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What's On This Month In LA: March 2016

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Updated: 7 October 2016
Los Angeles may have springtime weather all year round, but that doesn’t stop the city from celebrating when the temperatures rise and the flowers bloom. This March, join the city in all of the available celebrations, markets, and festivals that rock the city streets every week.

TUESDAY MARCH 1ST – SUNDAY MARCH 6TH


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MUSIC | Fall Down A Music Rabbit Hole with Alison Wonderland

Wednesday, March 2nd

Spend a night at one of LA’s top venues, the famed Fonda Theatre, with Australian DJ Alison Wonderland. Her music will truly transport you to a different world.

FESTIVAL | Indulge In the Food Truck Festival, First Fridays

Friday, March 4th

Enjoy the extensive choice of food truck at the festival that takes over Abbott Kinney every first Friday of the month.

FESTIVAL | Light Up the Sky at the Los Angeles Lantern Festival

Saturday, March 5th

Join LA in closing out the Chinese New Year festivities by lighting lanterns at this annual festival.

MARKET | Get Lost in the Art and Excitement of the Artists and Fleas Venice Market

Saturday, March 5th

Venice is welcoming in a new market to its streets and the grand opening of the Artists and Fleas LA – the second location – is this Saturday.

FOOD | Lace Up Those Running Shoes for the Champagne Runch

Sunday, March 6th

This Sunday, races get more delicious because the Champagne Runch celebrates the end of its route with a five course brunch.

LITERATURE | Celebrate the Self-Publishing World at the 5th Annual L.A. Zine Fest

Sunday, March 6th

The LA Zine Fest is a free festival in downtown LA celebrating art and zines, with over 200 artists showcasing their work. It’s one day only, so don’t miss out!

ART | Descend Into the Coal Mines with the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Performance of Anthracite Fields

Sunday, March 6th

This choral event goes beyond sound, including artists and interviews to craft an artistic experience worthy of the Pulitzer Prize.


MONDAY MARCH 7TH – SUNDAY MARCH 13TH


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THEATER | Experience A Different Kind of Elizabethan Theater with the Improvised Shakespeare Company

Monday, March 7th

The Bard is famous, but this rendition of his work is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Relying heavily on improv, the show is unique each time it’s performed, without straying from the Shakespearean themes and ideas central to each story.

MUSIC | Trainhop to these Weekly Sound Installations, Music for Train Stations

Friday, March 11th

Train stations are no strangers to noise, but these musical pieces are designed to shift the atmosphere for everyone around. They change every week, so be sure to take the trains on Friday and listen in.

FESTIVAL | Paint the Day a Different Shade at the Festival of Colors

Saturday, March 12th

If throwing paint at people has ever sounded appealing, then don’t miss this opportunity to make everyone a little bit more colorful while celebrating the Indian custom of Holi.

FOOD | Discover a New Favorite Brew at the Los Angeles IPA Festival

Saturday, March 12th

Attention beer lovers, the annual IPA festival is back, for its third year, bringing over 50 IPA brews on tap, with half pints for only $5.

FESTIVAL | Smell Springtime Coming at the Cherry Blossom Festival

Saturday, March 12th

Take a walk through the Descanso gardens and experience the music and food of Japanese culture while welcoming in spring and the appearance of cherry blossoms.

ART | Connect the Dots with the Hammer Museum Art in Conversation Program

Sunday, March 13th

Stop by and settle in for one of the Hammer’s short and informative talks, bringing the art world a little closer together.

ART | Venture Into the Downtown Arts District for the Opening of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel

Sunday, March 13th

ARTBOOK is going from pop-up to permanent in Downtown LA at the opening of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, sure to be a dynamic art experience.


MONDAY MARCH 14TH – SUNDAY MARCH 20TH


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MUSIC | Honor 30 Seasons with the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

Wednesday, March 16th

The Los Angeles Children’s Choir is celebrating its 30th season with a party full of music, accolades for prominent members, and a three course dinner.

ART | Recount Art History at the Hammer’s ‘Leap Before You Look’ Exhibit

Friday, March 18th

The Hammer Museum is hosting this in-gallery performance featuring two dancers who bring passion and movement to the museum.

FESTIVAL | Delight Your Tastebuds at Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

Saturday, March 19th

Spring is the time for berries, and Knott’s Berry Farm is bringing in their fill for their big 16-day festival, where endless boysenberry dishes can be tasted, and pies can be made.

FILM | Smile Behind the Camera at the Harinezumi Workshop

Saturday, March 19th

Let your inner artist shine at this workshop that teaches how to use a Harinezumi camera to create films heavy with vintage feel and emotion.

FESTIVAL | Wander Through the Wonder of the Melrose Trading Post

Sunday, March 20th

This flea market takes place every Sunday, which means that every Sunday is the perfect time to go! Stop by and explore the market that is acclaimed as one of the best in the city, and loved by so many.

FOOD | Scarf Down Delicious Food at the Vegan Street Festival

Sunday, March 20th

If healthy, delicious, and cheap sound like the perfect combination to you, stop by the Vegan Street Festival, and try all kinds of bite-sized vegan dishes for as little as $3!


MONDAY MARCH 21ST – SUNDAY MARCH 27TH


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ART | Go Crazy for this Cat Art Show

Thursday, March 24th

The internet obsession that is cat pictures comes out of the computer screen and into an exhibit, providing a slightly more sophisticated experience than you’d get from admiring the average meme.

ART | Journey Through the Years at the Evolution of the Revolution Exhibit

Friday, March 25th

This multi-media exhibition is designed to immerse you into history, from the African American Trans Atlantic Middle Passage into present day, and the struggles happening now, using live scale photos and performances to bring the history to life.  

MUSIC | Soak in the Sounds of USC’s Popfest

Saturday, March 26th

The University of Southern California is showcasing 20 different acts, all from the Thorton Division of Contemporary Music in this one-day festival.

DANCE | Break Out the Ballet Slippers and Join the Los Angeles Ballet as they Perform Don Quixote

Saturday, March 26th

Come see the elegance and creativity of the Los Angeles Ballet first-hand as they perform a show centered around the famous Spanish novel.

FESTIVAL | Channel Your Inner Yogi at Temple Days Festival

Saturday, March 26th

This one-day retreat offers workshops, speakers, food and yoga, so come dressed ready to move.

ART | Throw On Your Favorite Costume for Wondercon

Sunday, March 27th

This three-day convention is the perfect place for fans of comics, gaming, and more. And for those who love to dress up, there’s a costume contest!

ART | Weave Your Way to the Fowler Exhibit, Spirits of the Loom

Sunday, March 27th

Come see first-hand the stories and traditions that are carefully built into the intricate tapestries and textiles of the Laos region, and learn about the history hidden within the threads.