March in North Carolina is filled with transitions from winter to spring. Along with the 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.
Things to Do in North Carolina in March 2019
North Carolina Potters Conference, Asheboro (March 1-3)
North Carolina’s pottery tradition lives on in Asheboro, with the 32nd 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.
CIAA Basketball Tournament Championships, Charlotte (March 2)
Teams from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association will be battling to punch their tickets to the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Tournament starting February 26. Games will be played at Bojangles Coliseum and the Spectrum Centre during this event in Charlotte. The championship games starting with the women at 1:00 pm and finishing with the men at 4:30 pm on March 2.
Mardi Gras, New Bern (March 2)
New Bern’s Ghent Neighborhood Association is putting on its fourth annual Mardi Gras. The festival will start at 11:00 am with fun throughout the day until 6:00 pm. A parade will be be led by Tryon Palace’s Fife and Drum Corps, with floats, cars, the Mardi Gras King and Queen, and more riding from Spencer Avenue and 8th St. to Spencer Avenue and 2nd St.
ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, Greensboro (March 6-10)
For the 19th year, the Coliseum in Greensboro will host 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 on Sunday, March 10.
Celestial Navigation, Beaufort (March 7)
At the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, you can join Official NASA Solar System Ambassador Lisa Pelletier-Harman to learn about the night sky and its relationship to navigating the waters off the coast of North Carolina. During the Celestial Navigation, you will learn about its use before modern technology, as well as ways it’s still relevant today.
The NC Maritime Museum and others we mention later on also feature in our ode to North Carolina’s awesome museums!
Art Affair: Mission X, Asheville (March 9)
The tenth annual Art Affair: Mission X kicks off its live and mobile auction/gala at Ambrose West in Asheville. With food, an open bar, and live entertainment, funds from the gala go to help lift children out of generational poverty.
Jimbo’s Backyard BBQ Competition, Youngsville (March 9)
Youngsville’s springtime Kansas City Barbecue Society-inspired Jimbo’s Annual Backyard BBQ Competition is back for its sixth year. Anyone from beginners to pros are welcome to come show off their skills, learn, and share knowledge.
Battle of Guilford Courthouse Observance, Greensboro (March 13-17)
The Battle of Guilford Courthouse Observance (for its 238th anniversary) is one of the longest running things to do in North Carolina in March. It happen at Greensboro’s Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. Each day, a series of events, including music and various programs, will take place from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Green River Revival at the Whitewater Center, Charlotte (March 16)
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.
My Time to Shine, Lumberton (March 16)
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.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Wearin’ ‘O the Green Festival, Raleigh (March 16)
The 37th 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.
Catawba Valley Gem and Mineral Show, Hickory (March 21-23)
At the 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.
Art in Bloom, Raleigh (March 21-24)
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.
Spring Sip and Shop, Asheville (March 22-23)
Asheville’s Grovewood Gallery commemorates spring with complimentary wine, gallery discounts, and demonstrations by local artists. This year’s featured maker includes Andrea Kulish. We interviewed her about the Ukrainian art of Pysanky, which she is well-known for in the River Arts District and beyond.
Assault on Blackrock, Sylva (March 23)
Starting at Pinnacle Park in Sylva, the ninth annual Assault on Blackrock will push trail-runners to the extreme. Proceeds from this seven-mile race will go to the the Town of Sylva Police Department. They hope to purchase a K-9 unit.
Hidden Battleship, Wilmington (March 23)
Explorers young and old can check out Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington like never before. During this behind-the-scenes tour of un-restored areas of the Battleship, participants can explore the bow, the third deck, the captain’s cabin, and more. Just bring warm, comfortable, washable clothing, and sturdy, rubber-soled shoes.
Bull City Food and Beer Experience, Durham (March 24)
For the seventh annual Bull City Food and Beer Experience, 30 of Durham’s restaurants will be paired with 30 breweries from all over the US at DPAC. The “On Stage Experience” will showcase local food and live music, and proceeds will go to the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association.
Outer Banks Taste of the Beach (March 28-31)
Outer Banks Taste of The Beach will host more than 60 events from Corolla 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.
We also mentioned Taste of the Beach in our off season guide to The Outer Banks!
Tarheel Antiques Festival, Efland (March 29-31)
Got antiques on the brain? If so, head out to Efland in Orange County and join other pickers at the Tarheel Antique Festival. Lloyd’s Dairy Farm will host the event, which features vendors, an open auction, and onsite appraisals.
Constellations, Waynesville (March 29-31)
Daffodil Festival, Fremont, March 30
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.
Roanoke Canal Half Marathon and 8K, Roanoke Rapids (March 30)
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.
Blue, Brew, & ‘Que Festival, Kenansville (March 30)
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 to have your ID so you can receive a commemorative glass from this awesome event.
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