NYC events in March 2019

Make the most of the last month in winter by partaking in the best NYC events in March including St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick's Day Parade 2013
Photograph: Amy Beckerman
By Jennifer Picht and Time Out contributors |
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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 spring. 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 or where to buy a winter coat to suit up for the Women’s March, take advantage of some of the other best things to do in the winter. 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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Featured events in March 2019

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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!

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Secundino Hernandez, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Art

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. 

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Photograph: Thomas Donley
Things to do

Mardi Gras

Anxious and uptight New Yorkers turn laissez-faire and let loose in honor of Mardi Gras. NYC’s Fat Tuesday celebration is a typically rambunctious affair featuring jazz performances at some of the best jazz clubs in the city. There’s also rich cuisine from Cajun restaurants, king cake and some of the best parties in New York. If you wish to partake in the New Orleans-inspired festivities, check out where to find a piece of the Big Easy in the Big Apple. 

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Photograph: Courtesy New York Botanical Garden
Things to do, Exhibitions

The Orchid Show

The Orchid Show—NYC’s ode to springtime—should not to be confused with the season’s other stupendous garden party, the Macy’s Flower Show. However, both bloom fests are worth a visit. 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 March, which lasts through April.

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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.

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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.

Music events in March 2019

Ty Segall
Photograph: Courtesy Kyle Thomas
Music, Rock and indie

Mar 1: Ty Segall + White Fence

icon-location-pin Warsaw, Greenpoint
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Glam-psych multi-instumentalist Ty Segall and fellow Bay Area songwriter White Fence—the jangly, Kinksesque project of Tim Presley—hit town behind their second collaborative album, Joy. A self-assured, wonky effort that bounds through 15 songs in just over a half hour, Joy is a whirlwind listen and a worthy successor to 2012's Hair. It will make excellent fodder for this live appearance in Brooklyn.

Travis Scott
Photograph: Courtesy Epic Records
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Mar 2, 3: Travis Scott

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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The year 2018 was good to Travis Scott. The Houston rapper has enjoyed a steady rise in popularity since putting out his debut record, Rodeo, in 2015, but his star reached new heights last year with the release of his most accomplished album to date, Astroworld, and its psychedelic, Drake-featuring hit single "Sicko Mode." Scott is notably energetic on stage, which is outfitted like an hallucinogenic amusement park, and his audiences aren't anything to sneeze at either, so come ready to bounce.

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Elton John
Photograph: Courtesy Rebecca Taylor
Music, Rock and indie

Mar 2–9: Elton John

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With the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, Sir Elton is saying a final goodbye to the touring life. That's right—this is your final chance to catch the rollicking songman live in person, as he takes the audience on a massive visual journey spanning his entire 50-year career. Swoon along to "Tiny Dancer," make juvenile hand gestures to "Crocodile Rock" and smile meaningfully at your folks during "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" here for one last time.

Cass McCombs
Photograph: Pony Cassells
Music, Rock and indie

Mar 7, 8: Cass McCombs + Sam Evian

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Cult-fave song man Cass McCombs, beloved for spinning lo-fi psych-pop into wistful, ambling lyrical dioramas of Western mythos, hits Brooklyn for a pair of dates behind his newest album, Tip of the Spear. Celestial Shore singer-guitarist Sam Owens plays the opening slot.

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Cannibal Corpse
Photograph: Courtesy Metal Blade
Music, Punk and metal

Mar 7: Cannibal Corpse + Morbid Angel + Necrot + Blood Incantation

icon-location-pin PlayStation Theater, Midtown West
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Heavy metal rag Decibel comes screaming into town with a massive lineup of death-metal big wigs culled from across the nation. Tampa legends Cannibal Corpse and Morbid Angel share the stage with Bay Area trio Necrot and Denver's Blood Incantation for what is sure to be an absolute ripper from start to finish.

Robyn
Photograph: Courtesy Heji Shin
Music, Pop

Mar 8: Robyn

icon-location-pin Madison Square Garden, Midtown West
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The Swedish dance-pop queen has never shied away from following her muse. Her live shows are always singular occurences, and while she might not play the hits exactly like you remember them, she'll deliver an unparelleled dance party with the skill of a master DJ. At this show, Robyn brings music from her newest album, Honey, as well as her stable of 'tude-packed hits ("Call Your Girlfriend," "Dancing on My Own," "Hang with Me"). No doubt, she'll have something special in store for the Garden.

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Ella Mai
Photograph: Courtesy Jonathan Mannion
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Mar 11, 12: Ella Mai

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Steel, Williamsburg
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Riding high on the success of her Grammy-nominated summer smash, "Boo'd Up," English singer-songwriter Ella Mai hits town in support of a solid debut album. In just under an hour, the self-titled effort, released last October on DJ Mustard's 10 Summers Records, goes a long way toward showcasing the various facets of Mai's highly listenable, ’90s R&B– and trap-infused modern soul. Syrupy psychedelic textures, reverb-drenched piano, acoustic guitar, it's all here, and it's sure to have us feeling the love when she takes the stage for this pair of Brooklyn gigs.

Fleetwood Mac
Photograph: Courtesy Randee St. Nicholas
Music, Pop

Mar 11, 13, 18: Fleetwood Mac

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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After reviving the Rumours lineup in 2014, the Mac is back. But all is not well in the land of dreams and crystal visions: Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is on the outs with the group after scheduling disagreements with his band mates. In his place, ax slingers Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) and Neil Finn (Crowded House) join the crew for this tour. As a result, you can expect a few covers and rarities, like the bluesy "Oh Well" from the band's earlier, pre-Buckingham/Nicks incarnation, as well as a steady stream of hits.

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Weezer performs at the 2014 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware on June 22, 2014.
Photograph: Michael J. Chen
Music, Rock and indie

Mar 12: Weezer + Pixies

icon-location-pin Madison Square Garden, Midtown West
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Two alt-rock icons stop off at the Garden on their co-headlining tour. Count on hearing new tunes (Weezer's The Black Album is due out March 1) as well as ye olde classics, and if that's not enough for you, they've sweetened the pot with opening sets from U.K. melodic hardcore troupe Basement and local heroes TV on the Radio.

Massive Attack
Photograph: Courtesy of Press Here Pu
Music, Rock and indie

Mar 15, 16: Massive Attack

icon-location-pin Radio City Music Hall, Midtown West
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The pioneering trip-hop outfit hits Radio City on its tour celebrating the 20th birthday of one of its defining achievements: 1998's Mezzanine. Highlights include accompaniment from Cocteau Twins’ member and "Teardrop" singer Liz Fraser, who is touring with the band for the first time since 2012, and a spanking new audiovisual production. This is no staid recital: Show up for a new rendition of an old favorite.

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