Our picks for March are in! It's a busy month, with St. Patrick's Day, Purim, the arrival of spring, and migrating whales and swallows; no wonder there's an hour to switch off at the end of the month. Now is your chance to plan ahead for these annual favorites picked from the many activities on our March daily events calendar, and snag tickets in advance. Easter politely holds off til mid-April this year, though some egg-themed events get an early start. Plus the wonderful Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum returns mid-March.
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Lantern Festival - Downtown - FREE!
March 2, 2019
The annual Lantern Festival celebrates a decade of free arts, culture, and educational activities in a re-created traditional village street fair.
My what big flippers you have! Photo of the Dana Point Festival of Whales courtesy of the Ocean Institute
Dana Point Festival of Whales - Dana Point - FREE!
March 2-10, 2019
The Festival celebrates the migrating whales that use Dana Point's headland as a landmark on their journey, with whale watching, ocean learning labs, live music, a street fair, a parade, fishing and sailing lessons, an art show, hikes, a Traveling Whale Fact Museum, a campfire program, environmental education programs, and the all-important annual rubber ducky race.
Disney’s Silly Symphony Animated Shorts with Live Orchestra - Northridge
March 10, 2019
Disney’s Silly Symphonies, animated shorts produced in the 1920s and 30s, showed the power and possibility of the art form. Some told familiar tales; others created unique, fanciful worlds. The CSUN Orchestra performs live along with a selection of favorites, including The Skeleton Dance (1929), The Ugly Duckling (1939), and Three Little Pigs (1933).
Festival of the Kite - Redondo Beach - FREE!
March 10, 2019
Redondo Pier hosts one of Southern California’s longest-running kite festivals, with prizes awarded in various categories from the youngest kite flyer to the youngest at heart. Buy one there or BYOK. The annual Yo-Yo and Hot-Dog-on-a-Stick-Eating competitions add variety to the proceedings.
Redondo is a beautiful setting for the Festival of the Kite. Photo by Marcus Ertl/CC BY 2.0
County Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade - Ventura - FREE!
March 16, 2019
The annual County Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade starts at the mission and keeps the spirit with bands, Irish dancers, fire trucks, antique vehicles, four legged pets, and anything else remotely green that can march down Main Street.
Hermosa Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade - South Bay - FREE!
March 16, 2019
It's a two-parade weekend! The Hermosa Beach Saint Patrick’s Day Parade steps off near the tennis courts on Valley Drive. The accompanying festival features a Kiddy Carnival, a petting zoo, international foods, vendors, and Irish music and dancing.
Irish Step Dancing down Main Street... Photo courtesy of the County Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade
America's Teaching Zoo Spring Spectacular - Moorpark
March 16-24, 2019
The zoo celebrates animals and learning at Moorpark College's annual Spring Spectacular, held over two weekends. Different animals are featured in hourly shows, and children can also enjoy arts and crafts, live animal encounters, a butterfly conservation station, puppet shows, and a Kids' Zone.
Wistaria Festival - Sierra Madre
March 17, 2019
The annual festival celebrates the world's largest blossoming plant, which has been blooming right here in the Southland for more than a century. Fun includes a street festival and visits to the formidable vine (not accessible to the public on any other day of the year).
San Juan Capistrano's Swallows Day Parade & Return of the Swallows - San Juan Capistrano - FREE!
March 19 & 23, 2019
St. Joseph's Day (March 19) marks the annual return of San Juan Capistrano's dependable swallows. The mission's celebration is marked by pageantry, the traditional bell ringing at the sight of the first swallows, and a celebration with musical performances, crafts, living history characters, and plenty of food. The Swallows Day Parade is on Saturday the 23rd.
Kids dress up for the Swallows' Day Parade. Photo courtesy of Scott Schmitt
Grunion Run Fish-tival - San Pedro
March 22, 2019
Grunion season officially kicks off with the first run of the season at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, and March is "open" season, meaning touching is allowed!
Three Stooges Festival - El Segundo
March 22-24, 2019
A festival of classic Three Stooges shorts? Why I oughta.... go see it!
Santa Monica Airport Artwalk - Santa Monica
March 23, 2019
Dozens of resident artists at Santa Monica Airport welcome families to explore their studios, watch demonstrations, listen to music, and participate in workshops.
The Valley's Biggest Purim Carnival - Tarzana
March 24, 2019
LA greets the liveliest holiday on the Jewish calendar with plenty of street carnivals and costume parades to mark the day, but Temple Judea takes pride in producing the largest festival in the Valley. The area becomes a mini-Disneyland with rides, games, crafts, a show, food, and shopping that raise thousands of dollars for scholarships.
Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair - Arcadia
March 30, 2019
The LA Arboretum hosts its annual celebration of green living, with plenty of kids' activities, music, crafts, and animal encounters beyond the usual Arboretum peacocks hamming it up.
6th Annual Mariachi Women’s Festival - San Gabriel
March 30, 2019
This year's all-female Mariachi fest is performed with a wee touch o' green, in tribute to Mexico’s Irish heroes of Mexico’s first border war with the US.
Bubblefest - Santa Ana
March 30 - April 21, 2019
Discovery Science Center's annual Mega Bubblefest Laser Show showcases the science of bubbles under the big top. Booking tickets early saves money.