10 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania in March
While much of the month is still technically winter, the start of March is considered by many to be the start of the Spring season in Pennsylvania. And, as winter gives way to warmer weather, many of this month’s events allow you to get outside and enjoy the beauty of PA.
Whether you want to sample delicious wines, watch one of the state’s best parades, or explore a historic site, you won’t want to miss what’s going on in Pennsylvania in March.
(Article updated on February 12, 2018 for Pennsylvania events in March 2018.)
Philadelphia Flower Show in Philly – March 3-11
The country’s longest-running and largest horticultural event, the Philadelphia Flower Show, which has been wowing visitors since 1829, returns to Philly this month. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people come to one of the state’s most beautiful festivals to experience flowers and other types of horticulture from around the nation and the world.
This year’s theme is “Wonders of Water,” but the event will feature a wide variety of horticultural specimens and topics. For more information or to get tickets, visit the event’s website.
Tour de Tanks in South Central PA – Weekends from March 3-25
If you love wine, you won’t want to miss the annual Tour de Tanks happening along the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail in March. Featuring 15 wineries in the area surrounding York, PA, the event allows visitors to travel between these great wineries sampling wines and enjoying tours, barrel tastings, snacks, and more.
For more information, check out the event’s website.
Terracotta Warriors Exhibit at the Franklin Institute in Philly – Ends March 4
If you’ve always wanted to see the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, China, but don’t want to travel that far, take a trip to Philly before March 4. The Franklin Institute’s Terracotta Warriors of the First Empire has been running since the end of September, but will be ending in early March.
Having had a chance to see them in person in China, I can understand why they are on so many people’s bucket list. Don’t miss this chance to see them without leaving PA.
For more information, visit the Franklin Institute’s website.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Scranton – March 10
Many communities around Pennsylvania host St. Patrick’s Day parades, but none of them come close to the size of the parade in Scranton. In fact, it is the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the country.
During this annual event, over 12,000 participants will march through downtown Scranton to celebrate this famous Irish holiday. The parade includes marching bands, floats, balloons, and, of course, Irish music.
For more information on the parade, head over to the event’s website.
Charter Day throughout Pennsylvania – March 11
Every year, during the second weekend in March, Pennsylvania celebrates Charter Day, the day William Penn received the charter for Pennsylvania from the King of England. The main highlight of the weekend is free admission at many of the state-run museums and sites around PA. If you’ve been wanting to visit a great museum or historical home in Pennsylvania, it’s worthwhile to see if they are offering free admission during the weekend.
You can also view the original Pennsylvania Charter at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. This document is only taken out on Charter Day weekend, making it a great place to visit. For more information, visit the websites of your favorite museum or historical site.
Pennsylvania Skating Championships in York – March 17-18
If watching the figure skating in the Olympics makes you want to experience more of this exciting sport, head to York this March for the Pennsylvania Skating Championships. Now in its 31st year, the top figure skaters in Pennsylvania will be competing to see who’s the best in the state.
For more information, stay tuned to the White Rose Figure Skating Club’s website.
Pennsylvania Maple Festival in Myersdale – March 17-18, 21-25
The annual Pennsylvania Maple Festival will return to Meyersdale this March, offering visitors a chance to celebrate one of the state’s most delicious crops. During the festival, you can try maple products, see how it is harvested, and even attend a tree tapping ceremony. The festival also features a beauty pageant, a horse-pulling contest, a parade, vendors, and much more.
For more information on the festival, visit PAMapleFestival.com.
Lehigh Valley Auto Show in Bethlehem – March 22-25
Car lovers won’t want to miss the annual Lehigh Valley Auto Show. Held on the Lehigh University campus in Bethlehem, the auto show will includes cars, trucks, motorcycles, and ATVs from 32 different manufacturers.
Now in its 21st years, this year’s show will be the largest ever.
For more information, visit the show’s website.
Philly Wine Week in Philadelphia – March 22-29
Begun in 2014, Philly Wine Week brings the opportunity to explore some of the best restaurants and bars for wine lovers in Philadelphia. During this eight-day event, dozens of events will be held throughout the city at many great venues.
For more information and an event list, head to PhillyWineWeek.org.
Bunny Trolley at the PA Trolley Museum in Washington – March 23-25, 30-31
Visit the PA Trolley Museum in southwestern Pennsylvania in March for their annual Bunny Trolley. Hop aboard a restored streetcar and experience the Easter season as you ride through the the countryside of Washington, PA.
After visiting with the Eastern Bunny, take time to enjoy the historic and wonderfully-restored trolleys at this great museum.
For more information, visit the museum’s website.
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