New York City events March 2020. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events March 2020

Dance festival

March 1, 2020
(begins Feb. 27)
0.4 miles SE
Order reserved seats for ballroom, Latin, rhythm, and smooth dance heats at New York Dance Festival in ballrooms at the Roosevelt Hotel.

Wild films

March 1, 2020
(begins Feb. 27)
1.2 miles north
New York Wild Film Festival screens 32 films about wildlife and wild places at The Explorers Club. (Except Feb. 27 is at The Paley Center for Media.)

Fringe theater festival

March 1, 2020
(begins Feb. 19)
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.

St. Patrick’s parade - Sunnyside

March 1, 2020
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.

Women’s film festival

March 1, 2020
(begins Feb. 27)
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.

Swiss mimes

March 1, 2020
(4 p.m.)
10 miles north
Legendary Swiss mime troupe Mummenschanz creates “a visually stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination...through the inventive use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects” at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts – CUNY.

Discount tickets $12.50+

Chocolate & airplanes

March 1, 2020
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.

Model train show

March 1, 2020
(begins Feb. 29)
33 miles SW
Greenberg’s Great Train and Toy Show features train displays, train rides, and 140 vendors at New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. Free for children age 11 and younger. Held three times a year.

Hunting & fishing expo

March 1, 2020
(begins Feb. 27)
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.

Children’s film festival

March 1 - 15, 2020
(begins Feb. 21)
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. Closed weekdays except Feb. 21.

Orchid Show

March 1 - April 19, 2020
(begins Feb. 15)
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. Closed on Mondays except Feb. 17.

Discount tickets $8+

Italian wine tasting

March 4, 2020
(5 to 8 p.m.)
2.4 miles SW
Sample wine from 150 top Italian vintners at the walk-around event Great Wines of Italy at IAC on W. 18th Street. Lower price for ages 21 to 28.

Weird films

March 4 - 8, 2020
3.8 miles east
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” at Museum of the Moving Image. Directors appear at some screenings.

Contemporary art fair

March 5 - 8, 2020
2 miles SW
Clio Art Fair is a curated fair in Chelsea featuring artists without exclusive gallery representation. Held in March and October. Free.

Modern art show

March 5 - 8, 2020
1.3 miles west
See contemporary art from the world’s leading galleries at The Armory Show at Piers 90 and 94.

French film festival

March 5 - 15, 2020
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. Tickets go on sale Feb. 20.

The making of Peter Pan

March 6 - 7, 2020
(7:30 p.m.)
Finding Neverland is a magical musical about how the story of Peter Pan was created, at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ.

Discount tickets $50

Art on Paper

March 6 - 8, 2020
(preview March 5)
4 miles south
Art on Paper features galleries exhibiting drawings, paintings, photography, and even sculpture incorporating paper at Pier 36.

Discount tickets $7+

Indoor art fair

March 6 - 8, 2020
33 miles SW
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.

Discount tickets $5

Whiskey tasting

March 7, 2020
2.1 miles SW
New York City Whiskey Festival features 100 styles of whiskey, bourbon, gin, tequila, and vodka with live music and food for sale at The Tunnel for age 21+. Held in March and November.

Discount tickets $39

Whiskey Walk

March 7, 2020
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+.

Discount tickets $35

Caribbean musical

March 7, 2020
(7 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.

Discount tickets $12.50+

St. Patrick’s parade - Queens

March 7, 2020
20 miles SE
Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade [website has sound] 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.

Classic soul & Motown revue

March 7 & 14, 2020
(1:30 p.m.)
0.7 miles SW
A Decade of Soul features the best R&B music of the classic soul era at Blue Note Jazz Club, which has a $10 minimum, with brunch and cocktails for sale.

Discount tickets $10

Festival of colors

March 7, 14, 21, 2020
(12 to 7 p.m.)
1.1 miles NW
Throw brightly colored organic cornstarch, dance to music, and buy food and drink at Holi in the City at Stage 48 for age 21+.

Discount VIP tickets $25

Pig feast

March 8, 2020
(5 p.m., VIP 4 p.m.)
1.7 miles south
Cochon 555 is a stand-up tasting featuring dozens of chef-made dishes plus wine, cocktails, and beer at The Altman Building for age 21+.

Classical music

March 12, 2020
(8 p.m.)
1.3 miles NW
American Classical Orchestra performs works by Bach, Corelli, and Vivaldi using period instruments that “recreate the sounds an audience would have experienced when the music was written and first performed” in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.

Discount tickets $29.25+

Asian art

March 12 - 19, 2020
NYC locations
Asia Week New York includes exhibitions at galleries and museums, art auctions, sales, panel discussions, lectures, curator talks, tours, and workshops.

Southern musical set in 1963

March 13 - April 30, 2020
0.6 miles NW
A black maid works for a Jewish family at the dawn of the Civil Rights movement in Caroline, or Change, which has a soundtrack of spirituals, blues, Motown, classical music, and Jewish klezmer and folk music at Studio 54.

Discount tickets

Irish family day

March 14, 2020
0.9 miles west
Enjoy games, craft-making, music, and dance at the St. Patrick’s Open Day at the Irish Arts Center. Free.

St. Patrick’s Day Cruise

March 14, 2020
(9:30 p.m.)
1.5 miles west
St. Patrick’s Day Cruise offers 3.5 hours of views, a bar selling drinks and food, and two dance floors (pop music, hip hop, Latin, oldies, and dance music), departing from Pier 15 for age 21+.

Discount tickets $25+

Groovy comedy about dating

March 14, 2020
(7 p.m.)
4.5 miles north
Sweet Charity is a dance-filled musical comedy by Neil Simon about a girl seeking love in gritty 1960s New York City at Harlem Repertory Theatre.

Discount tickets $7.50+

Evenings at the orchid show

March 14 - April 18, 2020
12 miles north
Wander through the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden, buy a cocktail, and hear romantic music playing on Orchid Evenings for age 21+.

Discount tickets $32

St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt

March 15, 2020
(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+.

Films about social issues

March 15 - 22, 2020
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 17, 2020
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 - no alcohol

March 17, 2020
(5 to 7:30 p.m.)
3.1 miles south
Sober St. Patrick’s Day offers traditional Irish music, dance, song, and comedy at St. Patrick’s Youth Center for all ages.

Kinky film festival

March 18 - 22, 2020
3 miles south
CineKink NYC 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.

Murder mystery

March 19 - 22, 2020
0.9 miles west
Based on a novel by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Nile is a whodunit set on a honeymoon cruise down the Nile River at Producers Club (no elevator).

Discount tickets $10+

Design show

March 19 - 22, 2020
1.3 miles west
Find inspiration for home improvement, shop for home products, and attend design seminars at the Architectural Digest Design Show at Pier 94. Thursday costs more. Children age 11 and younger are free.

Discount tickets $18

Queens film festival

March 19 - 29, 2020
(free preview March 7)
3.6 miles east
Queens World Film Festival screens 200 films from diverse points of view and 31 countries, made by maverick filmmakers, at the Museum of the Moving Image & Kaufman Astoria Studios. Closed Monday.

Wine tasting

March 20, 2020
(6 to 10 p.m.)
6.2 miles SW
Taste wine with food and dessert at the Wine Tasting: Sweets + Eats, with a silent auction to support Hudson County CASA on the waterfront at Batello in Jersey City, NJ.

Crossword puzzles

March 20 - 22, 2020
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.

Beer festival in Jersey City

March 21, 2020
7 miles SW
A ticket to Jersey City Craft Brew Fest includes beer and cider tasting, live music, interactive games, and food for sale at Harborside Plaza in Jersey City, NJ for age 21+. Held in April and September.

Discount tickets $49

Concert in the Bronx

March 21, 2020
(8 p.m.)
10 miles north
Flashback sensations TKA (Maria; Come Baby Come) and Judy Torres (Come Into My Arms; No Reason To Cry) perform with Nayobe, The Cover Girls, Safire, Sweet Sensation, Cynthia, Nyasia, Lisette Melendez, Coro, Soave, and Brenda K Starr at Forever Freestyle at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts – CUNY.

Discount balcony tickets $25+

Classical music

March 22, 2020
(3 p.m.)
0.9 miles NW
Famous conductor Leonard Slatkin leads works written by his family members plus a symphony by Rachmaninoff at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater.

Discount tickets $10+

Macy’s Flower Show

March 22 - April 5, 2020
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.

New directors film festival

March 25- April 5, 2020
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 26 - 29, 2020
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. Repeats in Sept.

Beatles festival

March 27 - 29, 2020
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.

Peace films

March 28, 2020
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.

Wine tasting

March 28, 2020
2.7 miles south
Wine on Wheels features 200 wines served by 60 sommeliers with hors d’oeuvres, plus 20-minute wine seminars and an auction at City Winery.

Singers from “Pitch Perfect”

March 29, 2020
(2 p.m.)
0.5 miles north
Total Vocal includes stars from “Pitch Perfect” singing all-vocal arrangements of pop hits at Carnegie Hall.

Discount tickets $30+

Greek parade

March 29, 2020
(1:30 p.m.)
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.

Guitar festival

March 31 - April 5, 2020
18 miles SW
Long Island Guitar Festival offers concerts, competitions, and classes by outstanding guitarists and teachers at Long Island University in Brookville.

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