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NYC events in March 2020

Make the most of the last month of winter with the best NYC events in March including flower shows with pretty blooms

Orchid show
Courtesy NYBG
By Time Out editors |

UPDATE: Many events have been canceled or postponed due to coronavirus. If you're unsure if yours has been affected, please call ahead to confirm.

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. Before you start looking into the best Irish pubs in the city where you can glug endless pints of Guinness, take advantage of some of the other best things to do in the winter like checking out a stellar art exhibt at the Armory Show. Once the Macy’s Flower Show opens, 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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Secundino Hernandez, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki
Photograph: Filip Wolak

The Armory Show

The Armory Show is one of the art world’s biggest international art fairs, rivaled only by Frieze New York and the anchor for the city’s Armory Arts Week, during which some seven different art fairs set up shop in New York. 

Orchid show
Courtesy NYBG
Things to do, Exhibitions

The Orchid Show at NYBG

A dreamy spray of orchids to enliven your winter bones is on the way to The New York Botanical Garden for its annual Orchid Show with designs by floral designer Jeff Leatham. If you’re not familiar, The New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show exhibits thousands of species of beautiful blossoming orchids, and it’s one of the best NYC events in February, and is one of the best things to do in The Bronx. While Macy's has its Flower Show, which is worth seeing in its own right, the NYBG's orchid show has been running for 18 years and has only gotten better. The balmy and bountiful festival this year is titled The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope. The display will transform the garden's conservatory into a tunnel of hypnotic floral designs reminiscent of a look through a kaleidoscope. "Color is the first and most important aspect of my work, always," Jeff Leatham says. "I want every gallery to be a different color experience for visitors as they move through them, like looking into a kaleidoscope. I loved kaleidoscopes as a child. You start dreaming as you look through one. People have seen the interiors of the Conservatory already, but with this exhibition, I want them to look through them like never before." And as usual, there will be special Orchid Evenings during which visitors can enjoy the attraction after dark, including a gorgeous display of lights, among the orchids.

Ali Wong
Photograph: Mandee Johnson

Ali Wong at the Beacon Theatre

Beacon Theatre, Upper West Side

Perhaps you know Ali Wong's wildly raunching humor from her Netflix stand-up specials, Hard Knock Wife and Baby Cobra. Now the comedian is bringing her uproarious insights to New York City with eight shows at the Beacon Theatre this spring. The residency, from March 29 to April 23, is part of her "Milk & Money" tour, and it's the first residency at the Beacon Theatre of a female comedian, according to the Madison Square Garden Company. "I moved to NYC in my late 20s to become a better stand-up comedian," Wong said in a statement. "When I lived there, I would perform up to nine sets per night for no money, often in shitty bars where there were sometimes only two people in the audience. It’s incredibly thrilling to return 10 years later to do a residency at the legendary Beacon Theatre. Hopefully there will be more than two people in the audience." According to MSG, all but one of the shows is sold out. Ticketmaster has tickets listed for $49.50 to $99.50 a piece for April 23.

Macy's Flower Show 2013: The Painted Garden
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson
Things to do, Exhibitions

The Macy’s Flower Show

It's not quite the time to head to rooftop bars or the best NYC parks, but you can still revel in forthcoming warm weather at the annual Macy’s Flower Show. NYC will be budding with blooms all over, but nothing beats roaming the sweet-smelling foliage that suddenly appears at one of the city’s best department stores: Macy’s Herald Square. Before you know it, New York will be gearing up for all the spring festivals, and tank top weather will be in full swing—really!

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2014
Things to do, Festivals

St. Patrick’s Day in NYC

Bust out your finest green T-shirts: St. Patrick’s Day 2019 is officially upon us! One of the biggest events 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. There are plenty of other ways to celebrate St. Patty’s Day: Read on for our guide to the best St. Patrick’s Day parades, events, Irish pubs and more.

Photograph: Library of Congress
Things to do

Women March at the New-York Historical Society

New-York Historical Society | Manhattan, NY, Upper West Side

Celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in 1920, this exhibit explores the efforts of women to expand democracy before and after the suffrage victory. Using imagery and video footage of women’s action over time, the show draws visitors into engaging with the struggles they've faced up through curent day.

Women's March 2017 in NYC
Photograph: Teddy Wolff
Things to do

Women’s History Month

NYC offers a bevy of ways you can show solidarity for your sisters during Women’s History Month. New York ladies are getting in formation by hosting a series of cool events that range from nabbing beauty services at one of the best blow dry bars to an all-female jazz festival, comedy show and more. You can even attend a global protest to fight for women’s rights.

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