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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
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By Jennifer Picht and Time Out contributors |

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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Featured events in March 2019

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!

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Robert Mapplethorpe, Self Portrait, 1980
Photograph: Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation
Art, Photography


icon-location-pin Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side

Few photographers have obtained the mythic stature of Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989), whose style imparted an austere, almost brutal, beauty to controversial subject matter. Mapplethorpe’s large-format, black-and-white photos (produced, more often than not, within the controlled environs of a studio) reflected his life as a gay artist working in the Downtown demimonde of post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS new York—a period when the utopian promise of sexual liberation gave way to the fear of plague. Indeed, Mapplethorpe seemed to find a connection between eros and thanatos in almost all of his photos, from floral still-lives to homoerotic celebrations of the male body. Those images and more are recalled in this two-part retrospective marking the 30th anniversary of the his death.

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait as a Tehuana, 1943
Photograph: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art and the Vergel Foundation, © 2018 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Art, Contemporary art

“Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving”

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Museum | Brooklyn, NY, Prospect Heights

Showing some of Frida Kahlo’s most important paintings, this exhibition takes a deep dive into the artist and her legend. Kept out of sight for 50 years, a collection of personal items are also on view, from her favored traditional Tehuana dresses and pre-Columbian jewelry to the hand-painted corsets she wore to support her back, crushed at age 18 in a collision between a trolley and a bus she was riding.

Photograph: Courtesy Carly Hoogendyk
Music, Cabaret and standards



Broadway characters find themselves in hot sketch-comedy waters in this monthly night of musical comedy, the brainchild of comic Matt Gehring and singer-songwiter Shaina Taub. The writers include Gehring, Alex Song and Mahayla Laurence, along with four of the performers: Max Ash, charisma machine Natalie Walker and ringers Joél Pérez (Fun Home) and Heath Saunders (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812). 

The Shadow of a Gunman
Photograph: Courtesy Carol Rosegg
Theater, Drama

The O'Casey Cycle

icon-location-pin Irish Repertory Theatre, Chelsea

The Irish Rep takes a deep dive into the oeuvre of Irish master playwright Sean O'Casey, presenting a trio of the dramatist's best-known works. Ciarán O'Reilly directs The Shadow of a Gunman (starting January 30), set during Ireland's bloody War of Independance. Neil Pepe directs Juno and the Paycock (starting March 9), starring O'Reilly and Maryann Plunkett as an unhappy couple in a family torn by strife. Finally, Charlotte Moore helms The Plough and the Stars (starting April 20), an Easter Uprising tragedy. Each of the three plays is rolled out separately, then joins the others in a repertory schedule. The Shadow of a GunmanTheater review by Helen Shaw  When Sean O'Casey wrote his way into history with The Shadow of a Gunman, it was 1923, the Irish Civil War was still raging and the future of the just-established Irish Free State was still under its own deep shadow. O'Casey was a road laborer with no produced plays, and he hadn't yet written the other two plays in his Dublin Trilogy, Juno and the Paycock and The Plough and Stars, which would make him the North Star of Irish realism. No one yet knew that he had such a talent for turning merry character observation into modern tragedy. It must have felt like a bomb had gone off under the bed. The first half of The Shadow of a Gunman is a tenement comedy that is almost sleepy. It is 1920, and apart from the grinding poverty everywhere and the Irish War of Independence raging outside, poet Donal (James Russell) has only two

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