When you think of March, St. Patrick’s Day and the long-awaited arrival of spring probably come to mind. While those are both great excuses to get out in the community and try some craft brews or local produce, they’re not the only things to celebrate this month. Check out these unique March events to make your month a little more interesting.
ACC Chili Cook Off
March 13, 2015
Morganton, North Carolina
Forget St. Patrick’s Day – March is all about college basketball at this event. The Morganton Downtown Development Association will host the 21st annual chili cook off during the ACC men’s basketball semifinals. Teams of amateurs and local restaurateurs will compete to make the best chili in town while ACC basketball teams compete to be the best in the conference! Guests can come try the chili from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. while they watch the games on HD televisions. Tickets are just $7, and proceeds from the event go toward funding the association’s other annual events. Click here for more details.
Pot of Gold Scavenger Hunt
March 20-21, 2015
Millville, New Jersey
In southern New Jersey, March is a great time for families to get to know local businesses. In this St. Paddy’s-themed scavenger hunt, participants have to match picture clues with local businesses. The first group to get through all of the participating businesses gets a prize basket filled with gift certificates and goodies from downtown. Groups of all ages are welcome and family fun is encouraged! Pick up your clue sheet at any participating business on the day you choose to play to get involved. Click here for more details.
Kids’ Trout Fishing Day
March 28, 2015
For the 8th year in a row, kids in the Fredericksburg area can fish for free at Old Cossey Pond on the day of this event. Plus, they’ll get a free hot dog lunch, loaner rods and reels to use and the chance to win door prizes every hour. In the past, this event has drawn more than 60 kids, rain or shine. It’s all sponsored by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and small businesses in the community. Click here for more details.
Niles Crab Feed
March 28, 2015
Featuring an all-you-can-eat crab dinner, a Beatles cover band and a Beatles costume contest, this March event will take residents of Fremont’s historic Niles district back in time. It’s all about the ‘60s and ‘70s, and it’s all about service. Proceeds from the event go to the Niles Main Street Association and toward the City of Fremont’s Giving Hope Program, which brings holiday gifts and cheer to struggling families each Christmas. For more details, click here.
Purple 5K & Downtown Crit
March 29, 2015
Now in its 6th year, the Purple 5K is an annual event that promises to promote wellness create change in Billings. The race, sponsored by the Downtown Billings Alliance and several local businesses, raises money for Spare Change for Real Change, a program founded by the DBA to alleviate homelessness in the area. Thanks to events like the Purple 5K, DBA has raised more than $50,000 for the cause in the last five years. Find more details and register for the race online here.
Celebrate everything about March and your community by heading downtown this month. Grab dinner at a local restaurant, dessert at a local bakery and fun at one of these local events. Check back soon to see what April has in store!
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