Celebrate the Chinese New Year, Saint Patrick's Day, and more this March in San Francisco. Other top events this month in 2015 include several theater performances, Rhone Rangers Wine Tasting Event, and Don Quixote performed by the SF Ballet Company.
My insider's guide will also offer you details on other activities such as the live music calendar, a list of comedy shows, free museum days, and other fun things to do in March 2015.
Every month, you will find a wide variety of tickets available at up to 50% off on Goldstar. They range from theater productions to fun SF walking tours and cruises.
It's one of the best ways to stretch your dollar during your visit to San Francisco. Here are just a few activities with tickets available this month.
*Small service fee applies
Head over to the Asian Art Museum on Sunday, March 1 for their monthly free museum admission day. While you are there, make sure to stop by the North Court for Play through the Box Project activities with local artist Eliza Gregory and early-childhood educator Nancy Gapasin Gnass. From 11am to 2pm, your kids and you can show off your skills and creativity by altering cardboard boxes together.
Date: Sunday, March 1 from 11am to 2pm
In March, you will find three wonderful performances at local San Francisco theaters. The first is Mr. Burns, a dark story about a group of people that recreate a Simpson's episode. The second is The Tree, a story about family relationships and the struggles that occur. The third is called Stupid F##king Bird, it follows a group of people in a country house that tell their deepest secrets to find the truth about love, life, and art.
Dates: Several Throughout the Month
Learn More: Full Theater Calendar for March
The 2015 San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival features documentary films from all around the world. They focus on ocean related issues as well as other environmental stories. All films this year will show at the Cowell Theater at the Fort Mason Center.
Dates: February 27 - March 1
Learn More: Ocean Film Festival Details
Learn More: All Film Festivals this March
The first part of the month is when some of SF's top museums offer their free admission day. They include institutions such as the Asian Art Museum, the Conservatory of Flowers, and the de Young Fine Arts Museum.
Learn More: Full Schedule of Free Days in March 2015
If you are 21+ and still love learning about science (while mingling with like minded people), then head over to the California Academy of Sciences NightLife. Every Thursday night, they create an event around a specific theme. Past events focuses on the Science of Love, Elemental NightLife, the Science Behind Fireworks, and How Earthquakes Occur. All events are from 6pm to 10pm on Thursday Nights.
Dates: March 5, 12, 19, & 26
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Head over to the Fort Mason Center for this year's annual Craft Beer Festival. During this one day event, you can samples beers from more than 75 breweries. They will feature more than 150 types of beer. Your admission ticket includes unlimited samples (2 oz. each), a tasting glass, and access to informative seminars.
Date: March 7 from 4:30pm to 8:30pm (VIP); 5:30pm to 8:30pm (General Admission)
San Francisco has a large and active music scene. On any night of the week, you will find at least half a dozen performances throughout the city. In March, top shows include Caribou at The Fillmore on March 1 & 2, Above and Beyond at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on March 13 & 14, and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals at The Fillmore on March 26 - 28.
Learn More: Live Music Calendar for March 2015
This year's Chinese New Year's falls on February 19. However, the biggest event, the parade, is in March. This year's event is planned for Saturday, March 7. The parade starts at 5:15pm. Get there early to grab a great spot to see the full parade.
Date: Saturday, March 7
Learn More: 2015 Chinese New Year Parade Details
In March, the SF Symphony performances include Handel & Haydn, Michael Tilson Thomas & the London Symphony Orchestra, and Ades & Upshaw. Other highlights include "Gotta Dance!" Great Moments of Dance in Film with the SF Symphony, and MTT & Anne-Sophie Mutter. All performances (unless otherwise noted) are at Davies Symphony Hall in the Civic Center district.
Dates: Several Nights in March
Learn More: Full March Calendar & Ticketing Info
Join comedian George Lopez for a night of fun and laughs at the Warfield on Saturday, March 7. Lopez is best known for his ABC sitcom, George Lopez. This stand-up comedian has also appeared in several TV shows and movies throughout his career.
Date: March 7 at 8pm
Learn More: Full March Comedy Show Calendar
The Sunday Streets 2015 schedule kicks off on March along the Embarcadero. This fun, free event offers you the chance to ride, bike, or run on car free streets. You will also find several health related activities and vendors to kick your spring off right.
Date: March 8 from 11am to 4pm
Learn More: 2015 Sunday Streets
Head over to the Hotel Kabuki for the 5th Annual SF Got Kizomba! Festival. Kizomba is both a style of music and a partner dance created in Angola in the late 80s to early 90s. This year's festival features dedicated learning tracks for dancers at all skill levels and professional teachers from all over the world. It also includes nightly dance parties where you can practice your new skills and mingle with other dance lovers.
Dates: March 12 - 15
San Francisco will celebrate Saint Patrick's day starting on Saturday, March 14. This is when the large festival and parade will be held. Additional activities including Irish Bar celebrations and other events will take place on Saint Paddy's Day, Tuesday, March 17.
Dates: Saturday, March 14 & Tuesday, March 17
Learn More: All Saint Patrick's Day Events for 2015
Get to know Chinatown like the locals with these fun walking tours. Each one offers you an insider's look at this historically significant district. They will take you down back alleys to learn more about important events that took place here. Many will also take you into or point out the top attractions in this district. Your expert guide will lead the way as he/she answers your questions and helps you better understand Chinatown.
Learn More: Description of All Chinatown Tours in SF
The San Francisco Ballet is running three programs in March. The first two run toward the beginning on the month. The final program of March is Don Quixote, which runs from March 20 - 29.
Dates: Several dates in March
Learn More: SF Ballet in March
Head over to Golden Gate Park to discover the Conservatory of Flowers Aquascaping Exhibit. It includes a tropical underwater garden that shows the diversity of the freshwater, tropical waterways found in Africa, Asia, and South America.
Dates: All Month Long
Do you love exploring new places on your own? If so, then check out my self-guided one-day itinerary of the Civic Center and Alamo Square districts. These neighborhoods are in the heart of the city and include popular attractions such as the Asian Art Museum, City Hall, and Alamo Square. This walking tour offers you the easiest route to see the highlights and offers suggestions on places to stop for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The best way to save on your visit to San Francisco is by checking out the great discounts offered by the SF CityPass. This discount card offers you admission to top museums including the California Academy of Sciences, the Bay Aquarium on Pier 39, and the Exploratorium at a fraction of the cost. It also includes a ticket on an SF Bay Cruise as well as a 7-Day Muni Pass. It's perfect for those looking to experience all of these SF gems.
Learn More: Read More about the SF CityPass
Join other wine lovers for this year's Rhone Rangers Wine Tasting Event. This year's event features a wine makers dinner and auction, educational seminars, and a public wine tasting. All events are on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28.
Learn More: 2015 Rhone Rangers Event
Every Wednesday at 11am, the SF Public Library offers a free walking tour of the North Beach District. On this two hour tour, you will learn more about the history of this district, the best places to grab a bite to eat, a chance to sample a few goodies, and find out about some of its famous past residents.
Learn More: Full Schedule of Free Walking Tours
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