Pencil It In: The 23 Best Things Happening In March In Columbus

The weather is warming up, the days are getting longer, and spring is right around the corner.

It’s time to dust off those winter cobwebs and get yourself back out into the world! Luckily, there are so many super cool events happening around the city this month. There’s a little bit of something for everyone, from fun family events to beer festivals, and basically everything in between. Here are the 23 best things happening in March in Columbus.

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Lights

March 10 at 6:30 | Newport Music Hall | $21-$26 | Tickets

Genre: Alt-Pop. Canadian performer Lights is touring to promote her fourth album, Skin&Earth, which also has its own companion comic book series.

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Aaron Carter w/ Amy Guess

March 14 at 8 p.m. | Rumba Cafe | $20-$70 | Tickets

Genre: Pop/R&B. Former Teen heartthrob Aaron Carter is on tour promoting his latest EP, LØVË, which was released last February. Carter will be joined by Amy Guess, who will open the show.

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Lorde: Melodrama World Tour with Run the Jewels and Mitski

March 31 at 7 p.m. | Schottenstein Center | $39-$99+ | Tickets

Genre: Electropop. Lorde has come a long way from her native New Zealand. The singer is stopping in Columbus on her Melodrama World Tour, with opening acts Run the Jewels and Mitski.

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Demi Lovato and DJ Khaled

March 14 at 7:30 p.m. | Schottenstein Center | $29+ | Tickets

Genre: Pop. Demi Lovato is a straight-up powerhouse. Don’t believe me? Give her a quick listen. This former kid-star turned pop princess is coming to the Schott in mid-March, along with DJ Khaled.

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Blake Shelton with Brett Eldredge, Carly Pearce and Trace Adkins

March 15 at 7 p.m. | Nationwide Arena | $55+ | Tickets

Genre: Country. Award-winning country music star Blake Shelton will be joined by Brett Eldredge, Carly Pearce, and Trace Adkins for a massive show at Nationwide Arena.

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Way Yes Vinyl Release Show w/ CoastalDives

March 23 at 10 p.m. | Rumba Cafe | $8-$10 | Tickets

Genre: Experimental Pop. Local band Way Yes is promoting the release of their album, Tuna Waves on Vinyl with a show at Rumba Cafe. The evening will also feature the debut performance of CoastalDives.

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Jonny Lang

March 2 at 8 p.m. | McCoy Center | $36+ | Tickets

Genre: Blues/Rock. Guitar player and singer-songwriter Jonny Lang is playing an intimate show at the McCoy Center in New Albany. Opening for Lang will be Tony Lucca.

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Puddles Pity Party

March 20 at 7:30 p.m. | Southern Theatre | $33 | Tickets

Genre: The world’s saddest clown, Puddles Pity Party will be serenading guests at the Southern Theatre. Puddles covers a variety of artists in his performances, including by ABBA, Bowie, Cheap Trick, Queen, and more.

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Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience

March 2 at 7 p.m. | Newport Music Hall | $15-$20 | Tickets

Genre: Who’s Bad has spent the last 14 years as one of the best Michael Jackson tribute groups in the world. The show features musical performances as well as dancing.

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Save The Crew: The Battle For Columbus Documentary

March 9 at 6 p.m. | Gateway Film Center | $10 | Tickets

Why you should go: The “Save the Crew” movement is doing everything it can to keep Columbus Crew SC right here in our city. This documentary will highlight that ongoing effort, and you’ll even seem some footage in there from Columbus Navigator!

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WWE Fastlane

March 11 at 7:30 p.m. | Nationwide Arena | $28+ | Tickets

Why you should go: I know that “wrasslin'” isn’t for everyone, but hear me out. WWE Fastlane will feature some of the biggest WWE Smackdown stars in person, including a special guest appearance by wrestling legend and actor John Cena. He’s worth it, right?

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NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four

March 30-April 1 | Nationwide Arena | $145+ | Tickets

Why you should go: The Ohio State University is hosting the NCAA Women’s Basketball final four for the first time ever. Be a part of history and cheer on these female athletes as they fight for the chance to win it all.

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Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude

March 2-11 | Van Fleet Theatre, CPAC | $10-$15 | Tickets

Why you should go: Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude is the perfect family event. Round up the kids, get a little dressed up, and enjoy a couple of hours of pure fun.

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The Toy Symphony

March 18 at 3 p.m. | Ohio Theatre | $8-$12 | Tickets

Why you should go: Columbus Symphony’s The Toy Symphony is an awesome event to introduce your kids to the joy of classical music. Plus, the event benefits Nationwide Children’s Hospital because attendees will be asked to donate toys and other items for children and families at the hospital!

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Cirque D’Or

March 25 at 3 p.m. | Palace Theatre | $28-$63+ | Tickets

Why you should go: Cirque D’Or combines Chinese acrobatics and traditional dance into one show-stopping performance. You should go because you’ll see amazing artistry. This event is geared toward family, but it’s perfect for people of all ages.

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Alternative Fashion Week 2018: Grand Finale Runway Show!

March 24 at 7 p.m. | Express Live! | $25-$100 | Tickets

Why you should go: The fashion show will feature local designers, local small business owners, and local musicians. Live local and have some fashion fun!

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2018 SheBelieves Cup

March 1 at 4 p.m. | MAPFRE Stadium | $35+ | Tickets

Why you should go: The SheBelieves Cup will feature two different games, first England vs. France at 4 followed by USA vs. Germany at 7. Your tickets are good for both games, so it’s twice the fun for the price of one!

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Arnold Classic

March 1-4 | Greater Columbus Convention Center | $15-$20+ | Tickets

Why you should go: The Arnold Classic is one of the biggest events in Columbus all year. The expo isn’t just for fitness buffs, there are tons of activities and exhibits for the whole family.

Columbus Brewgrass Festival

March 2-3 | The Bluestone | $28+ | Tickets

Why you should go: The best of beer and bluegrass come together for two days of music, drinking, and fun. This event is 18+ only and the doors open at 6 p.m. each night.

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Camp & Activities Expo

March 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.| Columbus Zoo And Aquarium | Free Admission/$5 Parking

Why you should go: This event is all about the 2018 Columbus Parent Summer Camp Guide. Explore exhibits and meet sponsors to learn about summer camps and activities, all so you can plan the perfect summer for your family.

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Columbus International Auto Show

March 15-18 | Greater Columbus Convention Center | $5-$10 | Tickets

Why you should go: The Columbus International Auto Show is an annual event showcasing all of your favorite sports cars, sedans, SUVs, and minivans. The event is family friendly and has activities, exhibits, and attractions that everyone will enjoy.

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Blooms and Butterflies

March 10- September 16 | Franklin Park Conservatory | $8-$15 | Tickets

Why you should go: Blooms and Butterflies is the most beautiful event at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The exhibit features gorgeous, colorful butterflies in a peaceful, tropical setting. At 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day, a butterfly ambassador will release newly emerged butterflies into the biome so guests can get a closer look.

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Columbus Crew SC Home Opener

March 10 | MAPFRE Stadium | $27-$65+ | Tickets

Why you should go: You should go because the players on Crew SC deserve all of our love and support right now! Let’s show them how much we appreciate having an MLS team in this town, whether the league and ownership want to believe it or not. #savethecrew

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