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.
March 1 - 5, 2016 (begins Feb. 20)
3 miles southAvant 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 southSince 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 southCineKink 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 theatersNew York International Children’s Film Festival shows new, inspiring, and thought-provoking films about youth from around the world, suitable for families.
March 1 - 24, 2016 (also Jan./Feb.)
0.6 miles SWBased 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.
March 1 - April 17, 2016 (begins Feb. 27)
12 miles northThe 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 SWSee 77 costumes worn in all seven films at Star Wars and the Power of Costume at Discovery Times Square.
March 1 - June 12, 2016 (begins Feb. 19)
0.5 miles NWIn 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 NWFiddler on the Roof is a musical about Jewish tradition in Imperial Russia, which has won 10 Tony Awards, at Broadway Theatre. Discount tickets $69.
March 1 - Oct. 9, 2016
0.2 miles westSteve 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.
March 1 - Dec. 31, 2016 (also Jan./Feb.)
0.7 miles westBased 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 NWMadama 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.
March 2 - May 1, 2016
0.7 miles SWA 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 SWSTOMP 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 SWGood 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 westSee contemporary art from the world’s leading galleries at The Armory Show at Piers 92 & 94.
March 3 - 6, 2016
1.7 miles southPulse is a contemporary art fair and exhibition by select galleries at the Metropolitan Pavilion.
Independent art fair
March 3 - 6, 2016
2 miles SWClio Art Fair is a curated fair in Chelsea featuring artists without exclusive gallery representation. Free.
Art on Paper
March 3 - 6, 2016
4 miles southArt 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 locationsSee the best of contemporary French films, including premieres, at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema.
March 3 - 26, 2016 (begins Feb. 25)
1.1 miles NWThe 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.
March 3 - April 30, 2016 (also Feb.)
2.8 miles southYour 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.
March 4 - 5, 2016
1.6 miles southChoose 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.
March 4 - 5, 2016
2.5 miles southEntrepreneurs 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 northNew 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.
March 5, 2016 (12 to 10 p.m.)
2.1 miles southTaste 8 premium whiskeys with snacks at 8 downtown bars during Whiskey Walk.
March 5, 2016 (7 p.m.)
3 miles SWEnjoy 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 SEQueens 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 southKids 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 southFusion 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 southEnjoy a buffet, live jazz, and two hours of views on the Jazzy Champagne Brunch Cruise by Hornblower Yachts, departing from Pier 40.
St. Patrick’s parade - Sunnyside
March 6, 2016 (2 p.m.)
4 miles eastCommunity 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 eastChocolate 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.
March 7 - 28, 2016 (Mondays)
2.4 miles southFive professional magicians perform card tricks and feats of wonder with plenty of humor at Monday Night Magic in cozy Players Theatre. Discount tickets $26.
March 8, 2016 (6 to 8 p.m.)
1.7 miles southTaste wine from dozens of wineries with appetizers, and meet the winemakers at NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting at The Altman Building.
March 10 - 13, 2016
0.9 miles westBased 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 northWorld 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.
March 10 - 19, 2016
NYC locationsAsia Week New York includes exhibitions at galleries and museums, art auctions, sales, panel discussions, lectures, curator talks, and workshops.
March 11, 2016 (9:30 p.m.)
1 mile SWDistorted 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).
March 11, 2016
1.7 miles southSample 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+.
March 11 - 12, 2016
1.2 miles northHasty Pudding Theatricals is a bawdy production that entertains with silly plots, crude jokes, low production values, anachronistic puns, and collegiate humor at Kaye Playhouse.
March 11 - 13, 2016
1.5 miles SWWatch 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 locationsSaint Paddy’s PubCrawl offers drink specials at bars.
Wine & cheese cruise
March 11 & 25, 2016
2.4 miles SWTaste 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 northA 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.
March 12, 2016
13.8 miles westWofabe: 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.
March 12 - 13, 2016
1.5 miles SWSee exhibitors of gay and lesbian products, services, and weddings, at The Original LGBT Expo in the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Easter egg hunts
March 12 - 27, 2016
Confirm date, time, and rain policy.
Irish family day
March 13, 2016
0.9 miles westEnjoy games, craft-making, music, and dance at the St. Patrick’s Open Day at the Irish Arts Center. Free.
March 13, 2016 (8 p.m.)
15.2 miles eastIrish 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 eastQueens World Film Festival [website has sound] screens films from diverse points of view made by maverick filmmakers at the Museum of the Moving Image.
March 16, 2016
6 miles southA 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 locationsSee 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 NWPaul 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 southBilled 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.
March 17, 2016 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
2.5 miles southTaste 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 SESober St. Patrick’s Day offers traditional Irish music, dance, song, and comedy for all ages without alcohol at New York Irish Center.
March 17 - 20, 2016
1.3 miles westFind 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 NELunacon 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 southSee 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 northMoon 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 southMotown 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 westSee 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 SETaste 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 westRide 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 southThe New York Knicks play the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden.
March 20, 2016 (1 to 3 p.m.)
2.4 miles southSample a dozen chef-made duck dishes like peking duck and duck charcuterie with locally distilled spirits at Duck Off at Jimmy’s No. 43.
March 20 - April 3, 2016
1 mile southSee 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 southFull 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 southSample 150 craft beers with local restaurant food at NYC Craft Beer Festival at Lexington Ave. Armory.
March 25 - April 3, 2016
1.5 miles SWNew York International Auto Show is billed as America’s first and largest at the Jacob Javits Center.
March 26, 2016 (8 p.m.)
4.2 miles northHear four African artists with diverse musical styles during Africa Now at the Apollo Theater.
Easter on the farm
March 26, 2016 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
16 miles eastChildren 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.
March 26 - 27, 2016 (party March 25)
2 miles northSee 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.)
ManhattanFollow clues around New York City with the help of a smartphone app to find hidden eggs. Discount tickets $27 for two.
March 27, 2016
0 milesWear 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.
March 27, 2016
NYC locationsOpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter.
Affordable Art Fair
March 30 - April 3, 2016
1.7 miles southBrowse 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 NWChildren 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.