New York City events, festivals, things to do – March 2018

New York City
calendar of events

March 2018
best events in New York City

Fringe theater festival

March 1 - 4, 2018 (begins Feb. 14)

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.

Funny dance festival

March 1 - 4, 2018

5 miles SE

Comedy in Dance Festival has juried performances of humor in motion at Triskelion Arts in Greenpoint for mature audiences.

Outdoor sport show

March 1 - 4, 2018

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.
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Whiskey Walk

March 3, 2018 (12 to 10 p.m.)

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.

Discount tickets $35.

St. Patrick’s Day festival

March 3, 2018

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.

St. Patrick’s Parade - Queens

March 3, 2018

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.

Drone film festival

March 3 - 4, 2018

two locations

New 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.

Orchid Show

March 3 - April 22, 2018

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.

St. Patrick’s parade - Sunnyside

March 4, 2018

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 St. Free.

Chocolate & airplanes

March 4, 2018

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. Held in March and December.

Tennis stars

March 5, 2018

1.2 miles SW

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

Sexy poetry

March 6, 2018 (9 p.m.)

7 miles SE

Inspired 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+.

Discount tickets $20 to $38.

Modern art show

March 8 - 11, 2018

1.3 miles west

See contemporary art from the world’s leading galleries at The Armory Show at Piers 92 & 94.

Independent art fair

March 8 - 11, 2018

2 miles SW

Clio Art Fair is a curated fair in Chelsea featuring artists without exclusive gallery representation. Free.

Wine tasting

March 9, 2018 (6 to 10 p.m.)

6 miles SW

Taste 90 wines with food and desserts at the Wine Tasting to support Hudson County CASA on the waterfront at Batello in Jersey City, NJ.

Contemporary art

March 9 - 11, 2018 (preview March 8)

3 miles south

Collective Design Fair displays curated pieces from dozens of galleries alongside experimental works from the next generation of global talent, with talks and tours at Skylight Clarkson Sq.

Art on Paper

March 9 - 11, 2018 (preview March 8)

4 miles south

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

Beatles festival

March 9 - 11, 2018

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.

Kinky film festival

March 14 - 18, 2018

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.

Asian art

March 15 - 24, 2018

NYC locations

Asia Week New York includes exhibitions at galleries and museums, art auctions, sales, panel discussions, lectures, curator talks, and workshops.

Queens film festival

March 15 - 25, 2018

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.

St. Patrick’s Day parade

March 17, 2018

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.

Rock out with the symphony

March 20 - April 29, 2018

0.5 miles NW

Rocktopia features singers, rock musicians, and an orchestra performing a crowd-pleasing mix of Queen, Mozart, Journey, Handel, U2, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Heart, Pink Floyd, and Copland at Broadway Theatre.

Discount tickets $49 to $75

Affordable Art Fair

March 21 - 25, 2018

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.

Design show

March 22 - 25, 2018

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.

Crossword puzzles

March 23 - 25, 2018

36 miles NE

Billed 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.

Easter eggs of the Ukraine

March 24, 2018

2.4 miles south

See artists make beautiful Ukrainian pysanky (eggs) using wax-resist batik, watch an excellent 14-minute film about pysanky, and visit the exhibition of pysanky at the Ukrainian Museum. Best to arrive by 4 p.m.

Peace films

March 24 - 25, 2018

2 miles north

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

Easter train - Whippany

March 24, 25, 31, 2018

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.

Singers from “Pitch Perfect”

March 25, 2018 (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 $20 to $50.

Film festival of new directors

March 2018 (undated)

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.

French film festival

March 2018 (undated)

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.

Latin American film festival

March 2018 (undated)

NYC locations

Havana Film Festival New York shows 40 full-length feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation, and classics from Latin America with English subtitles.

Art films

March 2018 (undated)

0.9 miles west

See 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.

Flower show

March 2018 (undated)

1 mile south

See spectacular arrangements of flowers from around the world and attend scheduled events at Macy’s Flower Show on Herald Square.

Diabetes expo

March 2018 (undated)

1.5 miles SW

Learn 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.

Cat conference

March 2018 (undated)

1.7 miles south

Cat 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.

Wine tasting

March 2018 (undated)

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.

Vegetarian tasting

March 2018 (undated)

2.4 miles south

Taste 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.

Whiskey tasting

March 2018 (undated)

2.4 miles south

The Whiskey Festival promises whiskey tasting, education about whiskey, live music, cocktail specials, and complimentary passed appetizers at Analogue.

Entrepreneurs Festival

March 2018 (undated)

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.

Taco tasting

March 2018 (undated)

4.2 miles south

A 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.

Cocktails & food

March 2018 (undated)

4.4 miles south

Good Spirits pairs fine spirits with local restaurant food to delight your taste buds, for age 21+ at Pier A Harbor House.

Cocktail tasting

March 2018 (undated)

4.7 miles NE

NY Cocktail Expo features cocktail tasting and food bites at Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Queens.

Irish family day

March 2018 (undated)

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 2018 (undated)

1.5 miles west

Enjoy 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.