Los Angeles Farmers Markets Ongoing
Cherry Blossom Festival Mar 1-31
Witness the springtime bloom during this monthlong celebration of Japanese culture featuring origami demonstrations (Mar 3, 4, 10, 11 11am-3pm), a flower-arranging workshop (Mar 31 11am-1pm) and daily tours of the beautiful pink-flowering trees (Mon-Fri at 1pm; Sat, Sun at 11am, 1pm).
Japanese Food Festival Mar 2-3
Ramen, sushi, sake and beer tasting? Pinch us, we’re dreaming. The Japanese Food Festival is bringing some of Japan’s best dishes to the U.S., including sashimi, chicken karaage, sushi and onigiri. The all-inclusive ticket includes drinks as well: sake, sochu and beer. In addition to the bounty of delicious food and drink, the Japanese Food Festival is featuring some top-notch entertainment, including a tuna filleting performance.
Air + Style Mar 3-4
Witness big air and big musical acts like Phoenix, Zedd, Phantogram, Gucci Mane and Cut Copy during Shaun White’s two-day snowboarding and music fest.
All-Star Chef Classic Mar 7-10
The All-Star Chef Classic (think the culinary world’s Superbowl equivalent) is taking over Downtown’s L.A. LIVE for the fourth year, bringing together acclaimed chefs from around the world for four days of demonstrations, engaging dining experiences, tastings, showcases and chef access.
Live Talks LA Mar 8
L.A.’s star-studded lecture series has outdone itself this season with a lineup of writers, artists, performers, scientists and business leaders, who, for as little as $20 per Live Talk, will graciously blow your mind. Venues around the city will host guest speakers to tickle a variety of Angeleno brains—from those interested in technology to those who fancy literature.
L.A. Festival of Colors Mar 10-11
L.A.’s Festival of Colors brings the traditional Indian custom of Holi—during which revelers douse each other in colorful powder as a way to welcome spring—to the West coast. There will also be Bhangra (group Punjabi folk dancing) and performances by world-music phenoms.
Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade Mar 11
It’s no emerald seaside, but Hermosa Beach injects a bit of Irish spirit into the coastal city for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Bagpipers, marching bands, cars decked out in green and festive pups from the Irish Setters Club of Southern California all make their way across the seven-block route.
PaleyFest Mar 16-25
Geek out with fellow TV nerds at Paley Fest, the annual weeklong festival of exclusive episodes, clips and panel discussions with the cast and creators of the hottest TV shows. Now in its 35th year, the Paley Center for Media-hosted festival is held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Arcade Expo Mar 16-18
Bump and tilt your way to pinball wizardry at the Arcade Expo. This three-day tournament and expo at the Museum of Pinball (700 S Hathaway) in Banning includes free play on 1,100 modern and retro arcade cabinets and pinball machines.
Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival Mar 17
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Downtown this year at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival, hosted by Casey’s Irish Pub. Early admission begins at 6am—yeah, it’s never too early for an Irish coffee—and the street festival begins at 11:30am, with free admission before 3:30pm. Enjoy musical entertainment from a few local DJs, pizza from Pellicola Pizzeria and plenty of festive drinks.
L.A. Nature Fest Mar 17-18
The Natural History Museum is celebrating that amazing urban wilderness with garden tours, nature walks and early morning bird walks. Come out over two days for music and family-friendly performances, as well as crafts and animal presentations.
St. Patrick’s Day party at Tom Bergin’s Mar 17-18
Enter Tom Bergin’s: an Irish pub mainstay and the best place to grab an Irish coffee in L.A. Celebrations on the 17th will start at 6am, when morning revelers can indulge in a traditional Irish Breakfast before heading to work. The party gets a little more rowdy at 11am, with a parking lot soirée that includes a Guinness truck, beer pong tables, a DJ, picnic table seating and all the beer you can handle. After midnight, drinkers will be ushered into the bar where they can carry out the remainder of their night with Old Fashioneds, Irish Car Bombs, Whisky and more Irish coffee.
LA Marathon Mar 18
Kicking off at Dodgers Stadium, this annual parade of physical endurance and community spirit winds its way through 26.2 miles of L.A., culminating at Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. More than 25,000 runners will participate, and even if you aren’t one of them, being a spectator can be an exhilarating experience as well.
WonderCon Mar 23-25
Comic-Con International brings its unique brand of super-fandom to Orange County at this annual convention. Comic, anime, gaming, movie and TV lovers can head to the Anaheim Convention Center for three days full of sneak peeks, Q&As, premiere screenings and special guests.