The 23 Best Things to Do Around Philadelphia in March

Meek Mill, Ariana Grande, and the Flower Show make our highly curated, strongly opinionated list of March events.

things to do March 2019

The new Miss Saigon makes our list of things to do March 2019. Photograph by Matthew Murphy.


Michelle Wolf
The woman who eviscerated Donald Trump and his administration (most notably Sarah Huckabee Sanders) in a 19-minute speech at last year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. March 7th through 9th at Punch Line Philly.

The Bechdel Test Fest
The comedy business is notoriously bro-y. The antidote: this festival featuring female, trans and nonbinary comedians. March 2nd through 9th at various locations.

Luann de Lesseps
The bawdy Real Housewives of New York queen in the flesh. March 23rd at the Borgata.

Piff the Magic Dragon
Definitely one of the funniest magic shows you’ll ever see, from the strange mind of an America’s Got Talent finalist. March 30th at the Borgata.

things to do March 2019

Luann de Lesseps of Real Housewives fame. Photograph courtesy Varela Media.


“Yannick Conducts Tchaikovsky”
The maestro will lead the Orchestra in the “Manfred” Symphony. Special bonus: Pipe organist James McVinnie — he played William and Kate’s wedding at Westminster Abbey — performs a new concerto by 37-year-old composer Nico Muhly on the Kimmel’s majestic instrument. March 14th and 16th at the Kimmel Center.


BalletX Spring Series
Featuring three new works by choreographers Lil Buck, Nicolo Fonte and Katarzyna Skarpetowska. March 6th through 17th at the Wilma.

This ghost-filled 19th-century ballet is as haunting as it is beautiful. March 7th through 17th at the Academy of Music.


Meek Mill
The Philly native turned social justice emblem stops home amid his Motivation Tour. March 15th and 16th at the Met Philadelphia.

Cypress Hill
The first ­Latino-American rap act to ever hit it big recently deemed a lot of modern hip-hop “mindless bullshit.” March 3rd at the Fillmore.

Gogol Bordello
Somehow, the riotous gypsy-punk ensemble has been around for 20 years. Officially the first time I’ve had the Man-I’m-getting-old moment. March 17th at Franklin Music Hall.

Lionel Richie
Okay, last time: Those lyrics are: “Tom bo li de say de moi ya/Yeah, jambo jumbo … ” Better yet, stick to the “All night long (all night)” choruses. March 22nd and 23rd at Hard Rock Atlantic City.

Ariana Grande
The pop darling’s first Philly show since the tragic Manchester bombing. March 26th at Wells Fargo Center.

Mariah Carey
Whether it’s amazing or a train wreck, it has Instagrammable Moment written all over it. March 30th at Hard Rock Atlantic City.

things to do March 2019

West Coast rappers Cypress Hill. Photograph courtesy Cypress Hill.


An Oak Tree
The Philadelphia premiere of a dark comedy with a bit of a twist: The lead actor, Pearce Bunting, is joined onstage by a different co-star each performance. Through March 10th at ­Theatre Exile.

Gem of the Ocean
Revered Philly playwright James Ijames directs the first installment of August Wilson’s 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle. Through March 31st at Arden Theatre.

A Fierce Kind of Love
Written by Mount Airy resident and Pig Iron Theatre Company co-founder Suli Holum, this important work uses actors with and without disabilities to chronicle Pennsylvania’s disability rights movement. March 1st through 3rd at FringeArts.

The 11th-longest-running Broadway show. (The truly terrible Phantom of the Opera is somehow number one, but then, Donald Trump is president.) March 5th through 10th at the Merriam Theater.

Miss Saigon
A brand-new production featuring a huge cast of 42 players. March 19th through 31st at the Academy of Music.


Lidia Bastianich
Who doesn’t love this TV chef, coming to town to promote her latest book, My ­American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food? I swear, her stuffed peppers are better than my Italian grandmother’s, may she rest in peace. March 18th at the Central Library.

Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential biographer should have some pretty interesting stuff to say about what’s happening in the White House today. March 23rd at West Chester University.

Special Events

The Flower Show
People are still turning out in droves to see a giant room filled with flora. In honor of Woodstock’s 50th anniversary (yes, this August marks 50, baby boomers), the theme is “Flower Power.” March 2nd through 10th at the Convention Center.

Fur Ball
The annual gala in support of Morris Animal Refuge, America’s first animal shelter. March 30th at 23rd Street Armory.


“International Cityscapes”
A series of screenings of four great urban-set foreign films: Stray Dog, I Am Cuba, Wings of Desire and Salaam Bombay. March 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th at Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

Published as “The Hit List” in the March 2019 issue of Philadelphia magazine.