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17 Things to Do in North Carolina in March (Great Local Events and Festivals)

Published by Carl Hedinger. Last Updated on March 27, 2024.

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North Carolina in March is a time of transition from winter to spring. There are many fun things to do in North Carolina in March along with the changing weather, first flowers, and signs of spring.

Tons of local events and festivals begin popping up all over the state. We’ve handpicked more than 15 and ordered them by starting date, alphabetizing by city when multiple local events occur.

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Things to Do in North Carolina in March 2024

This post covering things to do in North Carolina in March is part of our series of monthly events in North Carolina. We included a few of these March events (along with April and May) in our Spring Things to Do in North Carolina, too!

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North Carolina Potters Conference in Asheboro

2024 Event Dates: February 29-March 2, 2024
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Things to Do in North Carolina in March

North Carolina’s pottery tradition lives on in Asheboro, with the North Carolina Potters Conference organized by the Randolph Arts Guild. This year’s theme is Addition Through Reduction, and potters and non-potters alike are encouraged to attend.

If you missed registration this year, check back earlier next year for availability.

We know pottery and the NC Zoo are huge draws for this area. If you’re looking for more fun things to do in Asheboro and beyond in Randolph County, read this guide!

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Cosmic Rays Film Festival in Chapel Hill

2024 Event Dates: March 1 -3, 2024
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The first of our things to do in North Carolina in March is happening in Chapel Hill. The Cosmic Rays Film Festival is an annual showcase of short films by some of today’s most exciting filmmakers and artists.

Screenings and live audiovisual performances await at this exciting event in Central NC!

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Women’s ACC Basketball Tournament in Greensboro (March 6-10)

2024 Event Dates: March 6-10, 2024
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An annual tradition for basketball fans in North Carolina during March comes back to The Coliseum in Greensboro.

The ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament games will start on Wednesday, March 6, and the championship will determine the ACC’s automatic entry to the NCAA tourney.

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Art in Bloom in Raleigh

2024 Event Dates: March 13-17, 2024
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The North Carolina Museum of Art‘s four-day “Art in Bloom” will feature multiple special events and over 50 floral art interpretive pieces. During this event, the museum will extend its hours and offer food to those in attendance.

General tickets go on sale on February 8.

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Green River Revival at the Whitewater Center in Charlotte

2024 Event Dates: March 16, 2024
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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Charlotte with outdoor adventure at the US National Whitewater Center’s 10th Annual Green River Revival. There are many festivities throughout the day, including kayaking, rafting, a “Color Me Green” 5K Trail Run, and more.

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Bentonville Battlefield Anniversary in Bentonville

2024 Event Dates: March 16, 2024
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Bentonville commemorates the anniversary of the largest battle on North Carolina soil, fought March 19-21, 1865. Presented in collaboration with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, explore the journey of surgeons, stewards, and the wounded during and in the aftermath of the battle of Bentonville.

Living history demonstrations include medical care in and around the Harper House field hospital, as well as weapons demonstrations.

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Battle of Guilford Courthouse Observance in Greensboro

2024 Event Dates: March 16-17, 2024
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The Battle of Guilford Courthouse Observance is a truly historic way to commemorate North Carolina in March. The event occurs at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in Greensboro, one of our favorite National Parks sites.

Both days are packed with events starting at 10 a.m. with music, programs, and vendors.

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Wearin’ ‘O the Green Festival in Raleigh

2024 Event Dates: March 16, 2024
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Raleigh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will paint downtown Raleigh green on Lane St. and Salisbury St. The parade begins at 10:00 am and is one of the most anticipated Raleigh events in March!

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St. Patrick’s Lo Tide Run in Carolina Beach (March 16)

2024 Event Dates: March 16, 2024
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The Steve Haydu St Patrick’s Lo Tide Run in Carolina Beach raises money for New Hanover County residents fighting cancer who need financial assistance. Register to run or walk to raise money and compete for individual or team awards.

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Birds, Brews & BBQ at Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck

2024 Event Date: March 16, 2024
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Sylvan Heights Bird Park is back with Birds, Brews, and BBQ in March. This event brings together Eastern NC Barbecue, NC craft beer, and the world’s largest collection of rare and endangered waterfowl.

Local barbecue cooks will compete in a BBQ cook-off, which you can vote on after trying them all. A ticket to this event also includes admission to Sylvan Heights Bird Park.

Games, music, and more fun await, too!

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Assault on Blackrock in Sylva

2024 Event Dates: March 16, 2024
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A race stretching seven miles and covering over 2,000 feet in elevation, Assault on Blackrock in Sylva will push trail runners to the extreme. Proceeds from this event will go to the Jackson County Public Schools Back to School Bash.

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Games in Charlotte

2024 Event Dates: March 21 to 23, 2024
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First- and second-round games of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte. One thing I love about tournament games is that a ticket gets you multiple games as long as you buy one that includes all sessions.

Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival in Hickory

2024 Event Dates: March 22 & 23, 2024
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Enjoy a display of pottery and meet these talented creators at the annual Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival in Hickory.

The festival kicks off on Friday with a special Preview Party for VIP and Premiere ticketholders with the opportunity to purchase early. The public can attend the event at the Hickory Metro Convention Center on Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Feast Wilmington

2024 Event Dates: March 22-24, 2024
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Three days of food and drink excitement await at Feast Wilmington at Riverfront Park.

Starting with a VIP Event on Friday, the fun rolls into the weekend with two Saturday events (Brunch Elevated and Pier Party) and concludes with Craft + Cuisine on Sunday.

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The Fremont Daffodil Festival

2024 Event Dates: March 23, 2024
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For a day of flowers, fun, and fun, take a trip to the Fremont Daffodil Festival, just north of Goldsboro in Wayne County. Celebrate spring’s arrival with music, food, crafts, entertainment, history, and more!

Read More: 21 Amazing Things to Do in Goldsboro and Wayne County

Blue, Brew, & ‘Que Festival in Kenansville

2024 Event Dates TBD
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The Duplin Blue, Brew, & ‘Que Festival is a hub for all things bluegrass, North Carolina craft breweries, and barbecue. There will be five bluegrass bands, award-winning barbecue, and world-famous Muscadine wine!

Organizers advise bringing lawn chairs and having your ID so you can receive a commemorative glass from this awesome event.

Read More: Things to Do in Duplin County

Easter Hat Parade in Dillsboro

2024 Event Dates: March 30, 2024
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For the Easter Hat Parade in Dillsboro, you can bring your own hat or fashion one at Dogwood Crafters. Parade registration begins at noon and the parade starts at 2:00 PM.

A sneak peek of your fun here is face painting and meetings with the Easter bunny!

My Time to Shine in Lumberton

2024 Event Dates: March 30, 2024
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The popular talent competition, “My Time to Shine,” is back at Lumberton’s Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater. You’ll see contestants showing off their singing, dancing, and musical skills. There are cash and gift prize winnings and a grand prize of $1,000. 

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We hope you’re as excited as we are to experience these fun things to do in North Carolina in March. If you are, too, which one is your favorite?

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