1. Dublin, Ireland
St. Patty’s day is March 17 and I couldn’t resist putting the homeland of the Irish patron saint on the top of this list. The entire island celebrates this festivus holiday, but Dublin is where the really party time insanity is at. Starting on March 14 and stretching well into the wee hours of the morn of the 18th, you can see and participate in the street celebrations, make your rounds at the local pubs for some green-tinted stout, eat tons of traditional Irish dishes. The city center is also lit entirely in green for the 3-day celebration!
2. Adelaide, Australia
Adelaide’s a gorgeous place to visit any time of year, with beaches galore and tons of friendly Aussies to make fast friends with. However, in March the WOMADelaide festival is held in the picturesque Botanic Park, featuring musicians from all over. This year’s lineup is set to include America’s Arrested Development and Niko Case, along with Billy Bragg from the UK and several others (see www.womadelaide.com.au). You can liken this part of Australia to San Francisco for it’s arty, almost hippie flare!
3. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Springtime comes early here and Amsterdam is famous for opening Keukenhoff Park on March 20 every year. This park is the largest tulip garden in the world, with so many dazzling colors it’ll blow your mind. If you like to dance, listen to trance music or enjoy viewing some of the best Dutch artwork the country has to offer, hit the ground on March 5 for the start of the world famous 5 Days Off festival (http://5daysoff.nl/) which will feature the likes of Darkside, Nils Frahm and Noisia this year, among several others. Don’t forget to bring lots of Lactaid if you’re lactose-intolerant — there’s sure to be plenty of fresh spring cheeses to eat wherever you go!
Main Image: “Sure Sign of Spring” by blmiers2