San Francisco events in March 2017 include Saint Patrick's Day celebrations, Hamilton on stage at the Orpheum Theater, and Golden State Warriors basketball. Other highlights include several performances by the SF Ballet and SF Symphony, the Ocean Film Festival, free walking tours, and lots of great museum exhibits.
Among these events, you'll find some that are completely free and others that are rather expensive. Don't miss my tips below on how to save money during your stay!
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Everyone is raving about the huge Broadway hit Hamilton--a wonderfully entertaining musical based on Ron Chernow's biography of Alexander Hamilton--and this month it finally arrives in San Francisco! Though set during the founding of the United States, this is no boring historical show. The play's creative award-winning score blends pop, hip-hop, jazz, blues, and Broadway. And, of course, the costumes and scene design are phenomenal.
Catch preview performances beginning March 10; the show officially opens March 23.
Dates: March 10 - August 5
With over 27,000 attendees, GDC is the largest professional game industry event in the world. The week-long conference is hosted at SF's Moscone Center and attracts everyone involved in the industry, from game designers to programmers, artists and producers. This is the premier event to attend lectures, panels, tutorials, and round-table discussions about computer, online, and smartphone games.
Dates: February 27 - March 3
Watch the Bay Area's one and only pro basketball team light up the court at the Oakland Coliseum, just a 20-minute train ride away from SF. In this last full month of regular season home games, the Warriors will face the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, and Houston Rockets. Go Dubs!
Dates: March 8, 14, 16, 18, 24, 26, and 31
Tickets: On sale now on TicketMaster
What would I do if I only had two days in San Francisco? A LOT! I would visit the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and sooooo much more. Read my Two Perfect Days in San Francisco self-guided tour itinerary to get a feel for everything you can see and do in just 48 hours!
Dates: Any day of the month
These San Francisco events in March include three different, stunning performances by the oldest ballet company in the country. Program 4 of the 2017 Season runs from March 7 - 18 and features Stravinsky's Violin Concerto, Prodigal Son, and Diamonds. Program 5 runs from March 9 - 19 and features Fusion, Pita - World Premiere, and Fearful Symmetries. And finally, beginning March 31 and running through April 12, you can watch Swan Lake (Program 6). All shows take place at the beautiful War Memorial Opera House, right across from City Hall.
Dates: March 7 - 31
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While in San Francisco, head out to one of the awesome concert venues around town to enjoy some live music. Some of the best known and largest concert halls include the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the Warfield, and the Masonic Center. You'll also find shows at the Fillmore, the Independent, Mezzanine, and the Rickshaw Stop. There's something happening almost every night of the week, from the hottest bands to local artists.
One of the top San Francisco events in March is the SF International Ocean Film Festival. This year marks the 14th annual festival, featuring dozens of ocean-themed independent films from around the world. The festival is designed to raise awareness about the environmental, social, and cultural significance of the sea. Two very popular subcategories are sharks and surfing. Expand your knowledge of the ocean and enjoy four days of documentaries, shorts, narratives, and animations at the Cowell Theater at the Fort Mason Center.
Dates: March 9 - 12
Plan ahead before paying to visit any SF museums! Several of them offer free admission days each month, so you can view their world-class collections and exhibits without breaking the bank. Click the link below to find out which days in March you can visit the Asian Art Museum, Conservatory of Flowers, de Young Museum of Fine Arts, Legion of Honor, and others for free.
Dates: Several toward the beginning of the month
Schedule: A detailed schedule of free museum days
It's that time of year again, when SF goes green! Whether you're looking for parties, pub crawls, cultural festivals, or family fun, you'll find plenty of ways to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day in the city. One of the biggest San Francisco events in March is the annual parade and festival (a long running tradition now in its 166th year!), which will take place on Saturday, March 11 in the downtown/Civic Center neighborhood. Also, watch live entertainment, explore Irish culture, and hit up the more than one dozen Irish bars and restaurants around town!
Festival & Parade: Saturday, March 11
Holiday Date: Friday, March 17
Have you ever wanted to see comedians like Louis CK, Dana Carvey, Russell Peters, Anjelah Johnson or Zach Galifianakis live on stage? SF's two largest comedy clubs, the Punch Line and Cobb's, both regularly host standup's biggest stars, including those mentioned above and more. In addition to standup, San Franicsco also offers improv, comic theater, and hilarious musicals like the one and only Beach Blanket Babylon.
Dates: All month long
The SF International Chocolate Salon is the premier chocolate event on the west coast, inviting hundreds of artisan chocolatiers to show off their culinary achievements and share them with the public. In addition to decadent chocolate samples, the festival also includes spirits, local brews, and wine, and appearances by celebrity chefs. This is an all-day event at the Hotel Kabuki on Post Street.
Date: March 18
The annual Bay Area Brew Fest features dozens of international and domestic beers, as well as the top gourmet food trucks in SF. The event is held at Pier 35 with two afternoon sessions, one for general admission and one for VIP tickets only. All tickets include unlimited pours.
Date: March 18
Every Wednesday and Saturday at 11am, the SF Public Library offers free tours of the Coit Tower Murals in the North Beach/Telegraph Hill district. All you have to do is meet them at the entrance to Coit Tower and follow along to learn about the controversial Diego Rivera-inspired works depicting life in California in the 1920s an 30s.
In addition to the Coit Tower murals, you can explore the Mission District murals, City Scapes & Public Spaces, the Japanese Tea Garden, Fisherman's Wharf, and so many more San Francisco neighborhoods and themes, on these free walking tours. You will find several options offered every single day.
Dates: Every day in March
To save on your San Francisco adventure, check out the SF CityPASS, which includes admission to three top attractions, as well as a 60-minute cruise on the bay, and free public transit rides for a whole week. You'll get access to the California Academy of Sciences, either the Aquarium of the Bay or the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and either the Exploratorium or de Young Fine Arts Museum.
Buy Tickets: Find out more and get your CityPASS today
The 2nd Annual Fillmore Spring Wine Walk is a great way to explore the scenic districts of Pac Heights and the Fillmore, which are a little off the beaten path. From 4 - 8pm, you'll be armed with a complimentary tasting glass and a map of participating merchants as you stroll down Fillmore Street from Jackson to Eddy, sampling wine and special treats inside the stores. This is one of the San Francisco events in March that will take place rain or shine!
Date: Thursday, March 23
This annual film festival features thought-provoking works about human rights abuses and issues throughout the world. This three day event is hosted by the University of San Francisco and is a way for them to help educate the broader public on these topics. It's also a chance for USF students and alumni to showcase their work.
Dates: March 23 - 25
The elegant Davies Symphony Hall will feature several San Francisco events in March in the Civic Center district. Watch the renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas conduct Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, catch a performance of Beethoven and Brahms, enjoy the talents of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, and much more. A night at the symphony is a great excuse for getting a little dressed up, going out for a nice dinner or drinks nearby, and relishing SF's high culture.
Dates: Several this month
One of SF's most famous museums, the Legion of Honor, is currently hosting a fantastic exhibit called The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine. Learn how a team of scientists, doctors, and historians delve into the ancient past of Egyptian mummies using state-of-the-art modern technology. Discover incredible secrets about the lifestyle, society, religion, and funerary practices of long-deceased men like Irethorrou.
Dates: All month long
This month, Spring Training comes to a close and the SF Giants will come home to prepare for their 2017 season. On the last two days of March, you can watch them take on their Bay Area rivals, the Oakland A's of the American League, at AT&T Park. Baseball fans, that time of year is finally here!
Dates: March 30 & 31
OK, whisky lovers--here's your chance to taste more than 200 varieties of Scotch, Bourbon, Canadian, Irish, and other imported whiskies from around the world. You can also attend seminars and learn how to pair certain whiskies with food and cigars. This grand event will be held from 6 - 9:30pm on the Belle Yacht at Pier 3, and your participation will benefit the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.
Date: Friday, March 31
Tickets: Available on their official website
The following events took place in March last year, but do not yet have dates confirmed for 2017. I'll update these as more information becomes available.
Enjoy delicious samples from a large selection of beers, ciders, and meads, including limited release and seasonal brews. Nearly 75 craft breweries from around the nation will present their two finest offerings. The event takes place at the Fort Mason Center, and has paired up with th SF BBQ Fest to offer tasty pairings.
Attend the highly anticipated annual DRINK Tasting Event, hosted by SF Weekly at City Nights. You'll have the chance to sample numerous cocktails, spirits, and craft beers while enjoying light appetizers and entertainment. You'll also learn about the unique features that define each brand.
This annual event has been taking place in SF's Bayview Hunter's Point neighborhood for almost 40 years. As you taste the soulful treats of black heritage from different vendor booths--including fried chicken, BBQ, and rice and beans--you'll also enjoy live music and the warm community vibe.