at The Irish Bank.

Persian spring festival

March 15, 2020
(1 to 5 p.m.)
17.2 miles NE
Norooz Spring Community & Art Fair promises food, live music, dance, Persian calligraphy & miniatures, and activities for children at Orinda Masonic Center. Free.

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 p.m.), DJ music (8 to 11 p.m.), green beer, Guinness, and traditional Irish fare. Free.

Persian festival

March 17, 2020
(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.

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. Schedule.

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.

Chocolate show

March 21, 2020
3 miles west
Taste the finest artisan and gourmet chocolates and confections at San Francisco International Chocolate Salon at the San Francisco County Fair Building. Date has changed from March 21 to May 17.

Culinary festival in Napa County

March 21, 2020
66 miles north
Taste of Yountville is a $225 “wine and music festival featuring world-class chefs, wineries, and international recording artists” in downtown Yountville.

Corn dog day

March 21 - 22, 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 “corn doggie” costume contest at SoMa StrEat Food Park. Free admission for children age 10 and younger.

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. Children age 11 and younger are free.

Travel show

March 21 - 22, 2020
42.4 miles south
Hear travel experts (including Rick Steves and Rudy Maxa) 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
(12 to 4:30 p.m.)
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.

Macy’s flower show

March 22 - April 5, 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. The 2020 theme is “under the ocean.” Free.

Film festival in Sonoma

March 25 - 29, 2020
44.1 miles north
Watch 130 films at Sonoma International Film Festival, including independent features, documentaries, world cinema, and shorts, all screened within walking distance of Sonoma’s historic plaza.

Human-rights film festival

March 26 - 28, 2020
1.8 miles west
Watch films that promote social justice at the USF Human Rights Film Festival in Fromm Hall at the University of San Francisco. Free.

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.

Contemporary dance

March 26 - April 5, 2020
1.2 miles NE
Dance Downtown offers two different programs of “dynamic and daring choreography” (Program A: March 26 to 29; Program B: April 2 to 5) at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

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.

Watches fair

March 27 - 29, 2020
0.9 miles NE
Remember those timepieces your parents used to wear on their wrists? See a huge assortment at the Wind-Up Watch Fair at 459 Geary Boulevard. Free.

Bead show

March 27 - 29, 2020
29.8 miles NE
Shop for beads and handmade art from 200 vendors, and choose from 30 daily workshops at Walnut Creek Bead & Design Show at the Crowne Plaza Concord. Held in March and October. Moved from March 27 - 29 to July 17 - 19.

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.

Short dance films

March 28, 2020
(4:30 & 6 p.m.)
1.2 miles south
Tiny Dance Film Festival screens dozens of films, none longer than 10 minutes, that “challenge dominant narratives, embody the concept of dance with the camera, and embrace brevity” at Roxie Theater.

Exchange your plants

March 28, 2020
(12 to 4 p.m.)
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.

Beer festival in Fairfax

March 28, 2020
(1 p.m., VIP noon)
20.8 miles north
A ticket to Fairfax Brewfest gets you unlimited tastes of 70 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. Age 21+. Moved from March 28 to May 9.

Car show

March 28 - 29, 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.

Festival of colors

March 28 - April 5, 2020
Bay Area
Throw brightly colored flour, dance to DJ music, and eat Indian food to celebrate the spring festival of Holi.

People in the street

March 29, 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.

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