March is full of fun — March Madness, St Patrick's Day and the first signs of Spring! But it doesn't stop there...
The month of March in Butler County is full of fun events, activities, and things to do. Our March calendar is overflowing with art exhibits, performances, big holidays and more! March has a lot to offer whether you're looking for date night ideas, family activities, weekend events or a Springtime getaway... there's a little something for everyone.
1. Seasonal Favorites
March is the month to welcome Spring, which means some of Butler County's seasonal favorites are opening for their 2020 season! Hamilton's beloved drive-in theatre, Holiday Auto Theatre, announced it's 2020 kickoff will be Friday, March 6th. They will be showing a double feature for their opening— Disney Pixar's Onward (PG) followed by The Call of the Wild (PG) starring Harrison Ford. What better way to spend a beautiful Spring evening? Another seasonal favorite, Flub's Ice Cream, will be opening this month as well. Flub's in Hamilton is already open for the season, so stay tuned for opening dates of Flub's in Fairfield and Ross!
Join the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum on March 8th for their opening of two special exhibitions— Love is Love: Selections from the Michelle and Sara Vance Waddell Collection and BORDERS by Steinunn Thorarinsdottir. The opening will start with an artist walk at 2pm that includes a tour of the BORDERS outdoor exhibition. Then from 4:00 - 7:00pm, the park will celebrate Love is Love at the Pyramid Hill Ancient Sculpture Museum and Contemporary Gallery. Both events are free and open to the public, so it makes a great family activity or date night! If you haven't visited Pyramid Hill before, the park is an incredible sight to see.
This year International Women's Day is going to be celebrated on Sunday, March 8th. This day is to honor all of women's achievements, success and to make a positive impact on the women in your life. It's a day to celebrate your female role models, empower other women, and continue to fight for equality. The Liberty Center is holding two wonderful events to help further celebrate this day!
- Celebrate Women Leaders Panel — This event is on March 5th and will include speakers from all over Butler County's community. You’ll hear how these leaders have forged their career paths; implemented leadership practices that promote equality in the workplace; and leveraged networks and mentorship in their careers.
- Women's Day at Kendra Scott — Who doesn't love Kendra Scott jewelry? In honor of International Women's Day, Kendra Scott is introducing a new expansion of its Shop For Good giveback collection. Come learn and shop at Kendra Scott in the Liberty Center on Sunday, March 8th and 20% of every purchase will benefit their mission to help women and children live their brightest, healthiest, and most empowered lives.
Photo Credit : Kendra Scott
4. Performances & Shows
This month, Butler County is full of musical, fun, classic and hilarious shows! Whether you're looking for a date night out, a fun for the whole family show, or even a weekend away— these shows are worth making the trip for.
- Mutts Gone Nuts — A must see for any dog-lover, or really just anyone looking for a great laugh! This show will be on March 6th at Miami University. In this fun and crazy show, expect to see high flying Frisbee dogs, tight-wire dogs, dancing dogs, magic dogs, and, of course, the one and only Sammie the Talking Dog.
- Shakespeare's Twelfth Night — Embark on this classic, interesting love story written by William Shakespeare put on by the Middletown Lyric Theatre. Showings will run from March 20th to March 28th.
- Classic Rock Experience — On March 21st, get ready to rock at the Sorg Opera House. Inspired by arena rock legends like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Boston, Styx and other iconic bands of the era, The Classic Rock Experience is a combination of music and theatre for an authentic arena rock show.
Photo Credit : Mutts Gone Nuts
5. St. Patrick's Day Events
March is known for the big, green, Irish holiday... St. Patrick's Day of course! We're a bit far from Ireland, but that doesn't mean there's not plenty of ways to celebrate right here in Butler County.
- Shamrock Shuffle in West Chester — This annual 5K and 10K race is a popular community tradition. Proceeds support the Community Foundation’s Community Grants Fund, as well as the many different nonprofit organizations who register a team through the Shuffle Gives Back program. If you don't decide to walk or run, join them for the St. Patty's Day block party at noon!
- The Swire Inn — Come hang out at The Swire Inn in Middletown on march 14th for a St. Patrick's Day Celebration! Experience live music, green cocktails, a special festive menu, and Connections Day Spa will be offering magical leprechaun make overs.
- Fairfield Coffee — All March long, head into Fairfield Coffee for specialty St. Patrick's Day themed drinks. As a bonus... head over on March 17th wearing green and get a FREE shamrock iced cookie!
Photo Credit : The Swire Inn
The popular Ruffles and Rust Expo is coming back to Hamilton, Ohio! Held at the Butler County Fairgrounds on March 28th and 29th, get your shopping bags ready for a ton of great vendors. Explore all of the beautiful vintage finds, hand crafted home decor, and one-of-a-kind boutique items. Each and every show is unique! Admission is $5/person and includes a full day of 100+ booths with vendors selling boutique clothing & jewelry, home decor, handmade items, gourmet food and vintage finds. Ladies, mark your calendars!
Photo Credit : Ruffles & Rust Expo Ohio
7. Celebrate Pi Day
Pi Day is celebrated by many schools around the country on Saturday, March 14th in honor of the mathematical symbol Pi (also known as 3.14). Although Pi Day is all about 𝝅 = the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter ... it's a lot more fun to celebrate with actual pie. Here are a few Butler County favorites to help you celebrate the right way.
- Hyde's Restaurant — For over 70 years, Hyde’s has developed a devoted following through their massive menu and of course their legendary homemade pies.
- Bar Del Mar — Enjoy a relaxing dinner at The Liberty Center with Bar Del Mar's full service bar, small plates, and a variety of shareable options. Finish off the evening with the views of The Park and indulging in a slice of their peanut butter pie with an Oreo crust.
- Need Something savory instead of sweet? Check out one of these places for a fresh Pizza Pie.
An evening filled with Vernon McIntyre's Appalachian Grass band is always lively, fun and a great way to spend your night. Join the band on March 5th for Bluegrass Night at Miami University Hamilton's campus. Known for their lighting fast instrumentals, close harmonies, and entertaining novelty songs, it's an event for anyone and everyone. Grab something to eat that night from True West with deals and specials before the show.
Photo Credit : Vernon McIntyre's Appalachian Grass