The Best Events Happening in March

This month brings a variety of events, from maple month celebrations to Saint Patrick's Day marathons to cooking classes

March is Maple Month in New Hampshire, and sugar shacks and farms like Charmingfare Farm in Derry are each finding their own unique way to celebrate.

Tap Into Maple, Laconia, Weekends in March

Join the team at Prescott Farm every Saturday in March to experience an old-fashioned New England tradition — making maple syrup! From tapping a tree to tasting delicious maple syrup, you will participate hands-on in every step of the syrup making process. Environmental educators will help you build tree ID skills, learn the parts of a tree and their functions, use measuring tools to find an appropriate tree to tap, use historical and modern tree tapping tools, learn the history of maple sugaring including Native American legends, and discover the math and chemical/physical science in the boiling process. The program involves a 20-minute walk to the sugarhouse with an uphill hike back after the program.

Wit and Wisdom: Humor in the Early 19th Century New England, Virtual, March 4 

Whatever did New Englanders do on long winter evenings before cable, satellite and the internet? In the decades before and after the Civil War, our rural ancestors used to create neighborhood events to improve their minds. Community members male and female would compose and read aloud homegrown, handwritten literary “newspapers” full of keen verbal wit. Sometimes serious, sometimes sentimental but mostly very funny, these “newspapers” were common in villages across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and revealed the hopes, fears, humor and surprisingly daring behavior of our forebears. Jo Radner shares excerpts from her forthcoming book about hundreds of these “newspapers” and provides examples from villages in your region.

Virtual Super Stellar Friday: Mystery & Majesty of Saturn’s Rings, Virtual, March 5

Captivating people for more than 400 years, Saturn’s rings have long held many mysteries. Where did they come from? What are they made of? Why are they so big? Why don’t other planets have rings like this? Thanks to studies and imaging from the Cassini Mission to Saturn, scientists were able to improve decades old theories to better answer these questions and more. Join Tufts graduate student Amanda Leith as you embark on a journey across our solar system to discover the secrets of the rings.

“Bienvenue, Printemps!” Virtual, March 5

Music Director Roger Kalia leads a chamber ensemble in an all French program to welcome in Spring through Symphony NH.

Snowshoe Race at Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, March 6 

There’s still time for winter fun this season! The race winds through the Village’s spectacular 700-acre grounds, with racers free to explore its open pastures, wooded trails and take in views of Turning Mill Pond. After the race, enjoy hot cocoa and treats. In addition, prizes will be awarded. The race will follow strict COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of all racers, staff and volunteers.

Summer Camp & Program Expo, Virtual, March 6

Yes, this is a bit of a shameless plug, because this is a New Hampshire Magazine event, but a) it’s going to be a great event and b) we know you’ve been dreaming of summer fun too! This interactive virtual event introduces parents “face to face” with local summer camp directors. The event will kick off with a discussion around summer camp safety and then discuss why it is important to get our children back to camp. Following the panel discussion, parents and their campers will meet with camp directors via Table Talks, where they can ask camp directors specific questions about their unique camping environment and programs. Plus, attendees will receive a download of this year’s digital Guide to Summer Camp 2021 — packed with information, tips and summer camp listings.

Online Cooking Class: Homemade Pasta for Cheese Ravioli, Derry, March 6

Homemade pasta is easy, delicious and impressive. The team at The Culinary Playground will teach you how to make a batch of egg pasta with cheese filling, where you will then put them together to make a two dozen ravioli to take home and enjoy or freeze.

Maple Express, Candia, March 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21

Bring your family to Charmingfare Farm for a ride on the horse-drawn Maple Express. Check out their sugar shack after your 20-minute trip and see how sap is tapped and boiled.

Weather-Wise: “The History of the Great New England Hurricane as Documented by the People,” Virtual, March 11

Dr. Lourdes Avilés, professor of meteorology at Plymouth State University, discusses the Great New England Hurricane of 1938, the most devastating tropical cyclone of all time to affect the region. Only two other comparable storms have been documented before or since. The effects of the storm were all encompassing and affected the entire region. Those who experienced the hurricane found many ways to document it: scrapbooks, photographic collections, objects made with fallen wood, songs, poems, fictional stories, as well as a massive number of historical accounts and technical reports. Dr. Avilés has been studying the Great New England Hurricane for more than 10 years and published a book on its science and history that weaves an interdisciplinary account of the storm and its effects. She will also put the storm in the context of previous New England hurricanes and what climate change means for such storms.

Saint Patrick’s Day Comedy and Dance Spectacular, Portsmouth, March 13

If everyone’s Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day, then the best place to be on March 13 is the Music Hall to celebrate with socially distanced Irish dancing, music and hilarious comedy. Comedians include Jim McCue, Kathy Farris, Jack Lynch and Joey Carroll. Plus, enjoy traditional Irish dance with The Murray Academy.

Shamrock Half Marathon and Relay/Shamrock Half Shuffle, Virtual or In-Person, Manchester, March 27 and 28

Throw on your green sneakers and get moving on your own or on a relay team. The half marathon and relay course is a one-of-a-kind, multi-loop, spectator-friendly, 13.1-mile course in downtown Manchester with cheer zones and relay exchange zones at the Wild Rover Irish Pub and Shaskeen Irish Pub.

Categories: Family-friendly things to do, Winter Events