March Events in Northern Virginia: Festivals and Fun Near DC

2020 March events in Northern Virginia include St. Patrick’s Day festivities, Women’s History Month events, restaurant deals, Pi Day fun, and the start of Easter egg hunt season. Our list also includes many opportunities to enjoy our beautiful region as spring returns and the days grow longer.

March 2020 Update: Most events have been canceled. Listings are updated below as we learn of cancelations and we have added new dates for rescheduled events.

Here, in order of start date, are 2020 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.

2020 March Events in Northern Virginia

Woodland Needlework Show and Sale, Alexandria, Mar 1 – 31

A favorite March event for needle arts lovers is the Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition in Alexandria Virginia
The Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition returns to Alexandria Virginia in March

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. The 57th Annual Needlework Exhibition opens March 1st. 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.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, Multiple Locations, Mar 1 – 18

2 pints of Irish beer for St. Patrick's Day
2 pints of Irish beer for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations occur throughout the month. Plan ahead with our round-up of Paddy’s Day fun. at several local Irish-loving restaurants and other locations. St Patrick’s Day falls on a Tuesday in 2020, but many celebrations are happening on the weekend too.

Maple Syrup Boil-Down, Colvin Run Mill, Mar 1

When the sap rises it’s sugaring time. Watch and learn as the sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire. Sample the delicious combination of maple syrup over fresh-baked cornbread, while supplies last. $5 per person, no reservations needed; noon – 2:00.

Women’s Day Market, Caboose Brewing, Mosaic District, Mar 5

The 2nd annual Women’s Day Market at Caboose Brewing Company’s Mosaic District location features pop-up stores featuring local women-owned and run small businesses. Caboose will also release a new West Coast IPA brewed with the 2020 Pink Boots Society hop blend. Free admission; 5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Alexandria, Mar 7

St Patricks Day dancers photo credit Ballyshaners
St Patricks Day dancers photo credit Ballyshaners

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.

Read our full round-up of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the Northern Virginia area for more March festivities.

Washington DC Travel and Adventure Show, DC Convention Center, Mar 7 – 8

Visit with representatives from destinations around the globe at the annual Washington DC Travel and Adventure Show. Meet face-to-face with travel experts and get personalized advice and assistance booking your next trip. Admission includes special travel and culinary presentations plus meet-and-greets with travel favorites like Samantha Brown and Patricia Schultz. On-site tickets are $15/$22 for one/two-day admission or buy discount tickets ($11/$18) in advance online. Sat 11:00 – 5:00, Sunday 11:00 – 4:00.

Astronomy Festival, Great Falls, Mar 7

Head to Observatory Park at Turner Farm in Great Falls for fun activities including guided stargazing, looking through a telescope, and listening to ancient stories about the constellations ‘round the campfire. There will be activities and games throughout the evening, and hot chocolate and snacks will be available for purchase. $10; 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Pi Day, 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.

Women in Aviation and Space, Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, March 14

CANCELED: All Smithsonian museums, including the Udvar-Hazy Center, are closed.

The Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum is one of the best indoor activities in Northern Virginia
Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum catwalk view

Head to the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum for a family day that celebrates the accomplishments of women in aviation and space exploration. During this event, you can meet female role models, participate in hands on activities, and learn about the contributions of women from the earliest pilots to today’s space program. The event is free; parking is $15. 10:00 – 3:00.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Manassas, Mar 14

CANCELED

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.

St Pats Running Fest, Arlington and DC, Mar 14 – 15

EVENT CANCELED: All three runs have been canceled.

New in 2020, the St Pats Running Fest gives runners the chance to combine three great races—the Four Courts Four Miler on Saturday in Arlington, and the Sunday 5K or 10K in DC. Run one race or choose from the two days, three races, seven combinations of racing at value prices for multiple bundles. The second half of the Four Courts Four Miler 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.

Lucky Leprechaun 5K, Reston Town Center, Mar Jun 15

RESCHEDULED to June 15.

Kick-off your morning with a fun 5K race followed by a finish line celebration. Top 3 runners, top team, and top in age groups earn prizes. The race starts at 8:00 am, and everyone can join the post-race awards ceremony. Follow the link to register and for more details.

Weddings in Loudoun Open House, Loudoun County, Mar 15

POSTPONED a new date has not been announced.

Visit Loudoun showcases the county’s unique offerings at Love Loudoun: A Wedding Showcase. Almost 100 wedding-related businesses will meet with couples at West Belmont Place in Leesburg. Special events and activities include a bridal fashion show, photography sessions, selfie stations, a lounge area for recharging and relaxing, beer, wine, and food. Tickets are $10/$25 general/VIP admission. VIP noon – 1:00; general 1:00 – 5:00.

Nowruz Festival, Tysons Corner Center, Mar 15

CANCELED .

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.

Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington DC, Mar 20 – Apr 12

MOST EVENTS CANCELED: The Pink Tie Party is postponed. The Opening Ceremony, Blossom Kite Festival, and Tidal Basin Welcome stage events are canceled.

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. 2020 March festival highlights include the Opening Ceremony at the Warner Theater on March 20th and the Blossom Kite Festival on the National Mall on March 28th.

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.

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 popular and hidden cherry blossom viewing spots in Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland.

2020 Easter Egg Hunts, Multiple Locations, Mar 28 – Apr 19

Easter falls on April 12th in 2020, so most of the easter egg hunting events are early in the month. Many of the park egg hunts require registration and they sell out quickly. Use our complete guide to egg hunts throughout the Northern Virginia region to plan a few fun outings with your little ones.

Easter egg hunts are favorite spring events for families in Northern Virginia

Spring Festival, Ticonderoga Farms, Weekends Mar 28 – Apr 19

Ticonderoga Farm’s annual Spring Festival is a great way to celebrate Easter egg hunting season in Northern VA. Enjoy egg hunts and visits from the Easter Bunny every weekend through April 19th. Kids and adults can visit the giant slides, bounce pillows, pedal karts, and playgrounds. Take a hayride, visit farm animals, take on a bamboo maze, and much more. Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to Egg Hunts and remember to bring your own basket or bag for collecting eggs. Follow the link for event details and directions; 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.

National Capital Area Cake Show, Fairfax High School, Mar 27 – 29

CANCELED

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. The Cake Show was not held in 2019, but returns in 2020. 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.

Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Harvest, Great Country Farms, Bluemont, Mar 28 – 29

Amaze your little ones with the chance to harvest a few marshmallow peeps to roast on the bonfire and join in an egg hunt. There are multiple age-specific egg hunts each day (over 18,000 eggs filled with treats). Admission includes egg hunts, a chance to see spring chicks and baby animals, and a wagon ride. Follow the link for the schedule for your child’s age group. Buy tickets in advance to avoid the line. $10 child, $12 adult. Combine your outing with a hike to Bears Den or a stop at Dirt Farm Brewing for brews with views.

Into the Woods at Frying Pan Park, Herndon, Mar 28

Celebrate the return of spring with a family-friendly visit to Frying Pan Park. Stop in the Indoor Arena to pick up a map, then head out for a walk on the farm trails. At stations throughout the trail visitors can build a fairy house, help tally migratory and year-round resident birds, and search for critters in the soil and water. Enjoy Japanese teas at the historic Frying Pan Meeting House. Free; 11:00 – 1:30.

Cherry Blossom Jubilee, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, Mar 28

Join in an afternoon of hands-on activities and performances, and shop works of art on all 3 floors of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. This is a satellite event for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Free, but RSVP requested. Noon – 5:00.

Kids Trout Fishing Derby, Herndon, Mar 28

CANCELED

Children ages 2-15 and their families will learn about fishing and experience a relaxing and successful day catching fish at Sugarland Run. Trout Unlimited will help clean and store your catch and volunteers will be on hand to 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 and adults ages 16 & up must have a valid Virginia State Fishing License to fish. No adult fishing during kids’ fishing time. $8/$12 advance/day of event registration; 8:00 – noon.

TaeKwonDo National Capitol Open, Reston, Mar 28 Jun 20

POSTPONED to June 20

The National Capitol Open TaeKwonDo Championship is considered to be one of the largest and most prestigious TaeKwonDo Tournaments on the East Coast. Proceeds from spectator admissions will benefit the South Lakes High School Athletic Booster Club. $10, 8:00 – 6:00.

Virginia Ice Theater Soiree on Ice Show, Woodbridge, Mar 28

CANCELED

Enjoy a professional ice skating show at the Prince William Ice Center with all funds raised going to benefit Virginia Ice Theatre. “Soirée On Ice” will be held for one night only and will feature professional show skaters in an original production. In addition, the Virginia Ice Theatre teams will exhibit their programs that evening. General admission tickets are $25/$18 adult/12 and under; 5:00 pm.

Ongoing March Activities in Northern Virginia

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

Virginia wildflowers add color to spring hikes in Northern Virginia

The winter weather was so warm in 2020 that the ground never fully froze. That will likely mean early spring blooms on local trails. Take the family for a hike and challenge them to find beautiful blossoms with our guide Spring Wildflowers and Where to Find Them in Northern Virginia.

 

Whatever 2020 March events in Northern Virginia you choose to enjoy, 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.

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