Top Things to Do in Philadelphia
in March 2017
The Flower Show, new exhibitions, Philly Wine Week, restaurant weeks and more
March arrives with performances, festivals, exhibitions and (drumroll, please) the first day of spring!
Special events bloom all over the city to welcome the sunny season, including the popular Philadelphia Flower Show, celebrating its 188th year with beautiful blossoms and horticulture displays inspired by Dutch culture.
March also marks the final days for Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, the opening of a number of impressive exhibitions at Philly's museums, Women's History Month, restaurant weeks, parades and so much more.
Check out our picks for March in Philadelphia, below.
Philadelphia Flower Show
This year, the Philadelphia Flower Show will feature horticulture displays inspired by Holland. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
March 11-19, 2017
The annual Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the oldest and largest indoor show of its kind, drawing more than 250,000 people in 2016. It features top-of-the-line horticulture and landscape design, entertainment and more than 100 vendors, and, for 2017, a Holland theme that explores the country’s eco-design, modern greening and traditional windmills, wooden shoes and tulips.
Last Chance: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Don't miss out on the final day of ice skating, s'mores, games and more at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. (Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC)
Through March 5, 2017
After a successful winter season of ice skating, s'more roasting, games, food and drinks, the popular Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is closing for the season. Be sure to stop by before March 5 to take advantage of this cold-weather destination on the waterfront.
Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package
The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package includes up to $228 in perks this winter. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
Through May 31, 2017
Book an overnight stay at one of 38 participating Philadelphia hotels and get perks like free hotel parking, a $50 Dine and Play Experience package at SugarHouse Casino, two Indego bike share passes, and much more. This unprecedented offer is valid on stays now through May 31, 2017.
American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Get a close-up look at Homer and Sargent's most influential works at a new exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art)
March 1 - May 14, 2017
American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent at the Philadelphia Museum of Art charts the rise and evolution of watercolor in America from 1860 (when it was thought of as the domain of "amateurs, women, and commercial artists") to 1925, at which point it had become a truly American art form. The exhibition focuses on the works of Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent, two of the most influential U.S. watercolor artists.
American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition at the National Constitution Center
March 3 - July 16, 2017
Back by popular demand, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition returns to the National Constitution Center for the first time since 2012. The 5,000-square-foot display includes over 100 rare artifacts from the temperance movement, including a hatchet used by Carrie Nation, original ratification copies of the 18th and 21st amendments and a Prohibition Bureau Badge issued by the Department of Justice.
1917: How One Year Changed the World at the National Museum of American Jewish History
This spring, browse artifacts from a groundbreaking year in U.S. history at the National Museum of American Jewish History. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
March 17 - July 16, 2017
Travel back 100 years to when the world underwent major political and cultural changes that still impact us today. 1917: How One Year Changed the World at the National Museum of American Jewish History includes artifacts like an original draft of the Balfour Declaration, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis’ judicial robes and more.
Women's History Month
All March Long
March marks Women's History Month, a time when attractions and venues across the city welcome guests for special events, tours and presentations that celebrate the month-long holiday. Programming includes a month of celebrations at the National Constitution Center, the Women in Animation Film Festival at Moore College of Art & Design and a special event at Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Grand Opening of Franklin Square
March 1, 2017
Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute
Visitors come face to face with life-like animatronic dinosaurs at Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
Through April 19, 2017
Enter The Franklin Institute and be transported to Isla Nublar from the 2015 blockbuster film Jurassic World. This animatronic exhibit — making its North American debut — brings dozens of massive prehistoric beasts to life, immersing guests of all ages in an exciting, multi-sensory experience.
Philly Wine Week
March 19-26, 2017
Philly Wine Week returns for its fourth year of wine-centric events at bars and restaurants throughout Philadelphia this March. The eight-day celebration features events and specials at more than 50 venues throughout the city, all designed to highlight wine as an approachable and fun beverage option.
East Passyunk Restaurant Week
Score deals on great food from some of the best restaurants along East Passyunk Avenue during East Passyunk Restaurant Week. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
February 27 - March 10, 2017
East Passyunk — one of the city's most popular dining destinations — continues its Restaurant Week promotion well into the month of March. Through March 10, enjoy three-course prix-fixe meals at spots like Townsend, Bing Bing Dim Sum, Perla, Gennaro's Tomato Pie, Will BYOB, Fond and more. Prices range from $15 to $35 depending on the restaurant.
Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade
Philadelphia hosts one of the country's oldest St. Patrick's Day parades this month. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
March 12, 2017
A Philadelphia tradition since 1771, the St. Patrick's Day Parade is one of the oldest parades of any kind in the nation. Dancers, drummers, Irish bands and other performers will meet in the city before marching throughout Philadelphia alongside floats decorated in honor of the patron saint of Ireland. Join thousands of spectators that line the parkway each year to catch this spirited event. Note that the parade route is different this year.
Opening Day for the Philadelphia PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop
The Philly PHLASH starts its season on March 23 with free rides all day long. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
March 23, 2017
The Philadelphia PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop starts service for its 2017 season on Thursday, March 23 with free rides all day long! After opening day, the bus service resumes with Friday to Sunday service from March 24 to April 30, and daily service from May 1 to September 4.
Some of the best restaurants in the city team up with local breweries to put on Brewer's Plate at the Kimmel Center. (Photo courtesy Brewer's Plate)
March 5, 2017
Some of the region’s best chefs, farmers, food artisans, brewers, distillers and winemakers will come together at the Kimmel Center for the annual food and beverage festival Brewer's Plate. Proceeds benefit Fair Food, a nonprofit founded by White Dog Cafe’s Ann Karlen.
March 14-19, 2017
The annual qFlix Philadelphia festival celebrates all genres of film that pertain to or were created by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. This year's venues are clustered along and near the Avenue of the Arts: Kimmel Center, Prince Music Theater and University of the Arts.
Philly Craft Beer Festival
Sample beers from around the world at the Philly Craft Beer Festival. (Photo courtesy Philly Craft Beer Festival)
March 4, 2017
Called “one of the top 10 beer festivals in America” by Forbes Traveler, the Philly Craft beer Festival features national and international breweries, food trucks and a VIP session with rare brews, all at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
Pennsylvania Spirits Convention and American Whiskey Convention at Citizens Bank Park
Pennsylvania Spirits Convention: March 23, 2017
American Whiskey Convention: March 24, 2017
Sample some of the best whiskey and spirits in the world at a two-day festival at Citizens Bank Park. The festival fills the ballpark with a focus on American spirits of all sort on March 23 and a focus on whiskey on March 24. Cheers!
Broadway Philadelphia Presents The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and The King and I at the Kimmel Center
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime: February 28 - March 5, 2017
The King and I: March 22 - April 2, 2017
Throughout the year, Broadway Philadelphia brings acclaimed performances to stages along the Avenue of the Arts. This month, Broadway Philadelphia presents The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Rodger's and Hammerstein's The King and I, both at the Academy of Music.
Israeli Film Festival
March 4 - April 2, 2017
The Israeli Film Festival, Philadelphia’s annual showcase of the best in Israeli film, returns with a powerful lineup of documentaries, dramas and more. Screenings will be held at several locations across the city.
Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form at the Michener Art Museum
March 18 - July 9, 2017
Recognized as one of the founding figures of American modernism for his pioneering work as a painter and a photographer, Charles Sheeler takes center stage at the Michener Art Museum this winter. On display is a body of work from Sheeler's robust career, analyzing the fashion-focused photography that he produced for Condé Nast between 1926 and 1931. Critics have dismissed this set of imagery as purely commercial, but the exhibition seeks to prove that Sheeler's work was actually crucial to his artistic development.
Cirque du Soleil at the Wells Fargo Center
March 8-10 and March 12, 2017
Cirque du Soleil brings its mesmerizing display of acrobatics and artistry to the Wells Fargo Center with Toruk: The First Flight, a show inspired by the blockbuster film Avatar. You won’t want to miss the imaginative costumes, scenery and choreography.
The Pennsylvania Ballet Presents Le Corsaire
Head to the Academy of Music for the Pennsylvania Ballet's performance of Le Corsaire. (Photo courtesy Pennsylvania Ballet)
March 9-19, 2017
Pennsylvania Ballet artistic director Angel Corella choreographs Le Corsaire, a lavish tale of pirates, freedom and true love at the Academy of Music.
Philadelphia Union Home Opener
Cheer on the Philadelphia Union during their first home game of the season this March. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
March 11, 2017
Get ready to cheer for our hometown soccer team! The Philadelphia Union start the season facing off against Toronto FC on March 11 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester on the banks of the Delaware River.
Raiders of the Lost Ark with the Philadelphia Orchestra
Watch the Philadelphia Orchestra perform the score of Raiders of the Lost Ark while watching the film on screen. (J. Griffin for Visit Philadelphia)
March 17-19, 2017
Last Chance: The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now and Endless Shout at the Institute of Contemporary Art
At The Freedom Principle, learn about the vibrant art and music scene of the late 1960s via the lens of African-American culture. (Photo courtesy Institute of Contemporary Art)
Through March 19, 2017
The Institute of Contemporary Art takes a look at the jazz and experimental music era of the late 1960s and its continuing influence on art and culture today in The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now. The vibrant show also focuses on African-American culture and aesthetics by exploring the avant-garde, creative culture at the time. The exhibition closes on March 19, so be sure to check it out at the always-free museum soon.
King of Prussia Restaurant Week
March 6-12, 2017
Steakhouses, sports bars, seafood spots, fine-dining establishments and more set their tables for King of Prussia Restaurant Week, which returns to more than 20 eateries throughout the town this March. Participating restaurants all offer up either $10, $15 or $20 lunch specials and $20, $30 or $40 dinner deals throughout the week-long event.
Philadelphia Furniture Show at the 23rd Street Armory
March 31 - April 2, 2017
Home furnishings, ranging from innovative contemporary designs to adaptations of classical styles, are on view at the Philadelphia Furniture Show, a nationally acclaimed event at the 23rd Street Armory.
Women in Animation Film Festival at Moore College of Art and Design
The Women in Animation Film Festival highlights impressive animated films created by women. (J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia)
March 23-26, 2017
Check out an impressive slate of animated films, all created by women, at the Women in Animation Film Festival at Moore College of Art and Design. The festival also includes meet-the-artists discussions, panel talks and more.
Be Beautiful Expo
March 25, 2017
The Be Beautiful Expo is the largest expo for women of color in Philadelphia. Boom 107.9, WNBR 100.3 and Praise 107.9 welcome those of all ages to the Pennsylvania Convention Center for a day of music, empowerment, shopping and fun. This one-day event features over 200 marketplace vendors, celebrity workshops and live performances from some of the Tri-State area's top music, beauty, fashion and lifestyle experts. Interesting specialty pavilions will also be onsite, including a "man cave," kids pavilion, beauty lounge, auto zone, health-and-wellness area and more.
Namas Day Yoga Festival
March 25, 2017
Philly Area Yoga presents the Namas Day Yoga Festival, a daylong festival featuring classes like Alignment & Biomechanics, Hips & Heart and Meditation. The event also includes a marketplace with vendors selling everything from clothes to kombucha.
XPN Music Film Festival
March 31 - April 2, 2017
WXPN and World Cafe team up with the Philadelphia Film Society for the XPN Music Film Festival. This three-day event will include six music-centric films, including Talking Heads documentary Stop Making Sense, 90’s classic Singles, and Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz.
Other Must-See Exhibitions
The city is full of excellent exhibitions are open throughout the month of March. Check out photography exhibitions at the African American Museum, a World War I exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and more. Click the button below for our must-see exhibition guide.
River Alive! Night at Independence Seaport Museum
The Independence Seaport Museum will debut River Alive!, an after-hours program featuring crafts, discussions, drinks and more. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
March 9, 2017
This March, Independence Seaport Museum debuts River Alive!, a brand-new after-hours event. All events include special themed programming, a lab activity and drinks from a cash bar. The March 9th event centers on sharks with shark-centric discussions, crafts, lectures and even a sharky cocktail.
40th Anniversary Celebration for the African American Museum at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel
March 24, 2017
The African American Museum celebrates its 40th anniversary with a special gala at the the Philadelphia Mariott Downtown. Guests of the event can meet thought leaders from the area while celebrating the museum's profound impact on the community over the last four decades.
Philly Chef Conference
March 5, 2017
The major players in Philadelphia's food scene come together for the annual Philly Chef Conference, an event that welcomes the area's finest chefs, food writers and restaurateurs for panels, lectures and demonstrations at Drexel University.
Let Them Eat Cake
March 5, 2017
Get your sweet tooth ready for Let Them Eat Cake, where guests can sample more than 30 wedding cakes from Philadelphia’s best bakers. This year’s theme is A Variety of Childhood Fun and Fantasy, and proceeds benefit Variety - the Children’s Charity.