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New England Events – March 2014

It’s March — spring is on its way, but there’s still time to enjoy the last bits of outdoor winter adventure. Happy skiers catch their last runs on the sunny slopes, and the changing temperatures bring about nature’s sweetest treat: pure maple syrup! Learn what it’s all about at maple sugaring days around the region. Mid-March, you’ll find a celebration of all things Irish with St. Patrick’s Day parades and events honoring New England’s strong Irish heritage.

For more New England events in March, check the individual state web sites at the bottom of the page.

Winter Doe Camp: A Winter Retreat for Adventurous Women

February 28 - March 2, 2014
Hulbert Outdoor Center - Fairlee, Vermont

A winter retreat for adventurous women! Participants stay in heated cabins at night and play in the snow all day. Spend the weekend learning winter outdoors skills while staying near the shores of Lake Morey.  This event includes classes such as dog sledding, fire making, traditional winter camping, cross country skiing, orienteering, spring turkey hunting, ice fishing and many more. Don’t miss the opportunity to receive affordable outdoor education in a stress-free, supportive environment.

Magic Hat Mardi Gras Parade & Block Party

February 28 - March 2, 2014
Burlington, Vermont

View 40+ parade floats along Church Street to the sounds of rock bands and brass orchestras. Sample authentic Louisiana Moonpies and Lake Champlain Chocolates. A wonderful way to break up winter – guaranteed to be a colorful parade! All festivities are free.

Save the Bay Seal Tours

Select dates from November - April
Newport, Rhode Island

From November through April, Save The Bay offers one-hour seasonal seal watching tours aboard the M/V Alletta Morris from Long Wharf Dock in Newport, Rhode Island. Bundle up and don’t forget the camera!

Maple Days at Old Sturbridge Village

Maple Days: Select weekends in March
Old Sturbridge Village – Sturbridge, Massachusetts

Visitors to Old Sturbridge Village will be greeted by the sweet smell of wood smoke mixed with maple syrup as historians demonstrate maple-sugar making at the Village’s own working “Sugar Camp.” On weekend days in March, see maple sugaring as it was done in early 19th-century rural New England and learn why the final product historically was sugar, not syrup. See demonstrations of the traditional Native American methods, early 19th-century New England, 20th century metal buckets and contemporary tubing. Old Sturbridge Village is the largest outdoor history museum in the northeast and portrays life in a New England village in the 1830s.

Annual Chilly Chili Cookoff in the White Mountains

March 1, 2014
North Conway, New Hampshire

Stroll the Village of North Conway and have a great day sampling mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili, ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous. The Chilly Chili Cookoff Stroll will feature the unique recipes of over 40 professional and non-professional chefs, ranging in tastes from sweet-and mild to hot-and-spicy. Other food competitions at this cookoff include traditional cornbread and non-traditional cornbread. Bring the whole family for a weekend of fun for everyone!

Ben & Jerry’s Winter Festival

March 1, 2014
Ben & Jerry’s Factory – Waterbury, Vermont

Celebrate the season with fun-filled outdoor activities for all ages. Admission is free. The surrounding grounds are transformed to provide the perfect opportunity to play outside, enjoy the snow, welcome the extended daylight and, of course, eat ice cream! Free ice cream tours and new flavor samples.

Spring Bulb Show: The Botanic Garden of Smith College

March 1-16, 2014
Northampton, Massachusetts

A spectacular array of crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, lilies and tulips provide an early glimpse of spring. View the magic of 5,000+ bulbs blooming simultaneously in the Lyman Conservatory! The annual Spring Bulb Show is a long-standing Smith College tradition, dating back over 100 years. Bulbs from South Africa add an exotic flavor to the display. Northampton is an arts-filled city with interesting shops, galleries and restaurants.

Thimble Island Cruises - Seal Watch Tours - Connecticut

Starting March 4, 2014 - Weekends
Stoney Creek, Connecticut

See the seals in Long Island Sound aboard the Sea Miss with Sea Mist Thimble Island Tours. Cruises leave every Saturday and Sunday for walk-ons. Weekdays are available for groups of 20 adults or more.

Annual Vermont Chili Festival

March 8, 2014
Middlebury, Vermont

Named one of the Top 10 Winter Events for the past few years by The Vermont Chamber of Commerce, this event includes activities for all ages and award-winning chili, located all on the streets of historic downtown Middlebury. More than 50 local and regional restaurants will be on hand to compete for awards. Enjoy chili created with Vermont sourced ingredients and cast your vote: Best Beef, Chicken, Pork, Game, Veggie, Kitchen Sink, and Best Overall. Stroll down Middlebury’s historic Main Street and revel in a carnival of street jugglers, face painting, live music and more. Warm up in the Cocoa Cabana with hot cocoa and cider, and attend the award ceremony in the beverage tent. $5 per person.

Old Deerfield Craft Fair

March 8-9, 2014
ESE Young Building - West Springfield, Massachusetts

As a juried craft fair, the Old Deerfield Craft Fair selects its exhibitors for their quality. The wonderful variety of crafts includes quilts, baskets, wood carvings, pottery, dolls, dried flower arrangements, teddy bears, decoys, tin, theorem, stenciling, jewelry and more. The Old Deerfield Craft Fairs have been among the highest ranked shows in Massachusetts and New England by Sunshine Artist Magazine, for 25 years a major publication of the arts and crafts movement in the United States.

NATO Telemark Festival

March 8-9, 2014
Mad River Glen – Waitsfield, Vermont

The world’s largest and oldest gathering of Telemark skiers…. It’s a free heel shindig of knee dropping Mad River Glen skiing, wild competitions, skill clinics, demo gear and fun. The final party will feature awards, a raffle, Lawson’s Finest beer on tap and dancing to Guy Burlage and the Free Heelers.

Hebron Maple FesItival - Connecticut

March 8-9, 2014
Hebron, Connecticut

The Maple Festival is held annually the second weekend in March throughout the town of Hebron, Connecticut. Each year thousands of people come from miles around to enjoy and experience the weekend of maple related events. The goal for this event is to bring families together and provide noncommercial, inexpensive enjoyment during a quiet time of year.


March 9, 2014
Mount Sunapee Resort - Newbury, New Hampshire

Build your skiing and snowboarding dummy – then hurl it down the trail and see how far it goes! Dummies can be either skiers or snowboarders and need to be able to make it down the in-run to the kicker. Big prizes for the best Dummy.

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Newport, Rhode Island

March 15, 2014
Newport, Rhode Island

Find your best green attire, keep your eyes open for leprechauns, and join in the revelry to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Newport! Parade begins at City Hall and continues through Washington Square to Thames Street and ends at Augustine’s Church. After, tour a historic Newport Mansion or the International Tennis Hall of Fame, or enjoy the many shops and historic sites in town.

Plimoth Plantation: Opening Day

March 15, 2014
Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth Massachusetts

As Plimoth Plantation opens for another season of fun, join the Museum staff for the annual salute to spring with a celebratory walk and “Rare Breeds Animal Parade” from the Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center to the 17th Century English Village. Help escort Plimoth Plantation’s four-legged and feathered friends to their “home away from home” for the 2014 season. Families are encouraged to create and bring signs to carry in the parade, welcoming our animals home. This event is FREE to Museum members and is included with Museum admission. Get up close with rare breeds including goats, sheep, chickens and cows and meet our newest pack of baby animals! As of this day, Plimoth Plantation is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.

24 Hours of Stratton

March 15, 2014
Stratton Mountain Resort - Stratton, Mountain

The 24 Hours of Stratton is a super fun, family friendly, skiing / snowboarding team event. A team can be anywhere from 4-12 people. We light up the mountain and go from 12 noon on Saturday to 12 noon on Sunday. Each athlete can ski for as long as they want over the entire 24 hr period. We track each individual`s vertical as well as the teams vertical feet skied. There are prizes for the team and individuals who ski the most vertical – including a grand team prize of Heli skiing with CMH in Revelstoke British Columbia.

The New Hampshire Maple Experience: The Rocks Estate

March 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 and April 5, 2014
Bethlehem, New Hampshire

Popular Maple Tours are back at The Rocks Estate, a 1,400-acre property, owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Reservations are recommended. Discover the history of maple sugaring, participate in the process of tapping trees and making syrup, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides through the scenic Rocks property, and taste maple sugar treats. Visitors learn how to identify the sugar maple trees that produce the sweet sap for making syrup, hear the history of maple sugaring, and see part of the process demonstrated at the on-site New Hampshire Maple Experience. The Experience is housed in a renovated historic building, which features a working sugar house and Museum featuring a collection of sugaring artifacts. For those looking to turn the springtime Maple Experience into a weekend-long North Country stay, The Rocks collaborates with local inns to offer weekend vacation packages.

South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 16, 2014
Boston, Massachusetts

The South Boston St. Patrick’s Parade is the second largest parade in the country, attended by nearly 600,000 to one million people every year and televised nationally. This parade features marching bands and pipe bands from across the U.S., colorful floats and a celebration of all things Irish in Boston’s most Irish neighborhood.

Maine Huts & Trails Annual Ski Marathon & Tour

March 16, 2014
Sugarloaf Outdoor Center - Carrabassett Valley, Maine

An exciting point-to-point race/tour through the hills of Western Maine, this event features three different distances: a 60K, 40K and 20K, and is limited to 175 participants in total. Awards and prizes will be presented to the top three male and female participants for each of the three races. Food and refreshments will be provided over the course of the event and a free post-race lunch will be served at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center.  Special lodging packages are available to participants with shuttle service to event.

Restaurant Week Boston

March 16-21 and 23-28, 2014
Boston, Massachusetts

What a week for a Boston getaway! More than 200 Greater Boston restaurants offer two weeks of special three-course prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner, as well as a two-course lighter lunch at many of the participating restaurants. Sponsored and coordinated by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and American Express.

Annual March Maple Madness: A Weekend of Maple Sugaring

March TBD
Mount Washington Valley – New Hampshire

Mount Washington Valley invites guests and residents alike to join in a scavenger hunt and an inn-to-inn tour featuring maple tastings. The weekend includes a self-guided inn-to-inn tour where ticket holders will sample tasty delights both savory and sweet. Along the way there will be opportunities to visit several “sugaring” locations to experience the maple syrup process first hand, as well as, ‘Maple Country Partners’ happy to share clues and information.

Connecticut Spring Antiques Show

March 22-23, 2014
Hartford Amory - Hartford, Connecticut

The Connecticut Spring Antiques Show is a fantastic pre-1840′s antiques show. Collectors and historians will enjoy this look at our country’s past and an opportunity to own a piece of history. Come see what Antiques and The Arts Weekly calls “The singular popular showcase for American furniture and decorative arts.  Nearby, visit The Mark Twain House & Museum, the Harriett Beecher Stowe Center and the Connecticut Science Museum.

Maine Maple Sunday

March 22, 2014
Statewide – see web site for details

In Maine, always on the fourth Sunday in March, you can travel across the state to maple syrup farms and see firsthand how sap is magically turned into your favorite sugary topping. There are lots of free tastings and other activities, too.

1st Annual Beer, Bourbon, BBQ and Bacon Festival (4B Festival)

March 22, 2014
The Old Swimsuit Factory - New Haven, Connecticut

From craft brews to bacon, bourbons to barbecue; come enjoy the finest flavors from around the region to tantalize your taste buds and tickle your senses. The 4B Festival will bring together national and local purveyors all in one place to offer the most delicious and creative samplings to “4B” aficionados, all highlighted with musical performances, interactive art displays and live competitions among home brewers, BBQ taste tests and a bacon eating contest for the real meat eaters. Free shuttle buses will be running to and from the Union Street Metro North Train Station to the event!

Vermont Maple Open House Weekend

March 22-23, 2014

The Annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend will be held at sugar houses throughout Vermont. The Open House Weekend is the public celebration of the maple syrup season in Vermont and an opportunity for the public to visit one or more “sugar houses” throughout the state. Activities during Open House Weekend will be different at each sugar house but will include the opportunity to watch maple syrup being made (weather permitting) and often sample maple products.

New Hampshire Maple Weekend

March 22-23, 2014

Over 60 sugar houses across the state will participate in this open house weekend. Visit a sugar house near you and learn how maple syrup is made and the modern methods used to carry on this ancient tradition. Enjoy free samples, horse-drawn rides, sugar on snow, pancake breakfasts and more! Fun for the whole family.

Annual Mystic Irish Parade

March 23, 2014
Historic Downtown Mystic – Mystic, Connecticut

The annual event has close to 2,000 participants and 30,000 spectators making it the largest single day event in the area. The Mystic parade starts at Mystic Seaport’s South Lot and heads into Historic Downtown Mystic where the parade’s “marquis act” will perform.

Annual Bromley Rando Race

March 23, 2014
Bromley Mountain, Vermont

Rando – short for randonnée – ski racing harkens back to skiing’s early years, when skiers challenged the mountain both up and down, without the help of chairlifts. Using climbing “skins” with alpine touring or telemark bindings (or even “split” snowboards), racers start at the base of the mountain, ascend it, then descend it (on marked in-bounds ski area trails), as fast as possible, over multiple laps, up to 5,000′ cumulative vertical, in the truest test of the most complete skier overall.

Pond Skimming - Annual Rite of Spring at Sugarbush

March 29, 2014
Sugarbush Resort - Lincoln Peak, Vermont

The oldest continually running pond skimming event in the country! Dive right into spring in your craziest costume! Registration from 9AM-11AM in the Gate House Cafeteria.  Limited to the first 100 competitors!! An excellent spectator event.

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