March Events in Northern Virginia: Festivals and Fun Near DC

March events in Northern Virginia include St. Patrick's Day festivities, Pi Day fun, the start of cherry blossom season, and more spring fun. Our 2022 March events list also includes ongoing ways to enjoy the return of spring to our beautiful region.

2022 March Events in Northern Virginia

Fortunately, most of the popular annual March events are in-person again in 2022. Listings are updated below as we learn of new additions and plans for this year.

Here, in order of start date, are 2022 March events that offer fun for every age in Northern Virginia and nearby areas. Check for updates before you head out; some of these events will cancel if weather conditions are poor.

Happy Mardi Gras! Mar 1

Celebrate Mardi Gras on March 1st with a sweet and tasty King Cake from Harvest Bread. Their King Cakes are made on Fridays so order your cake online and schedule a pick-up time. We tried one in 2021 and it's delicious!

Mardi Gras King Cake from Harvest Bread
King Cake from Harvest Bread

Woodland Needlework Show and Sale, Alexandria, Mar 2 – 31

The Needlework Exhibition at historic Woodlawn is an annual celebration of the needle arts, featuring hundreds of examples of contemporary needlework from around the country. This year, the 59th Annual Needlework Exhibition will reflect on the threads that connect communities.

We highly recommend you combine your visit with a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighy house right next door. The exhibition is $15/$6 for adults/children K – 12. Open daily, except Tuesday, 10:00 – 4:00.

Snow Moon Fest, Massanutten Resort, Mar 4 – 6

Celebrate the season with a weekend of fun at the Snow Moon Fest at Massanutten Resort. Special events include live music, kid's activities, a torchlight parade, Polar Plunge, and more. The festival is part of the year-long celebration of Massanutten's 50th anniversary.

Maple Syrup Boil-Down, Colvin Run Mill, Mar 6

When the sap is rising and the maple trees are tapped, it’s sugaring time. Watch and learn as the sap is boiled down into sweet maple syrup over an open fire. Sample the delicious combination of maple syrup over fresh-baked cornbread, while supplies last. $10 per person, register online; noon – 2:00.

Guided Hike at Conway Robinson Forest, Manassas, Mar 6

Join a Senior Forester on a guided hike through Conway Robinson State Forest, and learn how forests help local flora and fauna. Free; 1:00 – 3:00.

International Women's Day, Mar 8

Celebrate International Women's day with a visit to the Women's Suffragist Memorial and learn about the long struggle for women's right to vote. Learn how local events and the “Night of Terror” became a turning point in the fight.

Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Lorton Virginia
Turning Point Suffragist Memorial

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Manassas, Mar 12

Head to Manassas for a community parade featuring Irish dance groups, the Northern Virginia Firefighters Emerald Society Pipe and Drum, Washington Scottish Pipe and Drum, Fairfax County Sheriff’s Coalition Pipe and Drum, the Marine Corps Color Guard, and other area groups and organizations. Free; parade begins at 11:00.

Bluemont Shamrock 5K/10K, Bluemont, Mar 12

The 8th annual Bluemont Shamrock is a 5 or 10K run through the scenic country roads of beautiful Bluemont. All pre-registered runners receive a commemorative shirt, bib, medal, and digital finisher certificate. Plus, there are cash awards in four age groups. Wherever you complete your run, you can celebrate your effort and enjoy the views at Dirt Farm Brewing. Follow the link for registration details.

Four Courts Four Miler, Arlington, Mar 12

The Four Courts Four Miler returns to Arlington in 2022. The second half of the race is uphill, so pace yourself. After the Four Miler race, reward your efforts in a heated tent at Ireland’s Four Courts with Irish dancers, live music, and adult beverages.

2nd Saturday Art Walk, Workhouse Arts, Lorton, Mar 12

On the second Saturday of each month, the Workhouse Arts Center hosts a fun evening featuring art and music. View artists creating art in the studios or exhibiting in 12 campus galleries. Free; 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Lucky Leprechaun 5K, Reston, Mar 13

Celebrate the luck of the Irish with a fun 5K race at Reston Town Center or compete virtually on the route of your choice. All pre-registered runners receive a Lucky Leprechaun 5K shirt, bib, medal, and digital finisher certificate. Plus, there is a photo contest with special awards. Follow the link to register and for more details.

Nowruz Festival, Tysons Corner Center, Mar 13

This annual outdoor festival celebrates the Persian New Year with more than six hours of live performances. Enjoy music, dance, live characters, and local artists. Shop at the Nowruz Bazaar with dozens of booths selling a variety of Haft-Sin items and sprouts, Persian traditional sweets and pastries, crafts, and fresh and hot food. Free; 10:00 – 6:00.

Pi Day and Daylight Saving Time, March 14

The Einstein Memorial in Washington DC is a fun spot for a Pi Day photo
Einstein Memorial in Washington DC

In 2015, we had a spectacular Pi Day when the date and time were aligned to match the first 10 digits of Pi (Greek letter “π”). But every year offers an opportunity for celebrations and fun with Pi Day math.

Follow the link for a round-up of our favorite pie stores in Northern Virginia. We've also got unique ways to celebrate Pi Day in Northern VA plus great websites with pi facts and fun for all.

March150, Torpedo Art Factory, Alexandria, Mar 14 – 31

The annual March150 art show and sale returns to the Torpedo Art Factory in Old Town Alexandria. The popular exhibition features artists from the greater DC area and offers a low-key environment to view and purchase works in a variety of mediums. Free; Wed – Sun, 10:00 – 6:00

St. Patrick's Day, Mar 17

2 pints of Irish beer for St. Patrick's Day
Cheers to St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day 5K and 10K races are have returned to in-person events in 2022 (details above). The popular Ballyshaner's Parade in Alexandria is postponed but the Manassas parade is on. You can also celebrate with a take-out or dine-in meal from local Irish-loving restaurants and pubs. Check our St. Patrick's Day round-up for a list of special events and Irish pubs in Northern VA.

St Patrick's Day falls on a Thursday in 2022, but some events and specials are scheduled on the weekend.

Kids Trout Fishing Derby, Herndon, Mar 19

Children ages 2-15 and their families will learn about fishing and have a fun day catching fish at Sugarland Run. Volunteers will help clean and store your catch and teach you how to bait, cast, hook, and cook your freshly caught dinner. All kids MUST be accompanied by an adult; limited fishing poles and bait are available for use. Teens 16 & up must have a valid Virginia State Fishing License to fish. No adult fishing during kids' fishing time. $9/$12 advance/day of event registration; 8:00 – noon.

Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington DC, Mar 20 – Apr 17

See our Complete Guide to Cherry Blossoms in DC, Virginia, and Maryland for popular and hidden spots where you can enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms all season long.

The beloved National Cherry Blossom Festival doesn't always coincide with the actual cheery bloom, but the multi-week festivities still pack a lot of fun. Performances, parties, parades, and more celebrate the return of spring and the blooming cherry trees in the nation's capital.

Cherry Blossom Festival signature events include:

  • Opening ceremony – March 20
  • Blossom Kite Festival – March 26
  • Cherry Blossom Festival Parade – April 9
  • Petalpalooza fireworks show – April 16
Cherry blossoms Jefferson Memorial McCoolTravel
Cherry blossoms Jefferson Memorial, photo credit: McCoolTravel

It's always difficult to time the return of cherry blossoms to the Virginia and Washington DC region. Bookmark this link for a complete list of cherry blossom viewing spots in Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland.

Pot O' Gold 10K, One Loudoun, Mar 20

Find your pot o' gold at the end of this fun 10K race. All pre-registered runners receive a Pot O’ Gold 10K shirt, bib, medal, and digital finisher certificate. Plus, there is a photo contest with special awards. The race is back at One Loudoun, but you can also choose to race virtually this year. Follow the link to register.

Carlyle House at 45, Alexandria, Mar 20

See the “Hidden House Emerges” exhibit at the historic Carlyle House for the throwback price of $1 during this afternoon Open House. Old Town Alexandria is packed with great restaurants, shops, parks, and unique sites perfect for a fun day trip.

Find more Fantastic Virginia Day Trips Near Washington DC.

National Capital Area Cake Show, Fairfax, Mar 25 – 27

View spectacular decorated cake displays by world-class sugar artists at the annual National Capital Area Cake Show, the largest cake competition in the east. The festival features demonstrations, hands-on classes, vendors, bake sales, and a chance to meet celebrity TV sugar artists. Tickets are $12/$8 for adults/seniors and youth, 5 and under free and there are discounted 2-day tickets for $17/$12. Saturday 10:00 – 5:00, Sunday noon – 5:00.

Maryland Day, Multiple Locations, Mar 25 – 27

Celebrate history, heritage, and culture at a weekend of in-person and virtual Maryland Day events. Special events at Annapolis and Anne Arundel County include free entry to regional parks and some museums.

Plan an Annapolis Maryland Day Trip or Weekend Getaway by the Bay.

Diva Central, Reston, Mar 26

Area teens are invited to the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne to shop for free formal dresses and accessories perfect for proms and celebrations. The event is free but RCC registration is required (use code 8C1008-2A). 11:00 – 3:00

More Fun March Activities in Northern Virginia

With so few March events this year you'll need to plan your own spring fun. Use our guides to plan a season of fun outings in Northern VA.

Visit Spring Babies

March is the perfect time to visit Frying Pan Park to meet the new spring babies. There is nothing quite so cute as baby sheep, goats, and pigs scampering around the stall.

Baby lamb at Frying Pan Farm Park in Northern Virginia
Baby lamb Frying Pan Farm

Take a Spring Hike

Spring trail in Seneca Regional Park, Great Falls VA
Spring trail in Seneca Regional Park, Great Falls VA

Daylight Saving Time returns on March 10th, and we celebrate the first day of Spring on March 20th. If our weather cooperates, that will mean more opportunities to enjoy hiking on area trails. We’ve rounded up 8 Great Spring Hikes in Northern Virginia that hold up well to spring rains. Plus, explore our archive of Northern Virginia hikes for more great options for an early spring outing.

Hunt for Spring Wildflowers

Spring wildflowers in Northern VA include this solitary Bloodroot at Riverbend Park
Solitary Bloodroot at Riverbend Park

Hunt for beautiful spring blooms on local nature trails. Take the family for a hike and challenge them to find beautiful blossoms with our guide to Spring Wildflowers in Northern Virginia.

Tackle Our Spring Bucket List of Fun Outings and Destinations

We rounded up a list of 30 outings and destinations where you can celebrate spring in the DC area. Try them all or choose a few for a season of fun in and near Northern Virginia.

Spring Bucket List: 30 Fun Outings in Virginia, DC, and Maryland

Bluebells surround the Potomac Heritage Trail at Riverbend Park
Bluebells surround the Potomac Heritage Trail at Riverbend Park

Annual March Events in Northern Virginia Canceled for 2022

These popular annual March events are postponed or canceled in 2022. We look forward to their return next year.

Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Alexandria, Postponed to Sep 17

This family-friendly Alexandria celebration includes a great parade and a fun dog show. This is the biggest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Northern Virginia. Enjoy over a dozen marching bands plus other groups celebrating their rich Irish heritage. Arrive early for the costumed Fun Dog Show on Market Square (10:30 – 12:00), which benefits the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. The parade starts at 12:30, and all events are free.

Spring Festival, Ticonderoga Farms, Canceled

Ticonderoga Farm's annual Spring Festival is a great way to celebrate Easter egg hunting season in Northern VA. Visit the giant slides, bounce pillows, pedal karts, and playgrounds; take a hayride; visit farm animals, and much more. Admission is $14.95 for children 2 and up, $12.95 adult. 9:30 – 5:00 but entrance and some activities close at 4:00.

No matter which spring outings and March events in Northern Virginia you choose, we wish you a happy end to winter and a beautiful start to spring.

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March events in Northern Virginia include St Patrick's Day festivities, Women's History Month events, Easter egg hunts, and many fun things to do in March near Washington DC.
March Events in Northern Virginia

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