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.

Scrapbook expo

March 1 - 2, 2019
36.2 miles SE
Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

Independent music festival

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

Edgy comedy festival

March 1 - 5, 2019
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.

Italian wine tasting

March 2, 2019
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 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.

Lunar New Year in the South Bay

March 3, 2019
(11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
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.

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.).

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. Schedule.

Ocean film festival

March 7 - 10, 2019
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.

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.

Women’s Day party at the library

March 8, 2019
(8 p.m. to midnight)
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.

German film festival

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

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.

Persian spring festival

March 9, 2019
1.8 miles south
Norooz Spring Festival promises food, live music, dance, Persian calligraphy & miniatures, and activities for children at Union Square. 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 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.

People in the street

March 10 (Mission) & March 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 Day - Schroeders

March 15, 2019
(3 to 11 p.m.)
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.

St. Patrick’s Day parade & festival

March 16, 2019
(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. There will be no after-festival in 2019. Free.

Beer festival in Fairfax

March 16, 2019
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.

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 $195 “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 promises live music, DJ music, bars, and “dancing and revelry” at The Irish Bank.

East Bay St. Patrick’s Day

March 16 - 17, 2019
(gala March 15)
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.

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.

Festival of colors

March 16 - April 21, 2019
Bay Area
Throw brightly colored flour, dance to DJ music, and eat Indian food to celebrate the spring festival of Holi.

Naked parade

March 17, 2019
(noon)
1.6 miles SW
Come as you were born to the Nude Love Parade, which begins at Jane Warner Plaza and ends at the corner of Haight and Stanyan. Free.

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. Everything is free except the 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. Children age 4 and younger are free with a paid adult.

Irish show in San Jose

March 17, 2019
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.

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
Watch 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.

Exchange your 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. No dogs.

Obstacle race

March 23, 2019
36.2 miles SE
Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race is a three-mile race with 20 obstacles of walls, slides, fire, and mud, plus bands and beer at Alameda County Fairgrounds.

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.

Travel show

March 23 - 24, 2019
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 23 - 24, 2019
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.

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 Artisan Cheese Festival, mostly at Sonoma County Event Center at the 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.

Film festival in Sonoma

March 27 - 31, 2019
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.

Taste of the Nation

March 28, 2019
(6:30 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
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+.

Documentary films

March 28 - 31, 2019
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.

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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