San Francisco events in March 2019 include Saint Patrick's Day celebrations, Hamilton at the Orpheum Theatre, 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.
You will also find top concerts, additional theater shows, and our best festivals this month!
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Dates: 2/12 - 9/8
Location: Orpheum Theatre
The smash Broadway musical Hamilton is back at the Orpheum Theatre this March. It takes you through the life of Alexander Hamilton, what he endured to become such a powerful man and what happened on the fateful night he died.
The show has received numerous awards including the Tony Award for Best Musical, the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Don't miss your chance to catch one of the top San Francisco events in March 2019.
In addition to Hamilton, there are two more Broadway shows on stage this month in SF. The first is Hello Dolly at the Golden Gate Theatre. This musical revival follows the story of Dolly, a popular matchmaker as she travels to NY to find love for herself and one of her most challenging clients. It's on stage through March 17.
The other Broadway show in SF this month is Falsettos. This Tony award winning is the story of Marvin, a colorful, divorce, gay man. It shows what life is like in modern families and how they interact even through difficult times. It's on stage at the Golden Gate Theatre from 3/19 - 4/4.
One of the best things to do this month is to check out some of our bay cruises. You can spend an hour cruising around the bay or catch a sunset.
Most of the cruises leave from the Fisherman's Wharf area. Most offer both indoor and outdoor seating with gorgeous views around the bay.
Here are a few of the most popular options.
Sunset Cruise: This 1.5 hour cruise on the Adventure Cat includes two drinks and light appetizers. They offer comfortable indoor seating, so you can enjoy your drinks while also not missing any of the gorgeous sights along the way. It runs nightly in March from Pier 39. Find ticket availability for all dates in March.
Bay Cruise: This 60-minute cruise leaves from Fisherman's Wharf several times each day. This is the most popular cruise and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. Hear all about SF's history through the onboard narration. It leaves from Pier 39. Find ticket availability for March.
These are just a few of the other top cruises around the SF Bay in March.
Are you planning to spend a lot of time in Fisherman's Wharf during your stay? Check out some of the best places to stay below!
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Dates: 3/5, 3/8, 3/10, 3/21, 3/23, 3/24, and 3/31
Location: Oracle Arena in Oakland
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, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, and others. Go Dubs!
Dates: Any day of the month
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: 3/8 - 3/14
Check out the 23rd annual Berlin & Beyond film festival, a gateway for the American public to see and experience the German-speaking world.
The films come from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and beyond, offering a truly diverse program about the cultures, art, history, and progress of those regions.
The films include shorts, features, and documentaries. They will be shown at the Castro Theatre from 3/8 - 3/10 and then at venues around town through 3/14.
As you are enjoying these San Francisco events in March, make sure to also plan at least one day trip to visit some other fun places near by.
Northern California Wine Country is less than an hour north of San Francisco. This area includes the very popular Napa Valley Wine Region. You will also find some amazing wines in the regions within Sonoma County. These tours include tasting in three or more wineries and fun information from your knowledgable guide throughout the trip.
Other popular day trip destinations in March include Monterey and Carmel-by-the Sea. These two quaint seaside towns offer plenty of attractions, shopping and other fun things to do.
Muir Woods is another fun place to visit. It's home to dozens of redwoods--most of them are hundreds of years old. You can stroll around the mostly flat walkways as you stair up as these amazing redwood trees.
Here are some of the most loved day trips from San Francisco this month.
Dates: 3/7 - 3/25
Location: War Memorial Opera House
These San Francisco events in March include three different, stunning performances by the oldest ballet company in the country. Program 4 is the classic show, Sleeping Beauty. It runs from 3/9-3/16.
Program 5 offers a combination of performances including Your Flesh Shall Be a Great Poem, Bound To, Yuri Possokhov World Premiere. These shows run from 3/27-4/7. Program 6 also is a combination of performances including Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes, Liam Scarlett World Premiere, and Bjork Ballet. This show is from 3/29-4/9.
In addition to attending some of these fun San Francisco events in March, you will also find several fun activities throughout the month. These are just a few ways to save while you are here.
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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 Joe Jackson at the Nob Hill Masonic Center, YG at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, and Queensryche + Fates Warning at Slim's.
In the greater Bay Area this month, you can attend concerts by Muse at the Oracle Arena and Sarah Brightman in San Jose.
Dates: 3/7 - 3/10
One of the top San Francisco events in March is the 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: Several toward the beginning of the month
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.
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 SF County Fair Building at 1199 9th Ave in Golden Gate Park.
Festival & Parade: Saturday, 3/16
Holiday Date: Sunday, 3/17
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 in the downtown/Civic Center neighborhood.
Also, watch live entertainment, explore Irish culture, and hit up the more than a dozen Irish bars and restaurants around town!
One of the best ways to get to know San Francisco is on a Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour. These tours offer you the chance to hop on and off at more than a dozen locations throughout the city.
They offer a direct route in between some of our most famous attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park and Fisherman's Wharf. As you ride from stop to stop, you will also learn all about our top attractions and the history of our infamous city.
These are just a few of the top picks.
City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off: Select from their one-, two-, and three-day tours. They offer more than 25 stops. It's open air top is a hit as you can easily see all that San Francisco has to offer. The loop takes around 2.5 hours, but you can hop on and off as many times as you like along the way. Find tickets on their site.
Big Bus Tour Hop On Hop Off: Another top pick is the Big Bus Tour. They offer both a one- and two-day tour. They offer more than 20 stops around San Francisco as well as a second route that takes you up to Sausalito (offered with their premium and deluxe tickets). Find out more about Big Bus Tours options.
Join the American Red Cross for their 25th Anniversary Gala. This year's event is at SF's City Hall.
The event is to recognize and honor several people in the Bay Area that have made a positive impact to help the American Red Cross with their mission.
It is also an annual fund-raiser. If you can't make it to the Gala, don't miss the After Gala party with cocktails, bites, live music and dancing.
Dates: 3/21 - 3/23
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.
The festival is free and open to the public.
Enjoy a full weekend of fashion exhibition and marketplace at the SF County Fair Building.
For 30 years, the Vintage Fashion Expo has partnered with more than 50 prominent dealers to showcase the best in vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories ranging from the late 18th century to the 1990s.
Here, you are sure to find unique and inspiring items.
Dates: 3/18 - 3/22
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: All month long
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 Francisco also offers improv, comic theater, and hilarious musicals like the one and only Beach Blanket Babylon.
Dates: Free tours every day in March
Every Wednesday and Saturday at 11am, SF City Guides 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.
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Dates: Several this month
The elegant Davies Symphony Hall will feature several San Francisco events in March in the Civic Center district.
Top performances this month include German violinist Christian Tetzlaff playing Mozart with the SF Symphony, watch Close Encounters of the Third Kind as the symphony performs the score live, and so many 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: 2/16 - 5/27
One of SF's most famous museums, the deYoung Fine Arts Museum, hosts a fantastic exhibit called Monet: The Late Years. This is the period of time in Monet's life when he was no longer traveling and instead, creating wonderful pieces based on his colorful gardens in Giverny.
This exhibit will feature 50 of his paintings from between 1913 to 1926. Twenty of these pieces are coming in directly from the Musee Marmottan Monet in Paris.
This is one museum exhibit this month that you do not want to miss!
Date: Friday, 3/23
Tickets: Available on their official website
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 (it will remain docked), and your participation will benefit the Casa Circulo Cultural. There is also a Whiskies of the World event in San Jose on the 3/21 starting at 6 pm - 10 pm in downtown San Jose.
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.
Dates: 3/24, 3/25 & 3/26
This month, Spring Training comes to a close and the SF Giants will come home to prepare for their 2019 season.
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 Oracle Park (formerly AT&T Park)
You can also catch a game in Oakland at the Oakland Coliseum. Baseball fans, that time of year is finally here!
What else is happening this March in SF? You will find tons of fun things to do this month from cruises around the bay to trips to Yosemite to a chance to see whales just off the coast.
I've pulled together a list of the best things to do this month, so you can find even more fun during your vacation.
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 comedy 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.