Posted: 03/06/2020 | by Katie

Things to Do in March in Lancaster, PA

Spring has sprung, and so have these events.

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March is in like a lion, out like a lamb, and filled with great events 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

Lancaster City Restaurant Week- March 2-8, Downtown Lancaster

Explore the exciting and vibrant dining scene in Downtown Lancaster during Restaurant Week. Choose from breakfast, lunch, or dinner deals from over 35 different restaurants and cafes featuring diverse cuisines including American, African, Asian, Ethiopian, Irish, Indian, Italian, Jamaican, Latin, Mexican, Nepalese, Trinidadian, and Vietnamese (to name a few!). Prices range from $10 to $40.

Charter Day- March 8, 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 by offering free admission to historical sites throughout the state. Here in Lancaster, you can visit the Railroad Museum of PA, Ephrata Cloister, Cornwall Iron Furnace, and Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum for free.

AQS QuiltWeek- March 25-28, Lancaster County Convention Center

Organized by the largest quilting membership organization in the world- American Quilter’s Society- AQS QuiltWeek will be returning to Downtown Lancaster. This event showcases close to 500 quilts, as well as offers workshops, lectures, and special events with the top talent in the quilt industry. Plus, participants can shop from local, national, and international vendors.

Mud Sales- Various Dates and Location throughout Lancaster County

March is synonymous with Mud Sale Season in Lancaster, PA. Named for the condition of the thawing ground in late winter/ early spring, Mud Sales are major fundraisers for volunteer fire companies throughout Amish communities. These sales attract thousands of people looking for bargains on anything from Amish quilts and antiques to buggies and lawn equipment! For our list of dates and locations of Mud Sales around the county see here.

In the Spirit of St. Patrick’s Day

Have 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.

Run4Luck- March 14, Lancaster Country Day School

Lace up your running shoes and join us for the 15th annual Run4Luck! Offering healthy family fun for all, the Junior League of Lancaster invites kids and adults to join us for the Run4Luck, a 4-mile run, 2-mile walk, and kid’s fun run for little runners.

Irish Story Time in the Barn- March 15, Rock Ford Plantation

In celebration of General Edward Hand’s Irish heritage, Rock Ford will be hosting Irish Story Time in the Barn. This family-friendly event, designed for children of all ages, will be held on at 2:00 PM in the Rock Ford Barn. Children and their families can enjoy an Irish-themed storytime, games, a craft, and a yummy treat. (Reservations are required).

Celtic Women- March 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.

For the Family

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.

Reading on the Rails- March 7, Railroad Museum of PA

Children are given their very own cardboard suitcase which they use to travel from story to story collecting stickers along the way. Guest readers from local businesses will read stories throughout the day amongst the historic trains. While at the event, guests can also explore the rest of the museum.

See a Show-
There are a number of family-friendly shows happening around the county this month. Choose from Junie B. Jones the Musical (March 6-27) at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre or Snow White at the Fulton Theatre. If your family loves unique and inventive music STOMP (March 15) at American Music Theatre will be right up your alley!


Fulton Theatre

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