Boston Event Calendar - March 2014

Best celebrations, parades, festivals, fun!

Top Boston Event in March - St Parade's Day Parade
Boston's famous St Patrick's Day parade - top March Event

You can feel the beginning of spring in the air this month - March is a wonderful time to visit Boston!

Lots of fun activities pack the Boston Event Calendar for March 2014, with so much to do and see.

Our famous Saint Patrick's Day Parade draws huge crowds of spectators - but there's a lot more.

Dine Out Boston, the Flower and Garden Show, and the Boston Massacre reenactment...

Plus awesome concerts by the Dropkick Murphys at House of Blues and TD Garden, Celtic Woman, Romeo Santos, and many more top performers.

And don't forget the Underground Film Fest and Big Apple Circus.  So take a look at the event calendar for March, make your hotel reservations, and come enjoy Boston!

 

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Cinderella at the Opera House

Boston Ballet's Cinderella ticketsWhen:  March 13-23
Where:  Boston Opera House, 246 Tremont Street

Magic comes to the Opera House when the Boston Ballet presents their spectacular production of Cinderella. 

Sublime dancing, choreography, and music bring to life this classic tale of beauty and love triumphing over evil and hatred.  

Tickets and reservations

 

More Boston Theater and Shows March 2014

Tickets:

TicketLiquidator  |   AceTicket  | Goldstar - half-price tix 

 

Boston Luxury Hotel March Special Deals

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Boston March SpecialBoston luxury hotels rates are still seasonally lower in March than they will be in a couple of months - so pamper yourself with the best while getting a bargain.  

- Ritz-Carlton Boston Common - The "Comfort You" special package gives you a $100 credit per stay when you stay 2 nights in a deluxe room, and $200 credit per stay when you stay 3 nights...move up to a suite, and get $200 for 2 nights and $400 for 3 nights.  Rates start at $355 USD per night.  Compare other discount rates

- Fifteen Beacon - Through March 19, the Winter Wishes Special lets you stay 2 nights for 10% off per night and 3 nights for 15% off, with rates staring at $295; or choose the Sweet Ride package and save 10% off best available rates for the Beacon Hill or Boston Common Studios, plus you'll get complimentary chauffeured Lexus car service to Logan Airport, the decadent dessert of your choice, and late checkout at 1pm, through March 31, 2014.  Rates start at $445.  Compare other discount rates and get reviews

- Eliot Hotel - Through March 31, the Winter in the City package includes a night in a suite, free overnight parking, and complementary buffet breakfast for two in Clio; available through March 31st.  Rates start at $279.  Compare other discount rates

 

Dropkick Murphys at House of Blues 2014

House of BluesWhen:  March 13-16 -  House of Blues

See Boston's favorite Celtic punk rock group, the Dropkick Murphys play their iconic favorites at House of Blues to celebrate St Patrick's Day in their home town.  

Their shows here usually sell out way in advance - maybe because their "Shipping Up To Boston" song is practically a city anthem, or because their hit "Tessie" will forever be associated with the Red Sox and the World Series in 2004, or maybe because you never know what other groups they'll share the stage with - Aerosmith?  Springsteen? 

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A St Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn 

St Patricks Day Celtic SojournIf you're a fan of Brian O'Donovan's Celtic Sojourn program on Boston's WGBH radio or his Celtic Sojourn Christmas celebration, you'll want to be sure to get to his celebration of Irish and Celtic music, dance, and storytelling in A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge. 

Headliners for 2014 include Carlos Nunez, the Alan Kelly Gang, and Caitlin nic Gabhann and Ciaran O Maonaigh.

When:  March 15-16, Sanders Theatre
Ticket information: 1-617-496-2222

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Winter 2014 Dine Out Boston

Boston event calendar March events include St Patrick's Day paradeWhen:  March 16 - 21 and March 23 - 28
Where:  Top Boston restaurants - many choices in every neighborhood!
Cost:  $15, $20, $25 - depends of the restaurant you choose

Twice each year, you can enjoy fine dining at very affordable prices at the best Boston restaurants.  Sample the latest "hot" restaurants where normally you'd pay much more, visit old favorites, and explore a few places you've never tried before.   

Check Dine Out Boston for participating restaurants and other information.  And don't forget to check tips for getting the most value out of Dine Out Week!

 

 

St Patrick's Day Parade 

Boston event calendar March events include St Patrick's Day paradeBoston's famous St Patrick's Day Parade takes place in South Boston, and starts near the Broadway T station on the Red Line and finishes at Andrews Square.  You'll find plenty of good viewing spots along Broadway.  Don't forget to wear green and bring a camera!

When:  Sunday, March 16, 1pm - lasts about 3 hours
Where:  From the Broadway T Station to Andrews Square in South Boston ("Southie")
Closest T station: Red Line/Broadway

More about the St Patrick's Day Parade and other events

See more photos of the St Patrick's Day Parade and find tips for getting there

See our recommendations for the most convenient places to stay - especially if you're also catching the Dropkick Murphy's concert

 

Boston Flower and Garden Show 2014

Photo of daffodilsWhen:  March 12 - 16 (10am-9pm on March 12-14; 9am-9pm on March 15; 9am-6pm on March 16)
Where:   Seaport World Trade Center, South Boston Waterfront
Cost:  $20 Adults, $17 Seniors (65+), $10 Children 6 - 17; Children 5 and younger are free

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Dream about spring as you gaze at the lush gardens and gorgeous floral displays at the Boston Flower and Garden Show at the Seaport World Trade Center.  This year's special theme is "Romance in the Garden," and you'll find lots of inspiration and tips in each of the 25+ display gardens, including a spectacularly romantic royal rose garden.  The weather outside may not be balmy, but all the displays of horticultural tools and products, garden furniture and ornaments, and hand-made crafts will make warm temperatures seem a little bit closer.  Also look for special sessions by local chefs.

Where to stay nearby:

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Boston Underground Film Festival

Logo - Boston Underground Film FestivalWhen:  March 26-30, 2014
Where:  Brattle Theatre, Harvard Square, Cambridge
Closest T station: Red Line/Harvard
More information: website

The Boston Underground Film Festival screens independent, provocative, and experimental films and videos that deliberately push the envelope in style, content, and form.  

What can you expect to see?  An exciting mixture of experimental feature films, music videos, animations, documentaries, and shorts that celebrate and embrace the controversial, the confrontational, the political, and the alternative visions of their makers and their audiences.

If you're coming specifically for the festival, here are several hotels convenient to Harvard Square to consider:

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St Patrick's Day 5K Race in Southie - 2014

St Patrick's Day 5K race in Boston official logoJust a couple of hours before the big St Patrick's Day Parade starts on March 16th, the St Patrick's Day 5K Road Race kicks off at 11am from the South Boston Boys and Girls Club at 230 West 6th Street. 

Head over to cheer on the 1,750 runners, who are carrying on a long tradition - this race first started back in 1945.  You can identify the first 600 entrants by their official long-sleeved race shirts designed by one of the race's most famous sponsors, the Dropkick Murphys, Celtic punk rock group with Southie origins. 

Sponsorship money and donations raised by the marathon racers goes to support South Boston youth programs.  More details at the South Boston Boys and Girls Club website.

More St Patrick's Day events

Photo courtesy of South Boston Boys and Girls Club

 

Free tour of Symphony Hall

Boston Symphony Hall StatueWhen:  Symphony Season (October - May) - call 617-638-9390 for available dates/times
Where:  Symphony Hall, Massachusetts Avenue Lobby, Fenway
Cost:  Free - but you need to RSVP
More informationBoston Symphony Orchestra website   

Musicians and engineers consider Boston's Symphony Hall to be the most acoustically perfect concert space in the United States.  It is also gorgeous.  Join BSO volunteers on a behind-the-scenes tour of Symphony Hall and hear about the hall as well as the history and traditions of the famed BSO's musicians and conductors.

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Half-price tickets for Boston events in March 2014

Find half-price Boston Theatre tickets for March

More half price tickets usually start becoming available a few weekw before an event, so check back for updates.

- Brundibar @ Central Square Theatre, Cambridge
- Neighborhood Watch at Boston Center for the Arts
- Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse
- Duck Tours - See Boston on land and by water
- The Color Purple @ Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts
- Brunch, lunch, and dinner cruises on the Odyssey
- All Beethoven concert by Boston Civic Orchestra @ Jordan Hall

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Boston 2014 Whale Watching Season Begins!

Right whale near Stellwagen Bank near BostonBoston whale watching cruises start up again on March 29th! 

These 3-4 hours excursions take you through Boston Harbor and out to Stellwagen Bank, a protected marine area about 25 miles east of the city.  Marine biologists or naturalists serve as guides to make sure you don't miss a thing.

Be sure to bring your camera!  

Get your whale watch tickets and reservations

More about Boston whale watching cruises

 

Big Apple Circus 2014:  Luminocity!

Big Apple Circus in Boston, MAWhen:  March 25 - May 11, 2014
Where:   City Hall Plaza
Closest T station: Green and Blue Lines/Government Center
If you drive:   Nearby parking garages
Tickets:  $20 - $100; 800-922-3772

Get ready for excitement under the big top when the Big Apple Circus sets up its tents on City Hall Plaza for an all-new show featuring talented performers from around the world.  With a ringmistress, jugglers, horses, trapeze artists, dogs, clowns, and live music from the Big Apple Circus Band, the show packs in plenty of laughs and thrills for your whole family.

Check Goldstar for half-price tickets

 

Boston Flamenco Festival 2014

Tomatito performs at BOston Flamenco FestivalFamed guitarist Jose Fernandez Torres, known as Tomatito, performs in Boston at the Flamenco Festival 2014 on March 16 at 7pm at the Berklee Performance Center (136 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood).  

Tomatito is renowned for his elegant style and sensitive interpretations.  A full ensemble and spectacular dancer will accompany him.

Tickets are available at www.worldmusic.org

Check Goldstar for half-price tickets

 

First Fridays at MFA 2014

Grand staircase at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts - Find out about First FridaysArt, live music (usually jazz), and a cash bar featuring signature cocktails, wine, and tapas provide the perfect setting for meeting up with friends (and making new ones), relaxing, and enjoying the MFA's elegant ambiance.  Part social event, part opportunity to enjoy the Museum and the art within it.

When:  March 7, 6:00 - 9:30pm (and also the first Friday of most months)
Where:  Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston's Fenway neighborhood
Nearest T station:  Green Line/Museum
Cost:  Free ticket with museum admission
Must be:   21+
Boston Insider's Tip:  Arrive early to get your ticket - they do fill up


 

Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins at the Garden

March marks the last full month to catch a Bruins or Celtics game during this season as they wrap up in April. Home games at TD Garden are scheduled for almost every day in March.

Boston Team Schedules and Tickets

Boston Celtics Schedule and Tickets for March, 2014
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Harpoon St Patrick's Festival - 2014

Celebrate St Patrick's Day a little early with corned beef and cabbage, live music by Irish and rock bands from the Boston area, and of course, Harpoon beer and Harpoon Celtic Red.   More information: St Patricks Day Events

When: Friday, March 7, 5:30pm-11pm and Saturday, March 8, 2pm-9pm
Where: Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave, South Boston Waterfront
Nearest T station: Red Line/South Station; take Silver Line 2 or 3 and get off at Harbor Street, or take the free shuttle from South Station - look for shuttle signs behind the station.  Note: there is no parking at the brewery for the festival
Cover charge:  $20; bring a designated driver or stay over in one of the nearby South Boston Waterfront hotels)
Important to know: Tickets are not sold in advance, and capacity is limited - so arrive early!
Age: 21+
More information: Harpoon Brewery website - click on "Festivals"

 

Boston Massacre Reenactment

Boston Massacre reenactment - March event in BostonWhen:  TBD for 2014; Massacre re-enactment at 7pm
Where:   Old State House Museum, 206 Washington St, Boston; outdoor re-enactments take place in front of the Old State House at the corner of State and Congress Streets
Closest T station: Orange and Blue Lines/State Street
Tickets: Required only for inside events due to space limits inside the museum; free with Museum admission but you should get them as early as possible to avoid disappointment.  Outdoor events take place in front of the Old State House and do not require tickets. 
More information: 617-720-1713

Boston Massacre Reenactment Events

Note:  This information is from last year and will give you an idea about what to expect.  Check back closer to March for updated details.

11am and 2pm - Little Redcoats and Little Bostonians - Young visitors experience what Boston life was like for Bostonians and British Soldiers in the months leading up to the Massacre.  Outside; free.

11:30am and 2:30pm - Immediately following the Little Redcoats and Little Bostonians presentations, you can come inside the museum (you'll need a museum ticket - get yours early starting at 9am) and watch an reenactment of the trial, in which Patriot lawyers John Adams and John Quincy defended the soldiers accused of murdering the Bostonians, thus upholding the right to a fair trial and Rule of Law, two tenets of American democracy.

7pm - Boston Massacre Reenactment - Did the Redcoats fire into the crowd of Patriots throwing snowballs and iceballs at them outside the Old State House in 1770 in self-defense, or was it cold-blooded murder?  You decide as you watch the reenactment unfold and hear the reenactors voice the feelings of the patriots, loyalists, and moderates on that fateful night. Outside; free.

Find out more about what really happened at the Boston Massacre - and where to find the almost-hidden site

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Boston Irish Film Festival 

Irish Film FestivalWhen:  March 20-23, 2014
Where:   Somerville Theatre in Somerville
Closest T stations: Red Line/Davis Square (Somerville Theatre)
Cost:  $10 per film or a Festival Pass for $50
Reservations/more information: Film Festival website

March is the month for all things Irish, and this 4-day Boston Irish Film Festival will make you think you're back in the Emerald Isle.  Films focus on Ireland and Irish culture, and what it means to be Irish in the 21st century.  More than 3,000 fans attend this popular film series.

Films showcase feature the very best of contemporary Irish cinema - about 30 premiers, features, shorts, and documentaries in all, with a focus on productions unlikely to otherwise be shown in the U.S. 

Coming to Boston specifically for the Festival?  Harvard Square hotels are the closest - walk or take the Red Line of the T to Davis Square.   3 hotels close to the Harvard Square T stop to consider:

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Continuing during March in Boston

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