Beer festivals, soccer games, blooming flowers and more—hello, March! We're jumping feet first into warmer weather and the return of spring in the Raleigh area by spending as much time outdoors with friends and family as possible. Here's exactly how we plan to do it!

Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival

March 2
A fun-filled day in downtown Wake Forest, the annual Mardi Gras Street Festival features a walking parade, children's activities, costume contests and plenty of live music and entertainment for the family-friendly affair.


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Carolina Ballet presents An Evening of Bernstein and Robbins

March 7-24
An Evening of Bernstein and Robbins celebrates the 100th birthdays of Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins, icons of classical music and ballet as well as Broadway. Carolina Ballet will be reviving "Fancy Free," the ballet that changed American dance forever, and for the first time ever, presenting Jerome Robbins’ "Afternoon of a Faun" set to the music of Claude Debussy.


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Raleigh Brewing 6th Anniversary Party

March 9
Cheers to six years of craft beer! Raleigh Brewing Company, which became the first woman-owned brewery in the state upon opening its doors in 2013, will host a massive birthday celebration—thousands of attendees are expected over the course of the day, with special beer releases, outdoor beer tents, non-stop live music, swag giveaways, plenty of food trucks and more. Our advice: show up early! The party kicks off at noon and runs through 10pm.


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BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Expo

March 9-10
Release the builder within at the ultimate LEGO lover's paradise. Experience hands-on LEGO attractions and activities built to inspire, educate and entertain. This fun, family-friendly event will have tons of amazing LEGO creations to gawk at, building zones to unleash your creative energy and vendors selling the latest LEGO sets, mini-figures and accessories.


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Monster Jam

March 9-10
Monster Jam, the adrenaline-charged family entertainment circuit that has showcased gravity-defying feats and bone-crushing hits since 1992, is back this month with some of the most recognizable trucks in the world—Grave Digger, Max-D, El Toro Loco and more—to partake in freestyle and racing competitions that will leave fans on the edge of their seats!


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Elton John

March 12
English singer, pianist and composer (and five-time Grammy Award-winner) Elton John takes to the stage at PNC Arena, celebrating a half-century of music on his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour. 


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More live music

Save the date for more of our top picks for music this month:

  • Della Mae (3/1)
  • Who's Bad (3/2)
  • Mike Farris (3/2)
  • Whiskey Myers (3/8)
  • Citizen Cope (3/9)
  • Lauren Daigle (3/15)
  • Hozier (3/16)
  • Mumford & Sons (3/17)
  • Meek Mill (3/23)
  • Boulevards (3/30)

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Mike Epps: Funny As Ish Comedy Tour

March 15
Mike Epps, the stand-up comedian, actor and film producer, brings the "Funny As Ish Comedy Tour" to Raleigh for a night of laugh-out-loud fun. Lavell Crawford, DC Young Fly, Sommore, Earthquake and others will make guest appearances.


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NC Comicon: Raleigh

March 15-17
NC Comicon: Raleigh, an awesome celebration of comics and pop-culture, is back at the Raleigh Convention Center and bigger and better than ever for three days this month. New exhibits, new panels, new workshops and a new all-encompassing comic book, pop culture overload experience (plus toys, collectibles and the fan-favorite cosplay contest!).


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Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Wearin' 'O the Green Festival

March 16
Mid-March can only mean one thing in downtown Raleigh—St. Patrick's Day celebrations! 2019 will mark the 37th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Wearin' 'O the Green Festival. The 90-minute parade marches past the North Carolina Museum of History and North Carolina State Capitol, down Raleigh's Fayetteville and Wilmington Sts. and finishes in front of the Raleigh Convention Center. From there, the family-friendly Wearin' 'O the Green Festival gets underway with tons of live music, dancing, local craft vendors and lots of children's activities.


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Cary Kite Festival

March 16
The 24th annual Cary Kite Festival—an afternoon full of big grins and steady winds—is expected to draw hundreds of children and families to Cary's Fred G. Bond Metro Park, where a free kite flying contest will take place along with music, concessions and more.


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25th Annual Reptile & Amphibian Day

March 16
Get an up-close look at hopping, slithering and crawling critters at the 25th Annual Reptile & Amphibian Day at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (the biggest event of its kind in the country!). Presentations, crafts and live-animal exhibits will be on hand.


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North Carolina Theatre presents Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I

March 19-24
One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens.


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UniverSoul Circus

March 20-31
The largest American touring circus and most interactive in the world returns to Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek over the course of 11 days this spring, action-packed with daring acts, uncontrollable laughter and soulful moves.


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Art in Bloom

March 21-24
One of the can't-miss events of the year at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Art in Bloom is a four-day festival of art and flowers. More than 50 floral interpretations inspired by the museum's galleries, some more than 10 feet tall, are created on-site by world-class designers and showcased throughout the museum's West Building (have your cameras ready!). The ticketed event invites participants to attend presentations and workshops, dine at Iris and shop for one-of-a-kind gifts.


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North Carolina Football Club Friendship Cup International Doubleheader

March 23
North Carolina Football Club is set to host a historic doubleheader at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park. 2018 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) champion North Carolina Courage will host Alex Morgan, Marta and the rest of the Orlando Pride in a preseason match, followed by an international exhibition between North Carolina Football Club—members of the United Soccer League—and Necaxa of Mexico’s Liga MX. The doubleheader will be named the “Friendship Cup” to represent North Carolina Football Club’s commitment to building deeper ties to the best men’s and women’s professional soccer clubs in the world.


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ProTown BMX 2019

March 30
Watch pro BMXers catch air in Wendell on the town's Main St. If you're looking for a high-energy, fast-paced day out, you'll find it here. Bike enthusiasts can catch pros showcasing their talents with high-altitude tricks during two shows (11am and 2pm), plus meet them to get autographs and participate in bike clinics.


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Casks on Fools

March 31
The annual kick-off party for Raleigh, N.C.'s Beer Month celebrations in April, Casks on Fools at Crank Arm Brewing features truly-unique casks from more than 20 N.C.-based breweries. We're talking everything from mango habanero IPAs to chocolate cream stouts, Irish stouts with cherries and way more. The by-the-glass cask festival celebrates the innovation of craft beer across the area—this is for the beer lovers and the adventurous drinkers!


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Soft Beer Fest 2019

March 31
To help celebrate two years of good times and great friends at Brewery Bhavana (the brewery, bookstore, flower shop and dim sum restaurant all rolled into one offering in downtown Raleigh), the inaugural Soft Beer Fest will feature unlimited pours of beers and ciders from neighboring breweries, plus food and live music. Tickets are expected to go quickly!


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Carolina Hurricanes playoff push

A huge (HUGE!) month of action is ahead for the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes on the ice at PNC Arena. They'll play nine homes in March in an attempt to secure a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The biggest—and loudest—crowds of the year are expected to show up big at these games:

  • St. Louis Blues (3/1)
  • Winnipeg Jets (3/8)
  • Buffalo Sabres (3/16)
  • Pittsburgh Penguins (3/19)
  • Tampa Bay Lightning (3/21)
  • Minnesota Wild (3/23)
  • Montreal Canadiens (3/24)
  • Washington Capitals (3/28)
  • Philadelphia Flyers (3/30)

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Check our calendar of events for full listings of happenings in Raleigh, N.C.!