Posted: 03/08/2022 | by Jessica

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.

Special Events in Lancaster, PA

The Strasburg Rail Road has a variety of events happening this March. Unwind at the end of the week with live entertainment onboard their iconic steam train on March 18th during Le Train Cabaret. Take a luxurious train ride to Paradise, PA and try tastings of select wine from Waltz Vineyards and their cheese pairings on the Wine & Cheese Train, available on select Friday and Saturday evenings. Take the family out for some fun onboard the Escape Room Train, where you have to find clues onboard the train before time runs out! You can also check out trivia night at the railroad on Friday nights, there's a variety of themes available!

Live Performances

Head out to the Fulton Theatre for The Sound of Music, running through March 20th. Enjoy dinner and a show at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre with Singin' in the Rain running through mid-April. Starting on March 12th, watch the story of David come to life at Sight & Sound Theatres. Beginning on March 16th, watch illusionist Brett Myer's new magic variety show, Mystery. Weekends March 25th through April 9th, check out the steamy rock thriller Murder Ballad at Prima. For more shows, check out our events calendar.

Shopping

Check out to the Shops @ Rockvale on March 5th for the Local Makers Market, where you can shop a variety of local makers offering candles, jewelry, soaps, woodworking, sweets and more!

History Tours

Take a special tour at LancasterHistory and President James Buchanan's Wheatland. During this tour you'll learn about James Buchanan's nephew, James Buchanan "Buck" Henry and his life as an attorney, life with James Buchanan, being a private secretary to the President and more.

Foodie Events

Every Thursday night in March, head out to Grandview Vineyard to try Girl Scout cookie & wine pairings. Reserving your tickets in advance is recommended since they go quick!

Head into downtown Mount Joy, PA for the Downtown Chili Cook-Off on March 25th & 26th! Peruse local shops, taste different chili's, and vote for your favorites.

St. Patrick's Day Events

  1. In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, go check out Celtic Woman at American Music Theatre. Celtic Woman celebrates Ireland's rich musical and cultural heritage while introducing some of Ireland's most talented singers to a world stage.
  2. You can also check out St. Pooche's Day at the Shops @ Rockvale, with adoptable pets, raffle prizes, activities, food trucks and more!
  3. On March 12th, celebrate St. Patrick's Day with beer, wine, live music and more at Grandview Vineyard.
  4. Try some Irish fare at one of Lancaster's Irish Restaurants & Pubs and celebrate the holiday!
  5. Have a family-style feast of Irish foods and family-fun at Kitchen Kettle Village.

For more events in Lancaster, check out our events calendar.

Free Things To Do in Lancaster County

First Fridays

Head into downtown Lancaster to check out First Friday. First Friday happens on the first of every month and allows you to explore art galleries, see street performances and more.

Things to Do With Kids

Bring the kiddos with you downtown and head to the Lancaster Science Factory as part of your First Friday and enjoy over 70 interactive exhibits from 5-7pm for free! You can turn First Friday into date night by exploring some nearby dining.

While not free, you can also take your kids to Tiny Town for Kid's Night Out on First Fridays so they can snack, play, and craft while you enjoy downtown.

Second Fridays

Similarly, head to downtown Lititz on Second Fridays. Local merchants stay open later, galleries are open, see dancers and musicians, and check out some dining in this cool small town.

Mud Sales

Mud Sales are starting to pop up across Lancaster County! Try some good food or just take a look around at what's for sale.

3 Springtime Outdoor Adventures in Lancaster, PA

  1. Head to Garden Spot Village for their 1/2 Marathon, 10K and Kids 1/2 Marathon on March 26th!
  2. Just across the river into Wrightsville, the Zimmerman Center for Heritage is offering Campfire Hikes. Enjoy being lead through Native Lands County Park, observing winter wildlife, ending with hot chocolate and a cozy campfire!
  3. At the Middlecreek Wildlife Management Area, you can see snow geese as they make their annual stop in Lancaster County as they head back up north. Their arrival is unpredictable, but you can generally see them from the beginning to the middle of March.

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