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.
Orchid Show - daytime
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.
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 (party March 2)
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.
French film festival
March 3 - 13, 2016
NYC locationsSee the best of contemporary French films, including premieres, at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema.
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 50 startups for current and future entrepreneurs in Tisch Hall at NYU.
Drone film festival
March 4 - 6, 2016 (sold out 4th & 5th)
two locationsNew York City Drone Film Festival screens short films shot using a drone and holds interactive panels and seminars.
Independent art fair
March 4 - 6, 2016 (reception March 3)
2 miles SWClio Art Fair is a curated fair in Chelsea featuring artists without exclusive gallery representation. Free.
Art on Paper
March 4 - 6, 2016 (preview March 3)
4 miles southArt on Paper features galleries exhibiting drawings, paintings, photography, and even sculpture incorporating paper at Pier 36.
March 4 - April 9, 2016
Lower ManhattanSee creative plays, films, and more at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF), which showcases urban artists and promotes diversity.
March 5, 2016 (12 to 10 p.m.)
2.1 miles southTaste 8 premium whiskeys with snacks at 8 Manhattan bars during Whiskey Walk.
St. Patrick’s Parade - Queens
March 5, 2016 (1 p.m.)
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 15 undergraduate designers from the Fashion Institute of Technology against 15 from Parsons The New School for Design as they each send five looks down the runway. Tickets.
Children’s film festival
March 5 - 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.
Orchid Show - evening
March 5 - April 16, 2016
12 miles northWander through the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden with a cocktail in hand and romantic music playing during Orchid Evenings, which are March 5, 12, 19, 24 (LGBT), 26, and April 2, 9, 15, 16.
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.
March 6, 2016
5.7 miles NWChocolate Expo has tastings and sales of chocolates, baked goods, specialty foods, gelato, and wine at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, NJ.
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.
Easter egg hunts
March 6, 12, 13, 19, 24-27, 2016
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March 8, 2016 (7 p.m.)
1.2 miles SWBNP Paribas Showdown is an epic battle of champion tennis players at Madison Square Garden.
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.
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 (7 to 10 p.m.)
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 - 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 - 19, 2016
NYC locationsSaint Paddy’s PubCrawl offers drink specials at bars in the East Village.
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.
Irish family day
March 13, 2016 (12 to 4 p.m.)
0.9 miles westEnjoy games, craft-making, music, and dance at the St. Patrick’s Open Day at the Irish Arts Center. Free.
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
6.9 miles southA ticket to Brisket King includes tastes of beef brisket cooked by dozens of competing chefs, spirits, and craft beer at Sanders Studios in 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.
St. Patrick’s Day parade
March 17, 2016 (11 a.m.)
0.5 miles southBilled as the world’s oldest and largest St. Patrick’s parade, New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade celebrates Irish culture and the Catholic faith on 5th Avenue from 44th to 79th. No alcohol or pets. 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 18 - 20, 2016 (VIP March 17)
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.
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.
Easter train - Whippany
March 19, 20, 26, 2016
30 miles westA ticket to Easter Bunny Express includes a 10-mile roundtrip train ride as the big bunny greets kids and the crew hands out treats, plus a visit to the train museum in Whippany, NJ.
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.
March 23, 2016
1.2 miles NEThe $180 Whisky Extravaganza includes unlimited tastes from distillers and a buffet at Guastavino’s.
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. Some sessions are labeled “family hours.”
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 the nation’s first and most attended at Jacob Javits Center.
Easter pub crawl
March 26, 2016 (2 to 5 p.m.)
5.4 miles SEThe Great Egg Hunt is a pub crawl and Easter egg hunt, which has prizes and drink specials at seven Williamsburg bars on Grand Street. Free in advance.
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.
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.
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. It is described in the official street closure as “Easter Sunday Mass” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.
March 27, 2016
NYC locationsOpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter. For additional recommendations, see:
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, with workshops and activities at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Repeats in Sept.