From St. Patrick’s Day to the Easter weekend, community calendars are filling up this March. As winter starts to subside, make a point to get your family downtown for some local fun. By checking with your local Main Street organization or chamber of commerce, you’ll find engaging activities for adults, kids, and even pets.
Mardi Growl Parade & Festival
March 3, 2018
As its name suggests, this parade is for the pups. The 11th annual Mardi Growl Parade and Festival benefits a local animal center with a dog parade and costume contest. Dogs and their humans can compete in various categories, including Best Dog Couple, Most Unique Mixed Breed and Pet/Owner Look-a-like. Following the parade, a festival will take place, where pet owners can take advantage of affordable microchip and rabies vaccine services. More information is available from Downtown Knoxville.
Medina Beer Fest
March 10, 2018
What pairs well with a local beer fest? Music, raffles and great food, of course! The Medina Beer Fest promises to feature all that, plus a few surprises. Not to mention, the winner of the grand-prize raffle will take home a cooler filled with more than 60 bottles of craft beer. Find more information from Main Street Medina.
Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival
March 16 – 18, 2018
The Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival will mark its 66th year this March – and it’s no wonder why this tradition has lasted so long. The event has repeatedly been recognized as one of the best in the south. This year, more than 230 vendors and exhibitors will gather along the streets of downtown Fairhope for this three-day event. You’ll also see artwork from local middle and high school students. Live entertainment, a food court, and a kid’s entertainment area will round out the festival. Learn more from the Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival organization or the Downtown Fairhope Business Association.
St. Patrick’s Day Pop-Up Shops
March 16 – 17, 2018
Chicago may be known for its festive green river, but the small Illinois town of Aledo has its own take on St. Patrick’s Day. Aledo Main Street will host a St. Patrick’s Day Pop-Up Shop to give small businesses and local artisans an opportunity to bring their goods to market. For shoppers, the pop-up shops will offer unique gift items, perfect for a spring occasion like Mother’s Day or graduation. Find more information from Aledo Main Street.
Everybody’s Irish in Downtown Hanford
March 17, 2018
A microbrew tasting headlines downtown Hanford’s sixth-annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Guests are encouraged to wear green, as they spend the evening sampling microbrew beer at 25 downtown business. The event will also feature food, shopping, and live music. More information is available from Main Street Hanford.