Featured events in March 2019
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 2019
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.
Whether you're visiting town and looking for laughs or a jaded New Yorker who needs a break, you can count on Jeffrey Emerson and Jill Weiner to deliver excellent comedy at this free weekly East Village stand-up night. Look out for some of our favorite all-star performers to hit up the low-key show.
Philip Henry invites you to get lit with a rotating cast of wild surprise guests at his bonkers variety show, which features shady reports of current events, stand-up and games with drag queens, porn stars and Broadway actors.
Show up early and grab a seat for Fumi Abe and Michael Nguyen's always-stacked, always-packed monthly comedy jam. Count on an excellent lineup featuring some of the city's most intelligent comics, with February's bill boasting Gracie Canaan, Luke Touma, Subhah Agarwal, Eagle Witt and Reggie Conquest.
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.
The Irish Arts Center opens its doors for an Irish extravaganza, filled with authentic music, dances, craft workshops and delicious tea. Learn to play the tin-whistle, get your face painted, experiment with tap-dancing, or simply sit back and watch the artists perform at this celebration of Irish culture.
The beloved bi-weekly LGBTQ open mic Open Flame celebrates Black History Month with this POC-affirming special. Hosts Alysia Brown, Jess Henderson, and Justin Covington welcome queer performers of color to try the mic for four minutes. Come for the sets, stay for the community.
Stand-up femmebot Mary Beth Barone and number one angel John Trowbridge team up for this monthly getdown. February's lineup boasts drag diva Golden Delicious and comicss Jess Solomon, Evan Williams and Jay Jurden.
Peter Smith and Sandy Honig—two of the most fantastic beasts in the NYC comedy stable—unleash their wildest friends upon the Slipper Room stage at this weekly stand-up showcase. Count on an always-diverse lineup of marvels from across NYC's alt-comedy spectrum, all giving it to you for free.
When it comes to hands-in-the-air, pretension-free queer joy, DJ William Francis always gives the people what they want. The dashing discaire celebrates divas of every great era at this weekly rager, suited perfectly for Club Cumming's timeless East Village vibe.
Music events in March 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.