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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 |
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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. 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

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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.

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

Mapplethorpe

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

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Paul Cadmus, Set design for the ballet Filling Station, 1937
Photograph: Courtesy Museum of Modern Art, New York
Art, Arts centers

“Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern”

icon-location-pin Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Midtown East
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This show is organized around the outsize cultural impact of Lincoln Kirstein, a curator and choreographer (he co-founded the New York City Ballet) who was a key figure of the New York art scene during the 1930s and 1940s, a period that is generally considered provincial, but in hindsight was a hotbed of post-abstract figurative art and queer aesthetics.

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