23 Things to Do in North Carolina in March: Local Events and Festivals

Last Updated on June 4, 2021

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March in North Carolina is filled with transitions from winter to spring. Along with the changing weather, first flowers, and signs of spring, tons of local events and festivals begin popping up all over the state.

And there are tons of fun things to do in North Carolina in March. We’ve handpicked more than 20 and ordered them by starting date, alphabetizing by city when there are multiple local events going on.

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

Things to Do in North Carolina in March 2020

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ACC Basketball Tournament, Greensboro (Women: March 4-8 & Men: March 10-14)

For the 20th year, the Coliseum in Greensboro will host the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament. Women’s games will start on Wednesday, March 4 and the championship will determine the ACC’s automatic entry to the NCAA tourney on Sunday, March 8.

The Men return to Greensboro for their edition of the tournament, starting March 10. The ACC Men’s champion will be crowned on March 14.

North Carolina Potters Conference, Asheboro (March 5-8)

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North Carolina’s pottery tradition lives on in Asheboro, with the 33rd North Carolina Potters Conference organized by the Randolph Arts Guild. Potters at any skill level and non-potters 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. But if you’re looking for more fun things to do in Asheboro and beyond in Randolph County, read this guide!

Marchtoberfest, Wilmington (March 7)

At Wilmington’s Marchtoberfest, more than 40 North Carolina breweries will provide unlimited tastings to join music and more fun. Live music from Harbour Towne Fest, food, and a chance to win a trip to Munich’s Oktoberfest are just a few of the many reasons to visit this fun March event.

St. Patrick’s Lo Tide Run, Carolina Beach (March 14)

The Steve Haydu St Patrick’s Lo Tide Run raises money for New Hanover County residents fighting cancer who need financial assistance. To register, teams must consist of five or more members. Awards will be handed out, including those for Fastest Team, Largest Team, and Team Spirit.

Green River Revival at the Whitewater Center, Charlotte (March 14)

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Mix outdoor adventure and early St. Patrick’s Day celebrations by the Catawba River at the US National Whitewater Center’s Ninth Annual Green River Revival. There are tons of festivities throughout the day, including kayaking, rafting, a “Color Me Green” 5K Trail Run, and more.

Battle of Guilford Courthouse Observance, Greensboro (March 14-15)

The Battle of Guilford Courthouse Observance (for its 239th anniversary) is one of the longest-running things to do in North Carolina in March. It happens at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in Greensboro, one of our favorite National Parks sites.

Each day, a series of events, including music and various programs, will take place from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Wearin’ ‘O the Green Festival, Raleigh (March 14)

The 38th annual Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Wearin’ ‘O the Green Festival will turn Downtown Raleigh green on Lane St. and Salisbury St. There will be food, drinks, music, arts and crafts, and activities for kids during one of the most fun Raleigh events.

We’ve included this fun festival in our guide to kid-friendly events in North Carolina, too!

Art in Bloom, Raleigh (March 19-22)

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

We mentioned this Raleigh event and more in our guide to a weekend there.

NC Comedy Festival, Greensboro (March 20-29)

Enjoy a variety of improv, sketch and stand-up acts during the NC Comedy Festival in Greensboro. Four venues will host (more info here) this event, which is one of the largest comedy festivals in the US.

NCAA Men’s Tournament Games, Greensboro (March 20-22)

Get your brackets ready as the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament returns to the Greensboro Coliseum for first- and second-round games. You can purchase tickets to two games or six, depending on how much March Madness you want to experience.

Battle of Bentonville Reenactment, Four Oaks (March 21-22)

The Battle of Bentonville is North Carolina’s largest Civil War reenactment at the state’s largest state historic state, hosted every five years! During this event, you can enjoy a variety of free and ticketed living history events.

My Time to Shine, Lumberton (March 21)

The popular talent competition, “My Time to Shine,” is back at Lumberton’s Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater. You’ll see contestants in categories from singing and dancing to instrumental and even more. There are cash and gift prize winnings and a grand prize of $1,000. 

Roanoke Canal Half Marathon and 8K, Roanoke Rapids (March 21)

Trail runners have another option with the Roanoke Canal Half Marathon and 8k. This race will follow the Roanoke Canal and proceeds from the event will benefit future programs at the Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail and the Roanoke Rapids Parks and Recreation Department.

Assault on Blackrock, Sylva (March 21)

Starting at Pinnacle Park in Sylva, Assault on Blackrock will push trail-runners to the extreme. Proceeds from this seven-mile race will go to the Humane Society of Jackson County.

Battleship 101, Wilmington (March 21)

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Explorers young and old can check out Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington like never before. During this tour, participants can speak one-on-one with volunteers, try on helmets, raise signal flags, and more.

Outer Banks Taste of the Beach (March 26-29)

Outer Banks Taste of The Beach will host more than 60 events from Corolla through all the Outer Banks towns down to Hatteras Island. The four-day festival will take place at over 30 different Outer Banks restaurants and venues, with wine tastings, cooking classes, and definitely something for everyone.

Taste of the Beach is mentioned along with more fun in our off-season guide to The Outer Banks!

RiverRun International Film Festival, Winston-Salem (March 26-April 5)

The 22nd annual RiverRun International Film Festival returns to Winston-Salem with 173 films from 42 countries. And the lineup is just a part of why RiverRun is considered one of the Southeast’s premier film festivals.

Along with ticketed showings, there are also more free events and screenings offered than ever before.

Catawba Valley Gem and Mineral Show, Hickory (March 27-29)

At the 50th Catawba Valley Gem and Mineral Show in Hickory, there will be vendors selling items, hourly door prizes, and various demonstrations. This show’s theme is “Gems, Minerals & Fossils from the Mountains to the Coast” and looks to be a fun time for all.

Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival, Hickory (March 27-28)

Enjoy a showcase of stoneware and the makers behind these pieces during the Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival.

Saturday is an all-day affair (Admission Fees Vary), with doors at the Hickory Metro Convention Center open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. On Friday, the Preview Party ($45) runs from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Check here for ticket info.

Tacos N Taps Festival, Cary (March 28)

More than 15 taco trucks, dueling margarita bars, and mariachi bands are just a small sampling of the fun found at Cary’s Tacos N Taps Festival. 60-plus beers, tequilas, wine, and ciders compliment the delicious fun, too.

Daffodil Festival, Fremont (March 28)

If you’re looking for flowers, take a drive north of Goldsboro in Wayne County to celebrate spring’s arrival at the Fremont Daffodil Festival. There will be tons of fun, including music, food, crafts, entertainment and more.

Blue, Brew, & ‘Que Festival, Kenansville (March 28)

The Duplin Blue, Brew, & ‘Que Festival will feature bluegrass music, North Carolina craft breweries, and barbecue. In case you were wondering, organizers advise bringing lawn chairs and having your ID so you can receive a commemorative glass from this awesome event.

In case you want to spend more time in the area, we’ve included this festival among our favorite things to do in Duplin County!

Cape Fear Craft & Cuisine, Wilmington (March 28)

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Airlie Gardens in Wilmington hosts Cape Fear Craft & Cuisine in conjunction with Cape Fear Craft Beer Week. During this event along the banks of Bradley Creek, more than 20 local chefs will pair their best creations with those of 20-plus North Carolina breweries.

US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship, Wrightsville Beach (March 28)

Three categories of racers will compete in the US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship at Wrightsville Beach. You can sign up for either the Fat (1 Hour) or Super Fat (2 Hour), or join friends and compete in the Super Fat Relay (2 Hour). The race is free for spectators to come and watch this fun and growing event along one of our most beautiful beaches!

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