This post covers the best things to do in San Francisco in March and has been updated for 2022.
It includes a top 10 list, nighttime activities, free and family-friendly things to do.
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TOP TEN EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN MARCH
This section features our top 10 activities to enjoy in San Francisco throughout March.
Be sure to check out our master post, Things to Do in San Francisco, for even more ideas.
For tips on the most popular activities in San Francisco, check out our other popular posts:
- Pay-What-You-Like Walking Tours
- The Best Bus Tours in San Francisco
- Which Boat Cruises To Take
- Tourist Discount Passes
1) Watch a Sporting Event
March is a great month in the world of sports, as the baseball season is starting and both the basketball and hockey seasons are heating up.
Here are some of the best games to attend at this time of year:
San Francisco Giants
- San Diego Padres | Mar 31st
- Los Angeles Angels | Mar 31st
Golden State Warriors
- Los Angeles Clippers | Mar 8th
- Milwaukee Bucks | Mar 12th
- Washington Wizards | Mar 14th
- Boston Celtics | Mar 16th
- San Antonio Spurs | Mar 20th
- Phoenix Suns | Mar 30th
San Jose Sharks
- Nashville Predators | Mar 5th
- Los Angeles Kings | Mar 12th
- Florida Panthers | Mar 15th
- Colorado Avalanche | Mar 18th
- Arizona Coyotes | Mar 20th
- Anaheim Ducks | Mar 26th
For even more great games to see, check this list of sporting events in San Francisco during the month of March.
2) Attend a Concert
San Francisco tends to attract a lot of popular musicians throughout the year, and that won’t be any different in March. Here are a few of the best concerts to see this month:
- Justin Bieber | Mar 2nd
- Judas Priest | Mar 12th
- Nick Cave | Mar 13th, 14th
- The Darkness | Mar 16th
- Daughtry | Mar 17th
- Marc Anthony | Mar 17th
- John Mayer | Mar 18th, 19th
- AFI | Mar 24th
- Flogging Molly | Mar 25th
- Journey | Mar 31st
If you’re looking for even more musical performances to see, check this list of concerts in the San Francisco area during the month of March.
For more fun things to do after dark, check our things to do at night section below.
3) See a Popular Musical/Theatrical Production
It seems like there are always at least a few great musicals to see in San Francisco no matter when you choose to visit – even in March!
One of the most popular shows available this month will be Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and the production will be hosted by the Curran Theatre throughout the month.
This is one of the most beloved Off-Broadway shows of the past decade, but it’s not the only musical available this month.
If you’re interested in seeing something else, consider one of the following options instead:
- Baby Shark Live | Mar 10th
- LOL Surprise Live | Mar 11th, 13th
- La Sylphide and the Seasons Ballet | Mar 19th
- Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood | Mar 22nd
For even more theatrical performances, check this list of musicals in San Francisco during March.
4) Enjoy Live Stand-up Comedy
There will be a handful of notable comedians performing stand-up sets in the San Francisco area throughout the month of March.
Perhaps the most notable performer is Gabriel Iglesias, who has lent his vocal talents to such films as Ferdinand and Space Jam: A New Legacy.
He initially made a name for himself with several hilarious stand-up specials, so you can rest assured his latest set on March 19th won’t disappoint!
If you’re not interested in his brand of humor, consider one of these shows instead:
- Doug Stanhope | Mar 6th
- Pauly Shore | Mar 10th
- Jim Norton | Mar 25th, 26th
- Eddie Griffin | Mar 25th, 26th
Of course, you’ll find even more hilarious shows on the following list of comedy specials in San Francisco this March.
5) Take a Spring Walking Tour
Our guided walks are free to join and operate on a pay-what-you-like basis, which means you decide what a tour was worth or what you could afford (even free) when the tour is over.
Here are a few tours we recommend for the month of March:
- San Francisco in One Day
- Lombard St, Little Italy, Fisherman’s Wharf
- Downtown San Francisco
- Golden Gate Bridge
- Billionaire’s Square
- Fisherman’s Wharf
6) Save Money With a Tourist Pass
If you want to get the most bang for your buck in San Francisco, you might consider purchasing a tourist discount pass.
These passes are so value-packed that once you’ve done a couple of activities, everything else on the card doesn’t cost you a dime.
That said, the amount you save will depend entirely on how you use the pass.
There are currently four different types of tourist pass available in San Francisco: all-inclusive, flex, prepackaged and build your own pass.
Here are some of the more notable services included with tourist passes:
- Hop on Hop off Bus Tour |
- California Academy of Sciences |
- Six Flags Discovery Kingdom |
- California’s Great America |
- Golden Gate Bike Tour |
- Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise |
- Ripley’s Believe it or Not |
- Aquarium of the Bay |
- Madame Tussauds |
- Exploratorium |
- And more!
No matter how you use these passes, you should be able to save at least 20% - 50% off general admission prices.
For more details, please read our post covering San Francisco tourist passes.
7) Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Celebrate this fun holiday with the west coast’s largest Irish event focused on its culture and history.
On March 12th, people of all ages can watch the parade for free as it makes its way down Market Street to Civic Center Plaza. The parade begins at 11:30 am.
8) Spend the Day at Golden Gate Park
There are plenty of activities available in March that you don’t have to spend any money to enjoy.
March is a great month to spend time seeing all of what Golden Gate Park has to offer, as the weather is typically mild.
Enjoy the bison paddock, Conservatory of Flowers (on its free day!), walk one of the park’s many trails, or join in on a drum circle on Hippie Hill during the weekends.
There’s so much to discover and the park is free to explore! Check out our section below for more free things to experience in March!
9) Visit the Conservatory of Flowers for Free
With spring just around the corner, this is the perfect time to visit San Francisco's Conservatory of Flowers. There will be many different breeds of plants and flowers in bloom this March.
If you're curious, make sure to check their website to see what's in bloom.
Best of all, if you're planning to visit early in the month, you might be able to get in for free! The Conservatory of Flowers offers free admission on the first Tuesday of every month, which means you won't need a ticket to enter on March 1st, 2022.
If you're looking for even more beautiful plant life to see, consider visiting the Japanese Tea Garden.
For more great family fun, please check our family-friendly activities section below.
10) See the San Francisco Symphony
If you’re not interested in any of the concerts available this month, consider going to see the San Francisco Symphony instead.
This group will be performing at the Davies Symphony Hall a handful of times between March 3rd - 19th, giving you more than one opportunity to enjoy some classical music.
Each of these performances will take place at 8 pm.
THINGS TO DO IN THE EVENING IN MARCH
Below is just a small sampling of the many things to do at night in March.
Some of the items we’ve listed above like watching a Golden State Warriors game or seeing a stage performance, like Hamilton, are great evening activities.
Here are a few more to check out in March!
For suggestions on other nighttime activities, see our post Things to do at Night in San Francisco and watch the video below.
Take an Evening Bus Tour (Kid-Friendly!)
With the weather being milder in March, an evening bus tour (open-air or not) might be right up your alley!
See all of the city’s best sights and attractions as they light up for the night!
TIP: Night bus tours are available on more than one tourist discount pass!
Go to the Ballet
Spend an evening with the dancers of the San Francisco Ballet!
The company’s March performance is La Sylphide and the Seasons, and it will only be available for one night – March 19th at 8 pm.
Visit the Exploratorium
If you’re interested in spending a night at the museum, the Exploratorium offers special night hours every Thursday from 6 pm - 10 pm.
In addition to having free reign and enjoying discounted tickets, this event also typically includes live music, demonstrations and other fun activities.
For suggestions on other nighttime activities, see our post Things to do at Night in San Francisco.
FREE THINGS TO DO IN MARCH
There are loads of free activities and attractions in San Francisco! Some of the items we’ve listed above like the St. Patrick’s Day Parade are totally free of charge!
Here are a few more free things to do in March.
For even more free activities, see our Guide to Free Things to Do in San Francisco and watch our video below.
Open House at the Old Mint
San Francisco History Days welcomes people of all ages to the Old Mint where there will be dozens of organizations sharing the city’s history with visitors.
Enjoy hearing from re-enactors, historians, genealogists, and more as you learn about San Francisco.
NOTE: This event has not yet been confirmed for 2022.
Visit the Fortune Cookie Factory
Somewhat hidden at the end of Ross Alley in Chinatown sits the famous Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory where these delicate cookies are still made by hand daily.
Stop in to watch the employees hand-folding them and take some home with you!
TIP: The cookie factory is part of what you’ll see on our Chinatown walking tour!
Enjoy the Views from Coit Tower
Coit Tower is a must-see landmark that sits on the top of Telegraph Hill.
Walking up to it and taking in the breathtaking views of the city is worth every step up the hill. Additionally, it’s home to a wild parrot colony!
For even more free activities, see our Guide to Free Things to Do in San Francisco.
THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MARCH
San Francisco is very welcoming to people of all ages!
A lot of the items we’ve listed in this post like visiting the Exploratorium or seeing a Giants game are very family-friendly.
Here are a few more ideas for the month of March, but you can also find a lot of great activities on our post covering things to do with kids in San Francisco.
Aquarium of the Bay
Located at Pier 39, the Aquarium of the Bay is a great experience for anyone who loves marine life.
See thousands of species of fish, sharks, seals, sea turtles, and more!
Tip: The Aquarium of the Bay is included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass!
Visit Madame Tussauds
This famous wax museum at Fisherman’s Wharf brings your favorite movie stars, singers, athletes, and more to life!
Kids love being able to get up close and personal with their idols--a great place for hands-on activity and selfies!
Visit the Musee Mechanique at Fisherman's Wharf
Tucked in a back corner of Fisherman's Wharf, this antique penny arcade (family-owned since 1933!) is full of fun for people of all ages!
Play vintage video games, antique tables games, and so much more! It's free to enter and open every day from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm.
TIP: For more ideas of things to do with kids in San Francisco, see our post Things to do in San Francisco with Kids.