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 smart phone 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. There's something happening almost every night of the week, from the hottest bands to local artists. This month, you can watch Vallis Alps at the Independent, the Wood Brothers at the Fillmore, Hayley Kiyoko at the Great American Music Hall, Judy Collins at the Nourse Theatre, Milky Chance at the Independent, and more. In the greater Bay Area this month, you can attend concerts by huge stars Bon Jovi and Ariana Grande.
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 spending a lot of money. 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 turns 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. This month, catch Robert Kelly, Darrell Hammond, and Craig Robinson perform in the city. In addition to standup, San Francisco also offers improv, comic theater, and hilarious musicals like the one and only Beach Blanket Babylon.
Dates: All month long
The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts will be hosting a grand fashion show featuring 75 one-of-a-kind costumes by award-winning Salvadorean designer Mario Chacon. The spectacular spread will include period, ethic, and carnaval styles, and will be worn by the models representing the diversity of their community. This fantastic runway show is the kickoff event to the cultural center's 40th anniversary celebration.
Date: March 11
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
Travel back in time 50 years to SF's famous Summer of Love at this mid-week social. Honoring this theme, the event will have classic 60s songs, dancing, psychedelic arts and crafts, and pop culture trivia from the era. Arguello Restaurant will be providing delicious drinks and food for purchase. The event is free, but because space is limited, registration is required. Indulge your nostalgia and head over to the Officers' Club in the Presidio to have a groovy time.
Date: Wednesday, March 22
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Head over to the Mission Cultural Center for the Latino Arts (MCCLA) to celebrate Women's History Month. On Wednesday, March 22, enjoy an evening of music, poetry, and dance. The performances last from 7pm to 9pm and tickets are $10 per person. You will find the MCCLA at 2868 Mission St.
Date: Wednesday, March 22
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 multiple days. You'll get access to the California Academy of Sciences, the Aquarium of the Bay, and either the Exploratorium or de Young Fine Arts Museum, in addition to other discounts.
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
The Sunset Mercantile event is a fun place to eat, shop, and connect. The one-day festival features artists, crafters, food merchants, small businesses, entrepreneurs and other local businesses. Make sure to check out their Beer & Wine Tasting Garden serving favorites such as Seven Stills, Hard Frescos, Holy Craft Brew, Laughing Monk, Cultivar, SF Brewing Co and Siena Italian Wines. There will also be live entertainment all day long including Olive The Storyteller, Charity Kahn, Robin Applewood and The Old Folks. Kids will also be entertained with kids activities spread throughout the event.
The event is at the SF County Fair Building (9th Ave at Lincoln Way) in Golden Gate Park from 11am to 5pm.
Date: Sunday, March 26
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
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
Discounted Tickets: Grand event tickets available at a discount on Goldstar
Tickets: Available on their official website
Are you looking for tips on what to wear in March? On my weather page, you will find recommendations on what to pack for your stay. It includes typical highs and low as well as a few additional fun things to do this month.
Check out these budget-friendly ideas for your trip. My list of 25 of the best free things to do includes top events, museums, and a few of our best attractions. Click the link below to learn more and to add some of these items to your list.
In addition to all of the great San Francisco events in March, you will also find so much going on around the Bay Area. This month, check out the NCAA Western Regional games in San Jose, Jerry Seinfeld on stage in Oakland, and Flavor! Napa Valley.