Best Events in March Around Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia

by McEnearney on February 28, 2019

The weather and blooms over the next few weeks can be a little unpredictable. Our favorite part about March is that no matter the timing, springtime is just around the corner! Check out our top pick of March events for Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, Women’s History Month, and other great picks in the D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland area.

At the end of the month, we’ll get into the Cherry Blossom spirit, but most of those events are planned for early April.   

In between attending events, consider a little spring cleaning – Marie Kondo-style.


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Photo courtesy of District Wharf

Mardi Gras


Wharf Street, District Pier Mardi Gras March 2, 2 – 6 p.m
2 p.m. – Event Start
3 p.m. – Mardi Gras Parade
5:45 p.m. – Fireworks Finale
735 Water St. SW, Washington, D.C. 20024
Free Admission


Many restaurants at The Wharf may hold special entertainment and specials this day. Check out the stellar new menu and special DJ entertainment at La Vie, grab a drink and food at Mi Vida, or head to one of the District’s newest Tiki bar complementing a coming-soon distillery:


Tiki TNT March 2, 2 – 6 p.m.
Accompanying Thrasher’s Rum, a rum distillery coming soon, this is a great Tiki spot for drinks. The Head Chef is from New Orleans, and New Orleans style food is being served only that day!
1130 Maine Ave SW, Washington, D.C. 20024
Call 202.900.4786


Praline Bakery Available now until March 5, 2019
Special: 10% off for guests in Mardi Gras costume!
965 7th Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20024
Call 202.484.0500


Mardi Gras Extravaganza March 5, 6 – 10 p.m.
An evening full of all the cuisine, cocktails, and musical culture of New Orleans.
The Showroom: 1099 14th St. NW Suite 101L, Washington, D.C. 20005
$55 | Tickets


DC Mardi Gras Masquerade March 5, 7 – 11 p.m.
Black Tie, Masks, Open Bar, and Music
The Dupont Circle Hotel: 1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036
$50-$100 | Tickets


Mardi Gras Masquerade MadnessMarch 5, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Live music, giveaways, photo ops, and so much more!
Crazy Crab: 10160 Fairfax Blvd #102, Fairfax, VA 22030
$10 per person | Tickets


The 10th Annual Mardi Gras Festival March 2, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Baltimore’s Biggest Mardi Gras party will be the biggest party yet!
Must be 21 and older to attend.
Power Plant Live: 34 Market Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
$18-$55 | Tickets


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Photo courtesy of Patch

Saint Patrick’s Day


Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day ParadeMarch 2 starting at 12:30 a.m.
This family event is Old Town’s largest annual event! Starts on King Street and proceeds eastward.
Donate at the Ballyshaners Go Fund Me page!


Pub Sing in Falls ChurchMarch 10, 7 – 9 p.m.
Ireland’s Four Provinces is hosting this sing-a-long
105 W. Broad Street, Falls Church, VA 22046
$20 for adults | $15 for kids 12 and under


Celtic Angels March 15, 8 – 10 p.m.
Beautiful performance of Irish songs.
Blackrock Center for the Arts: 12901 Town Commons Drive Germantown, MD 20874
$25-$45 | Tickets


Washington DC, Shamrock FestivalMarch 23, 12 – 8 p.m.
Shamrock Festival is America’s largest Saint Paddy’s Day festival in the United States!
2400 E Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003
$25-$1,120 Tickets | Email


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Graphic credit: Sassafras Marketing

Celebrating Women’s History Month


Free Community Day: March March 3, 12 – 5 p.m.
Tour: Fierce Women 2.0 March 3, 1 – 2 p.m.
MAR 06 Gallery Talk: #5WomenArtists March 6, 12 – 12:30 p.m.
International Women’s Day 2019 March 8, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
National Museum of Woman in the Arts: 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Free Admission


A Speech for Women’s Rights: 1838 March 8, 1 – 2 p.m.
The Big Event, March 22, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
What better way to honor women’s history month than making an educational trip to the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, right here in D.C.?
No tickets or reservations required for either event. Contact: Jan Buerger 202.497.1397
Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument – home of the National Womans Party (NWP)
144 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20002


We Can Do It! Women in Aviation and Space Family Day March 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Independence Ave SW & 6th St SW, Washington, D.C. 20372
Free Admission


Women’s History Celebration March 23, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
In addition to free activities, crafts and games, Girl Scouts can earn an optional badge by attending with a $10 fee to cover program materials and badge. Hosted by the DAR Museum, in partnership with the DAR Library.
DAR Museum: 1776 D Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20006
Free | Register here | Contact


If you’re looking for something more literary, check out these book talks:

Insurgent WomenMarch 6, 7 p.m.
Busboys and Poets Takoma: 235 Carroll St NW, Washington, D.C. 20012

Yes She Can March 7, 6:30 p.m.
Busboys and Poets 14th & V: 2021 14th Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20009


Evenings at the Edge: Wonder Women – March 14, 6 – 9 p.m.
National Gallery of Art – East Building, Pennsylvania Ave and 4th St, NW
Pre-registration required, but free. A focus on trailblazing women artists from the last century. Featuring pop-up talks, crafts, internationally renowned, all-female tap sensation Syncopated Ladies.


While registration tickets have sold out this year, if you want to contribute to Women’s History, consider a donation in honor of the Women’s History Month 5k with #FITDC, hosted by the National Women’s History Museum.



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More Tastes, Festivals and Sights


Fairfax City Restaurant Week March 3rd through the 9th
For the whole week, there are 23 different restaurants participating. To see the full list of restaurants please click here.
$20 for 3-course lunch | $35 for 3-course dinner
For more information please contact


Nowruz FestivalMarch 17, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Discover more than 3,000 years of tradition and customs at this Persian New Year Celebration! Festival and bazaar at 8100 Tysons Corner Center.
1961 Chain Bridge Rd, Tysons, VA 22102 | Parking Information
Free Admission | Call 202.369.1515


Kids Trout Fishing Derby in Herndon – March 30, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
For ages 2-15 years old. Registration Code: 450050.60
Event meets behind the Herndon Police Station on the Sugarland Run Trail.
$8 per child pre-register through March 29th | $12 day of event registration



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Cherry Blossom Festival

More Details | End of March to the Beginning of April


Cherry Blossoms are a staple in Washington, D.C. People travel from all over just to get a glimpse of the magical world the cherry blossoms create. They only bloom for two weeks at most, but those two weeks are filled with a beautiful display of fireworks.


Blossom Kite Festival – March 30, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Come watch thousands of kites take flight during this annual event!
Grounds of the Washington Monument Near 17th St and Constitution Ave, NW
Free Admission


PetalPalooza – April 6, 12 – 9:30 p.m.
Fun filled Saturday full of music, games, beer garden, and topped with a display of fireworks at 8:30 p.m.
The Distract Wharf: 735 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
Free Admission


National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade – April 13, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
One of DC’s largest spectator events that offer giant color balloons for as far as the eye can see!
Constitution Avenue From 7th to 17th St NW
Standing along the parade route is free | Tickets start at $20 for grand seating

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