March is always a fun month in South County because we can begin saying goodbye to winter and welcoming spring. Moving through March and into April and May means the return of warmer weather, and that the great summertime events in the region aren’t far away.
At the same time, we still have the last little bit of winter to get through but, luckily, South County has some exciting ways to keep you occupied and pass the time until spring arrives.
Let’s have a look at some of the incredible South County performances, dinners, and tours that you can attend in the first part of March 2019.
Every Thursday between January 10 and March 28 brings Wakefield Idol to the Contemporary Theater Company on Main Street. The competition features 64 of the area's best singers competing for a $1,500 grand prize and bragging rights as the next Wakefield Idol.
Individual tickets are available, with the quarterfinals and semifinals costing $25 and finale night tickets going for $30. The shows get started at 7:00, and since this is easily the theater's most popular event of the year, organizers recommend that you purchase your seats in advance if you plan to attend.
Seal Watching Tours
As temperatures being to rise in March, you'll have the opportunity to get out and do some seal watching on Narragansett Bay through Fish 'n Tales Adventures. Saturdays and Sundays all month long will feature these tours, which leave from Town Dock in Wickford, giving you access to the best seal watching area in the entire state.
The tours last between 75 and 90 minutes, depending on the weather, and your ticket gets you a seat on the Northeastern, a 50-foot vessel that is regularly inspected by the United States Coast Guard. Tickets are $24 for adults and $20 for seniors and children between the ages of three and 12. Children under free can board for free.
Coast Guard House Dinners
Are you looking for a special night out in March? Coast Guard House in Narragansett has you covered with its themed dinners. On March 1, the restaurant will host the Whalers Beer Dinner, a five-course meal featuring local oysters, fish tacos, waygu beef, veal shanks, and dessert, with each course paired with a beer from Whalers Brewing Company. The meal is $55 per person.
On March 7, the restaurant has its Orin Swift Wine Dinner. This meal comes with ceviche, salmon, quail, venison Wellington, and dessert, and the fine wines from Orin Swift Cellars accompany each course. This dinner costs $86 each.
Coast Guard House also hosts Candlelight Nights on the second Tuesday of every month, with the next one taking place on March 12. These dinners involve some romantic lighting and atmosphere to share with that someone special.
All of these special nights in March require reservations, so give the restaurant a call to book yours today.
Owling Van Trip
If you're looking for an outdoor excursion in March, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island is organizing an owl-watching van trip to locations throughout South County. The program gives you the opportunity to see multiple species of owls, including the barred, screech, great horned, short-eared, and snowy varieties, and to learn about them through an expert guide.
The tour leaves from the Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge in Exeter and costs $40 for members of the Audubon Society and $50 for non-members. Participants must be at least 14 years old, and you can register online through the society's website.
Chorus of Westerly: This is the Day
It's always special when the Chorus of Westerly performs and on March 2 and 3, the group, along with music director Andrew Howell, with host two concerts at the George Kent Performance Hall on High Street.
The title of the concert is This is the Day, and the performances will be a cappella in nature, providing a unique experience if you choose to attend. Tickets range in price from $19 to $60, depending on seat location. The Saturday show starts at 6 PM, while the Sunday show gets underway at 2:00 PM.
Fun Ways to Finish Winter
It’s nice when we don’t have to worry about snow and cold temperatures keeping us indoors any longer, but since South County always has fun ways to pass the time, the end of winter is never uneventful.
Get out there and experience these concerts, tours, and dinners to make the most of the last few weeks of winter because you know that in the coming months, the crowds will return, making it more difficult to get reservations at your favorite restaurants and tickets to the region’s most sought-after events.