March will begin with the bang of Mardi Gras, continue with the vibrancy of St. Patrick’s Day and close with the liveliness of college basketball. It’s a busy month for locals of all interests and zip codes, but there’s plenty of fun to be had along the way. Check your local community calendar or head to one of these unique events near you:
Rib Feast at Turner Hall
March 2, 2017
New Ulm, Minnesota
What better way to indulge for Mardi Gras than with a rib feast and rocking music? Just two days after Fat Tuesday, locals of New Ulm will celebrate the town’s biggest winter weekend. The rib feast will include Mardi Gras drinks, baked potatoes, apple coleslaw, dessert and, of course, ribs. A local band from neighboring Iowa will provide a festive soundtrack of blues, folk, jazz and country favorites. More information is available from the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce.
Sensory Friendly Museum Tour
March 4, 2017
Just outside Columbus, the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio offers educational opportunities and stimulating exhibits to the community. On the first Saturday of every month at 9 a.m., the museum hosts Sensory Friendly Tours for guests on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorders. The unique tours feature lower light and volume levels, availability of quiet spaces for breaks and docents certified by the Many Faces of Autism. More information is available from the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio.
St. Paddy’s Day Party
March 17, 2017
Claremore’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration is truly an all-day event. A Bangers & Mash Lunch will kick things off at 11 a.m. with a traditional meal and live entertainment. Then, the entertainment continues at 6 p.m. with the St. Paddy’s Party just a block away. The party is free and open to the public, offering beer, wine spirits and food for purchase, plus a local Celtic band and local Irish dancers. More information is available from Downtown Claremore.
Spring Restaurant Week
March 19-25, 2017
There may be no better time to eat local in Manassas, Virginia, than Spring Restaurant Week. Local restaurants in Historic Downtown Manassas will offer their finest specials all week long, with both two- and three-course options on the menu. More information is available from Historic Downtown Manassas.
March Madness Crawfish Boil
March 25, 2017
Home to the University of North Alabama, Florence is a college town, which means March is all about basketball. Florence’s Singin’ River Brewing Co. will host the ultimate March Madness event, complete with a crawfish boil, plenty of beer and basketball. More information is available from Main Street Florence.
There’s plenty of activity to keep you busy all March. Meanwhile, winter will turn into spring. That’s all the more reason to head downtown and explore.
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