Similar to many cities located at northern latitudes, spring in St. Louis can be finicky. Unexpected inclement weather may delay outdoor vacation plans in March. Even still, the city hosts plenty of events—both indoor and out—that make March a perfect time to visit. Crowds are usually thin, and, who knows, warm spring temperatures may even grace your stay, especially if your trip lands later in the month. Nature-lovers should check out the display of colors at the Botanical Garden's Orchid Show, and foodies shouldn't miss the Schlafly Stout and Oyster Festival—you may even want to plan your trip around this gourmet event.
Visit the Missouri Botanical Garden's Orchid Show
You don't need summer temperatures to get excited about spring. Just take a virtual stroll through the 2021 Missouri Botanical Garden's Orchid Show on the garden's Facebook and Instagram pages. Featuring hundreds of blooming orchids displayed in the garden's Orthwein Floral Hall, this event celebrates its expansive living collection. Elaborate fountains and lovely foliage transport you to another place (or, at least another season).
The Orchid Show will not take place in-person in 2021. Please check the event's website for up-to-date information.
Enjoy an Arch Madness Basketball Game
March is the best time of the year for nationwide basketball fans. And the action in St. Louis begins with Arch Madness, the Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament. Games take place at Enterprise Center from March 4 to 7, 2021. Watch your favorite regional university compete for a spot at the NCAA tournament. Tickets can be purchased on the conference's website and special seating sections allow you to sit with your favorite school.
Catch a Fabulous Fox Theatre Show
Each month, the Fabulous Fox Theatre in downtown St. Louis hosts a variety of touring Broadway shows and other fun performances. While tickets are slightly cheaper than the New York City performances, the quality isn't lacking one bit. When the show is done, embark on a historical walking tour of the five-story grand palace-style theater. Check the schedule and buy tickets ahead of time, as the venue generally fills.
All performances and tours at the Fabulous Fox Theatre are currently postponed. Please check the venue's website for up-to-date information.
Attend the Builders St. Louis Home & Garden Show
Gain inspiration and ideas for home improvement at the Annual Builders St. Louis Home & Garden Show at America's Center. (Travelers can even make a business trip out of it!) Contractors, decorators, and architects come together at this trade show, which boasts over 1,000 vendor booths, 300 companies, and six categories: lawn and garden, kitchen and bath, interior design, pool and spa, new construction, and home products. Enjoy networking at this daytime event, and then tour the city sites after hours.
The Home & Garden Show has been canceled for March of 2021. Please check the event's website for up-to-date information.
Eat and Drink at the Schlafly Stout & Oyster Festival
The Schlafly Stout & Oyster Festival on March 19 to 20, 2021, is one of the local brewery's most popular events. Schlafly brings in more than 80,000 fresh oysters, plus teams of 20 shuckers to serve them up raw. Enjoy over 15 Schlafly stouts and various other beers for sale—such as a white lager, an IPA, and a pale ale—to wash down the mollusks. Several live music acts will perform funk, zydeco, and blues music throughout the weekend. For 2021, reserve your table outdoors at the Shuckerdome tent or pre-order from the Biergarten Drive-Thru.
Watch a St. Patrick's Day Parade
St. Louis shows its Irish pride by hosting two St. Patrick's Day parades: the big downtown St. Louis parade, and a more traditional parade held in Dogtown, the Irish section of the city.
The 52nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held virtually on the event's website on March 13, 2021. Enjoy a virtual toast with event organizers and tune in for online programming throughout the day.
Dogtown's Annual Ancient Order of Hibernians Saint Patrick's Day Parade features horse-drawn carriages and floats honoring law enforcement, firemen, and local leaders. Afterward, enjoy music, family entertainment, and food at the Dogtown Irish festival.
Dogtown's Saint Patrick's Day Parade is canceled for 2021. Please check the organization's website for up-to-date information.
Party at The Pageant
The Pageant music venue—which opened in the year 2000—hosts national acts like Tesla, Candlebox, and Electric Hot Tuna. Leave the kids with a hotel sitter and enjoy an adult night out on the town. The Pageant offers acts that suit most music tastes, from solo artists to folktronica to jam bands. Make sure to hit the Halo Bar before or after the show for premium beverages and late-night entertainment.
All March 2021 events at The Pageant have been postponed. Please check the venue's website for up-to-date information.
Grab a Brat at Hermann Wurstfest
Sausage is king at this annual event in the small German town of Hermann, Missouri, about an 80-minute drive from St. Louis. Attend their festival and sample homemade bratwurst, liverwurst, and summer sausage, or take a class in sauerkraut-making. Listen to German music while sipping some of Missouri's best wines, too. Wurstfest events happen all weekend at the Hermannhof Festhalle and Stone Hill Winery.
The Hermann Wurstfest has been canceled for 2021. Please check the town's website for up-to-date information.