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Calendar of March Events in Boston

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March may ring officially ring in spring, but it’s not like we needed that to look forward to after this temperate winter. Luckily, there’s plenty else to put on the calendar. Restaurant Week, The Taste of the South End, the Hockey East Finals, and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day, take place this month in Boston, as well as the NCAA basketball’s East Regional, and the return of Van Halen. Here are some of the highlights to enjoy during March.
  • Taste of the South End
    March 6, 2012, 7-9:30 p.m., $95 general admission, $150 VIP admission

    More than 40 of the South End’s finest restaurants will be on hand at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts (539 Tremont St.) to benefit the AIDS Action Committee. Admission includes unlimited sampling as well as complimentary wine and cocktails. VIP guests are able to attend the event beginning at 6 p.m. and can attend the after party at The Beehive from 9-10 p.m.
  • Van Halen
    March 11, 2012, 7:30 p.m., $47-$147

    They’re back, and the early reviews are pretty good. David Lee Roth and company hit the TD Garden this month for a reunion show that is sure to be among the most popular concerts this spring.
  • Boston Restaurant Week
    March 18-23 and 25-30, 2012.

    Twice every year, the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau presents Boston Restaurant Week. This month, at participating restaurants, diners will have the opportunity to purchase two-course lunches for $15.12, three-course lunches for $20.12 and three-course dinners for $33.12.
  • NCAA Basketball East Regional
    March 22 and 24, 2012, 7:30 p.m., $47-$147

    March Madness comes to the TD Garden this year, with teams to be determined. General admission tickets have already sold out, so you’re best to check the secondary markets for any available, remaining tickets.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Events
    All month long

    With a large population that lay claims to Irish roots, it’s no wonder that St. Patrick’s Day is a huge annual event in Boston. From the South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade to pub challenges and Irish music, here’s a guide to help you plan your celebration.
  • Hockey East Finals
    March 16-17, 2012, $17-$37

    Hockey East favorites face off at the TD Garden, hoping for a Frozen Four bid.
  • New England Real Ale Exhibition
    March 28-31, 2012, $15 Note: this event has been moved to April 11-14 at the Somerville American Legion Hall Post 388 in Somerville

    The 16th festival celebrating cask-conditioned ales; half of the beers will be from the U.K., the other half American beers from New England. A good number of tickets will be available at the door, though there will be a wait. Best to get them in advance for each session. The Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday sessions run 6-10:30 p.m., while the Saturday sessions run from Noon-4 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.

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