Top Los Angeles Things to Do in March

“The Old Man and the Old Moon” runs March 2-17 at The Wallis.

Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day happenings, theater, art, food and more…Here are our top 30+ picks for best things to do in Los Angeles this March.

Edited by William Yelles.

Los Angeles IPA Fest
March 2-3. This sixth-annual festival organized and hosted by Echo Park’s Mohawk Bend celebrates the most dominant player in L.A.’s craft-beer scene: the India Pale Ale. Taste IPA offerings from top local breweries; Saturday is the main event and beer competition, and the tasting continues Sunday. Sa 9:30 a.m., $5 per 8-ounce pour; Su build-your-own flights. 21+. Mohawk Bend, 2141 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 213.483.2337. laipafestival.com

Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys
March 2-17. Obvious Plant’s Museum of Toys is a pop-up exhibit that walks visitors through an alternate history of toys. In this alternate reality, real toys are recontextualized and placed alongside Obvious Plant’s original toys to create a darker, more bizarre version of the past. The museum consists of 100+ toys and games, each one unique and altered in a humorous way. Photo ops include the chance to step inside a life-size action figure box to become a toy yourself. Noon-9 p.m. $10. Start LA, 2270 Venice Blvd., L.A. Tickets

The Old Man and the Old Moon
March 2-17. Featuring a spirited indie-folk score performed live, this one-of-a-kind theatrical experience is the touching tale of a man charged with the task of keeping the moon shining. A mysterious disappearance sends him on an epic adventure over land, sea, and sky and ultimately reminds him of the unwavering power of love. The PigPen Theatre Co. production combines their signature shadow puppetry, melodic music and imaginative staging. See website for show times and ticket prices. The Wallis, Bram Goldsmith Theater, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000. thewallis.org

Original Farmers Market Mardi Gras Celebration
March 2-3. The entire market will be decked out in purple, green and gold decor. The Dog Bakery’s annual Mutti Gras Pet Parade taking place Saturday at noon will crown best-dressed pups as King and Queen of Mutti Gras. Market mainstay The Gumbo Pot will be serving up its Cajun gumbo, jambalaya and beignets. Also: bead-throwing at the top of each hour along with performances by Cajun and Zydeco musicians. See website for complete schedule. Free. The Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., Fairfax District, 323.933.9211. farmersmarketla.com

CicLAvia: Culver City Meets Mar Vista & Palms
March 3. Over six miles of L.A.’s normally congested streets turn into a car-free park for a walk and bike tour through Culver City and nearby neighborhoods Mar Vista and Palms during this beloved openstreets event. See website for route details. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 213.355.8500. ciclavia.org

Black Super Hero Magic Mama
Opens March 5. Los Angeles-based playwright Inda Craig-Galván’s new play—world-premiering here—follows Sabrina, a mother who copes with her teenage son’s police-shooting death by getting lost in the comic-book fantasy world he had created. See website for show times and ticket prices. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454. geffenplayhouse.org

Lackawanna Blues
Opens March 5. Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson both wrote and performs this personal work, taking on more than 20 colorful characters from the eccentric boarding house he grew up in in the 1950s. See website for show times and ticket prices. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

Block Party 2019
Opens March 7. This third annual celebration of the L.A. theater scene spotlights three encore productions from outstanding local theater companies. For the Love of (or, the Roller Derby Play) runs March 7-17; Rotterdam opens March 28. See website for show times and ticket prices. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

PPLA Food Fare
March 7. Fortieth annual food event features tastings from more than 150 restaurants, caterers, vendors, wineries and breweries. Participating venues include AR Cucina, Baltaire, Maple, Otium and Salazar. Crustacean Beverly Hills’ Helene An is being recognized as chef of the year. Proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. Daytime session 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; evening session 6:30-9:30 p.m. $150-$350. Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, 213.284.3300. pplafoodfare.com

 

Alash—a trio of master throat singers—performs at The Broad Stage on March 8.

 

Alash
March 8. The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage presents a rare performance by Alash, a trio of master throat singers from Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia. Grounded in tradition while expanding its musical vocabulary with new ideas from the West, the ensemble and its individual members have consistently won top honors on the highest stages. 7:30 p.m. $40-$65. 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200. thebroadstage.org

Grunge: The Rise of a Generation
March 8-31. In honor of what would have been Kurt Cobain’s 50th birthday, Morrison Hotel Gallery presents a photography exhibit celebrating grunge music, the fashion, the attitude and its impact on anyone who has listened to Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam or worn a flannel shirt. M-W 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Th-Sa 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Morrison Hotel Gallery, Sunset Marquis, 1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood, 310.881.6025. morrisonhotelgallery.com

CycleBar Charity Rides
March 9-10. The Culver City cycling studio commemorates its two-year anniversary with several charity rides. Saturday 1:30 p.m. ride proceeds will be donated to the AIDS/Lifecycle Ride. Proceeds from the 3 p.m. ride will go to The Burrito Project LA. The Sunday noon charity ride will be for Michelson Found Animals Adopt & Shop; the charity will have puppies available for adoption at the studio from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. as part of the “Pedaling for Puppies” event. The final 2 p.m. charity ride is for Love Liv, which funds research to treat the muscle disease Nermaline Myopathy. $25 suggested donation. 4130 Sepulveda Blvd., Studio C, Culver City, 323.325.5759. cyclebar.com

Cinderella
Through March 10. In New Age’s production of the classic fairy tale, choreographer Matthew Bourne transforms the princess story into a wartime romance with a twist of Hollywood glamour—all set to a score by Prokofiev. See website for show times and ticket prices. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

Farhang Nowruz Celebration
March 10. The Farhang Foundation celebrates Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) with a variety of activities and entertainment including a colorful Spring Walk parade, traditional dance performances, an Iranian Tea House, puppet shows, authentic musical performances. See website for schedule. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Dickson Court, UCLA campus. farhang.org

Oscar Rejlander: Artist Photographer
Opens March 12. Oscar G. Rejlander was one of the 19th century’s greatest innovators in the medium of photography, counting Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Charles Darwin, Lewis Carroll and Julia Margaret Cameron among his devotees. Nevertheless, the extent of Rejlander’s work and career has often been overlooked. The exhibition features 150 photographs that demonstrate Rejlander’s remarkable range. Su, Tu-F 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sa 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. $15 parking; $10 after 3 p.m. The Getty, 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A. getty.edu

PaleyFest L.A. 2019
March 15-24. The Paley Center for Media hosts this annual event, with screenings and panels featuring creators and stars from top TV shows. This year’s lineup includes The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Walking Dead and This Is Us, plus a conversation with The Late Show’s Stephen Colbert. See website for schedule and tickets. Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 310.786.1000. paleyfest.org

Adam Conover
March 16. Adam Conover—the creator, writer and host of hit TruTV series Adam Ruins Everything—brings his Mind Parasites Live tour to L.A. In this original hybrid of stand-up comedy and psychedelic biology class, Conover will reveal the cultural parasites that seek to control your mind and behavior, and explain how you can protect yourself from their influence. 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show. See website for ticket prices. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.936.6400. Tickets

Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival
March 17. This annual all-day street festival enlivens downtown L.A. with Irish food, drink specials and sets by live DJs. Headquartered at Casey’s Irish Pub, the street festival takes place in front of the pub; enter at Wilshire Boulevard and Hope Street. 6 a.m.-1 a.m.; festival starts at 11 a.m. Free general admission before 1 p.m. 21+. 613 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.629.2353. caseysirishpub.com

My Dinner With Andre Reading
March 19. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Film Independent present a special, one-night only live read of the 1981 comedy My Dinner with Andre, starring Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian John Mulaney and noted film and Broadway actor Nick Kroll. Film Independent curator Elvis Mitchell hosts. 7:30 p.m. $50. The Wallis, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000. thewallis.org

Rooftop Cinema Club
Starts March 20. Rooftop Cinema Club is back for its fifth season in Hollywood and downtown L.A. The season kicks off with a selection of musicals. First up is La La Land starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Both rooftop locations will host sing-a-longs with screenings of Bohemian Rhapsody and Grease. See website for schedule and ticket prices. 6121 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; 888 S. Olive St., downtown. rooftopcinemaclub.com

Westweek 2019
March 20-21. The West Coast’s definitive showcase for global design debuts an array of luxury furnishings and interior resources crafted by today’s foremost design innovators. This year’s “Artists & Artisans”-themed event features keynote programs, product introductions and showroom happenings, plus presentations from the nation’s leading shelter publications, editors and tastemakers. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.657.0800. pacificdesigncenter.com

Puppies & Planks
March 23. Head to Los Angeles State Historic Park to celebrate National Puppy Day at the Puppies & Planks outdoor fitness festival and charity event. There will be adoptable pups to cuddle, a health and wellness shopping village, Instagrammable photo ops, a 3K dog walk and fitness classes led by fitness stars and celebrity trainers. All proceeds will be donated to LA Animal Services and local pet rescues. See website for schedule and details. 1245 N. Spring St., downtown. puppiesandplanks.com

 

“Soul of A Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983” opens March 23.

 

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983
Opens March 23. The Broad presents the West Coast debut of this internationally acclaimed exhibition, which celebrates work created by black artists over two decades. Advance reservations required. Tu-W 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Th-F 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sa 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Su 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $18 GA, $12 students. The Broad, 221 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.232.6200. Tickets

Cats
Through March 24. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical is back with new lighting design, sound design and choreography, breathing new life into the Tony winner. See website for show times and ticket prices. Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com

Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole
Through March 24. In this musical, having its West Coast premiere here, Dulé Hill (West Wing, Psych) plays Nat “King” Cole as he faces the final Christmastime broadcast of his variety show. See website for show times and ticket prices. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454. geffenplayhouse.org

Los Angeles Marathon
March 24. Established in 1986, the city’s famed race is still going strong, attracting thousands of runners from around the world who take on the “Stadium to the Sea” course. 6:30 am. Registration $210. Starting point: Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Ave., L.A., 213.542.3000. lamarathon.com

YoungArts Los Angeles
March 26-31. Enjoy multidisciplinary performances, a cinematic arts screening and a visual-arts exhibition from rising stars who were selected by the National YoungArts Foundation to receive mentoring and national awards (Nicki Minaj is an alumna). See website for public performance schedule and tickets. youngarts.org

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Opens March 27. Roald Dahl’s story comes to the stage, featuring songs from the original film, a new score from the songwriters of Hairspray and, of course, Oompa-Loompas and the great glass elevator. See website for show times and ticket prices. Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com

Latin Food Fest
March 29-30. This seventh annual Hispanic culinary celebration consists of a festival kickoff party, “Chefs Night Out,” and its signature event, “Gran Tasting,” featuring food, wine, spirits and beer-tasting tents; celebrity-chef cooking demos; and live music. F 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Sa 1-4 p.m., early/VIP entry noon. Tickets $25-$49; VIP $149. 21+. Santa Monica Beach, Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica. latinfoodfest.com

The Other Art Fair
March 29-31. The Other Art Fair will present its largest Los Angeles class to date, featuring 140 local and international emerging artists. Exhibiting artists will showcase an array of original and limited edition works, including painting, photography, sculpture, and more. L.A. graffiti and tattoo artist Mister Cartoon will serve as the fair’s guest artist with a special showcase. F 3-10 p.m., Sa 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-6 p.m. See website for ticket prices. Magic Box at The Reef, 1933 S. Broadway, downtown. theotherartfair.com

APDA Southern California Optimism Walk
March 30. The American Parkinson Disease Association hosts its annual walk for people with Parkinson’s and their families and support systems. In addition to the 1-mile walk, there will be family-friendly activities, prizes and more. 8:30 a.m. check-in, 9:30 a.m. walk. See website for pricing. South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes. Info

 

Photos: “The Old Man and the Old Moon” by T. Charles Erickson. Alash courtesy Alash. Elizabeth Catlett, Black Unity, 1968 (detail) by Edward C. Robison III. ©Catlett Mora Family Trust/VAGA at ARS, NY

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