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San Francisco events March 2020

Independent music festival

March 1, 2020
(begins Feb. 24)
San Francisco & Oakland & Berkeley
Noise Pop Festival is an indie music, arts, and film festival, with a focus on emerging talent.

Contemporary art fair

March 1, 2020
(begins Feb. 27)
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 age 10 and younger are free.

Edgy comedy festival

March 1 - 7, 2020
1.9 miles south
Hear 70 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.

Rejected astronaut

March 4 - 29, 2020
33.3 miles south
They Promised Her the Moon is the 1960s “incredible true story of Jerrie Cobb, a woman who dreamt of stars, only to wake in a country that couldn’t see the light” at Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

Discount tickets $20+

Hip-hop Hamilton

March 4 - May 3, 2020
(also Feb.)
0.3 miles east
Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway tunes, Hamilton tells the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton with amazing emotion and energy at the Orpheum Theatre.

Discount tickets $49+

Magic show

March 6, 2020
(8:30 p.m.)
Berkeley & San Francisco
Winner of the 2012 San Francisco magic competition, Ryan Kane earns rave reviews for his quick wit and charm at Exit Theatre.

Discount tickets $12.50

Pianist Jim Brickman

March 6 - 7, 2020
(8 p.m.)
1 mile NE
Jim Brickman plays romantic tunes on the piano at Feinstein’s at the Nikko, which has a food/beverge minimum.

Discount tickets $50

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.

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.

People in the street

March 8 (Mission) & 29 (Excelsior), 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.

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.

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.

Footloose

March 13 - 22, 2020
28.3 miles SE
Footloose: The Musical includes songs from the film about young people rebelling against a town that outlaws dancing. Watch it live at University Theater in Hayward.

Discount tickets $12.50

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.

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 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 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.

Short plays by local writers

March 16, 2020
(8 p.m.)
13.5 miles NE
Watch six short plays written by “Bay Area emerging professional playwrights” during Monday Night PlayGround at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Discount tickets $10+

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
(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.

Free walking tour

March 19, 2020
1.1 miles NE
Actors portray historical figures on Free Tours of the Yerba Buena Neighborhood, monthly through August.

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.

Dancing “Alice in Wonderland”

March 21 - 22, 2020
2.3 miles north
Alice in Wonderland is a 50-minute danced version that is “affordable, magical, zany, and fun” with an orchestra and beautiful sets at Fort Mason Center.

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.

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.

Festival of colors

March 21 - April 5, 2020
Bay Area
Throw brightly colored flour, dance to DJ music, and eat Indian food to celebrate the spring festival of Holi.

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. Free.

Magic in San Jose

March 24 - 25, 2020
(7:30 p.m.)
48.3 miles south
The Illusionists: Live from Broadway features master magicians performing acts of grand illusion, levitation, mind-reading, and full-view water torture escape at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.

Discount tickets $28+

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.

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 at the University of San Francisco Presentation Theater. 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” (March 26 to 29 & April 2 to 5) at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Discount tickets $35

1970s rock band

March 27, 2020
(8 p.m.)
3 miles NW
Three Dog Night performs its hits like Joy to the World, Never Been to Spain, Black and White, and Shambala in the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.

Discount tickets $40

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.

Watch 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 50 daily workshops at Walnut Creek Bead & Design Show at the Crowne Plaza Concord. Held in March and Octobe.

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
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.

Exchange your plants

March 28, 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 28, 2020
(1 p.m., VIP noon)
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 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.

Book of Mormon

March 31 - April 26, 2020
0.6 miles NE
The Book of Mormon is an outrageous comedy about young missionaries in the vein of South Park and winner of nine Tony Awards, at Golden Gate Theatre.

Discount tickets $45+

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