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40 amazing things happening in L.A. this March 2018

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Plan out your month with the city’s best concerts, culture, cuisine and more.

THINGS TO DO

Mar 1–31
Cherry Blossom Celebration; Descanso Gardens

Usher in the springtime bloom with this monthlong celebration of Japanese culture and beautiful flowering trees.

Mar 2–5
Lyrics to Life; 2143 Violet St

Watch as visual artists transform iconic lyrics into physical artwork during this music-inspired art pop-up.

Mar 3, 4, 10, 11
Dana Point Festival of Whales; Dana Point Harbor

Mark the annual gray whale migration from land with a parade, street fair and whale-themed concert.

Mar 10, 11
Buffering the Vampire Slayer Presents: The Prom; Ace Hotel • Griffith Park

Mark the 21st anniversary of everyone’s favorite vampire slayer show with this Buffy-themed ’90s prom, followed by a free meetup in Griffith Park.

Mar 10
L.A. Festival of Colors; Whittier Narrows Park

Ring in spring with dancing and yoga underneath a plume of technicolor powder.

Mar 11
Nowruz Celebration; UCLA

Celebrate the Iranian New Year and the early arrival of spring with a day of activities, performances, music and events for children.

Mar 16–18
Arcade Expo; Museum of Pinball

Bump and tilt your way to pinball wizardry at this three-day tournament and expo.

Mar 16-25
PaleyFest; Dolby Theatre

Geek out with the cast and creators of Stranger Things, Will & Grace, Silicon Valley and more at this TV fan fest.

Mar 17, 18
L.A. Nature Fest; Natural History Museum

Learn about L.A.’s amazing urban wilderness with garden tours, nature walks and early morning bird walks.

Mar 18
L.A. Marathon; Various locations

Pace yourself—or cheer on a friend—across 26.2 miles between Dodger Stadium and the ocean.

Mar 23–25
WonderCon; Anaheim Convention Center

Spend three days full of pop culture-filled sneak peeks, Q&As, screenings and special guests at this mega fan convention.

Find more things to do in our March 2018 events calendar.

FOOD & DRINK

Mar 1
PPLA Food Fare; Barker Hangar

Celebrate one of the oldest culinary events in the city with bites from over 100 vendors while supporting and raising money for Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles.

Mar 2, 3
Japanese Food Festival; InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown

Enjoy ramen, sushi rolls, sake and beer tasting at this annual food fest.

Mar 3, 4
LA IPA Fest; Mohawk Bend

Sample over 60 of California’s best IPAs (and vote for your favorite!) during this two-day tasting event.

Mar 3
Pez Cantina’s 3 Year Anniversary Party; Pez Cantina

Grab margaritas, tacos and draft beers for only $3 each at the Downtown restaurant.

Mar 7–10
All-Star Chef Classic; L.A. Live

Experience four days of cooking demos, tastings, dinners and more during this annual culinary fête.

Mar 10
Smorgasburg’s Pop-Up on the Santa Monica Pier; Santa Monica Pier

Catch more than 70 Smorgasburg favorites and newcomers during this oceanfront pop-up food market.

Mar 11
Cochon 555; Viceroy Santa Monica

Ham it up at this all-you-can-eat pork dinner run by five chefs and winemakers.

Mar 17
Treat Yourself; The Barker Hangar

Indulge in sweet and savory treats from the likes of Sprinkles, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, the Pie Hole and Ridges Churro Bar at this inaugural food fest.

ARTS & CULTURE

Through Mar 4
Cuba Is; Annenberg Space for Photography

More than 100 photos fill this Century City museum to tell the tale of the island nation from before the revolution to its contemporary coming out.

Mar 1–Aug
Olafur Eliasson: Reality Projector; Marciano Art Foundation

See the sculptor bathe the art museum’s massive first floor gallery in light and shadow.

Mar 2
P.T. Anderson’s Phantom Thread Live Score; The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Listen to Wordless Music Orchestra and the London Contemporary Orchestra, who recorded the score for P.T. Anderson’s film, as they provide accompaniment during a screening of Phantom Thread.

Mar 8
An Evening with Amy Tan; Writers Guild Theater

Spend a night with the author of The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter’s Daughter as she discusses her memoir, Where the Past Begins.

Mar 8–Aug 31
Museum of Failure; Hollywood & Highland

Explore a hall of fame of the world’s worst inventions and now-defunct technology.

Mar 9
ArtNight Pasadena; Various locations in Pasadena

Enjoy site-specific performances and a free evening of admission to the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art and more.

Mar 16
March Forth!; Skirball Cultural Center

Celebrate women who find their voices in the face of adversity at this annual Women’s History Month program.

Mar 21–25
Bach in the Subways Day; Various locations

Wish Johann Sebastian Bach a happy 333rd birthday with performances at Union Station and across the Metro system.

Mar 24–Apr 30
King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh; California Science Center

Celebrate 100 years since the discovery of the New Kingdom ruler’s tomb with more than 150 sculptures, pieces of jewelry and artifacts, many on display outside of Egypt for the first time.

MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

Mar 2
They Might Be Giants; The Regent Theater

Even when dealing with adult themes, the geek-pop band still tickles the brainy adolescent in all of us.

Mar 3, 4
Air + Style; Exposition Park

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.

Mar 3, 4
Burger-A-GoGo; Alex’s Bar

OC imprint Burger Records mounts a raucous traveling show that features the Coathangers, Summer Twins, Dengue Fever, Death Valley Girls and Winter.

Mar 8–10
Jawbreaker; Hollywood Palladium

The seminal ‘90s punk band has come out of retirement for a tour.

Mar 8
No Age; Highland Park Ebell Club

The local noise-rock duo emerges from a period of relative quiet with Snares Like a Haircut, its first full-length in five years.

Mar 10
The Wedding Present; The Echo

David Gedge’s punky indie pop survivors return to the stage with their scratchy guitars and poignant, cynical-romantic lyrics.

Mar 11
iHeartRadio Music Awards; The Forum

Attend this Hailey Baldwin and DJ Khaled-hosted award show and concert with performances by Bon Jovi, Cardi B, Maroon 5 and more.

Mar 16, 17
Beyond Wonderland; NOS Events Center

Fall down the rabbit hole at this electronic festival topped by the likes of KSHMR, Kayzo, Alesso, Flosstradamus, Kill the Noise and more.

Find more shows in our March 2018 concert calendar.

THEATER

Through Mar 31
Disney’s Aladdin; Pantages Theatre

Buy a ticket, rub it and your wish to see the Disney musical will be granted. With music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin, Aladdin’s Broadway stars bring the animated film to life onstage.

Mar 9–17
The Joffrey Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Choreographer Krzysztof Pastor transposes Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy to 20th-century Italy.

Mar 10–25
Orpheus & Eurydice; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Members of the Joffrey Ballet dance in this retelling of the tragic Greek tale.

Mar 16, 17
Los Angeles Ballet’s Swan Lake; Royce Hall

The world’s most famous ballet, about a girl turned into a swan by evil and then rescued by pure love, makes a splash.

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