With the days getting longer and the temp climbing ever-so-slightly higher, it’s time to emerge from hibernation and start exploring the South. Here are some fabulous events taking place in March throughout the region. Get out, explore and have fun!
March 2, 2016 through April 10, 2016: 40th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays – Louisville, KY
The 40th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays will take place from March 2 through April 10. Each year, thousands of theatergoers come to Louisville for the opportunity to see groundbreaking works before they travel to stages across the nation and around the world. For more information, click here: actorstheatre.org
March 3, 2016: Birmingham Art Crawl — Birmingham, AL
Art lovers, hit the streets on the third to get a taste of Birmingham’s diverse and captivating artistic talent! The Birmingham Art Crawl’s March theme, “Luck o’ the Crawl,” exhibits work from local artists, performers, and musicians, stretching over downtown Birmingham. The Art Crawl is a fun, free way to spend the evening, meeting and supporting our city’s gifted artists! This nonprofit, all-volunteer celebration of art takes place on the first Thursday of each month from 5 to 9 p.m., rain or shine. birminghamartcrawl.com
March 4, 2016: Soul of the South Uptown Food Tour — Charlotte, NC
Spend an evening exploring Charlotte’s Uptown neighborhood (aka downtown) as you sample some of the top food and beverages from area restaurants. Chefs and owners will discuss their menus and explain the importance of Southern heritage on their cuisine. The distance covered is approximately two miles, and the starting point is disclosed once you’ve purchased your ticket. Cost is $55 per person. Learn more at feastfoodtours.com.
March 4 – 6, 2016: Savannah Boat Show — Savannah, GA
Boat lovers and those who just like to look at pretty water vessels, the 14th annual Savannah Boat Show is your chance to ogle some beautiful watercraft. Explore boats and other exhibits and enjoy live music, guest speakers, children’s activities and more. The weekend-long event takes place at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. To see more of the schedule or to purchase tickets, visit savannahboatshow.com.
March 4 – 6, 2016: Blue Man Group — Huntsville, AL
For a high-energy night out, make plans to see Blue Man Group during their stop in Huntsville. For 90+ minutes, guests can be entertained by the dynamic theatrical group who are notoriously painted blue (hence the name, right?!). The fun takes place at the Broadway Theatre League; check out show times, tickets costs and more by clicking here.
March 5, 2016: Chili Cook-Off — Birmingham, AL
This year’s 12th Annual Chili Cook-Off is a family-friendly day of live music, hanging out with friends and neighbors, excited children playing in the kid zone, delicious drinks and, obviously, a lot of chili! This popular event is The Exceptional Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, supporting the recreational and social needs of mentally challenged people of all ages. From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Brookwood Village parking lot will be filled with the tasty aroma of warming chilis, whipped up by talented local cooks in support of this great cause! exceptionalfoundation.org
March 8, 2016: Tennessee Flavors — Nashville, TN
Raise a fork to local and regional food and beverage artisans whose creations have brought Nashville to the forefront of the culinary world. Tennessee Flavors, now in its 5th year, is an event celebrating the culinary arts and a continued focus on Tennessee-sourced products and local flavor, all of which help make our growing community so special. Tickets for this annual tasting event are $50-$165. Visit tnflavors.org.
March 11 – 13, 2016: American Craft Atlanta Show — Atlanta, GA
Check out more than 200 top apparel, jewelry and home décor artists from across the country at the American Craft Atlanta Show, the largest juried, indoor craft show in the Southeast at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Attendees can stop by Hip Pop pods to meet the next generation of emerging artists, learn from the fashion experts about adding handmade pieces into their wardrobe and much more. Advance tickets are $12; on-site admission is $13 per ticket (the event is free for American Craft Council members and children under 12). The event runs Friday, March 11, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (with a special $5 admission after 5 p.m. that night only), Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 13, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. shows.craftcouncil.org/atlanta
March 12, 2016: St. Paddy’s Pawlooza — Charleston, SC
Leash up your pup and round up the kids ’cause it’s time for St. Paddy’s Pawlooza at North Charleston’s Wannamaker County Park. From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., guests can enjoy live music, craft beer and food from a selection of local food trucks. Cost is $5 per person, free for ages 12 and under. Learn more at ccprc.com.
March 12, 2016: St. Patrick’s Day Parade — Atlanta, GA
It’s that time of year when everyone’s favorite color becomes green and we celebrate as only true Irishmen can! Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a family-friendly event that starts at noon, rain or shine, on Peachtree Street in Midtown. This is one of Atlanta’s longest-running events, so make sure to get there early for an amazingly fun time! atlantastpats.com
March 12 – 13, 2016: The Speed Art Museum Public Opening — Louisville, KY
After closing its doors in 2012 for a $60 million renovation and expansion, the Speed Art Museum is opening its doors to the public once again. Starting Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m. with the ribbon cutting, there will be 30-hours of non-stop events and activities, ending Sunday, March 13 at 4 p.m. For more information, click here: speedmuseum.org
March 15, 2016: Alvin Ailey American Ballet Theatre at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts – Louisville, KY
The Alvin Ailey American Ballet Theater has performed for over 23 million audience members in 48 states and in 71 countries on 6 continents. The Alvin Ailey American Ballet Theater has celebrated the African-American cultural experience and the American Modern dance tradition for many years and is bringing the celebration to Louisville on Tuesday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. for a night of unforgettable dance. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here:kentuckycenter.org
March 19, 2016: Rumpshaker 5K — Birmingham, AL
For any active people out there, the Rumpshaker 5K is a great event that is not only a delightful, family-friendly experience, but also raises funds to help fight and treat colorectal cancer, as well as promoting awareness of the preventable and treatable disease. Since 2009, the Rumpshaker 5K has raised almost a million dollars in support of its mission. One of the largest 5Ks in Alabama, this race will take place at Sloss Furnaces. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. and the One-Mile Fun Run starts at 9 a.m. Registration fees range from $15 to $35, with better rates the sooner you sign up, so register now! rumpshaker5k.com
March 19 – 26, 2016: Atlanta Science Festival — Atlanta, GA
Atlantans of all ages will have an amazing time celebrating science and technology at Centennial Olympic Park. Expose young minds to fantastic events like Robotics for Early Learners!, Sci-cycle: A Competitive Scavenger Hunt on Two Wheels, Nano Day and much, much more. Check the website to learn more about the various events, start times and associated costs. atlantasciencefestival.org
March 23, 2016: Diane Rehm interviewed by Ann Patchett at the Kentucky Center — Louisville, KY
We don’t know who is more popular here, Diane Rehm or Ann Patchett. Does it matter? You can see both on Wednesday, March 23 at the Kentucky Center when Diane is interviewed by Ann. The interview will take place at 6 p.m. in the Bomhard Theater with a Q&A session to follow. A $20 ticket includes the Carmichael’s Book Sale at 5 p.m., the interview and the Q&A. For a $110 ticket, you can enjoy dinner with both women at Humana’s 25th Floor. For more information and to purchase your ticket, click here: kentuckycenter.org
March 25, 2016: South Main Trolley Night — Memphis, TN
The South Main Trolley Night is simply one of our favorite nights of the month – every month! From 6 – 9 p.m., the merchants of South Main stay open and musicians take over the street until they feel like wrapping up. The trolley (now a motorized version, until the real trolleys are back online) runs throughout the evening, and rides are free. Find more information on the Trolley Night page, GoSouthMain.com.
March 26 – April 30, 2016: Cheekwood in Bloom — Nashville, TN
Each year, we look forward to the colorful transformation at Cheekwood. As the tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and violets bloom, the gardens become decorated with vibrant color. During the length of the celebration, there will be special events for folks of all ages. Learn more at cheekwood.org.
Through April 3, 2016: Thomas Cole’s Voyage Of Life at The Dixon Gallery — Memphis, TN
In the late 1820s, British émigré artist Thomas Cole emerged as a leading figure of the Hudson River School, and The Voyage of Life, a series of four allegorical landscapes, is considered one of his greatest achievements. The exhibition also includes landscape and figure studies Cole made for the series, and a selection of drawings, prints, and photographs inspired by the series. More information online at Dixon.org.