Your Ultimate Guide To March: 20 Cool Events Happening In Los Angeles

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The Petersen opens a 'Harley vs. Indian' motorcycle exhibition this month. (Image: Courtesy of The Petersen)

We found 20 awesome events happening in L.A. in March to help you plan your social calendar. Read on for all our event picks and details.

March 1-7

OUTFEST FUSION (Film fest)
The 2016 Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival runs March 1-7 at the Egyptian Theatre, Highland Park Cinema and other venues throughout Los Angeles. The Festival celebrates LGBT people of color and amplifies diverse voices through media and storytelling. Outfest Fusion includes short and feature film screenings, filmmaker Q&A’s and filmmaking workshops. Things kick off tonight with the world premiere of the hit Bawn TV web series “Cheetah in August” at the WeHo City Council Chamber Chambers. General screening tickets start at $10.

March 2-Feb. 2018

HARLEY VS. INDIAN (Motorcycles)
The Petersen Automotive Museum opens the new exhibit Harley vs. Indian to the public on Saturday, March 4 that showcases the rivalry between America’s two greatest motorcycle manufacturers, Harley-Davidson and Indian. The opening [ticketed] reception for the show will be held on Thursday, March 2, with KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez spinning tunes. Beer and wine will be served along with light refreshments. Advance ticket purchase is required, $25 for Petersen members and $35 for nonmembers.

March 3-4

LEBOWSKI FEST (Festival)
Calling all achievers: The two-day Lebowski Fest begins in LA on Friday, March 3, with an evening of special guests, live music by the Kyle Gass Band and a screening of The Big Lebowski. All ages. Tickets $20 GA / $30 Loge. The bowling party with costume, trivia and other contests takes place at the Fountain Bowl (in Fountain Valley) on March 4. Tickets: $25 adv / $30 day of, includes unlimited bowling.

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The Laluzapalooza 2017 art show opens this Friday. (Image: Johnny Taylor, 'Black Cat')

March 3-April 2

LALUZAPALOOZA (Art):
La Luz De Jesus Gallery presents the 31st edition of its annual juried group exhibition, Laluzapalooza. The no-theme show features more than 130 pieces from 64 artists, including commercial illustrators, graphic designers, tattooists, scenics, students, street taggers, animators and gallery artists. Some of the names are recognizable and other works are from undiscovered, emerging talents. The opening reception is on Friday (March 3) from 8-11 p.m., and the works will remain on view through April 2.

March 4-5

IPA FESTIVAL (Beer)
The fourth annual Los Angeles IPA Festival returns to Mohawk Bend on March 4-5. More than 60 of California's top breweries will compete for the title of Best IPA. The judging and awards will take place on Saturday, March 4 beginning at 9:30 am when the doors open. On Sunday, flights of the remaining IPAs will be available at 9:30 am until supplies last. 10-oz. tastings are $5.

March 4-5 and March 11-12

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The Descanso Garden's Cherry Blossom Festival takes place this weekend and next. (Image: Danielle Bedics-Arizala)


CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL (Outdoors)
Descanso Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival expands to two weekends (March 4-5 and 11-12) because of the cherry trees’ popularity and overwhelming demand. Listen to live music, learn origami and other crafts and take guided walks through the gardens. Reservations must be made in advance for timed tickets. Adult admission is $9; $6 for seniors and students with a school I.D.; $4 for children 5 to 12, and free for ages 4 and younger.

March 5

626 GOLDEN STREETS (Open streets event)
Golden Streets is the largest open streets event in the country, and it takes place on Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm in the 626. Walk, bike, run, skate, scooter and play on more than 18 miles of car-free open streets through South Pasadena, San Marino, LA County, Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa. The event is all ages, family friendly and free.

March 6

HERE’S THE THING PODCAST LIVE (Podcast taping)
Alec Baldwin hosts his Here’s the Thing Podcast Live on March 6 at the Theater at Ace Hotel with special guests Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally. 8 pm. Tickets: $30-$55.

March 6-17

OLD PASADENA HAPPY HOUR WEEK (Drinks + Food)
Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week runs from March 6-17 at participating restaurants, bars, and lounges, including La Grande Orange Café, Maestro, Sushi Roku, POP Champagne & Dessert Bar, Rocco’s Tavern and many others. Among the special events planned are: The Blind Donkey’s Pappy Van Winkle bourbon private reserve release and Neon Retro Arcade’s craft soda and grilled cheese tasting.

March 8

WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION (Film + party)
A Women’s Day Celebration: A Celebration of Women and Diversity in Entertainment is at The Wiltern on March 8. At 7 pm, there’s panel discussion with Alisa Xayalith, lead singer of The Naked & Famous; Kirsten Schaffer, executive director of Women In Film Association; Tori Letzler, singer and composer for film music (American Horror Story: Coven) and Callie Khouri, writer of Thelma & Louise. They’ll discuss their careers and staying in the business. It’s followed at 8:30 pm by a screening of Thelma & Louise. All ages, full bar and food. Tickets: $10.50-$14. Partial proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood LA.

March 8-11

ALL-STAR CHEF CLASSIC (Food)
Dozens of Michelin-starred, James Beard Award-winning or just in-demand chefs from around the world descend on L.A. Live from March 8-11 to share their foods with attendees at the grand tasting experience. The All-Star Chef Classic also offers smaller events in its Master Dinner series, in which specialized food and wine pairing dinners will be available. In addition to tastings, chefs will come together in the Chefs Tasting Arena—and Restaurant Stadium—showing off their skills in the round and before a live audience.

March 12

NOWRUZ FESTIVAL (Iranian New Year)
The 9th annual Nowruz (Iranian New Year) Festival moves from LACMA to the UCLA campus on March 12 (from 12-8 pm) to accommodate the festival’s growing crowds and popularity. The daylong festival is free and open to the public and features musical performances, traditional Iranian dance, kids activities, puppet shows, a traditional cultural displays and a costume parade. The festival culminates with a performance by renowned international artist Mohsen Namjoo.

March 17-26

Can't wait for this year's Paley Fest, so we can cry even more with the This is Us cast.

PALEYFEST (TV Festival)
PaleyFest returns to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood from March 17-26. The TV fan festival features screenings and panel discussions with cast and creatives from some of the hottest shows on TV. On the schedule this year are: The Walking Dead (3/17); Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends (3/18); This Is Us (3/18); Grey’s Anatomy (3/19); NCIS: Los Angeles (3/21); The Late Late Show w/ James Corden (3/22); Orphan Black (3/23); Bob's Burgers (3/24); Pretty Little Liars (3/25); Westworld (3/25); Scandal (3/26); and American Horror Story: Roanoke (3/26). Individual tickets: $30 to $72 for Paley Members and $40 to $90 for general admission. Membership packages/rates available.

March 18-19

BACH IN THE SUBWAYS (Classical music)
Bach in the Subways returns to L.A. from March 18-19 to celebrate the 332nd birthday of composer Johann Sebastian Bach, with pop-up performances of the composer’s music throughout Los Angeles. The annual 10-hour Bach Marathon at Union Station takes place on Saturday, March 18, 9 am-7 pm featuring renowned violinist Phillip Levy.

March 21

DUNGEN & THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED (Film + music)
The J. Paul Getty Museum presents a screening of The Adventures of Prince Achmed with a new instrumental score “Häxan” performed live by Swedish quartet Dungen on March 21 at 7:30 pm. The band was commissioned by Anders Annikas of the Swedish Film Institute to create the score for Lotte Reiniger’s 1926 film—one of the oldest surviving full-length animated films in existence. Tickets: $10; reservations required.

March 23

GAME OF THRONES (Live concert)
Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi brings a full orchestra and choir to to The Forum on March 23 for a live GoT experience. Djawadi takes the audience on a “musical journey through the realm - from King's Landing to Winterfell, along the northern stretches of the Kingsroad to The Wall and across the Narrow Sea to Braavos, Meereen and beyond.” Tickets: $39-$135.

March 24-26

7th ANNUAL PALM DESERT FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL (Food fest)
Road trip alert: the Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival takes over the The Gardens on El Paseo downtown Palm Desert. In addition to the demos, talks and Grand Tastings ($100 general admission), there are a number of special events during and before the festival. Among them: Gale Gand’s Pie Camp, An Evening with Opus One and “An Evening in New Orleans” at Toscana Country Club with Commander’s Palace Executive Chef Tory McPhail. Tickets are sold separately and price vary per event.

March 25

ZINE MELT (Comics + zines)
Meltdown Comics presents ZineMelt on March 25 from 1-5 pm. The FREE zine and comics show brings in DIYers to sell their works, from comics, patches, prints and other items.

March 30-April 1

DRILL: LOS ANGELES (Music fest)
The English punk band Wire has been presenting a series of “Drill” festivals and later this month, Drill: Los Angeles takes over the Echo / Echoplex for a three days to celebrate Wire’s 40 years in the music business. Performers include: Bob Mould, Mikal Cronin + string & horn ensemble, Julia Holter, Mild High Club, Wand, Laetitia Sadier, Fitted, Part Time Punks, Howardamb, Once and Future Band, Chasms, Noveller, Slows and The Pinkflag Guitar Orchestra. Three-day passes are a bargain at $46.50.

March 31-April 2

WONDERCON (Comic books)
WonderCon—a smaller version of Comic-Con—takes over the Anaheim Convention Center from March 31-April 2. There’s something for all geeks (and we say that with love): comics, movies, TV, animation, exhibitors and programming. Adult single day tickets are ($18-$30) and three-day adult badges are $65. No badges will be sold at the convention center.

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