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March 2024

Céad Míle Fáilte

(A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!)

Massachusetts is the perfect place to celebrate Irish Heritage all month long! From Celtic Tenors at The Center for Arts, Natick, to The Dropkick Murphys at The House of Blues, Boston to the 40th Annual Worcester Irish Festival, Worcester, to parades, parades, parades! No doubt that Massachusetts has you covered for everything green. Get your fill of Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Soda Bread and Shepherd’s Pie while listening to live Irish music, too. Find your fun here. Sláinte! (Cheers!)

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Photo: O’Connor’s Restaurant & Bar, 1160 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA

Featured Region: Central Massachusetts

March brings regional observances of women's history and Irish heritage, plus live shows and local game nights. Educate and empower with programs like Women’s History Days at Old Sturbridge Village, and discussions like Consistent Democracy: the Woman Question, as well as performances like All Things Equal: the Life & Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Experience the luck of the Irish with St. Patrick’s Day at the Hibernian Cultural Center, Celtic Celebrations at Old Sturbridge Village, and Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance” at the Hanover Theatre. Competition heats up with Trivial Trivia and Game Nights at Electric Haze, plus “The Office” Themed Trivia with Deep Roots Distillery. Neighborhood stages are enlivened by Masters of Illusion, “Little Women,” and “The Little Mermaid,” a free family concert.

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Franklin County

March means Maple Month in Massachusetts! Franklin County's sugarhouses are buzzing with the onset of spring, as maple sap starts its flow. From indulgent breakfasts to fresh maple delights like syrup, candy, spreads, and more, there's an array of tempting choices. Be sure to get your first taste of maple season at Williams Farm Sugarhouse open every Saturday and Sunday 7:30 am - 2 pm until early April. Get the details here!

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Greater Boston

Dine Out Boston, the official restaurant week of Greater Boston and Cambridge, returns for its 2024 Spring Edition on March 10-23. This year’s event is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of delicious deals at participating locations across the city. Restaurants will offer special prix fixe menus for both lunch and dinner on most nights throughout the week. Confirmed partners include Alcove, Banks Fish House, Abe & Louie's, Harvest, and more.

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Cape Cod

Don your green for St. Patrick's Day fun on Cape Cod, including the annual Cape Cod St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 9! The parade, which kicks off at 11 am on Route 28 in Yarmouth, features dozens of marching bands, bagpipe units, floats, Irish Step Dancers, Clydesdales, antique cars and family friendly entertainment. Also in March: In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re calling out a group of fearless and fiery females from Cape Cod’s past and present, to honor these women’s vital contributions to American history and society. Read the blog series here.

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Western Mass

Western Mass goes green in March with one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in New England! What began as a humble celebration has grown into a major series of events that culminates with New England’s preeminent Saint Patrick’s celebration including the Holyoke St. Patrick’s 10k Road Race on March 16th followed by the 71st Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade on Sunday, March 17. The celebrations continue throughout Western Mass all weekend long so check out our lodging recommendations here

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Photo: The Parlor Room

Hampshire County

March is for music in Hampshire County! Explore the Back Porch Festival, a 3-day affair featuring 50 bands in 10 venues across downtown Northampton. Catch the legendary Duke Robillard Trio at The Drake in Amherst, or indulge in a St. Patrick’s Day tradition when Big Bad Bollocks puts on its annual holiday concert at the venue. Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity welcomes Havana-born Afro-Cuban superstar Pedrito Martínez, while The Parlor Room showcases the indie folk of The Sea The Sea. Hear it all in Hampshire County!

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North Central Mass

It’s a short season—but oh, so sweet! As winter fades, taps appear on maple trees throughout the countryside and clouds of steam rise skyward, as sap is is magically turned into wonderfully sweet maple syrup. Stop by Hollis Hills Farm in Fitchburg for a weekend pancake breakfast, or Sweet Water Sugar House in Royalston, Big Head Fred’s sugar house in Lunenburg, or Maxwell’s Maple in Lancaster to watch the magic happen!

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Photo: Peter Simon

Martha's Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard’s March evokes spring promises of flowers, greening landscapes, and beach dreams. All that lives awakens, busy ferries and airplanes bring welcome visitors drawn by spring beauty and renewal, pre-season shopping, first hikes, walks and cycle rides on spontaneous early-spring Vineyard weekends or daytrips. Island hotels, B&Bs and inns await, restaurants’ spring menus and pub cocktails premiere, shops/boutiques/galleries feature Spring 2024 fashions, art, novelties, Vineyard-wear. Immerse in incomparable island spring, come now, the spring Vineyard and beaches await your return or discovery to renew your soul.

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Mohawk Trail Region

The 20th Annual Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail April 27 & 28! The Trail is a tour of eight studios with 29 nationally recognized potters. Easily reached from Boston, Hartford, and the Albany area, the free, self-guided tour winds along the beautiful back roads and scenic historic towns of the Asparagus Valley, a local name for the upper Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts. The Pottery Trail celebrates the rich agricultural history and cultural vitality of the area, as well as the longstanding connection between pottery and food.

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Experience world-class The Celtic Tenors at TCAN in Natick (March 2). The Black Box presents a re-imagined immersive production of Tarzan starring Broadway’s original Tarzan Josh Strickland (March 8 to 17). Claflin Hill Symphony explores Latin/Spanish music with guest Guitarist David McLellan (March 9). Celebrate the start of spring with Natick Community Organic Farm's Maple Syrup Festival (March 10). Discover extraordinary art by 175 artists at the Paradise Arts Festival (March 22-24). See these events and more here!

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Photo: R. Cheek


March’s Nantucket unfurls spring wonders island-wide. Infant daffodils, becoming verdant landscapes, serene stunning beaches, free walks/hikes on conservation lands (9,000+acres) like 1,117-acre Coskata-Coatue, and bicycling trails all beckon. Island shops/boutiques lure smart shoppers as do craft studios and galleries; restaurants and hotels/inns/B&Bs welcome March’s intrepid visitors. Visit Nantucket Whaling Museum or participate in events at Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum (now open); explore the Cultural District’s architectural and other treasures plus year-round events including International Women's Day Breakfast & Panel [3/8/24] and do not miss Nantucket Dreamland’s year-round performances, films and other events. It’s all on Nantucket this March!

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Photo: Appleton Farms

North of Boston

Maple in the Barnyard at Appleton Farms is the perfect place to celebrate maple season! Running Saturday and Sundays in March this program is designed for ages 3 and up and focuses on the magic of maple from start to finish. Discover this tradition by observing trees, tasting sap, learning the tools involved, and finally, tasting the sweet product. Don’t miss Captain Jack & The Strangers, a tribute to Billy Joel, at the North Shore Music Theatre Thursday, March 28th. The six performers from Gloucester, MA play a wide catalogue of Billy Joel music spanning his entire career.

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Plymouth County

March is loaded with activities in Plymouth County! Local Eats week takes place March 1-8. St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated at both the Abington and Scituate parades. The Spire Center fills this month with a variety of performances from illusionist to an adult puppet show. Check out the Company Theatre production of “A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder.” Plimoth Patuxet Museums welcomes time travelers on the 23rd. And so much more here!

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Southeastern Mass

Drive along the Coastal Wine Trail, stop at Westport River Vineyard/Buzzards Bay Brewery, walk Horseneck State Beach. Stroll the Fall River Waterfront Boardwalk connecting the Veterans Memorials at Bicentennial Park and the USS Massachusetts. Visit the many nearby restaurants, art galleries and breweries. Participate in Restaurant Week or the Latin American Food Tour with Viva Fall River. Celebrate Women's History Month and visit Battleship Cove's Women in the Military Exhibit. Have Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Battleship Cove , Buttonwood Park Zoo or on a Sea Streak Marthas Vineyard Ferry Cruise. There is much more to do and it's all here and all near in Southeastern Massachusetts.

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The Berkshires

The Berkshires’ vibrant arts and culture scene is equaled only by its amazing outdoor recreation opportunities.Now gaining access to these opportunities has been made even simpler with the creation of the berkshiresoutside.org website! Did you know that over a third of the county is protected land open to the public for athletics, camping, cycling, fishing, hunting, motorized activity, skiing, water sports, and of course, hiking? And with 875 miles of mapped trails, you can skip the crowds and uncover hidden gems using this new website. Narrow your search with filters for accessibility, proximity to public transit, family and dog-friendly locations,and more. be sure to visit its companion site berkshires.org (the region’s official tourism website) to assist you in all your Berkshire planning.

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Greater Merrimack Valley

Watch the Mass Pirates vs. Sioux Fall Storm at 7 pm on Friday, March 29 at the Tsongas Center in Lowell! The Massachusetts Pirates are a professional indoor football team of the Indoor Football League based in Lowell. At every Massachusetts Pirates game, it's more than just football, it's about the experience. Arena football is already known for being an exciting game, but the Pirates aim to much more! From the option to call the first play of the game, to running out of the tunnel onto the field in front of a roaring crowd of Pirates fans, Gameday Experiences are established to provide an unforgettable experience. Get your tickets now here!

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Regional Tourism Councils

The Berkshires  Cape Cod  Central Massachusetts  Franklin County 

Greater Boston  Greater Merrimack Valley  Hampshire County  North Central Mass 

Martha's Vineyard  MetroWest  Mohawk Trail  Nantucket Island  North of Boston 

Plymouth County  Southeastern Mass  Western Mass



Funded by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism.