As the cold winds of winter subside and the first sprouts of spring start to emerge, now is the perfect time to come out of hibernation to delight in PA’s many March activities. From jazz concerts and live shows to maple festivals and floral expos, these events are the perfect way to transition to a new, sunnier season!
1. Snow Geese Migration
Each winter, thousands of visitors flock to the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lebanon Valley to watch the annual snow geese migration. From mid-February to mid-March, hundreds of thousands of snow geese stop during their journey to rest and feed on the way to their northern breeding grounds. For the best views, the PA Game Commission recommends arriving in the morning to see the snow geese on the lake during sunrise. Did we mention they also have a snow geese livestream cam, too?
When: Now through mid-March
2. Linvilla Orchards Fore! The Planet Indoor Mini Golf
Escape the cold for nine holes of indoor mini-golf fun at Linvilla Orchards Fore! The Planet. Created by Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences, the interactive exhibit provides lessons on important environmental subjects including butterfly metamorphosis, tropical rain forests, food chains, and dinosaur extinction in a super fun and interesting way. The kids won’t even realize their mini-golf experience is educational!
When: Now-Mar. 26
Cost: $5 purchased online; $6 purchased in person
3. Maple Weekend 2023 at Mill Road Maple
Marvel at the magic of maple syrup production during Maple Weekend 2023. Hosted by the River Valleys Maple Syrup Producers Association, visitors can peek in the participating sugar shacks while they are in full production mode using a mix of modern and old-time technology. Be sure to sample the variety of maple-infused products including maple cotton candy, maple cream, and maple sugar.
When: Mar. 3-5
Where: Various locations
4. Mountain Fest
Enjoy a weekend-long celebration filled with music, art, foodie fun, and even live chainsaw carving at the Elk County Wilds Tourism Association’s annual Mountain Fest. Now in its new location, the 40,000 square-foot former tannery complex, bring the whole family to enjoy delicious, food, fun games, and nearly a hundred vendors including local potters, jewelers, candlemakers, and craft beer, wine, cider, and distilled spirits producers (for the adults).
When: Mar. 3-5
Cost: $5 for the entire weekend
5. The Inextinguishable
Be swept away by the sweet sounds of the Butler County Symphony Orchestra during a concert of iconic classics at The Inextinguishable. Held at Butler Intermediate High School, the evening will include a performance of Maurice Ravel’s “La Valse,” “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius, and Carl Nielsen’s “Symphony No. 4 (The Inextinguishable).”
When: Mar. 4
Cost: $30 for adults and $10 for children/students online ticket purchases; $35 for adults and $12 for children/students at the door
6. Asbury Woods Maple Festival
Enjoy a maple-y weekend in celebration of this amazing and tasty gift of Mother Nature during Asbury Wood’s annual Maple Festival. The weekend features an interactive and informative maple tapping tour and demonstrations, including a stop at Asbury Woods’ sugar shack where the magic of transforming sap to syrup happens! Little ones will enjoy a variety of kid-friendly activities and there will be vendors onsite offering all sorts of maple treats.
When: Mar. 4-5
Cost: $6; free for children age 3 and under
7. The Philadelphia Flower Show
Words simply cannot describe the beauty and wonder of the largest and longest-running flower show in the nation – The Philadelphia Flower Show! This year’s theme, “The Garden Electric,” showcases the exciting, energetic, and passionate side of flowers, gardens, and horticulture in a true feast for the eyes. The stunning and gorgeous floral displays and gardens feature dazzling colors, unique shapes and textures, and rich fragrances by some of the world’s leading floral and landscape designers. Come for the one-of-a-kind experience, the beauty, and the inspiration to turn your little corner of the world into your very own blooming paradise!
When: Mar. 4-12
Cost: Price varies
8. Mardi Gras at Sesame Place
Elmo and friends had such a rollicking good time celebrating Mardi Gras at Sesame Place, they’ve made it a month-long celebration complete with their own Mardi Gras parade! Don your best sparkly purple, green, and gold outfit and join in the fun at the family-friendly celebration featuring special strolling entertainment, a Mardi Gras Mask Scavenger Hunt, and a selection of rides and attractions open for guests of all ages. Be sure to sample their Mardi-Gras-themed tasty treats including Jambalaya, Hush Puppies, Beignets, Mississippi Mud Pie, and Mardi Gras Cupcakes!
When: Mar. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19
Cost: Price varies
9. Time Traveler’s Reading Adventures Club
Saturdays in March, the Gettysburg National Military Park & Visitor Center is hosting the Time Traveler’s Reading Adventures Club for kids ages 10-14. The time travelers will read and discuss "The Not So Boring Letters of Private Nobody" by Matthew Landis – the story of twelve-year-old Oliver who is obsessed with the Civil War and fellow student Ella who is not. Tasked with researching the life of a Civil War soldier, they discover some big secrets buried in the past and the present!
When: Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25
10. Clarion River Jam Bluegrass Festival
Known for hosting some of the best Bluegrass musicians in the eastern U.S., the Clarion River Jam Bluegrass Festival is a weekend filled with smooth jams, delicious food from local vendors, and a good cause with the annual event a major fundraiser for the United Way of Clarion County. This year’s artists include Breakline, Kickin’ Grass, and Steve Ludwig and the Casual Hobos. Be sure to purchase a souvenir t-shirt with its stunning design in a variety of great colors!
When: Mar. 10-12
Cost: TBD, with admission by donation at the door.
11. Celtic Classic Dog Show
Keystone canines are wagging their tails in anticipation of one of the largest dog shows on the East Coast – the Celtic Classic Dog Show. With nearly 8,000 entries this year, the competition for Best in Show will be fiercer than ever. Along with scoping out the competition, visitors can also learn about different breeds and the art of showing dogs.
When: Mar. 15-19
12. St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Search
The interactive children’s history museum, Children of Gettysburg 1863, is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Search that promises a fun time for the whole family. Scour the museum, searching high and low to spy as many hidden leprechauns as possible. A bonus prize awaits at the end of the rainbow for those who spot one or more!
When: Mar. 17-19
Cost: $7.50 for adults; $6.50 for seniors ages 65+; free for children ages 12 and under
13. The Nicole and Harry Martin Spring Show
Showcasing the finest, newest artwork created in the greater Erie region, the Nicole and Harry Martin Spring Show offers a feast for the eyes and spirit. What started 100 years ago as a May exhibition of up-and-coming local artists by the Erie art club, the juried show has become one of Erie Art Museum’s major annual exhibitions. This year, 65 pieces of art by 42 artists will be on display throughout the spring and summer featuring stunning artwork from a variety of media.
When: Mar. 17-Aug. 11
Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students; free for members and children ages 16 and under
14. Fairytales on Ice
Experience the magic of figure skating with Fairytales on Ice Presents: Beauty & The Beast. The spectacular show features award-winning skaters who bring your favorite fairytale characters to life from the fairy tale land of Arelia in a modern storyline full of fun and adventure while ice skating and singing to music!
When: Mar. 23
15. Erie Home and Garden Expo
Celebrate the arrival of the home improvement and spring cleaning season at the annual Erie Home and Garden Expo. With 150+ vendors offering the latest ideas in gardening, landscaping, furniture, cleaning, and roofing needs, this expo offers local experts’ expertise on products and solutions for all your projects. Be sure to stop by Wine & Food Pavilion featuring regional wineries, delicious food, and shopping items.
When: Mar. 24-26
Cost: $7 for adults; free for children ages 10 and under
16. Pittsburgh Humanities Festival
Featuring internationally acclaimed artists and performers together with local community leaders, academics, and change-makers, the Pittsburgh Humanities Festival invites you to thought-provoking conversations about art, politics, history, and cultures, and discussions on what it means to be human.
When: Mar. 24-26
Cost: Price varies
17. 32nd Annual Berks Jazz Fest
Jazz music lovers, this one’s for you! Revel in jazz-filled days and nights at the 32nd annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest with performances by both world-class and up-and-coming musicians at a variety of ticketed and free concerts throughout Berks County. This year’s headliners feature performances by Brian Culbertson, The Manhattan Transfer, Boney James, and Victor Wooten & The Wooten Brothers.
When: Mar. 24-Apr. 2
Cost: Price varies
18. CBX Experience
Close out a magnificent March tasting craft beer, spirits, wine, cider, sake, and other craft beverages at the CBX Experience, just one part of the weeklong Craft Beverage Expo and Conference geared to the craft beverage industry. The CBX Experience is open to the public and features beverages from 100 craft beverage producers from Pittsburgh and from across the U.S. with distribution in Pittsburgh.
When: Mar. 31
Cost: Price varies (Tickets must be purchased online in advance.)
19. Sally’s Bazaar Spring Craft Show
Creatives and DIY lovers will have a wonderful time visiting Sally’s Bazaar Spring Craft Show. Open to the public, this indoor vendor and craft show features silent auctions, free basket giveaways, and Sally’s Snack Bar & Bake Sale with proceeds benefitting the Salvation Army.
When: Mar. 31-Apr. 1
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