There are so many things to do in Missouri in March. This month brings Spring into our lives, and the cold weather is mostly over for now. Daytime temperatures are usually in the 50s and 60s, and if it snows, it usually melts away during the day.
Nights can be very cool, but the promise of Spring is in the air. Besides special St. Patrick’s Day activities, there are lots of other fun things to do in Missouri.
Here are some exciting things to do in Missouri in March.
Best Things to do in Missouri in March
There is plenty of stuff to do if you plan to be a tourist in your own state this month and below are some of our favorites.
If you are traveling to Missouri, we hope this list gives you a small taste of the wide range of activities available in the “Show Me State”!
1. Cherry Blossoms In Saint Louis – March Through Early April, 2023
Cherry blossoms are a symbolic flower of spring. The blossoms are at their peak for 10-14 days before the blossoms start to fall.
There are more than 14 acres, 40 weeping Higan cherry trees, and over 40 specimens of Yoshino cherry throughout the Japanese and other gardens at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
You don’t have to travel to Japan to see the gorgeous cherry blossoms when we have them here in Missouri!
Location: 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110
>>> We also have a list of the Best St. Louis Events for March!
2. True/False Film Fest in Columbia – March 2-5, 2023
True/False offers a heightened long weekend of creative placemaking in which filmmakers, artists, musicians and others remake the mid-sized college town of Columbia, Missouri, into a one-of-a-kind utopia. The transformative, rambunctious, ecstatic experience of T/F creates a cathartic journey that invites participants to do nothing less than to re-imagine reality.
There are a variety of venues you can see on the True/False Festival Map.
3. Unkorked: KC Wine Festival In Kansas City – march 4, 2023
Uncorked KC Wine Festival will be held at Union Station features over 100 wines from all across the globe. In addition to the great variety of wine there will be local food trucks, a live dj, photo booth, and more. This event benefits the local nonprofit for KC Jazz.
This event has three ticket options. All attendees MUST be 21 or older.
The fun begins at 1:00 pm and continues until 9 pm.
Location: Union Station, 30 Pershing Rd in Kansas City, MO
>>> We also have a list of the Best Kansas City Events for March!
4. Raspberry Spring Expo In Lee’s Summit – March 10-11, 2023
The Raspberry Spring Expo will be held at The Pavilion at John Knox Village, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and admission is free. Browse through baked goods, metal and fabric art, books, pottery, jewelry, and more.
Location: 520 NW Murray, Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
5. Chocolate Extravaganza in Hannibal – March 10-12, 2023
The Chocolate Extravaganza is back for 2023! This event features everything we love about chocolate. Join us in downtown Hannibal for days of fun, friends, and chocolate.
Make sure to buy your chocolate passport when it becomes available for this wildly popular festival! The passports include different treats from most downtown businesses – you will find something for everyone! There will also be special coupons and discounts for chocolate passport holders.
Location: Historic Downtown Hannibal; 115 N Main St, Hannibal, MO
6. Saint Patrick’s Day Parade In Saint Louis – March 11, 2023
The 54th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in St. Louis is scheduled for noon on Saturday, March 11. This is the largest event in downtown St. Louis attracting over 250,000 spectators. Watch floats, marching bands, character balloons, clowns and everything else fun in a parade. This year’s parade is sponsored by McBride Homes.
Be sure to wear your green!
Location: The parade will begin at noon 20th and Market Streets and travel east, ending at Broadway and Clark streets.
Reminder: Daylight saving time begins at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 13
7. Johnson County Fairground Annual Hog Roast in Warrensburg – March 16, 2023
On March 16, the Johnson County Fair Association will hold its Annual Hog Roast and Dessert Auction. The event takes place at the Fairgrounds in Warrensburg, starting at 6:00 PM. Proceeds are used to support Johnson County Fair Association activities.
Address: 386 NW 145th Road, Warrensburg, Missouri
8. Aqs Quiltweek In Branson – March 22-25, 2023
The AQS Quiltweek is several days of quilt classes, lectures, and special events from the best names in quilting. The event showcases the beautiful handiwork of quilters, and other crafts. There will be awards for quilt contests, quilt exhibits, workshops, lectures, and merchant mall.
Location: Branson Convention Center @ 200 S Sycamore St, Branson, MO 65616
9. Elvis Festival in Branson – March 24-26, 2023
The 16th Annual Branson Elvis™ Festival will be held at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater.
The Ultimate Elvis™ Tribute Artist Contest™ SEMI-FINALS will take place on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 7:00 pm and the finals will take place on March 26th at 2:00pm. This contest is one of a select few tribute competitions sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
Location: Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater; 1600 W 76 Country Blvd, Branson, MO 65616
10. Taco & Margarita Festival
– march 25, 2023
St. Louis! Coming to Chaifetz Arena on Saturday, March 25th is the Taco & Margarita Festival.
Featuring: Tacos, Margaritas, LIVE Pro Wrestling, Local Shopping, LIVE DJs, Taco Eating Contest, Hot Chili Pepper Eating Contest & Much More!
Ticket prices: Purchase in advance $10, Day of purchase $20, VIP Package $49 *Plus applicable service charges on non-box office sales
Location: Chaifetz Arena 1 S Compton Ave St. Louis, MO
11. Wurstfest In Hermann – March 25-26, 2023
“The Wurstfest in the Midwest” is a celebration of all things sausage and a Missouri festival you do not want to miss.
The Wurstfest in Hermann event celebrates the traditional art of German sausage making, so of come hungry and sample sausages from professionals and amateurs. Other events include a Kraut-making class, German dancing, and live music. There is also a Weiner Dog Derby for fun for the whole family.
Events take place at various locations.
12. Harlem Globetrotters in St. Joseph – March 29, 2023
The Harlem Globetrotters “Spread Game Tour” is coming to St. Joseph, MO, on March 29. They perform at the St. Joseph Civic Arena from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Expect rim-rattling, jaw-dropping swags, and ankle-breaking moves from the fully modernized show.
Address: 100 N. 4th St. St. Joseph MO, 64501
Additional Events In Missouri in March
13. Visit Cave Spring Park In Kansas City (Raytown)
Missouri is the cave state and Cave Spring Park has a real cave for your family to explore. Although it isn’t very big, you can still say that you explored a cave!
There is also a waterfall, and the park has many signs to help you find your way to it and other areas. Missouri has over 47 varieties of Spring plants, and you are sure to find some while hiking in Cave Spring Park. The Japanese apricot and Iris actually begin to grow in late February, so keep your eyes open on the trails!
Address: 8701 E. Gregory Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64133
14. Weston Red Barn Farm In Weston – Dates Throughout March
This is a fun and educational outing for the entire family. Kids who live in cities rarely see a real, working farm, but here they will see farm animals, farm equipment, and you will be able to buy a homemade treat from the gift shop. Bring your camera to snap a picture of the kids petting the farm animals.
During spring months, the barnyard and country store are open, so call for March hours at (816) 386-5437. As of memorial day, the full farm is open.
Address: 16300 Wilkerson Road Weston, Missouri 64098
15. Wonders Of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium In Springfield – Dates Throughout March
The Johnny Morris’ Wonders Of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium was voted America’s best aquarium by USA Today. There are darling penguins and many interesting animals and fish to view. The museum and aquarium have over 35,000 live animals.
This museum and aquarium are a great place to take the family, or to browse peacefully by yourself or with your loved one. It is full of many live animals in authentic displays.
Address: 500 W Sunshine St, Springfield, MO 65807
16. Murder Mystery Dinner Theater In Branson – Various Dates in March
Branson Murder Mystery Dinner Theater presents a murder to solve for 2022 “Murder at the Audition” and gives Branson another hilariously live dinner theater experience!
Location: The Majestic Theatre; 2849 Gretna Rd, Branson, MO 65616
17. Best Place To See Flowers Bloom In Missouri in March
March is a great month to seek out winter wildflowers in Missouri such as Spring Beauties (claytonia virginica) and Rue Anemones.
Below are our five favorite spots to see Wildflowers in Missouri in March.
Rue anemone is a woodland perennial that grows about 9 inches tall. The flower is pink or white blossoms.
Spring beauty is a perennial wildflower that grows to between 3-6″ tall. They bloom in early spring in large patches and are typically white, but can vary from white to pink to almost crimson.
Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Camdenton
Camdenton is one of Missouri’s small towns where you can find the dogwood tree; the state’s official tree in abundance.
Ha Ha Tonka is one of Missouri’s best state parks. If you are looking for adventure; Ha Ha Tonka has sinkholes, caves, a huge natural bridge, bluffs, Missouri’s twelfth largest spring and wildflowers.
In March, forest flowers like Spring Beauties and Dutchman’s Breeches begin to bloom. Hiking the 15 miles of trails and Ha Ha Tonka will take you by fields of these beauties.
Location: 1491 State Road D, Camdenton
Rudolf Bennitt Conservation Area near Columbia
For early spring blooms, explore the forests of Rudolf Bennitt Conservation Area near Rucker, at the junction of Boone, Howard, and Randolph counties. 75 percent of the 3,575 acres is forested. A highlight is the 12.5 mile Moniteau Wilderness Trail.
The conservation area is about 25 miles from Columbia, Missouri, and is located on County Road 2930 West.
Twin Pines Conservation Education Center in Winona
Twin Pines Conservation Education Center near Winona is known for it’s pristine native wildflower gardens. The center offers native plant programs in the spring and summer months.
The native gardens at Twin Pines feature a nicet variety of plants native to Shannon County and surrounding areas of the Ozarks.
Address: 20086 Hwy 60, Winona, MO 65588
Cape Girardeau Nature Center
Located within Cape Girardeau’s North County, there are two miles of nature trails that wind through rolling river hills with sinkholes, ravines, and deep hollows and native wildflowers along the hiking trails. There are wildlife-viewing areas and throughout you can see native plants and flowers.
Address: 2289 County Park Dr, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Prairie State Park in Mindenmines
According to the park’s website, tallgrass prairies once covered more than a third of Missouri, and today, less than 1% remains. This last 1% is mostly located at Prairie State Park.
The park is a great place to spot Spring Beauties in March.
Location: 128 N.W. 150th Lane, Mindenmines
Missouri Events for Every Month
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