New York City events calendar for March 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment 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.

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.

Award-winning drama

March 1, 2015 (also Feb.)

0.4 miles south

Disgraced is a play “about the stories we tell our friends, the secrets we tell our lovers, and the lies we tell ourselves” at Lyceum Theatre. Discount tickets from Goldstar and LivingSocial.

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.

Tango show

March 1, 2015 (begins Feb. 26)

0.5 miles north

Milonga is a 90-minute show by 12 dancers and a five-member Argentinean tango band at New York City Center. Optional lesson/party.

Discount tickets.

Ballet

March 1, 2015 (also Feb.)

1 mile NW

New York City Ballet performs two works by George Balanchine in All Balanchine III: The Sights & Sounds of Italy at Lincoln Center.

Sesame Street show

March 1, 2015 (begins Feb. 19)

1.2 miles south

Families love watching their favorite characters sing and dance onstage in Sesame Street Live at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Unusual film festival

March 1, 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.

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.

Discount tickets.

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 (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 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.

Circus

March 1, 2015 (begins Feb. 19)

8 miles south

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Circus Xtreme has spectacular acrobats, animals, music, and dance at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (Additional dates for Uniondale, Newark, NJ, and E. Rutherford, NJ.)

Restaurant Week

March 1 - 6, 2015 (starts Feb. 16; not Sat.)

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.

New Jersey circus

March 1 - 15, 2015 (begins Feb. 26)

50 miles SW

Metamorphosis is a classic show by Big Apple Circus with animals, aerialists, contortionists, jugglers, and magicians in Bridgewater, NJ.

Discount tickets.

Brooklyn skating

March 1 - 20, 2015 (closed Mondays)

8.3 miles south

Enjoy Ice Skating both outdoors and under cover on two large connected rinks at LeFrak Center in Prospect Park.

Discount tickets include skate rental.

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.

Star-studded comedy

March 1 - 29, 2015 (also Feb.)

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.

Discount tickets.

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. Romantic Orchid Evenings add music and cocktails.

Discount show tickets.

Sexy musical

March 1 - April 5, 2015 (also Feb.)

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 March 1 to 7.

Discount tickets March 10 to April 5.

Cinderella musical

March 1 - April 19, 2015 (begins Feb. 22)

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.

Horror show

March 1 - May 3, 2015 (also Feb.)

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.

Gothic musical

March 1 - May 31, 2015 (also Feb.)

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.

Discount tickets.

Dance show and party

March 1 - May 31, 2015 (also Feb.)

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.

Discount tickets.

Popular musical

March 1 - June 28, 2015 (also Feb)

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.

Tony winning musical

March 1 - Aug. 30, 2015 (also Feb.)

0.6 miles SW

Matilda the Musical, by Roald Dahl, is about a girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny, at the Shubert Theatre.

Discount tickets.

Blue Man show

March 1 - Sept. 27, 2015 (also Feb.)

2.3 miles south

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

Discount tickets.

Puppet musical

March 1 - Nov. 22, 2015 (also Feb.)

0.4 miles west

Humans and puppets live in a shabby neighborhood on Avenue Q and entertain mature audiences with sassy songs and funny antics at New World Stages.

Discount tickets.

Award-winning show

March 1 - Dec. 31, 2015 (also Feb.)

0.5 miles SW

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

Discount tickets.

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Poignant play

March 2 - Aug. 9, 2015 (also Feb.)

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.

Poker tournament

March 4, 2015

1 mile south

Play poker to support charity at the Texas Hold ‘Em Fundraiser at Stout on West 33rd St.

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.

Carmen opera

March 4 - 7, 2015 (also Feb.)

1.1 miles NW

Carmen is Bizet’s classic opera about a beautiful but hot-tempered Spanish gypsy woman who seduces a young corporal, at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Semele opera

March 4 - 10, 2015

5.6 miles south

Canadian Opera performs Semele, Handel’s sublime opera adapted from Greek mythology, with an Asian twist at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House.

Discount tickets.

Concert for Tibet

March 5, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

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.

French opera

March 5 - 21, 2015 (also Feb.)

1.1 miles NW

A young French poet pines after a prima donna and recalls lost loves in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Discount tickets.

Shakespeare comedy

March 6 - 7, 2015 (also Feb.)

2.4 miles south

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

Discount tickets.

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.

Art faur

March 6 - 8, 2015 (party March 5)

4 miles south

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

Discount tickets.

National Lampoon musical

March 6 - May 30, 2015

2.5 miles south

Fans of the TV show Saved by the Bell are laughing at Bayside! The Musical!, a raunchy, low-brow parody by National Lampoon at Theatre 80.

Discount tickets.

Whiskey Walk

March 7, 2015 (12 to 10 p.m.)

2.1 miles south

Taste 8 premium whiskeys with snacks at 8 downtown bars during Whiskey Walk. Discount tickets are available from

Goldstar and Groupon.

St. Patrick’s Parade - Queens

March 7, 2015 (1 p.m.)

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 129th Street in Rockaway Beach. Free.

Student fashion show

March 7 - 8, 2015

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.

French film festival

March 7 - 12, 2015

NYC locations

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

Family comedy

March 7 - June 27, 2015 (also Feb.)

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.

Wine tasting

March 10, 2015 (6 to 8 p.m.)

2.4 miles south

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

Rockettes show

March 12 - 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.

Restaurant tasting

March 13, 2015

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+.

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.

Discount tickets.

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.

Irish music

March 14, 2015 (2:30 & 8 p.m.)

2.6 miles north

Celtic Appalachia features old time American, country, and bluegrass music with Irish influences, plus singers and dancers at Symphony Space.

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.

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.

Romeo and Juliet ballet

March 15, 2015 (4 p.m.)

10 miles north

Moscow Festival Ballet performs Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet about star-crossed lovers at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts CUNY.

Discount tickets.

Tasting event

March 16, 2015 (6 to 9:30 p.m.)

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 (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.

St. Patrick’s Day festival

March 17, 2015 (4 to 8 p.m.)

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 (6:30 p.m.)

2.5 miles south

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

Cider tasting

March 18, 2015 (6 to 9 p.m.)

3.1 miles south

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

New directors film festival

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.

Home design show

March 19 - 22, 2015

1.3 miles west

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

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 Williamsburg.

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

0.5 miles west

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

St. Patrick’s Day run

March 21, 2015

19 miles SE

The St. Patrick’s Day 10 Miler begins at Rockaway Park and ends on the boardwalk, with an after party at the Bungalow Bar.

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.

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 Herald Square. Free.

Affordable Art Fair

March 25 - 29, 2015

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.

Discount tickets.

Wine tasting

March 27, 2015 (6 to 10 p.m.)

7 miles SW

Taste 90 wines with food and desserts at Hudson County CASA Wine Tasting + Sweets + Eats in the Atrium at Harborside Financial Center, 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).

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.

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 - Glen Rock/Wayne

March 28 - 29, 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 or Wayne, NJ.

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.

Easter egg hunts

March 28 - April 5, 2015

NYC locations

Find nearby Easter egg hunts. Please verify dates.

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