There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in March:

  • As the summer sun sets on the Southern Hemisphere, one Australian beach town isn’t quite ready to bid the season adieu. In Coolangatta, surfing greats like Kelly Slater duke it out on the waves at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast (March 2-13) competition. While the riders paddle their way toward big cash prizes prize, spectators can keep their toes in the sand with meet and greets, live music, and shopping.
  • Call it a bruja brouhaha. Subscribers to the supernatural flood the streets of Catemaco, Mexico for the annual Noche de Brujas (March 1), a festival that fetes the ancient tradition of Mexican sorcery in a community that claims to be the world capital of witchcraft. Healers and local shamans abound, but if the magic fails, don’t fret. The calming lap of nearby Laguna Catemaco may be just as entrancing.
  • The Gathering Ireland, a yearlong initiative intended to draw the Irish diaspora back to their homeland, takes a literary turn this month at the Ennis Book Club Festival (March 1-3). Acclaimed author Joseph O’Connor will headline the event, but he’s not the only draw. The weekend will be filled with enough readings, seminars, and literary love-ins to appease even the most hardcore bookworms.

    Many women -- "falleras" -- wear traditional dress during the Fallas festival.  (Photograph by Alexander Rostocki, My Shot)

    Many women wear traditional dress during Las Fallas. (Photograph by Alexander Rostocki, My Shot)

  • Once a simple feast intended to honor the carpentry of Saint Joseph, today’s Las Falles (March 15-19) in Valencia, Spain is a veritable ode to pyrotechnic prowess. Watch as local tinkers construct enormous effigies, only to set them ablaze on the festival’s final night. Not all the statues face the stake though. A citywide vote bestows clemency to the crowd favorite.
  • Foodies and oenophiles the world over have been flocking to Sonoma County for decades. Discover why at the California’s Artisan Cheese Festival (March 22-24). Farm tours, cheese making seminars, and pairing demos are all part of the program, but the festival’s location — with Napa Valley, San Francisco, and the Muir Woods just a stone’s throw away — may be the biggest star of all.
  • Music festival season is upon us. From Austin to Glastonbury, large crowds and loud sounds are an inextricable part of spring. This year, take the path less traveled to the principality of Andorra as it hosts its first ever ElectroSnow festival (March 30-April 1). What traveler in their right mind (and with enough scratch in their pocket) could resist a trip to the Pyrenees for a weekend of skiing and electronic music?
  • Savannah, Georgia may be known for its Southern charm and delightful squares decorated with Spanish moss, but it bleeds green on at least one day of the year. The Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 16), now in its 189th year, is one the largest in the world, and pays jubilant homage to the city’s unique Irish heritage.

    The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the March 1912 gift of cherry trees from the city of Tokyo to Washington, D.C.  (Photograph by Sachin Nayak, Flickr)

    The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the March 1912 gift of cherry trees from the city of Tokyo to Washington, D.C. (Photograph by Sachin Nayak, Flickr)

  • Baseball hasn’t always hit it out of the park with the International Olympic Committee. After being axed from the summer games in 2012, the international baseball community responded with the World Baseball Classic (March 2-19). With opening games staged in stadiums from Taiwan to San Juan and everywhere in between, the quadrennial event is on pace to become a global institution.
  • Devotees of Krishna the world over descend on Vrindavan, India for Holi. The Hindu holiday celebrates Radha and Krishna’s love bond and the beginning of spring, with each major Krishna temple celebrating on a different day. But the most anticipated event takes place at the Banke Bihari Temple on March 27, where worshippers and visitors alike are doused in brightly colored powder.
  • Washington, D.C. ushers in spring with the National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20-April 14). Celebrating the end of winter and the enduring friendship between the U.S. and Japan, the beloved festival centers around the willowy sakuras that Nat Geo’s first female board member, Eliza Scidmore, played a vital role in bringing to the capital city.
  • Bali is back. A string of attacks left the island reeling, but tourists are once again flocking to this Indonesian paradise. Discover it for yourself during the Bali Spirit Festival (March 20-24), where music and movement come into perfect balance. By day, festival-goers attend yoga, meditation, and dance classes. When the stars come up, international musicians take the stage.
  • In Birmingham, England mankind celebrates man’s best friend at Crufts (March 7-10), the “largest annual dog show in the world.” Founder Charles Cruft’s first show, staged in 1886, boasted 600 entries. This year, the four-day event — which includes competitions, displays, and a trade show – will play host to more than 25,0o0 four-legged friends.

What would you add to the list? Let us know what we’re missing by leaving a comment.

Comments

  1. JF
    Philadephia
    February 24, 2013, 12:26 am

    The Philadelphia Flower Show

  2. Susan Pfister
    Colorado
    February 26, 2013, 2:37 pm

    Changing of the Aspens in the Rocky Mountains west of Denver have always been a farvorite drive in fall. The photography opportunities are bountiful.

  3. Stephine
    Louisville, Kentucky
    March 4, 2013, 10:30 pm

    The Macon Georgia International Cherry Blossom Festival…the Cherry Blossoms are all over the city, not just a specific area.

  4. Maya
    Tofino, BC
    March 12, 2013, 10:01 pm

    The annual whale festival takes place in Tofino in March. It’s a celebration revolving around the humpback whales return Northern water to feed, after giving birth in the warm Southern waters of the pacific. The towns of Tofino and Ucluelet which are very sleepy that time of year have special events.

  5. Chintan Khakhi
    Joravarnagar
    March 13, 2013, 2:12 am

    Holi is the colors festival. I like to do enjoy it with my friends. It is also one of the best time to do best vacation with your family members http://www.aprilfool.in and http://www.holi2013.org

  6. sachin
    India
    March 15, 2013, 3:37 am

    Holi is one of the biggest festivals in India. There are lot of stories behind Holi festival.
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  7. antoni millson
    March 27, 2013, 6:21 am

    the valencian festival is called, and spelt; Les Falles. it’s a name, a valencian name for a traditional valencian festival, + names need not be translated!
    otherwise you’d have called it, as the article is in english, something like ‘the torches!’
    with exceptions, such as for royalty, capital cities, + other cases, names are not translated. it is a sign of respect + culte to quote one’s name as they were named.
    thanks!