What to Do in Los Angeles in March (2020)

This post covers the best things to do in Los Angeles in March, including free, nighttime, and family-friendly events and activities, all updated for 2020.

 



 

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TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN LOS ANGELES IN MARCH

This section will feature our top 10 activities to enjoy in LA throughout March.

For tips on the most popular activities in LA, check out our other popular posts:

Some of the items listed in this post are included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass


1. Go to a Concert

There are a lot of concert venues in Los Angeles. We’ve listed the highlights below, but you can find all the March concerts on StubHub.

 

 

Find all of the concerts happening in LA here.


3. Attend a Sporting Event

March is a wonderful month to enjoy a Los Angeles game! Check the information below for game specifics.

 

 

 Hockey

Basketball  

Football  

Seeing a big game is a great way to spend your afternoon or evening! For more things to do at night, check the section down below.

Seeing a big game is a great way to spend your afternoon or evening! You can find all the game tickets here

For more things to do at night or activities with the kids, check the sections down below.


4. Attend the Theatre

Live theatre is a wonderful thing to enjoy while traveling. L.A. has several options in March. Los Angeles loves to entertain!

Here are just a few of the many plays and ballets happening this month.

 

 

Find all the theatrical productions here.


5. Knott’s Boysenberry Festival 

March 20-April 19th, 2020 is Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Fest which honors its long-standing history with the fruit with a three-week festival celebrating unique foods and beer & wine. 

 

 

Knott’s Berry Farm is the birthplace of the boysenberry!  Indulge in over 75 boysenberry inspired dishes among many other events and activities! 

After you’ve had your fill of boysenberry treats, you can also enjoy the theme park, of course!


6. Save Money with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

To make the most out of your time in LA, and save a lot of money while seeing the sights, consider purchasing a tourist attraction discount pass.

You’ll pay one fee upfront and receive free or highly discounted entry into many of the city’s most popular attractions and activities.

 

 

Tourist discount passes work by bundling multiple tickets into one price, usually between 20%-50% the retail price.   

Read our post comparing the different LA tourist discount passes. Several bus tour companies, including hop-on-hop-off buses, also offer discounts and deals.

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


7. The Holi Festival of Color 

March 7-8, 2019 is the Festival of Colors. The colorful Indian festival celebrates and represents the passing of winter and the arrival of spring.

For two days in Whittier Narrows Park enjoy yoga, interactive dance, DJs, live mantra bands, numerous performances, and free hugs! Craft booths and food trucks will also be available. 

 

 

The Festival of Colors takes place on Saturday, March 7 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, March 8 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Ticket prices vary and can be purchased here.


8. LA Marathon 

Go to cheer on the runners, or if you are a runner yourself, come on down to the L.A. Marathon. 

 

 

The run starts at Dodger Stadium and then heads west past Downtown L.A., Hollywood, and ends at the Santa Monica Pier and will be held on March 8, 2020.

For registration and marathon information, click here.


9. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th

Indulge in the luck of the Irish with numerous St. Patrick’s Day events happening throughout Los Angeles! 

 

 

City-wide multiple bars, restaurants, and hotels will be hosting pub crawls, block parties, club crawls, and parties. Head downtown for Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Fair. 

Another option is to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the Queen Mary boat in Long Beach. 

Or if you’d prefer to sit back and enjoy being entertained, Kerry Irish productions will have a great show!


10. Spot a Whale at the Festival of Whales 

March 7-8 & 14-15, 2020, bring the family to join in on the 48th year of Dana Point’s Festival of Whales which celebrates the migration of the California Gray Whale. 

 

 

Dana Point is just south of Laguna Beach in Orange County and is home to a 2500-slip yacht harbor that sits within a stunning natural cove under towering white cliffs.

Special events for the festival include a parade, whale watching, paddleboard classes, rubber ducky derby, art in the park, street fair, and BBQ.

The festival is free to attend and fun for people of all ages. 

You can find more free activities in the section below.

 


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FREE THINGS TO DO IN LA IN MARCH

Los Angeles always has free events for the whole family to attend. In fact, some of the events we’ve listed above are also free to attend!

 

 

Read our master post on the best free things to do in LA year-round.


Vegan Street Food Fair

Head to the valley in North Hollywood March 21-22 for a tasty Vegan Street Food Fair! Los Angeles has always been known for having diverse food options-so check it out!


Free Monday Night Concerts at Echo

If you love live music and are on a budget- head over to Echo on a Monday night for their free Monday night residency (18 +). 

Check out this hot spot on days other than Monday and the tickets are still very reasonable.


Perform in Hollywood

Let yourself be heard at VOX Hollywood. It is an open mic night held every Thursday at 6:00 pm at the Frances Howard Goldwyn – Hollywood Regional Library.


Public Star Party at Griffith Park Observatory 

One Saturday every month (March 28) the Observatory hosts a night where guests can try amazing telescopes between 2:00 pm – 9:45 pm on the lawn. 

You can also check out the free museum while you are there!


Ciclavia Bike Event

Los Angeles has an event every other month for bike enthusiasts called Ciclavia.  This event is free and you do not need to have your bike! 

The streets are shut down in a specific neighborhood for locals to roam and explore the streets, bike, and enjoy the community. 

Click here for more information.


The Pulitzer Prize Winners

Interact Theatre Company will be hosting a free event throughout the year.  Dramatic readings celebrating Pulitzer Prize-winning dramas will be presented on the last Sunday of each month.

The March read is “Talley’s Folly” by Lanford Wilson on March 29 at 1:30pm at the North Hollywood Library.

Click here for more informationThere are no reservations required.  

 


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THINGS TO DO IN THE EVENING IN LA IN MARCH

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

 

 

For suggestions on other nighttime activities, see our post things to do at night in LA.


Experience Universal CityWalk 

Enjoy an evening of fun within Universal Citywalk, a three-block promenade full of dining, shopping, and entertainment adjacent to Universal Studios.

In addition to a slew of stores and restaurants, there is a movie theater, dueling piano bar, and even an indoor skydiving establishment!

There’s something for everyone at Citywalk–a popular new addition is Voodoo Doughnuts of the Portland, Oregon fame. Hours vary.


ArtNite in Pasadena

Friday, March 13th from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm venture to Pasadena to enjoy ArtNite! 

The cultural institutions of Pasadena open their doors for free! This event happens twice a year (March and October) so don’t miss it!


Pole Dancing Competition

While this is an all-day event on March 14-15, the amateurs are during the day time and the professionals are in the evening. 

The athleticism of these dancers is very impressive! Be sure to buy your tickets for the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.


Dancing With the Stars Tour

On March 29 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles catch the Dancing With the Star Tour- LIVE! You can watch your favorite dancers and cheer them on!


Go to the Cirque du Soleil Show

Through March 8, 2020, you can catch the Cirque du Soleil: Volta show in Los Angeles.  It is a truly unique experience and fun for the whole family. 


Head to the Wallis Center

The Wallis Center in Beverly Hills has amazing performances year-round.  In March 2020, we can look forward to several fantastic events and entertainers:

  • March 4 NPR’s From The Top
  • March 17-29 | Romantics Anonymous
  • March 21 |  Johnny Gandelsman – Music/Violin
  • March 27-29| Emil and the Detectives – Children’s Programming/Theatre

See Live Stand-Up Comedy

If you’re in need of a good laugh, Los Angeles is home to some of the best comedy clubs and improv in the world and there are a lot of notable comedians who perform here throughout the year.

Improv/Sketch Comedy

Stand-Up Comedy

During the month of March, you can expect the following famous comedians to host stand-up specials in the LA area:

 


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FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO IN LA IN MARCH

There are lots of things to do in L.A. with families! Below we list a few more kid-friendly activities for the month of March.

 

 

Be sure to read our full post on things to do with kids in LA.


Visit Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Treat the whole family to a star-studded experience–sort of. Visit the famous Madame Tussauds wax museum in Hollywood to get up close and personal with the wax versions of your favorite celebrities.

Figures at the Hollywood location include pop stars like Taylor Swift, Madonna, and Michael Jackson as well as Hollywood icons like Marilyn Monroe and Paul Newman.

Don’t forget the Marvel Superheroes and sports stars as well! Madame Tussauds is open seven days a week; hours vary.

You can get FREE or discounted access to Madame Tussauds with a Go Los Angeles Card!


Kite Festival in Redondo Beach

On March 8, bring the whole family to Redondo Beach to experience the 46th Annual Kite Festival!

This is a free community event with activities, food, and a high kite flying contest with prizes.


Free Air Show 

Journey to Lancaster for the Los Angeles County Air Show!

See historic aircraft in the air and on the ground, including modern Air Force jets, skydivers, aerobatics, pyrotechnics, music, food, and educational displays.


Shop Until You Drop at the Citadel Outlets

Located just 10 minutes south of downtown Los Angeles, the Citadel Outlets is the only retail outlet center in the LA area and hosts 130 brand name outlet stores offering 30%-70% off retail prices.

Shop brands that include H&M, Banana Republic, Kate Spade, Calvin Klein, and Guess among many others! 

Food choices are also plentiful, as the outlets have 16 different restaurant choices to choose from. Also, note the outlet center’s eclectic exterior facade–built 75 years ago!

The outlets are open Monday-Sunday from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm and parking is ample.


Travel Town

Does your kiddo love trains? A great activity is to go to Travel Town Museum in Griffith Park.   There are daily miniature train rides as well as docent tours the second Saturday of the month.

 


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Mel loves to be a tourist in her own city. With a background in performing arts, tourism, and photography, giving tours and being a story-teller comes naturally to her. She loves traveling, food, and theatre. Mel splits her time between Chicago and Los Angeles (#theatrelife) and leads tours and manages both cities!