Things to Do in March in Lancaster, PA
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.
Lancaster City Restaurant Week- March 4-11, 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.
Fasnacht Day- March 5, Around Lancaster County
Here in Lancaster County we celebrate the day before Lent begins with fasnachts! Fasnachts are not your typical donut, but donuts that are made with mashed potatoes! They are square in shape, with no hole, filling, frosting, or sprinkles. If you have never tried one, we highly recommend that you do- they are delicious! For more information on this history of this day, and where to find the best fasnachts, see here. If you are in a rush, several locations like Bird-in-Hand Bakery & Cafe and Oregon Dairy offer a drive-thru pick-up option!
Charter Day- March 10, 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, and Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum for free.
AQS QuiltWeek- March 27-30, 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. If you’d rather celebrate with a traditional libation, we suggest you also visit Tellus360, another lively Irish pub just one door down. Tellus offers Irish whiskeys, beers, and ciders at their 100-year old bar. At both places you are sure to have a craic (“fun time”).
Run4Luck- March 16, Lancaster Country Day School
Lace up your running shoes and join us for the 14th 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.
Once, The Musical- March 19- April 14, The Fulton Theatre
Set in charming Dublin, this musical tells the story of two talented thirty-somethings who meet by chance in a local bar. Known for its Academy Award winning song “Falling Slowly” this sure to captivate your attention from the first note of its timeless score.
Murphy’s Celtic Legacy- March 21, The Pullo Center
This invigorating performance features dancers and musicians from Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, and Celtic Women. Murphy’s Celtic Legacy is a unique combination of traditional Irish dance with modern dance techniques.
For the Family
See the 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 middle of March. New to birding? Naturalist Mar Ann Schlegel is hosting a Middle Creek Migration for Beginning Birders on March 1.
Reading on the Rails- March 9, 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 guest 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 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (March 21- May 4) at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, Peter Pan & Friends on Ice (March 29-30) at the Barn Stormer’s Clipper Magazine Stadium, or Pinocchio at the Fulton Theatre. If your family loves interactive audience experiences Double Dare Live (March 26) at American Music Theatre will be right up your alley!