March Activities in the Triangle

Raleigh Brewing 10th Anniversary Party

Where: Raleigh Brewing Company, 3709 Neil St, Raleigh

When: Saturday, Mar 4, 1 – 9 pm

Raleigh Brewing is celebrating 10 years in businesses by hosting a public event with plenty of beer, live music and food. The brewers are tapping kegs of rare and limited-edition beer, hosting a beer Olympics competition and having a flyover from the Bandit Flight Team. There will also be raffles, giveaways and more.

Hayti Heritage Film Festival

Where: Hayti Heritage Center, Durham

When: Monday-Saturday, Mar 6 – Mar 11

Put on by the Hayti Heritage Center and focusing on Durham’s African American heritage, the annual film festival screens works by and about those of African decent. The three-day event includes online and in-person screenings of full-length films, documentaries, shorts and more from local, national and international filmmakers.

Big Night in for the Arts

Where: Online

When: Thursday, March 9, 7 pm on WRAL

Local news station WRAL is putting on a show featuring local and national artists, including Rissi Palmer, Chatham Rabbits and Dasan Ahanu. The event began during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to support local nonprofit arts and culture organizations, and it continues to raise a considerable amount of money for local arts programs.

Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Where: Downtown Raleigh (map on event website)

When: Saturday, Mar 11, 10 am

The parade celebrates the Irish holiday with all sorts of traditional apparel, music and dancing, and will proceed no matter the weather. Don’t forget your green!

Art in Bloom

Where: North Carolina Museum of Art

When: Wed-Sun, Mar 15 – 19

The five-day festival will see the museum covered in more than 50 floral masterpieces that draw inspiration from the museum’s collection. Proceeds will be used to support the museum and museum programs.

Third Friday Durham Art Walk and Gallery Crawl

Where: Throughout Downtown Durham

When: Friday, March 17, 6 – 9 pm (and every third Friday of the month)

Every third Friday of the month in Durham galleries and other venues stay open late for visitors and some even offer special exhibits, food and drinks. Musicians will be putting on live street performances and many restaurants and bars will have specials.

Playthrough Gaming Convention

Where: Raleigh Convention Center

When: Saturday, Sunday; Mar 18, 19

Billed as the largest gaming convention in North Carolina, Playthrough is a two-day event that features tournaments, expositions and panels for video games and board games, a cosplay showcase, and more. Kids 9 and under get in free with a paid adult.

Cosmic Rays Film Festival

Where: Screen locations to be announced on website

When: March 30 – April 1

The festival “presents several programs of short films made by filmmakers from North Carolina and around the world that are formally inventive; speak with a personal voice; and are inspired by the possibilities of film as art.” From March 3 – April 1 Lump Gallery in Raleigh will be exhibiting virtual reality and augmented reality artwork as part of the festival.

Durham Small Plates Crawl

Where: Downtown Durham

When: Every Thursday

Participating restaurants and bars offer specials on small plates and bar parings to encourage residents to get into the Downtown Durham restaurant scene. The crawl was started to help restaurants get through the pandemic and continues to be a fun way to support local eateries. Check out the site for a list of participating restaurants and a map.