Sure signs of spring highlight weekend events in and around Boston this weekend. Visit the Flower Show or the Southie parade; tour a Navy destroyer or go to birthday party for one of the world’s most famous bugs.

Boston Flower & Garden Show

March 16-20
Seaport World Trade Center

Spring has arrived at the Seaport World Trade Center. The indoors explode with color at the annual Flower & Garden Show. Elaborate displays abound, to help get you in the mood for the great outdoors. The theme of this year’s show is container gardening. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for kids and under 6 get in free.

South Boston St. Patrick’s Parade

Sunday, March 20

What better place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than in Boston’s most Irish neighborhood? The South Boston parade begins at 1 p.m. near the Broadway T stop and ends about two and a half hours later at Andre Square. “The Parade offers Military Units, many bands and plenty of fun for the kids, such as, Star Wars characters, Clowns and Politicians.”

Irish Music Children’s Program

Saturday, March 19, 10:30 a.m.
JFK Library

The New England Irish Harp Orchestra and Irish band Reaganta will bring Ireland to Boston on Saturday. The music will be accompanied by Irish step dancers and audience participation. The family performance is free, but reservations are required by calling (617) 514-1644 or register online.

Tour A Navy Destroyer

Saturday & Sunday
Black Falcon Terminal, South Boston

The U.S.S. Ross is in port at the Black Falcon Cruise Ship Terminal in South Boston this weekend. It’s open for free public tours on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Many of the ship’s 300+ sailors will be marching in the South Boston parade on Sunday.

Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst
Sunday, March 20, 12-5 p.m.

It’s the caterpillar’s birthday and they are celebrating at the Eric Carle museum. There will be special story times, art activities and a visit from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Discover all the museum has to offer with extensive displays of picture book art, a library and kids art center. Museum admission is $9 for adults and $6 for kids.

Revels Spring Sing

St. John’s Church, Watertown
Sunday, March 20, 3 p.m.

It’s a family event that’s sure to put you in a spring mood. The Revels Spring Sing is a celebration of the Vernal Equinox with music, singing and dancing. Revels favorite David Coffin and legendary folksinger Tony Barrand are just two of the highlights of the show. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 11.

Maple Sugaring

Breakheart Reservation, Saugus
Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

One of the first signs of spring is smoke rising from sugar houses across the Commonwealth. Weekends in March visit the DCR’s Breakheart Reservation to learn how to identify maple trees in the winter, how to tap a tree and sap boiling techniques. Your reward will be pancakes and real maple syrup around a campfire. Meet at the Memorial Visitor Center, $5/person.


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