The Boston Events Calendar for March 2022 is packed with fun things to do, including Dine Out Boston, the Saint Patrick's Day Parade which normally which attracts around 1 million spectators, and the kick-off of whale-watching cruise season.
Look for exciting shows in Boston's Theatre District and plenty of concerts by top performers, including multiple Dropkick Murphys on and around St. Patrick's Day.
March Holidays & Important Dates in Boston:
- March 5 - Boston Massacre took place in 1770
- March 13 - Daylight Savings Time begins (set your clocks 1 hour forward!)
- March 17 - St Patrick's Day - and also Evacuation Day, when the Seige of Boston by the British ended in 1776 (official Boston holiday)
- March 19 - Whale Watching Cruises begin for the season - don't wait to get your tickets)
You may even feel the first hints of spring - and enjoy the return (maybe) of warm weather.
Check out all our top recommendations for fun things to do in Boston in March, make your hotel reservations (you'll find some very attractive rates) - and start planning your visit now!
Top Photo: St Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston
St Patrick's Day Parade 2022Boston's famous St Patrick's Day Parade takes place in South Boston ("Southie"), and starts at the Broadway T station on the Red Line.
Don't forget to wear green and bring a camera!
When: Sunday, March 20, 1pm
Closest T station: Red Line/Broadway
St Patrick's Day Weekend Boston Harbor Cruises***y-boston-sailing-cruises-st-pat.shtml***
Boston Concerts & Shows - March 2022
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Schedules & Tickets
Boston Whale Watching Season Begins for 2022!
Boston whale watching cruises start on March 19. Don't wait to get your tickets!
These exciting excursions last about 3.5-4 hours and take you through Boston Harbor and out to Stellwagen Bank, a protected marine area 25 miles east of the city. Marine biologists or naturalists serve as guides to make sure you don't miss a thing.
Be sure to bring your camera!
Boston Theater & Shows for March 2022
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Boston Red Sox Opener at Fenway Park - 2022
The Red Sox typically play their home field season opener at Fenway Park in early April each year. But for 2022, their home opening game at Fenway happens in
April 2022 Boston Red Sox Schedule - Opening Day & Home Games at Fenway
The Red Sox typically play their home field season opener at Fenway Park in early April each year. But this year, their home opening game at Fenway against the Tampa Bay Rays happens on March 31 - see available seats and get your tickets.***y-tickets-discount-code-tl-ace-tn.shtml***
Dine Out! Boston 2022
Twice each year, you can enjoy fine dining at very affordable prices at the best Boston restaurants. Sample the latest "hot" restaurants where normally you'd pay much more, visit old favorites, and explore a few places you've never tried before.
Check for participating Dine Out Boston restaurants, meals offered and costs, and other information. And don't forget to check our tips for getting the most value out of Dine Out Week!
When: March 13 - 26
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St Patrick's Day 5K Race in Southie
Just a couple of hours before the big St Patrick's Day Parade starts on Sunday, March 20th, the St Patrick's Day 5K Road Race kicks off at 11am from the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys and Girls Club at 230 6th Street. Please note: This event is TBD for 2022
Head over to cheer on the 1,750 runners, who are carrying on a long tradition - this race first started back in 1940. You can identify the first 650 entrants by their official long-sleeved race shirts designed by one of the race's most famous sponsors, the Dropkick Murphys, Celtic punk rock group with Southie origins who will again be playing their annual St Pat concerts in Boston this year.
A live concert by Rad Youth Rock-Pop Band will take place before the race.
The route goes from West 6th Sth Street to Dorchester Street, down E. Broadway to Farragut Statue, back up E. Broadway to W. Broadway, and then down E Street to West 6th.
Sponsorship money and donations raised by the marathon racers goes to support South Boston youth programs. More details and registration at the South Boston Boys and Girls Club website (click "Get Involved"). If you don't want to run but want to help, they're also looking for volunteers!
Bruins March Home Game Schedule at the Garden - March 2022
Get your Boston Bruins tickets for March home games, and head over to TD Garden for some fast action on the ice.
The Garden's convenient location next to North Station and close to Faneuil Marketplace makes it super-easy to get to.
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More about TD Garden: Schedule, directions, best ticket prices
Celtics Basketball at TD Garden - March 2022
You can cheer the Boston Celtics home games at TD Garden throughout March - so be sure to get your Celtics tickets, wear green, and go support our home team!
Tickets are affordable, TD Garden's central city location is super-easy to reach (just take the T to North Station), and plenty of neighborhood sports bars and clubs mean you can have a lot of fun before and after the game.***y-tickets-discount-code-tl-ace-tn.shtml***
See all Celtics tickets: Check for great prices, great seats, and sometimes discounts
Where: TD Garden
Nearest public transportation: Green Line/Orange Line or Commuter Rail to North Station, next to the Garden
Where to stay: Hotels near TD Garden
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Featured New Hotel for March: Revolution Hotel in Boston's South End
40 Berkeley Street, Boston's South End
A trendy vibe, "micro" guest rooms, and - dare we say it, cheap rates position the new Revolution Hotel as one of Boston's most attractive affordable hotels, especially considering its close distance (5-10 minute walk, depending on where you're going) to Downtown Boston. Free high-speed wifi is a nice bonus.
What to See in Boston's Museums & Aquarium - March 2022
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New England Aquarium
Harbor seals and seal lions, a giant 4-story ocean tank with hundreds of Caribbean reef animals, an Amazon rain forest, sharks, Myrtle the green sea turtle, and frisky penguins are just a few of the thousands of aquatic animals you'll experience here.
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Watch the famous tea party event come alive with live actors, immersive exhibits, and a visit to the full-scale replica 18th century sailing ships at this unique living history museum. Get advance tickets.***y-museums.shtml***
Not Sure about Boston Neighborhood Locations?
This neighborhood map should help you get oriented. You can find a list of top attractions in each neighborhood here.
Need a more details? Here are our favorite free and low-cost Boston maps.
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Best way to save in Boston. Save up to 50% when you take a Boston Harbor cruise or Duck Boat tour, visit Plimouth Plantation, the New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, Museum of Fine Arts, Fenway Park Tour, and more. Compare to find out which one is best for you.
Boston's Irish Pubs: More Places to Hear Irish Music 2022
Boston has the best Irish pubs in the world, outside of Ireland - and almost as many to choose from. Thanks to the large number of Boston residents who hail from the Emerald Isle, you'll hear plenty of Irish accents on both sides of the bar in many of these pubs.
Needless to say, St. Patrick's Day is a huge event at Boston's Irish pubs . . . expect Irish music, dancing, green beer, and week-long celebrations.
Almost every Boston neighborhood has several or more Irish pubs - the Italian North End and Chinatown are the only 2 exceptions that come to mind.
Although some of these pubs feature live Irish music at least some of the time, almost all of them normally bring in terrific musicians around St. Patrick's Day. Even without live music, though, you'll have a lot of fun!
Use our guide to Boston Irish pubs to find a spot to celebrate St. Patrick's Day - and be sure to wear green!
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Carousel Opening Day at the Greenway
Ride a seal, whale, peregrine falcon, or one of the other hand-carved creatures inspired by Boston Harbor wildlife and the original Shawmut peninsula on the unique 34-seat carousel on the Rose Kennedy Greenway across from the Boston Marriott Long Wharf.
The carousel opens for the season on March 26 (to be confirmed for 2022).
After your ride, stroll over to Faneuil Market for a treat.
Closest T station: Blue Line/Aquarium
Boston Irish Film Festival
March is the month for all things Irish, and the 4-day Boston Irish Film Festival at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square will make you think you're back in the Emerald Isle. This year's fest features 30 Irish productions, with A Bump Along the Way directed by Shelly Love, The Last Right directed by Aoife Crehan, The Bird and the Whale by Carol Freeman, and 27 more films you may not see anywhere else in the US.
Films focus on Ireland and Irish culture, and what it means to be Irish in the 21st century. More than 3,000 fans attend this popular film series.
Coming to Boston specifically for the Festival? Here are three Cambridge hotels on the T's Red Line (1-2 stops from Davis Square, but also within easy walking distance) to consider:
- Porter Square Hotel - Rates & Reviews
- Charles Hotel Rates & Reviews
- Harvard Square Hotel Rates & Reviews
When: March 19-22
Closest T stations: Red Line/Davis Square (Somerville Theatre)
Cost: Tickets start at $15 and multi-film packages are available at a discount
Tickets & full schedule: www.irishfilmfestival.com
Harpoon St Patrick's Day
Normally, Harpoon Brewery (306 Northern Ave, South Boston Waterfront) kicks off their St Patrick's Day Festival with a 2-day beer festival at their brewery featuring a large selection of Harpoon and UFO beers, handmade brewery pretzels and food for purchase, and non-stop live music from Joshua Tree, Colum Cille Pipes & Drums, Dicey Riley with Dicey Riley and the Celtic Rock Band, and other local bands throughout the weekend.
This year? Still TBD, thanks to Covid. So stay tuned for updates.
Check their website for all the details!
More Ways to Experience Boston in March
March marks the beginning of spring in Boston - a perfect time to get out and see the city! These fun trolley tours, bus tours, and special destinations let you enjoy the best of Boston!***y-gyg-boston-trolley.shtml***
Boston Massacre Reenactment
March 5 marks the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre, an explosion of tension between Boston Colonists and the occupying British troops in 1770 that ended with five dead Bostonians and set the stage for the American Revolution five years later.
The annual reenactment during a day-long event on Saturday, March 5. From 1pm-5pm, look for costumed reenactors portraying a variety of citizens from 1770 Boston who will share their experiences with British troops who landed in the city in October 1768 and stayed on as no-so-welcome "guests." These historical vignettes will take place between in the areas along the Freedom Trail between the Old State House (206 Washington Street) and Old South Meeting House (310 Washington Street).
The Boston Massacre reenactment will take place near the Old State House at about 7pm. For more information, see the event website.
Dropkick Murphys St Patrick's Day Concerts 2022
Boston's favorite Celtic punk rock group, the Dropkick Murphys play their iconic favorites to celebrate St Patrick's Day in their home town in four special concerts this year:
- March 17, 18, 19 - House of Blues - Get your tickets
- March 20 - Roadrunner (Brighton) - Get your tickets
Their Boston shows usually sell out far in advance - maybe because their "Shipping Up To Boston" song is practically the city's official anthem. So don't wait to get your tickets!
Boston Flower & Garden Show
Sad news: The Boston Flower and Garden Show, which let us dream about spring as we gazed at the show's lush gardens and gorgeous floral displays, will not take place this year. Organizers have announced that the show is on hold until an appropriate space and location can be found to host it, as the Seaport World Trade Center, the show's former venue, is undergoing renovations to turn it into retail and office space only - no exhibition hall.
We will announce the new venue, dates, and times as soon as they find a space, and are also leaving up information about the previous show, in case you'd like to know what to expect in the future.
Meanwhile, here are more ways to welcome spring to Boston:
First Fridays at MFA - On Hold Right Now
Art, music, and a cash bar featuring signature cocktails, wine, and tapas provide the perfect setting for meeting up with friends and making new connections, relaxing, and enjoying the MFA's elegant ambiance. Part social event, part opportunity to enjoy the Museum and the art within it.
When: March 5, 6-9:30pm (and also the first Friday of most months)
Where: Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston's Fenway neighborhood
Nearest T station: Green Line/Museum
Cost: Tickets required; get free ticket with museum admission ($25)
Must be: 21+
Boston Insider's Tip: Arrive early to get your ticket - they do sell out for this event
A St Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn
If you're a fan of Brian O'Donovan's Celtic Sojourn program on Boston's WGBH radio or his Celtic Sojourn Christmas celebration, you'll want to be sure to get to his celebration of Irish and Celtic music, dance, and storytelling in A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge.
When: TBD for 2022 - but usually takes place at the Sanders Theatre with 2 shows
Ticket information: website
Boston Underground Film Festival
When: TBD for 2022
Where: Brattle Theatre, Harvard Square, Cambridge
Closest T station: Red Line/Harvard
More information: website
The Boston Underground Film Festival screens independent, provocative, and experimental films and videos that deliberately push the envelope in style, content, and form.
What can you expect to see? An exciting mixture of experimental feature films, music videos, animations, documentaries, and shorts that celebrate and embrace the controversial, the confrontational, the political, and the alternative visions of their makers and their audiences.
If you're coming specifically for the festival, here are several hotels convenient to Harvard Square to consider: