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San Francisco festivals in March 2020 will help you celebrate the holidays, sample local beers, and check out new independent films. Highlights include the Saint Patrick's Day, Human Rights Film, and Ocean Film Festivals.
Read on for details about this year's events.
Dates: 3/14 (parade), 3/17 (actual holiday)
The largest of the San Francisco festivals in March is the Saint Patrick's Day Parade, when the Irish American community comes to life in the city. You'll see floats, bands, and even pets all decked out in green. And of course it wouldn't be a true St. Paddy's Day without the alcohol flowing. The festival after will have beer, food, live music, and fun.
Check out my details for this year's event, as well as recommendations for the best Irish pubs, restaurants, and parties in SF for the holiday.
Dates: 3/12 - 3/15
This is one of several film festivals in San Francisco in March, and it is all about the sea! This year marks the 17th Annual SF International Ocean Film Festival, featuring dozens of independent works from all over the world that encourage us to reflect on the social, environmental, and cultural significance of the ocean.
For these four days at the Cowell Theater in the Fort Mason Center, you can watch fascinating documentaries, narratives, shorts, and more.
Dates: 3/7 - 3/13
SF's Berlin & Beyond Film Festival features exciting and provocative work from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. You are invited to watch the film screenings at the Castro Theater and the Goethe-Institut, and stay for engaging Q&A sessions afterward. Films include major box office hits, award winners, and small productions.
Dates: 3/26, 3/27, & 3/28
This year marks the 17th anniversary of the powerful Human Rights Film Festival, which showcases pieces about human rights issues from political repression and disappearances to environmental destruction and HIV. You can catch all the screenings of these thought-provoking films at the USF Presentation Theater.
The works come from all over the globe, and many from USF students and alumni themselves.
If you plan to do more than just attend these San Francisco festivals in March, then make sure to check out these great deals around town. They're an excellent way to see and experience more while you are here.
In addition to the San Francisco festivals in March 2019, you will also find several other fun events. Here are a few of the most popular.
Dates: 3/1 - 3/31
Hamilton is the top Broadway show in San Francisco this March. It's the true story of Alexander Hamilton featuring mostly non-white actors. It follows his rise to fame and the infamous day he was killed in a duel. It is one of the most popular shows in SF this season.
Dates: 3/1, 3/5, 3/7, 3/10, 3/12, 3/25, 3/28, 3/29, & 3/31
The Warriors play nine home games this month at the Chase Center in SF. Watch them take on teams such as the Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, and Charlotte Hornets. Every game is exciting with this NBA Championship team and its all-star players.
Many of the San Francisco festivals in March that I've listed above last for only a few hours. If you plan to be around town for at least a few days, here are some additional recommendations for your stay.
With this combo of the two best tours in San Francisco, you'll get to see all the top tourist attractions in the city at your own pace, and you'll get your round-trip ferry ride, admission ticket, and audio tour to the famous Alcatraz prison.
The Hop On/Hop Off Bus Tour allows you to get on the route at any time during the three-day duration of your ticket and ride to any of the 20+ stops you choose, take your time exploring those sites, and hop back on again from there. This is a great option for visitors looking to see it all in a short amount of time.
Unsurprisingly, the coolest science museum in San Francisco--which contains a state-of-the-art planetarium, aquarium, and four-story rainforest--is also the most popular museum in San Francisco. That means having to wait in long lines...unless you have a handy skip-the-line pass that grants you immediate access to all the shows and exhibits!
This way, you'll get in faster and enjoy more time marveling at the exotic marine life, chameleons, penguins, albino alligator, skeleton of a T-Rex, and more.
Do in March
Golden Gate Bridge
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