San Francisco events in March 2018 include Saint Patrick's Day celebrations, numerous performances on stages throughout the city, 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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This month starts off with the hit Broadway show, The Book of Mormon for 4 days only at the Orpheum Theatre. It's a hilarious musical about two Mormon's on a mission in Africa created by the writers from South Park. The Book of Mormon runs from March 1st to March 4th with two shows a day on Saturday, the 3rd and Sunday, the 4th.
If you aren't able to catch that blockbuster, you are in luck since there are many smaller shows this month in San Francisco including Heisenberg at the Geary Theatre. This is a story about a women in her 40s who falls in love with a man in his 70s, and then the search for his son. If you are looking for other choices and theater performances during the month of March, make sure to click the link below and find what is available.
Dates: Several in March
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: 3/19 - 3/23 (Conference), 3/21 - 3/23 (Expo)
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 Brooklyn Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers, and the Milwaukee Bucks. Go Dubs!
Dates: 3/6, 3/8, 3/14, 3/16, 3/23, 3/25, 3/27, and 3/29
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 two different, stunning performances by the oldest ballet company in the country. Program 3 of the 2018 Season runs from March 6th - 11th and features Frankenstein, the adaptation of Mary Stravinsky's classic horror story. Program 5 runs from March 20th - 25th and features Robbins - Ballet and Broadway. This opera is a showcase of 4 different Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein dances performances.
Dates: 3/7 - 3/25
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 They Might Be Giants at The Fillmore, Coin at the Fillmore, Gabrielle Aplin at Slims, Galatic at the Warfield, OMD at The Regency Ballroom, and more. In the greater Bay Area this month, you can attend concerts by huge stars Lorde at the Oracle Arena in Oakland and Buddy Guy at the Paramount Theater which is also in Oakland.
One of the top San Francisco events in March is the SF International Ocean Film Festival. This year marks the return of this 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: 3/8 - 3/11
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 (this event has now been running over 160 years!), which will take place on Saturday, March 17th 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 17th
Holiday Date: Saturday, March 17th
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 Nemr, Nate Feuerstein, and the hilarious drag queen and comedian Bianca Del Rio 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
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
Click the links below to find great hotel deals all around town. Plus, read recent guest reviews to make sure you find the right hotel for you!
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 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 Mahler's 5th, catch a performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, enjoy the talents of the Itzhak Perlman and Martha Argerich, 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 Casanova: The Seduction of Europe. Giacomo Casanova was a famous 18th century painter and was known as quite the man about town also. This show includes not only his works, but also features over 90 pieces of art, from many different artists of the period and ranging from paintings, to sculptures, to period furnishings, and so much more. Get a feel for what it was like during this period and how the romance was brought to life through art and grand personalities.
Dates: All month long
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 5 pm - 9 pm on the Belle Yacht at Pier 3, and your participation will benefit the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. There is also a Whiskies of the World event in San Jose on the 22nd starting at 6 pm - 10 pm at the San Jose Marriott.
Date: Friday, 3/24
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, get ready to laugh all night long with Jeff Dunham in San Jose, see Disney on Ice at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, or sip some of the best wines in the world as you go Barrel Tasting in Sonoma County.
These are other events that are going on in San Francisco. Dates have not been posted at this time but will be update as soon as they are set.
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 41st anniversary celebration.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This month, Spring Training comes to a close and the SF Giants will come home to prepare for their 2018 season. Usually, on the last few 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!