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What’s Happening in March in NYC

Looking for a great time to visit New York City? Manhattan can be comparatively crowd free this time of year, making March one of the best times months for traveling to New York City.

Sure, it’s still cold and you’ll definitely encounter a rain shower or two, but March brings with it one of the world’s wildest St. Patrick’s Day parades (don’t forget to pack your best emerald-colored clothes) and a prestigious film festival dedicated to cinema for children and teens.

There are basketball games and flea markets, and could it even be spring without flowers? That’s why every year, Macy’s flagship department store celebrates the season with inspired floral displays and festivities. From contemporary art to food truck fare, these are five of the most talked-about events happening in New York City this March.

New York International Children’s Film Festival — Feb. 22 to March 17

Bringing the whole family on this trip to New York City? Perfect for the entire family, the New York International Children’s Film Festival, which stretches from late February through mid-March, presents more than 100 screenings, along with short film programs, Q&As, awards ceremonies and more. This year’s event includes virtual reality and documentary specials. Tickets range from $14 to $20, depending on the event. Photo via nyicff.org

The Armory Show — March 7 to 10


armory show by bfa courtesy of the armory show

Now in its 25th year, one of New York’s preeminent art fairs, The Armory Show, returns to the namesake U.S. National Guard armories, and will this year extend across Piers 90, 92 and 94. Public hours are generally from noon until the early evening every day, and nearly 200 esteemed galleries from across the globe will be showing works at this year’s event. In addition to some of the greatest artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries, visitors can see special large-scale installations and immersive works, like Leo Villareal’s Star Ceiling, between Piers 92 and 94.  Photo by BFA courtesy of The Armory Show.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade — March 16

For a St. Patrick’s Day party that rivals the celebrations in Ireland, there’s no better place to be than New York City. On Saturday, March 16, revelers don their greenest garments and flock to Fifth Avenue for the annual parade, which begins at 11 in the morning and continues until 5:00 at night. Following the parade of marching bands and drum corps, the carousing will no doubt continue all night long in the city’s Irish bars and pubs.

Macy’s Flower Show — March 24 to April 7


For a fairytale-esque shopping experience, head to the flagship Macy’s department store in Herald Square for the annual Macy’s Flower Show. Enjoy the show — this year, a sci-fi-themed floral exhibit — free while you shop from late March until early April. The “Journey to Paradisios” promises to be an out-of-this-world, flora-filled trip to the cosmos with floral arrangements magical gardens and more. Photo courtesy of Macy’s.

Festival of Colors — March 23


Celebrate Holi, the colorful Hindu festival of spring featuring brightly-colored waters or powder, without leaving New York City during the Holi in the City event on Saturday, March 23. (Additional parties will be held on March 16 and 30th). The all-day party takes place at the Stage48 club on West 48th Street.

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