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March 2020 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our March 2020 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
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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 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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Malibu Wines and Beer Gardens tasting room in West Hills
Photograph: Courtesy Malibu Wines & Beer Gardens
Things to do, Markets and fairs

The Market at Malibu Wines & Beer Garden

Malibu Wines & Beer Gardens, San Fernando Valley

One of our favorite wine destinations is giving us yet another excuse to sip: The Malibu Wines West Hills outpost—complete with a sunny beer garden—is hosting a new monthly market. Kicking off on March 1, the breezy shopping affair will feature local vendors and other small businesses from noon to 4pm, with free entry so you can save those dollars for more wine.

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dog
Photograph: Courtesy Sereja Ris
Things to do, Conventions

Beverly Hills Dog Show

Fairplex, Pomona

Half of this event’s title is fibbing—thankfully it’s the Beverly Hills part. Held in Pomona at Fairplex, this all-breed dog show will see over 2,000 pampered pups compete each day on Saturday and Sunday. If we had to pick just one day, there’s a special class of four-to-six-month-old puppies on Sunday. Oh, and as for that name? The show, which has been held in various locations nearly every year since 1965, is presented by the Kennel Club of Bevelry Hills.

Movies

Live Read: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Directors Guild of America, West Hollywood

Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s endlessly inventive romance follows a couple down a metaphysical rabbit hole of love and loss. See the script read aloud on stage as part of the Film Independent Live Read series; guest director Brett Haley leads a cast that includes Tessa Thompson, Adam Scott, Kiersey Clemons, Kelly Marie Tran and Bridget Regan, plus a musical performance by Miya Folick.

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Music, Funk, soul and disco

Moses Sumney

Bootleg Theater, Westlake

L.A.’s own Moses Sumney is a soul-folk songwriter, armed with a guitar and a loop pedal, who conjures intimate yet powerful vocals. Sumney is giving back a little to his local fans with a free residency at the Bootleg Theater into early March.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Photograph: Courtesy Joel Guerrero
Music

Power to the People!

Multiple venues

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.

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Photograph: Michael Juliano
Things to do, Classes and workshops

First Fridays at the Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum, 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 new—err, old rather—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.

Dana Point Festival of Whales
Photograph: Courtesy Dana Point Festival of Whales
Things to do, Festivals

Dana Point Festival of Whales

Dana Point Harbor, Orange County

Mark the annual gray whale migration from the shore with a parade and street fair, or sail the ocean to spot the massive marine mammals for yourself.

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Tim & Eric
Photograph: Courtesy Rickett + Sones
Comedy, Musical

Tim & Eric

The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Downtown Historic Core

Whether you found Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim’s forays into sketch comedy on Adult Swim (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Tom Goes to the Mayor and the upcoming Beef House) truly bizarre or just very, very strange, it’s impossible to assail their committed, cogent aesthetic. Their live shows typically mix absolutely bananas musical numbers along with recognizable characters.

Thundercat
Photograph: Rozette Rago
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Thundercat

The Wiltern, Koreatown

A veteran of Suicidal Tendencies and a protégé of Flying Lotus, electric-bassist (and L.A. native) Stephen Bruner now plies funky, jazzy grooves as Thundercat, in which guise his work can call to mind vintage Stanley Clarke and Bootsy Collins, as well as more recent low-end theorists Squarepusher and Victor Wooten.

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