We can’t believe it’s March already! That means we’re already one-sixth of the way through 2016. Before you panic and mourn the fact that time is passing quickly, let us assure you that March in Toledo is going to be a lot of fun. And how can it not be? March is when spring officially begins, it starts to get a little warmer outside, flowers begin to bloom, kids can see the end of the school-year tunnel, March Madness excitement is in the air and St. Patrick’s Day festivities occur.
Beyond those general events taking place throughout March, we wanted to help you make the most of this month by pointing you in the direction of some specific events happening in the Toledo area this month. This is a thriving community with lots to do, and we want you to take advantage of these local events to further enrich your Toledo experience.
So grab your calendar, phone calendar app, a receipt, a napkin, an ancient scroll — whatever your planning medium is — and jot an event or two down! Because you won’t want to miss out on these wonderful things happening in the area this month.
When: 7–11 p.m.
Where: Lucas County Recreation Center, Hall 2
Tickets: General Admission—$30 in advance, $35 at the door; VIP Admission—$50 in advance, $55 at the door
What: Camp Courageous/The Arc of Northwest Ohio and the NW Ohio Hemophilia Foundation proudly present the 10th Annual Glass City Beer Festival, featuring over 40 craft breweries showcasing more than 230 beers, local food vendors and live music (provided by 56DAZE). Get excited about this memorable evening by checking out the complete list of breweries that will be featured that night. You may notice that this list is quite long; in fact, the Glass City Beer Festival is the original and biggest beer festival in Northwest Ohio!
And to top off the excitement — keep in mind that parking is completely free this year. Proceeds at this event support the various programs and services of Camp Courageous/The Arc of Northwest Ohio and the NW Ohio Hemophilia Foundation, which are both non-profit organizations.
When: 2 p.m.
Where: Ballet Theatre of Toledo
Tickets: Child—$7, Adult—$14 | Buy Tickets Here
What: Follow up your pancake breakfast on Saturday morning with a fun-filled afternoon at the Ballet Theatre of Toledo watching pancakes come to life. That’s right! “The Great Pancake Escape” is a ballet performance following the story of a magician who accidentally mixes up his magic spells with a recipe for pancakes one morning. In return, all the pancakes come to life and escape throughout the city. You’ll leave with a sore stomach from laughing so hard, which will be mended by a Scrambler Marie’s voucher for a free order of pancakes! What a fun way to kickstart this action-packed month.
When: 1–9 p.m.
Where: SeaGate Convention Centre
Tickets: Day Tickets (1–4 p.m.) — $25 Regular, $35 VIP; Evening Tickets (6–9 p.m.) — $30 Regular, $40 VIP | Buy Tickets Here (Fees Apply)
What: Sample regional wines, gourmet cheese and food from local restaurants at the Glass City Wine Festival at SeaGate Convention Centre. It will be an all-day party, featuring entertainment from pianist Brian Timmons and the jazzy Skip Turner Band. Multitask by shopping for some unique gifts and household treasures from a variety of local craft businesses.
In the meantime, check out the vendors and wineries you will see represented at the Glass City Wine Festival, and get your tickets now! You can pay a fee to purchase tickets through TicketMaster or avoid the fees by paying in person at SeaGate Centre.
When: All Day
Where: All Over Toledo
What: And now, the event of 2016 you’ve been waiting for since you rang in the new year — Restaurant Week Toledo. This exciting week-long event organized by Leadership Toledo is designed to highlight some excellent dining opportunities in the Toledo region. As a participant of this culinary marathon, you can enjoy prix-fixe lunch or dinner options at discounted prices ranging from $5 to $30. Each meal purchased during Restaurant Week Toledo will support Youth Leadership Toledo, a program that promotes youth leadership development. Follow along on the Restaurant Week Toledo Facebook page to see the restaurants that are added to the lineup on a regular basis!
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Huntington Center
Tickets: $20, $45, $55, $65 | Buy Tickets Here
What: Calling all country fans! The talented and endearing Brad Paisley is gracing us with his presence for an exciting and party-like performance at the Huntington Center. Tickets have been on sale since December, so there’s a lot of excitement already building for this special Thursday evening!
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Stranahan Theater
Tickets: $33–76 | Buy Tickets Here
What: It’s time for all you Star Trek fans to “go boldly where no one has gone before” at the Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert Tour. Celebrate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary at this live concert tour making a stop in Toledo for an incredible performance. This lavish production includes a live symphony orchestra and international special solo instruments backed by footage from the film and TV show on a 40-foot-wide screen. The mind-blowing musical achievements from the franchise will come to life in this unique live concert experience!
When: 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Where: Anthony Wayne High School Gym
What: Get the kids involved with the March activity fun by heading to the Anthony Wayne High School Gym for their Family Fun Night! And the best part is that you can support the AWHS softball team with your attendance, as they will receive all proceeds. Enjoy the kid’s carnival all night, food and snacks, and an All Star Basketball Game at 7:30 featuring local first responders (firemen, policemen, sheriffs and troopers) vs. Anthony Wayne faculty members.
Make sure you don’t miss the half-time entertainment including AWHS cheerleaders, the AW Dance Team, music, games, a silent auction and a raffle drawing.
When: 7–9 p.m.
Where: The Toledo Club
Tickets: $35 | Buy Tickets Here
What: Enjoy an elegant evening listening to music composed by one of the greatest composers to walk the planet — Antonín Dvořák. His “Dumky Trio” is one of Dvořák’s most successful chamber pieces, and will be performed by some of Toledo’s great musicians. The program includes Pergolesi — Flute Concerto, Peaslee — Devil’s Herald and Dvořák — Piano Trio “Dumky”.
When: March 17 — 6:30 p.m.; March 18 — 4 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; March 19 — 11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.; March 20 — 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Where: SeaGate Convention Centre
Tickets: $15, $20, $30 | Buy Tickets Here
What: For the 65th year in a row, the Zenobia Shrine Circus is unveiling all they’ve practiced this year with a performance schedule spanning March 17–20. Get tickets to one of the Zenobia Shrine Circus performances at the SeaGate Centre and fix your eyes on the circus daredevils, flying acrobats, a cage full of big cats, motorcycle stunt riders, hilarious circus clowns and the ponderous pachyderms! This is going to be an exciting experience you won’t forget.
When: 7–9 p.m.
Where: The Toledo Zoo in the Museum of Science Great Hall
Tickets: $40 for Members, $45 for Nonmembers | Buy Tickets Here
What: Enjoy a mix of wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, live music and socializing for a memorable evening at a location you wouldn’t predict — The Toledo Zoo! Grab a group of friends for a carefree adventure in wine or make it your next date destination for a romantic night out. Whatever the occasion — or lack thereof — you’re bound to have a great time while Wine Tasting at the Toledo Zoo.
When: 6–11 p.m.
Where: Valleywood Golf Club
Tickets: $60 Per Person (Includes Tastings and Dinner) | Buy Tickets Before March 14
What: The Waterville Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to adorn yourselves in cocktail attire and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and a dinner at the 2016 Black and White Gala at Valleywood Golf Club.
But that’s not all! The evening includes live and silent auctions, live-event artists, music from DJ Jason from JL Entertainment and wine stations featuring wines from around the world. Make sure you buy your tickets before March 14!
When: 1–3 p.m.
Where: Fort Meigs
Tickets: General Admission — Adults $8, Seniors $7, Students $4, Ages 5 and Under Free
What: This is the final Winter Tea & Games at Fort Meigs, Ohio’s War of 1812 Battlefield during this winter season. One Sunday each month this winter, Fort Meigs has provided this special event to comfort those with cabin fever during the colder months. Ladies will enjoy tea and learn a new craft while gentlemen will learn a historically accurate card game. This is a fun way to learn something new in a historical setting! Plus, it’s essentially free because the event price is included in your general admission ticket.
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Stranahan Theater — Great Hall
Tickets: $43, $63, $73 | Buy Tickets Here — 3/29, 3/30, 3/31
What: Experience the Broadway smash hit that is Motown the Musical, the true story behind the musicians that took the world by storm, including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations. This musical tells the colorful story of how this group of musicians transformed America with their music and lives. At Motown the Musical, hear classic songs from that era, such as “My Girl,” “What’s Going On,” “Dancing in the Street,” “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”.
And that’s a wrap!
Or is it? Let us know the local March events you’re excited about and we just might add them to our list!
PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Glass City Beer Festival, Drink Up Columbus, Ballet Theater of Toledo, Glass City Wine Festival, Restaurant Week Toledo, Brad Paisley, Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage, Anthony Wayne Local Schools, Zenobia Shrine Circus, The Toledo Zoo, Waterville Chamber of Commerce, Wikipedia and Motown the Musical