“March Madness” might technically apply only to the NCAA basketball tournament, but with these 15 things to do (in just 31 days), you’ll likely relate to the frenzy. Better get started!
15 Things to Do in March
Dance at Wednesday at the Square
The Young Leadership Council puts on Wednesday at the Square each spring, spanning 12 distinct “Hump Days” at 5 p.m. from March 15 through May 24, 2017. The music is free, but it’s best to come hungry — food and drink sales benefit the YLC’s community service projects designed to foster leadership skills in young professionals. Here’s the lineup for this month:
- March 15 — Irma Thomas and Jamal Batiste
- March 22 — Amanda Shaw and Daria & The Hip Drops
- March 29 — Marc Broussard and Kristin Diable
Catch a Cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day
The weekend preceding St. Patrick’s Day is full of parades that offer plenty of chances to catch the most coveted throw: a cabbage. The Irish Channel hosts its parade (and block party) on Saturday, March 11; and another Irish Channel block party happens Friday, March 17, starting at 10 a.m — Tracy’s and Parasol’s bars near the corner of Magazine and Third streets are the de-facto hub for all things Irish. You can also head to the French Quarter on Friday, March 17 for the Molly’s at the Market parade at 6 p.m.
Stand in Line for a Snowball from Hansen’s
The beloved Hansen’s Sno-Bliz opens up for the season on Friday, March 3 at 1 p.m. — the no-shortcuts approach and house-made syrups are worth every single second spent in line.
The little red crustaceans are a freshwater delight that’s at its peak this time of year. Eat ’em at Bevi Seafood Co., Tracey’s, R Bar, Bayou Beer Garden, Clesi’s, Mid-City Yatch Club, Freret Street Publiq House, Frankie and Johnny’s, Blue Crab, Maple Leaf Bar, Superior Seafood, Deanie’s Seafood… can you tell we’re a city obsessed?
Keep Up the Pace at the St. Patrick’s Day Classic
The 4th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl St. Patrick’s Day Classic happens on March 12, beginning at 10:00 a.m. outside of Gennaro’s bar on Metairie Rd. at North Causeway. The two-mile course heads down Metairie Road finishing at Frisco, right near Winston’s Pub & Patio. Runners and walkers are welcome… and if you need a little motivation? Consider the post-race party featuring music, food, and a whole lot of beer.
Admire the Tulips at City Park
New Orleans is a European city at heart, and while that typically translates to characteristics both French and Spanish, the springtime tulips at City Park are purely Dutch.
Find the Beat at New World Rhythms Festival
Congo Square has a rich and deep history, explored in part during the New World Rhythms Festival on March 18-19. Highlighting Afro-Caribbean music, art, and food, the fest lasts from 11 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. both days. Free.
Find the Prettiest Suit on Super Sunday
Mardi Gras Indian Super Sunday, occurring annually on the Sunday closest to St. Joseph’s Day (March 19), is one of those rare occasions where you’ll see different tribes all in a central spot. Seeing Mardi Gras Indians up close — head to the corner of Washington Avenue and Lasalle Street — is the only way to truly understand the masterful craftsmanship that goes into each suit.
Dive into the Mud
New Orleans’ becomes home to the Tough Mudder phenomenon on March 18 and 19. Tough Mudder is an extreme endurance event that requires participants to make their way through a range of different obstacles over a 10- to 12-mile course. Every Tough Mudder ticket includes a headband, performance finisher t-shirt, insurance, and — in typically New Orleanian fashion — beer.
See Art Bloom
From March 15-19 former White House Chief Florist and author Laura Dowling, garden and floral designer and author James Farmer, musician Jeremy Davenport, and New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indians come together at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) to create one of the most visually and aurally stunning events of the spring season—Art in Bloom 2017.
Make a Splash at Cool Zoo
Two words: Lazy River.
Shout “Stella!” at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
The festival, which runs from March 22-26, features that most iconic of American literary and film scenes—Stanley Kowalski bellowing towards a classic New Orleans’ neighborhood balcony. And considering what would have been the great Tennessee Williams’ 106th birthday is the last day of the festival, it’s a must-do before the month ends.
Hear Beaucoup Bands at BUKU
Get with the cool kids for BUKU Music + Arts Project happening March 10-11 — performers include Deadmau5, Travis Scott, Sleigh Bells, and Washed Out and more on the banks of the Mississippi. The rough, industrial vibe of the stages (one is adjacent to a run-down power plant) juxtapose the slick music and art installations. General admission tickets from $99.99.
Hobnob at Private Homes During Spring Fiesta
The city is in bloom during spring, as are many of its fanciest homes. Spring Fiesta lets you tour private residences, bedecked in their seasonal best. Horse-drawn carriages and brunch at Antoine’s add to the pomp and circumstance. Tickets available here.
Take Flight with the Pelicans
Here we are, back at March Madness. Star Pelicans player Anthony Davis is an NCAA championship winner himself way back in 2012 (he was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament that year), and his new running mate, DeMarcus Cousins, is another former collegiate star who’s been brought to New Orleans to take them to the playoffs. Catch him in action at the Smoothie King Center with home games March 1, 3, 8, 14, 17, 19, 21, 29, and 31.