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.

Avante-garde music

March 1 - 5, 2016 (begins Feb. 19)

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. 17)

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.

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.

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.

Japanese-American musical

March 1 - Sept. 25, 2016

0.4 miles west

Allegiance is the story of George Takei, from his family’s confinement in World War II to his role as Lieutenant Sulu in Star Trek, at Longacre Theatre. Discount tickets $39 to $79.

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.

French film festival

March 3 - 13, 2016

NYC locations

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

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.

Whiskey Walk

March 5, 2016

2.1 miles south

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

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.

St. Patrick’s parade - Sunnyside

March 6, 2016

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.

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.

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.

African festival

March 12, 2016

14 miles SW

Wofabe: African Dance and Drum Festival has dance and drum classes, a children’s class, and crafts vendors at Central High School, 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.

Queens film festival

March 15 - 20, 2016

4 miles east

Queens World Film Festival [website has sound] screens 117 films from diverse points of view made by maverick filmmakers.

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.

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.

St. Patrick’s Day festival

March 17, 2016

Location uncertain

Sober St. Patrick’s Day offers traditional Irish music, dance, song, and comedy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Peace films

March 25 - 27, 2016

2 miles north

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

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.

Easter on the farm

March 26, 2016

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.

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.

Concert for Tibet

March 2016 (undated)

0.6 miles north

Expect big-name performers at the Tibet House Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall, which supports Tibetan culture.

Taste of Asia

March 2016 (undated)

0.8 miles NW

Taste dishes from dozens of Asian restaurants with cocktails, beer, and wine during LuckyRice New York at the Mandarin Oriental overlooking Central Park.

Antiques sale

March 2016 (undated)

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.

Spring beer festival

March 2016 (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 2016 (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.

Student fashion show

March 2016 (undated)

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.

Duck tasting

March 2016 (undated)

2.4 miles south

Sample chef-made duck dishes with locally distilled spirits at Duck, Duck! Rye? at Jimmy’s No. 43.

Entrepreneurs Festival

March 2016 (undated)

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.

Cider tasting

March 2016 (undated)

3.1 miles south

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

Chocolate & airplanes

March 2016 (undated)

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.

Whisky tasting

March 2016 (undated)

2.5 miles south

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

Easter egg scavenger hunt

March 2016 (undated)


Follow clues around New York City with the help of a smartphone app to find hidden eggs.

Easter eggs of the Ukraine

March 2016 (undated)

2.4 miles south

See artists make beautiful Ukrainian pysanka eggs using wax-resist batik, watch an excellent 14 min. film about pysanka from 1 to 5 p.m., and visit the exhibition of pysanky at the Ukrainian Museum.

Cupcake decorating & wine

March 2016 (undated)

2.5 miles south

Decorate 6 beautiful cupcakes to take home and sip wine at Easter Cupcakes & Vino at Camaje Bistro.

Weird Easter carnival

March 2016 (undated)

3.2 miles south

Full Bunny Contact has insane games, contests, live DJs, a dance floor, food trucks, and an on-site bar at Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center.

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.

Easter train - Whippany

March 2016 (undated)

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.
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