Events | The Best Los Angeles Things To Do In March

Check Out The Best Los Angeles Things To Do In March


The cast of AMC’s Mad Men at Paleyfest. photo Kevin Parry for Paley.

From foodie fests for all tastes and Chinese New Year celebrations to the L.A. Marathon, Paleyfest, world class theater and more; find the best Los Angeles things to do in March 2015 in our events roundup.

Edited by Christina Xenos

L.A. Chinatown Firecracker Festival and Run
Feb. 28-Mar. 1. Eight thousand athletes and 25,000 spectators are expected at the largest Lunar New Year charity run in the U.S. The run kicks off on March 1, with 100,000 red sparkling firecrackers as runners, walkers and cyclists will compete in various challenging activities, including a 5/10K Run/Walk, 20/30 Mile Bike Ride and a 1K Kiddie Run. Hit the festival for two days of live entertainment, a beer garden featuring Angel City Brewery beers and more. Chinatown, downtown.

Culina Five-Year Anniversary Menu
Feb. 28-Mar. 4. Michelin-starred Four Seasons Chef Vito Mollica of Il Palagio Ristorante at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze rings in Culina, Modern Italian’s five-year anniversary by joining forces with Chef Mette Williams on a collaborative menu. Highlights of the five-course menu include sea bass and beef fillet carpaccio with bone marrow, sea urchin and citrus dressing; ravioli carbonara, prosciutto wrapped egg yolk, mascarpone and pancetta’ seared sea bass in olive and tomato crust with white wine scented artichokes; and more. In addition to the tasting menu, Chef Mollica’s à la carte specials will be offered alongside the everyday lunch and dinner menus at Culina. Dishes will include “antipasti” such as seared scallops with broccoli rabe coulis, “primi piatti,” fresh pea risotto with burrata cheese and black truffle, and “secondi piatti,” dry fig-stuffed quail with creamed celeriac and seared foie gras.  Dessert will include items such as  “Millefoglie,” a crispy puff pastry with strawberries. Mollica’s famed cavatelli pasta with cacio e pepe sauce, baby calamari and marinated prawns, named dish of the year by I Ristoranti d’Italia de l’Espresso (Italian Restaurants Guide) in 2013 will also be making an appearance as an à la carte special at dinner. $65/pp. 300 South Doheny Dr., L.A., 310.860.4000.

Imagine Tea at The Langham
Mar. 1. This special children’s event at the Langham Huntington, Pasadena pairs all the delicacies of high tea with a touch of magic. The experience features junior magicians from the famed Magic Castle performing close-up magic, while children dine on a specialty menu of magically decorated cookies, ham, turkey and PB&J sandwiches and whimsical desserts, all accompanied by pink lemonade, milk and a selection of fruit-infused, caffeine-free teas. Young tea guests will also have the opportunity to make their own magic during the tea, as they are invited to attend dressed as whichever character, person or animal most appeals to their imagination. Also happens Jun. 7, Sept. 13. $48/adults, $28/children four to 12. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Reservations required. 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, 626.585.6218.

Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
Mar. 1-14. You’ve never been happier in Old Pasadena than during the first two weeks in March when more than 25 restaurants, bars and lounges offer extended happy hour specials daily. Specials include $1 award-winning sliders and $1 fries at Dog Haus Biergarten, as well as a $5 Beer of the Day (available all day, each day); Otis Bar at La Grande Orange Café offer $5 signature drinks; the Luggage Room slings $5 slushy cocktails; and more. Visit website for a detailed list of special and happy hour times.

Le Sirenuse at Shutters on the Beach
Mar. 4-11. Get a taste of the Amalfi Coast when the famed Le Sirenuse hotel takes up residency at Shutters on the Beach for an exclusive mash up of coastal cuisine and luxury style. In its second year, the week-long experience includes a battle of the coasts tasting menu from Le Sirenuse’s Michelin-starred Chef Matteo Temperini and Shutters’ Isaac Gamboa. Dine on delicacies from Temperini like marinated amberjack, broccoli flowers and beans and clam sauce, and fish soup with octopus, rockfish and tomato; and SoCal flavors from Gamboa like pan-seared calamari with cherry tomatoes, and mustard-marinated black cod with saffron risotto, sweet peppers and squid ink  vinaigrette. Additionally, you can shop Co-owner Carla Sersale’s curated collection of specially commissioned designed clothing, accessories, and home goods, chic swimwear, fragrances and scented soaps from Emporio Sirenuse in Shutters’s The Cottage gift shop. One Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.458.0030.

PPLA Food Fare
Mar. 5. Thirty-sixth annual food event features more than 100 of the city’s best restaurants, wineries and breweries and more. Taste offerings from venues including AOC, Drago Centro, the Tripel and Valerie Confections. Day session 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; evening session 6:30-9:30 p.m. $150-$250. Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, 213.284.3300.

Mar. 6-15. The Paley Center for Media hosts this annual event with screenings and interactive panels featuring creators and stars from top TV shows including Homeland, Girls, Scandal and Jane the Virgin. Visit website for schedule. $30-$80. Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 310.786.1000.

All Star Chef Classic
Mar. 11-14. The four-day foodie event brings together some of the world’s most celebrated chefs to cook in a “Restaurant Stadium” and “Chefs Tasting Arena” in downtown Los Angeles. Dazzle your taste buds during the “French Masters Dinner,” “Grill & Chill” and “Cuisine for the Cure” events. LA Live, 800 W Olympic Blvd., downtown.

L.A. Marathon
Mar. 15. Thirtieth annual footrace begins at Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine and travels 26.2 miles to Santa Monica with entertainment and cheer stations along the way. Check for schedule. Runner registration $190-$205. Finish line at Ocean and California avenues, Santa Monica, 213.542.3000.

Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival
Mar. 17. This 42nd annual all-day street festival enlivens downtown Los Angeles with food (think: reubens and corned-beef sandwiches), games, Irish drink specials (green beer, anyone?) and sets from local DJs. Headquartered at Casey’s Irish Pub, the street festival takes place in front of the pub. Festival 11 am-11 pm; pub hours 6 a.m.-2 a.m. Free general admission until 3:30 pm, $10 after 3:30 pm. 613 S. Grand Ave., downtown.

Theodore Payne Native Plant Garden Tour
Mar. 21-22. Explore the unexpectedly lush, beautiful side of Los Angeles during this weekend of self-guided tours of nearly 50 private and public landscapes across the county. Each garden contains at least 50 percent native plants. $35. 818.768.1802.

Ciclavia—The Valley
Mar. 22. Several miles of L.A.’s normally congested streets turn into a car-free park for a walk and bike tour of the city’s most celebrated attractions. The first Ciclavia of 2015 is also the event’s first venture into the San Fernando Valley, with a route that extends between North Hollywood and Studio City, along Lankershim and Ventura boulevards. See for additional route details. 9 am-4 pm. Free. 213.355.8500.

TCM Classic Film Festival
Mar. 26-29. View beloved classic films on the big screen at iconic venues at this annual film festival. This year’s theme—History According to Hollywood—explores how cinema has shaped the way audiences remember history. Choose from a wide range of movies from Roman Holiday to Pinocchio to Apollo 13. Opening night gala 50th anniversary screening of The Sound of Music with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in attendance is by invitation only. Check for film schedule. Individual tickets $20-$30. Festival passes $299-$1,649. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.856.1970; TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.464.8111; Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.3456; TCL Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.461.3331.

Opening Mar. 6. This new psychological thriller from playwright Joanna Murray-Smith makes its co-world premiere here with Sydney Theatre Company. Laura Linney stars as novelist Patricia Highsmith, whose career gets upended by a mysterious, handsome young man. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.

Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience—A Parody by Dan and Jeff
Through Mar. 1. Potter aficionados and the most mundane of muggles alike should enjoy this madcap marathon of all seven Harry Potter tales—complete with a game of Quidditch—condensed into one 70-minute play. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000.

Chavez Ravine
Through Mar. 1. Theater troupe Culture Clash—Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza—revisits its beloved play, Chavez Ravine, 12 years after its world premiere in L.A., with new insights into the ever-changing landscape of the City of Angels. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.

The Night Alive
Through Mar. 13. Acclaimed Irish playwright—and three-time Tony nominee—Conor McPherson casts a beautiful spell with his new play about a group of down-on-their-luck lost souls, imbued with his signature humor and humanity. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.

Through Mar. 15. The award-winning theater phenomenon returns to L.A. with three months of performances. Learn the untold story of the witches of Oz, the “wicked” Elphaba and good witch Glinda, in this smash-hit prequel to The Wizard of Oz. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.

Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye
Through Mar. 15. Australian entertainer Barry Humphries takes his hilarious and satirical alter ego, Dame Edna, for one last spin—he created the character back in 1956—during this critically acclaimed farewell tour. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.

Smoke and Mirrors
Through Mar. 15. Get ready for a night of mind-blowing illusions and mystifying slight-of-hand; Smoke and Mirrors is the semi-autobiographical, fantastical story of Albie Selznick and his journey to become a Master Magician. After suffering a formidable tragedy, Albie uses magic to misdirect his grief but discovers himself by facing his fears with the aid of a life-sized white rabbit, The Oracle and Harry Houdini’s wife, Bess. Through a myriad of adventures, magic takes on a variety of meanings both in spirit and spectacle. $34. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.477.2055 ext. 2.