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.

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Avant-garde music

March 1 & 5, 2016 (begins Feb. 20)

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. 16)

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.

Kinky film festival

March 1 - 6, 2016

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.

Orchid Show - daytime

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.

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 (party March 2)

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.

French film festival

March 3 - 13, 2016

NYC locations

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

Wine festival

March 4 - 5, 2016

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.

Entrepreneurs Festival

March 4 - 5, 2016

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.

Drone film festival

March 4 - 6, 2016 (sold out 4th & 5th)

two locations

New 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 SW

Clio 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 south

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

Arts festival

March 4 - April 9, 2016

Lower Manhattan

See creative plays, films, and more at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF), which showcases urban artists and promotes diversity.

Whiskey Walk

March 5, 2016 (12 to 10 p.m.)

2.1 miles south

Taste 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 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.

Student fashion show

March 5 - 6, 2016

1.9 miles south

Fusion 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 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 - evening

March 5 - April 16, 2016

12 miles north

Wander 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 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 Expo

March 6, 2016

5.7 miles NW

Chocolate 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 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.

Easter egg hunts

March 6, 12, 13, 19, 24-27, 2016

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Tennis stars

March 8, 2016 (7 p.m.)

1.2 miles SW

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

Wine tasting

March 8, 2016 (6 to 8 p.m.)

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.

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 (7 to 10 p.m.)

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+.

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 - 19, 2016

NYC locations

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

African festival

March 12, 2016

13.8 miles west

Wofabe: 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.

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 (12 to 4 p.m.)

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

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.

Beef tasting

March 16, 2016

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+.

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 parade

March 17, 2016 (11 a.m.)

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.

Whisky tasting

March 17, 2016 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

2.5 miles south

Taste 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 SE

Sober St. Patrick’s Day offers traditional Irish music, dance, song, and comedy for all ages without alcohol at New York Irish Center.

Design show

March 18 - 20, 2016 (VIP March 17)

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.

Easter eggs of the Ukraine

March 19, 2016 (1 to 5 p.m.)

2.4 miles south

See 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 SE

Taste 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 west

A 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.

Duck tasting

March 20, 2016 (1 to 3 p.m.)

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.

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.

Whisky tasting

March 23, 2016

1.2 miles NE

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

Weird Easter event

March 23 - 27, 2016

3.2 miles south

Full 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 south

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

Auto show

March 25 - April 3, 2016

1.5 miles SW

New 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 SE

The 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 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 egg scavenger hunt

March 27, 2016 (2 to 5 p.m.)


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

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. It is described in the official street closure as “Easter Sunday Mass” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.

Easter restaurants

March 27, 2016

NYC locations

OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter. For additional recommendations, see:

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, with workshops and activities at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Repeats in Sept.
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