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NYC events in March 2021

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We’re starting to plan our calendar with the best NYC events in March, which means you can finally start getting excited for warmer weather. The month, which is known for St. Patrick’s Day, is also the time period when the city celebrates Women’s History Month and the start of spring. Things are a bit different this year—heading to the best Irish pubs in the city may not be possible and the St. Patrick's Day Parade may not be happening, but there's still fun to be had, from the Asia Week art show to outdoor movies at Syndicated Bar, Theater and Kitchen. And finally, we can start fantasizing about packing away that puffy coat and gearing up for the best things to do in spring.

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Featured events in March 2021

  • Art
  • Art

Geometric Properties: An Immersive Audio-Visual Journey Through Fractal Dimensions,” is the first solo exhibition of Dutch artist Julius Horsthuis’ work to come to NYC. Previously, his work has been featured in Manchester by the Sea and through collaborations with musical artists like ODESZA, Meshuggah and Birds of Paradise. He uses fractals to create alternate science fiction-like realities using visual art and motion graphics, and they are a real trip, to say the least. The digital art destination on Manhattan’s west side (it’s literally located in Chelsea Market’s former boiler room) is opening the new show on March 1, and it will be on view through September 6. If you want to stop by and check out the endless geometric iterations and fractional dimensions for yourself—you frickin' fractal freak you—tickets cost $24 for adults and $17 for children. (Pro tip: New York and New Jersey residents receive a $5 discount on tickets on weekdays.)

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"Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America," a new exhibition that has taken over almost the entirety of the New Museum and is set to stay put until June 6, explores the history of racist violence all throughout the United States. Back in 2018, curator Okwui Enwezor began working on the project, hoping to mount it by last year's Presidential election. Unfortunately, the curator's passing in 2019 and the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic forced a shift in plans that delayed the show's opening to last week. In total, the work of 37 Black artists currently fills the museum's lobby, its three main viewing floors, the building's exterior and the South Gallery found in the building next door. 

Expect to browse through the amazing works of artists the likes of Kara Walker, who is the brain behind an entire wall filled with sketches and drawings; LaToya Ruby Frazier, who contributes over a dozen photographs from her "The Notion of Family" series; and Jean-Michael Basquiat, whose "Procession" can be glanced at as soon as the elevator doors open on the third floor. The show is a powerful one, with images ranging in style, theme and scope, but one that is necessary to delve into today more than ever. Given COVID-19-related guidelines, visitors have to purchase timed tickets ahead of their trip. Feel free to do so right here.

 

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  • Things to do
  • City Life

The Greens on Pier 17 is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a festive and traditional meal including Shepherd’s Pie and an Irish Whiskey Buck by its cocktail partner and World’s Best Bar, Dante, all set to Irish music. Cabin reservations open Monday, March 1 at 10 a.m. for parties of up to 10 guests. All reservations are for 90-minute increments and can be booked from 11am–11pm. The rooftop venue has 28 individual 12’ by 10’ winterized dining cabins that have jaw-dropping, floor-to-ceiling views of NYC from its prime location on the East River waterfront.

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  • Art

America's most famous dogs are getting their due at the AKC Museum of the Dog. The museum launched "Hollywood Dogs" featuring drawings, portraits and posters of some of the biggest canine blockbusters like Lassie to Old Yeller and All Dogs Go to Heaven. Inside the exhibit, you'll also see animated and cartoon dogs in old celluloid, pencil sketches, comic strips, old portrait photos of Rin Tin Tin and other headlining canines. The exhibit will be on through April 11 at 101 Park Avenue, but it'll also be put online at a later date so dog lovers can view it from home.

 

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in NYC
  • Things to do
  • Festivals

One of the biggest events in March is the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which marches along Fifth Avenue and passes by venerable New York attractions, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Central Park. Unfortunately, masses of people aren't allowed to gather yet, but there are plenty of other ways to celebrate St. Patty’s Day: Read on for our guide to the best St. Patrick’s Day events, Irish food and drink and more.

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  • Health and beauty
  • Spas

It’s no secret that New Yorkers are stressed, but when it comes to unwinding, we’re pretty competitive about that too—that’s where the best spas in NYC come in. The city boasts some of the most luxurious spas in the country, but affordable spa treatments also abound. So get inspired with birthday party ideas in NYC or date night ideas in NYC and book yourself a treatment at one of our favorite New York City spas.

RECOMMENDED: A complete guide to Spa Week in NYC

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  • Travel

With a long winter before us, escaping New York City on a secluded getaway is at the top of our list. We're craving a respite from the busy lives we lead in NYC and are seeking to snowshoe in the Adirondacks, walk solo in Rhode Island, roast marshmallows at an isolated campsite in the Catskills, and more. These spots make for ideal trips during times of global crisis and not. As fun-filled as camping sites, cycling and hiking trails are, there is something about going a bit farther away that makes for more memorable times—especially given the current travel restrictions in placeSo, without further ado, in no particular order, here are the best secluded getaways to take from New York to escape the crowds. 

NOTE: Although our list has been vetted, re-opening guidelines in the New York area are constantly changing. Reach out to specific venues and destinations before planning a trip. 

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