From art to film festivals galore. March events in New York revolve around flowers and St. Patrick’s Day.
3/ 1: Order reserved seats for ballroom, Latin, rhythm, and smooth dance heats at New York Dance Festival in ballrooms at the Roosevelt Hotel.
3/ 1: New York Wild Film Festival screens 32 films about wildlife and wild places at The Explorers Club. (Except Feb. 27 is at The Paley Center for Media.)
3/ 1: Athena Film Festival “showcases films about strong and courageous women leaders in real life and the fictional world” at Barnard College.
3/ 1 – 15: New York International Children’s Film Festival shows new, inspiring, and thought-provoking films about youth from around the world, suitable for families. Closed weekdays except Feb. 21.
3/ 1 – 4/ 19: The Orchid Show fills the conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden with thousands of orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures.
3/ 4: Sample wine from 150 top Italian vintners at the walk-around event Great Wines of Italy at IAC on W. 18th Street.
3/ 4 – 8: Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival screens dozens of unusual films “that challenge the viewers reality with ideas and concepts not normally found in conventional stories” at Museum of the Moving Image. Directors appear at some screenings.
3/ 5 – 8: Clio Art Fair is a curated fair in Chelsea featuring artists without exclusive gallery representation.
3/ 5 – 8: New York International Antiquarian Book Fair features 200 dealers of rare books, maps, and manuscripts at the Park Avenue Armory.
3/ 5 – 8: See contemporary art from the world’s leading galleries at The Armory Show at Piers 90 and 94.
3/ 5 – 15: See the best of contemporary French films, including premieres, plus panel discussions at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. All films have English subtitles.
3/ 6 – 8: Art on Paper features galleries exhibiting drawings, paintings, photography, and even sculpture incorporating paper at Pier 36.
3/ 7: New York City Whiskey Festival features 100 styles of whiskey, bourbon, gin, tequila, and vodka with live music and food for sale at The Tunnel for age 21+.
3/ 7: The NYC Winter Wine Festival features 250 wines, light hors d’oeuvres, and live jazz at Webster Hall for age 21+.
3/ 8: Cochon 555 is a stand-up tasting featuring dozens of chef-made dishes plus wine, cocktails, and beer at The Altman Building for age 21+.
3/ 12 – 19: Asia Week New York includes exhibitions at galleries and museums, art auctions, sales, panel discussions, lectures, curator talks, tours, and workshops.
3/ 14: Enjoy games, craft-making, music, and dance at the St. Patrick’s Open Day at the Irish Arts Center. Free.
3/ 15: Follow clues on a three-hour adventure around New York City with the help of a smartphone app on The Amazing St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt, which begins at Slattery’s Pub for age 21+.
3/ 15 – 22: SR Socially Relevant Film Festival screens films that contain “socially relevant film content and everyday positive human stories” in four Manhattan venues.
3/ 17: Billed as the world’s oldest and largest St. Patrick’s parade, New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade celebrates Irish culture and the Catholic faith on 5th Avenue from 44th to 79th. No alcohol or pets. Free.
3/ 18 – 22: CineKink NYC shows films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality at Anthology Film Archives. It also offers panel discussions, audience choice awards, a kick-off party, and an after-party.
3/ 19 – 22: Find inspiration for home improvement, shop for home products, and attend design seminars at the Architectural Digest Design Show at Pier 94. Thursday costs more. Children age 11 and younger are free.
3/ 22 – 4/ 5: See spectacular arrangements of flowers from around the world and attend scheduled events at Macy’s Flower Show in the store on Herald Square. Free.
3/ 25- 4/ 5: See films by emerging or not-yet-established international filmmakers at New Directors/New Films at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art.
3/ 26 – 29: Browse contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs from 70 galleries at Affordable Art Fair, with workshops and talks at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea.
3/ 27: Movie Night: The Scores of John Williams. The New York Pops celebrates the five-time Academy Award–winning genius who brought musical life to all your favorite films, including Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter. At 8pm catch the concert, but at 2;30 you can catch the working rehersal.
3/ 28: New York Peace Film Festival screens “films from around the world that advance global peace” at the Unitarian Church of All Souls. Free registration.
3/ 28: NYC Craft Distillers Festival has samples of 60 craft spirits, a 1920s jazz band, and a prohibition theme at The Bowery Hotel for age 21+.
3/ 28: Wine on Wheels features 200 wines served by 60 sommeliers with hors d’oeuvres, plus 20-minute wine seminars and an auction at City Winery.
3/ 29 (2 p.m.): Total Vocal includes stars from “Pitch Perfect” singing all-vocal arrangements of pop hits at Carnegie Hall.
3/ 29 (1:30 p.m.): The Greek Independence Day Parade features traditional costumes, music, and lots of blue and white flags on 5th Ave. from 64th to 79th St. Free.