Things to Do in San Francisco in March

This post covers the best things to do in San Francisco in March and has been updated for 2020. 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: 


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

Oakland Athletics

Golden State Warriors

San Jose Sharks

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:

 

 

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

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 Hamilton, and the production will be hosted by the Orpheum 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:

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 example is Lewis Black, known for his recurring role on The Daily Show as well as performances in films such as Unaccompanied Minors and Man of the Year.

 

 

He initially made a name for himself with several hilarious stand-up specials on HBO and other networks, so you can rest assured his latest set on March 26th won’t disappoint!

If you’re not interested in his brand of humor, consider one of these shows instead:

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.

 

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Here are a few tours we recommend for the month of March:

We also have self-guided tours and GPS-enabled audio tours of neighborhoods that you will likely visit as a tourist in the city.

Check out our homepage or look at our schedule to see what we have available when you are here.


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.

 

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Here are some of the more notable services included with tourist passes:

  • Hop on Hop off Bus Tour | $55
  • California Academy of Sciences | $40
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom | $75
  • California’s Great America | $38
  • Golden Gate Bike Tour | $55
  • Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise | $44
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not | $23
  • Aquarium of the Bay | $24
  • Madame Tussauds | $26
  • Exploratorium | $30
  • 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 16th, 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.

 

 

Additionally, check out restaurants for menu and drink specials or attend a block party.


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) Enjoy a Food Festival

Foodies and beverage connoisseurs will have a handful of events to experience throughout the month of March. Enjoy the offerings of these food and beverage focused events:

 

 

Needless to say, there’s a range of festivals for both adults and kids, making some of these events great for families. For more great family fun, please check our family-friendly activities section below.

Look out for St. Patrick’s Day menu and drink specials the weekend of March 14th as well!


10) Go to a Film Festival

There will be multiple festivals celebrating the art of film in the San Francisco area this month. If you love movies, consider attending one of the following events:

 

 

While some of these festivals will require you to purchase ticket packages or passes to all the films, others will open up admission to individual films, so you don’t even have to attend the entire event!

If you’re looking for even more activities related to the world of film, consider making a trip to the Walt Disney Family Museum. Tickets are included with more than one tourist pass!

For more ideas for any time of year, be sure to read our master post on things to do in San Francisco.

 


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THINGS TO DO IN THE EVENING IN MARCH

Below is just a small sampling of the many things to do at night in March.

 

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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 Trockadero de Monte Carlo, and it will only be available for one night – March 14th at 8 pm.

Purchase tickets or learn more.

NOTE: If you miss this show, there will be another opportunity to see it the next day on March 15th at 3 pm.


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 6th – 14th, giving you more than one opportunity to enjoy some classical music.

Each of these performances will take place at 8 pm.

Purchase tickets or learn more.


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.

Purchase tickets or learn more.

For suggestions on other nighttime activities, see our post Things to do at Night in San Francisco.

 


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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.

 

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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 on March 7th & 8th.


Free Day at the Conservatory of Flowers

On March 3rd, explore this historic building (it’s a state and local landmark!) and its beautiful surrounding gardens the first Tuesday of the month for free!

 

 

The conservatory consists of five galleries and each focuses on a different ecosystem. The Conservatory is open from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm.


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

 


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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.


Attend a Children’s Art Festival

Take your kids to the Asian Art Museum for the SFUSD Arts Festival, an event aimed at showing off some of the most impressive student creativity in visual, literary, media and performing arts.

This festival is free to attend and it will run from March 21st – 29th, 2020.


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.

 


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Britt is a San Francisco Bay Area native, and has spent 25 years in this magical city. He has traveled to over 30 countries, and has never found a place he loves as much as this one! If you come to San Francisco, you might join one of Britt's tours of the city.

A graduate of the University of Maryland and University of Southern California, he has been leading tours for Free Tours by Foot since 2015.