San Francisco Festivals in March 2024: St. Paddy's Day, Beer & More

Jill on a windy day at the Golden Gate Bridge

by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: January 16, 2024

San Francisco festivals in March 2024 will help you celebrate the holidays, sample local beers, and check out new independent films. Highlights include the Saint Patrick's Day Parade, Berlin & Beyond, 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

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Saint Patrick's Day Parade & Block Party

Dates: 3/16 (parade), 3/16 (festival), 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.

This year, they are planning to host a festival after the parade at the Civic Center. It will run from 2:30 pm to 6 pm.

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

SF Giants Fan Fest

Date: 3/9

While baseball fans eagerly await the upcoming season which starts in March, they can get a head start by heading over to Oracle Park for the Giants Fan Fest. This is your chance to meet SF Giants alumni, get their autographs, and stock up on new black and orange merchandise.

You can also watch last season's highlights, take your picture with the World Series trophies, and play catch on the field. Take the whole family for a fun-filled day at the ballpark.

Even though this event is free, you do need to pick up your tickets in advance. Find them here.

>> This year's Giants schedule and details to attend a game

West Coast Craft Market Spring 2024

Head over to the Fort Mason Center for this month's top craft fair. The West Coast Craft Market is an outdoor market and free to attend. It features hand-crafted items for sale including everything from wood crafts to furniture to jewelry.

It features more than 100 vendors.

The event runs from 10 am to 3 pm. 

>> Find out more on their official site

Berlin & Beyond

Dates: TBD

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 2024

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.

Other Top Events this March

In addition to the San Francisco festivals in March 2024, you will also find several other fun events. Here are a few of the most popular.

Cirque du Soleil - Kooza

Dates: 3/1 - 3/10

Find Tickets: Ticketmaster

Cirque du Soleil rolls into San Francisco this year with a wonderful performance of Kooza. It takes you on the fascinating adventure of a young clown trying to figure out his life and passion in this complex world.

The shows offer high-energy acrobatics, live music, and wonderful costumes. All performances will take place under the Grand Chapiteau in Oracle Park. 

It is one of the most popular shows in SF this season.

>> Find more theater performances this month in SF

Golden State Warriors Games

Dates: 3/6, 3/7, 3/9, 3/18, 3/20, 3/22

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

More Popular Tours Around San Francisco

March Festivals in San Francisco

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