March Events in BostonWhat to do in Boston in March
Things to Do in Boston in March 2023
In many places, March brings signs of Spring, but in Boston, March usually brings another month of snow and cold and cheek numbing winds. While we all yearn for March to go out out like a lamb, there’s a whole lot more to look forward to in Boston this March.
March in Boston is the beginning of the end of winter, yet Winter Fun is still in full swing. Area ski resorts start in with Spring skiing deals, ice skating rinks enjoy the final weeks of operation, St. Patrick's Day events bring together the Irish Spirit in all of us, and plenty of Boston Museums and Indoor destinations open their doors to make March melt into Spring!
Lace up your ice skates and go Ice Skating! There is nothing like an excursion at an outdoor ice skating rink! Boston has a few to offer throughout the winter with the Frog Pond on Boston Common Is a skating fan favorite.
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St. Patrick's Day Parade
The Red Sox start gearing up for the season during spring training, and of course, there's the quintessential Irish celebration of Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade. Is there a more Irish city in the United States than Boston? St. Patricks Day week is a fine time to take in the festivities and tour a bit of the city. Colorful floats, music and good cheer await you at South Boston's flagship event.
Embrace the St. Patrick Day vibe with a visit to the Irish Film Festival. After taking a l year fundraising hiatus, the Irish Film Festival will be back to celebrate its 20th anniversary festival this March 2020
Boston Massacre Reenactment & Tours
Watch history come alive as downtown Boston transforms into Revolutionary Boston at The Boston Massacre Commemoration and Reenactment Witness the shocking and pivotal events of March 1770; hear stories of patriots, loyalists, and moderates who lived through the occupation, and decide for yourself what really happened on the tragic night of the Boston Massacre. You can also take a walking tour that explains the historic event along the way.
Visit a Museum
It's often too cold to stay outside but too sunny to be stuck inside in the month of March, which is why it's the perfect month to head to explore Boston's museums. Boston boasts many world-class museums, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, The Boston Children's Museum, The Discovery Museum, The Ecotarium and many more. Be sure to check your local library for discount coupons and free passes! As a bonus, every Thursday night in March is free at the ICA.
Revels Spring Sing - A Celebration of the Spring Equinox
Revels Spring Sing welcomes the greener season with communal singing and lots of seasonal entertainments, including a seriously funny Farmers Market Mummers Play and musical performances by David Coffin, the Revels Alumni Youth Chorus, and a fabulous folk band. This family friendly event is fun for all ages.
Spring Skiing Near Boston
There is still plenty of time to bundle up and hit the Ski Slopes. Several downhill and cross country ski areas are located near Boston, less than an hour outside of the city - perfect for a day or even a weekend of fun in the snow.
Snowboarding and tubing are also available at some of these fantastic destinations. View our Guide to skiing near Boston to get some great ideas on where to ski as you round out the end of winter. And if Nordic skiing is your thing, check out our guide to cross-country skiing near Boston to find groomed trails near you.
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The Boston Flower Show
Be dazzled by colorful flowers, innovative garden designs and amazing horticultural exhibits at the prestigious Boston Flower Show. While usually Bostonians look forward to heading to the Seaport World Trade Center to explore the harmony we create within our gardens, vases and living spaces; There are no plans to produce the Boston Flower & Garden Show in 2023. Hopefully the event will return next year.
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Maple Sugaring Season Events
It's maple syrup season in New England and there are a lot of cool events that provide an insider's view to how maple syrup is made. Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the annual Sap to Syrup Breakfast at Drumlin Farm. Enjoy a hearty breakfast of pancakes with Vermont maple syrup and Drumlin Farm's own sausage and potatoes. See a syrup evaporator at work, and learn about the tradition of maple sugaring!
At Old Sturbridge Village, the first whiff of spring isn't the aroma of spring flowers - it's the smell of wood smoke and maple syrup, a sure sign that the sap is rising and spring is on the way. Join us for four weekends of our Maple Days event throughout March, where you can see maple sugaring as it was done in early 19th-century rural New England in OSV's working sugar camp.
The annual Maple Tree Tap-a-thon in Sourtboro is a special family event, every participant will be able to set their own tap to get the farm's maples flowing!
Families also flock to Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary for their Weekend Maple Sugaring Weekend. Naturalist-guided tours, visitors will learn how to identify a sugar maple, observe tapping and sap collection methods, watch the sap being boiled down in the sugarhouse, and get a sweet taste of the final product.
Any to the south, visit the Blue Hills Trailside Museum for their annual Maple Sugar Days Festival to experience the sugaring process from tree to table and discover how sugaring has evolved over time. Smell the wood smoke as you watch clouds of steam rise from bubbling sap cooking into syrup in the sugar house.
Sheep Shearing Events!
It's a sure sign of spring—time to shear the sheep! Celebrate the arrival of spring at a number of sheep-inspired festivals including Woolapalooza at Drumlin Farm. This fleecy fun extravaganza features all sorts of farm activities. Watch sheep shearing and herding demonstrations, check out our Sheep-to-Sweater trail and visit the new lambs!
The annual Sheep Shearing Festival at Gore Place is another time-honored tradition in the Boston area. Attractions include demonstrations of sheep shearing, herding dogs, spinning and weaving and a crafts fair with more than 60 crafters. A rain or shine, outdoor family festival full of farm animals, live music and more.
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Whale Watching Season Starts
Watch a Hockey Game
Head over to TD Garden for some action packed fun on the ice at the Boston Bruins continue their season on their home rink. The city of Boston is famous for great athletic franchises and diehard fans and the Bruins are right in the mix. This exciting venue is exhilarating enough for hockey fans and newbies alike!
Get your heart pumping for a great cause at Big Climb Boston, at which participants will climb 32 or 64 flights of stairs at a Financial District skyscraper. Participants must fundraise a minimum of $100, which will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
There are plenty of adventurous indoor activities that will thrill all ages while avoiding the blustery days of March.
Check our Boston Events Calendar for fun things to do as winter begins its retreat.
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Stacey Sao has been the Managing Director of the family-friendly events and activities website, BostonCentral for over 20 years. She continues to enjoy discovering and exploring new places to visit in the Greater Boston area.