By the time March hits, everyone is sick of being inside and ready to get out and enjoy some events. There are a ton of St. Patrick’s Day parades (all through March) and celebrations from North Jersey to South Jersey along with other free events perfect for families.
30 free things to do in NJ this March
“Winter Light’ Solo Exhibition
March 1-15, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The “Winter Light’ is a beautiful portrayal of the winter in New Jersey and will be on display from January until March 15, 2017. The painting is a wonderful representation of the snow in our state and focuses on the light reflecting off the snow.
Gallery 13 North, 13 N Union St, Lambertville, NJ
Children’s Story Time
Thursdays until May, at 11:30 a.m.
Perfect for kids under age 5, this story time will focus on stories that the kids will love. No prior registration is required so feel free to drop in when you want.
Words! Bookstore, 623 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
For more information, call 732-455-5549
Open Farm Days
Weekends in March
Spend the day with alpacas at Stormwind Alpacas Farm. Families have the opportunity to meet and learn about alpacas in an informal setting. The farmer there will share her experiences with the animals and fun facts.
1862 Jacksonville-Jobstown Rd., Columbus, NJ 08022
For more information, call 609-694-3410
Nature and Eco Tour
Saturdays in March at 12 p.m.
Leave the casinos and spas in Atlantic City and explore some attractions outside the city. Families can venture to the National Wildlife Refuge where 47,000 acres of land is preserved for animals and wildlife.
NJ Korean War Memorial, 124 Park Pl., Atlantic City, NJ 08401
For more information, call 609-593-6349
Fire Pit Friday
Friday nights in March from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy sitting around the fire while the weather begins to warm up at Willow Creek Winery in historic Cape May. Families have the option of eating inside, which is not free, or enjoying the live entertainment and fire outside.
Willow Creek Winery, 168 Stevens St., West Cape May, NJ 08204
For more information, call 609-770-8782
Saturdays in March from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine
Every Saturday, bring the family to the Meadowlands Market for a fun filled day. Each week at the flea market, there will be food, entertainment and games for everyone.
Meadowlands Market, 1 MetLife Stadium Dr., Lot J, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
For more information, call 201-355-5919
Bergen County Zoo Free Admission
Open daily, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
During the winter months, come to the Bergen County Zoo and enjoy free admission. Since the cold weather does not allow some of the wildlife to be out, the Zoo has decided to allow families to visit the Zoo without having to pay. What a great way to get out of the house during these months.
Bergen County Zoo, 216 Forest Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652
Dr. Seuss Birthday Event
March 2 at either 10 a.m. or 4 p.m.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday at the farm. Kids have the opportunity to visit the farm and read “Green Eggs and Ham”. As an added bonus, there will be a tasting of the food.
Alma’s Farm, 700 Lawlins Road, Wyckoff, NJ 07481
For more information, call 201-891-0278
Monmouth University Department of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition
March 3 and 10, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Come to Monmouth University and take in the works of faculty members from the Art Department. The event is free and open to the public.
Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall at Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, NJ 07764
For more information, call 732-263-5715
March 3, 2017
Venture to Jersey City for a full day of free art events. Businesses across the city will participate in this city wide event featuring all different kinds of art happenings such as live music, performance art, visual art and many more. There is something for everyone.
Across the town of Jersey City
For more information, call 201-915-9911
Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
March 4, 2017
Spend the day walking around the beautiful city of Hoboken and take in the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Over 20 businesses will be participating in the event where families can dine or adults can indulge in some wine.
Hoboken, NJ (a map will be available)
Belmar St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 5, 2017 starting at 12:30 p.m.
This family friendly parade celebrates the holiday a little bit early. Starting on Main Street in Lake Como, this parade includes so much fun and many exciting people participating.
Parade begins on the North end of Main Street, Lake Como
Guided Nature Walk
March 5, 2017
Enjoy the end of winter with a guided nature walk in picturesque Tenafly. This event is perfect for kids of all ages and families.
313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, NJ 07670
For more information, call 201-568-6093
Smart Goals for Healthy Families
March 7, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
This free event will help families set goals and become a more productive unit. The coach will teach your family how to set meaningful and attainable goals as well as small goals.
107 Cedar Grove Lane, Somerset, New Jersey 08873
For more information, call 732-860-5273
Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration and Parade
March 11, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in North Wildwood with a parade and possibly fireworks. A ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. at City Hall with the parade directly following. Included in the parade will be a Color Guard, Miss North Wildwood, Irish Pipe Brigade and so much more.
901 Atlantic Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ 08260
Atlantic City St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 11, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.
Kids and adults alike will love going to the AC St. Patrick’s Day parade. Featuring tons of green and irish swag, the parade is an annual tradition in South Jersey drawing a huge crowd. Get there early to get parking.
Parade route is along the boardwalk
March 11, 2017 at 1 p.m.
Join in on the annual fun in the town of Hamilton with the St. Patrick’s Day parade. A safe and family friendly event, the parade will be about 1 1/2 miles long and includes lots of entertainment and special people.
Parade will begin at the Nottingham Fire House, 200 Mercer Street, Hamilton, NJ 08690
Seaside Heights St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 11, 2017 beginning at 12 p.m.
This annual event is a staple in Ocean County and is so much fun for people of all ages, including little ones. Featuring bag pipers, music and much more, the parade begins at Boulevard and J Street.
Parade starts at Boulevard and J Street and continues to Hancock Avenue
Morris County St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 12, 2017 beginning at 10:30 a.m.
The parade is just the icing on the cake in Morristown, the day begins with Irish festivities including Irish step dancing, Chalking of the Shamrocks and so much more. Then after the family has had the opportunity to enjoy some Irish culture, head over to the parade for some more fun.
Hunterdon County St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
March 12, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Each year, the parade in Hunterdon County draws an impressive crowd and is something families look forward to in the area. Irish dancing, bag pipes, drums and the Grand Marshal are all featured in the parade.
Parade takes place in Clinton, NJ
St. Patrick’s Day in the old days
March 12, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For some old fashioned St. Patrick’s Day celebrating, head over to the Historic Allaire Village and travel back in time. Families are welcome at this event which will recreate the holiday in the 1800’s. Some attractions are free while others require a ticket, check the website for details.
Allaire Village, 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ 07727
Woodbridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 12, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
The theme of this year’s parade is “50 Years- American Irish of Woodbridge”. It is the 50th Anniversary of the American Irish Association and will consist of lots of history of the Irish culture and Woodbridge itself. There is a flag raising ceremony that begins the festivities.
Flag ceremony is at Woodbridge Town Hall, parade begins at Woodbridge High School
Asbury Park Parade
March 12, 2017 at 1 p.m.
The 4th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will be one not to miss. Candy, bands, and floats are all part of the fun that is the parade. Kids will love the costumes and music.
Parade starts at 5th and Ocean Avenue, a map of the route can be found on the website
6th Annual Freehold Parade
March 12, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Perfect for the whole family, this parade is one of the most family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day events in NJ. There are tons of fun stuff for kids to do at the parade and a great after party immediately following the parade at the Elks Lodge.
Parade begins at the Freehold Borough Municipal Building
Rumson St. Patricks Day Parade
March 12 at 1:00 p.m.
Come to the beautiful town of Rumson and enjoy some St. Patrick’s Day fun. The parade will last about an hour and a half and will feature music and lots of Irish costumes.
Parade begins on Allen Street and River Road
Highlands St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 18, 2017 at 2 p.m.
This parade includes tons of traditional Irish heritage and is great for the whole family. Hundreds of participants will walk in the parade including the Grand Marshal, the fire company, first aid unit and irish dancers.
Parade begins at Huddy Park
Robbinsville St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 18, 2017 1 p.m.
Presented by the Robbinsville Irish Heritage Association, this parade is one the whole family can enjoy. The 8th annual parade will have lots of irish music and dance to celebrate the holiday.
Opening ceremonies begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Foxmoor Shopping Center
Parade begins at 1 p.m. at the Shopping Center
South Amboy Parade and Celebration
March 19, 2017 at 1 p.m.
A staple in the small town of South Amboy, the parade draws lots of people and is perfect for family members of all ages. Working hard to ensure a family friendly event, the parade includes so much Irish fun and people from the town. Don’t miss it.
Parade begins at Christ Church Cemetery
Made and Found Market
March 25, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Get outside even if the weather is not warm yet and enjoy some homemade and vintage goods. Held in Rancocas Woods, this monthly market has live music, entertainment, shopping, food and fun.
118 Creek Road, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
For more information, call 856-655-7880
Keyport St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 25, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The Keyport Fire Department is proud to host the 12th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Bagpipers and drummers will be participating in the parade again this year along with tons of groups and businesses.
Parade begins at St. Joseph’s Church