View of downtown Cleveland from the CWRU campus, courtesy of social media ambassador Tyler Ahten.
Photography by social media ambassador Tyler Ahten.

3 things to do in Cleveland in March 

Spring semester midterms are just around the corner at Case Western Reserve University and many of our students, faculty and staff are looking forward to a much-needed chance to relax and take a break.

What better way to do that than exploring some of the events happening in the CLE this month? We’ve compiled a list of suggestions to make it easier for you to find something to do, but if you’re looking for more, check out the Destination Cleveland website.

Our picks will give you a chance to get outside to enjoy a preview of spring or come back indoors should the temperatures take a dive.

Mac ‘n’ Cheese Throwdown

March 2

Not many pairings are a better match than macaroni and cheese. This childhood favorite will take center stage during the eighth annual Mac ‘n’ Cheese Throwdown. During this event, local restaurants will put their own spins on the classic dish with additions such as jalapenos, pulled pork, smoked bacon and more.

General admission tickets cost $35 and include all-you-can-eat mac ‘n’ cheese samples, one beverage and the chance to vote for the people’s choice award.

The throwdown will be held Saturday, March 2, from noon to 3:30 p.m. at The Madison (4601 Payne Ave.).

Get your ticket.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

March 8

Staying in Cleveland over spring break? Even if you don’t have plans to visit a unique destination, you still can see some interesting sights at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival on tour at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History March 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Arranged by the South Yuba River Citizens League, this festival showcases environmental and adventure films with a central focus on activism, justice and advocacy.

Shown in the Murch Auditorium, the films showcased during the festival will take viewers around the world to places such as Mexico, a small Minnesota stream, the Chesapeake Bay and underwater kelp forests off the California coast.

Learn more about the film festival and reserve your ticket.

Towpath Trail Lantern Parade 

March 9

With the temperatures warming up and the winter frost thawing, take some time to get outside and explore one of Northeast Ohio’s gems: the Towpath Trail.

Celebrate sustainability, the soon-to-be start of spring and art at the Towpath Trail Lantern Parade. During this event, local artists will illuminate their artwork made of recycled materials for a 1.6-mile walk along the Towpath Trail. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m., starting and ending at Sokolowski’s Overlook (1201 University Road).

Members of the community are invited to join in on the parade with their own lantern made of recycled materials and a battery-operated light. 

Learn more about this celebration of light.