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San Francisco Festivals in March 2022: St. Paddy's Day, Beer & More

Jill on a windy day at the Golden Gate Bridge

by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: February 1, 2022

San Francisco festivals in March 2022 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.

Cable car on wheels at the annual Saint Patrick's Day Festival in San Francisco

Saint Patrick's Day Parade & Block Party

Dates: 3/12 (parade), 3/13 (block party), 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 Block Party at 45th Avenue and Sloat 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.

>> Info on this year's parade

Berlin & Beyond

Dates: 3/11 - 3/16

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.

>> Visit their site for more information

Human Rights Film Festival

Dates: No event in 2022, Will return in 2023

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.

Mostly British Film Fest

Dates: 3/10 - 3/17

The Mostly British Film Fest features more than just films from the UK. In its 9th year, this festival brings the best of cinema from Ireland, Australia, India, South Africa, and New Zealand to the big screen, including new and classic films as well as documentaries.

Head to the Vogue Theater to attend the screenings and engage with the directors and actors, including stars like Colin Firth, Ewan McGregor, Cate Blanchett, and more.

>> Details on this and other film festivals in SF

Other Top Events this March

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.

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child at the Curran Theater

Dates: 3/1 - 3/31

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child is the top theater show in San Francisco this March. It tells the story of Harry Potter as an adult and how his oldest son battles some of the same demons Harry did as a kid.

It 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: 3/8, 3/12, 3/14, 3/16, 3/20, & 3/30

The Warriors play six home games this month at the Chase Center in SF. Watch them take on teams such as the Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Phoenix Suns. 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

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 + City Tour Combo Ticket

With this combo of the two best tours in San Francisco, you'll get to see all the top tourist attractions in the city with an expert guide, and you'll get your round-trip ferry ride, admission ticket, and audio tour to the famous Alcatraz prison.

The City Tour Tour will take you by all of SF's top attractions. Your local guide will tell you all about them as you pass by and you'll even get the chance to hop out and visit some for pictures. The City Tour lasts around 4 hours.

>> Find out more about this combo ticket

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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