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New York City events March 2019

Drone film festival

March 1 - 2, 2019
two locations
New York City Drone Film Festival screens short films shot using a drone and holds interactive panels and seminars at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Saturday and Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ on Sunday.

Women’s film festival

March 1 - 3, 2019
(begins Feb. 28)
4.2 miles north
Athena Film Festival “showcases films about strong and courageous women leaders in real life and the fictional world” at Barnard College.

Black history month movies

March 1 - 3, 2019
(begins Feb. 28)
6.3 miles north
African Diaspora International Film Festival celebrates black history month “with a selection of films about the multiple dimensions of black history” at Teachers College at Columbia University.

Indoor art fair

March 1 - 3, 2019
33 miles SW
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
Browse fine art, fashion, and specialty foods made by 250 independent artisans at Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center. Free parking. Free for children age 12 and younger. Held in March and November.

Ticket deal $5

Hunting & fishing expo

March 1 - 3, 2019
(begins Feb. 28)
37 miles north
World Fishing & Outdoor Expo is 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 film festival

March 1 - 10, 2019
(begins Feb. 28)
NYC locations
See the best of contemporary French films, including premieres, plus panel discussions at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. All films have English subtitles.

Fringe theater festival

March 1 - 10, 2019
(begins Feb. 20)
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.

Political comedy

March 1 - 16, 2019
(also Feb.)
2.4 miles south
Laugh at what divides us at Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State when the quintessential New York comedian lays bare absurdities, hypocrisies, and calamities on both sides of the political divide at Minetta Lane Theatre.

Ticket deal $30 to $59


March 1 - May 10, 2019
1.1 miles NW
The Metropolitan Opera sets Verdi’s classic opera Rigoletto in decadent 1960s Las Vegas. It’s sung in Italian with subtitles at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Ticket deal $30 to $98


March 2, 2019
(3 p.m.)
1.2 miles west
Emmy-nominated magician Matt Roberts brings his humorous and surprising interactive magic show for all ages to The Green Room 42.

Ticket deal $20 to $35

Whiskey Walk

March 2, 2019
2.6 miles south
Taste 8 premium whiskeys with snacks on the NYC Whiskey Walk, which begins at Slainte Bar and includes eight Manhattan bars for age 21+.

Ticket deal $35

Caribbean musical

March 2, 2019
(3 p.m.)
4.5 miles north
Citizens of Jamaica fight the overreach of American commercialism in a show full of surprising sets, colorful costumes, and Calypso-inspired songs at Harlem Repertory Theatre.

Ticket deal $13 to $25

St. Patrick’s parade - Queens

March 2, 2019
(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 Avenue and Beach 129th Street in Rockaway Beach. Free.

Evening cruise

March 2 & 9, 2019
(5 p.m.)
2.4 miles SW
Champagne City Lights Cruise includes 1.5 hours of views from indoors or outdoors, plus a glass of champagne or other beverage on the Yacht Manhattan, departing from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62).

Ticket deal $41

Amazing science

March 2 - May 25, 2019
0.4 miles west
A physics demonstrator from Rutgers University performs amazing feats in That Physics Show using cold liquid nitrogen, burning hydrogen, and bright laser lights at The Playroom Theater.

Ticket deal $32

St. Patrick’s parade - Sunnyside

March 3, 2019
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 Avenue & 43rd Street. Free.

Chocolate & airplanes

March 3, 2019
27 miles east
The Chocolate Expo offers tastings and 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. Held in March and December.

Italian wine tasting

March 6, 2019
(5 to 8 p.m.)
2.4 miles SW
Sample wine from 90 top Italian vintners at the walk-around event Great Wines of Italy, with DJ music at IAC on W. 18th Street. Lower price for ages 21 to 28.

Weird films

March 7 & 9, 2019
multiple locations
Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival screens dozens of unusual films “that challenge the viewers reality with ideas and concepts not normally found in conventional stories.” Directors appear at some screenings.
  • March 7 - Museum of the Moving Image
  • March 9 - The Producers Club

Flamenco Festival

March 7 - 10, 2019
0.4 miles north
Flamenco Festival features an all-star lineup of contemporary dance innovators and members of legendary flamenco dynasties at New York City Center.

Modern art show

March 7 - 10, 2019
1.3 miles west
See contemporary art from the world’s leading galleries at The Armory Show at Piers 92 & 94.

Beer tasting

March 7 & 14, 2019
(begins Feb. 21)
4 miles south
Buy a flight of five beers from different local breweries on tap each week and then vote for your favorite at Best Brews of New York, with food for sale in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place for age 21+. Free entry.

Coming-of-age rock musical

March 7 - 24, 2019
3 miles east
Teens navigate the confusing and troubled waters of adolescence in Spring Awakening, with an electrifying and hauntingly beautiful rock score and adult subject matter at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City for age 13+.

Ticket deal $11

Entrepreneurs Festival

March 8 - 9, 2019
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.

Contemporary art fair

March 8 - 10, 2019
(preview March 7)
2 miles SW
Clio Art Fair is a curated fair in Chelsea featuring artists without exclusive gallery representation. Held in March and October. Free.

Art on Paper

March 8 - 10, 2019
(preview March 7)
4 miles south
Art on Paper features galleries exhibiting drawings, paintings, photography, and even sculpture incorporating paper at Pier 36.

Ticket deal $7

Comic Con

March 9 - 10, 2019
1.1 miles SW
Smaller and homier than New York Comic Con held in October, Big Apple Comic Con includes special guests, panel discussions, seminars, film previews, costumes, cosplay, and vendors at Penn Plaza Pavilion.

Model train show

March 9 - 10, 2019
33 miles SW
Greenberg’s Great Train and Toy Show features train displays, train rides, and 150 vendors at New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. Free for children age 11 and younger. Held in March, August, and November.

Irish family day

March 10, 2019
0.9 miles west
Enjoy games, craft-making, music, and dance at the St. Patrick’s Open Day at the Irish Arts Center. Free.

Family theater

March 10, 2019
(11:00 a.m.)
2.4 miles south
This lively version of Beauty and the Beast features a girl (Beauty) and a prince under a witch’s curse (Beast) in small Players Theatre. Arrive an hour early for the pre-show mask making for kids.

Ticket deal $21

Jazz cruise

March 10 - 31, 2019
(Sundays 5 p.m.)
2.4 miles SW
Enjoy skyline views, jazz performed by a trio, and a complimentary drink during a two-hour Evening Jazz Cruise Aboard Manhattan on a 1920s-style yacht departing from Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers.

Ticket deal $51

Women’s festival

March 12 - 17, 2019
4.2 miles north
WOW - Women of the World Festival features performances, talks, comedy, workshops, and music celebrating women’s talents at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

Asian art

March 13 - 23, 2019
NYC locations
Asia Week New York includes exhibitions at galleries and museums, art auctions, sales, panel discussions, lectures, curator talks, and workshops.

Architecture & design conference

March 15 - 16, 2019
2.5 miles north
City of Tomorrow features fascinating panel discussions by real estate developers, architects, and design innovators at 92nd Street Y.

Films about social issues

March 15 - 21, 2019
multiple locations
SR Socially Relevant Film Festival screens films that contain “socially relevant film content and everyday positive human stories” in four Manhattan venues.

St. Patrick’s Day parade

March 16, 2019
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 cruise

March 16, 2019
(boarding 7 p.m.)
2.2 miles SE
Join a fun-loving group on the St. Patrick’s Day Party Cruise, with DJ music, a no-host bar, and plenty of views, departing from Skyport for age 21+.

Ticket deal $15

St. Patrick’s Day festival

March 16, 2019
2.8 miles SE
Sober St. Patrick’s Day offers traditional Irish music, dance, song, and comedy for all ages without alcohol at 268 Mulberry Street.

Irish show in NJ

March 16, 2019
(7:30 p.m.)
36 miles west
Songs of Ireland features Irish traditional folk songs, opera arias, songs from the great American songbook, Broadway hits, and contemporary popular repertoire performed by 4 tenors, 4 sopranos, 1 pianist, and 3 traditional Irish musicians at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ.

Ticket deal $22 to $27

Festival of colors

March 16 & 23, 2019
(1 to 8 p.m.)
1.1 miles NW
Throw brightly colored cornstarch, dance to music, and buy food and drink at Holi in the City at Stage 48 for age 21+.

Ticket deal $19 (VIP $33)

St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt

March 17. 2019
(1:30 p.m.)
0.8 miles south
Follow clues on a three-hour adventure around New York City with the help of a smartphone app on The Amazing St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt, which begins at Slattery’s Pub for age 21+.

St. Patrick’s Day cruise

March 17, 2019
(board 5:30 p.m.)
1.5 miles west
Enjoy a two-hour Hornblower Cruise with DJ music, snacks for sale, and a no-host bar (some tickets include an open bar), departing from Pier 15.

Sexy poetry party

March 17, 2019
(7:30 p.m.)
3.2 miles south
Inspired by the lush 19th-century bordellos of Paris and New Orleans, The Poetry Brothel features readings by poets, burlesque, live music, vaudeville, aerialists, visual art, and magic at The Back Room for age 21+.

Ticket deal $25

Flute fair

March 17, 2019
3.8 miles north
The New York Flute Fair features performances, workshops, exhibits, master classes, and a competition at Columbia University.

Rap about consciousness

March 19, 2019
(7 p.m.)
2.7 miles south
Rap Guide to Consciousness takes a deep dive into the neuroscience of human experience—from sensations to hallucinations—offering “a funny but serious appreciation of the wonders of the human mind” [The Psychologist] at Soho Playhouse. Video (3 minutes).

Ticket deal $19

Design show

March 21 - 24, 2019
1.3 miles west
Find inspiration for home improvement, shop for home products, and attend design seminars at the Architectural Digest Design Show at Piers 92 & 94. Children age 11 and younger are free.

Ticket deal $18

Queens film festival

March 21 - 31, 2019
3.6 miles east
Queens World Film Festival screens films from diverse points of view made by maverick filmmakers at the Museum of the Moving Image & Kaufman Astoria Studios. Closed Monday.

Cocktails & food

March 22, 2019
(6 to 9 p.m.)
2.5 miles south
Good Spirits pairs fine spirits with local restaurant food to delight your taste buds at The Bowery Hotel for age 21+.

Crossword puzzles

March 22 - 24, 2019
36 miles NE
Billed as America’s oldest and largest, the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament awards prizes up to $5000 for solving eight original crosswords and has speakers and a reception at the Marriott in Stamford, CT.

Classic drama about prejudice

March 23, 2019
(7 p.m.)
4.5 miles north
A black family moves to the white side of Chicago in A Raisin in the Sun, a groundbreaking classic that became a movie starring Sidney Poitier, live at Harlem Repertory Theatre.

Ticket deal $8 to $15

Peace films

March 23 - 24, 2019
2 miles north
New York Peace Film Festival screens “films from around the world that advance global peace” at the Unitarian Church of All Souls. Free registration.

Dessert festival

March 23 - 24, 2019
3.2 miles east
Buy desserts from 20 vendors and enjoy a view of Manhattan from the outdoor deck at NYC Dessert Fest at Sound River Studios in Long Island City.

Coffee and tea festival

March 23 - 24, 2019
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.

Ticket deal $16

Singers from “Pitch Perfect”

March 24, 2019
(2 p.m.)
0.5 miles north
Total Vocal includes stars from “Pitch Perfect” singing all-vocal arrangements of pop hits at Carnegie Hall.

Ticket deal $6 to $50

Macy’s Flower Show

March 24 - April 7, 2019
1 mile south
See spectacular arrangements of flowers from around the world and attend scheduled events at Macy’s Flower Show in the store on Herald Square. Free.

Vegetarian tasting

March 25, 2019
(7 to 9 p.m.)
2.4 miles south
Taste eight different plant-based burgers and vote for your favorite at the The Burger Supremacy, which includes chips, salsa, and drink specials at Vspot Organic, 12 Saint Mark’s Place.

New directors film festival

March 27 - April 7, 2019
NYC locations
See films by emerging or not-yet-established international filmmakers at New Directors/New Films at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art.

Affordable Art Fair

March 28 - 31, 2019
1.7 miles south
Browse contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs from 70 galleries at Affordable Art Fair, with workshops and talks at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea.

Wine tasting

March 29, 2019
(6 to 10 p.m.)
6.7 miles SW
Taste 90 wines with food and desserts at the Wine Tasting to support Hudson County CASA on the waterfront at Harborside Atrium in Jersey City, NJ.

Beatles festival

March 29 - 31, 2019
6.6 miles SW
The Fest for Beatles Fans 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.

Racy movies

March 29 - April 6, 2019
2 miles south
Hump! screens 21 explicit short films (under 5 minutes long) made by amateurs of all persuasions.
  • March 29 to April 4 - Manhattan
  • April 6 - Brooklyn

Whiskey tasting

March 30, 2019
(2 & 6:30 p.m.)
7 miles south
Brooklyn Whiskey Fest offers unlimited samples of whiskey, food for sale, and live music near Brooklyn Navy Yard for age 21+.

Ticket deal $20

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