Boston events, festivals, things to do – March 2018

March 2018
best events in Boston

Harvard comedy

March 1 - 4, 2018 (begins Feb. 3)

3.5 miles NW

Hasty Pudding Theatricals is a bawdy production that promises silly plots full of crude jokes, low production values, collegiate humor, and anachronistic puns at Harvard University’s Farkas Hall.

Harpoon St. Patrick’s Festival

March 2 - 3, 2018

1.5 miles SE

Catch a shuttle from South Station to Harpoon Brewery for beer, food, and live music at Harpoon St. Patrick’s Festival. Cash only.

Golf show

March 2 - 4, 2018

1.1 miles SE

Hit balls with this year’s new clubs, take seminars, learn tips, plan golf trips, and visit 100 exhibitors at the National Golf Expo at Seaport World Trade Center.
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Academy Awards gala

March 4, 2018

1.4 miles SW

Dress up for your arrival at the $300 Red Carpet Gala, featuring a live telecast of the Academy Awards in Hollywood, hosted bars, chef stations, and auctions at the Fairmont Copley Plaza.

Guitar concert

March 6, 2018 (8 p.m.)

1.8 miles SW

Guitar Night: Rock and Pop features six guitarists leading their bands in an evening of original and cover material at 921 Boylston Street. Free.

Beer & cheese festival

March 9 - 10, 2018

1.5 miles SW

Try New England-made craft beers, ciders, and cheeses from 25 brewers and 15 creameries at Boston Beer & Cheese Fest at the Cyclorama.

Monster trucks

March 9 - 11, 2018

42.8 miles SW

Big trucks with big wheels create big noise and excitement at Monster Jam in Providence, RI.

Bourbon & bacon

March 10, 2018

1.2 miles SW

Sip bourbon and taste bacon treats at the Bourbon & Bacon Fest at the Castle at Park Plaza for age 21+.

Jewish food celebration

March 11, 2018

1.3 miles SW

Enjoy Jewish-themed appetizers, entrees, and desserts made by top Boston chefs, beer and wine pairings, and talks by cookbook authors at Beyond Bubbie’s Kitchen at Back Bay Events Center.

Israeli folk dancing

March 11, 2018

2.5 miles west

Enthusiastic young dance troupes perform Jewish and Israeli dances to lively music at the Israel Folkdance Festival at MIT in Cambridge.

Garden show

March 14 - 18, 2018

1.1 miles SE

The Boston Flower and Garden Show fills Seaport World Trade Center with garden displays, floral arrangements, a marketplace of plants and garden products, lectures, and demonstrations by experts.

Irish show

March 17, 2018 (8 p.m.)

0.4 miles north

Irish Comedy Tour is an evening of Irish comedy and music featuring “a band of hooligans” at City Winery.

Spring celebration

March 17, 2018 (2 p.m.)

8.5 miles west

Celebrate the Vernal Equinox (when days and nights are equally long) with songs, entertainment, and refreshments at Spring Sing by Revels in Watertown.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 18, 2018

1.7 miles south

Join 600,000 people celebrating Boston’s Irish heritage at the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which begins at W. Broadway and Dorchester Avenue. Free.

Restaurant week

March 18 - 30, 2018 (except Fri. & Sat.)

multiple locations

Get a special price for lunch or dinner during Dine out Boston, which is held in March and August. No registration is required.

Food & wine benefit

March 20, 2018

1.5 miles SW

Taste menu items from 16 Boston restaurants; drink wine, beer, and cocktails; and bid in a silent auction for charity at Taste of the South End in the Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts.

Irish film festival

March 22 - 25, 2018

4.5 miles NW

Irish Film Festival Boston (IFFB) supports Irish filmmakers and shows contemporary Irish feature films, shorts, and documentaries at Somerville Theatre.

Swing dancing

March 22 - 25, 2018

13 miles west

Boston Tea Party Swings offers 80 swing-dance workshops (including 20 for beginners), plus exhibitions, competitions, and lots of social dance time in three ballrooms at Newton Marriott.

Film festival

March 22 - 29, 2018

20 miles NE

Salem Film Fest features documentary films with strong technical elements and interesting visual approaches at CinemaSalem and other venues.

Custom car show

March 23 - 25, 2018

1.1 miles SE

See hot rods, competition cars, specialty vehicles, concept vehicles, entertainment, and a chop shop at World of Wheels at Seaport World Trade Center.

Cartoons & classical music

March 24, 2018

2.1 miles SW

See classic Warner Brothers cartoons on a big screen accompanied by live classical music, and visit the kids’ favorite life-sized PBS characters at the Classical Cartoon Festival at Symphony Hall.

Humanity films

March 24, 2018

4.3 miles SW

The topic of Moving Images Film Festival changes each year. It’s educational and inspirational, followed by a discussion at Harvard Medical School. Pre-register. Donation.

International folk music

March 28, 2018 (8 p.m.)

2 miles west

Students and faculty perform music from around the world, sometimes in costume, at the International Folk Music Festival at Berklee Performance Center.

Anime convention

March 30 - April 1, 2018

2 miles SW

Wizards, witches, and magical girls find live games, panels, karaoke, a music-video contest, cosplay events, and a formal ball at Anime Boston at Hynes Convention Center and the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

LGBT film festival

March 30 - April 8, 2018

multiple locations

See contemporary gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender films at Wicked Queer.

Dessert expo

March 2018 (undated)

1.3 miles SE

“Sample, taste, and purchase the region’s finest desserts” at the New England Dessert Showcase from exhibitors in the gourmet dining, baked goods, pastry, ice cream, chocolate, and liquor industries at Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.

Party at the zoo

March 2018 (undated)

3.5 miles SW

A ticket to Roaring Nights: Fun in the Tropics allows adults to explore Franklin Park Zoo after hours, play games, drink a complimentary glass of wine, visit the cash bar, and support the zoo.

Chinese New Year

March 2018 (undated)

3.6 miles NW

Chinese New Year Celebration includes a taste of China, lion dance in Winthrop Square (Cambridge), a procession on Brattle Street, and family activities on the second floor of Hong Kong Cambridge. Free.

Chocolate, Wine & Cheese Festival

March 2018 (undated)

39 miles NW

Taste professional pairings of 50 wines, gourmet chocolates, and artisan cheeses at Chocolate, Wine & Cheese Festival at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, NH for age 21+.

St. Patrick’s cruise

March 2018 (undated)

1.1 miles SE

Wear green to the Pier Pressure cruise for St. Patrick’s Day, with hours of views, DJ music, and two dance floors aboard the Spirit of Boston, departing from 200 Seaport Boulevard.

Irish celebration

March 2018 (undated)

15 miles west

A Little Bit of Ireland celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Irish tenors, Riverdance, Celtic comedy, and a choir in Reagle Music Theatre, Waltham.