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What to Do in Los Angeles in March

Updated: December 26, 2023
 By Mel

This post covers the best things to do in Los Angeles in March 2024, including free, nighttime, and family-friendly events and activities.

Disclosure: While our recommendations are always unbiased, we may receive a small share of sales through some of the links below at no cost to you. See the full text.


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

Los Angeles is full of concert venues, and there's always a talented artist to be found performing in the LA area.

Pop Concerts

Classical and Opera Concerts

Note that we make a stop at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on our pay-what-you-wish Downtown Los Angeles walking tour!

Music Festivals

Find all of the concerts happening in LA here.

2. See a Comedy Show

The Los Angeles area is home to some of the most famous comedians in the world. You're sure to find a show you enjoy.


Improv Comedy Groups

Stand-Up Comedy Clubs

For additional shows, check this list of stand-up comedy shows in the Los Angeles area in March.

3. Attend a Sporting Event

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




Check here for even more sporting events in March.

Seeing a big game is a great way to spend your afternoon or evening!

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

4. Attend a Performance

Live theater is a wonderful thing to enjoy while traveling, and the Los Angeles area loves to entertain!


Family Friendly

Other Shows

Check out other theatre productions in the Los Angeles area this January.

5. Knott’s Boysenberry Festival 

Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Fest returns in 2024 to honor its long-standing history with the fruit.

This three-week festival celebrates 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!

Purchase tickets or learn more.

NOTE: Admission to Knott's Berry Farm is actually included with some Los Angeles tourist passes, allowing you to save money on this activity.

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.

If you already know which discount pass best suits your purpose, you can purchase one here:

All Inclusive - Go City Los Angeles | Explorer - Go City Los Angeles | Flex Pass - Los Angeles Sightseeing | CityPass Southern California

7. Experience All Things John Waters

The writer, artist, and director John Waters is a true original.

In celebration of his talent and originality, the Academy Museum is hosting a special exhibit, "John Waters: The Pope of Trash" until August of 2024.

It will cover his filmmaking process and also include clips from his films, scripts, set decor, photos, costumes, props, and more.

For more information, visit the Academy Museum website.

8. LA Marathon

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

Events will be held on March 17th, 2024.

The run starts at Dodger Stadium and then heads west past Downtown L.A., Hollywood, and ends at the Santa Monica Pier.

For registration and marathon information, click here.

9. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

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.

There will also be Irish food, Guinness beer, and other drinks on tap.

10. Spot a Whale at the Festival of Whales

March 1st - 3rd, 2024, bring the family to join in on the 53rd 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.

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


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

Los Angeles has always been known for having diverse food options.

Head to North Hollywood March 22nd-24th for a tasty Vegan Street Food Fair!

Here vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and vendors share their creations.

Visit Santa Monica Pier and Beach

Opened in 1909, the historic Santa Monica Pier has a lot to offer people of all ages! And the beach is always free to enjoy.

Taking a stroll down the pier will lead you through a number of souvenir kiosks, and past a number of restaurants, street performers & musicians on any given day.

For a fee, experience the rides at the lively amusement park, Pacific Park, or spend some time in the pier’s aquarium.

Public Star Party at Griffith Park Observatory

One Saturday every month, the Observatory hosts a Star Party 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!


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 the Voodoo Doughnuts of Portland, Oregon fame. Hours vary.

Enjoy the View from the Griffith Observatory (kid-friendly/free)

The historic Griffith Observatory opened in 1935 and is perched on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood.

It offers some of the best views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign and on clear days you can see all the way to the ocean!

Star Parties are held from 2:00 pm to 9:45 pm monthly as well.

Visit the ground and observatory six days a week (the observatory is closed on Mondays).

Head to the Wallis Center

The Wallis Center in Beverly Hills has amazing performances year-round. 

Past events have included such shows as The Last Sorcerer, An Evening with Isaac Mizrahi, Songs of Shanghai Sonatas, and much more.


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!

Shop Until You Drop at the Citadel Outlets

If you've been inspired by Los Angeles Fashion Week (March 22nd-24th) and want to fill your wardrobe, why not do some shopping?

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.


About The Author


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!
Updated: December 26th, 2023
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