With the days getting longer and the temperature 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!
16 Southern Events and Happenings in March 2018
Through April 8, 2018: 42nd Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays – Louisville, KY
The 42nd Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays will take place for the whole month of March through April 8. 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. actorstheatre.org.
March 1, 2018: Birmingham Art Crawl — Birmingham, AL
Art lovers, hit the streets 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 p.m. to 9 p.m., rain or shine. birminghamartcrawl.com.
March 2-4, 2018: Savannah Boat Show — Savannah, GA
Boat lovers and those who just like to look at pretty water vessels, the 15th 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. Tickets start at $5 and show times vary daily. savannahboatshow.com.
March 3, 2018: 15th Annual Oyster Crawfish Festival with Cowboy Mouth — Atlanta, GA
Bringing the taste and flair of New Orleans to Atlanta, the Oyster Crawfish Festival at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park will once again serve up approximately ten thousand pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish. With nonstop live music performances beginning at 3 p.m., guests can enjoy eclectic sounds throughout the day, while taking in Park Tavern’s exceptional skyline views. The festival begins at 2 p.m. and general admission tickets are available beginning at $15 and include entry to the event and entertainment for the day. VIP tickets are available for $50 and include access to an exclusive entrance, a private bar, special seating, private restrooms and a meet-and-greet with Cowboy Mouth after their performance. parktavern.com
March 3, 2018: 14th Annual Chili Cook-Off — Birmingham, AL
This year’s 14th 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 6, 2018: 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 seventh 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, and it takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tnflavors.org.
March 7-11, 2018: SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament – St. Louis, MO
March Madness is back, and fans can enjoy five days of basketball with seven games, 14 teams and plenty of competition. Held at Scottrade Center, the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament will bring our favorite Southern men’s basketball teams to the Gateway 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 9-24, 2018: 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, HowStuffWorks Trivia Night, Roadside Geology and much, much more. Check the website to learn more about the various events, start times and associated costs. atlantasciencefestival.org.
March 17, 2018: 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 13-17, 2018: 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 13-17. The five-night celebration will feature more than 30 runway shows, interactive entertainment, chic after-parties and press events. charlestonfashionweek.com.
March 16-18, 2018: The American Craft Show – Atlanta, GA
The American Craft Show is returning to Cobb Galleria Centre, 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, and times vary daily. Show-goers will enjoy the return of Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft, Hip Pop Emerging Artists, Let’s Make programs and Style Slam. Tickets start at $12. craftcouncil.org.
March 17 through April 15, 2018: 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. cheekwood.org.
March 24, 2018: 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 start at $18 with better rates the sooner you sign up — so register now! Visit rumpshaker5k.com.
March 29, 2018: Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion Show — Louisville, KY
It’s the biggest fashion show in Kentucky and one of our favorite Derby events — The Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion Show features a runway of the latest styles for spring and Derby outfits and accessories from local boutiques. The event will be held in the Showroom of Horseshoe Casino in Southern Indiana. The night will begin with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and the fashion show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35, and all ticket price levels include the 2018 Fashion Show Event Pin. discover.kdf.org
March 29 through April 14, 2018: Savannah Music Festival – Savannah, GA
The 2018 Savannah Music Festival is back! 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. savannahmusicfestival.org.
March 31, 2018: Oyster Easter — Nashville, TN
Easter eggs are overrated — try Easter oysters instead! Join in the fun as prominent Nashvillians run to be the next Oyster King and Oyster Queen. Expect the traditional Oyster Easter flourishes of abundant beer, wine and spirits as well as amazing Cajun food. This event takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and tickets are $65 before the event or $80 at the door. oystereaster.com
Luck O’ the Irish to you this month!
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