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Things to do in LA This March

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Taste of Eataly ( March 2) -> To kick off Eataly’s annual Restaurant Fest (March 3-19) the Italian complex will host Taste of Eataly the night before on March 2 with an evening of bites and sips stationed around the marketplace. Tickets are $70 per person and include an all-access bracelet, as well as a 10% discount off all Eataly marketplace purchases. If you can’t make the kick off party, Restaurant Fest runs for two weeks and features two course menus from restaurants Capri and La Pizza & La Pasta that start at $22 plus Italian wines starting at just $10 a glass.

The Groundlings Theatre 30th Anniversary of “Cookin’ with GAS” (March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30)-> The Groundlings all-improv show Cookin’ with GAS has been going strong for the last thirty years. To celebrate this huge milestone the comedy troupe hosts weekly Thursday night anniversary performances throughout the month of March.

First Fridays at NHM (March 3) -> Natural History Museum’s signature monthly series returns on March 3 with Witches, Wizards and Magical Powers. The evening includes live music, DJ sets in the nature garden, pop-up experiences throughout the museum and a discussion between Dr. Yewande Pearse and creature and character designer Jordu Schell and biologist, paleontologist, and multimedia consultant Dr. Stuart Sumida. First Fridays run 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20. Cosplay is encouraged!

Late Night! Fabric of a Nation (March 3)-> Skirball Cultural Center opens late for drinks, dancing and DJ sets, all to highlight the soon-to-close exhibition Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories, which ends on March 12. The evening includes food trucks, crafting, and the chance to add your very own square to a Skirball community quilt. Runs from 6:30 and 10:00 pm. GA tickets are $10.

First Fridays in Bixby Knolls -> The March edition of First Fridays along Atlantic Ave in Long Beach puts a special a focus on Women’s History Month. Expect live music, extended hours at participating businesses, and special discounts. Runs 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Hitting New Heights (March 4) -> Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University welcomes a pair of broadway stars to the stage to kickstart their March run of cultural programming. Mandy Gonzalez and Javier Muñoz (both alums of In The Heights and Hamilton) headline Hitting New Heights, a raucous evening of song featuring tunes from West Side Story, Sunset BoulevardAin’t Too ProudSpringsteen on BroadwayPippinAll Shook Up, WickedHamiltonIn the Heights, and more. Tickets start at $32.50.

Puppy Yoga PetSpace (March 4) -> Khylie Heins of Sweat Yoga Playa Vista leads a pair of yoga sessions at Annenber PetSpace where attendees can strike their practice their best downward facing dog even as adoptable pups from PetSpace prance and bop around the room. Will your session end with the addition of a new member to your pack? Tickets for the classes are $30. Must be 18+.

NHM Butterfly Pavilion (Opens March 5) -> The Butterfly Pavilion at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles returns on March 5, offering guests the chance to admire hundreds of butterflies, native plants, and caterpillars all in one place. Tickets to the Pavilion are $8, which is on top of regular museum admission (starting at $15 per adult). Runs through August 13, 2023.

AirTalk’s FilmWeek Oscar Preview (March 5) -> Host Larry Mantle and contributing FilmWeek critics come to The Orpheum in DTLA for an afternoon of Oscar talk. The panel will swap hot takes on the best performances, opine on the year’s biggest snubs, and handicap all the close races at the forthcoming 2023 Academy Awards. Tickets start at $15.

Sunday Funday at The Wallis (March 5) -> The next edition of Sunday Funday comes to The Wallis with a lineup that features kid-friendly performances by Parker Bent and Spring Groove, plus a Hip-Hop dance session by the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. The event starts at 10 a.m. on the Promenade Terrace. Free to attend. No RSPV necessary.

Strong Words: Voices of the City at the Autry (March 9) -> Join the Autry, in partnership with Strong Words, for an evening of storytelling and music inspired by the theme Migration and Movement. Tickets cost $10.

ArtNight Pasadena (March 10) -> ArtNight Pasadena bands together a group of local institutions and historic locations for an evening of free admissions, and arts and culture programming. Participants include the Pasadena City Hall, Gamble House, Kidspace Museum, USC Pacific Asia Museum, and the Armory Center for the Arts.

Free Family Art Day at The Weisman Museum (March 11) -> Pepperdine University’s Weisman Museum (always free admission) hosts a Free Family Art Day on March 11 that features a day of nature walks, crafting, tours, and readings all built around the museum’s To Bough and To Bend exhibition.

Black History Month Festival on 3rd Street Promenade (March 11)-> After a rain delay postponement in February, Downtown Santa Monica in partnership with Santa Monica Black Lives Association celebrates Black History Month with an afternoon event featuring live music, educational exhibits, and local vendors, headlined by a performance by rapper Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Free to attend. Runs 4 to 10 p.m. Be sure check back to the Eventbrite page for updates on any schedule changes due to inclement weather.

Paint & Sip at Museum of Latin American Art (March 11) -> Join MOLAA for an outdoor painting class led by LA-based artist Priscilla Ortiz. Learn tips and techniques for painting figures based on a live model drawing inspiration from Chicana artist, Yolanda Gonzales. Tickets cost $25 and you must be 21+ to attend because there will be wine!

Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 11) -> The City of Hermosa Beach celebrates St. Patrick’s Day a few days early with a parade along Pier Ave. In conjunction with the parade, there will be special activities set up at the Hermosa Beach Pier including a photo booth and live music.

Festival of the Kite (March 12) -> The 49th Festival of the Kite brings a colorful day of activations to the Redondo Beach Pier, including contests with category-specific kite flying prizes, DJ’d tunes, live music, and even a hot dog eating contest. Runs noon to 5 p.m. Free to attend.

Women’s History Zine Workshop (March 18) -> To help celebrate Women’s History Month, California African American Museum hosts a zine and collage workshop led by educators from Able ARTS Work. All ages are welcome. Free to attend.

Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival (March 19) -> The 2023 Wistaria Festival returns to Sierra Madre with an up-close of “The World’s Largest Blossoming Plant.” The main festival takes place in Downtown Sierra Madre, with over 100 arts, crafts and food vendors alongside The Sierra Madre Auto Show. A shuttle (ticketed) will be available to take visitors up to see the record-breaking vine.

LA Marathon (March 19) -> The Los Angeles Marathon is a weekend-long experience that includes a two day Health & Fitness Expo at Dodger Stadium (March 17-18), a Saturday 5K, the LA Big 5K, plus the Charity Half Marathon and of course the big race on Sunday, March 19.

New Moon Forest Bathing at The Huntington (March 20) -> Welcome the new moon by joining certified Forest Therapy Guide Debra Wilbur for a guided nature immersion in the Palm Garden of The Huntington. Tickets cost $45 a person.

New Exhibitions at TAM (March 25) -> Torrance Museum of Art (always free) hosts an opening reception for their two newest exhibitions, including CO/LAB 5 – LOS ANGELES AND THE WORLD, a team-up of artist run galleries that includes four international spaces paired with four from Los Angeles. Exhibitions remain on view through May 6.

Cherry Blossom Celebration at Shoseian Teahouse (March 26) -> Head to the Shosian Teahouse at Brand park for the annual Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Celebration) featuring tea ceremonies, martial arts, bonsai, music, and plenty of family-friendly fun. All proceeds from the event go to the non-profit Friends of Shoseian. Attending the event is free, but seating for the tea ceremony requires a paid reservation costing $25. Runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vegan Street Fair Los Angeles (March 26) -> Vegan Street Fair Los Angeles returns to North Hollywood with a massive array of vegan-friendly vendors. It’s free to enter the fair and delicious bite-size portions of plant-based eats will be available for $4 or less. The Vegan Street Fair takes place from 11 a.m – 7 p.m on Chandler Avenue between Tujunga and Vineland.

The Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival (March 26) -> The Torrance Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival comes to Columbia Park for a unique blend of cultural performances with a fun variety of crafts by local artisans, centered around the blooming cherry blossom. Free to attend. Runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dog Walking Hours at South Coast Botanic Garden (March 26) -> Once a month dogs are welcomed at the South Coast Botanic Garden for a morning garden stroll with their owners. Adult tickets are $15, and dogs are $5 each.

Topanga Vintage Market (March 26) -> Happening on the fourth Sunday of every month, the Topanga Vintage Market is packed with close to 200 sellers from antiques to vintage clothing and local artisan goods. Runs 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. $5 to get in.

The Other Art Fair (March 30 to April 2) -> The Other Art Fair returns to Los Angeles with a four-day event featuring dozens of original art works, immersive installations, DJ’d music, and specialty cocktails. Tickets for opening night are $45, and general admission for timed entry on Friday to Sunday are $15.

PaleyFest (March 31 to April 4) -> Back live at The Dolby Theater, PaleyFest is five-days of special panels and discussions featuring the cast and crew of some of T.V.’s top shows, including Abbot Elementary, Mandalorian, Yellowstone and more. Tickets available for individual sessions or as multi-event passes.

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