The Boston Events Calendar for March 2023 is packed with fun things to do, including Dine Out Boston, the Saint Patrick's Day Parade which normally which attracts around 1 million spectators, and the kick-off of whale-watching cruise season.

Look for exciting shows in Boston's Theatre District and plenty of concerts by top performers, including multiple Dropkick Murphys on and around St. Patrick's Day.

March Holidays & Important Dates in Boston:

  • March 5 - Boston Massacre took place in 1770
  • March 13 - Daylight Savings Time begins (set your clocks 1 hour forward!)
  • March 17 - St Patrick's Day - and also Evacuation Day, when the Seige of Boston by the British ended in 1776 (official Boston holiday) 
  • March 19 - Whale Watching Cruises begin for the season - don't wait to get your tickets)

You may even feel the first hints of spring - and enjoy the return (maybe) of warm weather.

Check out all our top recommendations for fun things to do in Boston in March, make your hotel reservations (you'll find some very attractive rates) - and start planning your visit now!

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St Patrick's Day Parade 2023 

St Patrick's Day Parade in Boston

Boston's famous St Patrick's Day Parade takes place in South Boston ("Southie"), and starts at the Broadway T station on the Red Line.   The route has been shortened this year to about half its usual length.  (to be confirmed)

Don't forget to wear green!

When:  Sunday, March 19, 1pm
Closest T station: Red Line/Broadway

More about the St Patrick's Day Parade route plus tips for getting there

More about other St Patrick's Day events

See our recommendations for the most convenient places to stay


St Patrick's Day Weekend Boston Harbor Cruises

Boston Harbor Sightseeing and Special Event Cruises
  • St Patrick's Brunch Cruise - Savor a delicious 3-course Irish breakfast and Irish drink as you enjoy a live Irish music on board the Northern Lights on this cruise around Boston Harbor - March 19, 20
  • Live Irish Music Cruise - Enjoy live Irish tunes on this fun sightseeing cruise around the Harbor - March 18

Other Popular Cruises on the Northern Lights:

  • Northern Lights Sunset Cruise - Choose your favorite beverage from the bar and then relax as you watch the sun set on this sail around the Harbor, just in time to catch the USS Constitution fire its cannons as the sun dips down past the horizon
  • Brunch Cruise - Savor a delicious 3-course brunch on this relaxing sightseeing cruise around Boston Harbor

Boston Concerts & Shows - March 2023

Dropkick Murphys in concert in Boston - Photo courtesy of claynferno
Dropkick Murphys in concert in March in Boston - Photo courtesy of claynferno

Top March Concerts in Boston

Top concerts in Boston in May 2023 include the Dropkick Murphys annual St Patricks Day shows and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - plus lots more to enjoy throughout the month:

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Schedules & Tickets

More Concerts & Shows during March

Boston Concerts throughout the Year 


Boston Whale Watching Season Begins for 2023!

New show opening at ICA Boston


Boston whale watching cruises start on March 18.  (to be confirmed)  Don't wait to get your tickets!

These exciting excursions last about 3.5-4 hours and take you through Boston Harbor and out to Stellwagen Bank, a protected marine area 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


Boston Theater & Shows for March 2023

Theater productions and shows for March in Boston

Top March Shows in Boston - Schedules & Tickets

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More Boston Theatre District shows for March

Where to have dinner in Boston's Theatre District


Top Hotels near Boston's Theatre District

Enjoy your Boston performance or show experience to the fullest when you stay in one of the nearby Theatre District hotels, such as the luxurious Hyatt Regency:

Hyatt Regency Boston Hotel, top choice near Boston's Theatre District

More top Theatre District hotels:

Check out more hotels in Boston's Theatre District


March 2023 Boston Red Sox Schedule - Opening Day & Home Games at Fenway

Boston Red Sox taking on the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park
Boston Red Sox taking on the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park

The Red Sox typically play their home field season opener at Fenway Park in early April each year.  But this year, their home opening game at Fenway against the Baltimore Orioles happens on March 30 - see available seats and get your tickets.

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Dine Out! Boston 2023

Dine Out Boston

Twice each year, you can enjoy fine dining at fixed prices at the best Boston restaurants.  Sample the latest "hot" restaurants, visit old favorites, and explore a few places you've never tried before. 

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

When:  March 12 - 25


Boston Flower & Garden Events


St Patrick's Day 5K Race in Southie 

St Patrick's Day 5K race in South Boston
St Patrick's Day 5K Road Race in Southie - Photo credit: Brian Cribb

Just a couple of hours before the big St Patrick's Day Parade starts on Sunday, March 19th, the St Patrick's Day 5K Road Race kicks off at 11am from the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys and Girls Club at 230 6th Street. 

Head over to cheer on the 1,750 runners, who are carrying on a long tradition - this race first started back in 1940.  You can identify the first 650 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 who will again be playing their annual St Pat concerts in Boston this year. 

Live performances by South Boston kids and teens will had to the fun.

The route goes from West 6th Sth Street to Dorchester Street, down E. Broadway to Farragut Statue, back up E. Broadway to W. Broadway, and then down E Street to West 6th.

Sponsorship money and donations raised by the marathon racers goes to support South Boston youth programs.  More details and registration at the South Boston Boys and Girls Club website (click "Get Involved").  If you don't want to run but want to help, they're also looking for volunteers!

More St Patrick's Day events


Bruins March Home Game Schedule at the Garden - March 2023

Bruins playing at TD Garden
Boston Bruins - Photo courtesy of Dan4th Nicholas

Get your Boston Bruins tickets for March home games, and head over to TD Garden for some fast action on the ice.

The Garden's convenient location next to North Station and close to Faneuil Marketplace makes it super-easy to get to.

Don't miss the chance to see Boston's hockey team, winner of 6 Stanley Cup championships!

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Find Bruins schedule & tickets for March home games at the Garden

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Hotels near TD Garden

Coming to an event at the Garden?  Spend the night or the weekend at a nearby hotel, such as the glamorous Onyx (shown in photo), part of the Kimpton hotel family:

Onyx Hotel, top choice near Boston's TD Garden

More top hotels near the Garden:

Check out more hotels near TD Garden

More about TD Garden:  Schedule, directions, best ticket prices


Dropkick Murphys St Patrick's Day Concerts 2023

Dropkick Murphys at House of Blues Boston on St Patrick's Day

Boston's favorite Celtic punk rock group, the Dropkick Murphys play their iconic favorites to celebrate St Patrick's Day in their home town in four special concerts this year:

Their Boston shows usually sell out far in advance - maybe because their "Shipping Up To Boston" song is practically the city's official anthem.  So don't wait to get your tickets!


Celtics Basketball at TD Garden - March 2023

Boston Celtics playing at TD Garden
Boston Celtics playing at TD Garden - Photo courtesy of Yzukerman

You can cheer the Boston Celtics home games at TD Garden throughout March - so be sure to get your Celtics tickets, wear green, and go support our home team!

Tickets are affordable, TD Garden's central city location is super-easy to reach (just take the T to North Station), and plenty of neighborhood sports bars and clubs mean you can have a lot of fun before and after the game.

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Where: TD Garden
Nearest public transportation: 
Green Line/Orange Line or Commuter Rail to North Station, next to the Garden
Where to stay:  Hotels near TD Garden


Best Boston Harbor Cruises

Boston Harbor Sightseeing and Special Event Cruises

Fall Foliage Cruises (through November 6)

Popular Cruises on the Northern Lights:

  • Northern Lights Sunset Cruise - Grab a refreshments from the bar and then relax as you watch the sun set on this sail around the Harbor, just in time to catch the USS Constitution fire its cannons as the sun dips down past the horizon
  • Sunday Evening Jazz Cruise on Northern Lights - End your weekend on the perfect note by grooving to live jazz as you watch the ever-changing sunset colors as the sun sets behind Boston's city skyline (Oct 23, 30)

Holiday Cruises

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Fun Boston Tours & Adventures for March


Featured New Hotel for March:  Revolution Hotel in Boston's South End

Room with queen bed at Revolution Hotel
Comfortable guestroom at Revolution Hotel

40 Berkeley Street, Boston's South End

A trendy vibe, "micro" guest rooms, and - dare we say it, cheap rates position the new Revolution Hotel as one of Boston's most attractive affordable hotels, especially considering its close distance (5-10 minute walk, depending on where you're going) to Downtown Boston.  Free high-speed wifi is a nice bonus.


What to See in Boston's Museums & Aquarium - March 2023

New England Aquarium

Harbor seals and seal lions, a giant 4-story ocean tank with hundreds of Caribbean reef animals, an Amazon rain forest, sharks, Myrtle the green sea turtle, and frisky penguins are just a few of the thousands of aquatic animals you'll experience here. 

Get your tickets in advance, or find out more about the Aquarium.  Admission also available through the Go Boston Pass, Explorer Pass, and Boston CityPASS discount cards.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Watch the famous tea party event come alive with live actors, immersive exhibits, and a visit to the full-scale replica 18th century sailing ships at this unique living history museum.  Get advance tickets.

Museum of Science Boston Exhibit

MFA Boston - Current & Future Shows

  • Frank Bowling's Americas: Powerful color-saturated abstracts by this BritishGuiana-born artist who has spent much of his career in London and New York - Through April 9, 2023
  • Weng Family Collection of Chinese Painting: Art Rocks - Over 25 works exploring how the aesthetics of rocks permeate Chinese architecture, landscape design, and painting styles - Through May 3, 2023
  • Touching Roots Black Ancestral Legacies in the Americas - Exhibition tracing the ways in which 20th century Black artists trace their African roots in their art - Through May 21, 2023
  • Making Past Present: Cy Twombly - Explores Twombly's fascination with antiquity and its influence on his art - January 14-May 7, 2023
  • Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, SC - Focuses on the work of 19th century Black potters in Old Edgefield, a center of stoneware production before the Civil War - March 4 - July 9, 2023
  • Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence - A new look at the impact of Japanese artist Hokusai on other artists; features over 90 woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrations by Hokusai - March 26-July 16, 2023

Museum (and show) admission: $27; some special exhibits require a timed-entry reservation and/or additional fee; free entrance with Boston Discount Cards (GoBoston card and Boston CityPASS).  Free admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lunar New Year Celebration Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, & Indigenous Peoples' Day.  MFA is open Thursday - Monday and closed Tuesday & Wednesday.

Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston - Current & Future Shows

  • To Begin Again: Artists & Childhood - Works depicting childhood by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Paul Klee, Faith Ringgold, and other artists from the early 20th century through today - Through Feb 26, 2023
  • Barbara Kruger - Large-scale commissioned work on the Fineberg Art Wall- Through Jan 21, 2024

Admission: $20 adults, 18 and under free; free entrance with GoBoston card and Boston CityPASS.  Closed on Mondays.  Free admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Labor Day, & Indigenous Peoples' Day, and every Thursday from 5-9pm.  For free days and nights, you must have timed tickets for free admission.

Museum of Science Exhibits

Museum of Science Boston Exhibit
Museum of Science Butterfly Garden - Photo credit: Ted

Special Exhibits

  • New England Climate Stories - Meet fascinating New England animals
  • All Aboard! Trains at Science Park - Visit miniature landscapes with fantasic model trains - through January 16
  • Gaia - View our planet in a new way through UK artist Luke Jerram's artwork with NASA images of Earth's surface
  • Mental Health: Mind Matters - Get insights into understanding mental health through this interactive exhibit

With fascinating permanent exhibits for all ages, there's always something to see, do, and learn.  Here are just a few of the most popular: Engineering Design Workshop, Colossal Fossil: Triceratops Cliff, Cosmic Light, Dinosaurs, Arctic Adventure, Hall of Human Life, Live Animal Care Center, Mathematica, Exploring AI, Natural Mysteries, New England Habitats, Project Vaccine.

Where:   Boston's Museum of Science
When:   Daily, 9am-5pm; open until 9pm on Fridays
Admission:  $29 general museum admission ($24 for kids; children under 3 free).  Get free museum admission when you have a GoBoston Discount card or Boston CityPASS card. 
Imax Theater and Planetarium:  Additional fees apply


Not Sure about Boston Neighborhood Locations?

Map of Boston showing central neighborhoods

This neighborhood map should help you get oriented. You can find a list of top attractions in each neighborhood here.

Need a more details?  Here are our favorite free and low-cost Boston maps.


2 Easy Ways to Save BIG in Boston on Tours, Cruises, Admissions

Save BIG with Go Boston discount card
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Best way to save in Boston.  Save up to 50% when you take a Boston Harbor cruise or Duck Boat tour, visit Plimouth Plantation, the New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, Museum of Fine Arts, Fenway Park Tour, and more.   Compare to find out which one is best for you.


Boston's Irish Pubs:  More Places to Hear Irish Music 2023

Hennessey's Irish Pub in Boston near Faneuil Marketplace

Boston has the best Irish pubs in the world, outside of Ireland - and almost as many to choose from.  Thanks to the large number of Boston residents who hail from the Emerald Isle, you'll hear plenty of Irish accents on both sides of the bar in many of these pubs. 

Needless to say, St. Patrick's Day is a huge event at Boston's Irish pubs . . . expect Irish music, dancing, green beer, and week-long celebrations.

Almost every Boston neighborhood has several or more Irish pubs - the Italian North End and Chinatown are the only 2 exceptions that come to mind. 

Although some of these pubs feature live Irish music at least some of the time, almost all of them normally bring in terrific musicians around St. Patrick's Day.  Even without live music, though, you'll have a lot of fun!

Use our guide to Boston Irish pubs to find a spot to celebrate St. Patrick's Day - and be sure to wear green!


Boston Underground Film Festival 2023

When:  March 23-27, 2023
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:


Harpoon St Patrick's Day 

Harpoon Brewery (306 Northern Ave, South Boston Waterfront) kicks off their St Patrick's Day Festival with a 2-day beer festival at their brewery featuring a large selection of Harpoon and UFO beers, handmade brewery pretzels and food for purchase, and non-stop live music from Joshua Tree, Colum Cille Pipes & Drums, Dicey Riley with Dicey Riley and the Celtic Rock Band, and other local bands throughout the weekend.

Check their website for all the details!

Age: 21+

More Things to Do in Boston in March

Events and things to do in Boston in March

More Ways to Experience Boston in March

March marks the beginning of spring in Boston - a perfect time to get out and see the city!  These fun trolley tours, bus tours, and special destinations let you enjoy the best of Boston!


Boston Massacre Reenactment

Boston Massacre
Paul Revere's inflammatory engraving of the Boston Massacre

March 5 marks the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre, an explosion of tension between Boston Colonists and the occupying British troops in 1770 that ended with five dead Bostonians and set the stage for the American Revolution five years later. 

The annual reenactment during a day-long event on Saturday, March 5.  From 1pm-5pm, look for costumed reenactors portraying a variety of citizens from 1770 Boston who will share their experiences with British troops who landed in the city in October 1768 and stayed on as no-so-welcome "guests."  These historical vignettes will take place between in the areas along the Freedom Trail between the Old State House (206 Washington Street) and Old South Meeting House (310 Washington Street).

The Boston Massacre reenactment will take place near the Old State House at about 7pm.  For more information, see the event website.

Find out more about what really happened at the Boston Massacre & where to find the memorial


A St Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn

If 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 the Somerville Theatre, plus four other venues in the Greater Boston/Worcester area.

When:  March 16-20
Ticket information:  website

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Boston Irish Film Festival

The 4-day Boston Irish Film Festival at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square will make you think you're back in the Emerald Isle. This year's fest features 30 Irish productions, with A Bump Along the Way directed by Shelly Love, The Last Right directed by Aoife Crehan, The Bird and the Whale by Carol Freeman, and 27 more films you may not see anywhere else in the US.

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.

Coming to Boston specifically for the Festival?  Here are three Cambridge hotels on the T's Red Line (1-2 stops from Davis Square, but also within easy walking distance) to consider:

When:  TBD
Closest T stations: Red Line/Davis Square (Somerville Theatre)
Cost:  Tickets start at $15 and multi-film packages are available at a discount
Tickets & full schedule:  www.irishfilmfestival.com


Boston Flower & Garden Show

Boston Flower and Garden Show

The Boston Flower and Garden Show, which let us dream about spring as we gazed at the show's lush gardens and gorgeous floral displays, did not take place last year and plans for this year have not yet been announced.

We will are leaving up information about the previous show, in case you'd like to know what to expect if this wonderful event is scheduled again in the future.

Meanwhile, here are more ways to welcome spring to Boston:


First Fridays at MFA 

MFA Boston Exhibit

Art, music, and a cash bar featuring signature cocktails, wine, and tapas provide the perfect setting for meeting up with friends and making new connections, relaxing, and enjoying the MFA's elegant ambiance.  Part social event, part opportunity to enjoy the Museum and the art within it.

When:  March 3, 6-9:30pm (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:  Tickets required; get free ticket with museum admission
Must be:   21+
Boston Insider's Tip:  Arrive early to get your ticket - they do sell out for this event


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