Is it really the month of March already? Between carnival events and independence holidays, it really caught me by surprise.

This also means Easter is around the corner – and I'll have a separate edition soon on Easter Week events (Semana Santa). In the meantime, below is my monthly DRVisitor curated list of the most exciting events around the Dominican Republic, from International Women's Day events in the capital to the PGA tournament in Bavaro.

humpback whale
Humpback whale watching season continues in Samana through March 31.

MARCH 2018

1. International Women's Day Tribute Concert, Centro Cultural de España in the Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo – Thursday March 8 at 9pm

The back patio at the Spanish cultural center is always a great time for free concerts hosted year-round. This time, it will feature women performers in celebration of March 8 and in honor of Magaly Pineda, a renowned Dominican feminist and women's rights advocate since the 1970s. She passed away in 2016.

2. Puerto Plata's Final Carnaval Parade — Saturday March 10 at 2pm

That's right, some provinces are still wrapping up their carnival events. Check out Puerto Plata's last parade along the city's Malecon (waterfront boulevard) this weekend. Free.

It's also a quick ride from Sosua, Cabarete, and any other area you're staying in on the North Coast. If you're in Santo Domingo, just hop on a Metro Tours or Caribe bus.

3. Final Carnival Parade in Neyba, Bahoruco Province — Sunday March 11 at 2pm

Why not head southwest of the country? You'll experience a less touristed area and a town called Neiba, where grapes grow in abundance – look for them on sale on the side of the road, including locally made grape wines. The parade takes place on Calle Mella and the party goes on till 11pm. Free.

Stay overnight and explore the national parks nearby.

4. International Women's Day March and Concert, Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo — Sunday March 11 at 9:30am

Given the increased attention women's rights are getting in the DR and the atrocious increase in domestic violence and murder of women across Latin America, among other issues, this will be well attended. Organized by multiple women's rights organizations in the DR, the march is open to the public and begins at Parque Independencia at 9:30am. The event will end with a concert on Plaza Espana featuring renowned Dominican artists such as Fefita La Grande (the "Celia" of the DR), Toño Rosario, Xiomara Fortuna, Shadow Blow, and Roldan Marmol, among others.

5. PGA Tour at Los Corales Golf Club, Bavaro/Punta Cana — March 19 to 25

For the first time hosted in the Dominican Republic by the Puntacana Resort & Club–and confirming the DR as one of the Caribbean's top golf destinations. Over 100 of the world's best players will be right here, in Bavaro, playing on Los Corales golf course.

6. Humpback Whale Watching Season, Samana — Through March 31

The humpback whale watching season continues and is at its peak in Samana. For our picks of favorite tour operators, check out a copy of Moon Dominican Republic. Take advantage and take a side trip to gorgeous beaches along the peninsula, like Playa Rincon and Playa Fronton.

Last but not least, as always, with the above events, remember the phenomenon of "Dominican time" and "Caribbean" last minute changes.

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Lebawit Lily Girma

A former corporate attorney, Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning travel writer, photographer, and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for US-publisher Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize and Moon Dominican Republic. Originally from Ethiopia, Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–fluent in four languages, she has lived in eight countries besides the U.S., including Belize, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. Her articles and photography focusing on culture, adventure, and sustainable travel in the Caribbean region have been published in AFAR Magazine, CNN, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, and others. She is the recipient of the 2016 Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

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