March Events in Northern Virginia: Festivals and Fun Near DC

2021 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.

Many annual events are canceled in 2021 while others are going virtual. Listings are updated below as we learn of cancelations and plans for this year. Changing state guidelines may make some events possible with limited capacity.

Here, in order of start date, are 2021 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.

2021 March Events in Northern Virginia

Lucky Leprechaun 5K, Virtual, Mar 5 – 31

Celebrate the luck of the Irish with a fun 5K race 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.

The Fast and the Flavorful, Tysons Corner Center, Mar 7

Attend a fun food and car show at Tysons Corner Center. Check out over 200 exotic cars, sample tastings from multiple restaurants, and enjoy live entertainment. Follow the link to register. $1 for car show, food prices vary. 11:00 – 2:00.

Bluemont Shamrock 5K/10K, Virtual, Mar 12 – 14 Virtual

The 7th annual Bluemont Shamrock, usually a 5 or 10K run through the scenic country roads of beautiful Bluemont, is virtual in 2021. 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.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Manassas, Postponed to September

The Manassas Parade may go on but a decision has not been made yet. Check back for updates.

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.

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.

In 2021, Pi Day is also the first day of Daylight Saving Time. Stay up until midnight and you can be the first on your block to celebrate both events. Or get up at 2:14 AM, set the clock ahead an hour, and take an early Pi Day picture.

St. Patrick’s Day, Mar 17

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

St. Patrick’s Day 5K and 10K races are virtual this year and the popular Ballyshaner’s Parade in Alexandria is canceled. Even if the parties are canceled, you can still 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 virtual events and Irish pubs in Northern VA. St Patrick’s Day falls on a Wednesday in 2021, but some events and specials are scheduled for the prior weekend.

Maryland Day, Multiple Location, Mar 19 – 21

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. Follow the link for details.

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

Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington DC, Mar 20 – Apr 21

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. In normal years, performances, parties, parades, and more celebrate the return of spring and the blooming cherry trees in the nation’s capital. In 2021 you can join virtual festival events from home. March activities include a Petal Porch Parade and an at-home Blossom Kite Fly. Follow the link for event details

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.

Spring Equinox Celebration, Great Falls, Mar 20

Head to Observatory Park at Turner Farm in Great Falls to learn about the path of the sun on the equinox, the seasons of the year, and sundials. Activities include sun observation through solar telescopes and a solar system walk. $8 register in advance; hour-long programs at 11:00, noon, and 1:00.

Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Harvest, Great Country Farms, Bluemont, Mar 26 – Apr 3

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. Advanced tickets are required and capacity is limited. Farm admission is $10 child, $12 adult; egg hunts are $5 per child.

Plan your visit with our guide to 15 Fantastic Fun Things to Do in Bluemont Virginia, including a family-friendly hike to Bears Den or a stop at Dirt Farm Brewing for brews with views.

2021 Easter Egg Hunts, Multiple Locations, Mar 26 – Apr 3

Easter falls on Sunday, April 4th, in 2021, and most of the easter egg hunting events begin in late March. The list of easter egg hunting events is short this year as most of the annual hunts are canceled in 2021. All 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
Easter Egg Hunt in Northern VA

Ongoing 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.

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 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.

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 2021

These popiular annual March events are canceled in 2021. We look forward to their return next year.

Woodland Needlework Show and Sale, Alexandria, Postponed to May 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 58th Annual Needlework Exhibition will be held May 2 – 31. 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.

Women in Aviation and Space, Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Canceled

The Udvar-Hazy Center and downtown Air and Space Museum are closed and all events are canceled.

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.

Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Alexandria, Canceled

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.

St Pats Running Fest, Arlington and DC, Canceled

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.

Nowruz Festival, Tysons Corner Center, 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.

Spring Festival, Ticonderoga Farms, Canceled

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, 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. 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.

Cherry Blossom Jubilee, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, Canceled

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, 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.

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.

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