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Getaways Calendar: March 2015

Those seeking a getaway with a cultural focus will find much to enjoy in the region during March.

Through March 1, Tucson, Ariz.: Tucson Rodeo-90 Year! The celebration of the cowboys at the largest outdoor winter rodeo in North America. 800-964-5662. www.tucsonrodeo.com.

Friday through March 8, North Lake Tahoe, Calif.: Annual Snowfest. North Lake Tahoe celebrates winter with on- and off-mountain events. The festival includes parades, live music, contests, comedy shows, ski races and a polar bear swim. 530-583-7167. www.tahoesnowfestival.com.

March 5, Cedar City, Utah: 23rd annual Braithwaite Art Auction. An auction featuring paintings, drawings, prints, photography, ceramics and jewelry by some of the Southwest’s finest artists. Rusty’s Ranch House. 435-865-8667. www.suu.edu.

March 7, Lone Pine, Calif.: Early Opener Trout Derby. All ages are welcome for this season opener. There will be prizes, including an $800 Blind Bogey. 760-876-4444. www.lonepinechamber.org/

March 13-15, Scottsdale, Ariz.: Scottsdale Arts Festival. One of the top-ranked arts festivals in the country. The festival features 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the nation. Entertainment, food, wine and beer garden also featured. 480-499-8587. www.scottsdaleartsfestival.org.

March 14-15, Death Valley National Park, Calif.: 16th annual Furnace Creek Art Show. Regional artists will showcase their paintings, woodworking, pottery, sculpture and photography in an open-air gallery at Furnace Creek Ranch. 888-600-1844. www.deathvalleychamber.org.

March 14, Phoenix: St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire. Enjoy bagpipers, Irish dancers, green beer and traditional Irish food. 623-939-1183. www.stpatricksdayphoenix.org.

March 14, Reno: Reno Leprechaun Crawl. Paint the town green at more than 20 locations throughout the city. Contests, entertainment and leprechauns. 775-342-9565. www.visitrenotahoe.com.

March 14, Virginia City: St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Oyster Fry. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a parade that travels down streets painted with shamrocks, then feast on oysters. 775-847-7500. www.visitvirginiacitynv.com.

March 15, Prescott, Ariz.: Go! Off Road Duathlon. The race combines trail running and mountain biking. Pioneer Park/Brownlow Trails. 928-445-8700. www.go-ar.com.

March 15, Reno: Leprechaun Race. This family event is on a flat 5k course through the midtown and Wells Avenue area. 775-825-3399. www.race178.com.

March 20, Zion National Park, Utah: Poetry in the Park. This annual workshop features award-winning poet, writing coach and MFA instructor Lola Haskins. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. 800-635-3959. www.zionpark.org.

March 20-22, Olympic Valley, Calif.: Tahoe WinterWonderGrass. Local, regional and national bluegrass music at the base of Squaw Valley ski resort. www.visitrenotahoe.com.

March 21, Valley of Fire State Park: 24th annual World Atlatl Competition. Competitors from throughout the world come to the park and show their skills. Atlatl Rock picnic area. 702-397-2088. www.parks.nv.gov.

March 21-22, Picacho, Ariz.: Civil War in the Southwest. A historical re-enactment of Arizona’s only Civil War battle, the 1862 Battle of Picacho Pass. 520-466-3183. www.visittucson.org.

March 26, Zion National Park, Utah: Thursday Trek. Join a naturalist and learn about the geology, flora, fauna and cultural history of Zion. Reservations needed. 800-635-3959. www.zionpark.org.

March 28-29, Tucson, Ariz.: Southwest Indian Art Fair. More than 200 Native American artists will be on hand for artist demonstrations, discussions and selling their handmade art. Arizona State Museum. 520-626-8381. www.visittucson.org.

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