San Francisco events, festivals, things to do – March 2018

San Francisco
calendar of events

March 2018
best events in San Francisco

South Bay film festival

March 1 - 11, 2018 (begins Feb. 27)

San Jose & Redwood City

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

Scrapbook Expo

March 2 - 3, 2018

36.2 miles SE

Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at Alameda County Fairgrounds.
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Soul-food festival

March 3, 2018

4.8 miles south

Black Cuisine includes live music, vendor booths, a kids’ zone, and soulful delights (fried chicken, catfish, ribs, black-eyed peas, macaroni and cheese, and sweet potato pie) at 1753 Carroll Avenue. Free.

Open house at the Old Mint

March 3 - 4, 2018

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.

Pig feast

March 4, 2018

Location uncertain

Cochon 555 is a stand-up tasting featuring dozens of chef-made dishes plus wine, cocktails, and beer for age 21+.

Free day at the greenhouse

March 6, 2018

2.6 miles west

Visit the Conservatory of Flowers without cost on the first Tuesday of each month to see its 1,700 species of plants from 50 countries at Golden Gate Park.

Ocean film festival

March 8 - 11, 2018

2.3 miles north

International Ocean Film Festival screens 45 films that capture the beauty, power, and mystery of the ocean at Cowell Theater in Fort Mason Center.

Super hero run

March 10, 2018

3.4 miles NW

The Super Run 5K provides a cape and welcomes costumes at Little Marina Green.

Model train show

March 10 - 11, 2018

52 miles south

The Great Train Show features model train layouts and hundreds of vendors, with bounce houses and riding trains for the kids at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.

Corn Dog Day

March 13, 2018

0.8 miles SE

Enjoy corn dog specials plus the usual street-truck fare at Corn Dog Day, which has live music and a 3 p.m. eating contest at SoMa StrEat Food Park. Entry $5.

Persian festival

March 13, 2018

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.

Art and flowers

March 13 - 18, 2018

3 miles west

Bouquets to Art pairs flower arrangements and floral art, and it offers optional lectures, luncheons, and a flower demonstration at the de Young Museum.

Gourmet food & wine

March 15 - 18, 2018

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 crawl

March 17, 2018

0.8 miles north

St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl promises drink specials at 15 bars beginning at Mayes Oyster House for age 21+.

St. Patrick’s Day parade & festival

March 17, 2018

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 St. Patrick’s Day Festival with entertainment, arts and crafts, Irish exhibitors, food, and kids’ rides until 5 p.m. Free.

St. Patrick’s Day crawl

March 17, 2018 (5 to 8 p.m.)

39.5 miles SE

Sample craft beers from Bay Area breweries with tasty bites at 30 locations in downtown Pleasanton during St. Patrick’s Day Brew Crawl. Wear green.

East Bay St. Patrick’s Day

March 17 - 18, 2018 (gala March 16)

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.

Wine tasting in Sonoma

March 17 - 18, 2018

55 miles north

Meet winemakers, taste wines straight from the barrels, sample new releases, and try award-winning wines paired with culinary creations at Savor Sonoma Valley for age 21+.

Berkeley animation festival

March 22 - 25, 2018

13.6 miles NE

The GLAS Animation Festival screens new animation by “fresh voices” competing in various categories and curates historical animation programs.

Cheese festival

March 23 - 25, 2018

38.8 miles north

Attend seminars and tastings led by cheese experts, cheese makers, chefs, and fromagiers during California’s Artisan Cheese Festival at the Sheraton Sonoma in Petaluma.

Doggie egg hunt

March 24, 2018

S.F., Oakland, Redwood City, Santa Clara

Enjoy finger foods and local vendors while your dog sniffs out eggs filled with tasty treats and prizes at the Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs in multiple cities.

Beer festival

March 24, 2018 (noon and 5 p.m.)

2.1 miles NE

Join the young crowd age 21+ at Bay Area Brew Fest for unlimited samples from 70 breweries, a DJ, and food trucks at Pier 35.

Short dance films

March 24 - 25, 2018

1.2 miles south

Tiny Dance Film Festival screens two dozen films, none longer than 10 minutes, that “dance with the camera” at Roxie Theater.

Car show

March 24 - 25, 2018

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.

South Bay Easter concert

March 25, 2018 (7 p.m.)

53.2 miles south

Celebrate Easter by hearing the entire Handel’s Messiah in Los Gatos. Free, but pre-register.

Festival of colors

March 31, 2018

Bay Area

Throw brightly colored flour, dance to DJ music, and eat Indian food to celebrate the spring festival of Holi.

Easter festival & parade - Oakland

March 31, 2018

12.3 miles east

Decorate a hat at home, or bring one early to decorate, and then join the 11:30 a.m. parade, with Easter egg decorating and face painting during the Easter Parade & Spring Festival at Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church in Oakland.

Rabbit race in Cupertino

March 31, 2018

44.1 miles south

Big Bunny 5K has medals by age category; the Kids’ Fun Run has medals for all at Cupertino Civic Center.

Easter parade - Campbell

March 31, 2018

54 miles south

The Bunnies and Bonnets Parade with marching bands, animals, and dancers starts at the east end of downtown. Free.

People in the street

March 2018 (undated)

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.

Flower show

March 2018 (undated)

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.

Wine tasting

March 2018 (undated)

1.1 miles NE

Taste 100 wines at Uncorked: SF Spring Wine Fest, which also features artisanal food vendors, live music, and a cityscape from atop City View at Metreon for age 21+.

Low-tech film festival

March 2018 (undated)

1.6 miles SW

The Disposable Film Festival screens films made on mobile devices like phones, point-and-shoot cameras, DSLRs, and webcams at the Castro Theatre.

Human-rights film festival

March 2018 (undated)

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.

Craft market

March 2018 (undated)

3.1 miles west

Shop from 70 art and food vendors at Sunset Spring Mercantile, which has a beer and wine garden, kids’ activities, and entertainment at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park. Free.

Beer festival in Fairfax

March 2018 (undated)

20.8 miles north

A ticket to Fairfax Brewfest gets you unlimited tastes of California and Northwest beer, live music, and pub food for sale at the Fairfax Pavilion.

Apple day

March 2018 (undated)

34 miles SE

Learn about American folk hero Johnny Appleseed, taste a variety of apples, and watch cider pressing at Johnny Appleseed Day at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont. No dogs.

Napa Valley festival

March 2018 (undated)

47 miles north

Flavor! Napa Valley offers dozens of events during Cabernet season, including classes, tours, celebrity chef demonstrations, grand tastings, and dinners in Napa Valley.

Irish cultural festival

March 2018 (undated)

San Francisco Bay Area

Irish-American Crossroads Festival features music, literature, dance, and storytelling at different Bay Area venues.

St. Patrick’s Day - Irish Bank Bar

March 2018 (undated)

1.3 miles NE

Celebrate at the St. Patrick’s Day Block Party at the Irish Bank Bar with live music and beer.

St. Patrick’s - Taverna Aventine

March 2018 (undated)

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 2018 (undated)

2 miles NE

You must sign into Facebook to see the page for 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.

Flying Leprechaun

March 2018 (undated)

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.