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March 2024 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our March 2024 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite concerts

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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Shed that extra, light sweatshirt—spring is here. Fill your lungs with the sweet, less-smoggy air on one of the best hikes in L.A. or set out in search of some (fingers crossed) wildflower blooms. Whether you’re looking for things to do around town or a weekend getaway, there are plenty of springtime happenings to find in our March events calendar.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2024

This March’s best events

  • Things to do

Kicking off at Dodger Stadium, this annual parade of physical endurance and community spirit winds its way through 26.2 miles of L.A., and used to wrap up in Santa Monica—though this year’s route again loops back around West L.A. and toward Century City. 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.

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  • Music
  • Rap, hip-hop and R&B
  • Hollywood

Rolling Loud doesn’t have every major hip-hop act on its lineup, but it’s typically pretty damn close. See Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Future and Metro Boomin headline the three-day fest, which this year heads to Inglewood at Hollywood Park, on the grounds next to SoFi Stadium. The absolutely massive lineup also includes the likes of YG and Tyga, $uicideboy$, Don Toliver, Party Next Door, Rae Sremmurd, Summer Walker, Big Sean and dozens more—seriously, we weren’t kidding about all the hip-hop.

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  • Things to do
  • Festivals
  • Redondo Beach

This beautiful, free festival celebrates the history and whimsy of the kite. Watch as hundreds take to the sky, or bring your own—there will be contests for highest flying kite, best handmade kite and youngest kite flyer. You can also help to launch a 25-foot wide kite. There also tends to be a slew of (rather random) activities on the pier all day, including a hot dog on a stick eating contest and dance performances.

  • Art
  • Fairs
  • Santa Monica

The New York export lands in L.A. for its fifth art fair in February. After first debuting in the surreal setting of the Paramount backlot and then decamping to a space next to the Beverly Hilton, the event has since settled on a site-specific tent in the southeast corner of Santa Monica Airport.

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  • Things to do
  • Classes and workshops
  • USC/Exposition Park

If you’re sick of First Fridays only offering a high density of food trucks and lines at your favorite dive bars, check out something old—in a good way, we promise—at the Natural History Museum, where First Fridays offer dinosaurs and DJs. The first Friday of every month from February through June plays host to a KCRW-presented evening of music, allowing visitors of all ages to stay late for a night at the museum. Each month offers a different lineup of musical guests and DJs, guided museum tours, and scientist-led talks. Check out the museum’s website for advance tickets and updates on info.

  • Music
  • Rap, hip-hop and R&B
  • South Park

Going from a grocery store bagger with a SoundCloud account to a featured artist on Cardi B’s smash hit “I Like It” to a Wrestlemania star in just a matter of years, Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio (a.k.a. Bad Bunny) has become one of the leading voices in the burgeoning Latin trap scene. The Puerto Rican artist with a penchant for shaving intricate patterns into his buzz cut comes to L.A. for a few arena shows.

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  • Museums

Got a list of L.A. museums you haven’t visited yet? Clear your calendar for Museums Free-For-All, when museums all over the region throw open the doors for free admission. Over 30 museums will drop their admission fees on Saturday, March 23. It’s the perfect opportunity to knock a couple of cultural to-dos off your list, like the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, LACMAJapanese American National Museum, GRAMMY Museum, the La Brea Tar Pits, the Skirball and more.

  • Movies
  • Downtown

The masters of alfresco rooftop movie viewing have returned for another season of screenings in Downtown L.A. Known for excellent film choices and a steady supply of snacks and booze, Rooftop Cinema Club is your snazzy, comfortable and less stressful alternative to other outdoor movie screenings. You don’t even need to bring your own camping chair—Rooftop Cinema Club provides you with your very own comfy lawn chair (with optional blankets for purchase to up the coziness). And instead of listening to the movie over loudspeakers, you’ll get a set of wireless headphones so you never have to miss a word.

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  • Things to do

Pasadena’s underrated collection of museums and performance spaces open up their doors for free at this biannual art celebration. Take advantage of the free shuttle buses or hoof it between site-specific installations and local institutions such as the Gamble HousePacific Asia Museum and more. And, of course, no arts fest would be complete without food trucks, often including local bricks-and-mortar Pie ’n Burger and Twohey’s.

  • Things to do

Support women-owned restaurants and dine at some of L.A.’s best spots during the return of this annual food fest. Regarding HER’s Re:Her festival will offer themed menu specials, convos and collabs from women restaurateurs all month long. Highlights from this year include a paella night featuring Casa Vega and Gasolina Cafe (March 22), a chaat party at Benny Boy Brewing (March 10) and a “chefs of the Arts District” dinner (March 20).

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