Art in Bloom at the Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the top 15 things to do in St. Louis this March.

15 Things to Do in St. Louis This March

Monday February 6, 2023

By Rachel Huffman

Featuring beauty, color, hilarity, merriment, madness, passion and more, the events in St. Louis this March will keep you on the edge of your seat.

March 2 to 5

Held in St. Louis for 33 seasons in a row, the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Championship – affectionately known as Arch Madness – continues to be a spectacular showcase for the league. Make plans to attend the 2023 event at Enterprise Center, as all 12 teams will be battling for a trip to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.

March 3 and 4

Trevor Noah will bring his Off The Record Tour to Stifel Theatre for two nights in March. Host of Emmy Award-winning The Daily Show on Comedy Central, Noah has written, produced and starred in 12 comedy specials, including I Wish You Would, now on Netflix. Noah is also the author of New York Times bestseller Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood and its young readers adaptation, It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.

March 3 to 5

Art in Bloom, the Saint Louis Art Museum’s annual celebration of flowers and fine art, returns as an in-person festival this month. Dozens of works from the museum’s collection will be imaginatively interpreted through floral designs by the region’s most talented florists. In addition to the floral displays, the festival includes special ticketed events, family activities, dining and shopping. Art in Bloom 2023 runs from March 3 to 5, but you can see the flowers first during a special ticketed Art in Bloom preview event on the evening of March 2.

March 3 to 5

Have questions about home improvements? Need inspiration for your yard? Looking for specific services? The Annual Builders St. Louis Home & Garden Show is the place for you. In its 45th year, it’s one of the largest quality consumer home shows in North America. Approximately 300 companies in 1,000 booths fill five and a half acres of exhibit space at America’s Center Convention Complex in downtown St. Louis to create this must-see event every spring. Here, you’ll find everything that you need to create the best home life. Plus, the show offers fun for the whole family with chalk art, a full-size pickleball court, incredible performances by Disc-Connected K9s (the famous frisbee dogs) and more.

March 4

An ancient Hindu festival, Holi marks the end of winter and heralds the arrival of spring. The festival of colors honors the triumph of good over evil, and celebrants light bonfires, throw colorful powder called gulal, eat sweets and dance to traditional folk music. It’s a time of new beginnings when people can release all their inhibitions and start fresh. In St. Louis, Fusion STL and DJ ANNA are partnering with the City of Olivette to bring the celebration to the metro area. STL Holi 2023 will be the most colorful event of the year, with Bollywood performances, popular street foods from South Asia and plenty of vibrant powders! Activities start at 12 p.m. on March 4 in Stacy Park.

March 4

In St. Louis, we take our beer seriously. Enter Snow Day, a beer festival for the ages. On March 4, head to Molly’s in Soulard, where you can sample dozens of limited-edition brews from local and regional breweries. To shake off those winter blues, you can also enjoy seasonal cocktails made with top-shelf spirits, along with live music and firepits. The inaugural Winter Beer Festival will feature a restaurant row with irresistible eats and a curated marketplace with local vendors, as well.

March 12 and 18

Ka-Kaw! Football is back where it belongs – St. Louis. As part of the XFL’s latest reboot, the St. Louis Battlehawks have soared back into the city, playing at The Dome at America’s Center. “I’m excited to bring the Battlehawks – the team and the logo – back to St. Louis and to have the fans back in The Dome,” head coach Anthony Becht says. “It’s going to be a fun experience for both the fans and the players.” The Battlehawks play five home games per season, with single tickets starting at $30. This year, the team will play at home on March 12, March 18, April 8, April 16 and April 22. On weekends when the team is in town, you can also participate in fan-engagement and community-outreach events featuring players and staff.

March 13

At age 86, Buddy Guy is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee; a major influence on rock titans such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan; a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound; and a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Guy has received eight Grammy Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, 38 Blues Music Awards (the most of any artist), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone also ranked him #23 in its list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Now, as part of his Damn Right Farewell Tour, Guy will perform with special guests Eric Gales and Ally Venable at The Factory on March 13.

March 20

For more than 25 years and well over 1,000 episodes, Raw has been WWE’s flagship show. The red brand’s most memorable moments have shocked, thrilled and wowed the WWE Universe as well as fans across the world. Now, you can see the action – and the drama – in person at Enterprise Center.

March 21 to April 2

“The most uproarious new musical in years,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, Tootsie is a laugh-out-loud love letter to the theater. Featuring a hilarious Tony Award-winning book by Robert Horn and an outrageously clever score by David Yazbek, the Broadway musical tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime. “In these turbulent times, when the world seems out of balance, we need a place to let the good times roll,” Rolling Stone raves. “Tootsie is it!” The delightful production – which is packed with punchlines – will show at The Fabulous Fox from March 21 to April 2.

March 24 to 26

Targeting older teens and adults, the COCAwrites Festival headliner, The Wolves, chronicles six Saturday mornings in the lives of a high school girls’ soccer team as they prepare for their games. The team members – each identifiable and unique – deal with love, loss and identity in the same ways as the teenagers whom you know. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Wolves is the debut play of playwright Sarah DeLappe. “What I find fascinating about this playwright is that she spent a lot of time listening to young people, and The Wolves presents genuine and sometimes raw insight into what the characters are going through on the team and in their lives,” Jennifer Wintzer, artistic director of theatre at COCA, says. “I think this will be a particularly important piece, especially under the direction of Ashleigh Akilah Rucker.” The Wolves runs from March 24 to 26 at the Catherine B. Berges Theatre at COCA.

March 25

Indulge in tacos and margaritas at Chaifetz Arena on March 25. The Taco & Margarita Festival will also feature a taco-eating contest, a hot chile pepper-eating contest, live professional wrestling, local shopping and more.

March 29

For the first time in his career, trailblazer John Mayer will embark on a groundbreaking solo acoustic tour, including a stop at Enterprise Center on March 29. Twenty years in the making, the audacious trek features solo performances by Mayer, leaning heavily on his acoustic guitar work with special performances on piano and electric guitar.

March 31 to April 1

Held at Tower Grove Park, the Gateway Outdoor Expo, the premier consumer show and cultural gathering for the regional outdoor community, showcases new outdoor gear, services and resources, alongside interactive demonstrations and experiential attractions – all in a festive, family-friendly environment. This year’s event will spotlight activities such as biking, hiking, camping, rock climbing and paddling, as well as adventure travel and health and wellness. Special features include a rock-climbing wall, a mountain bike demonstration course, mobile life exhibitors and a VIP party.

Until April 9

Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Jane Goodall, who braved the unknown to provide a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives – chimpanzees. Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Jane Goodall, a highly engaging exhibition that allows guests to experience the sensational story of a pioneer in STEAM, will close on April 9. At the Saint Louis Science Center, embark on a journey to the forests of Tanzania, like 26-year-old Jane did, via a multiscreen experience that introduces Dr. Goodall’s extraordinary work, alongside surprising encounters with virtually rendered chimpanzees. Enter a life-size replica of Dr. Goodall’s research tent, test your skills at matching the “chimp chat” of a chimpanzee and gather around a makeshift campsite to listen to a hologram-like projection of Dr. Goodall as she shares her memories of Gombe Stream National Park and recalls her thoughts, feelings, impressions and lessons learned while living among chimpanzees.