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 1 through April 9, 2017: 41st Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays – Louisville, KY
The 41st annual Humana Festival of New American Plays will take place from March 1 through April 9. 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. The festival kicked off with an opening reception on February 23. Seven plays made it into the lineup this year. Visit actorstheatre.org.
March 2, 2017: Birmingham Art Crawl — Birmingham, AL
Art lovers, hit the streets on March 2 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. Visit birminghamartcrawl.com.
March 2-5, 2017: Elvis Presley’s Memphis Grand Opening – Memphis, TN
The King himself is coming back to Memphis! This new state-of-the-art facility will showcase the music, moves and legacy of Elvis Presley and his unforgettable career. Interactive and immersive pop culture experiences connect fans to Elvis’ personal interests including his passion for automobiles and new technology. Get out to Graceland this March 2 through the 5 for $150 per person. For more information, visit www.graceland.com.
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 2017: Soul of the South Uptown Food Tour — Charlotte, NC
Spend a Friday 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 in 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 and tours are available every Friday in March and April. Learn more at feastfoodtours.com.
March 3-5, 2017: 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, 2017: Chili Cook-Off — Birmingham, AL
This year’s 13th 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! Visit exceptionalfoundation.org.
March 7, 2017: 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 6th year, is an event celebrating the culinary arts with a continued focus on Tennessee-sourced products and local flavor, all of which help make the growing Nashville community so special. Tickets for this annual tasting event are $50-$65. Visit tnflavors.org.
March 8-12, 2017: SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament – Nashville, TN
This month, Nashvillians can enjoy five days of basketball with seven games, 14 teams and plenty of competition. Held at Bridgestone Arena, the SEC Mens Basketball Tournament will bring our favorite Southern men’s basketball teams to Music City and the winner will get an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Don’t miss all the action; get your tickets today at secticketoffice.com.
March 11, 2017: 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 11, 2017: 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! Visit atlantastpats.com.
March 14-18, 2017: Lexus Charleston Fashion Week – Charleston, SC
Charleston Fashion Week has quickly become one of the premier fashion weeks in North America, showcasing emerging designer and model talent across the East Coast. This year’s show will take place March 14-18. This five-night celebration will feature more than 30 runway shows, interactive entertainment, chic after-parties and press events. Learn more at charlestonfashionweek.com.
March 14-25, 2017: 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 Wildly Spectacular Sports Science, HowStufWorks Trivia Night, Roadside Geology and much, much more. Check the website to learn more about the various events, start times and associated costs. Visit atlantasciencefestival.org.
March 17-19, 2017: The American Craft Show – Atlanta, GA
The American Craft Show returns to Cobb Galleria Centre March 17-19, where more than 225 of the country’s top contemporary craft artists will present their latest handmade creations in jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor. The show, which will celebrate ACC’s 75th anniversary, will run for three days with a special $5 ticket price Friday evening after 5 p.m. Show-goers will enjoy the return of Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft, Hip Pop, Let’s Make programs and Style Slam. Visit craftcouncil.org.
March 18 through April 23, 2017: 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.
March 23 through April 8, 2017: Savannah Music Festival – Savannah, GA
The 2017 Savannah Music Festival will take place from Thursday, March 23 through Saturday, April 8 in downtown Savannah. This festival is one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world. In addition to an array of musical performances that include dance, film and narrative programs, the festival produces youth concerts, lectures, a weekly radio series and interactive web content. Ticket prices vary depending on what shows you’d like to see. Visit savannahmusicfestival.org.
March 25, 2017: 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! Visit rumpshaker5k.com.
March 31, 2017: 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 pm. to 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.
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