Great Things to do in Pennsylvania in March 2017

10 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania in March 2017

Whether you like winter or spring, March is a great month. For winter lovers, there’s still cold weather and often some snow. For those that are aching for the warmer temperatures of spring, the second half of the month is officially springtime.

No matter what type of weather you like, however, there’s a bit of something for everyone to do in Pennsylvania in March. You can visit some of the state’s best wineries, take in world-class sports competitions, take in one of the world’s best flower shows, or just enjoy a casual dinner.

Check out our handpicked list of 10 great things to do in Pennsylvania in March 2017, and then start planning your upcoming travels around the state.

Tour de Tanks in South-Central PA – Saturday and Sundays in March

Things to do in PA in March 2017

Travel the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail in March.

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 17 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.

1st Annual Erie Restaurant Week – March 6-11

Restaurant weeks are becoming popular at cities around the country, and Erie is joining the festivities with their first annual restaurant week in early March. More than 10 restaurants around the city will be participating in this event, each featuring a special menu just for those participating in the event.

While menus aren’t posted at the time of publication, it’s sure to be a great event with some delicious entrees. For more information, visit the event’s website.

Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Tournament in Pittsburgh March 8-12

Some of the best college basketball players in the country will descend on Pittsburgh this March for the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Held at PPG Paints Arena, the tournament will feature 14 teams playing in 13 games to determine who will win the championship and an automatic berth into the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

For more information or to get tickets, visit

St Patrick’s Day Parade in Scranton – March 11

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.

Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous in Ridgway – March 11-18

Every year, some of the best chainsaw carvers head to the small Pennsylvania Wilds community of Ridgway for the Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous. This great event features dozens of carvers from around the world showcasing their skill and artistic talents throughout town.

Throughout the week, visitors can watch these talented artists at work, buy carved pieces, and attend seminars on chainsaw carving.

For more information, visit

Philadelphia Flower Show in Philly – March 11-19

The Philadelphia Flower Show is the oldest and largest flower show in the world. (Photo use courtesy of the Philadelphia Flower Show)

The Philadelphia Flower Show is the oldest and largest flower show in the world. (Photo use courtesy of the Philadelphia Flower Show)

The country’s longest-running and largest horticultural event, the Philadelphia Flower Show has been wowing visitors since 1829. Today, hundreds of thousands visit one of the most beautiful festivals in the state to experience flowers and other types of horticulture from around the nation and the world.

This year’s theme is “Holland,” but the event will feature a wider variety of horticultural specimens and topics. For more information or to get tickets, visit the event’s website.

Charter Day throughout Pennsylvania – March 12

Things to do in Pennsylvania in March 2017: Charter Day

The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg while display the original PA charter for Charter Day.

Every year on 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 the state. 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.

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    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.

    2017 Pennsylvania Skating Championships in York – March 18-19

    Love ice skating? You won’t want to miss the Pennsylvania Skating Championships in York. Featuring some of the best ice skaters from around the Commonwealth and the region, this event features beginner skaters all the way up to some of the best in the country.

    For more information on this great competition, check out the event’s website.

    PA Spirits Convention in Philadelphia – March 23

    Over the last few years, Pennsylvania has become home to many great distilleries. To celebrate this burgeoning industry, the Pennsylvania Spirits Convention will be held in Philadelphia this March. The event will feature more than 100 spirits from more than two dozen distilleries from around Pennsylvania.

    There will also be a cocktail contest, where bartenders vie to make the most unique and flavorful cocktail from the participating distilleries.

    For more information about this fun event, head over to the convention’s website.

    PA Maple Festival in Meyersdale – March 25-26, March 29-April 2

    Things to do in Pennsylvania in March: PA Maple Festival

    The Pennsylvania Maple Festival returns to Meyersdale this March. (Photo courtesy of the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau)

    The annual Pennsylvania Maple Festival will return 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

    Do you know of a great event happening in Pennsylvania in March 2017? Let us know in the comments section below!

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    AUTHOR - Jim Cheney

    Jim Cheney is the creator of Based in the state capital of Harrisburg, Jim frequently travels around Pennsylvania and has visited all 67 counties in the state. Jim has also traveled to more than 30 different countries around the world.


    • Peg Welch

      I tried to look at the skating championships in York (I live in York and had not heard about this) but the website is not available. Can you check on this?

      • Jim Cheney

        My hunch from looking at the error message is that the site is just temporarily down. Hopefully it will be up soon.

    • Peg Welch

      I found the page after a search. Your link did not work, but this one does. Maybe you could correct?

      Peg Welch
      York PA

      • Jim Cheney

        Updated the piece. Thanks for the new link. Not sure why the old one stopped working.

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