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March 2021 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our March 2021 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite concerts

Festival of Colors LA
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman Festival of Colors LA

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 stretch every muscle at a yoga class. Whether you’re looking for things to do around town or a weekend getaway to Ojai, there are plenty of springtime happenings to find in our March events calendar.

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Walt Disney Concert Hall
Photograph: Courtesy Joel Guerrero

Power to the People!

It’s been a mainstay of protest signs, songs and chants, but this spring the “power to the people” refrain will fill the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Gustavo Dudamel and Herbie Hancock are bringing together musicians, artists and activists for a series of shows between March 5 and April 11 that celebrate solidarity and humanitarian spirit. Programs include sets from Dudamel and the LA Phil, Hancock and Patti Smith, a talk from Dr. Angela Davis about social change, the movie music of Spike Lee and his go-to composer Terence Blanchard and more.

Getty Center
Photograph: Courtesy Sam Poullain
Art, Drawing

Artists on the Move: Journeys and Drawings

Getty Center, Westside

Years before we started documenting every second of our vacations on social media, European artists were drawing and painting their experiences out on the trail. This exhibition features works from the 16th to 19th centuries that were created on short trips, lengthy journeys and all sorts of arduous treks.

Street Food Cinema
Photograph: Courtesy Street Food Cinema
Movie theaters, Outdoor

Street Food Cinema

Multiple venues

For dinner and a movie, all in one, just follow the food trucks. During the summer and fall, Street Food Cinema throws together a series of mostly outdoor parties that include screenings of some of our favorite movies, paired with an assortment of gourmet food trucks and even a live music performance from a cool local band. The screenings are held in venues across L.A., and  alternate from week to week, so make sure to check the schedule. Some of the outdoor venues are dog-friendly, allowing you to bring your four-legged cinema lover along.

Rooftop Cinema Club
Photograph: Courtesy Rooftop Cinema Club

Rooftop Cinema Club

Multiple venues

The masters of alfresco rooftop movie viewing have returned for another season of screenings in Hollywood and Downtown L.A.

Nicolas Party: Sottobosco
Photograph: Austin Radcliffe

Nicolas Party: Sottobosco

The fast-rising New York-via-Switzerland artist has transformed Hauser & Wirth’s stark white south gallery into a pastel wonderland of boldly hued landscapes, portraits and still lifes in his L.A. solo debut.

Things to do

The Zone

Location T.B.A.,

It’s Britney, bitch, and she’s getting in on the pop-up game. “The Zone” recreates some of Britney Spears’s most memorable music video moments (think the locker room from “…Baby One More Time,” the Mars station from “Oops… I Did It Again” and the sleek airliner from “Toxic”) across 10 made-for-Instagram rooms. Is it just a wildly expensive photo op? Yes. Will you dance in the rainforest with a snake around your shoulders anyway? Yes.

Things to do, Exhibitions

The Art of the Brick

California Science Center, USC/Exposition Park

Budding engineers and artists will be equally enthralled by the masterpieces Nathan Sawaya has intricately crafted with over 1,000,000 toy blocks. (No, that number is not a typo.) Visitors who love dinosaur activities will gawk at the artist’s 20-foot T. Rex, which is comprised of over 80,000 pieces alone.

Hermosa Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Photograph: Courtesy Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce
Things to do

St. Patrick's Day in Los Angeles

St. Patrick's Day in Los Angeles takes a little bit of planning—as far as drinking holidays in a car-centric city go—but with our guide, you'll be toasting the Irish in no time.

Photograph: Michael Juliano
Things to do

See more in our annual events calendar

You've undoubtedly been bombarded with the same tired questions from non-Angelenos: How do you celebrate Christmas without snow? Don't you wish you had real seasons? With unwelcome weather patterns out of the equation, we like to think that LA's amazing events set milestones for us to look forward to. From homegrown festivals like FYF, CicLAvia and LA Pride to blockbuster bashes like Coachella, we've rounded up our favorite events throughout the year. Whether you're looking for something to do today, this weekend or in the coming months, look no further than our Los Angeles events calendar.

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