Performing Arts Festival
San Francisco Public Library’s annual festival (formerly called the Puppet Festival) includes the Fratello Marionettes, Magical Moonshine Theatre, shadow puppet shows, musical tales by Morgan Taylor and his cone-head sidekick Gustafer Yellowgold, bilingual English-Spanish concerts and acrobatic and circus acts.
At the San Francisco Public Library and various branches, San Francisco. Free.
Women's History Month Awards
March 4, at 3:30-7 pm
To mark Women's History Month, the city highlights amazing women like Lynne Benioff, Tonya Chaffee and Sandy Mori this year. Mayor Ed Lee pays tribute to San Francisco's Woman of the Year and honorees from each of the 11 supervisorial districts.
At San Francisco City Hall, 1 Carlton B. Goodlett Place. Free.
Mardi Gras San Francisco Style: Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore
March 4, from 5 pm
A free blues concert, street artists and performers and a procession on Fillmore to a masquerade ball of New Orleans food, dancing, a costume contest and raffle prizes.
Concert 5-7 pm at Fillmore Plaza, 1475 Fillmore St., San Francisco. Masquerade Ball 7-11 pm at West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore St.; tickets $45-90.
March 7, at 7 pm-12:30 am
Celebrate National Day of Unplugging at a "digital detox" party of old-fashioned face-to-face fun, including arts and crafts, board games, dancing, live music, typewriters, a massage lounge and special guests Tiffany Shlain and Ken Goldberg. No-nos for the night: shop talk, networking, cameras and digital technology (you can check your phone at the door).
At Broadway Studios, 435 Broadway St., San Francisco 94133. Free.
Member for a Day
If you’re a member of any one of a dozen Bay Area museums, today you and a friend can get into the 11 others for free. Each museum is also hosting special activities. One membership card allows for free admission for two people. Participants are: the Asian Art Museum, Cartoon Art Museum, Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young and Legion of Honor, Museum of the African Diaspora, Oakland Museum of California, SF Camerawork, SF MOMA, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California Botanical Garden, Walt Disney Family Museum and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
CAAMFeast: Stories, Food & You
March 8, at 6-9 pm
Chef Martin Yan and Socola Chocolates co-founder Wendy Lieu talk about food and their craft at this benefit for the Center for Asian American Media. Appetizers and drinks from from Roy's, Straits Restaurant and elsewhere, plus an auction.
At One Kearny Club, 23 Geary St., San Francisco 94108. Tickets: $325 for two people, and up.
Bay Area Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival
March 8, at 8 pm
Nine local a capella groups, ranging in size from three to 13 members and with names like the Smorgaschord, Hearsay and Business Casual, perform tonight. Only one will be chosen to represent the Bay Area and sing against seven other U.S. regional champs in the national finals, held in May in San Rafael.
At the Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco. Tickets $29.50.
March 9, at 11 am-4 pm
The popular city program, which bars cars from busy thoroughfares and turns them over to pedestrians and human–powered wheels, starts a new season. Jog, run, bike and enjoy rock climbing, lots of live music, dance performances, row boat rides on the bay and displays by the Exploratorium and the Aquarium by the Bay.
At the Embarcadero between Fisherman‘s Wharf and Pier 52. Free.
Presented by the Center for Asian American Media, this festival is the former San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival plus off-screen offerings, such as concerts by Korean bands and female vocalists and DJs. Films include opening night’s How to Fight in Six Inch Heels, a Vietnamese comedy starring a Bay Area actress in the lead role, the 2014 Oscar nominated documentary The Missing Picture, films about the Tibetan independence movement and productions by legendary Hong Kong movie mogul Run Run Shaw.
At various venues in San Francisco and the East Bay. Ticket prices vary.
SFUSD Arts Festival
A festival saluting the artistic creativity of SF public school kids. Includes performances by school choirs, jazz bands, orchestras, drama and dance groups, film screenings, poetry readings and an exhibit of works by 2,000 students.
At the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco 94102. Free.
Persian New Year Festival
March 18, at 6-10 pm
On the last Tuesday of winter, celebrate the Persian New Year by jumping over a bonfire and indulging in Persian food, music and kids’ games. Cultural organizations and craft vendors will be on hand.
At the Persian Center, 2029 Durant Ave., Berkeley 94704. Free.
Bouquets to Art
March 18–23, at 9:30 am–5:15 pm
The de Young’s collection is supplemented and complemented by floral art works made by 125 Bay Area floral designers. Luncheons, art-making activities for kids and floral demonstrations by the White House’s chief floral designer and the artistic director of flowers for Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding are also part of the Fine Arts Museums fundraiser.
At the de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco 94118. Ticket prices vary.
San Francisco Opera Costume Shop Sale
March 22 & 23
Take "dress to impress" to a whole new level with this sale, held for only the fifth time ever. Hand-woven costumes from the 2013 world premiere of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, 18th-century looks ala Don Giovanni, "conceptual and fantasy costumes that defy description," outfits worn by divas, plus shoes, masks and hats are for sale, to benefit San Francisco Opera.
At San Francisco Opera Scene Shop, 800 Indiana St., San Francisco. Free admission.
KQED Women’s Heritage Month Celebration & Free Film Screening
March 26, at 6:30-8:30 pm
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. which looks at the evolution of Wonder Woman, pop culture representations of super women and women's liberation, is screened, followed by a panel discussion. KQED swag given to those who dress up as a heroine.
At the Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., San Francisco 94110. Free.
The Magic Flute
March 29, at 1 pm
See Ingmar Bergman’s famed film adaption of Mozart’s opera, which features fairies, love and the Queen of the Night. Before the screening, a representative of the Merola Opera Program, San Francisco Opera's training program, talks about the opera and how the film was made.
At the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco 94102. Free.
Taste of Success
March 29, at 3-6:30 pm
Taste the bounty of 20 local wineries, along with food. Plus live jazz, raffle prizes and live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit Junior Achievement of Northern California, which educates students about financial management, the work world and entrepreneurship.
At Golden Gate Club, the Presidio, 135 Fisher Loop, San Francisco. Tickets $75 and up.
Martin Luther King III
March 29, at 7 pm
The eldest son of Martin Luther King, Jr. talks about equality, justice and hope.
At Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd., Oakland 94621. Limited seating; call (510) 434-3988 from 9 am-4 pm to RSVP. Free.