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San Francisco Festivals in March 2017

St. Paddy's Day, Beer, & Other Fun Events this Month

San Francisco festivals in March 2017 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.

March Festivals in San Francisco

Saint Patrick's Day Festival & Parade

Dates: March 11 (parade), March 17 (actual holiday)

The largest of the San Francisco festivals in March is the Saint Patrick's Day Festival and 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.

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.

>> Info on this year's festival

Ocean Film Festival

Dates: March 9 - 12

This is one of several film festivals in San Francisco in March, and it is all about the sea! This year marks the 14th 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.

>> More on this year's event

Bay Area Brew Fest

Date: March 18

For the past six years, the Bay Area Brew Fest has been one of the most popular San Francisco festivals in March, inviting beer lovers to enjoy unlimited delicious pours from dozens of international and domestic breweries. In addition, SF's best food trucks will be on hand at the event for when you get hungry.

Choose from two sessions (12 - 4pm or 5 - 8pm) at Pier 35, with a special hour exclusively for VIP ticket holders.

>> Where to get your drink on this March

Human Rights Film Festival

Dates: March 23 - 25

This year marks the 15th 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.

>> Details on this free event


Dates: March 9 - 19

The CAAM Fest is another one of the fantastic cultural San Francisco festivals in March, this one featuring art from the Asian American community. The festival offers more than 120 film screenings, several concerts, and great food.

The Opening Night Gala will take place at the Asian Art Museum, and every piece of art included in this festival sheds light on the complex cultures of Asia.

>> What to expect when you attend

Ways to Save in March

If you plan to do more than just attend these San Francisco festivals in March, then make sure to check out these great deals on Goldstar. They're an excellent way to see and experience more while you are here.

  • 60-Minute Bay Cruise: Cruises around the bay, leaves from Fisherman's Wharf, several cruises a day, Full price $31, Goldstar price $15.50*

  • 7D Experience: Help eliminate the bad guys with this part video game, part movie that is a whole lot of fun, located on Pier 39, Full price $14.99, Goldstar $8.25*

  • Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze: A colorful twist on the old fashioned house of mirrors, spend some time trying to make your way throug this mirror maze, located on Pier 39, Full price $10-$20, Goldstar $5-$9*

*Small service fee at checkout.

Other Top Events this March

In addition to the San Francisco festivals in March 2017, you will also find several other fun events. Here are a few of the most popular.

Hamilton at the Orpheum Theater

Dates: Beginning March 10

The long-awaited arrival of the Broadway smash hit Hamilton is finally here! Critics and audiences are raving about this fun, clever, musical version of the history of our founding father Alexander Hamilton, which tells the story from sides you probably haven't heard before. From politics and sex scandal to hip-hop and jazz, this theatrical masterpiece has it all!

>> Find more details about this month's theater performances

Golden State Warriors Games

Dates: March 8, 14, 16, 18, 24, 26, 31

The Warriors play seven home games this month at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, just across the bay from San Francisco. Watch them take on the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, or Houston Rockets. Every game is exciting with this NBA Championship team and its all-star players.

>> Check ticket availability for games this month

>> A full schedule of this month's games

Patton Oswalt at the Nob Hill Masonic Center

Date: March 25

This month in San Francisco, catch the Emmy Award-winning standup comedian, actor, and writer Patton Oswalt live on stage at the Nob Hill Masonic Center. You are in for a treat and lots of laughs with this entertainer, who is known for playing Spencer Olchin on the sitcom King of Queens, the voice of Remy in Ratatouille, and the Koenigs brothers on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

>> Find tickets to this show

>> See a full schedule of comedians this month in SF

Find a full calendar of events this March in SF

Best Tours in March

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.

Alcatraz Tour + Hop On/Hop Off Bus

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 two-day duration of your ticket and ride to any of the 13 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.

>> Check ticket availability for your stay

California Academy of Sciences: Skip the Line Tickets

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.

>> See ticket availability

Find a calendar of additional events around the SF Bay Area this month.

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