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The Scottsdale Arts Festival - March 13th to March 15
  Scottsdale, Arizona

First of all, if you have never been to Scottsdale, go.  It is a cultural oasis in the state of Arizona.  Although Arizona has many great locations and a great variety of landscape, this area is packed with people "in the know," so you can mix art and family fun into one equation.  With the arts festival, hundreds of artists, gourmet cuisine, family activities, live music, and auctions are there to enjoy.


Chinese New Year Parade - March 7th
  San Francisco, California

Named one of the world's top 10 parades - North America's foremost Chinese community salutes the New Year. No better city to celebrate this occasion and culture than San Francisco.  And no where in the world will you see a lunar new year parade with more gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, and exploding firecrackers. One of the world's top parades, the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade is the largest event of its kind outside of Asia. The Festival and Parade attracts over three million spectators and television viewers throughout the U.S., Canada, and Asia. 

 

Lunar Cycle: 

It takes on average the moon to pass through each phase (new, half, full moon) and back again approximately 28 days on average of the various astronomical lunar months.

12 Chinese Zodiac:

Rat | Ox | Tiger | Rabbit | Dragon | Snake | Horse | Goat | Monkey | Rooster | Dog | Pig

Each Zodiac symbol cooresponds to the year you were born.  For example: 2015 is the year of the Goat, as well as, the following previous and proceeding years.

Years of Goat  

1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027


Festival of Houses and Gardens
  Charleston, South Carolina

Explore the interiors and gardens of approximately 150 historic private houses of the finest homes in America in 10 colonial and antebellum neighborhoods during the peak of the city's blooming season. The Festival also will feature several Plantation Oyster Roasts and Picnics at Drayton Hall Plantation, a National Historic Landmark, c. 1738, and daily walking tours through the Old and Historic District.


Iditarod
  Anchorage, Alaska

A race over 1150 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer. She throws everything from jagged mountain ranges, frozen river, dense forest, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coast at the musher's and their dog teams. Add to that temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, the hazards of overflow, long hours of darkness and treacherous climbs and side hills, and you have the Iditarod- a race only possible in Alaska.


International Cherry Blossom Festival
  Macon, Georgia

Each March, Macon becomes a pink cotton-spun paradise of delight as over 275,000 Yoshino cherry trees bloom in all their glory.  For 10 days, festival-lovers are treated to one of the most extravagant displays of springtime color in the nation as they visit the town referred to by Congressional Records as the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World.


National Cherry Blossom Festival
  District of Columbia

This annual festival features 16 days of activities and special events planned to coincide as closely as possible with the blooming period of the trees. The parade showcases marching bands from around the country, international performance troupes, and lavish floats. The Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival, one of the largest in the United States, spotlights Japanese performing arts, crafts, and food. Other activities include a Japanese lantern-lighting ceremony, ceremonial tree plantings, sushi and sake tastings, and a kite festival.


National Cherry Festival
  Traverse City, Michigan

The Cherry Capitol of the World, Traverse City, Michigan comes alive to celebrate cherries each year during this 80 year old Festival. It is steeped in tradition, while offering over 150 cutting edge events and entertainment for the entire family. Named as a Top Ten Event by USA Today, the festival welcomes 750,000 visitors each year in July to the shores of Lake Michigan. Festival goers from around the world will find cherries tucked into everything imaginable from chocolate sauce to salsa.


Philadelphia Flower Show
  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The internationally acclaimed Philadelphia Flower Show has received top honors in the events and tourism industry! Find inspiration for your garden, your wedding, or some other special occasion at the world's largest indoor exhibition. Breathtaking gardens and special floral exhibitions and demonstrations will teach as well as inspire no matter what your gardening experience. 


Savannah Music Festival - March 19th to April 04
  Savannah, Georgia

The Savannah Music Festival is Georgia's largest musical arts festival and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world.  Fine Music and art mixed with the southern charm and architecture of Savannah ... add it to your bucket list!


South by Southwest
  Austin, Texas

The SXSW Music and Media Conference is the largest music industry event in North America, showcasing over 1000 acts on more than 50 stages throughout Austin, Texas. The SXSW Film Festival is considered one of the top film festivals in the world, with an emphasis on independent film making, while the SXSW Interactive festival brings together many of the web's most creative minds to share ideas about how interactive technology will shape our future. There is just too many things to list, it just simply has to be experienced.


St. Patrick's Day - March
  Boston, Massachusetts

The first ever St Patrick's Day celebration in America happened in 1737 in Boston, and the city still boasts one of the USA's biggest St Patrick's Day parties.


Mardi Gras in Ellicottville, NY - March
  Ellicottville, New York

A weekend of events in the village and including a Winter Carnival at Holiday Valley Resort, a weekend of special fun for the entire family. Featuring parades, music, contests, food and lots of crazy, fun-loving folks! Saturday’s Events include the Snow Ponies Race, the Cardboard Box race on School Haus and the downtown Mardi Gras parade. Sunday’s events include the costume parade down Mardi Gras and the infamous Dummy Downhill at the Yodler Lodge.


Can-Am Days - March 14th to March 22
  Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

During March, Myrtle Beach hosts Canadian-American Days, a festival offering a series of concerts, beach activities, sporting events, and other community-sponsored activities that provide an endless array of things to do. This lively festival, which began over 45 years ago as an event for Canadians visiting the Myrtle Beach area during their spring school break, has grown into a celebration not only for visiting Canadians, but for all guests and locals in the Myrtle Beach Area. The Canadian-America Days Festival has been selected one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for the past 13 years by the Southeast Tourism Society.       


Taos Shortz Film Fest - March 19th to March 22
  Taos, New Mexico

The Taos Shortz Film Fest has put Taos back on the map as a cinematic destination!

They screen over 50 global and regional short films, offered free panel discussions in experimental film, chalkboard animation and Web Episodes. The town was hopping as they hosted hundreds International filmmakers and partied every night till the wee networking hours…

The Call for entries is open for the annual Taos Shortz Film Fest. Come join the hottest shorts film fest in the SouthWest and even more importantly ... you must view the beauty of Taos, New Mexico first hand.


Marathon Seafood Festival - March 14th to March 15
  Marathon, Florida

In the beautiful Florida Keys, this festival attracts more than 20,000 visitors each year.  This 2 day event celebrates seafood and offers everything from crab to lobster to shrimp, live entertainment, art shows, activities for children, and more than 200 vendors selling jewelry, clothing, arts and crafts, and souvenirs.  It may be the journey but lets not forget about the destination - Florida Keys!


Annual Shamrock Car Show and Poker Run - March
  Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Come one come all to celebrate St Patricks and admire the amazing cars. Love to play poker then this fun is for you!


Lake BookFest at Lady Lake Public Library - March
  Florida

Shipwrecks are important archaeological sites which can tell us a lot about the cultures that used the ships, and the people that lived and sailed on board them.


Kona Brewers Festival - March 11th to March 14
  Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Kona Hawaii and Beer ... how do they not go together? Features craft beer, gourmet food, live music and entertainment outdoors at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel luau grounds in Kailua-Kona from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Kona Brewers Festival is the headline event of a multi-day celebration that includes a home brew competition, a beer and food pairing dinner at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort on Thursday; a charity golf tournament at Kona Country Club Friday; and a Walk/Run for Hops race Saturday morning.

Tickets to the Kona Brewers Festival Main Event on Saturday are available in advance only. Cost includes a commemorative event mug, eight four-ounce brew tasting coupons, unlimited samplings of gourmet cuisine and an afternoon of entertainment. Tickets are available for purchase online in mid-January.


Multicultural Festival of Cape Cod - March
  Cape Cod, Massachusetts

The 13th Annual Multicultural Festival of Cape Cod opens at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday March 2nd at Cape Cod Community College and runs until 4:00 p.m. This year's event expands again, filling the Grossman Commons Building and the Tilden Arts Center with displays, vendors, and entertainers, and spilling out into nearby campus locations with unique cultural "immersion rooms" and presentations.


Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships - March 2nd to March 07
  Vail, Colorado

The Burton US Open and Vail host over 100 of the world's best riders.  In addition to the spectator events, don't miss free outdoor concerts in Vail Village, plus sponsor village events and a kid's terrain park in Vail Village.  The Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships at Vail


Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival - March 14th
  North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Masses of people line Main Street each year to get a glimpse of a magical parade that can only be experienced and not described. The parade begins promptly at 9:00 am, but parade goers rise earlier to patron Main Street establishments in search of warm delights to keep their appetites at bay during the parade.If a grand parade wasn't enough, waiting at the end of Main Street is a festival you will not want to miss.  Over 100 vendors will display their arts and crafts.  Food vendors and Main Street businesses will have a variety of treats for everyone to enjoy.  Two stages of continuous live entertainment will keep the Irish spirit in you all day.  Bring the “wee” ones to enjoy the children’s area that is chocked full of rides and games for all ages.


Kelly's Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade - March
  Southern Shores, North Carolina

The largest St. Patricks's Day Parade in NC travels, over 1,500 participants, and about 10,000 spectators each year enjoy this festive celebration with the Outer Banks


Romp to Stomp - March
  Frisco, Colorado

Celebrating 12 Years of Romping!
Strap on your snowshoes for the Colorado Romp to Stomp in Frisco, Colorado  --a fun, family-friendly snowshoe event that is truly in a class of its own! Try Tubbs Snowshoes on our beautiful snowshoe trails, take photos in our photo booth, pick up fun swag, enjoy FREE breakfast, high-five our fun-loving mascot TubbScout and spend a morning in the great outdoors with hundreds of your soon-to-be friends. Earn the chance to take home some awesome gear and prizes by helping Tubbs raise funds for Susan G. Komen®. Romp to Stomp participants come in all ages, genders and sizes, from the first time snowshoer to the weekend snowshoe warrior, we all have one end goal in mind – to enjoy our winter!




A Mountain Quiltfest - March
  Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Folk art appreciators and quilters of all levels attend this annual event, which draws crowds of up to 20,000 people into Pigeon Forge. Instructors, vendors and sponsors from all over the country will be on hand to answer all your quilt-related questions. Additionally, visitors can observe a special showing of quilted items and see method demonstrations. Professional and amatuer quilters will have a chance to compete for more than $18,000 in cash and prizes to be given away during the Mountain Quiltfest event.

 

 


Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival - March 20th to March 22
  Marco Island, Florida

This festival has grown in popularity and become an annual signature event for Marco Island. “Little did we know when we started this festival it would continue to grow each year to be such a popular event. So far, it has subsidized the major part of charitable giving for three service clubs on the island; the same three that volunteer hundreds of hours to put the festival together, the Sunrise Rotary Club, the Noontime Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club. Each year we’ve grown and tried to make it better. This year, we’re going all out and taking it to the next level,” said Stan Niemcyzk, the festival founder. In addition to a weekend of great music, all your favorite seafood specialties will be available fresh fish, grouper, crab cakes, stone crab, shrimp, crawdads, chowder and more. There is a huge assortment of traditional landlubber favorites, too. Beer and wine will be served to quench your thirst. Multiple arts and crafts vendors will open in the morning and  A kid’s zone with bounce house, slide, rock climbing wall, trampoline and more to wear off some of that energy while you enjoy the music, the food and the friends.


Indian Rock Beach Greenfest - March 21st
  Indian Rocks Beach, Florida

With a focus on local, eco-friendly products and services, festival-goers enjoy a range of activities including shopping for local, organic and environmentally friendly products at the green marketplace. Live music by Toni Wylie and the Islands sets the mood while Greenfest guests enjoy food from local restaurants, draft beer and wine. There is plenty for kids of all ages to do including a bounce house, a playground, arts and crafts, and dancing.


Colonies of the Gulf Festival - March 7th
  Dauphin Island, Alabama

The Fort’s museum and gift shop are always open. Come and explore life on ‘Isle Dauphine’ in the 1700-1800’s as a French, British and Spanish soldier. The soldiers will go through drills and fire the cannon. Visitors can see the Fort’s authentic Blacksmith demonstrating his craft. This event is also known to have Pirates show so come down to Dauphin Island and enjoy this special event and everything the Island has to offer.


Annual A Culinary Symphony - March 14th to March 17
  Pawleys Island, South Carolina

At this event, you will tour spectacular homes in the area. This event matches talented chefs with gracious hosts in some of the most beautifully decorated and interesting homes in the area. The event launches with a reception to be held at Franks’ Outback on Pawley’s Island, and features dinner parties in various homes, on February 17, 2015. More information: Delores Blount, Executive Director; e-mail: dblount@pawleysmusic.com.


NCAA Men's Final Four - April 4th to April 06
  Indianapolis, Indiana

The NCAA's Division 1 Men's Basketball Tournament - March Madness - will conclude with the Final Four, the Semi Final games and Championship Game.  This is truly one of the top yearly sporting events in the world. Dates back to 1939.


Annual Bay Jam - April 19th
  Islamorada, Florida

This music and art festival features local and guest artists performing on the shores of Florida Bay at the ICE Amphitheater at Founders Park, mile marker 87 on U.S. 1. Attendees can savor the sounds from midday through sunset and into the night from the hammock-like performance center set against the aqua waters of Florida Bay.

Assault on the Carolinas - April 11th
  Brevard, North Carolina

The Assault on the Carolinas is the annual fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest.  All proceeds go to local charities.The AOTC includes three route options--100k, 60k, and 40k. The 100k route goes through North Carolina and South Carolina mountains and valleys and up a challenging 6 mile climb to  Ceasar's Head State Park. The 40k and 60k routes go through the river valleys of Scenic Transylvania County. This is a fully supported ride with 4 well-stocked rest stops and a full meal after the ride.The ride starts (9:00AM) and finishes in downtown Brevard on East Main Street.


NSB Balloon & Sky Fest - April 17th to April 19
  New Smyrna Beach, Florida

World class air shows, balloon glows, carnival, the 4-H Animal Encounter and Inspiration Village.  Airplane, balloon and helicopter rides, live entertainment, food.


Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat Show - April 18th
  St George Island, Florida

  • 10:00 am  Antique boats, examples of classic and traditional vessels, workboats, and fiberglass and aluminum classics will all be on display on from until 4:00 pm. Antique cars will line Avenue E--- Studebakers, Model A’s, Chevys and more.   **Special highlights include the 1877 gaff-rigged sailng schooner The Governor en, plus a large display of antique outboard engines. 
  • Boat building demonstration throughout the day by local boat builders 
  • The Apalachicola Traders’ Canoe, a hand built 50-foot long vessel used between 1750-1850, recovered from the Apalachicola River will be on display at the Cotton Warehouse
  • Special open house at the Apalachicola Maritime Museum and Friday evening reception from 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Tours aboard the Heritage, a 58-foot wooden Herreshoff-designed ketch
  • See steam powered vessels and live demo of steam engines
  • Kids model boat building and art activities
  • Demonstrations of pirogue and sailing dinghies built by youth wooden boat building program
  • Tours of the waterfront

Dauphin Island Regatta - April 24th to April 26
  Dauphin Island, Alabama

Annual Dauphin Island Race, often called the largest single-day point-to-point race in the United States, will be held April 24 – 26, 2015 on Mobile Bay. Join us for three days of sailing fun including two competitive races and a party on the island to remember. With live bands, food, drinks and excellent amenities, you’ll enjoy your stay on the Island. Come race with us!