March is a month of celebrations. From Purim to St. Patrick's Day to maple sugaring festivals, there are family-friendly festivities happening all around town this month. As winter gives way to spring, annual favorites like the Boston Flower and Garden Show and Revels Spring Sing pop up on the calendar. Check out our other top picks for the month.
There are four operating railroad layouts at the Open House at Bay State Model Railroad Museum. Photo courtesy of Bay State Model Railroad Museum
Bay State Model Railroad Museum Open House - Roslindale
Sat 3/3/2018 - Sun 3/4/2018
Join the Bay State Model Railroad Museum for its spring celebration—one of the two times each year the museum is open to the public. Visitors can see 4 operating model railroad layouts featuring trains in “N”, “HO”, “HOn3” (Narrow Gauge), & “O” Scale. NOTE: The show is less crowded after 2pm.
A moment from the Nazar Ballywood Dance Troupe's 2016 Showcase, Legends of Bollywood; photo by Jordan Jennings
Celebrate! Nazar Bollywood Dance Troupe - Colors of India - JFK Library & Museum, Columbia Point, Boston
Experience the excitement of Bollywood and celebrate Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors marking the beginning of spring, with a stunning performance combining South Asian dance with western jazz and ballet at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The performance is part of the museum's free "Celebrate!" series for families.
PAW Patrol Live!: The Great Pirate Adventure - Boston
Sat 3/10/2018 - Sun 3/11/2018
The canine heroes of Adventure Bay are coming to Boston for six shows at Boch Center's Wang Theatre—all pirate themed!
Flapjack Fling - Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
Families are welcome at this special breakfast, where they can enjoy syrup made from the sap of the sanctuary's maple trees on some delicious pancakes.
Revels Spring Sing - Grace Vision Church, Watertown
Revels hosts a celebration of the arrival of spring amidst forsythia blossoms and sprigs of green at a joyful family event featuring community singing, refreshments, and entertainment.
South Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade is a family tradition for many locals. Photo by Nick Cosentino
St. Patrick's Day Parade - South Boston
The annual parade takes place in South Boston, where it has been a tradition for more than a century. It includes various marching bands, police and army contingents, costume spectacles, novelty vehicles, and a general "green" atmosphere thanks to participants and spectators. This year's route: The St. Patrick's Day Parade starts on West Broadway (easterly); left onto East Broadway; Right onto P Street; Right onto East 4th Street; left onto K Street; right onto East 5th Street; Left onto G Street; Right onto the Southerly Arm of Thomas Park; Left onto Telegraph Street; Left onto Dorchester Street; and ending at Dorchester Avenue.
Lights Off for Earth Hour - City-wide
Sat 3/24/2018, 8:30-9:30pm
People and businesses around the world extinguish all non-essential lighting during this one hour. Boston is among over 5,000 cities and towns world-wide that have pledged to shut off lights for Earth Hour.
Boston Flower and Garden Show - Seaport World Trade Center, Boston
Wed 3/14/2018-Sun 3/18/2018
Explore garden displays, visit vendors with plants and the newest gardening products, and learn from presentations and demos on everything to do with making things grow. The Little Sprouts Children’s Center will be jam-packed with fun activities like storytelling, vegetable stamping, tissue flower making, and more.
Family Opera: Weedpatch - The Peabody School, Cambridge
Sat 3/17/2018 and Sun 3/25/2018
This exciting new opera is set at the historical Weedpatch school, built and run by determined Oklahoma migrants who show resilience and humor in the face of hardship and hostility from the settled Californians.