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What's On In San Francisco In March 2016
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What's On In San Francisco In March 2016

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Updated: 15 November 2016
This March, explore San Francisco through the best events the city has to offer, including St. Patrick’s Day and Easter celebrations, art exhibitions, concerts, film and food festivals, free museum days, and much more. Read on to browse our top picks for this month. Click through for details and mark your calendars with your favorites.


THEATER | Dirty Dancing On Tour

Open through Sun March 20th

The beloved 80s film Dirty Dancing has traveled around the world in musical form and is finally coming to San Francisco, running through March 20th at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre.

ART & NATURE | Garden Railway: 1915 Pan–Pacific

Open through Sun April 10th

The Conservatory of Flowers is hosting a special exhibit in celebration of the centennial of San Francisco’s 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition, a historic world’s fair demonstrating the city’s recovery from the 1906 earthquake.

ART | Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia

Open through Sun May 15th

The Legion of Honor is currently hosting Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia, celebrating the Parisian artist’s work and his influence on modernism with over 70 works on display.

ART | Free Museum Day

Tues March 1st

On the first Tuesday of every month, enjoy free admission to some of the most prominent and popular museums around the city.

FILM | GLAS Animation Festival

Thurs March 3rd-Sun March 6th

Berkeley’s GLAS Animation Festival will explore the evolution of animation through a series of screenings and special programs.

ART | North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl

Fri March 4th

Take a stroll down the lively and historic Columbus Ave on the First Friday of every month to get a peek into some of the best art and entertainment North Beach has to offer.

FOOD & ART | Oakland’s Art Murmur & First Friday

Fri March 4th

On the first Friday of every month, Uptown Oakland lights up with activity for Oakland’s popular First Friday and Art Murmur events, offering wares from local vendors and a gallery crawl around the city.

FOOD & MUSIC | Off the Grid returns to Fort Mason

Fri March 4th

Off the Grid season kicks off its sixth season at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture this month with over 30 food vendors.

FUN | World Naked Bike Ride – San Francisco

Sat March 5th

Every year, cyclists from around the world gather in their respective locations to ride naked around the city in a multifaceted protest.

FOOD & MORE | SF Artisan Fragrance Salon & SF Chocolate Salon

Sat March 5th

Come out to Fort Mason from 10AM to 6PM on March 5th to experience some of the finest tastes and aromas San Francisco has to offer. The 5th annual SF Artisan Fragrance Salon will be taking place in tandem with the 10th annual SF Chocolate Salon.

ART | Asian Art Museum Community Weekend

Sat March 5th-Sun March 6th

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Asian Art Museum is hosting a community weekend in which admission will be free to the public from 10AM to 5PM on March 5th and 6th.


FOOD | IHOP Free Pancake Day

Tues March 8th

Every year in honor of National Pancake Day, IHOP offers each visitor a free stack of its signature buttermilk pancakes, so grab some friends and come enjoy a delicious short stack on the house.

FILM | Ocean Film Festival

Thurs March 10th-Sun March 13th

Fort Mason Center’s Cowell Theater is hosting the 13th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival, featuring a series of independent, ocean-themed film screenings.


Thurs March 10th-Sun March 20th

CAAMFest, the country’s premier celebration of Asian American film, music, and food, will be hosted by the Center for Asian American Media from March 10th to 20th.

FOOD | Bay Area Brew Fest

Sat March 12th

The 5th Annual Bay Area Brew Festival will bring dozens of breweries and hundreds of international and domestic beers to Pier 35 for a fun-filled day of drinking and dancing.

FUN | St Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

Sat March 12th

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the Saturday prior with some of San Francisco’s biggest holiday traditions at the 165th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival.

FASHION | Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective

Sat March 12th-Sun May 29th

The Oscar de la Renta Retrospective will celebrate the designer’s life and career, exploring the evolution of his career in Spain to become one of the world’s most influential fashion designers.

LITERATURE | Litquake Palo Alto

Sun March 13th

Litquake is partnering with the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center to host Litquake Palo Alto, a free literary festival celebrating books, ideas, and community.

FOOD | Oakland Bacon & Beer Festival

Sun March 13th

Copious amounts of bacon and brews are coming together on March 13th at Jack London Square’s Market Building for the 3rd annual Oakland Bacon & Beer Festival.


SCIENCE & FUN | Pi Day: Free Admission at the Exploratorium

Mon March 14th

Every year, the Exploratorium opens its doors to the public for free on Pi Day, hosting a series of fun pi-themed activities and serving visitors plenty of pie.

ART & FOOD | Third Thursdays In Yerba Buena

Thurs March 17th

Every third Thursday of the month, SoMa museums, galleries, restaurants, and bars host events on Market between 2nd and 5th St. Museums offer free and discounted admission, along with other special events, while restaurants and bars offer exclusive discounts.

SCIENCE & FUN | Science Bites: Discover Bay Predators

Sat March 19th-April 3rd

Get to know the Bay’s fiercest predators – sea stars, river otters, and sharks – at the Aquarium of the Bay this spring break with Science Bites: Discover Bay Predators.

FOOD & FUN | St Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl

Sat March 19th

On the Saturday after this St. Patrick’s Day, CrawlSF is hosting its annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl around Polk St.


Sat March 19th

LUNAFEST is a film festival that travels around the country screening award-winning films that are made by, for, and about women in over 175 cities.

DESIGN | Toasted Wedding Event

Sun March 20th

San Francisco’s premiere independent wedding expo, Toasted Wedding Event, will be more ‘current, unusual, and crafty’ than a typical wedding event, spotlighting local artisans, small business, and eco-friendly goods.


ART | Annie Leibovitz’s WOMEN: New Portraits

Fri March 25th-Sun April 17th

World-famous portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz is bringing her most recent exhibition, WOMEN: New Portraits, to San Francisco this month.

FOOD | Whiskies of the World

Sat March 26th

Whiskies of the World will bring whisky enthusiasts together from around the bay to celebrate their favorite spirits and whisky knowledge.

DESIGN, FOOD & MUSIC | Treasure Island Flea Market

Sat March 26th-Sun March 27th

Treasure Island Flea is a monthly outdoor market hosting over 400 vendors, food trucks, live music, and a full bar on the last weekend of every month.

FUN | Union Street Easter Parade & Spring Celebration

Sun March 27th

San Francisco’s 25th annual Union Street Easter Parade & Spring Celebration will take place on March 27th, celebrating the Easter holiday with lots of family-friendly entertainment.


SFPL Book Sale © Jonathan Chen/Flickr / Videographer © shrtstck |
SFPL Book Sale © Jonathan Chen/Flickr / Videographer © shrtstck |

LITERATURE | SF Public Library Spring Big Book Sale

Wed March 30th-Sun April 3rd

The end of March marks the San Francisco Public Library’s 6th annual Spring Big Book Sale, featuring 250,000 books and other media.

FILM | USF Human Rights Film Festival

Thurs March 31st-Sat April 2nd

The 14th annual USF Human Rights Film Festival will commence on March 31st, screening films addressing human rights abuses around the world.