Boston events for March 2018. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekends fairs, St. Patrick’s Day parade, shows, free events Boston, Massachusetts.

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Enjoy the best events, festivals, and things to do in Boston with this calendar of events.

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St. Patrick’s at the brewery

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.

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.
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Guitar concert

March 6, 2018

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.

St. Patrick’s Day concert

March 10, 2018

12 miles south

St. Patrick’s Cure for Cancer Concert has Irish music, songs, and dance at All Souls Church in Braintree.

St. Patrick’s Day bar crawls

March 10 & 17, 2018

Boston area

Skip cover charges and often lines at multiple bars.

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.

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.

Film festival

March 21 - 25, 2018

5.5 miles west

Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF) specializes in showing alternative film and video at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge.

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.

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.

International folk music

March 28, 2018

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.

Taste of Waltham

March 29, 2018

14 miles NW

Enjoy an elegant evening of food, wine, beer, music, and local celebrities at the Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival at the Westin Waltham.

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 2018 (undated)

multiple locations

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

Restaurant week

March 2018 (undated)

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.

Bourbon & bacon

March 2018 (undated)

1.2 miles SW

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

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.

Game convention

March 2018 (undated)

1.3 miles SE

PAX East features video games, tabletop games, computer games, panels, entertainers, exhibits, and contests at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Beer & cheese festival

March 2018 (undated)

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.

Food & wine benefit

March 2018 (undated)

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.

Cartoons & classical music

March 2018 (undated)

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.

Harvard humor

March 2018 (undated)

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.

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.

Social Enterprise Conference

March 2018 (undated)

5 miles west

The Social Enterprise Conference features speeches, panels, and workshops on using business principles to improve lives and the world, at Harvard Business School.

Spring celebration

March 2018 (undated)

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.

Swing dancing

March 2018 (undated)

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 2018 (undated)

20 miles NE

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

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.

Celtic music

March 2018 (undated)

multiple locations

Celebrate the holiday in style with traditional Irish music at A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn by WGBH.

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.
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