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, www.goldenshears.co.nz. Fleece flies in the Wairarapa region.
March 3-5: National Money Show, Dallas, www.nationalmoneyshow.com. Numismatic matters get more than token coverage at the Dallas Convention Center.
March 3-13: Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City, www.flstrawberryfestival.com. Winter harvest celebration, with music by Charley Pride, Tanya Tucker and Merle Haggard.
March 4-6: Nenana Tripod Weekend, Nenana, Alaska, www.nenanaakiceclassic.com. 100th edition of river-ice sweepstakes kicks off with dog-sled races.
March 5-13: Philadelphia Flower Show, www.theflowershow.com. America’s biggest botanical show salutes the centennial of the National Park Service.
March 5-April 5: Natchez Spring Pilgrimage, Natchez, Miss., www.natchezpilgrimage.com. 24 antebellum mansions hold open houses as Natchez turns 300.
March 11-20: European Fine Art Fair, Maastricht, Netherlands, www.tefaf.com. 275 galleries hawk treasures, old and new, from 20 countries.
March 11-20: South by Southwest, Austin, Texas, www.sxsw.com. Music, new media and film conference, with keynote speaker Tony Visconti.
March 17: Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, New York, www.nycstpatricksparade.org. Up to a quarter-million marchers turn the Big Apple green.
March 17-20: Audubon’s Nebraska Crane Festival, Kearney, www.nebraskacranefestival.org. Sandhill crane watchers welcome migratory flocks.
March 18-20: California’s Artisan Cheese Festival, Petaluma, www.artisancheesefestival.com. Experts, producers and fans make the rounds.
March 19: Head of the River Race, London, www.horr.co.uk. Eight-oared crews proceed at 10-second intervals from Mortlake to Putney on the Thames.
March 19: Birkebeinerrennet, Rena to Lillehammer, Norway, www.birkebeiner.no/en. Tradition-bound ski marathon.
March 19: TurtleFest, Juno Beach, Fla., www.marinelife.org/turtlefest. Close encounters with threatened species where turtles nest in abundance.
March 20-27: Easter Week in Lorca, Spain, https://www.spain.info/en_US. Two brotherhoods, the Whites and the Blues, vie in ostentatious street ceremonies.
March 20-April 17: National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org. Our Nation’s capital is in the pink.
March 24-26: Art Basel Hong Kong, www.artbasel.com/hong-kong. Asia-Pacific galleries shine in contemporary art showcase.
March 26-April 10: Edinburgh International Science Festival, Scotland, www.sciencefestival.co.uk. All the city’s a bonny lab for the latest scientific designs.
March 27-April 2: Merrie Monarch Festival, Hilo, Hawaii, www.merriemonarch.com. Highlights include “world’s largest hula competition” and a grand parade through Hilo.
March 28: White House Easter Egg Roll, Washington, whitehouse.gov1.info/easter-egg-roll. A hunt, race and hop mark Easter Monday on the South Lawn.
March 28-April 3: Mule Day, Columbia, Tenn., www.muleday.com. Mules do all the work, with log pulling and a gaited mule championship.
March 30-April 3: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, www.tennesseewilliams.net. Dick Cavett is among the speakers at a stellar homage to the major American playwright.