March should be putting a spring in your step: blue skies (sometimes), daffodils and increasingly longer evenings mean there’s more time and energy for all the great London events and festivals March has to offer.

Women of the World Festival

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Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, this annual festival promotes gender equality and shouts out the achievements of women across the world. Using performances, workshops and debate, they explore barriers faced by women and have had speakers including Annie Lennox, Caitlin Moran and Malala Yousafzai in the past. There are some ticketed events and some free ones, so be sure to check the full schedule.

Move It Dance Festival

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A huge dance event with a wide range of styles and groups. As many as 30,000 people attended last year, making it one of the biggest London events in March. With workshops, performances and a chance to get on stage yourselves, this is the event of the season for dance enthusiasts.

St Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

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One of the rowdiest days in the London events calendar, St Patrick’s day is now a weekend of green pints, green hats and green parades. There will be marching bands, floats and colourful performances along Piccadilly, ending in Trafalgar Square with a whole host of entertainment, food and of course, plenty of drink!

Check out our full St Patrick’s Day rundown for other ways to celebrate.

Head of the River Race

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Watch as 400 crews of eight keen rowers compete along the Thames championship course on a Sunday afternoon. Started in 1926, there were initially only 21 crews from Cambridge and Tidesway but now teams travel from around the world to attend. The winners usually cross the finish line at Putney Bridge after about 20 minutes but the event as a whole takes around two hours.

London Coffee Festival

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In Old Truman Brewery, your coffee loving dreams will come true—for four wonderful days, at least. There will be over 250 artisan coffee and food vendors there, serving up coffee cocktails and running workshops and demos. Tickets are cheaper online so plan ahead if you can!

London Gaming Market

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The city’s biggest and best market dedicated to games and merch. Whether you’re into video games, board games or tabletop RPGs, you’re sure to find something of interest. Head along to bag a bargain (or just for the nostalgia).

BFI Flare

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A powerhouse of LGBTIQ+ film, BFI Flare returns for another triumphant season of movies and events. The festival celebrates queer cinema of all kinds, with brand new favourites and well-known classics taking to the screen.

The Boat Races

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Cheer on competing rowers along with millions of TV viewers and thousands of spectators for one of the most famous spring traditions in London. The teams from Cambridge and Oxford will row from Putney to Mortlake in the ever-competitive race for the title. The women’s race begins at 4pm and the men’s at 5pm.

Last chance London events in March

Vault Festival | Until March 17th | Waterloo

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BIO: Freelance writer, flâneuse and former blogger at London Girl About Town, Amanda is dedicated to sharing the latest on London's restaurants, bars, hidden quirks and general wonderfulness.
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