A Big List of Things To Do This March in L.A. [2024]

Redondo Beach Festival of The Kite
Redondo Beach Festival of The Kite, 2020. Photo by Christina Champlin.

You ready to launch into spring? Well, we’ve got some dandies coming up over the next 4+ weeks that you’re going to want to keep on your radar.

This March in and around Los Angeles, you’ll find Pasadena ArtNight, Festival of the Kite in Redondo, a new AR art exhibition at The Music Center, the Smorgasburg LA Art Fair, the SoCal Museums Free-For-All, a Cherry Blossom Festival at Brand Park, the Vegan Street Fair in NoHo, St Patrick’s Day at the Original Farmers Market, and much more. Let’s get into the full list below.


Things To Do This March

M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission, TP = Top Pick

Felix Art Fair (February 28 to March 3) – M > The sixth edition of Felix Art Fair takes over The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with an international roster of 60+ galleries occupying both indoor and outdoor spaces of the iconic hotel. Tickets run $75 per day, or a run of the show pass cost $100. More info here.

Frieze Los Angeles (February 29 to March 3) -> Frieze Los Angeles is back for 2024 at the Santa Monica Airport. The four-day presentation of art features some of the most renowned galleries in the world, and also includes special activations and pop-ups from a few of L.A.’s most popular restaurants. Tickets start at $76 per adult. More info here.

There Will Be Blood: A Symposium (March 1-2) – FA > The Getty Museum and USC’s Center for the Premodern World are teaming up for a two-day symposium on the cultural, religious, and symbolic significance of blood during the medieval period, all tied into The Getty’s new exhibition Blood: Medieval/Modern. Both days are free to attend. More info here.

GRAFFITI ARCHIVE 1972/73: An Exhibition Of Photographs From Gordon Matta-Clark (March 1 through April 13) – FA TP > BEYOND THE STREETS and CONTROL Gallery debut a new exhibition highlighting the photography of Gordon Matta-Clark, who documented the New York City graffiti scene in the early 1970s through over 2,000 images. GRAFFITI ARCHIVE 1972/73: An Exhibition Of Photographs From Gordon Matta-Clark includes over 200 carefully selected photographs, many of which have never been revealed to the public. There will be an opening celebration on March 1 and the exhibition is free to attend during normal gallery hours through April 13. More info here.

NHM First Fridays (March 1) – M > Natural History Museum’s signature monthly series returns for 2024 this month with an event theme of Animal Love The evening includes live music, DJ sets in the nature garden, pop-up experiences throughout the museum, plus a discussion on mating habits of the animal kingdom with evolutionary biologist Dr. Patty Brennan. First Fridays run 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $20. More info here.

Giant Robot Biennale 5 Opening Celebration at JANM (March 1 through September 1) – M FA TP > Giant Robot and the Japanese American National Museum have teamed up for a fresh edition of the recurring, collaboration exhibition series that celebrates GR’s impact/ethos of Asian American alternative culture. Giant Robot Biennale 5 features contributions from Sean Chao, Felicia Chiao, Luke Chueh, Giorgiko, James Jean, Taylor Lee, Rain Szeto, and Yoskay Yamamoto. The opening party will be held on March 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring free to access to the galleries, DJ sets, and onsite food trucks. The exhibition will run through September 1. More info here.

Chinatown First Fridays (March 1) – M FA > L.A.’s Chinatown stays open late for an evening of exploring the unique small businesses and contemporary art and culture spaces that make up the historic neighborhood. West Plaza and Chungking Road will activate with local pop-up vendors, DJ-spun music, and area galleries with extended hours. The March edition of First Fridays runs from 6 to 10 p.m., and is co-presented. by KCUNG Radio. Free to attend, as always. More info here.

Plant Day at Central Library (March 2) – M FA > Central Library celebrates the greener side of things with an day-long celebration of all things plants. Expect interactive workshops, keynote speakers, and gardening tips, all free and open to the public. Runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Though no reservations are not required, seating is limited. More info here.

What Water Wants Tour 2 – Fast and Slow (March 2) – FA > A new collaboration between artist Rosten Woo and Clockshop puts L.A.’s waterways in focus, investigating issues of water treatment, water modeling, and habitat creation through a set of in-person tours and conversations with conversations with local watershed experts. On March 2, the series pops up along the river bike path in Frogtown to examine how the L.A. watershed interacts with the cultural and ecological histories of the surrounding neighborhoods, and the future of the LA River might hold. Runs 1 to 4 p.m., and free to attend. More info here.

Lunar New Year Night Market in K-Town (March 3) – FA TP > L.A.’s Department of Cultural Affairs will hold a special Lunar New Year Night Market at Koreatown Plaza featuring local vendors and live entertainment including a Hwarang Nanta Drum, Vocal Seoul (Korean American a capella group), traditional Chinese Lion Dance, and a Lunar Fashion Show. Runs 5 to 8 p.m., and free to attend. More info here.

Monday Movie Night at Mama (March 4) -> Mama Shelter’s rooftop hosts a movie night screening of “Boogie Nights” under the stars, complete with complimentary popcorn, headphones and cozy blankets. Tickets cost $12 a person and must be purchased in pairs. More info here.

Music off the Wall (starting March 5) – M FA > A new augmented reality art exhibition is coming to The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza from March 5 to May 4. There will be 16 digital artworks on display, including the world premiere of Bloomscapes by Pandakero, made under the creative direction of EyeJack’s founder and renowned digital artist Sutu. Visitors can access musical accompaniments via their smartphone as they explore each art work. Open to the public Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 11 p.m. More info here.

DTLA Art Night (March 7) – M FA > DTLA Art Night runs every first Thursday of the month, activating 25+ galleries along Downtown’s Historic Core all free to attend. More info here.

Pasadena ArtNight (March 8) – M FA > The spring edition of Pasadena ArtNight offers free admission and special activations at 20 of the city’s arts and culture institutions. Participants include the Pasadena City Hall, Gamble House, Norton Simon, USC Pacific Asia Museum, and the Armory Center for the Arts.

The Prose Bowl: A Night Of Spoken Word with Get Lit (March 8) – M FA > LAist and Get Lit team up for an evening of poetry and spoken word performances, along with drinks, music, and bites from Shappy Pretzel. Start at 6 p.m. and the begins at 7 p.m. Free to attend, or you can preferred seating for $15. More info here.

Venice Heritage Museum Grand Opening (March 9) – FA > The Venice Heritage Museum is hosting a Grand Opening celebration, featuring the debut of their inaugural exhibition This Is Some Place. Expect live entertainment, music, food, an drinks as part of opening night. Runs 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

The LA Arboretum Movie Night: Jurassic World (March 9) -> The LA Arboretum Membership Department invites the public to a special Movie Night featuring “Jurassic World” (2015). While usually exclusive to members, this one-night event promises family-friendly entertainment with children’s crafts, food for sale, a bar, and exciting appearances by special guests, including Blue from “Jurassic World – The Ride” at Universal Studios Hollywood. Tickets cost $15 per adult and $10 for kids 2-17 years old. More info here.

Re:HerSTORY Month Comedy Show (March 9) -> The RE:Her Comedy Night is a comedy show slash dinner fundraiser at female-owned comedy club at The Crow in Santa Monica. The comedic line up features six female comics and food and drinks by Regarding Her Food Founders: Guerrilla Tacos, Gogo’s Tacos, Rossoblu, Superfine Playa, Gasolina Cafe, and Xuntos. Beverages will be provided by Best Coast Beverages and NoAlchCo. Tickets cost $75 a person. More info here.

MAMA’s NIGHTMARKET “YEAR OF DRAGON” (March 9) -> Mama’s Nightmarket returns with a more intimate version of their event this time presented by Honda and in partnership with the Bruce Lee Foundation. Taking place at Central Plaza in Chinatown the market promises a vibrant Lunar New Year celebration featuring DJ performances, dance floors, martial arts, a Lion Dance Show, karaoke, and food from under-represented mom and pop restaurants. Tickets start at $35 for GA and go up to $99 for VIP. A portion of proceeds will also be donated to. More info here.

Creative Communal Market (March 9) – FA > Creative Communal Market brings 30+ local vendors and artisans to Runway Playa Vista for a day of shopping fun. Runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Festival of the Kite in Redondo Beach (March 10) – FA > The 50th Festival of the Kite brings a colorful day of activations to the Redondo Beach Pier, including contests with category-specific kite flying prizes, DJ’d tunes, live music, and even a hot dog on a stick eating contest. Runs noon to 5 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Smorgasburg LA Art Fair (March 10) -> The Smorgasburg LA Art Fair, curated by Art Share L.A., is a quarterly event featuring artisan vendors, live performances, and live painters. For March, the market spotlights Women’s History Month edition with participating female-identifying creatives. Free to attend. Runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info here.

The Nowruz Family Festival (March 10) – FA > Head to UCLA for a huge Nowruz celebration hosted by the nonprofit Farhang Foundation in Los Angeles. Nowruz, translating to “new day,” commemorates the vernal equinox, symbolizing universal themes of rebirth and renewal. This daylong, free program is suitable for all ages and encompasses traditional music, arts and crafts, dance, food, children’s activities, stilt walkers to a Grand Haft Sîn display. More info here.

Netflix Is A Joke Radio Presents: Are You Still Listening? (March 12) – M FA > Netflix’s free monthly stand-up series returns to Dynasty Typewriter with host Gianmarco Soresi plus a lineup that features Dicey, Eagle Witt, Mohamed Kheir, Nacya Marreiro, Rachel Scanlon, Ryan Goodcase, and Sam Morrison. No cost to RSVP for admission, but seating is first-come, first-served and not guarantee entry. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and show starts an hour later. More info here.

Seoul2LA at The Hammer (March 13) – FA TP > Seoul2LA is a is public party at The Hammer that celebrates Korean music, culture, and art, and the cultural connection between the cities of Seoul and Los Angeles. The evening includes sets by DJs Mindspray, Zo, and Dwoo, with the party kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Free to attend, but admission is first-come, first-served. More info here.

LA Marathon (March 15-17) -> The Los Angeles Marathon is a weekend-long experience that includes a two day expo at Dodger Stadium, a Saturday 5K, the LA Big 5K, plus the Charity Half Marathon and of course the big race. More info here.


Street Food Cinema “Great Gatsby Night” (March 16) -> Street Food Cinema presents a “Great Gatsby Night” at the historic Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Don your best art deco outfit, learn the Charleston (there will be lessons), and dance to a live jazz band. It’s a full on party before the movie screening. Tickets start at $25 a person. More info here.

Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 16) – FA > The City of Hermosa Beach celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a parade and special activities set up at the Hermosa Beach Pier including live music on multiple stages and an LA Rams Experience. More info here.

Something to Crow About at ESMoA (March 16) – FA > Performers and puppets from the Bob Baker Marionette Theater head to the Experimentally Structured Museum of Art (ESMoA) in Lawndale for a special live performance in gallery space. Free to attend, and all ages welcome. Runs 3 to 4 p.m. More info here.

Cherry Blossom Celebration at Shoseian Teahouse (March 17) -> Head to the Shosian Teahouse at Brand park for the annual Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Celebration) featuring tea ceremonies (paid reservations), martial arts, bonsai, music, and plenty of family-friendly fun. All proceeds from the event go to the non-profit Friends of Shoseian. Attending the event is free, but seating for the tea ceremony requires a paid reservation costing $25. Runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info here.

Tam O’Shanter St. Patty’s Day Bash (March 17) -> Tam O’Shanter throws an epic St. Patty’s Day celebration in the parking lot of their 100 year old establishment. The day includes Irish food, live bands, Guinness Kegs, green beer, raffles and more. There is a $10 cover to enter the tent this year. VIP tickets cost $149 and include a separate patio, drink tickets, complimentary food and an exclusive bar featuring Tullamore Dew and Guinness on the patio with hourly $2 drink specials. More info here.

Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival (March 17) -> The 2024 Wistaria Festival returns to Sierra Madre with an up-close of “The World’s Largest Blossoming Plant.” The main festival takes place in Downtown Sierra Madre, with over 100 arts, crafts and food vendors alongside The Sierra Madre Auto Show. A shuttle (ticketed) will be available to take visitors up to see the record-breaking vine. More info here.

NHM Butterfly Pavilion (Opens March 17) – M > The Butterfly Pavilion at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles returns on March 17, offering guests the chance to admire hundreds of butterflies, native plants, and caterpillars all in one place. Tickets to the Pavilion are $8, which is on top of regular museum admission (starting at $18 per adult). Runs through August 25, 2024. More info here.

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities at The Original Farmers Market (March 17) – FA TP > The annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration at The Original Farmers Market is a day-long event featuring Irish fare from select vendors, drink specials and traditional Irish musical performances including a strolling Bagpiper! More info here.

César Chávez Family Day at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (March 17) – M FA > Celebration activist and labor leader, César Chávez with a day of dance and art, culinary and garden workshops and guest performances by the Tierra Blanca presenting a theatrical presentation of the life of César Chávez, the Santa Monica Youth Orchestra, Y Arriba Mexico and DJ Ani and DJ Sol. Free to attend. More info here.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at The Music Center (March 20-24, 2024) – M > The Music Center presents the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for a seven-performance engagement at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from March 20 to 24, 2024. This marks the start of the company’s four-year Southern California residency, featuring two alternating programs showcasing audience favorites, Ailey classics, and three Los Angeles premieres. Tickets start at $34. More info here.

Vegan Street Fair Los Angeles (March 22-24) – M > Vegan Street Fair Los Angeles returns to North Hollywood with a massive array of vegan-friendly vendors. It’s free to enter the fair and delicious bite-size portions of plant-based eats will be available for $4 or less. The Vegan Street Fair takes place on Chandler Avenue between Tujunga and Vineland. More info here.

The SoCal Museums Free-For-All (March 23) – FA TP > SoCal Museums annual free admission day will see some thirty museums participating, including over two dozen in the Greater Los Angeles area. The free tickets in most cases will have to be reserved through each individual museum’s website. More info here.


Holi Beach Music Festival (March 23-24) -> This seaside Color Carnival will include DJ’s spinning Bollywood, American pop and Afro Beat a music plus bursts of non-toxic color powder/water and pop-up food stalls. Tickets start at $15. More info here.

Reading and Listening by Moonrise (March 24) – M FA > Clockshop’s Listening by Moonrise returns to mark the closing of artist Rodrigo Valenzuela’s the underpinning at Los Angeles State Historic Park. The afternoon affair will include performances by poet Cynthia Dewi Oka, musician Nailah Hunter, and DJ Xica Soul. Free to attend. Runs 3 to 5 p.m. More info here.

Latina Fest at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (March 24) – M > Celebrate the Latina entrepreneurial spirit at Latina Fest. The day includes a packed schedule of exhibitors, a fashion show, morning yoga session, beauty zone, experiential activations and more. Tickets start at $10. More info here.

Downtown Santa Monica Easter Celebration (March 24) – M FA > Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM, Inc.) hosts an Easter Celebration from noon to 4 p.m. along the 1200 block of the Third Street Promenade. The family-friendly event includes free Easter Bunny photos, live music, face painting, balloon twisters, arts and crafts, games, and more. The first 200 kids who arrive will receive a special surprise. More info here.

Easter in the Park (March 30) – FA > La Canada Flintridge hosts their 26th annual Easter in the Park celebration featuring multiple egg hunts, kids entertainment, a dance conctest, petting zoo, raffle, and more. Runs 10 a.m. to noon. Free to attend. More info here.

Egg”straordinary Pancake Breakfast & Egg Hunt (March 30) – FA > The City of San Gabriel and the San Gabriel Kiwanis Club are hosting the 79th Annual Egg”straordinary Pancake Breakfast & Egg Hunt on Saturday. The event includes a morning of family-friendly activities and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Runs 7 to 11 a.m. Free to attend. More info here.

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