Things to Do: March 2023

1. The North Carolina Museum of Art is hosting Art in Bloom, a perennial favorite among visitors, showcasing stunning floral designs based off of existing artwork within the museum. Proceeds from the event will support Museum programming and exhibitions and benefit the NCMA Foundation, Inc. Wednesday–Sunday, March 15–19, hours vary by day; $30 members, $33 nonmembers; 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.

Art in Bloom

2. Taco lovers, rejoice! The Tacos ’N Taps Festival is coming back to Koka Booth Amphitheatre, so get ready for some south-of-the-border foodie fun! Listen to live music while enjoying over 30 different types of tacos and all-you-care-to-taste tequila, craft beers, margaritas, mezcals, and more. April 1, noon to 5 p.m.; $39 and up; 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary.

Tacos N’ Taps

3. Lace up your running shoes for the 13th Tobacco Road Marathon and Half Marathon! The full marathon features over 20 miles of the American Tobacco Trail, and the remainder of the course is flat and fast with a downhill finish. March 19, 7 a.m.; $100 half, $105 full; 200 Brooks Park Lane, Cary.

4. Watch mechanical beasts compete against each other at this year’s Monster Jam! Fun for the whole family — just don’t forget to bring your earplugs! Saturday, March 18, 7 p.m., Sunday, March 19, 1 p.m.; $15–80; PNC Arena, Raleigh.

Monster Jam

5. The Dreamville Festival, an outdoor weekend music celebration curated by hip-hop superstar J. Cole, brings together local residents and travelers alike to enjoy incredible music performances at Dorothea Dix Park. Since its launch in 2018, Dreamville has become one of the largest annual events in the state and one of today’s most popular artist-led festivals in the world. Saturday–Sunday, April 1–2, gates open at 12:30 p.m.; $224.99; Dorothea Dix Park, Raleigh.

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