This list of our favorite things to do in March 2024 in Washington DC, including free, nighttime, as well as family-friendly events and things to do.
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TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN MARCH
For more ideas on popular things to do in DC, check out our other posts:
Some of the items listed in this post are included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.
1. Attend a Concert
The DC Metro area is a hotspot for great musical talent.
You can find a number of concerts to attend at area venues such as the Kennedy Center, Anthem, 9:30 Club, and more.
- Porno for Pyros | March 3rd | Silver Spring
- Ladysmith Black Mambazo | March 8th | North Bethesda
- Bryan Adams | March 13th | Fairfax
- Max Raabe and Palast Orchester | March 20th | Washington, DC
- Postmodern Jukebox | March 23rd | Washington, DC
- Zach Bryan | March 25th | Washington, DC
Note: If you visit Anthem for a show, you might find our Historic Southwest Waterfront/DC Wharf Walking Tour of interest.
- Baltimore Symphony Orchestra | Baltimore | throughout March
- National Symphony Orchestra | Washington, DC | throughout March
- Celtic Tenors | Alexandria, VA | March 6th
Note: You can visit even if you're not attending a show, and might enjoy our self-guided tour of the Kennedy Center. The rooftop terrace view is one of our favorites!
Find even more march concerts in the DC area here.
If you're looking for more evening activities, check out our post Things to Do in DC at Night.
2. See a Sporting Event
In March, both the Washington Wizards, our basketball team, and the Washington Capitals, our hockey team, are in their regular season.
- Washington Wizards
- George Washington Revolutionaries Men's
- George Washington Revolutionaries Women's
- Georgetown Hoyas Men's
Check out this list for even more tickets to March sporting events in the DC area.
3. Enjoy the Theatre
Looking to get inside, away from the cold, and spend an entertaining afternoon or evening?
Here are a number of shows you might find interesting in the DC/Baltimore area.
- The Book of Mormon | March 5th-24th
- Little Shop of Horrors | March 16th-30th
- The Lehman Trilogy | March 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 17th
- Distant Worlds: Music From Final Fantasy | March 1st, 2nd
- Culkin School of Irish Dance | March 13th, 14th
- Jimbo's Drag Circus | March 9th
- An Evening with William H. Macy and Screening of "Fargo" | March 14th
Find even more theatre performances in March here.
4. Springtime Walking Tours
As winter closes, we start to offer more walking tours throughout the week.
Our Arlington National Cemetery tour goes back to its regular hours and for springtime only, we offer a Cherry Blossoms on the Basin tour.
Read about each of these tours and see when they are offered on our Tour Calendar page.
5. St. Patrick's Day in Washington, DC
Sadly, the city no longer has a St. Patrick's Day Parade.
But there are many other fun things to do in Washington, DC to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Make your way around the pubs, live music, festivals, and sites dedicated to or built by Irish immigrants and descendants.
Ireland at the Wharf takes place on March 16th with live music, Irish dancing, and lots of beer.
You can also join events such as Alexandria Luck of the irish St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl, Official Washington, DC St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl, or the Washington, DC Shamrock Stroll and Bar Crawl
Plan your visit to DC on St. Patrick's Day with our helpful guide.
6. Save Money with a Tourist Discount Pass
Tourist attraction discount passes bundle together many popular attractions and tours into one discounted price and can save you over 50%.
They also can save you time with skip-the-ticket-line privileges.
Attractions you can see with these passes include:
- CitySights Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
- International Spy Museum
- The Capital Ferris Wheel
- George Washington’s Home
We detail how these passes work and help you decide which, if any, is best for you.
7. See a Stand-up Comedy Show
If you're in need of a good laugh, consider going to see a professional stand-up comic!
There will be several comedians performing in the Washington, DC area throughout the month of February.
Group Comedy Tours
- Capital Comedy Festival | March 16th
Check this list of other comedy shows in the DC area in February.
8. National Cherry Blossom Festival
The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival is Washington, DC’s top draw in Springtime. It's scheduled to take place from March 20th to April 14th, 2024.
The festival is planned far in advance, so the dates of peak bloom of the cherry blossoms themselves can fall anytime from mid-March to mid-April, depending on the weather.
You will find fireworks, street festivals, parades, special exhibits, and tours on offer throughout DC.
Check out our full post on the Cherry Blossom Festival to learn more.
9. Run the Rock N Roll Race
Running in the Rock N Roll Race is the perfect way to get a view of some of DC's best-known locations, including the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and more.
You'll find live music and DJs along the course, and after the race, even more live music.
Registrants get participant t-Shirts, and those who finish either the half marathon or 5K get medals.
Events take place on March 16, 2024.
For more information and to register, visit the race website.
10. Attend Even More Festivals or Activities
There are plenty of things to do in DC in March. Just a few of the festivals and activities are below.
Intersectons Festival 2024 | date TBA
DC Tango Festival 2024 | March 29th-April 20th
Octopus: Blue Planet II 4D Experience | until May 2024
K Street Virtual Gallery | until May 2025
First Friday Dupon Art Walk | until December 2024