Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.
Distance is from Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan.
March 1, 2017 (6 p.m., VIP 5:30)
2.5 miles SWA 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.
March 1, 2017 (6 to 9:30 p.m.)
6.5 miles SETaste 40 beers and meet the brewers at NYC Brewer’s Choice at 1 University Plaza in Brooklyn for age 21+.
Fringe theater festival
March 1 - 5, 2017 (begins Feb. 15)
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.
French film festival
March 1 - 12, 2017
NYC locationsSee the best of contemporary French films, including premieres, plus panel discussions at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. All films have English subtitles.
March 1 - April 9, 2017 (begins Feb. 18)
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 2, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)
4.4 miles southGood Spirits pairs fine spirits with local restaurant food to delight your taste buds, for age 21+ at Pier A Harbor House.
Modern art show
March 2 - 5, 2017
1.3 miles westSee contemporary art from the world’s leading galleries at The Armory Show at Piers 92 & 94.
Outdoor sport show
March 2 - 5, 2017
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 3 - 4, 2017
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.
Independent art fair
March 3 - 5, 2017 (reception March 2)
2 miles SWClio Art Fair is a curated fair in Chelsea featuring artists without exclusive gallery representation. Free.
Art on Paper
March 3 - 5, 2017 (preview March 2)
4 miles southArt on Paper features galleries exhibiting drawings, paintings, photography, and even sculpture incorporating paper at Pier 36.
March 3 - 5, 2017
6.6 miles SWThe 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.
March 4, 2017 (noon)
2.6 miles southTaste 8 premium whiskeys with snacks on the Whiskey Walk, which begins at Slainte Bar and includes eight Manhattan bars.
St. Patrick’s Parade - Queens
March 4, 2017 (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 film festival
March 4 - 19, 2017 (begins Feb. 24)
NYC theatersNew York International Children’s Film Festival shows new, inspiring, and thought-provoking films about youth from around the world, suitable for families.
St. Patrick’s parade - Sunnyside
March 5, 2017 (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 Avenue & 43rd St. Free.
Chocolate & airplanes
March 5, 2017
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. Repeats in Dec.
March 6, 2017
1.2 miles SWBNP Paribas Showdown is an epic battle of champion tennis players at Madison Square Garden.
March 7, 2017 (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.
Rare book fairs
March 9 - 12, 2017
1 mile northAntiquarian 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.
March 9 - 18, 2017
NYC locationsAsia Week New York includes exhibitions at galleries and museums, art auctions, sales, panel discussions, lectures, curator talks, and workshops.
March 11, 2017
1.5 miles SWLearn 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.
March 11 - 12, 2017
1.7 miles southCat lovers are invited to Cat Camp to shop from vendors, meet adoptable cats, learn about cats, and “discuss some of the most important and challenging problems facing cats today” at Metropolitan Pavilion.
March 12, 2017 (7 p.m.)
0.4 miles northFlamenco Festival features an all-star lineup of contemporary dance innovators and members of legendary flamenco dynasties at New York City Center.
Irish family day
March 12, 2017 (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.
March 12, 2017
3.8 miles northThe New York Flute Fair features performances, workshops, exhibits, master classes, and a competition at Columbia University.
March 12, 2017 (1 and 4 p.m., VIP earlier)
4.7 miles NENY Cocktail Expo features cocktail tasting and food bites at Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Queens.
Kinky film festival
March 14 - 19, 2017
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.
Queens film festival
March 14 - 19, 2017
3.6 miles eastQueens World Film Festival screens films from diverse points of view made by maverick filmmakers at the Museum of the Moving Image & Kaufman Astoria Studios.
Film festival of new directors
March 15 - 26, 2017
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.
Concert for Tibet
March 16, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)
0.6 miles northExpect big-name performers at the Tibet House Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall to raise funds for Tibetan culture. Optional gala dinner afterwards.
St. Patrick’s Day pub crawls
March 16 - 18, 2017
NYC locationsSaint Paddy’s PubCrawl offers drink specials at 50 different bars over three days.
St. Patrick’s Day parade
March 17, 2017 (11 a.m. to 5 p.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.
St. Patrick’s Day cruise
March 17, 2017 (boarding 6:30 p.m.)
1.5 miles westEnjoy a two-hour cruise with DJ music, passed appetizers, and an (optional) open bar at St. Patrick’s Day Party Cruise aboard the new Circle Line Bronx, departing from Pier 83.
St. Patrick’s Day festival
March 17, 2017 (4 to 7 p.m.)
2.8 miles SESober St. Patrick’s Day offers traditional Irish music, dance, song, and comedy for all ages without alcohol at 268 Mulberry Street.
March 17 - 19, 2017 (VIP on March 16)
1.3 miles westFind inspiration for home improvement, shop for home products, and attend design seminars at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show at Pier 94.
Drone film festival
March 18 - 19, 2017
two locationsNew York City Drone Film Festival screens short films shot using a drone and holds interactive panels and seminars at The Skirball Center on Saturday and Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ on Sunday.
March 18 - 19, 2017 (party March 17)
2 miles northSee films focused on humanitarian causes at New York Peace Film Festival at Unitarial Church of All Souls.
Coffee and tea festival
March 18 - 19, 2017
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.
March 21, 2017 (7 to 9 p.m.)
4.2 miles southA ticket to Taco Showdown NYC gets you tacos from five restaurants, a chance to vote for your favorites, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages at The Mezzanine.
Funny dance festival
March 23 - 26, 2017
5 miles SEComedy in Dance Festival has juried performances of humor in motion at Triskelion Arts in Greenpoint for mature audiences.
Whiskey tasting in Jersey City
March 24, 2017 (7 to 10 p.m.)
6.6 miles SWSample 100 styles of whiskey and spirits at Whiskey Fest, which includes live music, food for sale, and a view of Manhattan at Harborside, 153 Exchange Place.
Spring beer festival
March 24 - 25, 2017
1.7 miles southSample 150 craft beers and buy local restaurant food at NYC Craft Beer Festival at Metropolitan Pavilion.
March 24 - 26, 2017
36 miles NEBilled 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.
March 25, 2017 (1 to 4:30 p.m.)
2.4 miles southThe Whiskey Festival promises whiskey tasting, education about whiskey, live music, cocktail specials, and complimentary passed appetizers at Analogue.
March 25, 2017 (1 and 7 p.m., VIP earlier)
2.5 miles southNYC Craft Distillers Festival has samples of 60 craft spirits, a 1920s jazz band, and a prohibition theme at The Bowery Hotel.
March 26, 2017 (1:30 p.m.)
0.8 miles northThe Greek Independence Day Parade features traditional costumes, music, and lots of blue and white flags on 5th Ave. from 64th to 79th St. Free.
March 26, 2017 (1 to 3 p.m.)
2.4 miles southSample a dozen chef-made duck dishes like Peking duck and duck tacos at Duck Off at Jimmy’s No. 43.
Exhibition of treasures from trash
March 26, 2017 (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.)
East HarlemSee thousands of amazing objects rescued from the trash by a sanitation worker at Treasure in the Trash. You get the exact location after buying tickets.
March 26 - April 9, 2017
1 mile southSee spectacular arrangements of flowers from around the world and attend scheduled events at Macy’s Flower Show on Herald Square.
March 27, 2017 (7 to 9 p.m.)
2.4 miles southTaste 10 different plant-based burgers and vote for your favorite at The Burger Supremacy, which includes chips, salsa, and drink specials at Vspot Organic, 12 Saint Mark’s Place.
French film festival
March 27 - April 2, 2017
multiple locationsFocus on French Cinema features screenings of French films, receptions, parties, and actor & director Q&As.
March 29, 2017 (9 p.m.)
7 miles SEInspired by 19th-century bordellos of Paris and New Orleans, The Poetry Brothel presents a rotating cast of poets in an immersive and lush, speakeasy-style environment with a bar and live music at The House of Yes in Brooklyn for age 21+.
March 30, 2017 (7 p.m., VIP 6)
3.9 miles northHarlem Whiskey Renaissance is “an evening of music, performance, food and of course whiskey” to celebrate the era of the Harlem Renaissance at Mist Harlem.
March 30 - April 2, 2017
1.3 miles westThe Photography Show by AIPAD exhibits museum-quality work from 115 galleries at Pier 94.
Affordable Art Fair
March 30 - April 2, 2017 (preview March 29)
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.
Latin American film festival
March 30 - April 7, 2017
NYC locationsHavana Film Festival New York shows 40 full-length feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation, and classics from Latin America with English subtitles.
March 31, 2017 (8 p.m.)
0.9 miles westSee short films focused on the arts (from music to graphic design) at Art Doc Friday Screening Event. Your ticket includes a drink at Producers Club.
March 31, 2017 (6 to 10 p.m.)
6 miles SWTaste 90 wines with food and desserts at the Wine Tasting to support Hudson County CASA on the waterfront at Batello in Jersey City, NJ.
March 31 - April 2, 2017
11.8 miles SENo Limits Tattoo Expo promises live entertainment, live music, live tattooing, and 30 vendors at Resorts World Casino in Jamaica for age 18+.