Top Things to Do in March in Merrimack Valley

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March might seem like a dreary time, but that’s why so many people, places, and organizations plan events – to make late winter lively! Merrimack Valley has a calendar packed with events throughout the month so you can plan out an incredible getaway with friends, family, or as a solo trip. Here are some of the awesome things you can do in March in Merrimack Valley.

Munch Madness

Do you love to go out to eat? Then you’ll want to visit Lowell all through March! Munch Madness is a city-sponsored initiative in partnership with the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce to support, encourage, and reward Lowell-based businesses and their patrons.

From March 1-31, 2024, diners who spend at least $25 at participating Lowell restaurants and businesses can earn an entry toward giveaways of sports-, arts-, and culturally-themed events. You’ll also be entered for a Grand Prize drawing to see who gets to Dine Around Lowell for a Year. Winners will be selected in a random drawing in April 2024.

Art Show at Loading Dock Gallery

This March, Loading Dock Gallery at the Western Avenue Community for the Arts presents Replications. Featuring the work of artists Nicole Brunelle, Carolyn Lee, and Vivian Rosalee, this is an art show featuring color and whimsy inspired by nature. The artists share color ideas and subject matter to create works that range from realistic to abstract in mediums such as wall art, stained glass, textile pieces, and jewelry.

Replications runs from February 28 to March 31 from 12-5:30 pm, Wednesday-Saturday, and 12-4 pm on Sundays. There is also a special reception from 3-5 pm on Saturday, March 2.

Women Winemakers Dinner Series

Join Burtons Grill & Bar in North Andover to celebrate Women’s History Month with a special four-course Women in Wine Dinner where you’ll dine on delectable food paired with delicious wines. Start your meal with a winter burrata salad paired with a Chardonnay. The next course is seafood paella paired with a red blend. The main course is braised short ribs paired with Cabernet Sauvignon. For dessert, enjoy a chocolate budino paired with Rosé.

The Women in Wine Dinner is on March 6 from 5-9:30 pm. Reservations are $115 per person (tax and gratuity not included) and seating is limited.

The Capitol Fools

If you love politics and comedy, you’ll want to head over to Cary Hall. The Capitol Fools hold up a mirror to our crazy political culture and make audiences laugh with mind-boggling backward-talking spoonerisms, break-neck costume changes, over-the-top impressions, and all-new song parodies reflecting the day’s news.

The Capitol Fools will perform on Thursday, March 7 at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices range from $39 to $59.

Discovery Museum Programs

Discovery Museum Speaker Series Event: How To Have Brave Conversations that Build Empathetic Kids

As part of the Discovery Museum’s speaker series, attend a live Zoom webinar and meet Valora Washington, Ph.D., CEO & President, The CAYL Institute, and former Vice President of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. 

Always thinking about the biggest current issues facing kids and families, Dr. Washington speaks about helping adults develop kids’ sense of empathy and respect for the complexity of the world. She’ll help you understand why keeping children “in a bubble” is not a reasonable option in today’s world, and how choosing to be a powerful parent, caregiver, grandparent, or teacher is one of the greatest gifts we can give the children in our lives.

How To Have Brave Conversations that Build Empathetic Kids is on Wednesday, March 6 from 7-8 pm. This webinar is free with pre-registration.

Black Women in Science: Civil Engineering with Jamila H. Lindo

Check out the Discovery Museum’s exciting program series that honors the contributions of Black women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Attend a virtual meet and greet with Jamila H. Lindo, a civil engineer who currently lives and works in London, England, and learn more about her work as an engineer and author. 

Jamila will be attending virtually to share her personal journey as a young Black woman in STEM. You and your children can ask her questions about why she finds civil engineering cool and exciting. Afterward, attendees can try some hands-on activities inspired by different areas of Jamila’s work. Try building simple structures and bridges, then test their strength!

Black Women in Science: Civil Engineering with Jamila H. Lindo is on Saturday, March 16 from 1-2:30 pm. Jamilia will be speaking from 1-1:30 pm, while the hands-on activities will continue after. This program is free with museum admission.

The Farm Market at Mill No. 5

If you love a good farmer’s market, you need to head over to Mill No. 5 on Sundays throughout March and April. The weekly Farm Market has a focus on local farmers and makers from the Merrimack Valley. Offerings include fresh produce, sheep dairy cheeses, honey, pickled items, breads, hot sauce, bakery goods and more!

The Farm Market is held every Sunday, so stop by March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 10 am to 1 pm. This weekly event is free to attend.

6th Annual Conservation Evening

The Lexington Historical Society presents its 6th Annual Conservation Evening. Come support the conservation of several special items from their historic collection. Learn the history of a c.1775 British military blanket that will be displayed at Munroe Tavern. Study William Munroe’s breeches and vest, said to be worn during Shays’ Rebellion. You’ll see how your support has allowed other treasures to be conserved so they may continue to tell their unique stories. Enjoy refreshments and feel free to offer donations to help preserve American history.

The 6th Annual Conservation Evening will be held Thursday, March 28 from 7-9 pm. Admission is $25 for Members, and $30 for Non-Members.

Don’t let the dreariness of the tail end of winter keep you from getting out and having fun. March in Merrimack Valley is alive with plenty of scheduled events sure to make the month memorable. Be sure to check the calendar every month for more amazing events in Merrimack Valley.

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