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.
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Dates: TBD (parade), TBD (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.
The Block Party is on TBD at the United Irish Cultural Center at 2700 45th Avenue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.