San Francisco Festivals in March 2018

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

San Francisco festivals in March 2018 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 17 (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 8-11

This is one of several film festivals in San Francisco in March, and it is all about the sea! This year marks the 15th 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 24

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: TBD

This year marks the 16th 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: TBD

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 around town. They're an excellent way to see and experience more while you are here.

  • 48-Hour Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour: Save $5 per ticket when you book online through City Sightseeing. You can select their most popular 48-hour ticket or their 24- or 72-hour options. It's a great way to easily get from attraction to attraction around town.

  • 60-Minute Bay Cruise: Enjoy a cruise around the SF Bay, runs several times a day and leaves from Fisherman's Wharf, up to 50% off on Goldstar

  • 2-Hour Sunset Cruise: See San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the rest of the Bay Area at night during this twilight cruise. Includes light appetizers and one drink per ticket (additional drinks available for purchase). Tickets up to 50% off. Leaves each evening from Fishmerman's Wharf.

Other Top Events this March

In addition to the San Francisco festivals in March 2018, you will also find several other fun events. Here are a few of the most popular.

The Book of Mormon at the Orpheum Theater

Dates: March 1 - 4

The Book of Mormon is the top Broadway show in San Francisco this March. It's the funny story of two Mormon's that head to Africa to spread the values of their religion. It's written by the creators of South Park and is one of the most popular shows in SF this season.

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

Golden State Warriors Games

Dates: 3/6, 3/8, 3/14, 3/16, 3/23, 3/25, 3/27, and 3/29

The Warriors play eight home games this month at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, just across the bay from San Francisco. Watch them take on teams such as the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and Orlando Magic. 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

John Cleese at the Orpheum

Date: March 27 & 29

This month in San Francisco, catch the Emmy Award-winning standup comedian, actor, and writer John Cleese at the Orpheum Theater. Watch his famous film Monty Python and the Holy Grail first and then spend an hour or more with him after the showing. He will talk about what really happened behind the set and some of his favorite stories throughout his career.

>> 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

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