SB NOTE: These suggestions are all made with social distancing and safety precautions in mind, and each event is subject to change depending on COVID in each location. Please look at websites and social media for updates, and check the most up-to-date CDC guidelines for the latest safety recommendations.

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Louisville is sure to keep you busy with its March events. There are lantern festivals to attend, races to run and plenty of other fun-filled events happening this month. We hand-selected some of our top picks for where to go and what to do, so get out and (safely) enjoy!

Wild Lights festival, a Louisville March event

Experience larger-than-life illuminated displays at Wild Lights. Image: Louisville Zoo

10 Louisville Events & Happenings: March 2021

March 1 – 31, 2021: Shamrocks & Shenanigans Virtual 4-Mile Run/Walk

There’s no better way to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day than by participating in the Shamrocks & Shenanigans virtual race! Complete the four-mile race in your best St. Patrick’s Day attire. The event can be completed any time from March 1-31, and all participants receive a medal and bib. Registration starts at $29. eventbrite.com

March 6, 2021: Run for a Cure 5K

The Run for a Cure 5K is a great way to get active and support cancer research. This family-friendly and socially distanced event takes place at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park. All proceeds benefit the student-led campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Tickets are $33.61, and the run starts at 9 a.m. on March 6. eventbrite.com

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March 7, 2021: Something Blue Bridal Show

Fulfill all of your wedding dreams in one place! The Something Blue Bridal Show hosts all of the best vendors in the Louisville area. Take the stress out of wedding planning and enjoy a day full of entertainment, prizes, food, cake, and all of the incredible wedding resources Louisville has to offer! The show begins at noon at the Kentucky Science Center and is free to attend. somethingbluebridalshow.com

March 13, 2021: DIY Youth Workshop: Flower Bunting

Each month, students in grades six to 12 are invited to Waterfront Botanical Gardens’ DIY studio workshops. Classes feature a botanical-themed craft. For the March workshop, get ready for spring and use felt, fabric and buttons to create beautiful flower buntings. The workshop is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., and admission is $20. Light refreshments are provided. waterfrontgardens.org

March 13, 2021: St Pat’s Dash 5K Race & Fun Walk

Walk or run in your favorite St Patrick’s Day outfit, and support Phoenix Rising, a local nonprofit organization serving children and young adults affected by sex trafficking. The 5K takes place at Kereiakes Park Disc Golf Course. Doors open at 7 a.m. for last-minute packet pick-up and registration. Light refreshments and breakfast snacks are also available. The race begins at 8 a.m., with runners dispersed throughout multiple waves. Masks are required (except when running), and a virtual option is also available. Registration starts at $35, and participants under 18 run for free. eventbrite.com

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March 18, 2021: Down With Derby Fashion Show

Join Down Syndrome of Louisville for its annual Down With Derby Fashion Show on March 18. The virtual fashion show includes over 60 models who showcase the most stylish looks for the 2021 Derby season. The event also includes a charity auction. Tickets are complimentary, but donations are encouraged. All proceeds benefit Down Syndrome of Louisville’s Lifelong Learning Programs, which focus on the educational and social growth of individuals with down syndrome. downwithderby.com

March 19 – May 30, 2021: Wild Lights: Asian Lantern Festival

The Louisville Zoo showcases one of the largest lantern festivals in the nation, featuring over 2,000 gorgeous lanterns wrapped in handmade silk. This year, experience over 70 new lantern displays, including prehistoric dinosaurs, glittering ocean scenes, glowing peacocks and a larger-than-life kaleidoscope. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and takes place every Wednesday through Sunday from March 19 through May 30 and daily from March 24 through April 4. Tickets start at $17 for zoo members and $20 for non-members. louisvillezoo.org

March 26 – 28, 2021: Louisville Build, Renovate & Landscape Expo

Make your dream home a reality and attend the Louisville Build, Renovate & Landscape Expo. See the latest innovations and design trends when it comes to your home. Remodeling and building experts show the latest in cabinetry and countertops, flooring, sunrooms and additions, and landscaping techniques. The expo takes place at the Kentucky International Convention Center from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 26, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 27, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 28. Tickets are $4, and children are free. homeshowcenter.com

March 27, 2021: Night Hike

Experience the wonders of nature through new eyes. Head to Louisville Nature Center on March 27 for a guided nighttime hike. The best part? You can anticipate an almost full moon! The event is limited to 10 participants, so be sure to register in advance. Admission is $15, and masks are required. louisvillenaturecenter.org

March 27, 2021: Opening Day at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

Attend opening day at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. This year, events include Yew Dell’s annual hellebore plant sale, other hand-picked plants for purchase, and a “potluck” garden tour hosted by Yew Dell’s horticulture staff. The gift shop also reopens with fabulous new items for you to peruse. Timed tickets allow for a visit between noon and 1:30 p.m. General admission is $9, and members are free. yewdellgardens.org

Happy March, Louisville!

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