The 10 Best Free Events Happening in March

Where you can have fun on (less than) a dime this month

Manchester's St. Patrick's Parade is one path to free fun this month. Here, a festive runner participates in the (registration fee required) Shamrock Shuffle that precedes the parade. Courtesy of Millennium Running

1. Maple Sugar Shack, Intervale, March 3 to April 28

It's maple month here in New Hampshire, and the maple harvesters at Intervale's 100 Acre Wood are opening their doors so you can see the maple sugaring process firsthand. Stop by the shack to meet the makers and sample the sweet stuff, and enjoy self-guided or guided ($25) tours of the trails where the maple trees are tapped. You can pop in for a self-guided tour any time, but come on Saturdays and Sundays to go inside the sugarhouse or avail yourself of a guided tour. (603) 356-9980;

2. Meet Boston Bruin Tim Schaller, Bedford, March 5

Don't miss out on the opportunity to meet Merrimack native and Boston Bruin forward Tim Schaller. Fans will be able to pose for photos with Schaller, get his autograph and visit with hockey fans of all ages. There will also be an opportunity for pans to purchase items that benefit the Jimmy Fund, Schaller's charity of choice. (603) 310-7200;

3. Art Therapy Workshop, Dover, March 9

Wheelchair Health in Motion encourages you to feel joy through art at this fun event. After a long winter, putting a paintbrush to canvas will lighten your mood as you get in touch with your creative side. Tools and instruction during the class are provided. (603) 938-2562;

4. Astrophotography Art in Science Exhibition, Manchester, March 16 to April 21

Astrophotography is both one of the oldest and newest forms of art. It is a specialized form of photography for taking pictures of astronomical objects and large areas of the night sky. Don't miss out on the opportunity to go through a photographic journey into outer space as you explore the moon, solar system and what lies beyond like clusters, nebulae and maybe even a galaxy far, far away.

5. Growing a Cutting Garden, Conway, March 19

Have you always dreamed of having your own garden of beautiful flowers at your disposal? Have you always wanted to cut your own spring arrangement for a friend? Here's your chance. Nancy Stedman describes herself as a gardener who's "out of control." Stedman will bring her great ideas about what flowers work best for specific arrangements, and lead you in a step-by-step process about how to set up your own cutting garden. She will also give you tips on how to plant your garden, and where and when to plant different flowers.

6. Brewing New Hampshire: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State from Colonial Times to the Present, New Hampton, March 20

Attention beer connoisseurs, this one's for you. Glenn Knoblock will be exploring the history of New Hampshire's beer and  brewing industry from the Colonial days to today's modern breweries and brew pubs around the state. Rare and unusual photos and advertisements document this changing industry, including the Frank Jones Brewery in Portsmouth. Knoblock will also discuss more lesser-known brewers and breweries that operated in the state, including the only brewery that was owned and operated by a woman before the modern era. (603) 744-9798;

7. Beekeeping Seminar, Plymouth, March 24

Warm weather is coming, and with it comes the promises of spring — and the insects that accompany it. This seminar is about one particular (and much-needed) insect that's dying at an alarming rate in the United States. Rand's Hardware's third annual Beekeeping Seminar will teach you about beekeeping, saving the bees and how you can do your part in keeping them alive. (603) 536-1000;

8. St. Patrick's Parade, Manchester, March 25

When Irish eyes are smiling ... it's usually because they're having fun for free. This longstanding Queen City tradition celebrates St. Patrick's Day with bagpipe bands, parading fire and police brigades, and more men in kilts than you'll see all year. Pull up a lawn chair and enjoy — and if you indulge in a Guinness-fueled brunch before the noon kickoff, your secret's safe with us.

9. 23rd Annual NHTI Wellness Fair, Concord, March 27

Further your goal of becoming your best self in 2018 by checking out this wellness fair. There will be demonstrations, wellness education, health screenings, massages, exhibits and more. There will also be healthy refreshments and door prizes. (603) 230-4043;

10. Take a hike!

Spring is here! Pick a sunny day this month — there are bound to be a few scattered between mid-March clouds and the last gasps of snow — and celebrate the season with a hike on one of New Hampshire's mountain or flatland trails. Here are a few of our favorite trails to try, and here are some tips for getting the whole family ready for a day in the great outdoors.

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