Boston March Events

Boston Events for March 2020

Top Things to Do in Boston in March

The Boston Events Calendar for March 2020 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, 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.


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!

Top Photo:  St Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston

Boston Concerts & Shows - March 2020

Boston concert schedule - March
Dropkick Murphys in concert at TD Garden in Boston - Photo courtesy of claynferno

Top March Concerts in Boston

Top March shows include Dropkick Murphys at House of Blues, Irish Comedy Tour at City Winery, shows by Kelly Clarkson, Kiss, Fleetwood Mac, and Ariana Grande at TD Garden, Mariah Carey at the Wang Theatre and the International Folk Festival at the Berklee Performance Center.

Schedules & Tickets:

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More Concerts & Shows for March

Boston Concerts & Shows throughout the Year  

Boston Whale Watching Season 2020 Begins!

New show opening at ICA Boston

Boston whale watching cruises start on March 21. 

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

Boston Theater & Shows for March 2020

Theater productions and shows for March in Boston

Top March Shows in Boston

Schedules & Tickets

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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:

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Bruins March 2020 Home Game Schedule at the Garden

New England Bruins March schedule at TD Garden in Boston

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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Hotels near TD Garden

Coming to an event at the Garden?  Spend the night or the weekend at a nearby hotels, 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

Celtics Basketball at TD Garden - March 2020

 Boston Celtics home game schedule at TD Garden for March

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.

Find more Celtics tickets for March
More about TD Garden:  Schedule, directions, best ticket prices

Best Boston Harbor Cruises during March

Boston Harbor Sightseeing and Special Event Cruises

Northern Lights Cruises:

  • Brunch Cruise - Savor a delicious 3-course brunch on this relaxing sightseeing cruise around Boston Harbor
  • Champagne City Lights Cruise - Raise your glass of bubbly to the glittering city lights as you relax to soft classical music
  • Sunday Evening Jazz Cruise - 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
  • Winter City Lights Cruise - Unwind on this 1-hour cruise with soothing classical music in the background, perhaps a tasty drink in your hand, and city lights sparking all around you
  • Winter Sunset Cruise - Grab a cocktail and apps 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
  • Live Irish Music Cruise - Get ready for fun on this rockin' Celtic cruise with a live Irish band playing classic Boston Irish songs, traditional Irish tunes, top hits, and your requests

Valentine's Day Cruises on the Adirondack III:

  • Romantic Valentine's Day Jazz & Champagne Tasting Cruise - Toast your valentine on this romantic evening cruise as you sample 3 champagnes and nibble on chocolate-covered strawberries while a live jazz band plays in the background - February 14, 15, 16
  • Galentine's Brunch Cruise - Celebrate friendship by inviting your BFFs on this mouth-watering 3-course brunch cruise for sightseeing around the Harbor, where you may even see porpoises and seals - adult beverages - February 15, 16

Adirondack III Sailing Cruises:

  • Returns in the spring!

Half-Price & Discount Tickets for Boston Events in March 2020

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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
Room with queen bed 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 - March 2020

MFA Boston - Current & Up-Coming Shows

Black Histories, Black Futures - Teen curators take over - Through June 20, 2021

Elsa Dorfman: Me and My Camera - Large-scale self-portraits - Through June 21, 2020

Contemporary Art: Five Propositions - MFA's contemporary collection - Through May 4, 2020

Women Take the Floor - Female artists' visions & voices - Through May 3, 2021

Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation - See the transition from urban street art to museum walls - April 5-August 2, 2020

Museum (and show) admission: $25 adults; free entrance with Boston Discount Cards (GoBoston card and Boston CityPASS).  Free admission on Wednesdays after 4pm, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lunar New Year Celebration Day (Feb 1, 2020), Memorial Day, Labor Day, & Indigenous Peoples' Day; also on Feb 5, 2020.

Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston - Current & Future Shows

Kusama: Love is Calling - Multimedia pop art, minimalism, & psychedelia - Through Feb 7, 2021

Tschabalala Self: Out of Body - Large-scale figurative paintings of urban life - Through July 5, 2020

Nina Chanel Abney - Social tensions in the digital age - Through March 15, 2020

Admission: $15 adults; free entrance with GoBoston card and Boston CityPASS.  Closed on Mondays.  Free admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, & Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Half-Price & Discount Tickets for Boston Events in March 2020

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Boston Underground Film Festival

Boston Underground Film Festival

When:  March 20-24
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:

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.

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

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 bring in terrific musicians around St. Patrick's Day. 

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

$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 from the station to Wachusett Mountain for skiing or snowboarding), Concord, and other destinations. 

Find out more:  www.mbta.com/projects/10-weekends-commuter-rail

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Museum of Science Special Exhibit:  Nature's Super Heroes

"Nature's Superheroes: Life at the Limits" at the Museum of Science thrills kids and adults by exploring the weird world of species that have developed strange and unique "superpowers" to overcome challenges threatening their survival. 

From dark caves where animals live without eyes to bizarre mating songs to a giant seals who hold their breath for nearly 2 hours during mile-long dives for food, you'll be amazed by the power of evolution to create amazing responses to the challenges of life on Earth.  Get ready for lots of immersive displays and hands on activities!

Where:   Boston's Museum of Science
When:   Open now through May 5
Admission:  Free with $28 general museum admission ($23 for kids).  Get free museum admission when you have a GoBoston Discount card or Boston CityPASS card.

Carousel Opening Day at the Greenway 

Carousel on Rose Kennedy 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 29.

After your ride, stroll over to Faneuil Market for a treat.

Closest T station: Blue Line/Aquarium
Cost:  $4/ride

More to do & see on the Greenway

Boston LGBT Film Festival at ICA Boston

Where:  Museum of Fine Arts Boston
When:  March 28 - April 7
Closest T station: Green Line E/Museum
Cost:  To be announced for 2020
More information:   Wicked Queer website; also www.mfa.org/programs/series/wicked-queer-the-boston-lgbt-film-festival

ICA Boston hosts the 35th annual LGBT Film Festival, showcasing an eclectic selection of LGBT cinema from around the world.  

First Fridays at MFA - 2020

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 1, 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 sell out for this event

Boston Flower and Garden Show

Boston Flower and Garden Show

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:

When:  March 13 - 17 (10am-8pm on March 13-14; 10am-9pm on March 15-16; 10am-6pm on March 17)
Where:   Seaport World Trade Center, South Boston Waterfront
Cost:  $20 Adults, $17 Seniors (65+), $10 Children 6 - 17; Children 5 and younger are free
Where to eat nearby:  Seaport restaurants overlooking the Harbor

More about the Boston Flower and Garden Show

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Harpoon St Patrick's Festival

Harpoon Brewery (306 Northern Ave, South Boston Waterfront) kicks off their 2020 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 Zoe Darrow Celtic Rock Band, and other local bands throughout the weekend.

Dates:  Friday, March 8 (6:30 - 11pm, doors close at 9:30pm) and Saturday, March 9 (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: Get an advance ticket for $30 for early admission on the Harpoon Brewery website - click on "Festivals."  Capacity is limited - so if you don't have an advance ticket, arrive early
Age: 21+

Boston Irish Film Festival 2020

March is the month for all things Irish, and 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.  After taking a break last year for fundraising, the festival is back bigger and stronger than ever this year.

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:  March 19-22
Closest T stations: Red Line/Davis Square (Somerville Theatre)
Cost:  $20
Reservations/more information:  www.irishfilmfestival.com/

Boston Massacre Reenactment 

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

March 3 is 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.  A reenactment is normally staged each year on March 3 at the Old State House on the Freedom Trail by the Bostonian Society.

More fun thingds to do: visit the Old State House, go on a Freedom Trail Tour, and check out the informative Boston Massacre history blog entries on the Bostonian Society's website.

Find out more about what really happened at the Boston Massacre

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St Patrick's Day Parade  

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.  

Don't forget to wear green and bring a camera!

Find the St Patrick's Day parade route through South Boston.

When:  Sunday, March 15, 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 - especially if you're also catching the Dropkick Murphy's concert

Dropkick Murphys at House of Blues & Agganis Arena - St Patrick's Day Celebrations!

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

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 Boston shows usually sell out far in advance - maybe because their "Shipping Up To Boston" song is practically the city's official anthem.

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St Patrick's Day Weekend Boston Harbor Cruises

Boston Harbor Sightseeing and Special Event Cruises
  • Live Irish Music Cruise - March 16 & 17 - Enjoy the gorgeous Boston skyline while you cruise around Boston Harbor and listen to lively Irish traditional music from the visiting Irish band Curragh - with fiddles, banjos, uilleann pipes, concertinas, and bouzoukis, you'll think you're in a cozy pub in the Emerald Isle - especially when you see all the Irish libations at the bar
  • St. Patrick's Lunch 'n Brews Cruise with Live Irish Music - March 16 & 17 - Sip some Guinness, Irish Whiskey, or Irish Coffee along with a lavish spread of special Irish foods as you enjoy traditional Irish music played by Curragh, the Northern Light's visiting Irish band, on this sightseeing cruise around the harbor
  • St Pat's Brunch Cruise with Live Irish Music - March 16 & 17 - A mouth-watering 3-course Irish brunch (for example, Irish Flag salad, Irish bacon rashers and Irish sausages with gravy, chocolate Guinness cake with Bailey's buttercream) and festive Irish drinks available at the bar set the tone as you listen to live Irish music by Curragh and take in sites around the Boston Harbor Islands

Other Popular Cruises on the Northern Lights:

Boston Flower and Garden Show 

Boston Flower and Garden Show

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:

When:  March 13 - 17 (10am-8pm on March 13-14; 10am-9pm on March 15-16; 10am-6pm on March 17)
Where:   Seaport World Trade Center, South Boston Waterfront
Cost:  $20 Adults, $17 Seniors (65+), $10 Children 6 - 17; Children 5 and younger are free
Where to eat nearby:  Seaport restaurants overlooking the Harbor

More about the Boston Flower and Garden Show

A St Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn 

St Patricks 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. 

When:  March 16, Sanders Theatre - 2 shows
Ticket information: 1-617-496-2222

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Half-Price & Discount Tickets for St Patrick's Day Events 

Half-price and discount events, shows, cruises, and parties in Boston

Half-price, discount, and deep discount tickets to St Patrick's Day Weekend events, parties, and shows are starting to become available through Goldstar. 

St Patrick's Day 5K Race in Southie 

St Patrick's Day 5K race in South Boston

Just a couple of hours before the big St Patrick's Day Parade starts on Sunday, March 17th, 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 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!

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Dine Out! Boston

Dine Out Boston

When:  March 3-8 and March 10-15
Where:  Top Boston restaurants - many choices in every neighborhood!
Cost: 
- Lunch: $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.   

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

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!


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