An Insider’s Guide to March Events in the Hudson Valley

Hudson River tourism directors share their top picks for places to go, sights to see, and things to do throughout the month of March.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. There are a ton of things to do in the Hudson Valley each month. While we can’t wait for springtime to usher in warmer weather (and with it, even more outdoor activities, colorful blooms, and outdoor dining), March is chock-full of exciting events like an art festival, garden exhibition, and, naturally, St. Patrick’s Day parades aplenty.

To help scout out the best events in the Valley, we reached out to local tourism directors from Albany to Westchester for their top picks for things to do. Check out their selections, then get planning!

Albany County

4th Annual Winter Art Fest

Albany Center Gallery, Albany
March 9, 12–6 p.m.

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Head over to the cozy Albany Center Gallery on a chilly March afternoon for a day of winter-themed live art and installations by local creators, music, delicious food, and specialty cocktails and mocktails. The event is co-hosted by the Albany Distilling Company.

Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Downtown Albany
March 16, 2 p.m.

The annual Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns on March 16. Dress from head to toe in green and head to downtown Albany for the celebration. The parade is full of festive fanfare including Irish pipers, step dancers, decorated floats, and marching bands. The festive parade steps off at 2 p.m. and can be viewed from anywhere along Central Avenue or lower Washington Avenue.

2024 NCAA Division I Women’s Regional

MVP Arena, Albany
March 29-31

 

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Experience March Madness in Albany this year. The 2024 NCAA Division I Women’s Regional comes to Albany the last weekend in March. Watch eight teams battle it out and witness which two teams will head to the 2024 Women’s Final Four.

Columbia County

Cardboard Classic

Catamount Mountain Resort, Hillsdale
March 9, 1–3 p.m.

Catamount’s second annual Cardboard Classic event is sure to be a blast. Let the creativity flow as you design a sled using only cardboard and tape. Will your sled be the fastest or will it sputter out on its run down the hill? Either way, there is lots of fun to be had at this free event, and awards will be given out in multiple categories.

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Every Brilliant Thing

Park Theater Hudson, Hudson
March 8–10 & 15–17

Every Brilliant Thing takes viewers on a journey of the narrator, expertly played by Scott Barrow, from the age of six to adulthood, as he deals with his mother’s depression and suicide attempts by making a list of brilliant, joyful things. This heart-wrenching, hilarious play examines what depression can do to people while highlighting the irrepressible resilience of the human spirit and our ability to find joy in the everyday.

St. Patrick’s Day Sunday Session: McGroovin’ Duo

Vosburgh Brewing Company, Elizaville
March 17, 2–5 p.m.

Mike O’Leary, one of the members of Celtic band McGroovin’, is back for a St. Patrick’s Day duo performance at Vosburgh Brewing Company. O’Leary is an acoustic guitarist and singer/songwriter from Kingston who plays a fun variety of classic Irish tunes, incorporating a mix of uniquely adapted covers and finely crafted originals. Along with live music, the venue will serve boozy drinks and Irish fare.

Dutchess County

Dutchess County St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Wappingers Falls
March 2, 1 p.m.

 

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Andy O’Grady of the Dutchess County Gaelic Athletic Association has been named the Grand Marshal for the 29th annual Dutchess County St. Patrick’s Parade. This is certain to be another fantastic event the whole family will enjoy, just as it has been year after year. Be sure to dress in green and head to Wappingers Falls for all the fun.

Maple Weekends

Soukup Farms, Dover Plains
March 16-17, 23-24

 

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Maple weekends are back for 2024, and the folks at Soukup Farms look forward to seeing everyone on the farm for another great maple season. Highlights include self-guided maple tours, product samples, sugar on snow, fresh maple popcorn, maple and apple cider donuts, syrup-making (weather depending), and a limited breakfast takeout menu.

Italian Cuisine Boot Camp

Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park
March 19–23

Explore the different regions of Italy and the flavor profiles unique to each one. Cook with indigenous ingredients and create specialties from all the different regions. You’ll pair regional wines with each meal, work with fresh Italian cheeses, prepare antipasti dishes, and learn to make handmade pizza dough at this four-day Italian cuisine boot camp at the Culinary Institute of America.

Orange County

Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Main Street, Goshen
March 10, 2 p.m.

The Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Parade committee is happy to announce that the parade will be held on March 10 this year in the Village of Goshen. Enjoy this beloved annual rite of spring honoring the patron saint of the Irish as you dress in green and either watch or participate in the event.

St. Paddy’s Day Celebration

Blue Arrow Farm, Pine Island
March 16, 4 p.m.

 

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Join Blue Arrow Farm for this St. Patrick’s Day celebration that will kick off with a performance by the Lenahan School of Irish Dance, followed by Grafton Street playing Irish and American traditional and rock tunes. Tickets include a corned beef and cabbage buffet dinner with light dessert and, of course, green beer aplenty.

Easter Sunday Brunch

The Barn at Villa Venezia, Middletown
March 31, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

A delicious brunch buffet at The Barn at Villa Venezia includes an omelet station, waffle bar, butcher block with lamb and prime rib and much more. A “bunnies bar” offers chicken fingers, fries, and macaroni and cheese. All tickets will include a gift for the family and a photo with the Easter Bunny.

Putnam County

29th Annual Maple Celebration

Fahnestock State Park, Cold Spring
March 9, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Taconic Outdoor Education Center will host its 29th annual pancake breakfast on March 9. Enjoy some of the Hudson Valley’s best syrup on fresh pancakes in a woodsy setting. Maple syrup artisan John Stowell calls his handy work “the best darn maple operation east of the Hudson.” See live demonstrations of sugaring the sap into syrup in both traditional and modern methods.

The Nerds Live at Putnam County Golf Course

Putnam County Golf Course, Mahopac
March 9, 6:30–10:30 p.m.

Popular rock and roll cover band The Nerds are coming back to Putnam County on March 9. Dance the night away to the classic songs you know and love on the dance floor, and enjoy a buffet dinner and cash bar throughout the evening.

Lunch & Learn Series: HerStory: 20 Remarkable Putnam County Women

Putnam History Museum, Cold Spring
March 14, 12–12:30 p.m.

Celebrate Women’s History Month with a 30-minute Lunch & Learn Talk presented by Cassie Ward, Executive Director of the Putnam History Museum. Join others in-person at the Putnam History Museum or stream the event live virtually as you journey through the lives of 20 remarkable Putnam County women, spanning from the American Revolution to the present day.

Rockland County

Empire State Outdoor Sportsmen’s Show

Rockland Community College, Suffern
March 1–3

Outdoor enthusiasts unite at the Empire State Outdoor Sportsmen’s Show in Suffern. This year, the event will feature hunting and fishing camps and lodges, vacation destinations, retailers, demonstrations, and much more at Rockland Community College’s fieldhouse.

Annual Rockland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Pearl River
March 17, 1:30–4 p.m.

Come out for the second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York State! Join Rockland County for its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade the day after the New York City event on March 17 in Pearl River. The parade steps off at 1:30 p.m. from the Pfizer parking lot, and the day is sure to be filled with traditional Irish music, food, and festivities.

21st JCC Rockland International Jewish Film Festival

JCC and Regal Cinema, Nanuet
March 21 – April 18

 

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Don’t miss the 21st JCC Rockland International Jewish Film Festival this March for one of the largest, most anticipated, and well-respected cultural arts events in the tri-state area. JCC Rockland’s International Jewish Film Festival uses film to provide cultural understanding and enrichment to spark awareness and discourse among all communities in Rockland County.

Westchester County

Maple Weekend

White Oak Farm, Yorktown Heights
March 16-17, 23-24

Join White Oak Farm in Yorktown Heights and immerse yourself in the art of maple syrup making, enjoy family-friendly activities, and savor the freshest syrup straight from the source. Admission is free, but don’t miss out on the pancake breakfasts at the Yorktown Grange.

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Problem

Lyndhurst Mansion, Tarrytown
March 1-24

Join M&M Performing Arts and Red Monkey Theater Group as they present Sherlock Holmes: The Final Problem, a gripping tale in which the iconic detective confronts his malevolent arch nemesis, Professor Moriarty. Hosted at Lyndhurst Mansion and directed by Melinda O’Brien, the electrifying performance takes the audience from the Carriage House at the Welcome Center to the Mansion’s second floor, concluding with a thrilling finale back at the Carriage House.

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