New York City events calendar for March 2016. Best film festivals, fun things to do, art fairs, St. Patrick’s Day parades, Easter egg hunts, shows in NYC, New York.

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

Mileage is from Rockefeller Center in downtown New York City, New York.

Avant-garde music

March 1 - 5, 2016 (begins Feb. 20)

3 miles south

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

Fringe theater festival

March 1 - 6, 2016 (begins Feb. 16)

2.6 miles south

Since participants are chosen by lottery, you never know what to expect at Frigid New York, which has 30 affordable shows at two East Village theaters. Scroll down their page to see all shows.

Kinky film festival

March 1 - 6, 2016

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.

Children’s film festival

March 1 - 20, 2016 (begins Feb. 26)

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.

Family musical

March 1 - 24, 2016 (also Jan./Feb.)

0.6 miles SW

Based on a book by Roald Dahl, Matilda the Musical is about a girl who dares to take a stand and change her destiny, at Shubert Theatre. Discount tickets $59.

Orchid Show

March 1 - April 17, 2016 (begins Feb. 27)

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. Romantic Orchid Evenings add music and cocktails beginning March 5.

Star Wars exhibition

March 1 - May 30, 2016 (also Jan./Feb.)

0.5 miles SW

See 77 costumes worn in all seven films at Star Wars and the Power of Costume at Discovery Times Square.

Discount VIP tickets $28.

Musical comedy

March 1 - June 12, 2016 (begins Feb. 19)

0.5 miles NW

In sentimental She Loves Me, two sparring store clerks unknowingly write each other secret love notes at Studio 54. Discount tickets $67.

Fiddler on the Roof (live)

March 1 - July 3, 2016

0.4 miles NW

Fiddler on the Roof is a musical about Jewish tradition in Imperial Russia, which has won 10 Tony Awards, at Broadway Theatre. Discount tickets $69.

Broadway musical

March 1 - Oct. 9, 2016

0.2 miles west

Steve Martin wrote Bright Star, a sweeping tale of love and redemption set in the American South of the ‘20s and ‘40s, with songs by Edie Brickell at Cort Theatre. Discount tickets $39 to $89.

Romantic musical

March 1 - Dec. 31, 2016 (also Jan./Feb.)

0.7 miles west

Based on a 1912 novel, Daddy Long Legs is a musical about a girl’s correspondence with an anonymous benefactor as she matures into an intelligent and witty woman, at cozy Davenport Theatre. Discounts tickets at Goldstar and LivingSocial.

Opera by Puccini

March 2 - April 12, 2016 (begins Feb. 19)

1.1 miles NW

Madama Butterfly is a young Japanese geisha who mistakenly believes her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage, at the Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets $73 to $158.

Science magic

March 2 - May 1, 2016

0.7 miles SW

A physics demonstrator from Rutgers University performs amazing feats in That Physics Show [sound] using cold liquid nitrogen, burning hydrogen, and bright laser lights at Elektra Theatre. Discount tickets $20.

Creative percussion show

March 2 - June 26, 2016 (also Jan./Feb.)

0.5 miles SW

STOMP has high-energy dance, acrobatics, comedy, and nonstop rhythym from unusual instruments at the Orpheum Theatre. Discount tickets at Goldstar and Groupon.

Cocktails & food

March 3, 2016 (6 to 9 p.m.)

2 miles SW

Good Spirits pairs fine spirits with local restaurant food to delight your taste buds, for age 21+ at La.venue.

Modern art show

March 3 - 6, 2016

1.3 miles west

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

Art fair

March 3 - 6, 2016

1.7 miles south

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

Independent art fair

March 3 - 6, 2016

2 miles SW

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

Art on Paper

March 3 - 6, 2016

4 miles south

Art on Paper features galleries exhibiting drawings, paintings, photography, and even sculpture incorporating paper at Pier 36. Discount tickets $7.

French film festival

March 3 - 13, 2016

NYC locations

See the best of contemporary French films, including premieres, at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema.

Classic opera

March 3 - 26, 2016 (begins Feb. 25)

1.1 miles NW

The Marriage of Figaro is a popular comic opera by Mozart, which is sung in Italian with multi-language subtitles at the Metropolitan Opera House. Discount tickets $53 to $124.

Cocktail show

March 3 - April 30, 2016 (also Feb.)

2.8 miles south

Your ticket to The Imbible includes 3 craft cocktails plus a comic romp through the history of spirits and cocktails at SoHo Playhouse. Discount tickets $33.

Wine festival

March 4 - 5, 2016

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.

Entrepreneurs Festival

March 4 - 5, 2016

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.

Drone film festival

March 4 - 6, 2016

0.4 miles north

New York City Drone Film Festival screens short films shot using a drone, and it presents interactive panels and seminars about drones at Directors Guild of America in NY, plus Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ.

Whiskey Walk

March 5, 2016 (12 to 10 p.m.)

2.1 miles south

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

Dinner cruise

March 5, 2016 (7 p.m.)

3 miles SW

Enjoy a reception, a three-course dinner, and a DJ dance with three hours of views on a Manhattan Dinner Cruise by Hornblower Yachts, departing from Pier 40 at 353 West Street. Discount tickets $102, child $60.

St. Patrick’s Parade - Queens

March 5, 2016

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.

Children’s food festival

March 5 - 6, 2016

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.

Student fashion show

March 5 - 6, 2016

1.9 miles south

Fusion Fashion Show pits 16 undergraduate designers from the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons The New School for Design against each other as they each send five looks down the runway. Cash only.

Jazz brunch on a yacht

March 6, 2016 (also Jan./Feb.)

3 miles south

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

Discount tickets $57, child $27.

St. Patrick’s parade - Sunnyside

March 6, 2016 (2 p.m.)

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 6, 2016

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.

Magic show

March 7 - 28, 2016 (Mondays)

2.4 miles south

Five professional magicians perform card tricks and feats of wonder with plenty of humor at Monday Night Magic in cozy Players Theatre. Discount tickets $26.

Wine tasting

March 8, 2016 (6 to 8 p.m.)

1.7 miles south

Taste wine from dozens of wineries with appetizers, and meet the winemakers at NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting at The Altman Building.

Murder mystery

March 10 - 13, 2016

0.9 miles west

Based on a novel by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Nile [scroll down their page] is a murder-mystery play set on a honeymoon cruise down the Nile, at The Producers’ Club. Discount tickets $10.

Outdoor sport show

March 10 - 13, 2016

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.

Asian art

March 10 - 19, 2016

NYC locations

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

Disney spoof

March 11, 2016 (9:30 p.m.)

1 mile SW

Distorted Diznee has high-energy dancing, comedy, dazzling costumes, and lip synching by drag queens dressed as Ariel, Mary Poppins, and Snow White at Laurie Beechman Theatre for age 17+. Discount tickets $10 (and $20 food minimum).

Restaurant tasting

March 11, 2016

1.7 miles south

Sample food from 50 restaurants and 35 nations as chosen by Village Voice food critics, plus drinks at Choice Eats at the Metropolitan Pavilion for age 21+.

Harvard humor

March 11 - 12, 2016

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.

Robot competition

March 11 - 13, 2016

1.5 miles SW

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

St. Patrick’s Day pub crawls

March 11, 12, 17, 2016

NYC locations

Saint Paddy’s PubCrawl offers drink specials at bars.

Discount tickets $3.75.

Wine & cheese cruise

March 11 & 25, 2016

2.4 miles SW

Taste five wines with artisan cheese and see city views during a Wine & Cheese Pairing Class aboard the Yacht Manhattan, departing from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $51.

Classic drama about prejudice

March 12, 2016 (also Feb.)

4.5 miles north

A black family moves to the white side of Chicago in A Raisin in the Sun, a ground-breaking classic that became a movie starring Sidney Poitier, live at Harlem Repertory Theatre. Discount tickets $11.

African festival

March 12, 2016

13.8 miles west

Wofabe: African Dance and Drum Festival has dance and drum classes, a children’s class, crafts vendors, an an evening concert at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ.

LGBT expo

March 12 - 13, 2016

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.

Irish family day

March 13, 2016

0.9 miles west

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

Irish comedy

March 13, 2016 (8 p.m.)

15.2 miles east

Irish Comedy Tour is an evening of Irish comedy and music at Queensborough Performing Arts Center in Queens for age 21+. Discount tickets $20.

Queens film festival

March 15 - 20, 2016

3.7 miles east

Queens World Film Festival [website has sound] screens films from diverse points of view made by maverick filmmakers at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Beef tasting

March 16, 2016

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 for age 21+.

Film festival of new directors

March 16 - 27, 2016

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.

American modern dance

March 16 - April 3, 2016

1 mile NW

Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance features a live orchestra, with 2 premieres and 14 classics on different days at Lincoln Center. Discount tickets $20 to $62.

St. Patrick’s Day parade

March 17, 2016 (11 a.m.)

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.

Whisky tasting

March 17, 2016 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

2.5 miles south

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

St. Patrick’s Day festival

March 17, 2016 (4:30 to 7:30 p.m.)

3 miles SE

Sober St. Patrick’s Day offers traditional Irish music, dance, song, and comedy for all ages without alcohol at New York Irish Center.

Design show

March 17 - 20, 2016

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.

Science fiction convention

March 18 - 20, 2016

29 miles NE

Lunacon is a science-fiction and fantasy convention that includes discussions, author readings, writing workshops, a costume contest, an art show, and vendors at the Westchester Hilton in Rye Brook.

Easter eggs of the Ukraine

March 19, 2016 (1 to 5 p.m.)

2.4 miles south

See artists make beautiful Ukrainian pysanka eggs using wax-resist batik, watch an excellent 14-minute film about pysanka, and visit the exhibition of pysanky at the Ukrainian Museum.

Family show glows in the dark

March 19, 2016 (11 a.m. & 2 p.m.)

2.6 miles north

Moon Mouse uses cutting-edge puppetry and glowing wires to tell the story of a “different” mouse who loves science at Symphony Space. Discount tickets $13.

Temptations & Four Tops

March 19, 2016 (8 p.m.)

11 miles south

Motown Legends features the Temptations (My Girl) and the Four Tops (Reach Out I’ll Be There) at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. Discount tickets $43.

Modern dance in NJ

March 19, 2016 (8 p.m.)

36 miles west

See Pilobolus, a dance company famous for innovative contortions requiring amazing strength, agility and flexibility, at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ. Discount tickets $21.

Coffee and tea festival

March 19 - 20, 2016

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. Discount tickets $15 at Goldstar and Groupon.

Easter train - Whippany

March 19, 20, 26, 2016

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.


March 20, 2016 (also Feb.)

1.2 miles south

The New York Knicks play the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden.

Discount tickets $78 to $96.

Duck tasting

March 20, 2016 (1 to 3 p.m.)

2.4 miles south

Sample a dozen chef-made duck dishes like peking duck and duck charcuterie with locally distilled spirits at Duck Off at Jimmy’s No. 43.

Flower show

March 20 - April 3, 2016

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.

Weird Easter event

March 23 - 27, 2016

3.2 miles south

Full Bunny Contact is an extreme Easter egg hunt with photo opportunities, a bunny joust with music , and an on-site bar at The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center.

Spring beer festival

March 25 - 26, 2016

1.5 miles south

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

Auto show

March 25 - April 3, 2016

1.5 miles SW

New York International Auto Show is billed as America’s first and largest at the Jacob Javits Center.

African music

March 26, 2016 (8 p.m.)

4.2 miles north

Hear four African artists with diverse musical styles during Africa Now at the Apollo Theater.

Discount tickets $24.

Easter on the farm

March 26, 2016 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

16 miles east

Children can hunt for eggs throughout the afternoon, meet a human-sized bunny, play games, visit farm animals, and take a hayride at the Barnyard Egg Hunt at Queens County Farm Museum.

Peace films

March 26 - 27, 2016 (party March 25)

2 miles north

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

Easter egg scavenger hunt

March 27, 2016 (2 to 5 p.m.)


Follow clues around New York City with the help of a smartphone app to find hidden eggs. Discount tickets $27 for two.

Easter parade

March 27, 2016

0 miles

Wear an extravagant hat or festive costume and join the people strolling on Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets in the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival. See the official street closure a few days before. Free.

Easter restaurants

March 27, 2016

NYC locations

OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter.

Affordable Art Fair

March 30 - April 3, 2016

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. Repeats in Sept.

Easter train - Glen Rock

March 2016 (undated)

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.
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