The month of March is one of the most colorful times to visit New York. The weather is moderate and it’s still not quite tourist season, which means fewer crowds and lower accommodation prices. Better still is the number of amazing and world-famous events that are happening this March 2016.  From flowery parades to world-famous art shows, a unique LGBT exhibition and a racy auto event, you have no shortage of interesting and festive events to check out. Here are our top 10 in the Big Apple in March.

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Below is our list of 10 things to do in NYC in March.  There are many other things to do in NYC year-round.

  • Saint Patrick’s Day Parade – March 17  11:00am to 4:30-5:00pm. Route starts at 44th Street and 5th Avenue and continues on 5th avenue to all the way to 79th St, finishing at the American Irish Historical Society at East 80th Street.

This annual parade draws thousands of people from all over who come to celebrate their Irish heritage or just join in the festivities. There will be lots of green everywhere from adults dressed like leprechauns and dogs with green bow ties. One of the more popular activities that day is gathering with friends at pubs throughout the city, though we’d like to remind you that drinking beer or alcohol in public (even in a brown bag) in NYC is illegal and your could get a fine. Whether or not you choose to imbibe, the Parade truly is one of the best New York City has to offer.


Now in its 23nd year, The Armory Show is one of the most prestigious, highly-anticipated events in the art world, attracting artists, galleries, collectors, critics and curators and members of the public who enjoy great works of art. The show’s primary location is at the piers, but additional art events and exhibitions are also scheduled throughout New York City. Tickets range from one day passes at $45 to all 4 days for $80. For more information, click here.

This parade is a New York City tradition going back to the 1870’s. Not your typical parade of floats and marching bands, this is a more casual stroll of ‘paraders’ adorning their best Easter “bonnets’ (hats). You’ll see some wildly creative bonnets, from flower-covered foot-tall toppers to hats shaped in various designs. The best place to watch is from the area around St. Patrick’s Cathedral which in and of itself is a beautiful place to visit. Free.

For two weeks, this famous iconic New York department store showcases garden installations created by leading floral experts. The show includes beautiful, bright floral arrangements as well as special events including live music, kids’ activities and seminars will take place throughout the show. For more information and a full schedule of events, click here. Free.

For 115 years, the New York Auto Show has been a place for the world’s leading car makers to show off their latest and greatest offerings. The event is popular among car enthusiasts and new car buyers. Car debuts, along with the most innovative automotive technology are a big part of this event. For more information, visit their website. Tickets: $16 adults (ages 13 and up), $7 child (12 and under), children 2 and under free.

Founded in 1993, this one of a kind exhibition is the largest and longest-running LGBT convention in the world celebrating diversity in business, education, politics, the arts, health, technology, media, travel, and non-profit sectors. The Expo features over 300 exhibiting companies, many of which are LGBT owned and operated, an engaging seminar series, a live entertainment stage, a film series and more. Created for attendees of all ages and types of people. Tickets cost $20 for one day general admission, or $40 for one day VIP admission. Visit their website  for more information.

The 14th annual Orchid Show is offering visitors so much more than a chance to surround themselves by the beauty of thousands of varieties of orchids. Visitors can learn about the wild adventures of orchid hunters, individuals who were caught up the 19th-century “orchidelirium,” and risked their lives hunting rare orchids found only in the deepest jungles around the world. Tickets: Adults: $20; Seniors (65+): $18; Students (with valid ID): $18; Children (2–12): $8 Children under 2: Free. Members: Free

This collaborative film fest between Museum of Modern Art and Film Society of Lincoln Center is celebrating its 45th year of showcasing the newest most innovative filmmakers from around the globe. Some of the directors whose careers have been launched at this festival in the past are  of Pedro Almodóvar, Spike Lee, Darren Aronofsky and Wong Kar-Wai. Visit their website for full information.  For a list of films being debuted and to purchase tickets starting March 4th, click here.

  • Asia Week – March 10-19 Multiple Locations  

This annual ten-day celebration of Asian art offers non-stop exhibitions, auctions, films, lectures, curator talks, and tours presented by leading international Asian art specialists. Major museums participating are the Brooklyn Museum, the Noguchi Museum, the Museum of Chinese in America and the Rubin Museum of Art, each of which have substantial and impressive collections of Asian art. Click Asia Week for the very extensive calendar of events. Some events free, others have a fee.

From the established craft brewers to new kids on the beer block , there is enormous diversity and creativity at this of the Craft Brewing Community has proven to be limitless.  CLOSE TO 75 participating breweries from across the country WILL showcase 2 of their finest offerings (about 150 beers total) including many Limited Release and Seasonal selections. Of course, the event is open to anyone 21 and over, so bring ID. Tickets range in price from $15-$85 depending on the session and number of tastings you partake in.

Since its formation in 1980, this tournament is now the most popular conference championship in men’s collegiate basketball and features some of the best teams in the U.S.  The tournament held over three days is a thrilling display of powerhouse players from some of the best men’s college basketball teams of today. Past memorable performances included greats like Patrick Ewing of Georgetown and Chris Mullin of St. John’s. Tickets range from $10-$45 at the start of the tournament and as the stakes rise, so do ticket prices to $35-$150.  You might also want to take a tour of Madison Square Garden.


Operation Slumber – March 3, 9, 10, 17, 24

All-aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum for a super-cool activity for kids 8 to 12 years of age. Your kids don’t get many chances to say they had a sleepover on an aircraft carrier. Operation Slumber gives you and your family the opportunity to spend the night in this incredible museum. You’ll be doing more than just sleeping; you’ll be getting guided tours by flashlight, along with exclusive access to the ship and Space Shuttle Pavilion. There’s a pop-up planetarium show and unlimited rides in a flight simulator.  Dinner, Breakfast, and snacks are included. For all the information, see the Museum’s website.  

TIP: To find out about visiting the Intrepid at any time, see our post on how to get deals and discounts on admission.



Written by Courtney Shapiro