March means a lot of things. Throughout the month, we look forward to St. Patrick’s Day, the first day of spring and, of course, Spring Break! There’s a lot to look forward to, but with so much going on it’s easy to let it all slip by in a blur.
We’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen this year! Our guide has events for weekend festivities, weekday outings and plenty of family-friendly options to fill your kids’ break from school. Take full advantage of Fort Collins’ St. Patrick’s Parade Day with our guide to the event. Then, welcome spring with a few runs, plays and plenty of food, beer and wine!
Now – March 18 | Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre | $15 – $30
This heartbreaking and hilarious play has been playing at the Lincoln Center since February 18, but you still have a chance to see it this month! Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best New Play, it’s a can’t-miss production. So choose your showtime and get your tickets today!
March 1, 7:30 p.m. | University Center for the Arts – Griffin Concert Hall | $10 – $30
Since they began in 2005, Third Coast Percussion has gained national attention with concerts and recordings that mix high-energy rock music with the precision and subtlety of classical works. Get your tickets now to explore percussion with this exciting show!
March 1 – 14 | Various restaurants | $25
Downtown Fort Collins’ Great Plates event is not your typical restaurant week. With a classic NoCo spin, Fort Collins merges delicious food with local charity. Every time you eat from the Great Plates menu at a participating restaurant, you’ll get the chance to give back and donate to Food Bank for Larimer County. To learn more and see all the participating restaurants, check out our Great Plates Guide.
Photo courtesy of Jax Fish House
March 1 – 31 | Jax Fish House | Various Prices
Jax Fish House is taking food and charity even further this month. In addition to their Great Plates menu, they’re offering three specials — including a prize drawing for more oysters, regional oysters from around the world and oyster-themed drink specials. And, for every Emersum Oyster shucked in March, 10¢ is donated to Food Bank for Larimer County and other local organizations!
March 2, 5 – 7 p.m. | Global Village Museum | Free
In partnership with Colorado State University, GVM is hosting a reception to honor and recognize Returned Peace Corps Volunteers in the community. Join them for an evening of connection, laughter, and refreshments!
March 2, 8 p.m. | Aggie Theater | $28
Dark Star Orchestra has been performing worldwide for 15 years, replicating the Grateful Dead concert experience. They recreate set lists from the band’s past shows and give them a brand new character. Buy your tickets early because the price goes up at the door!
March 3, 6 – 9 p.m. | Old Town | Free
Stop by the monthly Fort Collins Gallery Walk on the first Friday of the month to experience an artistic and exciting community event. Galleries and shops up and down Old Town will have refreshments, new exhibits and more!
March 3, 6 – 9 p.m. | Global Village Museum | Free
The rich cultural heritage of one of the world’s earliest civilizations comes to life March 3 with the grand opening of Egypt ~ Gift of the Nile at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. As part of the Gallery Walk, the museum is inviting participants in to celebrate early and get a taste of history!
Image courtesy of The Real Ale Real Love Firkin Fest
March 4, 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. | The Garden Room | $30
Loveland craft brewers, Verboten Brewing and Grimm Brothers Brewing are reviving The Real Ale Real Love Firkin Fest in Loveland. This intimate festival will showcase beers from the best local breweries throughout Northern Colorado. Tickets are more expensive at the door so get yours today!
March 4, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Old Town Library | Free
For the tenth year, The Growing Project is educating and assisting the growing community in Fort Collins with its Annual Seed Swap. You can bring your own seed or come empty handed; either way, you’ll leave with more garden inspiration than you can handle!
March 4, 7:30 p.m. | Lincoln Center Performance Hall | $35 – $55 for adults
The Fort Collins Symphony is celebrating the three biggest names in classical music with a performance showcasing them all — Mozart, Beethoven, and Stravinsky. Don’t miss this tour de force! Get your tickets today.
Image courtesy of Animal House Rescue & Grooming and Erin Thames Photography
March 4, 10:30 a.m. | New Belgium Brewery | $25 – $30
Beginning and ending at New Belgium Brewery, the Run Fur Fun 5K benefits local Animal House Rescue & Grooming. Enjoy a complimentary New Belgium pint and pancakes from Snooze: An A.M. Eatery after the race and peruse pet-friendly vendors while you sip on a beermosa!
March 5, 8 a.m. | Lee Martinez Park | Free for members + $10 for non-members
The Lee Martinez 10K is part of Ft. Collins Running Club’s Tortoise & Hare series. If you haven’t run in the series before, you can still participate! It’s the second to last race this year so it’s the perfect time to get introduced to the club and compete for prizes in a friendly atmosphere!
March 7 | The Griffin Foundation Gallery | Free
CSU’s Gregory Allicar Museum of Art is hosting it’s monthly Music in the Museum Series March 7. And you’ll have two opportunities to hear the sounds of John Seesholtz vocal art! Make your free reservations online for noon or 6 p.m.
Photo courtesy of The Lincoln Center
March 8, 7:30 p.m. | Lincoln Center Performance Hall | $20 – $75
Art Garfunkel has made an incredible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of Simon & Garfunkel. Following years of success in music, movies and more, he’s taking to the stage performing both Simon & Garfunkel hits along with songs from his own solo collection. Get tickets online.
March 8, 7:30 p.m. | Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre | Free
Produced by Fort Collins locals, Shari Due and Mona Maser, “Desplazado” looks at the impacts of racism and gentrification on the Tres Colonias neighborhoods in our community. Arrive early for this free event, as it will fill up quickly!
March 9, 7 p.m. | Aggie Theater | $20
Dragondeer, Rob Drabkin, Brent Cowles and Paper Bird will all be performing for an evening of music to celebrate local radio station, The Colorado Sound. All four Colorado native bands will be showcasing their talents and rocking the night away! Get your tickets today.
March 10, noon | Fort Collins Museum of Art | Regular admission
Anthony McGlaun is a vocal artist singing pieces from the classic American songbook involving race and African-American heritage. Stop by the museum on March 10 to learn, discover and hear the sounds of his stand-out voice!
March 11, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | The Opera Galleria | Free
You don’t have to wait until summer to shop regional produce, meat, sauces, salsas, cheese, gifts and more! Northern Colorado Food Cluster hosts several Winter Farmers Markets throughout the colder months and there are two this month. So come on down March 11!
March 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Old Town | Free
Possibly the event of the month — or even the year — this parade and party are free and open to the public. In typical FoCo fashion, there will be live music, a green beer garden and plenty of family-friendly activities. For all the details and more information on celebrating parade day, check out our event guide!
March 14, 7:30 p.m. | Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre | Free
This film series event explores the work of artists Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui and Catherine Opie. You’ll learn and discuss the ways they act as agents of change and the artistic choices they make in response to our evolving world.
March 22, 7:30 p.m. | Lincoln Center Performance Hall | $15 – $33+
This dance performance explores the best of athleticism, lyricism, technical training and experience. It’s an event you’ll be talking about for weeks afterward — including the Fort Collins premiere of Strum set to the music of Metallica and a piece on unrequited love set to J.S. Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy. Get tickets today!
March 24, 7 p.m. | Timberline Church | $10 – $25
John Williams returns as the featured composer for Fort Collins Symphony’s annual Pops program. Musical selections will include music from his most recent scores alongside favorites from the past. Get tickets for the whole family!
March 24 + 25, 7 p.m. | Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre | $25 – $30
Canyon Concert Ballet is hosting two performances of their stunning show, For the Love of Dance. The evening will showcase three world premieres: James Wallace’s Resurgence, Alicia Laumann’s Here Comes the Sun and Nick Blaylock’s riveting The Idea is Disruption. Set to electrifying songs, jazz, classic orchestra and more, the show encompasses the entirety of the company’s talents. Get tickets online.
March 25 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | The Opera Galleria | Free
Come down for March’s second Winter Farmers Market to shop regional produce, meat, sauces, salsas, cheese, gifts and more. It’s one of the last markets before the summer season starts up!
March 25, 7 p.m. | Lincoln Center Performance Hall | $17
Get ready for warmer weather and increased fishing trips with fly fishing’s most anticipated annual event. This all ages tour travels across the US exhibiting the best of the country’s fly fishing films, experiences and professionals. Get tickets now!
March 26, 9 a.m. | The Biergarten at Anheuser-Busch Brewery | $35 – 85
Welcome spring in FoCo style with a quick four-mile race or a half marathon! Both races begin and end at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten where you’ll be able to enjoy a beer and food post-race. Register early and start training today!
March 29, 7 p.m. | Aggie Theater | $15 – $20
Join Fort Comedy at The Aggie for a night of laughter with Rory Scovel. This standup comedian has worked alongside Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Demetri Martin and many other comedy favorites on television and film. Don’t miss his intimate Fort Collins show! Get tickets online.
Photo courtesy of CSU Department of Design and Merchandising
March 31, 7:30 p.m. | Lincoln Center Performance Hall | $10 – $50
CSU’s Department of Design and Merchandising is hosting its annual fashion show March 31. Ascent will feature collections from graduating students in a state-of-the-art full stage production with live models, contemporary choreography and exciting stage design. As a practice for the real-world, the entire production is put together by students. Get tickets today and attend the VIP Reception which includes food, drink, a silent auction and more!
March 31, 6 – 10 p.m. | Fort Collins Marriott | $65 – $140
Wine Fest is Northern Colorado’s most anticipated wine event. The festival includes local and international wine, beer, food, live music, blackjack, raffles, silent and live auctions and more! In 2015, 5280 Magazine chose Wine Fest as a Top Charitable Event. Your ticket purchase directly benefits Disabled Resource Services, an organization supporting disabled individuals throughout the region. Help the community this month while enjoying wine paired with oysters, pastas, cheeses and more!
However you choose to celebrate March holidays and the beginning of spring, have fun and stay safe!