11 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania in March

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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.

Note: Events listed here happened in March 2020. We will not be updating this list for 2021 due to current restrictions. We plan to update this list in early 2022 for events in March 2022.

(Article updated on February 11, 2020, for Pennsylvania events in March 2020.)

Philadelphia Flower Show in Philly – February 29-March 8

Things to do in March in Pennsylvania: The Philadelphia Flower Show
The Philadelphia Flower Show is the oldest and largest flower show in the world. (Photo used courtesy of the Philadelphia Flower Show)

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 “Rivera Holiday,” 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.

Philly Craft Beer Festival in Philadelphia- March 7

Philly Craft Beer Festival is one of the best things to do in PA in March
There are many great breweries in Philly and you can try some of the best during the Philly Craft Beer Festival

If you love craft beer, you won’t want to miss the Philly Craft Beer Festival in early March. Now in its 14th year, this festival will feature dozens of great local and national breweries serving more than 150 different beers.

This festival has been frequently rated as one of the best craft beer festivals in the country, and will also feature food trucks, ax throwing, and games for participants. There are a ton of great Philadelphia breweries, and the chance to try so many in one place shouldn’t be missed.

Find out more on the festival’s website.

Ice and Fire Festival in Harrisburg – March 7

The Ice and Fire Festival will return to downtown Harrisburg for its third year this March. This one-day event will feature many great ice sculptures throughout the downtown area, as well as an ice slide and an ice skating rink for those looking to enjoy the largest winter festival in the city.

In addition to these great wintertime attractions, there will also be vendors, glass blowing demonstrations, and a ton of great food.

Find out more on the city’s website.

Charter Day throughout Pennsylvania – March 8

Things to do in Pennsylvania in March: Charter State at the State Museum
Charter Day is your yearly chance to see the original Pennsylvania charter at the State Museum in Harrisburg.

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 can’t-miss event.

For more information, visit the websites of your favorite museum or historical site.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Scranton – March 14

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.

Uncork the Alleghenies in Altoona – March 14

Uncork the Alleghenies is one of the best things to do in Pennsylvania in March.
Many great wineries will be at Uncork the Alleghenies in Altoona.

Wine lovers will want to head to Altoona this March for the annual Uncork the Alleghenies event at the Blair County Convention Center.

Nearly two dozen wineries from across the state will be at the festival serving samples of some of their best wines. The event will also feature free caricatures, food samples, live music, and much more.

Find out more here.

Maple Taste and Tour in Northwestern PA – March 14-15

The 17th annual Maple Taste and Tour will be returning to northwestern Pennsylvania this March. This event is held at nearly 20 different sugarhouses and other maple related sites in Erie, Crawford, Venango, and Warren Counties.

During the event, visitors can learn how maple products are produced from sap and try some of the delicious maple products at each stop.

For more information, visit PAMaple.org.

Lehigh Valley Auto Show in Bethlehem – March 19-22

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 include cars, trucks, motorcycles, and ATVs from dozens of different manufacturers.

Now in its 23rd years, this year’s show will likely be the largest ever.

For more information, visit the show’s website.

Clarion River Jam Bluegrass Festival in Clarion – March 20-22

The Clarion River Jam Bluegrass Festival will return to northern Pennsylvania this March. Over the course of two days, more than 24 bluegrass bands will take to the stage to provide many great hours of fantastic musical entertainment.

In addition to great concerts, there will also be jam sessions, vendors and much more.

Find out more here.

Sugarloaf Craft Festival in Oaks – March 20-22

If you love great handmade art, you won’t want to miss the Sugarloaf Craft Festival at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in the Philadelphia suburbs of Oaks.

The festival will feature more than 250 artisans from around the country showcasing their wares. There will art demonstrations and workshops conducted by the artists at the festival and lots of delicious foods.

Find out more on the event’s website.

Phipps Conservatory’s Spring Flower Show in Pittsburgh – Starts March 21

Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh PA
Phipps Conservatory will host their Spring Flower Show starting this month.

One of the most popular annual shows at Phipps Conservatory will return this March as the Spring Flower Show kicks off. Featuring tens of thousands of spring flowers in every color of the rainbow, this show is the perfect way to shake off those winter blues and enjoy the beauty of spring.

The show is open daily from March 21 through April 19 and shouldn’t be missed.

Find out more on Phipps’ website.

Looking for other things to do in Pennsylvania? Check out our list of things to do in February and our list of things to do in PA in April.

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3 thoughts on “11 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania in March”

  1. Jim, just wanted to let you know that I always enjoy your newsletter! My fiancé and I love checking out all these cool interesting places in Pennsylvania. Just goes to show that you can have fun and not having to spend a whole Lotta money. Thank you for giving your time and research for this newsletter.

    Renee Anderson


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