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 in the middle 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 (don't get caught off guard by Easter sneaking up on April Fool's Day!). And if you don't already receive our weekday and weekend events newsletters, you might want to subscribe before spring break sneaks up on you.
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Lantern Festival - Downtown - FREE!
March 3, 2018
The annual Lantern Festival celebrates a decade of free arts, culture, and educational activities in a re-created traditional village street fair.
The Valley's Biggest Purim Carnival - Tarzana
March 4, 2018
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.
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 3-11, 2018
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.
Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair - Arcadia
March 10, 2018
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.
Festival of the Kite - Redondo Beach - FREE!
March 11, 2018
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
Hermosa Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade - South Bay - FREE!
March 17, 2018
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.
County Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade - Ventura - FREE!
March 17, 2018
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.
Irish Step Dancing down Main Street... Photo courtesy of the County Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade
Wistaria Festival - Sierra Madre
March 17-18, 2018
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).
America's Teaching Zoo Spring Spectacular - Moorpark
March 17-25, 2018
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.
San Juan Capistrano's Swallows Day Parade & Return of the Swallows - San Juan Capistrano - FREE!
March 19 & 24, 2018
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 24th.
Kids dress up for the Swallows' Day Parade. Photo courtesy of Scott Schmitt
Bubblefest - Santa Ana
March 24 - April 8, 2018
Discovery Science Center's annual Mega Bubblefest Laser Show showcases the science of bubbles under the big top over spring break. Booking tickets early saves money.
Blessing of the Animals - Downtown - FREE!
March 31, 2018
El Pueblo de Los Angeles has been welcoming critters from far and wide for an annual Easter blessing since 1930. Come see the variety of blessed pets in the LA area, and cuddle even more at a petting zoo.
Egg Bowl - Pasadena - FREE!
March 31, 2018
Eggs and bunnies in the end zone! The Pasadena Rose Bowl is filled with 60,000 eggs and the children who hunt them for a free grand scale spring festival and egg hunt on the field. Brunch with the Easter Bunny is an option, too, but that definitely requires booking ahead.