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This post covers the best things to do in New York City in March (updated for 2019) including a top 10 list, nighttime activities, free and family-friendly things to do. Be sure to check out our definitive things to do in NYC guide.
This section will feature our top 10 activities to enjoy in New York City throughout March. Whenever possible, we will make note of attractions and events that are free, family-friendly or great after dark.
Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.
March is a good month to take a walking tour. The weather is agreeable and we begin to run more tours than we do in the winter.
You might consider a tour of Central Park and see some early spring foliage in bloom. (See more about exploring Central Park below in our Free Things to Do section below)
Our guided walks are free to join and operate on a pay-what-you-like basis, which means you decide what a tour was worth or what you could afford (even free) when the tour is over.
We also offer self-guided and GPS-enabled audio tours of every neighborhood that you will likely visit as a tourist in NYC.
Concerts are an ideal nighttime activity
In March, some of the biggest names in music from the 1970s are playing this month like Fleetwood Mac and KISS! You can also see Jerry Seinfeld perform his comedy schtick.
Here are our picks for the best concerts:
TIP: Madison Square Garden offers All-Access Tours so you can see how this iconic arena has become a world landmark.
March has a number of sports still in action, such as basketball, ice hockey, and even soccer (football).
Seeing a sports game is a great way to spend an evening in New York City. For more nighttime activity ideas, see the Things to Do at Night section below.
The Big East Tournament is a three-day thrilling display of powerhouse players from some of the best men’s college basketball teams. They play at Madison Square Garden. For tickets, click here.
TIP: If you are curious to learn more about MSG, click here to learn about taking a tour of Madison Square Garden.
TIP: If you see the Nets, our post, What To Do In Brooklyn, will come in handy.
All three New York ice hockey teams are playing throughout the month.
In 2019, March 10th is the Season Opener for the New York City Football Club. As you may know, American soccer is the same game as what the rest of the world calls football.
You can expect a high-quality match from the NYCFC. They will also play on March 17th. Click here for tickets.
All NYCFC matches are played at Yankee Stadium, a NY icon. Yankee Stadium offers fun and insightful guided tours. Find out more here.
March is all about music on Broadway. In addition to all the shows already playing, three new musicals are opening in March, each quite different from the other.
Of course, there are many more shows than what’s listed below, several with tickets as low as $10 each.
Kiss Me, Kate! at Studio 54 opens March 14. This classic Cole Porter musical comedy will be performed at Studio 54 — yes, the former iconic 1970s/80s disco. The cast is fabulous and stars Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara. $30 tickets are available.
Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations at the Imperial Theatre opens March 21. The title says it all! Be prepared to sing along to some of the best R&B songs ever like “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)” to “My Girl”. Get ticket information.
Be More Chill at the Lyceum Theatre opens March 10. This very tween/teen friendly musical is a humorous coming of age story set in the modern digital world with a thrilling contemporary sound. Get ticket information.
This exhibit of the works of Andy Warhol is at the Whitney Museum of American Art until March 31. In addition to Warhol’s most famous pieces (like his Campbell’s Soup Can), you can see some lesser-known works as well. See the museum’s website for details.
Tickets are required for this exhibition. But if Warhol isn’t your thing, or if you want to save money, go on Fridays, 7–9:30 pm, when the museum has a Pay-What-You-Wish policy. Find out more from our post, Free Museums in NYC.
Starting Monday, March 11, 2019, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is launching a new exhibit about the most famous of all dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex. The exhibit will include interactive elements, life-size models, fossils and a virtual reality experience.
If you are traveling with children, this exhibit may be perfect for you. For more ideas of things to do with kids in NYC, see our section below.
Note that the exhibit requires that you purchase tickets. (See their website for more information). However, if you are watching your budget, you can visit the AMNH for free (not including special exhibits).
Find out how to visit the museum for free and other ways to save money, see our post, American Museum of Natural History Tickets and Discounts.
In general, the weather in March is temperature, but you may encounter a rainy day. That’s when you should consider taking a bus tour which makes it possible for you to see many parts of the city while staying dry.
Hop-on, hop-off tours stop at the popular attractions so you can pick and choose where, if at all, to hop off the bus and check out a sight or two. They run both day and night.
Our post The Best Hop-On, Hop-Off NYC Bus Tours can help you decide which bus tour is best for you.
March is Women’s History Month and what could be finer than to commemorate it than a trip to Lady Liberty! March is a good time also because it is still off-peak tourist season so lines are shorter, saving you time.
Our detailed post, How to Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, has everything you need to know to make your trip a smooth one.
TIP: If you only want a close-up view of Lady Liberty and are not interested in a full visit, you can take the free Staten Island Ferry which goes right past the Statue of Liberty. See our post, Riding the free Staten Island Ferry.
The annual Orchid Show is much more than just a pretty flower show. You can also take an Orchid Insiders Tour, see Orchid Care Demonstrations and learn the basics of orchids at a Q&A session.
On certain nights, you can sip on cocktails as you see the orchids. See below in our Things to Do at Night section below.
The show runs all of March (it begins February 23, 2019, and runs through Sunday, April 28, 2019). See their website for more information.
You’ve probably got a list of classic NYC foods to try: pizza, bagels and deli food. But you might not know where to get the best of these foods. Let us help you! Our posts below will lead you right to the shops and restaurants you should check out:
Our pay-what-you-wish food tours offer you the chance to sample delicious and cheap highlights of NYC food. March is a good time to take one of our food tours because our already small groups are even smaller in the off-peak season.
See our Food Tour offerings here.
We have summarized a few of the things to do at night in March below, but do check out more ideas on our main things to do in NYC at night post.
These are in addition to the items in the Top 10 section, such as seeing a Broadway Show, or the sport and concert events, most of which take place in the evening.
In March, we begin to run many of our night tours that we don’t run during the winter months. See what is available in March by looking at our full calendar.
Night tours we offer throughout the year are a Midtown Manhattan Night Tour, a Greenwich Village and Brooklyn Bridge Ghost Tours, a Dark Side of the High Line tour and a 911 Memorial, and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour (detailed just below).
The Brooklyn Bridge can be walked over 24 hours a day. We definitely do not recommend you taking a 4 am stroll. But a sunset stroll or a walk at 9 pm when the sun is down and the city is sparkling is a one of a kind experience.
For those who want some guidance to enjoy the Bridge when the sun goes down, be sure to read our guide to walking across the Brooklyn Bridge or join us for our combined 911 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour. It runs Tuesday, Fridays and Sundays at 7:30 pm from March through October.
Jerry Seinfeld will be playing at the Beacon Theater for 10 nights (2 shows per night!) through June. In March, he is performing on the 14th and 15th. With two shows per night for two nights, you have four chances to see this native New Yorker comedian! Buy tickets here.
Tickets are pricey, so for those on budgets, you can find comedy all over NYC for free or almost free. See our post, Stretching Your Dollar at the Best NYC Comedy Clubs.
See the same beautiful flowers you can experience during the day at the Orchid Show (#9 in our Top Ten section), but a bit more sophistication at night. Orchid Evenings features music, tours, and special performances. There will be cash bars offering beer, wine, and cocktails for purchase. See their website for more information.
Extend the St. Patrick’s Day spirit and go grab a pint of Guinness any night of the March. Why not enjoy your pint in a unique atmosphere by heading to one of several Historic New York City Bars, including the famous McSorley’s Old Ale House that has been open long enough that they even served Abraham Lincoln a pint of their homemade ales.
If history isn’t your things, then take advantage of the stunning views of New York’s skyline at one of NYC’s rooftop bars, many of which are enclosed and heated on chilly nights. You might be interested in some of our other posts when deciding where to wet your whistle.
Remember to look at our Things to Do in NYC at Night post for more ideas.
Here are just a few of the many free things you can do in New York City in March. For year-round free things to do see our comprehensive post, Free Things to Do in NYC.
Also, be sure to check out the other sections of this post, as many of the activities and events listed, such as taking a pay-what-you-wish walking tour.
For two weeks, this famous New York department store showcases garden installations created by leading floral experts. The free show includes beautiful, bright floral arrangements as well as special events including live music, and kids’ activities. For more information, click here.
Macy’s is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, so if you join one of our Midtown Manhattan Walking Tours, you can spend a good part of the day without busting your budget.
This annual parade draws thousands of people from all over who come to celebrate their Irish heritage or just join in the festivities. There will be lots of green everywhere from adults dressed like leprechauns and dogs with green bow ties. Be sure to stop in St. Patrick’s Cathedral while you are there.
The parade route starts 44th Street and 5th Avenue and continues on 5th avenue to all the way to 79th St, finishing at the American Irish Historical Society at East 80th Street. More details about the parade can be found here.
TIP: Our post, Best Pub Crawls and Bar Tours in New York City can help you find the right crawl for the holiday.
New York has some of the finest street art in the world and Bushwick in Brooklyn is one of the parts of the city to see street art created by world-renowned artists.
You can join us on any of our pay-what-you-like Street Art Tours including our Bushwick Street Art Tour offered on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays at 2 pm.
While in Brooklyn, you might want to explore so check out our post, Things to Do in Brooklyn for more ideas.
Admittedly, these passes have a cost. However, if you plan well, you will essentially get several tickets to attractions or tours each day for free. Tourist discount passes work by bundling multiple tickets into one price, usually between 20%-50% the retail price.
In March, the trees and flowers of this iconic park are started to bloom. Because Central Park is very large with a fascinating history, we recommend that you take a guided walking tour to help you find your way through this huge park.
If you want a romantic (but not free) experience, you can take a Central Park Horse and Carriage Tour.
For more free activities, see our post, Free Things to Do in NYC!
As you see in the Top Ten and Free Things to Do sections above, many activities are kid-friendly such as seeing a Broadway show, going to a basketball game or visiting the Statue of Liberty. Below is a list of even more activities.
This video is for things to do with kids any time of year.
Be sure to see our posts Things to Do with Kids in New York City, our 3-day itinerary for families and our list of over 100 things to do in New York City which includes dozens of kid-friendly activities.
On several dates in March, your kids (and you) can sleep over at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. In addition to exclusive access to the ship and Space Shuttle Pavilion, you will also get guided tours by flashlight, unlimited rides in a flight simulator and more.
Dates are March 2, 8, 16, 22, 23, 30, 2019. For more information, see the Museum’s website.
TIP: To find out about visiting the Intrepid at any time, see our post on how to get deals and discounts on admission.
T. rex: The Ultimate Predator
This new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) should be very engaging for your children. It will include a virtual reality experience, fossils, life-size models, and interactive elements, life-size models, and fossils. The exhibit opens on Monday, March 11.
NYC has many kid-friendly museums which you can find out about from our post, Things to Do with Kids in NYC.
Through March 17th, you and your kids can see thought-provoking and inspiring movies from around the world that focus on youth. The festival will present the best new animation, live action, documentary, and experimental film. You can see the schedule here.
This two-day comic book and pop culture convention is great fun for both kids and adults. In addition to being able to browse comic book vendors and merchandise sellers, you can see guest speakers.
This years’ line-up is spectacular including Captain Kirk of Star Trek actor William Shatner and several top illustrators of superheroes Spider-Man, Avengers, The Hulk, Captain America, X-Men, and Fantastic Four.
(If you love superheroes, you will love our Self-guided New York Superhero Tour!
The convention is on is on Saturday-Sunday, March 9th, and 10th, 2019. You can get more information about the event here.
The convention is at the Penn Plaza Pavilion in the heart of Midtown Manhattan where there are many other kid-friendly activities. Find out more from our post, What to Do with Kids in New York City.
TIP: For those who want to see the larger national convention ComicCon, that occurs in October. Find out the details from our post, Things to Do in NYC in October.
As winter comes to a close, you can still find a few ice rinks open in March. Find out where all the rinks are from our post, Where to go Ice-skating in New York City.
If ever a park was made for children, it is Central Park. With its many playgrounds and wide open spaces, it is a fabulous place to let your kids run wild. Your family might also enjoy taking a bike tour of the park. For more information on all the things you can do in Central Park, see our entry on Central Park in the Top Ten section of this post.
For more ideas of keeping your kids entertained, see our post Top 10 Things to Do with Kids in New York City.
Written by Courtney Shapiro