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10 Best Things To Do In SF In March

Best things to do in SF in March
#4 of the best things to do in SF in March: Japanese Tea Gardens

As San Francisco continues its strong start to 2024, events are popping up all over the Bay Area, like flowers pushing their heads up as Spring arrives. This month we have a well rounded list of the best things to do in SF in March, including sporting events, St Patrick’s Day shindigs, stargazing, a ghost and true crime tour (with the opportunity of getting cocktails) and a laser light show! Which of these will you be doing? Read on to find out.

Events & Activities in San Francisco This Month

1. WATCH SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS IN SPRING TRAINING AT ORACLE PARK (MARCH 27)

Watch the Giants warm up for the coming season at their first Spring Training sessions, right on San Francisco’s picturesque waterfront at magnificent Oracle Park (the stadium has one of the most scenic locations in the the world). It might be a while since they won the World Series, but the Giants have been hugely successful and it’s a good opportunity to see their new batting line-up. More information here.

Oracle Park

NBA team the Golden Gate Warriors are also playing at the Chase Center nearby. Go see Stephen Curry there, he’s good. More information here.

2. THE 39 STEPS, AT THE GOLDEN GATE THEARE (FROM MARCH 7)

Get on your running shoes and prepare to scamper up and down the country with Richard Hannay in this engaging comedy, coming to the Drury Lane Theatre this summer. Accused of a murder he didn’t commit, he must run from the shady spy ring or ‘The 39 Steps’ as they call themselves. Based on Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1935 thriller, Susi Damilano directs this glorious crime caper full of twists, turns, and of course, just a little romance…

Based on John Buchan’s 1912 adventure novel of the same name, Hitchcocks’ movie version is still cited as one of the best films of the 20th century. This stage adaptation takes its cues from the latter and as such is a wonderful 1930s romp that’ll keep you laughing all night long.

Golden Gate Theatre

More information here.

3. CELEBRATE SAINT PATRICK’S DAY (MARCH 16)

Believe it or not, but the San Francisco celebration of the patron Saint of Ireland is one of the largest in the U.S. The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade features Irish dance companies, big bands and bag-pipes. In addition to the over 100,000 people who usually show up to watch the event, there are a lot of San Francisco officials, politicians, police and firefighters taking part.

The parade starts at 2nd and Market Street, around 11:30 am, then makes its way down Market Street to Civic Center Plaza, the location of the festival. The parade itself lasts about two and a half hours. Following that is a UniteSF multi-cultural celebration at Civic Center Plaza, from 2:30-6 pm, with live music, food and, of course, drinks.

If you can remember St Patrick’s Day, it definitely wasn’t one of the best things to do in SF in March!

4. FREE MUSEUM DAYS – (VARIOUS DATES)

For several days a month – and sometimes every day of the month for certain people – our museums are free. We have some great museums. You should make the most of it these opportunities.

Exploratorium: free admission for EBT cardholders and San Francisco Medi-Cal or CalFresh recipients. Also free for California public school teachers.

SF Botanical Gardens: free admission second Tuesday of every month.

Japanese Tea Gardens: free Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10 am.

De Young Museum: free first Tuesday of every month. Also free every Saturday for Bay Area residents.

SFMOMA: free first Thursday for Bay Area residents.

Legion of Honor: free Saturdays for Bay Area residents and free Tuesday’s for all.

Cable Car Museum: free every day, and one of the most interesting museums in all of San Francisco.

5. NOTORIOUS SF: GHOST & CRIME TOUR (EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT)

San Francisco has a fascinating and unique criminal history. On this tour we start off by transporting guests back to the Gold Rush era, when Vigilance Committee’s took over “policing” of the city (which is where the term ‘vigilante’ originates). Then we stroll through back alleys that were red light districts in the nineteenth century. After that the tour visits Chinatown, which was full of opium dens, brothels and gambling hellholes a hundred years ago.

Finally, we walk the streets of the infamous Barbary Coast, where sailors had to be wary of what they drank in the bars and dance halls, in case crimps would drug and shanghai them onto a ship leaving San Francisco for the East (which is how the term was invented). And we haven’t even mentioned the Fatty Arbuckle Affair, the original Hollywood sex scandal, or the terrifying ghost stories that we know.

During the tour there are a couple of opportunities, in between haunting tales and true crime history, to visit various historic bars and fun speakeasies, dating back to those bygone days.

More information here.

Notorious SF: Ghost & Crime tour

6. GO TO A CONCERT (VARIOUS DATES)

There are always some great concerts happening in San Francisco, almost all popular artists, musicians and comedians will play here at some point in their career, but if you’re looking for ideas on things to do this month how about either Nicki Minaj, Bad Bunny or Bruce Springsteen? Or all of them, what the hell?! Seeing the boss would definitely qualify as one of the best things to do in SF in March.

More information here.

7. EXPLORE A SAN FRANCISCO NEIGHBORHOOD: HAIGHT ASHBURY (ALL MONTH)

The Haight, often known as Haight Ashbury after the intersection of the two streets, is a famous neighborhood. It’s most associated with the 1967 Summer of Love, but it’s got a lot of things going for it. Why not take a wander down Haight Street and take in all the cool murals there. It’s also a great spot for lunch or dinner. From there you can walk into Golden Gate Park which is full of great institutions, such as the De Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, the Botanical Gardens and the Japanese Tea Gardens.

Read our guide to the neighborhood before your visit, so you don’t miss anything.

8. LASER AFTER HOURS: BRUNO MARS / PRINCE (MARCH 22)

The Chabot Space and Science Center is in Oakland, in the East Bay.

Join us for an exciting series of evening shows featuring laser and light demonstrations, beer, wine, and a thematic cocktail of the night.

Chabot Space and Science Center

There are also free telescope viewings (weather permitting) on Friday and Saturday nights, from 7.30-10.30 pm. Believe it or not, but the three historic observatory domes are fully 1,500 feet above the bay and the micro-climate in Joaquin Miller Park is quite unique, often affording great views of the night sky.

More information here.

As Oscar Wilde once said: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”. Keep looking up!

9. GO TO A CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT OR THE BALLET (VARIOUS DATES)

The San Francisco Symphony are good, as these things go. Why not enjoy a concert with them at the Davies Symphony Hall? More information here.

The San Francisco Ballet are performing Swan Lake and Midsummer Night’s Dream at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, in the Civic Center. More information here.

10. WATCH A FILM SET IN SAN FRANCISCO (ALL MONTH)

There have been a ton of films made in the Bay Area, and some of them are pretty good. Maybe you saw one or two a long time ago. Maybe you’ve never seen any. Set that right this month, on one of those rainy days, and watch a fun film set in San Francisco.

If you like Film Noir, and the literary progenitor of the celluloid genre was born in San Francisco in the 1920’s, then we’ve got a list of classic movies for you to watch here.

If you have any feedback on the 10 Best Things to Do in SF in March please email us or reach out on social media, we’d love to hear from you.

– By Damien Blackshaw (Twitter)

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