March: Big events happening around the world

The White House Easter Egg Roll is held on the South Lawn.

From an ice-breaker in Alaska to an egg roll at the White House, travelers can choose from a whole host of happenings this month, many holding a hint of spring.

March 3-5: Golden Shears World Premiere Shearing and Woolhandling Championship, Masterton, New Zealand, Fleece flies in the Wairarapa region.

March 3-5: National Money Show, Dallas, Numismatic matters get more than token coverage at the Dallas Convention Center.

March 3-13: Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City, Winter harvest celebration, with music by Charley Pride, Tanya Tucker and Merle Haggard.


March 4-6: Nenana Tripod Weekend, Nenana, Alaska, 100th edition of river-ice sweepstakes kicks off with dog-sled races.

March 5-13: Philadelphia Flower Show, America’s biggest botanical show salutes the centennial of the National Park Service.

March 5-April 5: Natchez Spring Pilgrimage, Natchez, Miss., 24 antebellum mansions hold open houses as Natchez turns 300.

March 11-20: European Fine Art Fair, Maastricht, Netherlands, 275 galleries hawk treasures, old and new, from 20 countries.


March 11-20: South by Southwest, Austin, Texas, Music, new media and film conference, with keynote speaker Tony Visconti.

March 17: Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, New York, Up to a quarter-million marchers turn the Big Apple green.

March 17-20: Audubon’s Nebraska Crane Festival, Kearney, Sandhill crane watchers welcome migratory flocks.

March 18-20: California’s Artisan Cheese Festival, Petaluma, Experts, producers and fans make the rounds.

March 19: Head of the River Race, London, Eight-oared crews proceed at 10-second intervals from Mortlake to Putney on the Thames.

March 19: Birkebeinerrennet, Rena to Lillehammer, Norway, Tradition-bound ski marathon.

March 19: TurtleFest, Juno Beach, Fla., Close encounters with threatened species where turtles nest in abundance.

March 20-27: Easter Week in Lorca, Spain, Two brotherhoods, the Whites and the Blues, vie in ostentatious street ceremonies.


March 20-April 17: National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, Our Nation’s capital is in the pink.

March 24-26: Art Basel Hong Kong, Asia-Pacific galleries shine in contemporary art showcase.

March 26-April 10: Edinburgh International Science Festival, Scotland, All the city’s a bonny lab for the latest scientific designs.

March 27-April 2: Merrie Monarch Festival, Hilo, Hawaii, Highlights include “world’s largest hula competition” and a grand parade through Hilo.

March 28: White House Easter Egg Roll, Washington, A hunt, race and hop mark Easter Monday on the South Lawn.

March 28-April 3: Mule Day, Columbia, Tenn., Mules do all the work, with log pulling and a gaited mule championship.

March 30-April 3: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, Dick Cavett is among the speakers at a stellar homage to the major American playwright.

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