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The Best Things to Do in NYC in March

For the best things to do in NYC in March 2020, check out our complete guide, which includes a Studio 54 exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, the Orchid Show at The New York Botanical Garden, a Bill Graham exhibit at the New-York Historical Society, the Armory Show, Billie Eilish in concert, St. Patrick's Day, Micky Dolenz at The Iridium, Thom Yorke, and much more!

Things to Do in New York in March: Exhibits

Studio 54 Night Magic

Guy Marineau (French, born 1947). Pat Cleveland on the dance floor during Halston's disco bash at Studio 54, 1977. (Photo: Guy Marineau / WWD / Shutterstock). 

(3/13) Studio 54: Night Magic comes to the Brooklyn Museum. It’s hard to believe that Studio 54, the mecca of the disco era, lasted just 3 years. After its opening on April 26, 1977, the legendary midtown club quickly achieved iconic status. Famous people from Andy Warhol to Farrah Fawcett flocked to this outrageous and exuberant party scene. By February 1980, the club was shut down, but its legacy remains 40 years later. A new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum presents 650 objects that document the history and lasting impact of Studio 54. Photographs, drawings, film, and fashion will tell the story of how this nightclub came to reflect a particular moment in the cultural history of New York City. The exhibition design, sure to feature some era-appropriate neon lighting, will also reflect that of the club itself and feature a soundtrack of disco hits like Chic’s “Le Freak” and Gloria Gaynor’s classic “I Will Survive.” 

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The Orchid Show New York Botanical Garden

(2/15-4/19/20) The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham's Kaleidoscope at The New York Botanical Garden. The 18th annual Orchid Show will feature the dazzling floral creations of Jeff Leatham, the famed artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris and floral designer to the stars. Leatham’s bold and colorful vision will unfold through captivating installations transforming each gallery in the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a different color experience, like a turn of a kaleidoscope. See dramatically arranged orchids in arches of deliberate hues delivering a tunnel effect, along with other design surprises featuring thousands of orchids—both rare and iconic—from the garden’s renowned collections and the finest growers in the world. nybg.org 

Notorious B.I.G.

Image: Barron Claiborne, Biggie Smalls, King of New York, Wall Street, New York, 1997.

(Now-5/18) The International Center of Photography recently moved into the Lower East Side's Essex Crossing at 79 Essex Street. There are four new exhibits running at the same time-Tyler Mitchell: I Can Make You Feel Good, which explores ways to interpret Black identity in a positive light; Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop, featuring a collection of portraits of some of the biggest names in hip-hop back from past to present including Notorious B.I.G., and others; Lower East Side: Selections From the ICP Collection, and finally James Coupe: Warriors, using the cult classic 1979 film to explore contested notions of community, race, gender, and class in the 21st century.

Intrepid Museum

Dinner and cake in Intrepid’s wardroom in October 1944. Photo from National Archives and Records Administration. 

(Ongoing) Making a beautiful cake is pretty challenging, but what if you had to make it on a Navy ship, for a crew of thousands? The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s new exhibition, Navy Cakes: A Slice of History, explores the history of naval personnel and their incredible cakes.

Jimi Hendrix

Baron Wolman. Jimi Hendrix performs at Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, February 1, 1968. Gelatin silver print. Iconic Images/Baron Wolman.

(2/14-8/23) Bill Graham and The Rock & Roll Revolution at the New-York Historical Society. Delve into the world of Bill Graham (1931–1991), one of the most influential concert promoters of all time. Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution explores the life and work of the legendary music impresario who worked with the biggest names in rock music—including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones—and launched the careers of countless music luminaries at his famed Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco and the Fillmore East in New York City. Unique to New-York Historical is a special, immersive audio experience, providing a musical tour through the exhibition with songs by rock superstars Aerosmith, Blondie, David Bowie, Cream, the Doors, Janis Joplin, Tom Petty, and Neil Young, among others.

(Permanent) The Jim Henson Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image celebrates the life and legacy of the famed Muppet creator, exploring both his prolific career and the enduring effect his work has on pop culture to this day. Visitors will learn more about the creation of such beloved works as The Muppet ShowSesame StreetFraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labryinth, as well as discover the cutting-edge experimental works Henson made throughout his career.

Armory Show

(3/5-3/8) Art lovers, the annual Armory Show returns to Pier 92/94 on the Hudson in midtown, this year marking its 25th anniversary. New York’s premier international art fair showcases over 200 galleries from around the world.

Museum of Ice Cream

(Ongoing) The popular pop-up the Museum of Ice Cream returns. Tickets start at $39.

(Ongoing) The most significant site of the Holocaust, Auschwitz was not a single entity, but a complex of 48 concentration, forced labor, and extermination camps, at which 1 million Jews—and tens of thousands of others—were murdered. Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away., a new exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, explores the legacy of history’s deadliest mass murder site. More than 700 original objects and 400 photographs are on display, many for the first time in North America. Among the artifacts: personal possessions, fragments of a barrack, a gas mask used by the SS, and an original German-made Model 2 freight wagon used for the deportation of Jews to the ghettos and extermination camps in occupied Poland. 

spyscape aston martin 007

(Ongoing) You can experience the world of history’s most famous spy at Driven: 007 x SPYSCAPE, a new exhibition inside New York’s spy museum, SPYSCAPE. This immersive exhibition brings you into the Bond universe with sets, props, and insights about the creation of the ageless secret agent. Among the highlights: an Aston Martin DB5, the lab of Quartermaster (or Q), M16’s gadget master, concept art from Oscar-winning production designer Sir Ken Adams, and an exploration of 2012 Bond film Skyfall’s unforgettable final scene.

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Things to Do in New York in March: Comedy

Iliza Schleisinger

(3/27) Iliza: The Forever TourComedienne Iliza Shlesinger stops by the Beacon Theatre. 

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(3/6-3/7) Michael Yo at Gotham Comedy Club.

(3/7Bert Kreischer: The Berty Boy World Tour stops by the Beacon Theatre (2 shows).

(3/11) Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin and Andy Borowitz Live at Town Hall. 

(3/13-3/14) Vic DiBitetto at Gotham Comedy Club.

(3/13-3/14) Jerry Seinfeld at the Beacon Theatre. 

(3/19-3/21) Sam Morril at Gotham Comedy Club. 

(3/26) Gabriel Iglesias: Beyond the Fluffy World Tour at Radio City Music Hall. 

Things to Do in New York in March: Kids

Photo: Joe Buglewicz

(3/17) Thirteen percent of New York traces its heritage to the Emerald Island, but on St. Patrick's Day everyone in the city is Irish for a day. The city’s main event is the St. Patrick's Day Parade, which marches up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 79th Street on Tuesday. This year's Grand Marshal is James T. Callahan, General President of the International Union of Operating Engineers and a long-time New Yorker (Callahan represents over 400,000 workers in the United States and Canada; additionally, he's President of the New York Friends of Ireland). The parade runs from 11am to 5pm, at which point the city’s bars swell with revelers.

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(3/8) The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at Kupferberg Center for the Arts. 

Masterchef Junior Live

(3/13) MasterChef Junior Live! at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. This high-energy, interactive stage production brings the hit TV show MasterChef Junior directly to fans and foodies alike…LIVE on stage!  The family-friendly show will feature head-to-head cooking demonstrations and fun (sometimes messy!) challenges with past MasterChef Junior contestants, and an overall immersive audience experience. 

Nick Jr. Live

(3/28-3/29) Nick Jr. Live! Move to the Music at Hulu Theater.

(Ongoing) Explore the beautiful interactive exhibit Connected Worlds at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. 

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Things to Do in New York in March: Food, Music & Nightlife

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish.

(3/15) Four time Grammy winner Billie Eilish: Where Do We Go? World Tour stops at Madison Square Garden and later on (3/20) at Barclays Center.

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(3/1) Maxwell, Common, Sheila E. & Talib Kweli and more honor life of 93-year old Harry Belafonte in a special concert at the Apollo Theater. Proceeds will benefit the Popular Democracy Movement Center and the Harry Belafonte 115th Street New York Public Library. 

(3/4) Wye Oak at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

(3/5) Celine Dion: Courage World Tour at Barclays Center. 

(3/5-3/6) Silverspun Pickups at Brooklyn Steel.

(3/7) Craic Fest 22-the best of new Irish cinema & Emerging Irish Music, opens at Mercury Lounge. thecraicfest.com

Riverdance 25th Anniversary

(3/10-3/15) Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show at Radio City Music Hall. 

(3/12) Love Rocks NYC, Benefitting In God's Love We Deliver, with Dave Matthews, Chris & Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes, Leon Bridges, Jackson Browne, Cyndi Lauper, Warren Haynes, Joss Stone, Macy Gray, and many more, at the Beacon Theatre. 

(3/13-3/14) Jimmy Vaughan at The Iridium.

(3/17) Murphy's Law give a special St. Patrick's day performance with special guests at Bowery Electric.

(3/17) Dexy's Midnight Runners Tribute with Too Ray feat. Ted Leo at the Bell House. 

Queens Film Festival

(3/19-3/29) The Queens Film Festival turns 10! Get tickets for Opening Night at the Museum of the Moving Image here.  (A sneak peek trailer party takes place 3/7 at The Local in Long Island City.). This year they will be honoring comedian/actor and Forest Hills native, Ray Romano. Romano has starred in Everybody Loves Raymond, Parenthood, Epix' Get Shorty, and most recently in Martin Scorcese's The Irishman.

(3/19) Yasiin Bey: Black on Both Sides 20th Anniversary at Sony Hall.

(3/20-3/21) Sing along with The Monkees' Micky Dolenz at The Iridium.

(3/21) The Revivalists: Into the Stars Tour at Radio City Music Hall.

(3/21) TV sensation The Bachelor Live at the Beacon Theatre. 

(3/22) A Night of Class Starring Dionne Warwick, Peabo Bryson, and Deniece Williams at the Beacon Theatre.

(3/24) Mandy Moore at the Beacon Theatre.

(3/28) Keane at the Beacon Theatre.

(3/29) Ann Hampton Callaway & Susan Werner Alone & Together at Kupferberg Center for the Arts. 3pm. Get tickets here. 

(3/30) Thom Yorke: Tomorrow's Modern Boxes Tour stops at Radio City Music Hall.

(3/31) Thom plays the next day at Hammerstein Ballroom.

Things to Do in New York in March: Sightseeing 

Circle Line Cruises

(Ongoing) For more than 70 years, Circle Line has been showing visitors the best sights of NYC, including the only cruise that goes all the way around the island of Manhattan: Circle Line's three-hour Best of NYC Cruise. State-of-the-art Empire Class ships have recently launched, providing quieter rides, better sound for the personable onboard guides, bigger windows, improved climate control, and more outdoor deck space.

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The Edge

(3/11) Edge, the Western Hemisphere’s highest outdoor observation deck, is an incredible triangular deck extending from the skyscraper at 30 Hudson Yards. You’ll stand 100 floors above the ground and see miles and miles in every direction. The deck offers 360-degree views with jaw-dropping glimpses of the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, the Hudson River, and much more.  Edge will also feature a glass floor with views of Hudson Yards and the High Line far below your feet (here’s a preview from Instagram, @edgenyc). At the tip of the observation deck, the glass walls meet 80 feet from the building’s face at The Eastern Point; there, suspended above New York City, you can take in the city with unobstructed views. The outdoor stairs at the observation deck, providing other unique vistas, also offers a place to sit for visitors. Get tix at edgenyc.com

Nat Geo Encounter Ocean Odyssey

Immerse yourself in the deep, dark depths of the ocean, where Humboldt squid fight to the death, 50 foot whales ride overhead, play with sea lions, navigate a sea kelp maze and more at National Geographic Encounter: Ocean OdysseyHere's a $10 off coupon

Visit the sites of Friends, Seinfeld, Trainwreck, Gossip Girl, Sex and the City and many other NYC film sites with On Location Tours. 

Learn more about the fascinating history of New York City's Financial District with Wall Street Walks tours.

Grab a photo with VS Model Alessandra Ambrosio, Taylor Swift, Don Draper, Lady Gaga and countless others at Madame Tussauds New YorkHere is a coupon!

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium brings people of all ages face-to-face with the world's most unbelievable curiosities. With 18,000 square feet of astonishing artifacts and exciting interactive exhibits. Here is a coupon!

Zip up 100 stories in 60 seconds and see New York City atop One World Observatory.

Things to Do in New York in March: Ongoing

top of the rock dusk

Bring a loved one to take in the breathtaking view at Top of the Rock. 

Weather in New York in March

The old maxim “in like a lion, out like a lamb” certainly applies to New York weather in March. Expect the temperatures to steadily rise through the month, from a start on March 1 with average highs at 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7°C) and average lows right at freezing to 56 degrees Fahrenheit (13°C) for a high and 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4°C) for a low come March 31st. Days are getting longer, with about 7 hours of light. The heaviest coats can probably be left behind, but you’ll still want to pack warmly, with hats, scarves, and gloves not being a bad idea. You can expect some outlier days, warmer or colder, with extremes of weather (wind, snow, sleet, freezing rain) not uncommon. Precipitation picks up, about double what it is in February. You can expect 12 rainy days in March, and another five snowy days. Pack your umbrella, and take note of all the great restaurants, museums, galleries, and bars in New York that make it easy to entertain yourself indoors.


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