March means it's almost spring in St. Louis, and there are plenty of ways to get out and enjoy the sunrise and warmer temperatures this month in and around the city. From the St. Patrick's Day parades to the beautiful display of colors at the Butterfly House's Morpho Mardi Gras event, St. Louis hosts tons of events during the month of March.
While some unexpected inclement weather might delay certain outdoor events, there are plenty of indoor events as well. Make sure to check the events' websites for up-to-date information and last minute cancellations before you travel.
March is a great time to visit the Butterfly House in Faust Park when thousands of bright blue Morpho butterflies will be on display inside the garden conservatory. It's truly a dazzling site and makes a wonderful event for kids and adults alike. There are special workshops on the weekends and kids 2 and under get in free.
- When: Tuesdays through Sundays, March 1 through 31, 2018
- Where: Faust Park, Chesterfield
Get inspired for spring at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The 2018 Orchid Show features hundreds of blooming orchids in the Garden's Orthwein Floral Display Hall. The show is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 plus the price of Garden admission ($12 for adults).
- When: Daily, February 3 to March 25, 2018
- Where: 4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis
March is the best time of the year for college basketball and the action in St. Louis begins with Arch Madness, the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The winner of the Valley championship goes on to play in the NCAA tournament.
- When: Games take place March 1 through March 4, 2018
- Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis
Each month, the Fabulous Fox Theatre in downtown St. Louis hosts a variety of touring Broadway shows. Tickets are a little cheaper than in New York City, at about $25 to $100 per ticket, but it's definitely worth it to see a bit of theater and experience the grandeur of one of the city's signature establishments. In March 2018, shows coming to the Fox Theatre include "Chicago," "Guess Who Showed Up At Dinner?," and "The Color Purple."
- When: Select dates March 1 through 31, 2018.
- Where: The Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis
Get great ideas for improving your home at the annual Builders Home and Garden Show at America's Center. The show will have more than 1,400 booths covering all areas of remodeling, decorating and gardening. Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for children.
- When: March 8 to 11, 2018
- Where: America's Center, St. Louis
The Schlafly Stout and Oyster Festival is one of the local brewery's most popular events. Schlafly brings in 50,000 fresh oysters, plus teams of star shuckers to serve them up the right way. There are also three kinds of Schlafly stout to wash it all down. Friday night, Falling Fences and Hazard to ya Booty perform in the evening, and Saturday, The Scandaleros, The Grooveliner, Big Mike Aguirre & the Blue City Allstars, Boudin Brothers Band, and Funky Butt Brass Band perform starting at 11 a.m. followed by the East Coast Vs. Mid-Coast Shuck Off from 9:30 to 10 p.m.
- When: March 23 and 24, 2018
- Where: Schlafly Tap Room, St. Louis
St. Louis shows off its Irish pride with two St. Patrick's Day parades, the big St. Louis event and a traditional parade held in Dogtown. The Dogtown Parade, known as the Ancient Order of Hibernians parade, is always held on March 17 but will take place slightly earlier than usual to accommodate for the downtown festivities.
- When: 1 p.m., March 17, 2018
- Where: 20th and Market Streets to Broadway and Clark Streets, St. Louis
- Website: St. Louis St. Patrick's Day Parade
- When: 10, March 17, 2018
- Where: Tamm and Oakland, Dogtown
- Website: Ancient Order of Hibernians
During the fourth weekend in March, sausage is king in the small German town of Hermann, Missouri. Try the homemade bratwurst, liverwurst, or summer sausage while listening to German music and sipping some of Missouri's best wines. Wurstfest events go on all weekend at the Stone Hill and Hermannhof wineries.
- When: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. March 24 and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25
- Where: Various venues in Hermann, Missouri
Learn all about eagles at World Eagle Day at the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park. There will be presentations, educational activities, kids crafts, and live eagle shows, and both admission and parking are free. The World Bird Sanctuary also hosts avian training workshops all month long, which is a great activity if you're looking for something to do that's completely different.
- When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, March 15, 2018
- Where: World Bird Sanctuary, Valley Park
Opened in 2000, the Pageant is one of the country's most popular music venues, placing sixth in Pollstar's 2014 rankings of top clubs worldwide in terms of ticket sales. In 2018 Ganja White Night, Famous Dex, and "America's Got Talent" 2016 finalist Tape Face all perform at the Pageant in the early part March while Graham Nash, Lecrae, Eric Johnson, Judah & the Lion, and Matt and Kim close out the month.
- When: Various dates in March
- Where: The Pageant, St. Louis