25 FREE Things To Do In March

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March is coming in hot, and with it, lots of spring-themed things to do with the fam. And, oh, did we mention they’re FREE? Catch the last blast of winter celebrations at the Annual Winter Festival, Bonfire, and Fireworks in Warren, celebrate the luck of the Irish at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Newark, or help farmers plant trees at the Sawmilling and Tree Planting Day at Howell Living History Farm in Hopewell Township. Rain in the forecast? Check out what to do indoors when the weather looks iffy.

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(Note: Since COVID-19 rules and regulations are continually changing, it’s best to check ahead for in-person events)

Healthy Kids in Hannah’s Kitchen
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 4:30 PM

Hands-on cooking for kids ages 8-12 where they will learn to cook with nutritious ingredients, read a recipe, kitchen safety tips, measuring techniques, knife skills, and more.
Virtual
Sponsoring Facility: Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group
Emily Ho, RDN, emily.ho@rwjbh.org or (973) 926-7371

Workhorse Rides at Howell Living History Farm
March 5 at various times
Spend the day learning about the differences between draft, saddle, and carriage horses, and then take a ride on a fully harnessed workhorse. After, help farmers with barn chores, including bedding stalls, filling water troughs, and making feed. 
70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township, NJ 08530
(609) 737-3299

Shamrock Celebration at Laurita Winery
March 5-6 and 12-13 at 11:30 AM
Irish tunes, food, and fun all at Laurita Winery. There will be live music, Irish dancers, and a few Irish vendors too. No reservations are needed.
85 Archertown Road, New Egypt, NJ 08533
(609) 752-0200

Warren’s Annual Winter Festival, Bonfire, and Fireworks
March 5 at 4 PM
Say goodbye to winter at this festival, with fireworks, a bonfire, horse and carriage rides, an ice carver, carnival rides, a petting zoo, marshmallow roasting, and more. Grab a bite from food trucks like Let’s Have a Ball, Latin Bites, Big John’s Gourmet Burgers, and Dilly Dilly Donuts, which will be on-site at the festival.
Municipal Grounds located at 46 Mountain Blvd, Warren, NJ 07059
(908) 753-8000

Belmar St. Patricks Day Parade
March 6 at 11 AM

Everyone is a little bit Irish at this parade, one of the state’s largest and most attended St. Patrick’s Day parades. Come to hear the bagpipes, watch the fire trucks go by, and don’t forget to wear your green to celebrate.
Main Street, Belmar, NJ 07719

His Excellency and His Majesty: George Washington and George III
March 6-20 at 2:30 PM
Compare the lives of George Washington and King George. Discover these two men’s lives, legacy, and leadership during this tour of George Washington’s winter headquarters.
Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage State Historic Sites – 71 Somerset Street, Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 725-1015

Nature Lecture Series: Chickadees of Monmouth County
March 10 at 7 PM
Learn all about chickadees, how to identify them, and learn how to attract them to your bird feeders too. A Park System Naturalist will lead the program.
Freneau Woods Park – 360 Monastary Lane, Aberdeen Township, NJ 07747
(732) 264-7277

Newark St. Patricks Parade
March 11 at 12 PM
Wear your green and join in the festivities at the 87th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, where the bagpipes, Irish dancers, marchers, and more come out to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in Newark.
From the Prudential Center on Mulberry Street past Gateway Center, NJPAC, Military Park, St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral, the Newark Museum, and Washington Park, Newark, NJ 07102

Pi Day Princeton
March 12 at 9 AM
Celebrate Pi Day in the town where Einstein lived on Facebook and Instagram to have a day’s worth of irrational online fun, including previous years’ contests, tours, video lectures, & more. And host your own pie-eating contest at home and post it on social media. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #princetonpiday2022.
Virtual

My First Cooking Class in Hannah’s Kitchen
March 12 at 9:30 AM
Hands-on cooking for ages 4-7 with an adult helping out. In this fun and interactive class, even the pickiest eaters will learn to love their veggies.
Virtual
Sponsoring Facility: Children’s Hospital of New Jersey and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Emily Ho, RDN at emily.ho@rwjbh.org or (973) 926-7371

Visit from the Horse Doctor and Shoer at Howell Living History Farm
March 12 from 10 AM-4 PM
It’s time for a spring checkup on the farm—listen to a horse’s heart through a stethoscope, watch an equine dentist, and learn all about veterinary instruments and techniques.
70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township, NJ 08530
(609) 737-3299

Taste Testers in Hannah’s Kitchen
March 12 at 11 AM
Kids ages 2-4 can learn kitchen basics with an adult helper on this virtual program.
Virtual
Sponsoring Facility: Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group
Emily Ho, RDN, emily.ho@rwjbh.org or (973) 926-7371

Cookstove Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm
March 12 at 11 AM

Discover recipes, cooking techniques, and kitchens from the 1890s and get a taste of what’s cooking up on the farm.
Historic Longstreet Farm44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733
(732) 946-3758

North Wildwood St Patricks Parade
March 12 at 12 PM

Come out to celebrate the Irish and maybe see a leprechaun at this festive parade which will feature the VFW Color Guard, Vietnam Veterans of America, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Irish Pipe Brigade, Miss North Wildwood, and more.
9th and Atlantic Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ 08260
(609) 522-2955

Piano Ballads from the Turn of the Century
March 12 at 1 PM

Get ready to dance to popular turn-of-the-century 19th-century ballads. The event will be inside the farmhouse at Historic Longstreet Farm.
Historic Longstreet Farm – 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733
(732) 946-3758

Nature on the Move
March 12 at 3 PM

Colorful nature is on the move at the Clayton Park Activity Center. A Park Naturalist will host a 45-60 minute hands-on interactive program.
Clayton Park Activity Center – 161 Emley’s Hill Road, (Imlaystown) Upper Freehold, NJ 08526
(609) 259-5794

Horse-Drawn Plowing Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm
March 13 at 12 PM

The staff of Longstreet Farm will share what steps are needed to make sure there is a good harvest. And if you are lucky (with a farmer’s help), you might even be able to get a chance to help plow the farm. This event is weather dependent.
Historic Longstreet Farm44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733
(732) 946-3758

The Casual Birder at Crosswicks Creek Park
March 15 at 9 AM

Take a walk through Crosswicks Creek Park and be on the lookout for birds. A limited number of binoculars will be available for this event. Meet in the parking lot of Province Line Road.
Crosswicks Creek Park – County Route 537, Upper Freehold, NJ 08514
(609) 259-5794

Sawmilling and Tree Planting at Howell Living History Farm
March 19 from 10 AM-4 PM
Spring on the farm means upgrading the horse stalls and planting trees lost to a harsh winter. Visitors can help roll logs with logging tools, make pegs for the barn framing, cut firewood for the kitchen stove, or plant replacement trees in the farm’s woodlot. And helpers will receive a small tree tubling to take home and plant. 
70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township, NJ 08530
(609) 737-3299

Accordion Melodies of the 1890s at Historic Longstreet Farm
March 19 at 1 PM

Come out to the farm for the day and enjoy accordion music with 1890s tunes.
Historic Longstreet Farm44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733
(732) 946-3758

Kids Cook Along: Rainbow Fruit Kabobs
March 24 at 4 PM
Join dietitian Jennifer Klein, MS, RD, for a kid-friendly cooking class, where she’ll teach young chefs how to prepare rainbow fruit kabobs with a maple cinnamon dipping sauce. Ingredient and equipment lists will be emailed to participants one week before the event so that kids can cook along. Registration is required.
Virtual 
Sponsoring Facility: Monmouth Medical Center Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus

Lambing at Howell Living History Farm
March 26 from 10 AM-4 PM 
Kids will love to hear about the flock of period Romney-Suffolk sheep and might even get to see a lamb born. You will also see how horses shed their winter coats and farmers working out in the fields.
70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township, NJ 08530
(609) 737-3299

Morris County Winter Farmers’ Market – Grow It Green
Now-March 27 at 9:30 AM
The Morris County Winter Farmers’ Market features more than 20 farmers and local food vendors to develop a local food system that patrons can eat locally and seasonally. There will be freshly grown produce, farm-raised beef, pork and poultry and fresh seafood, baked goods, farm eggs, and so much more.
Convent Train Station, Convent Road, Morris Township, NJ 07960 

Zumba for Kids
March 29 at 4 PM
Looking for a movement class for kids who need to shake their energy out after school? Join this virtual Zumba for Kids class. This upbeat, high-energy class will get your family moving with a combination of dance and fitness moves. Open to children of all ages, and You must complete a movement waiver in conjunction with your registration.
Virtual
Sponsoring Facility: Monmouth Medical Center Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus

Family Cook Along—Flatbread Pizza Party
March 30 at 6:30 PM
Gather the family for a healthy cook along with dietician Jennifer Klein, MS, RD, who will lead families through a simple cooking class featuring flatbread pizzas and veggie cups. Ingredient and equipment lists will be emailed to participants one week before the event so families can participate. Registration is required.
Virtual 
Sponsoring Facility: Monmouth Medical Center Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus

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About Author

Melanie Bodner has always had a love for writing, but now she has a new love…being a mom. Before having her kids, Melanie was no stranger to writing or working with children. She wrote for a local newspaper as a reporter and taught English and Dance in a public school. Now Melanie enjoys spending time with her kids, doing yoga, writing and decorating her home. Check out her Instagram @burlapbythebeach.

1 Comment

  1. I feel like everything is always in South NJ. I think you need a North NJ representative to scout out things going on up here.

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