The Buzz

Cultural Calendar: March 2020, Philadelphia

Stories Jenny Willden

Whether you dance the night away at a “fur ball,” catch one of many film festivals, or sip on spirits during Wine Week, March is the first taste of spring in the city, and a perfect time to shake off Old Man Winter and venture out. Feeling extra motivated? Join in on Philadelphia’s largest half marathon or a Phillies-themed 5K.

Photo Credit: R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Women’s History Month

Throughout March
Various locations, Philadelphia
For this city-wide celebration of historical and modern-day women, expect museum displays, pop-up events, film festivals, and tours.

PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

Through Mar. 8
Philadelphia Convention Center, Center City

Orchid Extravaganza

Now through Mar. 22
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square

Peco Free First Sunday

Mar. 1
Barnes Foundation Art Museum, Philadelphia

Philadelphia Orchestra: Porgy and Bess

Mar. 5–7
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Center City

POPS Rocks Phil Collins

Mar. 6–8
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Center City

The 23rd Annual Fur Ball: The Great Catsby

Mar. 6
Bellevue Hotel, Center City
The Roaring ’20s return for this night of Jazz Age dancing and debauchery to raise funds for the Morris Animal Refuge, America’s first animal refuge.


Mar. 7–8
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, University City

Philly Craft Beer Festival

Mar. 7
The Navy Yard, South Philadelphia

Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia

Mar. 7–29
Various locations, Philadelphia

King of Prussia Restaurant Week

Mar. 9–15
Various Restaurants, King of Prussia


Mar. 12–Apr. 5
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Center City

Philadelphia Travel & Adventure Show

Mar. 14–15
Philadelphia Convention Center, Center City

Philadelphia Union Home Opener vs. San Jose Earthquakes

Mar. 14
Talen Energy Stadium, Chester

Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Mar. 15
Market Street, Center City
Philly goes green for the city’s largest parade with more than 20,000 participants. Expect floats, marching bands, dance groups, youth groups, Irish associations, and thousands of spectators lining the block.

Les Misérables

Mar. 17–29
Academy of Music, Center City

Adam Sandler 100% Fresher

Mar. 18
PPL Center, Allentown

Sugarloaf Craft Festival

Mar. 20–22
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks

The Women’s Film Festival

Mar. 20–29
Various locations, Philadelphia

Founders Day

Mar. 21
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, University City

qFLIX Philadelphia Film Festival

Mar. 22–29
Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Center City


Mar. 28
Penn Museum, University City
Nowruz, meaning “new day” in Persian, is an ancient event marking the Persian New Year celebrated by people in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Experience this tradition with live performances, gallery tours, workshops, and a Persian bazaar.

Phillies Charities 5K

Mar. 28
Citizens Bank Park, South Philadelphia

Philly Chocolate, Wine, and Whiskey Festival

Mar. 28
23rd Street Armory, Rittenhouse Square
Indulge in chocolate cupcakes, cookies, candy, and more at this fest featuring your favorite sweet treats paired with unlimited samples of whiskey and wine.

Red Ball

Mar. 28
Vie by Cescaphe, Philadelphia
Support the American Red Cross at its largest Philadelphia fundraiser of the year. Expect a black-tie, reception-style gala. Funds support the Red Cross.

The LOVE Run Philadelphia Half Marathon

Mar. 29
Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia

Philly Wine Week

Mar. 30–Apr. 6
Various locations, Philadelphia
Pop a cork all week long at this wine-centric event with tastings, flights, pairings, and specials at restaurants and bars across the city.

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