New York City events calendar for March 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend fairs, shows, St. Patrick’s Day parades, free kids’ activities in NYC, New York.

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Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do in March 2015 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Rockefeller Center in downtown New York City, New York.

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Beer week

March 1, 2015 (begins Feb. 20)

NYC locations

New York City Beer Week celebrates craft beer with events at multiple locations. March 1 event is brunch.

Children’s food festival

March 1, 2015 (begins Feb. 28)

0.5 miles south

Kids food fest has games for children from 6 months to tweens, plus presentations & exhibits for parents, to encourage healthy eating, at Bryant Park. Free.

LGBT expo

March 1, 2015 (begins Feb. 28)

1.5 miles SW

See exhibitors of gay and lesbian products, services, and weddings, at The Original LGBT Expo in the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Kinky film festival

March 1, 2015 (begins Feb. 24)

3 miles south

CineKink shows films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality at Anthology Film Archives. It also offers panel discussions, audience choice awards, a kick-off party, and an after-party.

St. Patrick’s parade - Sunnyside

March 1, 2015

4 miles east

Community groups, children’s bands, religious and Irish groups join the all-inclusive St. Pat’s for All parade that starts at Skillman Ave & 43rd St. Free.

Chocolate & airplanes

March 1, 2015

27 miles east

Chocolate Expo offers tastings & sales of chocolates, baked goods, specialty foods, gelato, and wine at the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island, and your ticket includes museum admission.

Unusual film festival

March 1 - 5, 2015 (begins Feb. 20)

1.3 miles NE

See at least 20 rare and underrated films of all kinds at Film Comment Selects at Walter Read Theater.

Restaurant Week

March 1 - 6, 2015

NYC locations

Get a special deal on a three-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week – scroll down to see restaurants. Repeats in July.

Fringe theater festival

March 1 - 8, 2015 (begins Feb. 18)

2.6 miles south

Since participants are chosen by lottery, you never know what to expect at Frigid New York, which is 30 affordable shows at two East Village theaters.

Children’s film festival

March 1 - 22, 2015 (begins Feb. 27)

NYC theaters

New York International Children's Film Festival shows new, inspiring, and thought-provoking films about youth from around the world, suitable for families.

Orchid Show

March 1 - 31, 2015 (Feb. 28 - April 19)

12 miles north

The Orchid Show fills the conservatory at The New York Botanical Garden with thousands of orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures:

discount tickets weekdays $17.

Orchid Evenings add music and cocktails:

discount tickets in April. $30.

Flamenco show

March 4 - 7, 2015

0.5 miles north

Watch 15 Spanish dancers perform traditional flamenco with a vibrant contemporary edge at Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras at New York City Center.

Cuban culture

March 4 - 31, 2015

6 miles south

The Cuban Culture Festival presents Cuban dance, music, and seven 1960s Cuban films in Brooklyn.

Concert for Tibet

March 5, 2015

0.6 miles north

Expect big-name performers at the Tibet House Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall, which supports Tibetan culture.

Modern art show

March 5 - 8, 2015

1.3 miles west

See contemporary art from the world’s leading galleries at The Armory Show at Piers 92 & 94.

Art fair

March 5 - 8, 2015

1.7 miles south

Pulse is a contemporary art fair and exhibition by select galleries at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

Outdoor sport show

March 5 - 8, 2015

37 miles north

World Fishing & Outdoor Expo is all about fishing, hunting, and outdoor activities. See large-mouth bass in a giant tank, hear expert speakers, and visit 250 exhibitors at Rockland Community College in Suffern.

Entrepreneurs Festival

March 6 - 7, 2015

2.5 miles south

Entrepreneurs Festival offers speakers, panels, a party, roundtables, and a showcase of 80 startups for current and future entrepreneurs in Tisch Hall at NYU.

Avante-garde music

March 6 - 7, 2015 (and Feb. 27 - 28)

3 miles south

Avant Music Festival devotes each night to music by a single contemporary composer at the Wild Project.

Independent art fair

March 6 - 8, 2015

2 miles SW

Clio Art Fair is a curated fair in Chelsea featuring artists without exclusive gallery representation. Free.

Art fair

March 6 - 8, 2015

4 miles south

Art on paper is a new event with galleries exhibiting drawings, paintings, photography, and even sculpture incorporating paper at Pier 36.

Whiskey Walk

March 7, 2015

2.1 miles south

Taste 8 premium whiskeys with snacks at 8 downtown bars during Whiskey Walk.

Coffee festival

March 7, 2015

4.2 miles south

Taste coffee, see exhibits, and attend classes at the consumer CoffeeCon in Broad Street Ballroom.

St. Patrick’s Parade - Queens

March 7, 2015

20 miles SE

Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a lively local parade with bagpipes, marching bands, dancing kids, and fire trucks, which begins at Newport Ave. and Beach 130th Street in Rockaway Beach. Free.

French film festival

March 7 - 12, 2015

NYC locations

See the best of contemporary French films, including premieres, at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. (See separate listing for a similar event March 27.)

Wine tasting

March 10, 2015

2.4 miles south

Taste 100 wines with appetizers & meet winemakers at NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting at Astor Center.

Harvard humor

March 13 - 14, 2015

1.2 miles north

Hasty Pudding Theatricals is a bawdy production that entertains with silly plots, crude jokes, low production values, anachronistic puns, and collegiate humor at Kaye Playhouse.

Spring beer festival

March 13 - 14, 2015

1.5 miles south

Sample 150 craft beers with local restaurant food at NYC Craft Beer Festival at Lexington Ave. Armory.

St. Patrick’s Day pub crawls

March 13 - 17, 2015

NYC locations

Saint Paddy’s PubCrawl offers drink specials at bars.

Asian art

March 13 - 21, 2015

NYC locations

Asia Week New York includes exhibitions at galleries and museums, art auctions, sales, panel discussions, lectures, curator talks, and workshops.

Diabetes expo

March 14, 2015

1.5 miles SW

Learn how to prevent and manage diabetes at the American Diabetes Association Expo, which has health screenings, cooking demonstrations, experts, and exhibitors in the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Free.
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Robot competition

March 14 - 15, 2015

1.5 miles SW

Watch a tournament of 66 teams at FIRST Robotics Competition at Jacob Javits Convention Center. Free.

Vegetarian festival

March 14 - 15, 2015

1.7 miles south

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival features food samples and meals from vegetarian restaurants, health and wellness vendors, vegetarian and animal-welfare groups, and talks and shows at Metropolitan Pavilion.

Peace films

March 14 - 15, 2015 (party March 13)

2 miles north

See films focused on humanitarian causes at the New York Peace Film Festival at All Souls Unitarian Church.

Irish family day

March 15, 2015

0.9 miles west

Enjoy games, craft-making, music, and dance at the St. Patrick’s Open Day at the Irish Arts Center. Free.

Flute fair

March 15, 2015

3.8 miles north

The New York Flute Fair features performances, workshops, exhibits, master classes, and a competition at Columbia University.

Tasting event

March 16, 2015

6 miles south

A ticket to Brisket King includes tastes of beef brisket cooked by dozens of competing chefs, spirits, and craft beer at Irondale Center Brooklyn.

St. Patrick's Day parade

March 17, 2015

0.5 miles south

Billed as the world’s oldest and largest parade, New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade celebrates Irish culture and the Catholic faith on 5th Avenue. Free.

St. Patrick’s Day festival

March 17, 2015

1 mile east

Sober St. Patrick’s Day offers traditional Irish music, dance, song, and comedy at Cathedral High School.

Whisky tasting

March 17, 2015

2.5 miles south

Taste Irish whisky with appetizers at St. Paddy’s Day Irish Whisky Tasting at Camaje Bistro.

Queens film festival

March 17 - 22, 2015

4 miles east

Queens World Film Festival screens 117 films from diverse points of view made by maverick filmmakers.

Cider tasting

March 18, 2015

3.1 miles south

Taste local cider and meet the brewers at the first Good Cider event at Tribeca 360. Bring age 21 ID.

Film festival of new directors

March 18 - 29, 2015

NYC locations

See the work of emerging or not-yet-established international filmmakers at New Directors/New Films at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art.

Funny dance festival

March 19 - 22, 2015

5 miles SE

Comedy in Dance Festival is juried performances of humor in motion at Triskelion Arts in Greenpoint.

Taste of Asia

March 20, 2015

0.8 miles NW

Taste dishes from dozens of Asian restaurants with cocktails, beer, and wine during LuckyRice New York at the Mandarin Oriental overlooking Central Park.

Home design show

March 20 - 22, 2015 (VIP March 19)

1.3 miles west

Find inspiration for home improvement, shop for home products, and attend design seminars at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show at Piers 92 and 94.

Beatles festival

March 20 - 22, 2015

25 miles NE

The Fest for Beatles Fans has celebrity guests and speakers, Beatles vendors and auction, dance party, look-alike contest, games, exhibits, re-enactments at Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook.

Gay party

March 21, 2015

8 miles SE

The Black Party is a giant gay-kink dance party on Saturday famous for “strange live acts” in Brooklyn.

Craft beer festival

March 21, 2015

27 miles east

Sample two-ounce samples of 100 U.S. craft brews at the Spring Craft Beer Festival at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale. Requires age 21 ID.

Coffee and tea festival

March 21 - 22, 2015

4.4 miles SE

Taste tea and coffee, eat sweet and savory foods, and attend seminars at the Coffee & Tea Festival NYC at Brooklyn Expo Center.

Easter egg hunts

March 21 - April 5, 2015

Confirm date, time, and rain policy.

Duck tasting

March 22, 2015

2.4 miles south

Sample chef-made duck dishes with locally distilled spirits at Duck, Duck! Rye? at Jimmy’s No. 43.

Flower show

March 22 - April 4, 2015

1 mile south

See spectacular arrangements of flowers from around the world and attend scheduled events at Macy’s Flower Show at Macy’s State Street, floor 9. Free.

Gothic musical

March 26 - 29, 2015

0.6 miles SW

Nevermore: The Imaginary Life & Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe is a stylish show using haunting music, poetic storytelling, and stunning stagecraft to tell the fascinating, gloomy story of author Edgar Allan Poe at New World Stages.

Affordable Art Fair

March 26 - 29, 2015 (preview March 25)

1.7 miles south

Browse contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs from 80 galleries at the Affordable Art Fair, which includes workshops and activities at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea.

Diverse circus

March 26 - May 25, 2015

NYC locations

UniverSoul Circus features flashy Caribbean dancers, amazing Chinese acrobats, funny South African clowns, and exotic animals inside a heated tent.
  • March 26 - April 5 in the Bronx
  • April 8 - 26 in Brooklyn
  • April 28 - May 17 in Jamaica/Queens
  • May 19 - 25 in Newark, NJ

Horror show

March 26 - May 31, 2015

2 miles west

Put on a white mask and take a 3-hour walk through 90 rooms of scenes from a Hitchcock-like Macbeth at provocative and disturbing Sleep No More at the McKittrick Hotel for age 16+. Bar available. Review.

Star-studded comedy

March 26 - June 7, 2015

0.6 miles west

Matthew Broderick and Martin Short* star in It’s Only a Play, a sharp satire about the business of big-budget theater at the Jacobs Theatre. (*Nathan Lane March 31+.)

Hit musical for adults

March 26 - June 7, 2015

0.9 miles west

The Disenchanted Disney princesses sing, dance, and poke fun at pop culture in their hilariously subversive renegade show at Westside Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Winston Churchill

March 26 - July 12, 2015

0.5 miles west

The Chicago Tribune calls Churchill, a one-man show about the Prime Minister who led Britain in her finest hour, “very enjoyable and surprisingly emotional.” See it live at New World Stages. Discount tickets.

Poignant play

March 26 - Aug. 9, 2015

0.6 miles west

The Heidi Chronicles returns with a stellar cast to tell a poetic story about coming-of-age in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s at Music Box Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Sexy musical

March 26 - Sept. 6, 2015

0.7 miles SW

50 Shades! The Musical is a humorous satire of the bestseller “50 Shades of Grey” with song, dance, and adult lyrics at Elektra Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Dance show and party

March 26 - Sept. 13, 2015

2 miles south

Wayra: Fuerza Bruta is a spectacular mix of club, circus, rave, and underwater show where you stand and dance at Daryl Roth Theatre.

Blue Man show

March 26 - Sept. 27, 2015

2.3 miles south

Blue Man Group is back with a new stage show that combines comedy, art, science, visual effects, and music at Astor Place Theatre.

Discount tickets for April are $67.

Wine tasting

March 27, 2015

6 miles SW

Taste 90 wines with food and desserts at Hudson County CASA Wine Tasting + Sweets + Eats on the waterfront at Batello in Jersey City, NJ.

Wine festival

March 27 - 28, 2015

1.6 miles south

Choose from 250 wines to taste at Wine Riot, and track your favorites on the free mobile app, at 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Ave. Repeats in Sept.

Crossword puzzles

March 27 - 29, 2015

36 miles NE

Billed as America’s oldest and largest, the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament awards prizes for solving eight original crosswords and has speakers and a reception at the Marriott in Stamford, CT.

French film festival

March 27 - 31, 2015

1 to 31 miles NE

Focus on French Cinema has French films and special events with actors and directors at Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas in Greenwich, CT (March 27-29), and French Institute Alliance Francaise in NYC (March 30-31).

Popular musical

March 27 - May 3, 2015

0.2 miles west

The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical entertaining audiences since 1960, at intimate Snapple Theater in Times Square.

Discount tickets.

Musical comedy in drag

March 27 - May 17, 2015

0.7 miles SW

Fabulous is a silly gender-bender onboard a cruise ship at Times Square Art Center.

Discount tickets.

Easter eggs of the Ukraine

March 28, 2015

2.4 miles south

See artists make beautiful Ukrainian pysanka eggs using wax-resist batik, watch an excellent 14 min. film about pysanka from 1 to 5 p.m., and visit the exhibition of pysanky at the Ukrainian Museum.

Distillers festival

March 28, 2015

2.5 miles south

The NYC Craft Distillers Festival offers samples of 60 craft spirits, a 1920s jazz band, and a prohibition theme at The Bowery Hotel.

Easter train - Glen Rock

March 28, 2015

24 miles NW

Children on the Easter Bunny Train Ride get a visit from the Easter Bunny, a gift basket, and a one-hour ride roundtrip from Glen Rock, NJ.

Antiques sale

March 28 - 29, 2015

1.3 miles west

Pier Antique Show includes 500 vendors of classical and formal antiques, Americana and decorative arts, and 20th Century modern at Pier 94. Repeats Nov.

Easter train - Whippany

March 28 - 29, 2015 (and April 4)

30 miles west

Ride 10 miles roundtrip on the Easter Bunny Express as the big bunny greets kids and the crew hands out treats, then visit the train museum in Whippany, NJ.

Tragic opera

March 28 - April 10, 2015

1.1 miles NW

Heroine Lucia di Lammermoor goes mad after being manipulated into marrying a man she doesn't love, at the Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets for April.

Cinderella musical

March 28 - April 19, 2015 (weekends)

2.4 miles south

Bring your kids early for pre-show family crafts and introductory talk, then see a fun one-hour version of Cinderella at intimate Players Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Rockettes show

March 28 - May 3, 2015

0 miles

New York Spring Spectacular is a new musical about springtime in New York, starring high-tech puppets and the dancing Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.

Discount tickets $72 to $83.

Family comedy

March 28 - Aug. 29, 2015

0.6 miles NW

Kids howl with laughter at funny improvised skits, and some join onstage at family-friendly Improv 4 Kids [sound] at Broadway Comedy Club.

Discount tickets.

Tony-winning musical

March 28 - Aug. 29, 2015 (Saturdays)

4.5 miles north

The cast of In the Heights sings and dances around you to vibrant hip-hop, pop, and Latin music as they tell the story of tight-knit Dominican-Americans at Harlem Repertory Theatre.

Greek parade

March 29, 2015 (1:45 p.m.)

0.8 miles north

The Greek Independence Day Parade features traditional costumes, music, and lots of blue and white flags on 5th Ave. from 64th to 79th St. Free.

Anime convention

March 29, 2015

5 miles SW

Castle Point Anime Convention has panels and workshops, a dealer’s room, artist’s alley, gaming, anime music videos, costume play, and a dance at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.

Brunch cruise

March 29 - May 31, 2015 (Sundays 12:30 p.m.)

3 miles south

Enjoy a buffet, live jazz, and two hours of views on the Sunday Brunch Cruise by Hornblower Yachts, departing from Pier 40.

Discount tickets $51.

Shakespeare comedy

March 30, 2015 (click green below)

2.4 miles south

Twelfth Night is a gender-bending comedy about mistaken identity, unrequited love, and romantic mischief at Players Theatre.

Discount tickets are for a special performance March 30 with cast after-talk.

Black heroes of World War II

March 30 - May 9, 2015

0.6 miles west

The NY Times calls Black Angels Over Tuskegee an “uplifting inspirational melodrama...about trailblazing African-American fighter pilots” at St. Luke’s Theatre on West 46th Street.

Discount tickets for April/May.

Escape from Cuba

March 31, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

1.2 miles south

Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You! is a comic and touching one-man show about his family’s life in 1950s Cuba and daring escape at Stage Left Studio.

Discount tickets.

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March 2015 calendar of events in NYC, NY. Best events, entertainment, fairs, festivals, and things to do in New York City, New York.    steve.fox@events12.com