This list of our favorite things to do in March in Philadelphia details some of the best winter events and some activities unique to this time of year.
TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN MARCH
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Some of the attractions below are included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.
1. Attend a Concert
Philadelphia is home to multiple great music and event venues. This means there will be several great artists and bands here this March.
- Silversun Pickups - March 1
- Dan + Shay - March 12
- Billie Eilish - March 13
- Rain - A Beatles Tribute - March 14
- Ms. Lauryn Hill - March 14
- The Wonder Years - March 21
- Thundercat - March 22
You can find all the concerts in the city here.
2. Go to a Game!
Spend an evening cheering on one of Philadelphia’s pro sports teams. March is a great time to catch NHL, NFL, and NBA games.
You can find all the professional sporting events in Philadelphia here.
3. Enjoy the Theatre
There is a multitude of theatrical productions running in Philadelphia this March! You can find all of them here.
The beloved children's book character Junie B Jones comes to life onstage from March 27 - 29, 2020.
If you're looking for a classic musical to see, Les Miserables is running in Philadelphia from March 17 - 29.
It is one of the most well-known musicals in the world, so this is a perfect opportunity to see it!
On March 1, you can catch the last show of the beautiful acrobatic circus Shen Yun.
Hello Dolly's final Philadelphia performance is also on March 1.
4. Look into a Tourist Discount Pass
Visitors who are working with a budget should really think about getting a Philadelphia tourist pass.
These services provide heavy discounts at some of the most popular attractions in the city.
Here are a few of the sites you can visit with various discount passes:
- Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
- Adventure Aquarium
- Philadelphia Zoo
- Longwood Gardens
- National Liberty Museum
- National Constitution Center
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Franklin Institute Science Museum
- Academy of Natural Science
- Museum of the American Revolution
- LEGOLAND Discovery Center
These are just a few of the activities you can enjoy.
If you plan to visit even a few of these attractions, you could easily end up saving a lot of money over general admission prices.
For more details, make sure to read our full post covering Philadelphia tourist passes.
5. Dine Out During Restaurant Week
East Passyunk Resturant Week
Celebrate the culinary treats of East Passyunk Avenue from February 26 - March 9 with price-fixed 3-course meals for $15, $25, or $35 per person.
There are 26 options for restaurants along the road and only 15 minutes from the city center.
King of Prussia Restaurant Week
With $10-20 lunches and $20-40 dinners, you can try the eclectic fixed-price meals at while donating to a good cause.
All Restaurant Week participating establishments are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) King of Prussia Specialty Care Center.
There are over 20 different options to choose from during March 9 - 15, 2020!
Philly Wine Week
Even though this week-long celebration of vino only begins on the next-to-last day of March, we can't resist including a chance to taste wines from all over the world, all over Philly.
Dozens of dinners, tastings, specials and more at over 50 venues throughout the city bring wine to the masses.
The kick-off event is March 30 in the evening. Get tickets for this celebratory opening of the corks here.
6. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day
The Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held on March 15, 2020 at 11:00 am.
The parade will travel mostly down Market Street from City Hall to Front Street with a performing area near Independence Mall.
For a 21+ event, the Erin Express offers free bus rides all day, traveling to over 12 bars and pubs to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
These buses are free and run every 15 minutes - no tickets, no bracelets, just hop on and go between bars.
7. Take a Sightseeing Tour
Learn about one of the most historic cities in the nation with a variety of pay-what-you-want walking tours!
We offer something for everyone, whether it be exploring Independence Mall, eating your way through Chinatown, or just enjoying the first of the spring weather.
Check out our tour calendar and reserve your spot on tour today!
If you’re looking for something a bit different, bus tours through Philly are a popular option as well.
8. Philadelphia Flower Show
A highlight for the kids is the Butterflies Live! exhibit.
The interactive and educational exhibit presented by California’s SkyRiver Butterflies. You can even make your own Butterfly clip.
For the over 21 crowd, the Flower Show often has evening events with entertainment and beverages available.
9. Catch Some Stand-Up Comedy
There are a few well-known comedians traveling through the area this month! The most famous is Adam Sandler.
Adam Sandler and some of his friends will be taking the stage to play off of each other and definitely make the audience laugh.
- Date: March 18, 2020
- Get tickets here.
Lewis Black, currently a frequent
- Date: March 6, 2020
- Get tickets here.
10. Enjoy a Film Festival
Philadelphia is home to several film festivals, some of which happen during March!
You'll have a chance to see exciting new films from indie directors with opportunities to participate in Q&A sessions.
qFLIX LGBT Film Festival
qFLIX is an exhibition of American and international lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer independent film that reflects the diversity of the community.
The 2020 line up has not been announced at the time of writing, but there are 8 world premieres scheduled so far!
Women's Film Festival
The Women’s Film Festival celebrates women in the film and entertainment industry. All of the films are created by, for, or about women.
The schedule has not been released but in years past there have been Q&As, lectures and film screenings. Keep an eye on the website for more information.
Isreali Film Festival
This festival introduces Israeli culture and society through film.
Each season, a slate of feature films and documentaries are selected to provide a diverse and impartial reflection of Israel.
Shows run in the afternoon and evenings with tickets around $15.
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