If you'll be in the Los Angeles area this March, here are 10 events to look out for.
When: March 2
Doors open at 4 p.m.; Red carpet coverage starts at 5 p.m.; Awards ceremony starts at 6 p.m.
Where: Million Dollar Theatre, 307 S. Broadway St.
Join fellow film-lovers for a live viewing of the 86th Academy Awards Ceremony at the Million Dollar Theatre. The event will be put on by the Los Angeles Historic Theater Foundation, and attendees will enjoy drinks and contests along with the awards ceremony.
When: March 6, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Comedy Store, 8433 Sunset Blvd.
Cost: $25, plus a two-drink minimum
Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, otherwise known for their comedic characters, Jay and Silent Bob, will record their Podcast, Jay and Silent Bob Get Old at The Comedy Store. They'll discuss their long-standing partnership, the Hollywood lifestyle, show business experiences and their effect on the stoner culture.
When: March 8, 11 a.m.
Where: Excelsior High School, 15711 S. Pioneer Blvd, Norwalk, Ca. 90650
Celebrate the traditional Indian custom of Holi, the celebration of good's triumph over bad, as well as the beginning of spring, by throwing colorful powders at other festival goers. Along with the powder-dousing, there will also be musical performances by MC Yogi and Larisa Stowe & Shakti Tribe.
4. LA Marathon
When: March 9, 7 a.m.
Where: Start line at Dodger Stadium
Cost: Runner registration $180
Exercise and sightsee at the same time for 26.2 miles. With the race starting at Dodger Stadium and ending at Santa Monica's Ocean Avenue, you'll be able to pass in some major Los Angeles landmarks. There will be cheerleaders, bands and other entertainers to help guide you along the path, as well.
When: March 15, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Starting point near City Hall on Valley Drive, Hermosa Beach, Ca. 90254
Join the 30,000 plus crowd for the 20th annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Hermosa Beach. Around 100 local business participate in the festivities, and there is an abundance of dining and shopping options along the route of the parade.
When: March 21, 8 p.m.
Where: Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd.
The Grammy Award-winning band comes to Los Angeles for their Mechanical Bull tour. Local Natives will open, and Kings of Leon will showcase past hits as well as songs from their newest album, Mechanical Bull.
When: March 22–23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge 91011
Welcome the spring season by immersing yourself in Japanese culture and foliage at this two-day festival. The festival will feature walking tours of the gardens, origami lessons, traditional Japanese music and food.
When: March 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Olvera Street, 845 N. Alameda St.
Get a taste of the sea from a large assortment of booths at the annual L.A. Seafood Festival. Not only will there be booths filled with food to taste test, there will also be crafts, music, exhibits, carnival games, free gifts and more.
When: March 29, 12–5 p.m.
Where: Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave
For all the bookworms out there, this is the fest for you. The largest coalition of Los Angeles-based authors and publishers will be present at the festival where you can read, see and hear about them. Shop at the local pop-up bookshop, donate to the Little Library system and meet librarians from the Los Angeles Public Library.
10. A Taste of Dance
When: March 29, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave
Cost: $1 per lesson
Learn iconic choreography that has a been seen on the big screen at the Taste of Dance event. There will be Busby Berkeley-inspired dances available to learn for just $1 per lesson.