The Top Festivals & Activities In San Francisco – March 2017

March is always fun in San Francisco, with plenty to celebrate including St Patrick's Day and food events. Imagine celebrating St Paddy's Day in the biggest party outside of Dublin!

In addition to a bevy of events in the city, there are excellent getaways that take you to the best of the California Wine Country. This month also sees the annual SF International Ocean Film Festival. Surf's up!


Most Popular Activities

Things to Do in San Francisco March 2017

San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

Sunset Cruise On The Bay

Relax and enjoy California hospitality with a two-hour cruise of the Bay. Enjoy an array of appetizers, crudités, dips, seasonal fruits and dainty miniature desserts. Sail past the best of the city and then as the sun descends over the Pacific Ocean, make a champagne toast to the city.

Helicopter Tour + Sunset Dinner Cruise

Helicopter Tour + Sunset Dinner Cruise

Views from the sky, and views from the water! Enjoy the breathtaking views of San Francisco landmarks from above — Alcatraz Island, downtown, and both Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. After your flight, hop on board a dinner cruise as the sun sets for an elegant 4-course dinner with live music. Available Easter Weekend.

Alcatraz & San Francisco City Tour

Alcatraz & San Francisco City Tour

With this kind of tour package you can see a lot of the city in one day. It all starts with a ferry to Alcatraz Island. After exploring the haunting island, drive along the waterfront for spectacular views of the bay. Then, explore Chinatown, gawk at the Painted Ladies (Victorian homes), and visit North Beach. Of course there are stops at the Golden Gate Bridge and time to take photos. Alcatraz regularly sells out so we strongly urge you to book in advance.

Top Entertainment & Sports

Things to Do in San Francisco March 2017

Hamilton – The Musical


History comes alive in this hit musical that has received 11 Tony Awards, making it the biggest show since Book of Mormon. It made its debut in 2015 to rave reviews and packed theaters. Here's your chance to see this memorable story about one of America's founding fathers.

Beach Blanket Babylon

Beach Blanket Babylon

Forty-odd years later and it's still drawing crowds every night. Beach Blanket Babylon is the longest-running musical in the US. Audiences are captivated, amused, and enraged by the irreverent revue at Club Fugazi in the popular North Beach neighborhood.

Don't Forget to Get the San Francisco CityPASS

San Francisco CityPASS

This popular city pass is our first choice for San Francisco. Millions have been sold — with 99% of users recommending it. Those kind of figures give us confidence.

The CityPASS gives you free access to five favorite activities, including a 7-day cable car and bus pass. You also get into the California Academy of Sciences, Aquarium of the Bay, the amazing Exploratorium, plus a cruise of the bay that sails beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.

You save money, about 44%, but the best part for us is that you get to skip the ticket lines, saving your valuable vacation time for something more fun!

The Best of Arts & Culture

Things to Do in San Francisco March 2017

SF Ballet Performances

SF Ballet

The San Fransisco Ballet presents three different programs in March. First is Stravinsky's Violin Concerto, Prodigal Son, and Diamonds. Then, from March 9 to 19, is Fusion and Fearful Symmetries. Finally, from March 31 to April 12 is the ever-popular Swan Lake.

San Francisco Symphony


Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the SF symphony in performances by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, plus Beethoven and Brahms.
• Davies Symphony Hall

Explore The Exploratorium After Hours

Explore The Exploratorium After Hours

Sure, you love children. But how about an adults-only event where you can tinker and play with interactive exhibits after hours? Meet new people and expand your scientific mind at this top learning laboratory.
• The Exploratorium
• Thursday evenings, 6 to 10 PM


Our Fave Wine Country Day Trips

Things to Do in San Francisco March 2017

Small-Group Tour of Napa & Sonoma Wine Country

Tour of Napa & Sonoma Wine Country

Travel by luxury van through the the Wine Country, stopping at vineyards for tours, tastings and gourmet lunch. Learn about California's famous wine culture on this scenic, small-group tour. Gourmet lunch and return transportation to San Francisco is included.

VIP Helicopter to Napa with Lunch & Wine Tasting

VIP Helicopter to Napa with Lunch & Wine Tasting

Start the day with a VIP pickup from your hotel and a lovely drive over Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, where you board your helicopter. Fly north admiring the spectacular aerial views. Landing in Napa Valley, you enjoy a guided wine tour & tasting as well as a gourmet lunch. When it's time to leave, it's a quick drive back to your helicopter for your flight back to the city.

Napa Valley Wine Train

Napa Valley Wine Train

Your adventure starts in San Francisco at the Ferry Building where you hop on a boat to Vallejo, then catch a quick shuttle to Napa. From there you board the Napa Valley Wine Train with lush views of the wine country as you dine. Hop off at a winery of your choice for a guided tour and tasting. Choose from 3-delicious options!

The Most Delicious Food & Wine Events

Things to Do in San Francisco March 2017

Little Italy & North Beach Evening Walking Tour

Little Italy  North Beach Evening Walking Tour

Go behind-the-scenes on this insider evening food & wine walking tour. Your expert guide will show you places that locals frequent, with hearty samples of cheese, wood-fired pizza, handmade cannoli, gourmet sweets all paired with wine. You meet the owners, learn their stories as well as the stories about SF's most delicious neighborhood.

Bike & Craft Brews Small-Group Tour

SF Bike Tour and Craft Brews Small Group Tour

Combine the outdoors with local food culture. Cycle through the city's diverse, vibrant neighborhoods and stop at three popular local breweries or bars to sample delicious craft beer. Learn about San Francisco's rich history and culture from your knowledgeable guide as you cycle through SOMA, the trendy Mission District and Haight-Ashbury.

Festivals & Happenings

Things to Do in San Francisco March 2017

Saint Paddy's Day Festival and Parade

Saint Paddy's Day Festival and Parade

Hosted by the United Irish Societies of San Francisco, the parade starts at 11:30 am at 2nd & Market Streets and jigs along towards Market Street ending at Civic Center Plaza near City Hall. Celebrations are also held at the Saint Patrick's Day Irish Festival at the Joe Alioto Performing Arts Plaza. Of course, the actual St Patrick's Day in 2017 is Friday, March 17.
• Saturday, March 11
St Patrick's Day Parade Website
United Irish Societies of SF Website

The 13th Annual SF International Ocean Film Festival

Ocean Film Festival

View and experience a selection of films that showcase the beauty, power and mysteries of the ocean in varied ways. Over 45 films from all over the world will be presented with the opportunity to discuss current ocean events. (Or is it "ocean current events"?)
• Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center
• March 9 to 12, 2017
Ocean Film Festival Website

Human Rights Film Festival

This thoughtful film festival presents independent films that present global topics relevant to human rights. It's free!

  • University of San Francisco
  • March 23 to 25, 2017
  • Website

Whiskies of the World Festival

Fancy a wee drop? Sip more than 200 Scotch, Bourbon, Irish, Canadian and other whiskies from around the world, along with seminars and food pairings.

  • San Francisco Belle Yacht Pier 3
  • March 31, 2017
  • Website

Bouquets to Art Programs

Enjoy a day of floral arrangements, getting tips from the top floral designers in the city. The perfect activity for Spring!

Featured Hotels

In The City. In Wine Country.

Hotel Zelos – San Francisco

Hotel Zelos

In the dynamic neighborhood of SOMA and Union Square is this restored Art Deco gem of a hotel. We love the attention to detail, the cool modern design, and the great service. Other travelers also call it "a gem" and "an oasis".

Auberge du Soleil – Napa Valley Wine Country

Auberge du Soleil

When we need some restorative relaxation and personal attention, we head to the hills of Napa Valley near Rutherford and book into Auberge du Soleil. The setting is superb — built into the hills above the famous wine valley. It's like Lost Horizon — a perfect, secluded little village with luxury foremost. We peg it at Superb-Plus, our highest possible rating.

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