March is one of the most active months of the year in Breckenridge as spring is underway and skiing gets oh so good! As temperatures start to rise, March is accompanied by sunny days and great snow-pack- perfect for days spent outside with the crew. Every week is full of events, visitors, and spring breakers, so the town gets pretty lively! If that’s your thing, jump in, raise your glass and say cheers to spring!
Breckenridge in March
Once spring has sprung, snow conditions are typically rock hard in the morning and slushy in the afternoons. For the best experience, start your ski/ride day mid-morning and plan to be off the hill in time to grab a spot on a deck or patio. But don’t let all that sunshine fool you! March is also one of the snowiest months in Breckenridge, so be prepared for all weather conditions. Dress in layers, wear the right gear and pack snacks, water and sunscreen. Sunglasses and soaked-through base-layers are no fun in a snow-storm, and a goggle burn is not fun to show up with at work the next day. You’ll thank us later.
Live Music, Performances & Events
Feb. 27 – March 29 – The Beauty Queen of Leenane @ The Backstage Theatre
Set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, The Beauty Queen of Leenanetells the darkly comic, Irish tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties, and Mag, her manipulative aging mother, whose interference in Maureen’s first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a chain of events that leads inexorably towards the play’s terrifying resolution.
March 7 – Lyle Lovett & his Acoustic Group @ The Riverwalk Center
A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers.
March 14, 21 & 28 – Escape Room Murder Mystery Dinner Show
Join Mountain Time Escape Rooms for an old Hollywood murder mystery interactive dinner. Enjoy a gourmet 3 course dinner while you sit back and watch the show or use your detective skills to solve clues and find the murderer.
March 15 – Luck of the Rockies St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
Featuring 6 bars, great drink specials, tons of giveaways, free photo booth, DJs, music and dancing and an exclusive closing party at Burke and Riley’s Irish Pub.
March 21 – Gershwin & Schumann @ The Riverwalk Center
Enjoy an afternoon of chamber music for piano, violin and cello with Breckenridge Music Festival Artistic Partners for Chamber Music Kate Hatmaker and Michael Linville as well as Alex Greenbaum.
March 27 – Austin-Style Champagne Soiree with Steel Betty @ The Riverwalk Center
The hip, virtuosic trio, Steel Betty, lives at the crossroads of what makes Austin, Texas the engine driving traditional music in America. Flavors of bluegrass, folk, blues, Tex-Mex, Old Time music and classic country, are a fresh reflection of today’s American music scene. Steel Betty brings this lively music out of Texas and to a spectacular Breckenridge home as a unique spin on a Festival champagne chamber concert experience. Steel Betty’s lively performance is paired with hors d’oeuvres and champagne followed by dessert, and the chance to meet the performers in person.
March 28 – The Del McCoury Bandy @ The Riverwalk Center
Even among the pantheon of music’s finest artists, Del McCoury stands alone. From the nascent sound of bluegrass that charmed hardscrabble hillbilly honkytonks, rural schoolhouse stages, and the crowning glory of the Grand Ole Opry to the present-day culture-buzz of viral videos and digital streams, Del is the living link. On primetime and late-night television talk shows, there is Del. From headlining sold-out concerts to music festivals of all genres, including one carrying his namesake, there is Del. Where audiences number in the tens of thousands, and admirers as diverse as country-rock icon Steve Earle and jamband royalty Phish count as two among hundreds, there is Del.
Tips for Visiting Breckenridge in March
WEAR SUNSCREEN AND DRESS IN LAYERS
Spring skiing in Breckenridge is known for sunny days on the slopes followed by afternoons on the patio enjoying apres. At 9,600′ the sun is more powerful than at any beach so be sure to wear sunscreen and reapply often to avoid the dreaded goggle tan. But don’t let all that sunshine fool you! March and April are some of the snowiest months in Breckenridge, so be prepared for snow, cold, sun and warmth. Dress in layers, wear the right gear and pack snacks, water and sunscreen. Sunglasses and soaked-through base-layers are no fun in a snow-storm, and a goggle burn is not fun to show up with at work the next day. You’ll thank us later.
MAKE RESERVATIONS BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
To ensure you your family gets to do all the activities on their bucket list (did we hear dogsledding?) start making activity reservations as soon as possible. While you’ll want to reserve any guided activities, you can keep other parts of your schedule flexible by planning to try activities that don’t require a reservation. Our list of 100 things to do this winter will give you plenty of ideas but our favorite reservation free activities include snowshoe hikes, visiting museums, going skiing, sledding or riding the trolley. Restaurant reservations partially fall on our reserve ahead list. Many of our nicer restaurants take reservations ahead of time by phone or on OpenTable but the bulk of our restaurants do not take reservations (dining tips below). If you are planning a date night, be sure to hire a babysitter ahead of time. ResortSitters, Care.com, ski resort daycare and Kids Night Out will ensure your little ones are having just as much fun as you are.
LEAVE THE CAR AT HOME
Direct shuttles from nearby airports to your vacation rental make it easy to get to Breckenridge without renting a car. Once you are here, the best way to explore Breckenridge’s quaint historic streets is on foot. Breckenridge is remarkably walkable, even with kids in tow. Most of our lodging is in walking distance to town or a Breck Free Ride bus stop which will take you to town after a short drive. Many lodges also offer free hotel shuttle transportation around town. Regardless of where you booked, your lodging company should be able to assist you in figuring out easy transportation from your rental. Learn more about going car-free in Breckenridge.
What to Do in Breckenridge in March
Bring the whole group for a spring break vacation. Aim for early to late March (or even April if you can). Plan to ski and ride for a few days of your trip, but also add in some fun off-mountain winter activities and hit the town for world-class shopping and dining. For the most part, every winter activity runs through spring. Find 100 + activities to do during spring in Breckenridge.
Top Spring Activities in Breckenridge, CO
- Skiing and Snowboarding
- Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing
- Dog sledding
- Sleigh Rides
- Scenic Cat Tours
- Explore Historic Main Street
- Historic Tours & Mine Tours
Don’t forget to explore town. Find a sunny deck like Rocky Mountain Underground or Fatty’s Pizzeria for après and order up a refreshing beverage of your choice. Locals love to head over to Broken Compass Brewery on a bluebird day- don’t forget to bring your pups and shareable snacks! If you’re looking for a wild time in town, hit up the bars and live music scene!
Check out more stuff to do this March with our Breckenridge Spring Guide!