If spring to you doesn’t mean blooming flowers or long bike rides but rather the squeak of basketball shoes on the court, get your March Madness off to an early start with the Atlantic 10 men’s basketball championships. The competition returns to Boardwalk Hall for a weekend of games that will determine who has a shot at the NCAA crown. March 11-13, at 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, (800) 736-1420, BoardwalkHall.com for ticket prices and game times
Sure, you may celebrate Chinese New Year or Passover—but everyone’s got enough Irish in them to take part in St. Patrick’s Day. Get your green on and head down to the Atlantic City Boardwalk for a St. Patrick’s Day parade full of music, dancing and Irish spirit. The festivities begin at States Avenue and the Boardwalk, and conclude at Albany Avenue. March 12, 1 p.m., (609) 343-6326, AtlanticCityNJ.com, free
Just because your clubbing days are behind you doesn’t mean you can’t check out the wild side of the Shore. For those who prefer soaring egrets to pounding bass, the Southern Ocean Birding Group is providing a serene experience for bird-watching hobbyists and nature lovers. The Ocean County Parks Department will offer a lesson on avian wildlife, followed by a journey down the jetty for observation of local birdlife. March 5, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the Visitors’ Center at Lighthouse Park, Broadway and The Bay, Barnegat Light, (609) 494-7211, VisitLBIRegion.com, free
Arrival From Sweden.
If “Dancing Queen” is pretty much your personal anthem, you won’t want to miss Arrival From Sweden, the ABBA tribute band. They’ll perform favorites like “Mamma Mia” and “Money, Money, Money.” March 4-5, 9 p.m., at the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, (609) 441-6150, TrumpPlaza.com, $30
From his days on Saturday Night Live to his uproarious role on 30 Rock, Tracy Morgan has delivered some of the most consistent laughs in comedy. Morgan brings his raunchy stand-up routine back to Atlantic City. March 12, 9 p.m., at the Borgata Music Box, One Borgata Way, (609) 317-1000, TheBorgata.com, $65-69.50
The diva whose 40-year career has spanned Motown, disco and ’80s pop continues her legacy as one of the greatest female artists of our time. March 19, 9 p.m. at Circus Maximus Theater, Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave., (800) 736-1420, CaesarsAC.com, $80-155
The original Jersey Boy spent the better part of his career topping the pop charts with hits like "Sherry" and "Walk Like a Man." Decades later, Valli's still wowing crowds with his unmistakable falsetto voice. March 25-26, 9 p.m., at the Borgata Music Box, One Borgata Way, (609) 317-1000, TheBorgata.com, $55-$65
Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 12 (March, 2011).
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