Top March Events

Valley Forge & Montgomery County, PA

Spring is just around the corner and Valley Forge and Montgomery County are already alive with some of the biggest events of the year. In March, kids can Join the Continental Army at Valley Forge Park, foodies can taste the best that Montco has to offer during Restaurant Weeks in King of Prussia and Hatboro, and shoppers will delight at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. 

And that's only the beginning. Here's a look at 26 of our favorite events coming to Valley Forge and Montgomery County this March:

Special Events

FSS

Philadelphia Flower Show

February 29 - March 8
Pennsylvania Convention Center

The 2020 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, “Riviera Holiday,” will transport visitors to the Mediterranean Riviera, a region renowned for both its aesthetic horticulture and its sustainability. The world’s leading floral and garden designers will immerse visitors in the sights, scents, and tastes of the region as citrus trees and sweeps of lavender will form a vision of Riviera's life along intimate pathways to a whole new crop of experiences, garden displays, and artistic design. The annual Flower Show is a top destination and a “must experience” horticultural event, attracting 250,000 visitors annually, a showcase of excellence that dates back to 1829.

King of Prussia Restaurant Week

March 9 - 15
King of Prussia

KOP Restaurant Week returns with incredible prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus. A portion of the proceeds benefits Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). With a restaurant for every palate, King of Prussia’s diverse dining scene has never been hotter. Try something new or revisit an old favorite when KOP Restaurant Week returns, with incredible prix-fixe lunch menus for $10, $15 or $20 and dinner menus for $20, $30 or $40.

Honoring African American Composers on First Sundays

March 1
Centre Theater

Steve Kramer Entertainment Group will perform a recital with classical and popular music and honor compositions by African-American composers.  Composer Michael Shinzo Crawford will partner in this performance.  Art, door prizes, raffle drawings, and Black History trivia contest, vendor tables with artifacts and merchandise. hosted by Vance Community Partners Music and Art School and Steve Kramer, Cellist.  Door opens at 2:00, music begins at 5:00.  Admission free.

Taste of Montgomery County

March 26
Montgomery County Community College

Come and taste samples from a variety of restaurants, breweries and other food establishments. There will also be entertainment and a silent auction! Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online or at the Library. Purchase your tickets today! Participating Food & Beverage Establishments. Proceeds benefit the North Wales Area Library, an American Star Library.

Montgomery County Community College is not affiliated with the event and the College should not be contacted regarding the program.

 

Mineral Treasures and Fossil Fair

March 28 - 29
LuLu Shrine Complex

Show and sale of minerals, fossils, jewelry, beads, toys, books, and much more. Learning activities include a Fossil Dig for kids, and the Kids' Mineral Corner with free specimens, and viewing of minerals under microscopes. Exhibits, lectures, and displays of personal collections. Uniformed scouts and leaders admitted free. Door prizes every hour, food concession, and ample free parking.   Presented by the Philadelphia Mineralogical Society and the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society. Tickets at the door.   Location: Lulu Shriners Temple, 5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA, 19462

Children's Book Drive

February 17 - March 13
AG Marketing Solutions

Give the gift of reading to 1st graders at J. Hampton Moore School in Philadelphia, PA by donating new or used children’s books!

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Beer, Wine & Spirits Events

Margarita

Margarita Mardi Gras

March 5
El Sarape

Join Us at El Sarape Blue Bell for Margarita Mardi Gras on March 5th 

Taste on the Market

March 16 - 19
Suburban Square

Taste of the Market @suburbansquare a is multi-day event with local chefs demonstrating their favorite dishes March 16 – 19 at 11:00 am. The week culminates with a fun evening event from 7:00 – 9:00 pm on Thursday, March 19 where you can taste the delicious offerings from the Ardmore Farmers Market tenants.  There will be wine tastings, cocktail samples, brewed beers to discover and samples from the market tenants. And entertainment! And giveaways! And…IT’S ALL FREE!

 

Molly Maguire's 2020 St. Patrick's Day Celebration

March 14 - 17
Molly Maguire's Irish Restaurant & Pub

Come out and enjoy two days of fun for the whole family with Pipers, Irish Dancers, Irish fare and drink for all! Molly's will have all levels open so get in early for a spot to celebrate with us!

ST. PATRICK'S DAY

March 17
Creekside Sports Bar & Grille

St. Patrick's Day celebration at Creekside. Demonstration from Aisling Mor Academy of Irish Dance at 6pm

LIVE MUSIC from First Highland Watch

$2 Bud Light GREEN BEER

$4.50 O'Haras Stout

Special Irish Menu

March Madness at City Works

March 17 - April 4
City Works Eatery & Pour House

Don’t Miss The Madness

Welcome to the best place to watch college basketball in King of Prussia. We’ll be showing all the games on our massive TV wall from March 15th through April 6th. You’ll have a chance to win prizes with our scratch-off cards we’ll be giving away throughout the tournament—don’t miss the madness! Head over to enjoy our impressive beer list and the best sports bar atmosphere in the neighborhood.

 

Brunch is a Drag - Harry Potter

March 25
Gypsy Blu

Get out your wands and head down to Platform 9 3/4, because we're going back to Hogwarts, DRAG QUEEN STYLE! Join us on Sunday, March 15th, as we transform Gypsy Blu into the ultimate School of Witchcraft & Wizardry!  This Month, you can expect to see parodies, performances and audience games based on your favorite Wizarding Characters!  Get ready for an afternoon jam-packed with hilarious skits, high energy performances and absolute ridiculousness with some of Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey's Top Drag Performers! Each month, we have new Games, Themes, and Performances! If you've never been to a Drag Show in the past, Brunch is a Drag is a PERFECT place to experience it!

1787 Brewery & Reading Railroad Heritage Museum (Heritage & Hops Series)

March 28
Reading Railroad Heritage Museum

Take a tour of the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum then enjoy a beer tasting and light fare at Hamburg's newest brewery, 1787! Ticket includes museum tour, beer pours and food.

Join Schuylkill River Greenways for an afternoon filled with history, food, and BEER!

READING RAILROAD MUSEUM TOUR

Participants will first meet at the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum for a tour. Throughout its 30-year history, the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society has acquired the largest collection of railroad rolling stock dedicated to a single railroad in the United States. Comprised of over 70 freight and passenger cars and locomotives, the Society's collection includes several historically significant examples of rail equipment, including the first production model of the General Motors GP-30 diesel-electric locomotive.

BEER TASTING & AN EARLY DINNER AT 1787

Following the museum tour, participants will head to the 1787 Brewery (43 South Fourth Street, Hamburg, PA), which is just a half-mile away from the museum. The 1787 Brewing Company has 10 beers on tap! As part of this event, you'll get a beer flight so you can try several varieties. There are ales, IPAs, and stouts. 1787 also has a full menu with burgers, charcuterie boards, and more. A selection of light dinner fare items willl be be provided.

Drag Queen Murder Mystery Dinner

March 28
Gypsy Blu

At Drag Queen Murder Mystery, everyone will become Drag Queen Detectives, taking on an interactive investigation while you enjoy an incredible dinner buffet. One minute you’ll be attending a fierce Drag show and the next minute you’ll be the center of a Drag Queen Murder Case! Be sure not to trust any Queen! The criminal is lurking somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Suspect when you least expect it!

 

Sugar and Slice: Donut, Pizza and Wine Pairings

Weekly until March 29
Chaddsford Winery

It's time to treat yo’ self – because… why the heck not?! Join us for the third year of this out-of-the-box program featuring the trendiest, tastiest foods: donuts & pizza!

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Adventurous Events

PARKS - LOCK 60 AT SCHUYLKILL CANAL PARK

INTERNATIONAL PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL

March 26
Colonial Theatre

Join us for this year's best paddling films. You'll be inspired to explore rivers, lakes, and oceans.

View films about hairy whitewater action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, northern river canoe expeditions, international river travel films, motivating environmental documentaries and grueling kayak fishing battles. The Paddling Film Festival is an international adventure film tour presenting the world's best paddling films of the year. Schuylkill River Greenways is hosting the film festival for the first time at the historical Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Built in 1903, the "Colonial Opera House" became a preeminent venue for movies, traveling shows and live entertainment throughout the 20th century. Get your ticket today to enjoy a collection of paddle adventure films at the historical venue. Theater snacks, a cash bar and raffle prizes will be available during the event.

Serving the Schuylkill Appreciation Night

March 26
Colonial Theatre

We're combining The SRG Annual Fundraiser with the Paddling Film Festival 2020 World Tour. Buy a ticket to get access to both events.

Please support The Schuylkill River Greenways (SRG) National Heritage Area Annual Fundraiser. Festivities will include an open bar with wine and beer, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, and special recognition of individuals and organizations for being standout SRG supporters.

Two Events in One

This year, we're combing our fundraiser with the Paddling Film Festival 2020 World Tour. The international adventure film tour presents the world's best paddling films of the year. Schuylkill River Greenways is hosting the film festival for the first time at the historical Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. You're invited to attend the Paddling Film Festival immediately following the Serving the Schuylkill Fundraiser. Your ticket gets you access to both events!

SPRING MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES

Schwenksville

Spring Mountain Adventures is Montco's ultimate winter sports destination. Hit the slopes for skiing, snowboarding or snowtubing. The Mountain offers eight trails and slopes for skiers of all skill levels.

ELMWOOD PARK ZOO - TREETOP ADVENTURES

$5 Off Admission

Treetop Adventures features over 70 challenge games and zip lines spanning as high as 50 feet in the trees of the Elmwood Park Zoo. Receive $5 off admission when you present your valid SEPTA TrailPass, TransPass, One Day Independence Pass, SEPTA Key or SEPTA Employee ID. 

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Historic Events

Colonial

Black Powder Tavern's Historic Dinner Series: "The Things They Carried"

March 17
Black Powder Tavern

We continue our Historical Dinner Series on Tuesday, March 17, with focus on ‘The Things They Carried’.

Our speaker, Chris Reardon, will talk about the items of kit and equipment carried by both civilians and the military when in the field during the period 1690-1790. The focus will be on the items you would likely encounter in the Delaware and Hudson Valleys.

 

Using historic (and a few modern) images, as well as photos of historic and reproduced artifacts, Chris will discuss the hundred-year evolution of the personal weapons and equipment carried by hunters, travelers, militia, Continental soldiers, and Native Americans in the focus area. Chris will also bring some of his extensive collection for your examination. During the event, we’ll be pouring Yards Brewing Company’s Thomas Jefferson Golden Ale and George Washington Porter. Buffet Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. – menu coming soon. We will then go to the upstairs room for the lecture, then Q&A. Once we are done, we go back downstairs for complimentary coffee and mini desserts. We also have some special Black Powder Tavern prizes that will be given out to lucky winners after the lecture is over.  You must be present with the winning ticket in order to win.

A Q&A session will follow with complimentary coffee and mini desserts.

Handicrafts in the House Talk

March 1
Pennypacker Mills

Hear a special presentation on opening day of the new exhibit. See handicrafts made by the Pennypacker family from theorem paintings, embroidery pieces, quilts and more. Note: Talk will be held in second floor Gallery, which is not handicapped accessible. All ages welcome!

Malik Neal and Dante Jones: Supporting Philadelphians Caught in the Cash Bail System

March 3
Eastern State Penitentiary 

Malik Neal and Dante Jones will describe the work of the Philadelphia Bail Fund to support people incarcerated simply for their inability to pay bail. Malik Neal is a founding member and director of the Philadelphia Bail Fund, a local nonprofit organization that works to prevent the unnecessary jailing of low-income Philadelphians by posting bail and advocating for reform. Dante Jones is a North Philly resident and a community activist. In 2018, Dante was detained pretrial in Philadelphia’s jails, convicted of no crime other than an inability to pay for his freedom. He is passionate about harm reduction strategies and uplifting communities most in need.

Membership Breakfast: The Politics of a Divided America

March 4
Copperfield Inn

Featuring Dr. G. Terry Madonna, who will assess the Drumpf presidency, the politics of a divided America and examine aspects of Pennsylvania politics. Questions are welcomed: Dr. Madonna is seldom without answers and opinions.

Wharton Esherick Museum Tour

March 13
Wharton Esherick Studio

Join us for an immersive tour through the home/studio of Wharton Esherick, preserved much as it was when the artist lived and worked there.

REGISTER TO ATTEND: This event is free but participants must provide their own transportation to the museum. Spacing is limited so to guarantee your spot, please submit a free registration with the total number of tickets you will need for your party. 

Join Schuylkill River Greenways for a private and free tour of the Wharton Esherick Museum, home and studio of famed American artist Wharton Esherick located atop Valley Forge Mountain in Chester County. The museum campus is set on 12 wooded acres and comprised of multiple buildings including Wharton Esherick's Studio, now the centerpiece of the museum. Esherick's highly individual, hand-built Studio was constructed over a 40-year period beginning in 1926, incorporating Arts and Crafts, Expressionist, and organic designs. Two years later Esherick began his 1928 Expressionist garage, now the visitor center. In 1973, just one year after its official opening as a museum, the Studio was added to the National Register of Historic Places. In 1993, the Museum was designated a National Historic Landmark for Architecture.

Pottsgrove Manor Tour

March 20
Pottsgrove Manor

We invite you to meet Schuylkill River Greenways at Pottsgrove Manor for a tour of the grounds and historic mansion. The tour will include a mini demonstration and an opportunity to view special highlighted 18th-century reproduction items specifically selected from their collection. Pottsgrove Manor exemplifies the restrained elegance of early Georgian architecture popular with wealthy English gentry during the mid-18th century. Built-in 1752 for John Potts, ironmaster and founder of Pottstown, the mansion was situated on a nearly 1,000-acre plantation, which by 1762 included the town of "Pottsgrove." Four acres of the original property remains today and continues to have its original charm and beauty. The mansion has been restored to its glory and recreates the lifestyle and times of the Potts family.

Handicrafts in the Home Exhibit

March 1 – January 31
Pennypacker Mills

Men and women were known for their handicrafts that would be displayed and used in their homse.  These ranged from frakturs, theorem paintings, embroideries, wax fruit displays, china painting, quilts and more.  The exhibit will feature these items, many of which were created by Pennypacker family members. The exhibit is included on all guided tours of the Pennypacker mansion. Tours take approximately 1 hour, last tour at 3 pm.  FREE, suggested donation  $2/person.

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Special Events

Music

WILLOW HILL

March 7
The Vault

Willow Hill is a burst of color on the canvas of modern country music. The husband and wife duo of Alexandra & C.T. Fields has earned a loyal fan base across the entire United States with Alexandra’s iconic soulful voice and C.T.’s infectious guitar riffs. Having written songs together for over 12 years, the two enjoyed some national success in their rock group Lovebettie with a Rolling Stone “Band to Watch” mention, and over 200 dates per year of touring.

Mondo Cozmo

March 12
Ardmore Music Hall

Mondo Cozmo’s music has all the makings of the soundtrack to the current era and beyond. Mondo Cozmo has the attitude of Manchester bands of the 90s…working class, honest, inspirational, cautiously hopeful, and socially observational.

NOMAD

March 14
The Vault

The Vault is your newest weekend stompin’ grounds as we shine the spotlight on the area’s hottest rising country stars. Join us on March 14 with NOMaD.

North Of Mason Dixon, aka NOMaD, broke on to the country scene in 2005 after placing as runner up in the highly publicized, "Colgate Country Showdown"; Since then, this high energy act has brought their rock roots to the stage all over the country.

NOAH REID

March 15
Ardmore Music Hall

Toronto born Noah Reid is known mostly for his work on television, film and stage. It wasn’t until recently that the world got a glimpse of his serious musical talent. In 2015, Reid was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Song in the feature film “People Hold On”. In 2017, Reid’s soulful acoustic cover of Tina Turner’s pop hit “The Best” on CBC’s Schitt’s Creek cracked #3 on the iTunes Canada Charts. That directed fans all over the world to Reid’s 2016 debut solo album “Songs From A Broken Chair”. With a songwriting style that touches on the singer-songwriters of the seventies and an honest, contemporary delivery, Reid is a combination of old and new, of polished and rusted over. A second studio album is underway. 

STEPHEN MARLEY: ACOUSTIC SOUL

March 22
Ardmore Music Hall

Stephen Robert Nesta "Raggamuffin" Marley (born April 20, 1972) is a Jamaican-American musician who is the son of Bob Marley and his wife Rita Marley. Stephen is an eight-time Grammy Award winner, three times as a solo artist, twice as a producer of younger brother Damian Marley's Halfway Tree and Welcome to Jamrock albums, and a further three times as a member of his older brother Ziggy Marley's group Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers.

RUNAWAY GIN (PHISH TRIBUTE)

March 27
Ardmore Music Hall

With over 305 shows performed since their inception in 2014, Runaway Gin is the World's Most Active Phish Tribute Band. They have also been voted the Best Phish Tribute in the World two years in a row. On July 4th, 2015, after the second show of the Grateful Dead GD50 run, Runaway Gin sold out the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago and catapulting them from a Southeastern regional act onto the National scene.

The members of Runaway Gin are long time Phish fans who have united with the goal of creating musical moments inspired by Phish. The band's song list is constantly growing and their improvisational and communication skills are constantly developing independently and together. Like Phish, Runaway Gin will never play the same show or jam the same way twice making every show a unique experience and every moment pure artistic creation.

Dreams: Music of the Allman Brothers Band

March 28
Ardmore Music Hall

Members of Les Brers, Gregg Allman Band, Butch Trucks' Freight Train Band, Dickey Betts Band & Jaimoe's Jasssz Band. Seated tix available!

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Live Performances

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On the Stage

Theatre

9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL

February 28 - March 1
Ursinus College

It’s 1979 and Consolidated Industries employees Violet, Doralee, and Judy are fed up with their boss’s sexist, lecherous behavior. What begins as a revenge fantasy becomes a revolution in this hilarious musical comedy that celebrates women’s strides in workplace equality and reminds us that the struggle is far from over.

It’s 1979 and Consolidated Industries employees Violet, Doralee, and Judy are fed up with their boss’s sexist, lecherous behavior. What begins as a revenge fantasy becomes a revolution in this hilarious musical comedy that celebrates women’s strides in workplace equality and reminds us that the struggle is far from over.

MISS NELSON IS MISSING

February 28 - March 8
DCP Theatre

DCP Family Theatre Presents Miss Nelson is Missing Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher based on the book by Harry Allard Directed by Chris McBreen Show runs February 28-March 8, 2020 Feb 28, March 6 (8pm) Feb 29, March 1, 7, 8 (1pm and 4pm)

THE AGITATORS

February 28 - March 22
Theatre Horizon

"Do you believe this can ever be a country for all?" Susan B. Anthony, a white suffragist, asks Frederick Douglass, a black statesman, on the day they first meet. It’s the question at the heart of The Agitators, a riveting new play about two rebels who became American icons. Youthful hopes and dreams united them in their fight to end slavery, but over time, their disagreements about how to gain voting rights tested their alliance. Theirs is a story of defiance, rebellion, and revolution. In 2020 we invite you to meet the people who wrote the playbook on how to fight for someone else’s rights.

RUMPLESTILTSKIN

March 17 - 29
​Gratz College

A greedy miller's daughter must guess the name of a lonely little man who has the unusual ability of spinning straw into gold. join the adventure, mystery, and magic in this original musical production based on the well-know Grimm Brothers' tale.

ANANSI THE TRICKSTER

March 21
Ambler Theater

The clever spider of African folklore takes the stage in this spirited production. Long ago, the great Sky-god, Nyame, kept all the stories in the world locked up away from everyone. To him the stories were too precious to be shared with ordinary folk.   Anansi, the clever spider asked Nyame to return the stories to earth. After much pestering, the Sky-god agreed to release the stories, but only if the spider could pay his price. And what a price it was! Nyame would release the stories if Anansi could bring him the Hungry Python, the Sharp-toothed Leopard, the Stinging Hornets and the Unseen Fairy. Two actors play all the characters in this delightful one hour production.

NEIL SIMON'S CHAPTER TWO

March 24
Act II Playhouse, Ltd.

Can you find your soulmate more than once? Loosely based on his three-week courtship of actress Marsha Mason, Simon created George and Jennie - a couple each recovering from lost love. The pressure is on from George’s brother who wants him “back out there” and Jennie’s best friend who still believes in romance. The whirlwind becomes a marriage and the pair needs to decide if they truly believe in second chances.

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