March 2018 Local Events and Things to Do in Cincinnati, Dayton, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana!


Spring begins on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. With warmer weather coming soon, there are lots of fun spring events and festivals throughout March in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. Browse through our list and be sure to mark your calendar with a few fun, local things to do!

Events are in order by date. Scroll to the bottom for events happening throughout the month.

SE Indiana Junkin’ Trail Extravaganza
March 1-3 and 8-10, 2018 
Downtown Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Enjoy shopping!

Cincinnati Home & Garden Show
Now – March 4, 2018 
Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati’s largest and longest running spring showcase with an amazing array of the area’s newest and innovative home products and services!

Half Price Days at the Zoo Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Now – March 9, 2018 
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
Half-price admission to the zoo, zoo, zoo.

Be Here Now
Now – March 11, 2018
Playhouse in the Park: Shelterhouse Theatre in Mt. Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
Play about what one is willing to do for love and happiness

Spring Show-A Garden of Pure Imagination
Now – March 11, 2018 
Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
This candy inspired exhibit will display vibrant flowers that will dazzle your imagination with all the sweet flavors of Spring.

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
March 1-17 2018
Stained Glass Theatre, Newport, Kentucky
A fun play!

First Friday Downtown Dayton
March 2, 2018
Various locations in downtown Dayton, Ohio
Free art hop event held at several locations throughout downtown Dayton. Enjoy live music and more!

Get a Glimpse Behind the Scenes 
March 2 and 16, 2018
National Air Force Museum at 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433
Participants are shuttled to the restoration hangars, located about one mile from the main museum complex.

Lebanon Quilt & Fabric Arts Show
March 2-3, 2018
Warren County Fairgrounds at 665 North Broadway, Lebanon, Ohio 45036
Vendors from throughout the country will have quilts, fabrics and vintage textiles

First Friday/Second Look Saturday 
March 2-3, 2018
Pendleton Art Center at 1105 Central Avenue, Middletown, Ohio
The studios are open – meet artists and enjoy food and music.

GemStreet USA
March 2-4 , 2018
Sharonville Convention Center at 11355 Chester Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Fine jewelers, talented artists, and knowledgeable collectors present the earth’s most cherished gems, minerals, fossils and more for sale

26th Annual Bockfest
March 2-4, 2018
Bockfest Hall and various venues in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio
Celebrate the Coming of Spring, Over-the-Rhine’s brewing heritage, and bock beer at the largest Bockfest in the United States

March 2-24, 2018 
The Otto M. Budig Theater at 1195 Elm Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents a classic! Revenge and love!

Kill Move Paradise
March 2-24, 2018
Know Theatre of Cincinnati at 1120 Jackson, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
All live matter – play is set in the netherworld

The Barber of Seville
March 2 and 4, 2018
The Schuster Center at 1 W 2nd St, Dayton, OH 45402
Figaro! Figaro! Opera!

Owl Prowl
March 3, 2018
Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum at 4521 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45232
Raptor Incorporated will present the birds of prey that inhabit Spring Grove Cemetery

Oak Hills Band Association Spring Craft Fair
March 3, 2018
3200 Ebenezer Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
This fundraiser is well attended!

Jazz, Gospel and Arts
March 3, 2018
Cincinnati Art Museum at 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio
ArtsWave: Music, dance, art-making and more.

Wine Walk
March 3, 2018
Newport on the Levee, Newport, Kentucky
Tickets include a wine glass, tastings of wine, and light appetizers

Step Afrika
March 3, 2018
Victoria Theatre at 138 North Main St., Dayton, Ohio 45402
First professional dance company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping

Maple Syrup Festival
March 3-4 and 10-11,  2018 
Hueston Woods Lodge, Oxford, Ohio
All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Hayride. Hike and learn the art of maple syrup production.

Marie and Rosetta
March 3-31, 2018
Playhouse in the Park: Marx Theatre AT 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, Ohio
Sister Rosetta Tharpe performed gospel and swing musics in the 1930s and 40s. this play chronicles her life via a rehearsal with a protagee

Cin City Reptile Show
March 4, 2018
Sharonville Convention Center t 11355 Chester Road, Cincinnati, Ohio

Perfect North Slopes Spring Carnival
March 4, 2018
Perfect North Slopes at 19074 Perfect Lane, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Celebrate the arrival of spring skiing! Decorated box race, slush pit crossing, garbage bag race and downhill dummy contest.

Red Velvet
March 6-31, 2018
Ensemble Theatre at 1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Fascinating play based on the Theatre Royal in London 1833

Cincinnati International Wine Festival
March 8-10, 2018
Duke Energy Convention Center at 525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Winery dinners, tastings and auction!

The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice
March 8-11, 2018 
U.S. Bank Arena
Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on an inspiring walk down memory lane in celebration of magic and family fun

KC & the Sunshine Band
March 9, 2018
Lawrenceburg Event Center

Walk on Woodburn Spring Fling
March 9, 2018 (6-10pm)
Woodburn Avenue at Madison Avenue Parking Lot in East Walnut Hills, Cincinnati, Ohio
Art, food, entertainment, vendor mart and more!

Cincinnati International Wine Festival
March 9-10, 2018 
Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
More than 700 wines from over one hundred wineries are available to sample, while guests enjoy delicious food and a silent auction

Cirque de la Symphonie 
March 9-11, 2018
Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine. Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy seeing the artistry of acrobatics along with the music of the Cincinnati Pops

ArtsWave Days: Get Active! at Sheakley Lawn
March 10, 2018
Sheakley Lawn at Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Before the FC Cincinnati soccer match, enjoy the arts with Bollywood dancing, Drums Alive!, and Dance and Dash.

52 Annual Cincinnati St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 10, 2018  
Downtown Cincinnati, OH
Celebrate the life of one of Ireland’s greatest Saints

Repair Fair
March 10, 2018
Pleasant Ridge Recreation Center at 5915 Ridge Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45213
Bring broken household items and learn how to repair them!

March 10, 2018
Dayton Convention Center in downtown Dayton, Ohio
Enjoy craft brews!

Bacon Fest
March 10, 2018
Hannon’s Camp America at 8561 Camden-College Corner, College Corner, Ohio
It’s all about the bacon: grilled cheese with bacon, potato soup with bacon, chocolate-covered bacon!

The Ultimate Elvis Show
March 10, 2018
York Street Cafe at 738 YorkStreet, Newport, Kentucky
All eras of Elvis as interpreted by Tyler Christopher

Koresh Dance Company
March 10-11, 2018
Contemporary Dance Theater at 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Program includes excerpts from, “The Heart,”  “Deconstructing Mozart” choreographed to Mozart’s 23rd piano concerto, works from “Out/Line” and Koresh’s highly acclaimed “Bolero” set to Maurice Ravel’s well-known score

Maple Syrup Festival
March 10-11, 2018 (Dates to be confirmed!)
Houston Woods State Park in Oxford, Ohio
Feast on food with maple syrup!

Cincinnati Spring Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show
March 10-11, 2018
Oasis Golf Club & Conference Center at 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road, Loveland, Ohio
Artists and crafters will have their crafts for sale.

Easter Eggstravaganza
March 11, 2018
Camp Campbell Gard at 4803 Augspurger Road in Hamilton, Ohio 45011
Animals to pet and Peter Cottontail will have candy! Easter Egg hunt, too!

The Illusionists present Adam Trent
March 13, 2018
Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine

NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship —First Four
March 13-14, 2018 
University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio
The start of March Madness!

Luck O’ the Irish Mini Canvention
March 15-17, 2018
Cincinnati Airport Marriott, Hebron, Kentucky
Buy-sell-trade-event of beer samples! Brewery tours!

Cincinnati Ballet: Director’s Cut: Musical Masters
March 15-18, 2018 
The Aronoff Center for the Arts in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Must-see dances and master composers

Fold It, Flip It, Sip It
March 16, 2018
The Dayton Art Institute at 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton Ohio 45405
Wine tasting with five winers followed by an art tour of: Above the Fold: New Expression in Origami

The Celtic Tenors
March 16, 2018
Clark State Performing Arts Center at 300 South Fountain Avenue in Springfield, Ohio
Enjoy Irish music from amazing voices

The Dayton Home & Outdoor Living Show
March 16-18, 2018
Dayton Convention Center at 22 East Fifth Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402
Get all kinds of home ideas!

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
March 17, 2018
Fountain Square, downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Listen to live Celtic rock music, Irish food and green brews!

St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl
March 17, 2018
Downtown Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Enjoy being Irish starting at 4pm!

ArtsWave Days: Shamrock Family Fun at Anderson Pavilion
March 17, 2018
Smale Riverfront Park in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Live entertainment, free root beer bar, string quartet, and Irish dancers

FCC Opening Day
March 17, 2018
MadTree Brewing at 3301 Madison Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Irish-inspired food. Make-your-own-t-shirt. Watch the game later for those 21+.

47th Annual Spiral Stakes
March 17, 2018
Turfway Park at 7500 Turfway Road, Florence, Kentucky
Northern Kentucky’s biggest springtime party . . . where Derby Dreams begin

Family Farm Chores
March 17, 2018
Carriage Hill MetroPark at 7800 E. Shull Road, Huber Heights, Ohio 45424
Experience a typical work day for a farm hand

Cabin Fever Arts Festival
March 17, 2018
S. State Community College at 100 Hobart Drive in Hillsboro, Ohio
Enjoy learning all about cabin arts – removing bark, etc…

Ohio Country Antique Show
March 17, 2018
Roberts Centre at U.S. 68 at I-71, Exit #50, Wilmington, Ohio
Enjoy looking and buying antiques for your home!

Ruffles of Rust Expo
March 17-18, 2018
Butler County Fairgrounds, Hamilton, Ohio
A traveling boutique show

Cincinnati Guitar Show
March 18, 2018
Sharonville Convention Center at 11355 Chester Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Buy, sell or trade guitars!

Heart Mini Marathon
March 18, 2018 
P&G Gardens at Fifth Street (1 Procter & Gamble Plaza), downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
The American Heart Association’s premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers –  heart disease and stroke

Chicago – The Musical
March 20-25, 2018
Aronoff Center at 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
And all that…. jaaaaazzzz!

Monty Python’s Spamalot
March 22 – April 8, 2018
Warsaw Federal Incline Theater at 801 Matson Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45204
King Arthur and his knights in a hilarious fashion!

Menopause – The Musical?
March 22 -31, 2018
Aronoff Center at 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Saluting women going through the change!

Easter Egg & Play
March 23, 2018
Washington Township Recreation Center at 895 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton, Ohio 45459
The Hunt begins for hidden eggs in the gym that will be redeemed for prizes. The Easter Bunny will be there, too.

Adult Easter Egg Hunt
March 23, 2018
Delco Park at Delco Park Dr, Kettering, Ohio 45420
Prizes and the Easter Bunny will be there.

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival
March 23-24, 2018
Roberts Centre at 123 Gano Rd., Wilmington, Ohio 45177
Bluegrass, old-time and gospel music!

HorrorHound Weekend
March 23-25, 2018 
Sharonville Convention Center at 11355 Chester Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Horror genre fans are able to meet some of the biggest celebrities in film and television, as well as icons from cinema’s past

ArtsWave Days: Music Hall Open House
March 24, 2018
Music Hall at 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Community-wide open house at Music Hall. Dozens of performances from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Pops, Ballet and May Festival

90’s Block Party
March 24, 2018
U.S. Bank Arena in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Throwing it back with an evening featuring your favorite 90’s artists such as: Guy, Monica, Jagged Edge, Ginuwine and Dru Hill

Observatory Open House
March 24, 2018 
Thomas More College-Saints Center and BB&T Observatory in Crestview Hills, Kentucky
The BB & T Observatory is a public outreach, education, and research facility located on the main campus of Thomas More College

Easter Egg Bunny Express
March 24-25, 30-31 + April 7, 2018
LM&M Railroad at 127 S. Mechanic Street, Lebanon, Ohio 45036
Enjoy a train ride with the Easter Bunny!  Kids will enjoy an easter egg hunt

March 24 – April 22, 2018 
Playhouse in the Park: Shelterhouse Theatre at 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, Ohio
A play about romance, dating and parenting!

Gem City Comic Con
March 24-25, 2018
Dayton Convention Center at 22 E. 5th Street, Dayton, Ohio
Meet your favorite comic artists!

Spring Bling Womens Shopping Expo
March 25, 2018
Wright State Nutter Center at 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, Ohio
Crafters, direct sellers and business owners will be offering items for sale

Butterfly Show – Butterflies of Madagascar
March 24 – June 17, 2018
Krohn Conservatory-Eden Park
Thousands of free-flying butterflies flutter throughout the tropical landscape inside Krohn Conservatory Cincinnati

Cincinnati Reds Opening Day
March 29, 2018
Great American Ballpark in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Play ball! Go Reds!

Final Friday
March 30, 2018 
Along Main St, Pendleton Art Center and various venues in Over-the-Rhine
Every month, artists and art galleries open their doors for a special showings

Easter Celebration
March 31, 2018 
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden at 3400 Vine St. Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
An event for children that includes treat stations throughout the park, children’s activities, popular animal egg hunts and visits with the Easter Bunny

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
March 31, 2018
Aurora City Park in Aurora, Indiana
Enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny and and Easter egg hunt, too!

ArtsWave Days: Cincinnati Reds Kids Opening Day at The Banks
March 31, 2018
The Banks outside of the Great American Ballpark in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
ArtsWave tent will features artists for face painting and other family activities


Throughout March

Performing Art
Now – April 8, 2018
The Lange Family Experiencenter at The Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, Ohio
Create your own production to the theater with its lights, sounds and costumes

William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance
Now – May 20, 2018 
Cincinnati Art Museum
This powerful film installation encircles the viewer with screens, on which a procession of travelers passes across a charcoal-drawn animated landscape

Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection 
Now – May 27, 2018
Taft Museum of Art at 316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Collection Opulently colored stained glass, intricately patterned surfaces, and inventive metallic frameworks—the brilliant creations of Louis Comfort Tiffany

Eternal Blooms: Chinese Painted Enamels on Copper
March 2  – June 24, 2018
Taft Museum of Art at at 316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Lavish array of brightly colored flowers, fruits, and insects, decorating small utilitarian objects such as plates, bowls, and boxes. CincinnatiMar 30 Art After Dark Cincinnati Art Museum Enjoy CAM after hours with live entertainment, a cash bar and exclusive access to special exhibitions Cincinnati

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