UPDATE: Events on this list have been affected due to the ongoing situation surrounding the coronavirus—if you’re unsure, please call ahead to confirm. Keep tabs on the latest local cancellations and postponements here.
Boston is far from the biggest city on the East Coast, but The Hub offers just as many hot events and cool things to do as its bigger neighbors down the coast. Here we cut through the clutter to present the best events this month has to offer. Dates and times are subject to change, and key events often sell out far in advance, so make your plans now and always double-check directly with the venue. If nothing on our list here strikes your fancy, take a peek at our guides to the best comedy clubs, best places to see live music, or best free things to do in Boston. If you’re looking to get out of the elements, consult our guides to where to see art in Boston, including the best art galleries and the best museums in Boston.
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This month's event highlights include ‘Hear Her Out’ (Mar 6), an event created to celebrate women and amplify local female voices; Macaron Making with St. Germain Liqueur (Mar 21, tickets required); fresh herb and lavender wreaths crafting class with Alice's Table (Mar 22, tickets required); and a tap takeover with Vermont’s Fiddlehead Brewing (Mar 27-29).
Best Boston events this month
Running through Mar 8, the ornate 1,700-seat Colonial Theatre (built in 1900) hosts a fresh take on the classic tale, courtesy of Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I, and the 2017 Tony-winning Best Play, Oslo.
Housed in the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, overlooking the Charles River, Scullers features big-name artists (the likes of Jamie Cullum, Michael Bublé and Tony Bennett) as well as rising stars on the jazz, R&B and Latin music scenes. The dimly lit, mahogany paneled lounge has a sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere. March highlights include jazz trumpeter Christian Scott (Mar 6-7) and the Brazilian jazz pianist and singer Eliane Elias (Mar 27-28).
Home to two of the city's most storied institutions, the NBA's Celtics and NHL's Bruins, the Garden also plays host to top-shelf touring acts spanning all categories and genres. March highlights include Billie Eilish (Mar 19) and Michael Bublé (Mar 25).
The one and only Boston Symphony Orchestra is offering multiple performances in March. If you've never been, treat someone special to a night out and discover why the all-important acoustics make Symphony Hall one of the best venues of its kind in the country.
From Mar 5-8, Leica Camera (74 Arlington St, Boston) is hosting the first-ever Leica Women Foto Project Summit. The program is designed to empower and inspire photographers focused on female perspective, through cost-free mentorship and education. With a mission to bring to light the stories and perspectives of underrepresented visual voices, the Summit strives to spark questions and conversations related to how we interpret what we see and how we can welcome more diverse interpretations of everyday experiences. Events include a reception, artist talk, panel discussion, professional portrait studio and more.
The U.S. premiere of TEATROCINEMA: Plata Quemada runs from Mar 11-15 at the Emerson Paramount Center's Robert J. Orchard Stage. The Chilean theatre company's noir tale of bandits, betrayals and blowouts intertwines live-action performances with eye-popping illustration and animation, creating a hyper-stylized graphic novel that comes to life right in front of audiences’ eyes.
Every March, countless corners of Boston turn into little shamrock-packed cities, filled with festively-decorated bars and scores of locals—Irish and non-Irish alike—looking to party like they’re in Dublin. Sport your finest shamrock and deck yourself in green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Boston-style, at these epic parties and events.
Boston Ballet’s 2019–2020 spring season opens with rEVOLUTION, an exciting program showcasing three choreographers who transformed the world of ballet: George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and William Forsythe. rEVOLUTION runs through Mar 8 at the Citizens Bank Opera House. The company's production of Carmen runs from Mar 12-19.
The Boston Harbor Hotel presents the 31st annual Boston Wine Festival—the nation’s longest-running wine and food pairing series—through late March. Executive Chef Daniel Bruce and the hotel have invited renowned winemakers from around the world to participate; the public can choose from numerous seminars and themed dinners.
Come and experience the new anchor of the ICA Boston’s collection. LOVE IS CALLING (2013) is the largest and most immersive of the iconic Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms, which have thrilled museumgoers across the globe. Visitors enter a darkened, mirrored room illuminated by inflatable, tentacle-like forms—covered in the artist’s signature polka dots—that extend from the floor and ceiling, gradually changing colors. The installation is accompanied by a continuous recording of Kusama reciting a love poem in Japanese.