The March Events to Bookmark in the Hudson Valley

Maple Fest in Olivebridge, a Saint Patrick's Day parade in Goshen, and more make March special in the Hudson Valley.

100th Birthday Bash — Suffern

March 1-3

Suffern’s Lafayette Theater celebrates its 100th birthday on March 3. It’s one of the oldest theaters in the country and was the first in Rockland to offer CinemaScope to moviegoers in 1953. To mark its centennial, Lafayette is showing the 1927 silent film “Metropolis” with a live organ accompaniment (March 1) and Neil Berg’s “100 Years of Hollywood,” featuring top Broadway stars live on stage (March 2), plus there’s a big birthday bash on the 3rd. More info at lafayettetheatersuffern.com. – Francesca Furey

Suffern's Lafayette Theater
Photo courtesy of Suffern’s Lafayette Theater

MHAA Star Party — Ancram

March 8, 6–11:30 p.m.

Link up with fellow space enthusiasts at this free stargazing party at Lake Taghkanic State Park. Attendees are welcome to bring their own binoculars and telescopes, but equipment will be provided by members of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association. RSVPs (at least one day before the event) are required. midhudsonastro.org

Chinese Soup & Stew with Kian Lam Kho — Hillsdale

March 9, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Cozy up with a nice warm bowl of your own homemade soup at the Hillsdale General Store. During this three-hour class with food writer and cooking teacher Kian Lam Kho, you’ll learn how to make chicken soup with Asian pear and red-cooked pork stew with steamed buns. hillsdalegeneralstore.com

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Cardboard Classic — Hillsdale

March 9, 1–3 p.m.

Start saving your empty boxes for Catamount Mountain’s second annual Cardboard Classic. Participants are given the task of building a sled made only of cardboard and tape and racing it down the mountain. Awards will be given out in several categories, including fastest sled and most creative design. catamountski.com

Maple Fest — Olivebridge

March 9–10

Bring the family to The Ashokan Center for this yearly festival. Guests can join guided hikes to the onsite sugar shack, watch blacksmith demonstrations, and enjoy live music while eating pancakes. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door; kids 5 and under get in free. ashokancenter.org

Ashokan Center March
Photo courtesy of the Ashokan Center

Mid-Hudson Saint Patrick’s Parade — Goshen

March 10

This Saint Paddy’s celebration kicks off with a 9 a.m. mass service in Middletown, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Grand Marshal’s brunch. The parade steps off from the Orange County Government Center parking lot at 2 p.m. sharp. mhspp.org

Hudson Valley Irish Fest Fundraiser — Peekskill

March 10, 7 p.m.

Join violinist Daisy Jopling and Irish rock band The Narrowbacks at The Paramount Hudson Valley Theater. The concert will get the crowd ready for Saint Patrick’s Day, as well as raise money for the annual Hudson Valley Irish Fest, which will take place later in the year. paramounthudsonvalley.com

Ladies of the Valley: Women of the Hudson Valley’s Great Estates — Kingston

March 13, 7 p.m.

As part of its “Follow the River” lecture series, the Hudson River Maritime Museum welcomes author Mary Mistler to speak on the complex lives led by the women of prominent families in the region. hrmm.org

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Rockland County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade — Pearl River

March 17

One of the largest Saint Patrick’s Day parades in the region returns to the streets of Pearl River. Presented by the Rockland County Ancient Order of Hibernians, the event will include performances by pipe bands, drum ensembles, Irish dancers, and more. rocklandcountyaoh.com

Wheelchair Lacrosse Launch Event — Scarsdale

March 17, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Come support the kickoff of a nonprofit’s youth wheelchair lacrosse league at Scarsdale High School. Able Athletics has been supporting inclusive sports since 2020 and invites all to this community launch event. ableathletics.org

Capital Region Flower & Garden Expo
Photo courtesy of the Capital Region Flower & Garden Expo

Capital Region Flower & Garden Expo — Troy

March 22–24

Enjoy creative floral exhibits, educational lectures and demonstrations, and tastings from 17 New York wineries and distilleries at this three-day exposition. Over 200 vendors will be set up at Hudson Valley Community College to display and sell plants and outdoor living accessories. flowerandgardenexpo.com

Slimefest Weekend — Rye

March 23–24, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

The Westchester Children’s Museum invites kids of all ages to get their hands dirty in all types of homemade “slime,” made from ingredients like glue and borax, cornstarch, sand, and more. Parents can take a picture of slime recipes to keep the fun going at home. discoverwcm.org

Imaginary Wilds — Catskill

March 24, 2 and 4 p.m.

Listen to architecture students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute present projects created specifically for the grounds of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. Plans for design-forward gallery spaces and other buildings were crafted with relationships between architecture and landscape in mind. The pop-up exhibit will be on display on weekends between March 9–April 7. thomascole.org

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Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Courtesy of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site

The Fidelity Medal: Treason at West Point — Albany

Through March 31

In the West Corridor of the New York State Museum, visitors can view this exhibit on Major General Benedict Arnold’s betrayal of the United States. Items on display include the Fidelity Medallion, an award created for the three men who captured British Major John André and three links from the Great Chain that kept British forces from sailing up the Hudson. nysm.nysed.gov

New York State Museum March
New York State Museum / NYSED

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