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March Festivals in California

Los Angeles Marathon This event is the largest marathon held in California, the fourth largest in the country, and the seventh largest in the world. Different entertainment centers located throughout the course will reflect the ethnic neighborhoods and cultural diversity fools Angeles, as well as the marathon runners themselves.  Location: Course starts at Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles COST: Check website | Produced by Los Angeles Marathon   lamarathon.com

      

19th Annual Los Angeles Lantern Festival Each year, the Los Angeles Lantern Festival is presented byte Chinese American Museum and culminates the Lunar New Year celebration. Enjoy the music, dance performances, martial arts, magicians, food trucks, arts and crafts booths, and a spectacular lighted dragon finale. 2020 March 7, 12 noon - 5 p.m. Location: El Pueblo Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles COST: Free | Produced by Friends of the Chinese American Museum
Contact: 213.625.7074, olveraevents.com, camla.org/lalanternfestival

 

  

St. Patrick's Day Community March and Celebration Canoga Park Thissidewalk parade welcomes everyone who choosesto attend. There will be bagpipers and even mariachis, storytellers, and stilt walkers, followed by a free raffle and live music. Meet in front of the Madrid Theatre. 2020 March 14, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Location: Meet in front of the Madrid Theatre, 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park COST: Free | Produced by Main Street Canoga Park
Contact: 818.346.7480, canogaparkcal.com

Pomona Art Walk The Downtown Pomona Arts Colony has an art walk everysecond Saturday of the month that brings big crowdsto stroll the streets. Over a dozen galleries host receptions and open housesto showcase their latest exhibits and artists. Enjoy music, food, wine, and art throughout the evening. 2020 March 14, 6 - 9 p.m. Location: W. 2nd St. & Garey Ave., Pomona COST: Free | Produced by Downtown Pomona Owners Association
Contact: 909.469.1121, downtownpomona.org

L.A. Nature Fest Join usfor a festival filled with live performances, hands-on activities, exhibitor booths, and fun presentations. There is a surprising amount of nature in L.A., and the more you know how to lookfor it, the more you'll see! 2020 March 14 - 15, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Location: Natural History Museum ofLos Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles COST: Adults $14, Seniors $11, Students and Children (13 17) $6, Children (3 12)Free | Produced by Natural History Museum
Contact: 213.763.DINO, nhm.org/naturefest

L.A. Shorts International Film Festival The Film Festival willscreen the Best of The Best in Independent Cinema. More than thirty films, including comedy, animation, drama, horror, documentary, musicvideo, experimental, and more. 2020 March 14 15 Location: Check website for times and locations of films COST: $15 - $60 | Produced by L.A. ShortsInternationalFilm Festival
Contact: lasff.com

Western Music Association Showcase Musicians and cowboy poets perform stories and songs of the romantic Old West, contemporary music of the American West, and songs of the open range and the American cowboy. 2020 March 15, 12 noon - 3 p.m. Location: Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, Los Angeles COST: Free with museum admission Adults $14, Students and Seniors $10, Children (312) $6 SPONSORS: California Chapter of the Western Music Association, The Autry National Center
Contact: 323.667.2000, theautry.org

LA Comedy Festival PastLA ComedyFestivals have featured thousands of performers and hundreds of filmsfrom LA and around the world. Our dual emphasisis on discovering greatcomedictalent with the purpose of promoting it to both the entertainment industry and the LA public, as well as, showcasing the works ofseasoned professionals and wellknown stars. 2020 April 2 - 12, Check website for times of films Location: LetLive Theater, 916 N.Formosa Ave., Los Angeles COST: Varies | Produced by LA Film Festivals
Contact: lafilmfestivals.com

Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists' books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 250 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers.Lastyear'sLA Art BookFairsaw 25, 000 visitors over the course of three days. 2020 April 3 - 5, Friday 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Location: The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles COST: Free | Produced by Printed Matter
Contact: 212.925.0325, printedmatterartbookfairs.org

CANCELED IN 2023:  Scandinavian Festival Enjoy authentic food, music, singing, dancing, games, and crafts from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland at the Scandinavian Festival throughout the campus of California Lutheran University.  Location: California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks COST: Adults $10, Teens $5, Kids 12 & under are Free SPONSORS: Scandinavian American Cultural and HistoricalFoundation, California Lutheran University
Contact: scandinavianfest.org

27th Anniversary Carnaval Primavera Downtown Festival The event features corporate exhibits, retail commercial booths, food, arts & crafts, a free health fair, two stages with live entertainment, and two areas of amusement rides and games for all ages. 2020 April 4 - 6, Friday 5 - 10:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 10:30p.m. Location: Downtown Huntington Park, Along Pacific Blvd. -From Gage to Slauson Ave., Huntington Park COST: Free | Produced by Huntington Park Area Chamber of Commerce
Contact: 323.585.1155, hpchamber.org

Leimert Park Artwalk Leimert Park Village has a long history of being the center of African American arts and culture. The village isinviting the public on the last Sunday of each month to share a day of art exhibitions, music, fashion, food, drumming, spoken word, and localshopping. Throughout the day, culturalspaces, artiststudios, and storefronts will also have offerings ranging from free computerseminars and specialtyvendorsto film screenings, youth theater performances, and live bands. 2020 March 29, 2 - 8 p.m. Location: Leimert Park Village, 3333 43rd Pl., Los Angeles COST: Free | Produced by Leimert Park Artwalk
Contact: facebook.com/leimertparkartwalk

SAN RAFAEL: Bead & Art Show February 28-March 1, 2020, Open to the public 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Location: Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, CA. $Free admission, beadanddesign.com

IMPERIAL: California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta February 28-March 8, 2020. Location: 200 East Second Street, Imperial CA ivexpo.com | californiamidwinterfair.com

DANA POINT: Festival of Whales March 7-8, 2020 and March 14-15, 2020 festivalofwhales.com

FRESNO: Rogue Festival March 6-14, 2020
Rogue Festival celebrates Indie performing arts in fringe festival format with theatre, dance, spoken-word, music, performance art, puppetry and more. Location: Fresno's Tower District, Fresno, CA. roguefestival.com

PALM DESERT: Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival March 7, 2020. Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center Palm Desert, CA

CARLSBAD: The Flower Fields Opens March 1-May 10, 2020. The Flower Fields, Carlsbad, CA theflowerfields.com

LONG BEACH: Fred Hall Sportfishing Show March 4-8, 2020 at Long Beach Convention Center, $20, fredhall.com

POMONA: Steam Fair March 6-7, 2020, 9a-3p Saturday & 10a-4p Sunday at Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave. Pomona, CA fairplex.com

PERRIS: Railroadiana and Swap Meet March 7, 2020, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Orange Empire Railway Museum, 2201 S. A St., Perris, CA $7, oerm.org

SACRAMENTO: Northern California Egg Artists Show March 7-8, 2020. norcaleggshow.com

MURPHYS: Ironstone Vineyards Spring Obsession Daffodil Show, Art Show & Sale March 7-8, 2020. Free admission. ironstonevineyards.com

SOUTH EL MONTE: The Holi Festival of Colors March 7-8, 2020. Annual Holi Festival of Colors in Los Angeles, CA at Whittier Narrows Park, 750 S. Santa Anita Avenue, South El Monte, CA 91733. festivalofcolorsusa.com

CHOWCHILLA: Western Stampede March 6-8, 2020 chowchillafair.org Chowchilla Western Stampede typically includes cattle drive on Robertson Blvd. rodeo

CLOVIS: Clovis Rodeo Fresno State University March 6-7, 2020. $ See Fresno State Rodeo Team, Bulldoggers, in action! | rodeo

REDONDO BEACH: Annual Festival of the Kite Redondo Pier 100 Fishermans Wharf Redondo Beach 90277 redondopier.com | kites

TEMECULA: Annual Pechanga Wine Festival   pechanga.com | chocolate

GRASS VALLEY: The NorCal Fringe Festival March 18-22, 2020 A collection of eclectic theater, dance, music, comedy, and spoken word includes over 100 performers from Nevada County and throughout California. 30 shows, 120 performances over 10 days makes The Nugget Fringe Festival one of the largest indoor mountain town arts events in the region. norcalfringe.org

HUNTINGTON BEACH: Cherry Blossom Festival Orange County March 13-15, 2020. Held in Central Park, 18000 Golden West St., Huntington Beach, CA. Hours: Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m. | Sun 10a.m.-4 p.m. Free, occbfest.com

BERKELEY: Persian New Year Festival March 17, 2020, 6-10 p.m. Persian New Year Festival Persian Center, Berkeley, CA persiancenter.org

MAMMOTH LAKES: Elevation - Mammoth's Gay Ski Week March 18-22, 2020
2500 riders, nearly a dozen major parties, and zero attitude. The hottest guys on the West Coast converge on Mammoth for the third largest gay ski week in the country. Elevation Mammoth hosts world class DJs that spin at both night-time and apres-ski events. Annual highlights include the Party at 10,000 Feet, which begins with a dark night-time gondola ride to the highest elevation party in North America. Apres-ski parties pack more than 600 boys onto one patio. mammothgayskiweek.com

BLYTHE: March 12-15, 2020 Colorado River Fair "Country Dreams and Faded Jeans" Fairgrounds, Blythe, CA
coloradoriverfair.com

SACRAMENTO: Quilt, Craft, Sew Festival, March 19-21, 2020. Location: Sacramento Cal Expo State Fairgrounds 1600 Exposition Blvd. Sacramento, CA quiltcraftsew.com

CALIFORNIA HOME SHOWS

  • DEL MAR: Tiny Homes Fest Feb.29-Mar.1, 2020 at Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • SAN MATEO: San Mateo Home Show Feb.29-Mar.1, 2020
  • FRESNO: Fresno Home Remodeling & Decorating Spring Show March 6-8, 2020 Fresno Fairgrounds
  • POMONA: The Big Spring Home & Garden Show February 14-16, 2020 Fairplex
  • SANTA ROSA: Sonoma County Home & Garden Show March 20-22, 2020 Sonoma County Fairgrounds
  • STOCKTON: The San Joaquin County Home & Garden Show March 20-22, 2020 Janssen-Lagorio Pavillion
  • YUBA CITY: Yuba City Spring Home, Garden and Recreation Show March 27-29, 2020 Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds
  • LANCASTER: Antelope Valley Home Show March 28-29, 2020 Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
  • SANTA MARIA: Central Coast Home & Garden Lifestyle Expo March 28-29, 2020 Santa Maria Fairgrounds
  • VENTURA: Ventura County Spring Home and Garden Show March 20-22, 2020 Ventura County Fairgrounds

BREA: Brea Spring Craft Boutique March 20-21, 2020, 9a-6p Saturday & 9-4p Sunday. Location: Brea Community Center, 695 E. Madison Way. $2, cityofbrea.net

BAKERSFIELD: Bakersfield Fiesta March 20-22, 2020, square dance festival Location: Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 S. P Street, Bakersfield, CA. bakersfieldfiesta.com

CALIFORNIA: ST. PATRICK'S DAY:

AGOURA HILLS: St. Patrick's Day Celebration and Shamrock Shuffle 5K and Fun Run March 14, 2020

DUBLIN: St. Patrick's Day Celebration March 14-15, 2020

GLENDALE: The Irish Center of Southern California Inc., annual St Patrick's Celebration March 14, 2020

HERMOSA BEACH: St. Patrick's Day Parade March 14, 2020,

LONG BEACH: Queen Mary Celebration

MURPHYS: Murphys Irish Day March 21, 2020

SACRAMENTO: O'Sac St. Patrick's Parade March 14, 2020

SAN DIEGO: Gaslamp Quarter shamRock March 14, 2020

SAN DIEGO: St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival March 14, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO: St. Patrick's Day Festival and Parade March 14, 2020

VENTURA: St. Patrick's Day Parade March 14, 2020, 10 a.m.

JACKSON: St. Patrick's Day Dandelion Days Celebration March 14-15, 2020

VISALIA: St. Patrick's Day Parade & Irish Fest March 14, 2020

NAPA: Napa Chocolate and Wine Festival March 29, 2020 napachocolateandwine.com | chocolate

CEDARVILLE: Surprise Valley Squirrel Roundup March 21, 2020 surprisevalleychamber.com

SIERRA MADRE: Wistaria Festival March 22, 2020 Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre, CA

SAN DIEGO: Rolando Street Fair March 22, 2020, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Rolando Boulevard, San Diego, CA rolandocc.org
Bands, local performances, over 100 vendors, Beer Garden and an interactive kids area at free admission festival.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO: Return of the Swallows March 19, 2020 Ringing of the historic bells, Live mariachi music

SACRAMENTO: California Ag Day Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. State Capitol in Sacramento 1 Capitol Mall Sacramento, CA cdfa.ca.gov/agday/ Free

SAN DIEGO: Fred Hall Show March 26-29, 2020. Del Mar Fairgrounds 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard Del Mar, CA. fredhall.com

SOUTH GATE: South Gate Azalea Festival March 19-22, 2020 South Gate Park, Tweedy & Pinehurst, South Gate, CA Carnival, Car Show, Miss Pageant and Fireworks Show on Friday. Hours Thursday 5-11 p.m. | Friday 5-11 p.m. | Saturday 2-11 p.m. | Sunday 1-11 p.m. cityofsouthgate.org

WALNUT CREEK: Artisan Bead & Design Show March 27-29, 2020. Handcraft and jewelry design, artistic beads, gemstones, one-of-a-kind jewelry, designer clothing, jewelry-making supplies, and vintage items. Shopping and workshops taught by artists in residence in categories such as jewelry design, metal work, wirework, crystal setting, fiber arts, leather working bead making, art clay silver, hand knotting, mixed media, chainmaille, and enameling. Open to the public --10am-6pm, Location: Crowne Plaza, 45 John Glenn Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. $10, beadanddesign.com

AMADOR: Spring Fling Demonstrations by gardening experts, spring plants and food you can purchase. Amador Flower Farm, 22001 Shenandoah School Road Plymouth, CA 95669 amadorflowerfarm.com

LANCASTER: Los Angeles County Air Show March 21-22, 2020 featuring Navy's Blue Angels in 2020!
Features pyrobatic night show and concert with Country star Craig Morgan, shockwave jet truck and more! $20-up, $ parking. Location: William J. Fox Airport, Lancaster, CA. lacountyairshow.com

SARATOGA: Blossom Festival tba 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Heritage Orchard and Saratoga Civic Center, 13777 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA saratogahistory.com Free admission

SANTA YSABEL: Peter Rabbit Adventure March 18, 2020. Location: 4425 Highway 78, Santa Ysabel, CA. fortcross.com

HIGHLAND: Highland Citrus Harvest Festival March 28, 2020, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Historic District, Highland, CA. ci.highland.ca.us
Includes a classic car show.

SANTA ROSA: Artisan Cheese Festival March 27-29, 2020 Tickets are now on sale at artisancheesefestival.com

ARCADIA: Peacock Day Los Angeles County Arboretum, March 28, 2020. The famous Southern California birds are descendants of peafowl acquired in the late 1880s by wealthy businessman Elias (Lucky) Baldwin, who owned the arboretum grounds.

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA: Art & Craft Festival March 28-29, 2020, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday & 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Location: San Juan Bautista, CA. sanjuanbautistaca.com | sanjuanbautistaartandcraftfestival.com

BELMONT: Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival March 28-29, 2020, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Carlmont Village Shopping Center 1049 Alameda de las Pulgas at Ralston Ave. pacificfinearts.com

FORTUNA: Daffodils by the River March 27-28, 2020 daffodils

OAKDALE: Testicle Festival March 30, 2020
oakdaletesticlefestival.com

BAKERSFIELD: Fred Hall's The Outdoor Show March 13-15, 2020. Kern County Fairground, Bakersfield, CA. fredhall.com

SANTA BARBARA International Orchid Show March 13-15, 2020, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. annual event at Earl Warren Showgrounds 3400 Las Positas Rd. Santa Barbara, CA $14, sborchidshow.com

SONORA: Sonora Celtic Faire, March 6-8, 2020. Annual event features top Irish, Celtic bands, jousting, vendors, foods, Highland games and many activities and entertainment for all ages. Mothers Lodge Fairground, Sonora, CA. sonoracelticfaire.com

CHICO: Chico Kite Day Sunday March 22, 2020, 12-4 p.m.
Community Park, 1900 Dr. MLK Parkway, Chico, CA. Free, chicorec.com
Celebrate Spring at the end of a string! Bring the entire family for this FREE event. Experience the color and excitement of kite flying during the Annual Chico Kite Day. Watch the sky dance with fun and imaginative kites. All kite flyers will receive a souvenir, compliments of Bird in Hand.

FRESNO COUNTY: Blossom Trail February, March, April See the blossoms on fruit trees in orchards in a drive tour utilizing a map.

LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Dance Festival April 3-26, 2020 ladancefest.org

TURLOCK: Mother Lode Gem and Mineral Show, March 14-15, 2020. Location: Stanislaus County Fair Grounds Exhibits Buildings, 900 N. Broadway Ave. Turlock, CA 95380, stancofair.com

PLEASANTON: Scrap Book Expo, Show April 24-25, 2020 scrapbookexpo.com

TEMECULA: May 1-2, 2020. Temecula Spring Rod Run. Location Historic Old Town, Old Town Temecula, CA temeculaca.gov

SANGER: Sanger Blossom Day Festival

QUARTZ HILL: Almond Blossom Parade and Festival April 3-5, 2020. Location: George Lane Park 5520 West Ave L-8 Quartz Hill, CA. quartzhillchamber.com

CAYUCOS: Sea Glass Festival Cayucos, California March 13-15, 2020, cayucosseaglass.com

EL CENTRO: NAF El Centro Blue Angels Air Show March 10, 2018

HUNTINGTON BEACH: Kite Party March 14-15, 2020 Huntington City Beach next to Huntington Beach Pier
kiteparty.com

LONG BEACH: Puvungna Powwow March 14-15, 2020 Cal State U. Long Beach. csulb.edu

JULIAN: Daffodil Show March 10-11, 2018, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Location: 2129 Main St., Julian, CA. Daffodil Show at Town Hall in historic Julian, julianca.com | daffodils

SAN FRANCISCO - Chocolate Salon March 21, 2020

RIVERSIDE: Festival of Colors March 14, 2020. Holi Festival of Colors at Martha McLean Park, 5759 Jurupa, Riverside, CA. festivalofcolorsusa.com

WINTERHAVEN: Spring Pow Wow March 13-15, 2020
Pasqual Valley High School 676 Baseline Road Winterhaven, CA spvusd.org | pow wow

LA QUINTA: La Quinta Art Festival LQAF.com

WHITTIER: Whittier College Writers Festival | books shannoncenter.org

CLAREMONT: Pomona College Annual Powwow | pow wow

SONOMA: Sonoma International Film Festival. | film

SAN JOSE: San Jose Flea Market, sjfm.com

SANTA CLARITA: Santa Clarita Swap Meet. saugusspeedway.com

SAN CLEMENTE: Village Art Fair villagesanclemente.org

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