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This post lists the top things to do in New York in March (updated for 2021), including free, nighttime, as well as family-friendly events and activities. 

 
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TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN MARCH

This is our list of the ten best events and things to do in NYC in March. For even more suggestions, see our comprehensive guide to things to do in NYC.  

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.

For tips on the most popular activities in NYC, check out the following posts:


1) Go to a Concert

There are a few well-known rock bands and musicians scheduled to perform in New York City this March, but since we're still dealing with a pandemic, there's a chance these events will be either canceled or postponed.

Of course, on the off-chance that these performances aren't canceled, we recommend checking to see if there are tickets still available. See a full list of March concerts here.

The top concerts of March include:

Check out the full list of March concerts.


2) Visit the Statue of Liberty for Women's History Month

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.

Statue of Liberty Tour Video

Our post on how to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island has everything you need to know to make your trip a smooth one. 

It should be noted that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, only limited access to the Statue of Liberty is currently available, and they will require both social distancing and use of a mask.

TIP: If you only want a close-up view of Lady Liberty and are not interested in a full visit, see where you can see the Statue of Liberty for free.


3) Visit the Edge

The Edge is the newest observation deck in NYC, and it offers some of the best views of New York in an entirely new way.

The main attraction is a deck which extends out into the skyline, giving you the opportunity to see everything through unobstructed glass panels.

At 100 stories in height, this is the highest outdoor sky deck in New York City. 

 

The Edge has taken extensive measures to ensure the safety of their visitors during the Covid-19 pandemic, and although they have reduced capacity, it is still open for business.

Check out our post on which NYC Observation Deck is best for even more opportunities to get great views of the city.


4) Look into Getting a Tourist Discount Pass

tourist discount pass offers discounted admission into most of NYC’s popular attractions.

Passes themselves aren’t free, but with some advanced planning, you can create an itinerary where you will end up paying nothing for one or two attractions each day.

New York City Passes

There are several different types of passes, so be sure to read our comparison post to learn about how you can save the most money on your trip.


5) Take a Walking Tour with Free Tours by Foot

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.

Consider a tour of Central Park where you can see early spring foliage in bloom. Even if we aren't offering our in-person tours due to the pandemic, this virtual walking tour will still be available!

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If you're interested in even more virtual tours, check out Free Tours By Foot on Youtube. See more about exploring Central Park 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. This will likely be an excellent alternative during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Check out our homepage or look at our schedule to see what we have available when you are here.


6) See a Broadway Show

Most Broadway shows have either been cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic, but there is at least one show still scheduled to take place this March.

Drunk Shakespeare is a hilarious take on the classic plays of Shakespeare. The idea is that one actor will be taking shots and attempting to perform a play.

Needless to say, this probably isn't a great choice for families or children, and it's actually a 21+ event. That said, if everyone joining you is old enough, this should be plenty of fun!

Be sure to read our posts on how to get cheap Broadway tickets and using the TKTS Booth for tickets. We list several ways you can save money on what is sure to be a fun night out. 


7) Take a Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour

In general, the weather in March is temperate, but you may encounter a rainy day. 

That's when you should consider taking a bus tour. You'll 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.

NOTE: This activity may not be available in March due to the pandemic, but don't let that stop you from checking to see if you can take these fun and informative tours.

Our post, The Best Hop-On, Hop-Off NYC Bus Tours can help you decide which bus tour is best for you. 


8) See a Sports Event 

Unfortunately, many sporting events have either been cancelled or postponed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Most major teams in New York City will probably be keeping fans from being able to attend live games just yet, instead filling stadiums with cardboard cutouts to represent the fans.

That said, there's a chance that some teams will open up their arenas soon, so we recommend checking to see if any tickets are available. Buy tickets here.

Basketball

Ice Hockey

See what other sports events are on in March here.

TIP: If you are curious to learn more about MSG, take a tour of Madison Square Garden.


9) Check Out Street Art in Bushwick

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.

Visiting Bushwick and the Bushwick Collective Street Art Gallery is easy using our self-guided tour.

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.

To find other fantastic street art in NYC, read our posts, Manhattan Graffiti and Street Art and Brooklyn Graffiti and Street Art.

NOTE: Some of these tours may be canceled or postponed due to the pandemic.

This is just one of many things you can do without spending a dime this month. See our section on free things to do in NYC below.


10) Eat New York City's Iconic Foods

You've probably got a list of NYC foods to try like pizza and bagels. But you might not know where to get the best of these foods.

Our pay-what-you-wish food tours offer you the chance to sample delicious and cheap highlights of NYC food. See our Food Tour offerings here

When in NYC, read our post on 8 classic foods to try. You might also like our posts on: 

 


THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT 

Here are some suggestions for things to do at night in March. 

These are in addition to the items in the top 10 section above, such as seeing a Broadway Show, a nighttime sports event or a concert.

 

 

You can find many more after-dark activities from our full post on things to do in NYC at night.


Take a Night Walking Tour   

In March, we begin to run some of our night tours. Our offerings include:

See what is available in March by looking at our full calendar.


Walk Over the Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge can be walked over 24 hours a day. While we don't recommend a 4 am stroll, a sunset or twilight tour is ideal to see the city's sparkling skyline.

For those who want some guidance to enjoy the Bridge after dark, read our guide to walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Or join us for our 911 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour. It runs Tuesday, Fridays and Sundays at 7:30 pm from March through October.  


Grab a Drink 

St. Patrick's Day is on March 17, 2021.

Extend the festivities to any night of the month by visiting one of several historic New York City bars, including McSorley’s Old Ale House.

If history isn't your thing, check out one of NYC's rooftop bars, many of which are enclosed and heated on chilly nights. 

As long as Covid-19 numbers continue to drop in NYC, bars should remain open until at least 11 pm.

Remember to look at our things to do in NYC at night post for more ideas.


FREE THINGS TO DO 

Here are just a few of the many free things you can do in New York City in March.

 

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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.


Macy's Flower Show

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

This event is still scheduled for March of 2021, but it may be canceled or postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Saint Patrick's Day Parade  

This annual parade draws thousands of people from all over who come to celebrate their Irish heritage. It is on March 17, 2021. 

The parade route starts on 44th St. 5th Avenue and continues to 79th St., finishing at the American Irish Historical Society.

Get more parade details here. If you are looking for a Guinness, look at our post on the best pub crawls in NYC.

NOTE: There's currently no information about whether or not the parade has been postponed or canceled for 2021.


Get Free Tickets with A Tourist Discount Pass

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.   

New York City Passes

Read our post comparing the different tourist discount passes.

Several bus tour companies, including hop-on-hop-off buses, also offer discounts and deals. 


Visit Central Park

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. 

We offer several pay-what-you-like tours of Central Park including a tour of the lower section and one of the middle section.  

We also offer bike tours which are super fun for the kids!   

If you can’t join us, explore the park on your own using our Guide to things to do in Central Park and our audio tour

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!


FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO

As you can see in the Top Ten and Free Things to Do sections above, many activities are kid-friendly such as seeing a sports event, visiting the Statue of Liberty, or even taking a food tour.

Below is a list of even more activities.

 

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Check out our post, 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. 


New York International Children’s Film Festival  

At this unique film series, 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.

This event has been made entirely digital for 2021, and it will take place between March 5th - 14th. You can see the schedule here.  


Go Ice Skating

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 on where to go ice-skating in New York City


Play in Central Park

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 enjoy taking a bike tour of the park.

Take a look above in the things to do for free section to find out more about things to do in Central Park. 

For more ideas of keeping your kids entertained, see our post on top things to do with kids in New York City.


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About The Author

Courtney

Courtney is a lifelong New Yorker fascinated with the city’s history, culture and cuisine. She loves exploring the world, as well as sharing her travel expertise with others. She joined the Free Tours by Foot team in 2011, first as a guide and then as a writer. She has a law degree, a teaching degree and a worn-out passport. Her motto is “Have backpack, will travel”.
Updated: October 3rd, 2021
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