The Best Events Happening in March

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

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.

New England Quilts and The Story They Tell, Virtual, March 2

Quilts tell stories, and quilt history is full of myths and misinformation as well as heart-warming tales of service and tradition. Nearly every world culture that has cold weather uses quilted textiles-quilting is NOT just an American art. Pam Weeks weaves world history, women’s history, industrial history and just plain wonderful stories into her presentation. Participants are invited to bring one quilt for identification and/or story sharing. Prompted in part by the material culture at hand, the presenter may speak about fashion fads, the Colonial Revival, quilt-making for Civil War soldiers, and anything else quilt-related she can squeeze in.

From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA, Concord, March 5

Journey from NASA’s test facilities all the way to Pluto and experience the excitement of today’s space missions. Immerse yourself in the adventures and extremes of spacecraft engineering—from the design of missions like the James Webb Space Telescope and New Horizons, to the rigors of testing, launch, and space operations. When humans dare to dream, we create truly amazing things.

Brunch and Beethoven, Nashua, March 5

Symphony New Hampshire presents Bruch and Beethoven, an exciting program featuring selections by Rossini and Beethoven, and presenting internationally acclaimed violinist, Timothy Chooi, performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

55th Annual New Hampshire State Home Show, Manchester, March 5-6

Produced by the professionals at the New Hampshire Home Builders Association this is the one show of the year to attend and interact with builders, remodelers, decorators, landscapers, and all types of home solutions providers. The latest in home-related products and services will be showcased – everything from air quality to mortgages, hot tubs to custom home builders, and custom closets to fabulous kitchens and baths.

Snow Stompah Music and Arts Festival, Tamworth, March 12

This free family-friendly event includes live music, snow games, art activities, demos, food trucks and more.

Saint Patrick’s Day Comedy and Dance Spectacular, Portsmouth, March 17

If everyone’s Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day, then the best place to be on March 17 is the Music Hall to celebrate with 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.

Maple Express, Candia, March 19, 20, 26, and 27

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.

New Hampshire Orchid Society’s 29th Annual Show and Sale, Nashua, March 25-27

Check out this annual event where there will be exhibits, plants, supplies, jewelry, artwork, a speaker program, free guided tours daily and more.

Shamrock Half Marathon and Relay/Shamrock Half Shuffle, Virtual or In-Person, Manchester, March 26 and 27

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.

Manchester St. Patrick’s Parade, Manchester, March 27

2022 marks the 25th anniversary for this beloved all-things-green parade, which kicks off promptly at noon, directly following the Shamrock Shuffle. All are invited to head to Elm Street in Manchester and enjoy high school bands, professional pipe bands and more performers. Don’t forget to wear your green!

Looking for a few other things to do around the state as winter comes to a close? Check out our New Hampshire Winter Survival Guide.

Categories: Family-friendly things to do, Winter Events