San Francisco Events in March 2020

Theater, Ballet, Warriors Basketball & More

NOTE: Here is the latest on what's open and not open in San Francisco.

San Francisco events in March 2020 include Saint Patrick's Day celebrations, Harry Potter & The Cursed Child at the Curran Theater, Hamilton at the Orpheum, 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!

Saint Patrick's Parade

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Hamilton at the Orpheum Theater

HamiltonDates: 2/12/2019 - 5/31/2020 (All performances canceled through March 25)

Location: Orpheum Theatre

Find Tickets: StubHub | Ticketmaster

The Broadway hit musical, Hamilton, is on stage all month long. It's the story of one of our founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton.

Learn more about his life, family, and tragic death at the hands of our then VP. The story is told through hip-hop, music and song. It's won dozens of awards and is a must see this March.

Concerts & Live Music in March

Concerts in MarchDates: Several (All shows at the Chase Center, Warfield and Bill Graham have been postponed through March 20)

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 top performers at places such as the Nob Hill Masonic Center, the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the Chase Center, and smaller venues such as Slim's and the Great American Music Hall.

In the greater Bay Area this month, you can attend concerts at the Oracle Arena and the SAP Center in San Jose.

>> Find a list of upcoming concerts and ticket info

Two Perfect Days in San Francisco

Two Days in SF with Alcatraz and Golden Gate BridgeDates: 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.

I would also spend some time in Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach and take a ride on one of our historic cable cars.

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!

>> Click here to read my Two Perfect Days in SF Itinerary

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child at the Curran Theater

Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildDates: 10/23 - 8/2

Location: Curran Theater

Tickets: StubHub | Ticketmaster

Spend an evening at the Curran Theater and see either Part I or Part II of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This smash hit is taking the theater world by storm.

It's the story of Harry and one of his sons. It follows his son's struggles as he fights some of the same demons that Harry faced in his life.

You can see Part I, Part II or both during your visit.

Don't miss your chance to catch one of the top San Francisco events in March 2020.

Other Shows this Month in SF

In addition to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, you can also see one of the best new musicals on stage, The Last Ship. It's written and performed by Sting, the Grammy-award winning singer and song writer. It's the story of his life growing up in a shipyard town. It's on stage from 2/20 - 3/22 at the Golden Gate Theater. As of March 11, the remaining performances have been put on hold.

>> Additional theater performances this month in SF

>> More about what there is to see and do in SF's Theater District

Cruises Around the SF Bay

March Cruises in SFOne 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.

On each one, you will also get amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the SF shoreline, and Alcatraz Island. It's a fun way to spend an hour or two on your visit to the City by 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.

Additional Cruises Around the SF Bay

These are just a few of the other top cruises around the SF Bay in March.

Where to Stay in Fisherman's Wharf

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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>> Find additional recommendations for all budgets in Fisherman's Wharf

Golden State Warriors

Golden StateDates: 3/1, 3/5, 3/7, 3/10, 3/12, 3/25, 3/28, 3/29, & 3/31 (Playing with no fans in the stadium through March 21)

Location: Chase Center in SF

Watch the Bay Area's one and only pro basketball team light up the court at the Chase Center in San Francisco's Mission Bay District.

In this last full month of regular season home games, the Warriors will face the Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Clippers, the Denver Nuggets, and others. Go Dubs!

>> Full schedule and game day details

>> Additional information on sports events in SF and the Bay Area

SF Ballet

SF BalletDates: 3/6 - 3/31 (All performances through 3/15 are canceled)

Location: War Memorial Opera House

These San Francisco events in March include three different, stunning performances by the oldest ballet company in the country. The first is Program 4: A Midsummer Night's Dream which runs from 3/6 - 3/12.

Program 5 is a Ballet Accelerator and runs from 3/24 - 4/4. The final peformance of the month is Program 6, which is Present Perspectives. It runs from 3/26 - 4/5.

>> More about the renowned SF Ballet

Day Trips from SF

Day Trips in March from SFAs 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.

Ways to Save

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.

  • 60-Minute Bay Cruise: Cruises around the bay, leaves from Fisherman's Wharf, several cruises a day, Full price $34, Goldstar price $17*

  • California Twilight Cruise: 2-hour evening cruise on the SF Bay, includes light appetizers and one drink per ticket, Full price $80, Goldstar $55*

  • North Beach Food Tour: 3-hour walking tour, offers a variety of samples in this Italian district, Full price $69, Goldstar $48*

  • Chinatown Food Tour: Sample traditional dishes in the popular Chinatown district as you learn about its history, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10am, Full price $75, Goldstar $49*

*Small service fee at checkout.

International Ocean Film Festival

Ocean Film FestivalDates: 3/12 - 3/15 (Postponed)

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.

>> Info on this year's festival

>> Additional festivals this March

Free Museum Days: San Francisco Events in March

Free Days in MarchDates: 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.

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.

>> A detailed schedule of free museum days

International Chocolate Salon

SF Chocolate SalonDate: 3/21

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.

Saint Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick's Day in San FranciscoPostponed to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Parade & Festival: 3/14

Holiday Date: Tuesday, 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, 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!

>> Get more details about Saint Patrick's Day festivities in SF

Hop On Hop Off Tours

Big Bus Tours for MarchOne 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.

Big Bus Tour Hop On Hop Off: My 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.

City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off: Select from their one- and two-day tours. They offer more than 20 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.


>> Learn more about the Hop On Hop Off Tour options for SF

Red Cross Gala 2020

American Red CrossDate: 3/21

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.

Human Rights Film Festival

Human Rights Film FestivalDates: 3/26 - 3/28

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.

>> More information on this annual festival

Game Developers Conference

Game Developers ConferenceDates: Postponed

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.

>> More details about the conference

SF Comedy Shows

Comedy in MarchDates: 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 and comic theater.

>> Check out the schedule of upcoming performances

Coit Tower Murals & Other Free Walking Tours

Free Walking Tours in March in SFDates: 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.

>> Check out the schedule of free tours offered daily by SF City Guides

Hotel Deals

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!

Booking: Find great deals all around San Francisco for your upcoming stay!

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SF Symphony Performances

Symphony in SFDates: All events through March 20 are canceled.

The elegant Davies Symphony Hall will feature several San Francisco events in March in the Civic Center district.

Top performances this month include performances lead by MTT with music by Capucon, Shostakovich, & Stravinsky. Other shows include MTT & Mahler: Mahler 6 & John Adams (3/6), Flute Recital with James Galway (3/17), and an Organ Recital with Cameron Carpenter and Buster Keaton's The General (3/22).

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.

>> Full schedule for this month and tips to attend a performance

Museum Exhibits in March in San Francisco

Museum Exhibits in SFDates: Throughout the Month

You will find a variety of museum exhibits this month in San Francisco. Here is a small sampling of what you can see at some of our top museums.

Chang Dai-chien: Painting from Heart to Hand at the Asian Art Museum

Levi Strauss: A History of American Style at the Contemporary Jewish Art Museum

Uncanny Valley, Being Human in the Age of AI at the de Young Art Museum

>> Full schedule of all exhibits in SF

Whiskies of the World

Whiskies of the WorldDate: Friday, 3/28

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 3/27 starting at 6 pm to 10 pm in downtown San Jose.

SF Giants Exhibition Games

GiantsDates: Canceled

This month, Spring Training comes to a close and the SF Giants will come home to prepare for their 2020 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.

You can also catch a game in Oakland at the Oakland Coliseum. Baseball fans, that time of year is finally here!

>> Find out more about the Giants, ballpark, and tickets

More March Activities

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.

>> More fun things to do this March

Tips to Pack & Weather in March

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.

>> Find more tips to visit in March

Free Things to Do in March

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.

>> Best free things to do this month

SF Bay Area Calendar of Events

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.

>> Calendar of SF Bay Area events this month

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