Posted: 02/17/2021 | by Katie

Things to Do in March in Lancaster, PA

Spring has sprung, and so has the fun!

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March is in like a lion, out like a lamb, and filled with great things to do in Lancaster, PA! With a variety of shows, events, and a wee bit of Irish luck, this month has plenty for you to do and see around the county.

Major Events

1. Charter Day

March 6, Around Lancaster County

To celebrate the granting of the charter to William Penn over 300 years ago, the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission invites everyone to celebrate Charter Day! Cornwall Iron Furnace will be offering a virtual tour of the site that day on their YouTube Channel for Lancastrians and beyond to enjoy.

2. First Friday

March 5, Lancaster City

There’s nothing like a First Friday in Lancaster City! Join in Lancaster’s highly popular arts extravaganza each and every First Friday, 5 to 9 pm. You’ll be swept up in the creative energy that pervades the city.

3. Garden Spot Village 1/2 MARATHON | 10K | KIDS RUN

March 27, Garden Spot Village

The Garden Spot Village 1/2 Marathon is a race unlike any other. Taking place in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the Garden Spot Village 1/2 Marathon offers runners an opportunity to run through the beautiful Amish farmlands of Pennsylvania. This is a run for everyone whether you are a beginner, experienced, leisure or competitive runner. Friends, family, and spectators can watch the run take place easily. Don’t miss this exciting time!

In the Spirit of St. Patrick’s Day

1. Traditional Irish fare

Whether you prefer corn beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, or Sheppard’s pie you can find it all at Annie Bailey’s Irish Public House. If you stop by around March 17th, to be welcomed by their beautiful outdoor dining area, Irish drafts, special food menu and Irish music!

2. Run4Luck

March 13 - 17, Virtual Event

Lace up your running shoes and join the 16th annual Run4Luck! Offering healthy family fun for all, the Junior League of Lancaster invites kids and adults to join the Run4Luck, a 4-mile run, 2-mile walk, and kid’s fun run for little runners. To ensure the safety of participants and volunteers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Junior League of Lancaster is hosting its 2021 race virtually.

3. Celtic Women

March 26 & 27, American Music Theatre

Celtic Woman’s fresh fusion of traditional Irish music and contemporary songcraft celebrates Ireland’s history while reflecting the vibrant spirit of modern Ireland. The group’s repertoire encompasses Irish classics, contemporary songs, classical favorites and stirring originals.

4. St. Patrick's Day Celebration

March 13 & 17, Tellus360

Tellus360 will be open from 7am - 11pm on Saturday, March 13th and 10am - 11pm on Wednesday, March 17th. On both days, guests are welcome to enjoy live music, great food and brews! This celebration will be in line with PA Covid-19 Guidelines - masks are required, guests must remain in their seats and only table service will be offered.

For Couples

1. Murder Mystery Dinner Theate

Mount Hope Estate Winery

The 13th annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at Mount Hope on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate & Winery kicks off on March 3, 2021 and continues Fridays, Saturdays, select Sundays, and select Weekdays through May 2. Accept this invitation to the interactive culinary "who-done-it," enjoy a sumptuous four-course meal and the opportunity to become the detective, interrogate the suspects, put the clues together and uncover the truth!

2. Escape Room on the Train

Strasburg Rail Road

Time is running out! Harry Houdini, the renowned magician and escape artist, is trapped in a safe onboard a moving train, and only YOU and YOUR PARTY can free him before he runs out of air! This interactive escape room — onboard the opulent (and moving!) President’s Car — is unlike anything you have experienced before. While onboard, enjoy food and beverages, which are all included in your ticket price. Don’t miss the opportunity to test your wit and skill and save Houdini before time runs out! Only aboard the Strasburg Rail Road!

3. Covered Bridge Tour

Strasburg Scooters

Scoot across Southern Lancaster County country roads to explore some of the most beautiful covered bridges in Lancaster, PA on the Covered Bridges Tour. You’ll also get a closer look at life in Amish country, and we might even stop for a surprise or two along the way!

4. Ghost Tour

Bube's Brewery

Have a great meal in one of Bube's 3 restaurants, and then – if you’re ready – experience the spirits at Bube’s with a Ghost Tour. Join an experienced Paranormal Investigator as you learn about the techniques and findings of investigations held within the brewery. Don’t forget your camera!

For the Family

1. See Snow Geese at Middle Creek

Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area

These magnificent birds make a point every year to stop at the Middle Creek Wildlife Preserve as they migrate back north. If you have never been, this is a wonderful way to see the beauty and power of nature. As these are wild animals their arrival is unpredictable, but you can generally guarantee a good showing of birds from the beginning through the middle of March. New to birding? Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel is hosting a Middle Creek Migration for Beginning Birders event on March 1.

2. Maple Sugaring

Lancaster County Park

Join County Park Naturalists for their annual maple sugaring demonstrations in the sugarbush of Lancaster County Central Park. Register for one of the time slots to learn about and see the process of making maple syrup. The trees will be tapped, and sap will be boiled over a fire and camp stove to make syrup. Explore the stages of sap from tree to table while also learning about the history and the science involved in making maple syrup.

3. See a Show

There are a number of family-friendly shows happening around the county this month. Choose from Worlds of Wonder (premiers March 17) at Magic & Wonder Theatre or Happy Days at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre (Wednesdays – Sundays in March). Find more Upcoming Shows in Lancaster.

4. Explore the Caves

Indian Echo Caverns & Echo Dell

Take a 45 minute guided tour of Indian Echo Caverns reveals stunning natural underground beauty. Also, be sure to visit Gem Mill Junction to pan for gemstones and on the way out stop at the spacious Gift Shop which offers an array of fine items and local souvenirs. Open daily and year 'round!

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