March Events in North Carolina


Check out fun events happening this March across the state:

Downtown Mooresville Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade


Held annually each March, the Mooresville parade features Irish pipe bands, Irish dancers, green cars and lots of family fun. The parade kicks off at 3 p.m.

Learn more at

Rainbow and Ramps

Photo: Kristy M. Herron

Rainbow and Ramps Festival

March 24, Cherokee

Cherokee rings in spring with two local favorites – rainbow trout and ramps – by celebrating them with the annual Rainbow and Ramps Festival each March.

To prepare, Cherokee families will gather the ramps – wild onions also known as mountain leeks that taste like a cross between onions and garlic – from their secret family patches. Rainbow trout are more accessible, and the festival officially kicks off fishing season. At the event, visitors can taste the flavors for themselves with a plate topped with both foods plus other tasty veggies for $10. The festival honors the elders in Cherokee with free entertainment, a horseshoe tournament, family-friendly games and, of course, lots of food. Learn more about the Rainbow and Ramps Festival, including a schedule of events, at

NC Herring Festival

March 30-31, Jamesville

Celebrate the arrival of spring at the 2018 NC Herring Festival. For nearly 70 years, crowds have gathered along the banks of the Roanoke River in Jamesville to wave goodbye to winter and welcome in warmer weather.

With deep roots and traditions of fishing for herring, the festival has evolved into a citywide block party, held each year during Easter weekend. Activities include live music and a street dance party on Friday and Saturday nights, and a pancake breakfast, egg hunt and live bunny rabbits during the day on Saturday.

Visit; or, call (252) 217-5363 to learn more about this year’s NC Herring Festival.

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