Featured events in March 2018
Over the course of five decades, David Bowie drafted the new rules of rock & roll—and the rest of us are still trying to keep up. After breaking ticket records at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the touring exhibition “David Bowie Is” hits NYC in March, with more than 400 objects from the celestial pop icon’s life, including costumes, lyric sheets and performance clips. Here’s what you should look (and listen) for in this celebration of all things Thin White Duke.
Grab your sporks and warm up with NYC’s best mac and cheese contenders on Sunday, March 18 at Brooklyn Expo Center. Time Out New York is blowing it out even bigger and better this year featuring the city's best restaurants to battle it out for the ultimate showdown to crown New York’s top mac. Mac + beer + tunes, what more could you need? Follow the fun with #macsmack on Instagram and Twitter.
The theme for this 44th annual installment at the megachain’s Herald Square location is "Once Upon A Springtime," so expect to see a lot of plays on fantasy-inspired settings and storybook scenes.
This sweets celebration welcomes vendors like Snowdays, Lickety Split and Cupcake Market to present you with their most delectable—and visually spectacular—goodies. Sugar influencers host workshops like “How to Style Food Like a Pro.”
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.
Celebrate the hip downtown neighborhood with this annual indoor block party packed with neighborhood businesses. Nosh on treats from L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Santina and Bagatelle, while shopping sample sales at high-end retailers like Theory and DVF.
The ’80s new-wave stars Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark returned last year with The Punishment of Luxury including The Punishment of Luxury: B-Sides/Bonus Material. Catch the English electronic rockers in action at Terminal 5 on March 10.
The annual Flamenco Festival returns to showcase a wide range of variations on the Spanish form. This year's program features performances by Ballet Nacional de España (Mar 2–4), Compañia Eva Yerbabuena (Mar 9, 10) and Ballet Flamenco Jesús Carmona (Mar 11). Ticket holders are invited to attend free preshow dance lessons on March 9 through March 11.
The British first conquered New York City right in Brooklyn Heights, and centuries later the Irish American Parade Committee still commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn (as many of the committee members’ forefathers were involved in that war) and celebrates Irish-American contributions to New York City. At 12:45pm, the procession also honors the heroes and victims of 9/11.
Perhaps the foremost proponent of modern-day glam rock, this outfit from Athens, Georgia does predecessors such as Bowie and T. Rex proud, routinely serving heaping portions of sassy, eccentric art rock. Here, the nearly two-decade-old band—led by the always-flashy, always-amusing Kevin Barnes—hits town in support of its 2018 album White is Relic/Irrealis Mood.
Witness the outsize glory of live Sumo wrestling at this special show, which pits real champions—weighing up to 600 pounds—against each other on the mat. Opt in for a bento box with your show, so you can eat your anxiety while the pros make the earth shake. Or if you're particularly daring, you can step in the ring and take on the big guys. Better start doing some pushups now.
Now in its 16th year, this mesmerizing show displays thousands of orchids in geometric, illuminated sculptural presentations. Catch special Orchid evenings for dancing, music and drinks among the flowers.
Williamsburg’s premier movie house and eatery is setting up a photobooth and giving out a prize for Best Dressed, which means this is the place to rock that sultry number with the plunging neckline. Your ticket includes a $30 food-and-beverage voucher so you can make use of cheeky specials like the I, Tonya–inspired “The Incident” (shredded pork knee—yikes) and Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri–inspired "Drinkwater Road" (doughnuts).
Bust out your finest green T-shirts: St. Patrick’s Day 2018 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.
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!
Free NYC events in March 2018
Take in some sun on Dream Hotel’s PHD Terrace while sipping Italian cocktails and nibbling complimentary treats at this afterwork shindig. Tunes from the ’60s come courtesy of the Nick Palumbo Band.
This retailer’s multiple weekend run at various locations allows any impatient DIYers to grab creative handmade presents from more than 50 talented fashion, beauty and lifestyle crafters for everyone on your list or, hell, yourself. In the past, patrons have gone home with free goody bags of products, coupons and surprises from the vendors and sponsors. During certain weekends, folks can enjoy cocktails and pose for selfies in the holiday photo booth while they shop.
Abby Washuta invites you to this hang-out at New York Comedy Club East Village (every first Thursday) and at the Lantern (every third Thursday), where a solid line-up of stand-ups can always be expected. Look out for a raffle, and register early for a free margarita.
Browse imaginative maker-designed goods from more than 200 creators; indulge in bites from purveyors like Cryo Cream, Eat Chic Chocolates and Ocka Treats; groove to live DJ sets; and attend workshops with crafty friends at this fabulous market. You’ll walk out with enough DIY crafts, knickknacks and artisanal treats to get you through the winter and beyond.
This free weekly getdown from Carolyn Busa, Julia Shiplett, Ben Wasserman and Emily Winter is a reliable night for solid laughs and surprise stars in Crown Heights. August 20's edition is a banger, with Myq Kaplan, Kevin Iso, Mike Drucker and Aminah Imani hitting the stage.
It’s a free comedy night...with dessert. Need we say more? Fumi Abe and Michael Nguyen bring together some of the city’s most diverse and reliably solid lineups every month at this sweet show.
This annual outdoor caroling procession, now in its tenth year, meets at the corner of 31st Avenue and 75th St in Queens before embarking on a magical night of street singing and peeping at holiday lights. Carolers are encouraged to bring flashlights and well-protected candles as well as any small acoustic instruments. If it snows, the show still goes on, so bundle up.
Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink is free and open late. Don’t get too excited—the admission may be gratis, but you’ll have to shell out $15–$19 to rent skates (or BYO). Still, it’s a veritable winter wonderland: After your time on the ice, warm up at spacious rinkside foodhall the Lodge. If you want to practice your lutzes and axels with ample spinning room, try visiting during off-peak hours. RECOMMENDED: More rinks for ice skating in NYC
This action-packed cold-weather festival has been going strong for nearly two decades. As always, the fest kicks off with a holiday tree lighting ceremony in Dante Park, followed by artists, musicians and dancers ushering in the holiday season with performances at 20 different venues. If you're feeling peckish, choose from more than 30 restaurants offering food tastings for just a couple bucks each. Grab a mini beef Wellington from Bluebird London ($4) and a gruyere cheese bread from Bouchon Bakery ($2) and then go take advantage of special one-night-only discounts and deals at shops around the neighborhood.
Bundle up for a free, low-key New Year’s Eve with fireworks sparkling over Park Slope. Live music starts at around 10:30pm at Grand Army Plaza, where you can also snag a cup of hot cocoa. At midnight, fireworks will go off at Long Meadow; the best vantage points are at Grand Army Plaza, inside the park on West Drive and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.
Music events in March 2018
Indie-pop duo Diet Cig, hailing from New Paltz, New York, plays refreshingly upbeat tunes with a pop-punk core, singing about parties, college and boys. It’s seriously catchy stuff laced with just the right amount of twee. They'll bound through selections from their debut album, Swear I'm Good at This, which surfaced last year and was greeted with a scathing Pitchfork review—which was in turn greeted with an equally-scathing Twitter riot.
Katy Davidson's indie-folk project Dear Nora gained a cult following in the wake of 2004's superb Mountain Rock. Orindal Records reissued the bare-bones effort last year and Davidson, for her part, revived the band to play its first shows in over a decade. Here the outfit sits atop a fantastic bill including Kath Bloom, the striking Connecticut folksinger who taught herself guitar in a graveyard and released a string of albums in the 1970s and ’80s, and rising local songsmith Emily Yacina.
Within months of releasing her debut album, No Burden, Lucy Dacus signed to Matador Records, adding her name to an artist roster including Yo La Tengo, Kurt Vile, Cat Power and Perfume Genius. The fast-rising Virginia songsmith trades in country-inflected indie rock, which provides a warm backdrop for her voice, though she could just as easily apply her velvety alto to jazz standards. Dacus hits the stage in Brooklyn just as her sophomore effort, Historian, sees the light of day. Brace yourself for her performance of the album's first single, the barefaced breakup ode, "Night Shift."
Bob Weir and Phil Lesh—longtime rhythm guitarist and bassist, respectively, for the Grateful Dead—are typically truckin' with their own outfits these days: Weir helming Dead & Company and Lesh touring with his Terrapin Family Band. For this limited string of dates, the two are playing in the same band once again, and though we don't know exactly what kind of deal will go down, you can likely expect some special guests, extended jams and a long, strange setlist of classics.
Over the past ten years, Brooklyn four piece the Men has cranked out loping country-rock, noisy psychedelic sprawl and fuzz-blasted melodic punk, as last heard on 2016's furious Devil Music. The crew just announced a new LP, Drift, due out March 2 on Sacred Bones. Judging by the effort's first grumbling, industrial-tinged single, "Maybe I'm Crazy," the Men's sonic wanderlust is as fierce as ever.
Fans of dance floor–ready post punk à la Gang of Four and Bush Tetras will find much to love in U.K. three piece Shopping. There's very little invention here, but the band's unfailing directness and unadorned vigor save it from being a flat retro act. At its core, this is music to dance to. Show up ready to move.
Composer-pianist Philip Glass’s annual fete and fund-raiser for NYC Buddhist center Tibet House US draws a characteristically diverse range of contributing artists. This year, Glass is joined by the wry Magnetic Fields indie-rocker Stephin Merritt, omnitalented alt-pop visionary Blood Orange and folk-tinged songwriter Angel Olsen, among others.
Formed in the South Bronx in 1978, the immeasurably influential ESG is a (rightly) revered No Wave–era dance unit that defined a sort of skeletal funk that has guided countless bands and producers from the early ’80s through this very minute. The outfit hits the stage at Bowery Electric in celebration of its 40th anniversary.
Japanese producer Keigo Oyamada has crafted multiple sounds as Cornelius: frantic indie rock, loungey electonic and what could only be described as whimsical sound collage. He returned from an eleven-year hiatus last year with Mellow Waves, a warm and relatively understated effort. He's lauded as much for the visual element of his live performances as the sonic, so prepare for a spectacle.
Merrill Garbus airs offbeat party-starters from her recent, fourth LP, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life. Though the artist describes the new record as turning "inward," we nonetheless anticipate a sweaty dance party to ensue once the irrepressible art-pop diva kicks into new effervescent, hair-raising tunes like "Look At Your Hands."