New York City events calendar for March 2017. 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.

Whisky tasting

March 1, 2017 (6 p.m., VIP 5:30)

2.5 miles SW

A ticket to Whisky Live includes a dinner buffet, live entertainment, and a glass to sample the greatest whiskies in the world at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers.

Beer week

March 1 - 4, 2017 (begins Feb. 24)

NYC locations

New York City Beer Week celebrates craft beer with special tastings, pairings, and dinners at many venues.

Fringe theater festival

March 1 - 5, 2017 (begins Feb. 13)

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.

Street-wise musical

March 1 - 30, 2017 (from Dec.)

0.4 miles west

Set in the 1960s, A Bronx Tale is about a young man caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be at Longacre Theatre. Discount mid-week tickets $69.

Orchid Show

March 1 - April 9, 2017 (begins Feb. 18)

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.

Modern art show

March 2 - 5, 2017

1.3 miles west

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

Independent art fair

March 2 - 5, 2017

2 miles SW

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

Art on Paper

March 2 - 5, 2017

4 miles south

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

Outdoor sport show

March 2 - 5, 2017

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.

Beatles festival

March 3 - 5, 2017

6.6 miles SW

The Fest for Beatles Fans [sound] has celebrity guests and speakers, Beatles vendors and auction, a dance party, a look-alike contest, games, exhibits, and re-enactments at Hyatt Regency in Jersey City, NJ.

Cask beer tasting

March 4, 2017

1.7 miles south

Sample 150 cask beers with light fare, meet the brewers, and watch the awards at Beer Week Cask Fest and Awards Gala at The Altman Building.

Whiskey Walk

March 4, 2017

2.1 miles south

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

St. Patrick’s Parade - Queens

March 4, 2017

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.

St. Patrick’s parade - Sunnyside

March 5, 2017

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 5, 2017

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. Repeats in Dec.

Children’s food festival

March 5 - 6, 2017

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.

Tennis stars

March 6, 2017

1.2 miles SW

BNP Paribas Showdown is an epic battle of champion tennis players at Madison Square Garden.

Rare book fairs

March 9 - 12, 2017

1 mile north

Antiquarian Book Fair has 200 dealers of rare books, maps, and manuscripts, plus lectures and panel discussions at Park Avenue Armory. New York City Book and Ephemera Fair is a mile away on March 10.

Asian art

March 9 - 18, 2017

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 11, 2017

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 family day

March 12, 2017

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 12, 2017

3.8 miles north

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

Queens film festival

March 14 - 19, 2017

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.

Weird films

March 15 - 19, 2017

2.3 miles south

Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival [sound] screens dozens of unusual films at Village East Cinema.

Design show

March 16 - 19, 2017

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.

St. Patrick’s Day parade

March 17, 2017

0.5 miles south

Billed 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.

St. Patrick’s Day festival

March 17, 2017

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.

Drone film festival

March 18 - 19, 2017

two locations

New York City Drone Film Festival screens short films shot using a drone and holds interactive panels and seminars.

Peace films

March 18 - 19, 2017 (party March 17)

2 miles north

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

Coffee and tea festival

March 18 - 19, 2017 (uncertain)

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.

Crossword puzzles

March 24 - 26, 2017

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.

Distillers festival

March 25, 2017

2.5 miles south

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

Greek parade

March 26, 2017

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.

French film festival

March 27 - April 2, 2017


Focus on French Cinema has French films and special events with actors and directors in New York and Connecticut.

Affordable Art Fair

March 29 - April 2, 2017

1.7 miles south

Browse 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.

Photography show

March 30 - April 2, 2017

1.3 miles west

The Photography Show by AIPAD exhibits museum-quality work from 85 galleries at Pier 94.

Film festival of new directors

March 2017 (undated)

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.

French film festival

March 2017 (undated)

NYC locations

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

Flower show

March 2017 (undated)

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.

Whisky tasting

March 2017 (undated)

1.2 miles NE

The $180 Whisky Extravaganza includes unlimited tastes from distillers and a buffet at Guastavino’s.

Spring beer festival

March 2017 (undated)

1.5 miles south

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

Wine festival

March 2017 (undated)

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.

Art fair

March 2017 (undated)

1.7 miles south

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

Restaurant tasting

March 2017 (undated)

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+.

Wine tasting

March 2017 (undated)

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.

Cocktails & food

March 2017 (undated)

2 miles SW

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

Duck tasting

March 2017 (undated)

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.

Entrepreneurs Festival

March 2017 (undated)

2.5 miles south

Entrepreneurs Festival offers speakers, panels, a party, roundtables, and a showcase of 50 startups for current and future entrepreneurs in Tisch Hall at NYU.

Avant-garde music

March 2017 (undated)

3 miles south

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

Kinky film festival

March 2017 (undated)

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.

Beef tasting

March 2017 (undated)

6.9 miles south

A 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+.

African festival

March 2017 (undated)

13.8 miles west

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

St. Patrick’s Day pub crawls

March 2017 (undated)

NYC locations

Saint Paddy’s PubCrawl offers drink specials at bars in the East Village.

Whisky tasting

March 2017 (undated)

2.5 miles south

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