NYC events in March 2018

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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With spring just a whisper away, it’s time to start getting serious about booking the best NYC events in March. The biggest celebration is, of course, St. Patrick’s Day. But 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, including and then fantasize 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 2018

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Photograph: Brian Duffy. Photo Duffy © Duffy Archive & The David Bowie Archive
Things to do

"David Bowie Is"

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.

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Things to do

Mac & Cheese Smackdown

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.

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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

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. 

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Photograph: Courtesy Lauren Kallen
Things to do, Festivals

Dessert Goals

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.” 

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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: Courtesy Alexander Stein
Things to do

Open Market 2018

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.

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Music

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

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. 

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Ballet Nacional de España
Photograph: Courtesy Josep Aznar
Dance, Ballroom and Latin

Flamenco Festival

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.

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St. Patrick's Day Parade 2013
Photograph: Amy Beckerman
Things to do, Festivals

Brooklyn St. Patrick's Day Parade

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.

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Of Montreal
Photograph: Courtesy Ben Rouse
Music

of Montreal

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. 

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Things to do

Sumo + Sushi

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. 

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The Orchid Show 2013 at the New York Botanical Garden
Museums

The Orchid Show

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. 

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Third Annual Ultra-Mega Oscars at Nitehawk
Things to do, Film events

Ultra-Mega Oscars 2018

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).

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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 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.

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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 2018

Diet Cig
Photograph: Andrew Piccone
Music, Rock and indie

Diet Cig + Great Grandpa + The Spook School

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.

Dear Nora
Photograph: Courtesy Megan Marzec
Music, Folk, country and blues

Dear Nora + Kath Bloom + Emily Yacina

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.

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Lucy Dacus
Photograph: Courtesy the artist
Music, Rock and indie

Lucy Dacus + And The Kids + Adult Mom

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." 

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Phil Lesh
Photograph: Courtesy Jay Blakesberg
Music, Rock and indie

Bobby & Phil

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.

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The Men
Photograph: Kevin Faulkner
Music, Rock and indie

The Men

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.

Shopping
Photograph: Courtesy CJ Monk
Music, Punk and metal

Shopping + French Vanilla

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.

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Music, Classical and opera

Tibet House US Benefit Concert

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.

ESG
Photograph: Philippe Levy
Music, Rock and indie

ESG

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.

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Cornelius
Photograph: Courtesy Ryo Tanahashi
Music, Pop

Cornelius

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.

Tune-Yards
Photograph: Holly Andres
Music, Rock and indie

Tune-Yards + Shabazz Palaces

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."

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