The Boston Events Calendar for March 2019 is packed with exciting events: the huge St Patrick's Day Parade, Boston Flower and Garden Show, Dine Out Boston, Caberet at the Boston Conservatory Theater, the Boston Massacre Reenactment, and much, much more!
Plus thrilling concerts by the Dropkick Murphys, Kelly Clarkson, Kiss, Fleetwood Mac, Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, and many more top performers.
And don't forget the Underground Film Fest.
So take a look at the event calendar for March, make your hotel reservations, and come enjoy Boston in March!
You can expect to feel the first hints of spring - and perhaps enjoy the return of warm weather.
Check out all our top recommendations for fun things to do in Boston in March - and start planning your visit now!
When: March 3-8 and March 10-15 Where: Top Boston restaurants - many choices in every neighborhood! Cost:
$15, $20, $25
- Dinner: $28, $33, $38
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.
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.
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 "The Beauty of Balance," and you'll find lots of inspiration and tips about making the right garden size and plant type choices -plus numerous display gardens for inspiration.
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.
Where to stay nearby:
Seaport Hotel - Right across the street from the World Trade Center
Boston 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 "Reconnect/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 $450 per night. Compare other discount rates
- Eliot Hotel - Through March 5, the Winter in the City package includes a night in a suite, and complementary Bake Shop Buffet for two. Rates start at $225/night. Or choose the Museum of Fine Arts package, starting at $279/night, which includes luxury suite accommodations, two general admission tickets to MFA, and Bake Shop Buffet for two. Compare other discount rates
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Find out how a Boston Discount Card gives you free entrance to museums and lots of other attractions every day while your card is valid - plus in most attractions you get to go straight to the head of the line.
Boston Whale Watching Season 2019 Begins!
Boston whale watching cruises start on March 23.
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.
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
When: March 3 - 10:30am and 12pm -
Actors present a scene from "Blood on the Snow" depicting what really happened after the Massacre, and the reasons behind British Acting Governor Hutchinson's decision. - 11:00am and 2:00pm - Inside the Old State House, reenactors portray John Adams and Josiah Quincy as they defend the British soldiers accused of murdering Bostonians during the Boston Massacre; audience participation; free with Museum admission, but requires special tickets due to space limitations - get them at front desk at 9am - 1pm through 3pm - Inside the state house - immerse yourself in Boston's Colonial past by meeting reenactors portraying citizens who lived during the British occupation.
- 7pm - Massacre re-enactment in front of the Old State House, exactly where the massacre occurred on March 5, 1770; free 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: Regular museum admission tickets ($10 for adults, youth 6-18 free; reduced rates for seniors etc) to attend inside events - space can be limited so
you should get your tickets as early as possible to avoid disappointment - 9am at the admissions desk. Outdoor events take place in front of the Old State House and do not require tickets.
When: March 21-25 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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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 Sanders Theatre in Cambridge.
Just a couple of hours before the big St Patrick's Day Parade starts on Sunday, March 18th, the St Patrick's Day 5K Road Race kicks off at 11am from the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys and Girls Club at the corner of F and 6th Streets.
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.
A live concert by Rad Youth Rock-Pop Band will take place before the race.
The route goes from West 6th Sth Street to Dorchester Stree, 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!
$10 Weekend Ticket Special - Boston's Commuter Rail
From now through June 30, ride Boston's Commuter Rail trains as much as you want for just $10 each weekend. Take it into Boston, or use it for a day (or overnight) trip to Salem, Rockport, Wachusett (take an uber to Wachusett Mountain for skiing or snowboarding), Concord, and other destinations.
Find out more: www.mbta.com/projects/10-weekends-commuter-rail
Explore 300 years of Irish history in Boston on these fascinating walking tours along the Irish Heritage Trail in Boston Common, Beacon Hill, and Downtown.
When: March 17 and 18 at 1pm Where: Tours start at the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common Cost: $15 adults, $12 students, seniors, military; Free for children 12 and under with an adult More information: Boston Irish Tourism Association website
Museum of Science Special Exhibit: A Mirror Maze - Numbers in Nature
This fascinating exhibit combines fun and learning this new exhibit that reveals the mathematical patterns that surround us every day in the natural world. You get to see how this works when you go into the 1,700 square foot mirror maze and see the seemingly infinite pattern of yourself reflected in mirrors.
Where: Boston's Museum of Science When: Opens February 4 Admission: Free with $25 general museum admission. You can get free museum admission when you have a GoBoston Discount card or Boston CityPASS card, and on Wednesday nights after 4pm (voluntary contribution of $25 suggested)
Carousel Opening Day at the Greenway
Ride a seal, whale, peregrine falcon, or one of the other hand-carved creatures inspired by Boston Harbor wildlife and the original Shawmut peninsula on the unique 34-seat carousel on the Rose Kennedy Greenway across from the Boston Marriott Long Wharf.
The carousel opens for the season on March 24. (date to be confirmed for 2019)
When: Friday, March 30 (tentative) - Hours are Sunday - Thursday, 10am-6pm, Friday and Saturday, 10am-8pm (date and time to be confirmed for 2019) Where: Boston Common Cost: $3 (adults can ride next to their child free of charge)
The colorful Boston Common carousel across from Beacon Street provides plenty of entertainment for the younger set from April through October.
Where: Museum of Fine Arts Boston When: March 29 - April 8 Closest T station: Green Line E/Museum Cost: To be announced for 2019 More information: Wicked Queer website
ICA Boston hosts the 34th annual LGBT Film Festival, showcasing an eclectic selection of LGBT cinema from around the world.
First Fridays at MFA
Art, music, 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 2, 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 ($25) Must be: 21+ Boston Insider's Tip: Arrive early to get your ticket - they do fill up
Harpoon St Patrick's Festival
Harpoon Brewery (306 Northern Ave, South Boston Waterfront) kicks of their 2019 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 live music from local bands throughout the weekend.
Dates: Friday, March 9, 5:30 - 11pm (doors close 9:30pm) and Saturday, March 10, 1pm - 7pm (doors close 5:30pm) - rain or shine!
Cost: $25 cover, paid at door - Includes festival entrance, souvenir pint glass, and first beer. Designated Drivers who register at the Customer Service booth when they arrive get free non-alcoholic beverages.
Getting there: Take the free shuttle from South Station (look for signs on Summer Street) 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 Irish Film Festival
When: March 22-25 Where: Somerville Theatre at Davis Square Closest T stations: Red Line/Davis Square (Somerville Theatre) Cost: $10 per film or a Festival Pass for $85 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 best contemporary Irish cinema - about 30 premiers, features, shorts, and documentaries in all, with priority on productions unlikely to otherwise be shown in the U.S.
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:
Porter Square Hotel - Rates & Reviews - Get discounted hotel rates for the Festival by calling the hotel directly (617i-499-3399) and use group code IFF18
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St Patrick's Day Parade 2019
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.
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