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. Photo 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; believeinbooks.org


2. “Destiny of the Republic”, Concord, March 4

Gibson’s Book Club will be reading “Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President” by Candice Millard for the month of March. The book club is open to all, and it will be democratically run by the participants. Join the club for every meeting, or deal yourself in as the spirit moves you. (603) 224-0562; gibsonsbookstore.com


3. International Mail Art Exhibition, Peterborough, March 8 – April 12

Lucinda Bliss and Chuck Welch invite the community to dip their toes into the Eternal Network, and send their mail art to be included alongside international artists in this group exhibition. Participants will also have the opportunity to create new contacts and trade artwork with artists abroad. nhia.edu


4. Intro to Organic Gardening Series, Laconia, March 12

It’s always hard to guess if March in the Granite State will deliver a glimpse of spring or a few final blizzards. If you are itching to see the first signs of life, come and take part in this series where you will learn about planting seeds that will grow into strong, resilient plants. You will also gain the skills to help tend to their Learning Garden seedlings as they mature this spring. (603) 366-5695; prescottfarm.org


5. Brewing New Hampshire: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State from Colonial Times to the Present, Auburn, March 19

Attention beer connoisseurs, you won’t want to miss this event. Glenn Knoblock will explore the history of New Hampshire’s beer and ale 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 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) 483-5374; nhhumanities.org


6. “Under the Starry Flag” with Dr. Lucy Salyer, Portsmouth, March 20

Join Dr. Salyer and community partners as they moderate the “Becoming American” film discussion series. Salyer will extend the discussion, focusing on Irish-American immigrants with an illustrated talk based on her new book, “Under the Starry Flag.” It talks about how a band of Irish Americans joined the Fenian Revolt and sparked a crisis over citizenship. (603) 433-1100; strawberybanke.org


7. Canterbury Maple Festival, Canterbury, March 23-24

Enjoy a weekend in Canterbury celebrating the sweetest month of the year. Tour sugar houses, artisans shops, and visit the Canterbury Shaker Village for a weekend of historic and modern activities. You also have the option to stay the night and enjoy warm hospitality. Participants will include North Family Farm, Lamb’s Maple Syrup, Canterbury AleWords, Fox Country Smoke House LLC, Brookford Farm and many more. (603) 783-9334; canterburymaplefestival.com


8. 24th Annual NHTI Wellness Fair, Concord, March 26

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; nhti.edu


9. St. Patrick’s Parade, Manchester, March 31

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. saintpatsnh.com


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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