March 2015 events calendar for New York City

Plan your month with our events calendar of the very best activities, St. Patrick's Day events and our picks from theater, the arts and music

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With spring just a whisper away, it's time to start booking these March calendar highlights, including an art retrospective of Bjork, the Black Party and St. Patrick's Day events—and then fantasize about packing away that puffy coat.

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Featured events in March 2015

Björk

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Sat Mar 7 - Sun Jun 7
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St. Patrick's Day Parade

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Manhattan
  2. Tue Mar 17
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Rites XXXVI: The Black Party

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Location TBA
  2. Sat Mar 21
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Neil Diamond

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Barclays Center 620 Atlantic Ave, at Flatbush Ave, 11217
  2. Thu Mar 26
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Free events in March 2015

Brooklyn St. Patrick's Day Parade

  • Free

Dodge the boozy crowds of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue parade and head to Brooklyn for its street celebration of all things Irish. If you want to march, assemble at noon at Prospect Park West and 14th St. Just watching? The parade begins at 15th St

  1. Prospect Park Prospect Park West to Flatbush Ave, between Prospect Park Southwest and Ocean Ave
  2. Sun Mar 15
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Super Sábado! 2014/15

  • Critics choice
  • Free

El Museo del Barrio's free programming every third Saturday presents gallery tours and art workshops centered around a different theme each month. This March, explore the world around you through art making and storytelling (3/15). Enter the magical

  1. El Museo del Barrio 1230 Fifth Ave, between 104th and 105th Sts
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sat May 16
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Trivia Thursdays

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Mona Mour hosts this weekly trivia night featuring a mixed, rowdy neighborhood crowd and boozy prizes.

  1. Branded Saloon 603 Vanderbilt Ave, at Bergen St
  2. Until Thu Mar 26
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The Sherry Vine Show

  • Critics choice
  • Free

New York drag institution and brilliant comedian Sherry Vine brings you her song parodies, viral videos and acid wit every week at this popular Hell's Kitchen drinkery.

  1. Industry Bar 355 W 52nd St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Wed Jun 24
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Secret Meeting

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Each week, Eli Yudin (SNL "Weekend Update" contributor) and Nick Mullen (Thought Catalog) host this stand-up showcase followed by karaoke.

  1. Pine Box Rock Shop 12 Grattan St, between Bogart St and Morgan Ave, 11206
  2. Until Thu Oct 8
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Music events in March 2015

Dropkick Murphys

Boston's Dropkick Murphys play a besotted blend of lunkheaded but stirring Irish-influenced pub rock, as on their 2013 disc, Signed and Sealed in Blood. Live, they're a riot (sometimes quite literally).

  1. Irving Plaza 17 Irving Pl, at 15th St
  2. Sun Mar 8 - Tue Mar 10
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Meghan Trainor + Sheppard

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Pop-soul singer Meghan Trainor started behind the scenes in the music business, penning tracks for Rascall Flatts and Disney star Sabrina Carpenter before "bringing booty back," with her chart-dominating 2014 breakthrough, "All About That Bass." The

  1. Irving Plaza 17 Irving Pl, at 15th St
  2. Fri Mar 13
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Cold War Kids + Elliot Moss

  • Price band: 2/4

While we still don't think that California's Cold War Kids have yet topped their anthem "Hang Me Up to Dry," the group keeps chugging along. The band plays this T5 gig supporting its latest disc, Hold My Home.

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Fri Mar 20
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Neil Diamond

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

On his recent Rick Rubin–helmed albums, including his latest, Melody Road, Neil Diamond stripped away the schmaltzy layers that he accumulated over the decades, to fine effect. Though he's touring in support of that album, we're willing to bet

  1. Barclays Center 620 Atlantic Ave, at Flatbush Ave, 11217
  2. Thu Mar 26
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Alt-J + Phantogram

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Leeds, England–based quartet Alt-J traffics in a distinct sound, combining clever songwriting and colorful, jazzy instrumentation with world beats and skittering drops for a quirky brand of alt pop. The band's Mercury Prize–winning debut, An

  1. Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza , between 31st and 33rd Sts, 10001
  2. Mon Mar 30
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Arts events in March 2015

Björk

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

MoMA celebrates the multi-faceted career of the Icelandic alt diva with a retrospective encompassing the many mediums she’s worked in: Music of course, but also art, costume design and video, among others. The installation includes an immersive

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Sat Mar 7 - Sun Jun 7
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"MoMA PS1 and Bob & Roberta Smith Invite You to Throw Your Art Away"

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Are you an artist who's finally had it with being ignored by the art world? Are you someone who has been given a work of art that you know perfectly well is without value, and may even be ugly as far as you're concerned? Are you an artist who's

  1. MoMA PS1 22-25 Jackson Ave, at 46th Ave
  2. Until Sun Mar 8
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The Last Ship

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The Last Ship. Neil Simon Theatre (see Broadway). Music and lyrics by Sting. Book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey. Directed by Joe Mantello. With ensemble cast. Running time: 2hrs 30mins. One intermission. The Last Ship: In brief Longtime rocker

  1. Neil Simon Theatre 250 W 52nd St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Until Sun Mar 29
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"The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World"

  • Price band: 2/4
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Though tedious arguments persist that painting is dead, the medium has been happily thriving where it counts most: In the hands of artists. But while it's true that there's plenty of painting around to compete with the installation and conceptualist

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Thu Dec 18 - Thu Mar 5
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Ethel Barrymore Theatre (see Broadway). By Simon Stephens. Based on the book by Mark Haddon. Directed by Marianne Elliott. With Alex Sharp, Francesca Faridany. Running time: 2hrs 30mins. One

  1. Ethel Barrymore Theatre 243 W 47th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Until Sun Mar 29
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"Madame Cézanne"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Although Paul Cézanne’s wife was his most frequently painted subject, she’s been given short shrift by art historians, who have tended to focus on the artist’s still lifes, landscapes and figurative studies of bathers. As a remedy, the Met

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Until Sun Mar 15
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More events in March 2015

Rites XXXVI: The Black Party

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The Black Party weekend culminates in this all-night and most-of-the-next-day celebration of debauchery. Make sure to dress the part (the code: whatever makes you feel sexy), and be prepared to have your mind blown by sexy-steamy performances and DJ

  1. Location TBA
  2. Sat Mar 21
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St. Patrick's Day Parade

  • Critics choice
  • Free

No St. Patty’s Day in NYC would be complete without staking out a spot at this parade, which makes its 253rd march up Fifth Avenue. (The event is even older than the United States; it was started by a group of homesick Irish conscripts from the

  1. Manhattan
  2. Tue Mar 17
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"The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter"

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Temperatures climb to a balmy 80 degrees in the 1,200-square-foot vivarium, returning for its 16th year. The 500 specimens flying around include monarchs, zebra longwings and iridescent blue morpho butterflies.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Until Mon May 25
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Riverbank State Park Ice Skating Rink

  • Price band: 1/4
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This sizable outdoor rink is open to the public Friday through Sunday and has a roof to prevent winter snows and spring showers from raining on your Ice Capades moves. And since Riverbank State Park overlooks the Hudson, you’ll have nice views of

  1. Riverbank State Park Ice Skating Rink Riverside Dr, between 137th and 145th Sts
  2. Fri Nov 21 - Sun Mar 15
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St. Patrick’s Day in Irish New York

  • Price band: 2/4

If the traditional St. Patty’s parade is too much for you, check out the lower-key, lower-Manhattan walking tour, themed especially for St. Patrick’s Day. Walkers will explore NYC's former “Little Ireland” district, learn about the

  1. St. Paul's Chapel 209 Broadway, between Fulton and Vesey Sts
  2. Sat Mar 14
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