San Francisco events March 2019. Things to do in San Francisco.

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San Francisco events March 2019

Wine & beer tasting

March 1, 2019
0.1 miles west
Enjoy wine, craft beer, appetizers, and an auction to support the YMCA at Pour Your Support at San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center.

Independent music festival

March 1 - 3, 2019
(begins Feb. 25)
San Francisco & Oakland & Berkeley
Noise Pop Festival is an indie music, arts, and film festival, with a focus on emerging talent.

Soul-food festival

March 2, 2019
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 2 - 3, 2019
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.

Mardi Gras - Fillmore

March 5, 2019
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.).

Ticket deal $30 (ball & dinner)

Mardi Gras - Mission District

March 5, 2019
(6 to 10 p.m.)
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.

Free day at the greenhouse

March 5, 2019
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 5 - 17, 2019
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.

Basketball drama

March 6 - 31, 2019
0.6 miles NE
Set in China, The Great Leap is a “funny, urgent, and contemporary” sports drama about the collision of cultures and generations when an American basketball team plays in China, at A.C.T. on Geary Street. Review by The New York Times.

Ticket deal $12 to $62

Ocean film festival

March 7 - 10, 2019
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.

Auto show in San Jose

March 7 - 10, 2019
48 miles south
Manufacturers display electric cars, concept vehicles, luxury models, and event celebrities’ cars at the Silicon Valley Auto Show in the San Jose convention center, with test drives available.

Ticket deal $9

Dark comedy

March 7 - April 6, 2019
1.1 miles NE
American Hero is about three minimum-wage sandwich makers at a mall food court who are left to their own devices when the manager mysteriously disappears, at Custom Made Theatre.

Ticket deal $12 to $17

German film festival

March 8 - 14, 2019
San Francisco theaters
See films from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland at Berlin and Beyond in S.F. at Castro Theatre and Goethe-Institut, and in Berkeley at Shattuck Cinemas.

Classical music for families

March 9, 2019
(2 p.m.)
0.1 miles SW
Once Upon an Orchestra features music from fairy tales (Beauty and the Beast, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Mother Goose, etc.) performed by the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall for age 5+.

Ticket deal $15

Corn dog day

March 9, 2019
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.

Santa Clara beer & wine

March 9, 2019
(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.

People in the street

March 10 (Mission) & 31 (Excelsior), 2019
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.

Gourmet food & wine festival

March 14 - 17, 2019
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 15, 2019
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 15, 2019
(3 to 11 p.m.)
2 miles NE
You must sign into Facebook to see 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 15 - 17, 2019
0.8 miles north
St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl promises drink specials at bars beginning at Mayes Oyster House for age 21+.

East Bay St. Patrick’s Day

March 15 - 17, 2019
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.

St. Patrick’s Day parade & festival

March 16, 2019
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 a festival with entertainment, arts and crafts, Irish exhibitors, food, and kids’ rides until 5 p.m. Free.

Beer festival in Fairfax

March 16, 2019
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.

St. Patrick’s Day crawl

March 16, 2019
(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 16, 2019
66 miles north
Taste of Yountville is a “wine and music festival featuring world-class chefs, wineries, and international recording artists” in downtown Yountville.

St. Patrick’s Day - Irish Bank Bar

March 16 - 17, 2019
1.3 miles NE
St. Patrick’s Day Block Party has live music and beer at the Irish Bank Bar. Doors 9 a.m.

San Jose home show

March 16 - 17, 2019
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 October.

Family carnival in San Rafael

March 17, 2019
(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 JCC. Free except food.

Flying Leprechaun

March 17, 2019
(10 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
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.

Persian festival

March 19, 2019
(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.

Human-rights film festival

March 21 - 23, 2019
1.8 miles west
See films that promote social justice at the USF Human Rights Film Festival at the University of San Francisco Presentation Theater. Free.

Whisky expo

March 21 & 23, 2019
San Francisco & San Jose
Sample whiskies from different countries with food pairings and seminars at Whiskies of the World.

Berkeley animation festival

March 21 - 24, 2019
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.

Steampunk convention

March 22 - 24, 2019
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.

Funny thriller

March 22 - April 13, 2019
1.8 miles NE
Deathtrap is the story of a playwright who would kill for a hit show, with thrilling twists and razor-sharp wit at The Gateway Theatre.

Ticket deal $10 to $23

Beer festival

March 23, 2019
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.

Exchange plants

March 23, 2019
(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. Garden demonstrations begin at 11 a.m.

Short dance films

March 23 - 24, 2019
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.

Cheese festival

March 23 - 24, 2019
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.

Macy’s flower show

March 24 - April 7, 2019
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.

Car show

March 30 - 31, 2019
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.

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