Remember when we hit 70 degrees in January and February? Remember when those months felt like they were stretching on forever?

Now we’re staring down the barrel of spring and it’s time to welcome her with open arms.

Here are my favorite ways to do just that.

As Green as It Gets

No pinching here. Throw on all the green you’ve got and check out the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that runs from Argenta to Copper Grill on March 14. If you really want to go all out, head to Hot Springs for the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade led by Cheech Marin and Danny Trejo (yes, really) with concerts from Blues Traveler and Foghat on March 17.


The First Day of Spring

It’s coming, friends. March 19 is almost here, bringing with it the promise of longer days and outdoor adventures. Have your picnic basket ready to roll.


Pups on Parade

Little Rock has been casually building a lineup of Mardi Gras fun over the years — the SoMardi Gras parade is never one to miss — but one of the city’s favorite festivities is the Barkus on Main dog parade on March 29 complete with gumbo, a hurricane station and live music.


Crawfish Galore

Pass the cardboard tray. Crawfish season ramps up in March, meaning your calendar is about to fill up with a whole lot of boil bashes. Load up while you can, friends.


The Queen

The one and only Cher is making her royal return to the metro this month. We were there when she brought down the house in 2014, and my mom and I will be there to turn back time again on March 14.

Pictured: Actual footage of my mom and I losing it the last time Cher was in town.