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Top Events in and Around Philadelphia-March

Nancy Pageau, ABR

Nancy was born in Rhode Island and has lived in Pennsylvania for 30 years...

Nancy was born in Rhode Island and has lived in Pennsylvania for 30 years...

Sep 14 15 minutes read

The Flower Show, new exhibitions, Philly Wine Week, restaurant weeks and more.  March is a month for celebrating. Not only does it usher in the first day of spring (March 20), but it also brings a robust lineup of big events to the Philadelphia area.

At the outset, the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show kicks off its annual nine-day run at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, while elsewhere, the Israeli Film Festival unfolds as does the delicious East Passyunk Restaurant Week.

The city cheers with Philly Wine Week and a bunch of different performing arts opportunities -- from Broadway to ballet -- bring entertainment to stages citywide.

Meanwhile, all month long, Philly celebrates Women’s History Month and prepares for forthcoming warmer temps with seasonal openings like that of Franklin Square and the Philadelphia PHLASH Downtown Loop.

PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

This year, the Philadelphia Flower Show will feature horticulture displays inspired by water.  MARCH 3-11, 2018

The annual gardening celebration at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the oldest and largest indoor show of its kind. The theme for this year’s show, Wonders of Water, features top-of-the-line horticulture and landscape design (including an entryway complete with rope bridge and a 25-foot-tall waterfall), entertainment (including a performance from the Village People and an appearance from Smokey Robinson) and more than 100 vendors.

Last Chance: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Don't miss out on the final days of ice skating, s'mores, games and more at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest.  THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018

March brings the last few days to visit the popular Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, decked out with fire pits, a Kids Lodge arcade, a cozy, chalet-style Lodge Restaurant and Bar, sweets from Franklin Fountain Confectionery Cabin and hearty fare from Garces Group and Chickie’s & Pete’s. All the fun is centered around a regulation skating rink with a spectacular view of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Be sure to lace up those skates and get out there before it’s too late!

East Passyunk Restaurant Week

Score deals on great food from some of the best restaurants along East Passyunk Avenue — including Bing Bing Dim Sum — during East Passyunk Restaurant Week. FEBRUARY 26 - MARCH 9, 2018

During East Passyunk Restaurant Week, three-course prix-fixe lunches and dinners are available (tax, alcohol and gratuity not included) at more than 24 different restaurants — including Fond, Noord, Perla, Townsend and Will — in the vibrant East Passyunk neighborhood for the bargain price of $15-$35. Book a reservation now and get ready to chow down!

Philly Wine Week

Look forward to eight days of valuable vino learnings, pairing parties, wine flight specials and more during Philly Wine Week.   MARCH 22-29, 2018

The ever-expanding Philly Wine Week now features hundreds of events in 50-plus restaurants and bars across the city. From tastings to dinner parties to educational sessions, vino-filled opportunities of all sorts await.

Grand Opening of Franklin Square

Spring in Philadelphia means the return of mini-golf, tasty snacks, the Parx Liberty Carousel and more at Franklin Square. OPENS FOR THE SEASON ON MARCH 1, 2018

Ready for a sign of spring? Franklin Square opens for its 2018 season on March 1, which means the welcome return of mini-golf, a carousel, food and drink options and pleasant outdoor space for simply hanging out.

Women's History Month

Philadelphia's attractions and museums celebrate Women's History Month with special programming all month long.   MARCH 2018

March marks Women's History Month, a time when attractions and venues across the city welcome guests for special events, tours and presentations oriented around the month-long celebration. Programming includes special activities at the National Constitution Center, an afternoon of activities at Laurel Hill Cemetery and more.

African American History and Culture Showcase at the Pennsylvania Convention Center   MARCH 31 - APRIL 1, 2018

The free, annual African American History and Culture Showcase at the Pennsylvania Convention Center includes private exhibits that have never been shown in museums, living legend history makers, documentary films, historical reenactments, panel discussions, lectures, workshops, visual artists and crafters, poetry readings, theatrical performances and historical musical concerts.

Last Chance: Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at The Franklin Institute

Ten real Terracotta warriors — and 170 related artifacts — are on display at The Franklin Institute until March 4. 

In 1974, a farmer digging a well in China struck one of history’s most significant archaeological discoveries: thousands of life-sized warrior sculptures that had been guarding the tomb of China’s first emperor since 210 B.C. Ten of the mysterious structures and 170 related artifacts, including weapons, jade and gold ornaments and ceremonial vessels, are on display for a few remaining days at The Franklin Institute for Terracotta Warriors, an exhibition that examines the story, craft and science behind the Terracotta army. Philadelphia is one of just two cities hosting the exhibition, so be sure to check it out before it’s too late!

Last Chance: Parkway 100: Winter Fountains on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway   THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018

March marks the last chance to take in the free, outdoor Winter Fountains exhibition, illuminating the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with a stunning nighttime display of surreal, glowing videos projected on to four large domes. The dazzling works — inspired by the Parkway's grand fountains — are a centerpiece exhibition of Parkway 100, the city's 14-month celebration commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the avenue's groundbreaking.

Museum of the American Revolution

This new museum documents the American Revolution with huge galleries, hundreds of artifacts, films and more.   ONGOING

The drama unfolds exhibit by exhibit at the Museum of the American Revolution. Just two blocks from Independence Hall — the command center for the Revolution — the newest addition to America’s most historic square mile documents the strategic wins, crushing losses and world-altering consequences of the war for We the People. Visitors learn stories of well-known and everyday people who experienced the tumult through galleries, engaging films and a collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, diaries and works of art.

Broadway Philadelphia’s Something Rotten! at the Academy of Music

Broadway Philadelphia's March lineup includes a stellar series of performances of Something Rotten!   FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 4, 2018

This big, brash, flashy Broadway musical comedy being staged at the Academy of Music at the end of the month dreams up the making of the very first musical.

Broadway Philadelphia’s School of Rock at the Academy of Music

This fun musical, based on the hit movie, makes a weeklong run at the Academy of Music at the end of the month.  MARCH 27 - APRIL 1, 2018

Based on the hit movie, the new School of Rock musical heads to Philly at the end of this month. Choose from seven days of hilarious performances delivered at the Academy of Music.

Swan Lake at the Academy of Music  MARCH 8-18, 2018

The renowned Swan Lake unfolds at the Academy of Music this month. The Pennsylvania Ballet reprises the Tchaikovsky-scored ballet classic as staged by Angel Corella after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.

BalletX Spring Series 2018

BalletX's Spring Series returns this month with more than two weeks of shows, including world premieres by top choreographers. MARCH 7-18, 2018

Contemporary ballet collective BalletX kicks off its Spring Series this month. The two-plus weeks of shows will include world premieres by highly celebrated choreographers Trey McIntyre and Darrell Grand Moultrie, as well as Matthew Neenan’s Increasing.

The Best of Broadway at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts  MARCH 9-11, 2018

The Philly POPs team up this month with Broadway stars Debbie Gravitte, Susan Egan and Christopher Seiber — having performed a total of two dozen Broadway shows collectively! — for three unforgettable nights of performances at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Look forward to a showcase of popular tunes including those from Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and more.

Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music at the National Museum of American Jewish History

The National Museum of American Jewish History marks Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday with a special exhibition.  MARCH 16 - SEPTEMBER 2, 2018

The National Museum of American Jewish History debuts its exhibition on the life of a 20th-century American musical icon this month. Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music illustrates the famed conductor and composer’s life, Jewish identity and social activism through more than 100 artifacts — including Bernstein’s piano — as well as film, interactive media and sound installations. The exhibition is part of a city- and country-wide celebration of Bernstein’s centennial.

Last Chance: Kiefer Rodin at the Rodin Museum

Don't miss your chance to explore works from Auguste Rodin — and the response to those works by artist Anselm Kiefer — during Kiefer Rodin.  THROUGH MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2018

On display through March 12, Rodin’s celebrated sculptures and drawings are displayed alongside contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer’s new, large-scale illustrated books, sculptures and paintings — all inspired by Rodin’s work — in Kiefer Rodin at the Barnes Foundation. Presented in collaboration with the Musée Rodin in Paris, the showcase is part of #Rodin100, marking 100 years since the artist’s death (November 17, 1917) with exhibitions and programming at major art museums.

Black Pulp! at The African American Museum in Philadelphia  


The African American Museum in Philadelphia presents an International Print Center New York exhibition that displays works — including comic books — by artists, graphic designers, writers and publishers who share perspectives on black identity from 1912 to 2016.

Other Must-See Exhibitions


A wide array of exhibitions are on display this month, ranging from a 1960s counterculture feature at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a highly interactive crocodile-themed exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences and a showcase of bright and bold works by Cary Leibowitz at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Click the button below to learn about all of the exhibitions to see this month.

Parkway 100

Don't miss this month's programming in celebration of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway's 100th birthday.  THROUGH OCTOBER 2018 (DATES VARY PER EVENT)

This month, nearly a dozen events are set to unfold as part of Parkway 100, the city's 14-month celebration commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway groundbreaking. Programming ranges from a celebration of dinosaurs and fossils at the Academy of Natural Sciences to an evening with Not Ready to Make Nice: The Guerrilla Girls in the Art World & Beyond exhibition curator Neysa Page-Lieberman at The Galleries at Moore, Moore College of Art and Design. 

Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade

Philadelphia hosts one of the country's oldest St. Patrick's Day parades this month. SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2018

Pull out your greenest attire and spend St. Patrick’s Day watching marching bands, decorated floats, music and dance groups, youth groups and Irish associations parade down Broad Street to City Hall and from City Hall to Market Street to Penn’s Landing.

Opening Day for the Philadelphia PHLASH Downtown Loop

The Philly PHLASH starts its season on March 29 with free rides all day long.


The Philadelphia PHLASH Downtown Loop starts service for its 2018 season on Thursday, March 29. PHLASH travels to 22 different spots in Philadelphia for just $2 per person per ride or $5 for an all-day pass! To read more about PHLASH, click the button below.

qFlix Philadelphia     MARCH 19-25, 2018

The annual qFlix Philadelphia festival celebrates all genres of film that pertain to or were created by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. This year’s venues are clustered along and near the Avenue of the Arts: Kimmel Center, Prince Music Theater and University of the Arts.

Philly Craft Beer Festival

Sample beers from around the world at the Philly Craft Beer Festival.    SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018

Called “one of the top 10 beer festivals in America” by Forbes Traveler, the Philly Craft Beer Festival features national and international breweries, food trucks and a VIP session with rare brews, all at The Navy Yard.

Israeli Film Festival   MARCH 3-25, 2018

The Israeli Film Festival, Philadelphia’s annual showcase of the best in Israeli film, returns with a powerful lineup of documentaries, dramas and more. Click the button below to stay up to date on screening times and details.

Philadelphia Union Home Opener

Cheer on the Philadelphia Union during the team's first home game of the season this March.   SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018

Get ready to cheer for our hometown soccer team! The Philadelphia Union starts the season facing off against the New England Revolution on March 3 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester on the banks of the Delaware River.

King of Prussia Restaurant Week   MARCH 5-11, 2018

Steakhouses, seafood spots, fine-dining establishments and more set their tables for King of Prussia Restaurant Week, which returns with more than 20 participating eateries throughout the area this March. Restaurants offer up either $10, $15 or $20 lunch specials and $20, $30 or $40 dinner deals throughout the week-long event.

Winter Blues Festival at Longwood Gardens   MARCH 2-29, 2018 (SELECT DATES)

Against the backdrop of the Main Conservatory adorned with hydrangeas and blue poppies, Longwood Gardens hosts a talented lineup of blues artists this March.

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