What to Do in March in NYC

This post lists the top things to do in New York in March (updated for 2020), 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

In March, there’s an interesting mix of performers playing. The biggest event is Billie Eilish’s three shows in NYC, but there are many more concerts to choose from.

See a full list of March concerts here.

 

 

Other top concerts in March are:

Check out the full list of March concerts.


2) See a Sports Event 

March has a number of sports still in action, such as basketball, ice hockey, and even soccer (European football).

The Big East Tournament is a three-day thrilling display of powerhouse players from some of the best men’s college basketball teams. Buy tickets here.

 

 

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  • See the New York City Football Club play American soccer (what the rest of the world calls football). Get tickets here.

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.


3) See a Broadway Show

March is about music! Of course, there are more shows than what’s listed below, several with tickets as low as $10 each

You can’t go wrong with the hit Be More Chill which continues its run at the Lyceum Theatre.

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 tickets here.

 

 

Two new musicals will be playing this month. Company is a Stephen Sondheim musical starring the irrepressible Patti LuPone. It’s at the Bernard B. Jacobs theater. Get tickets here

Girl from the North Country with music and lyrics by Bob Dylan is at the Belasco Theatre. It is a musical about a group of travelers who cross paths and share their life stories. 

With a cast of Tony-nominated performers and music by Bob Dylan, this show is sure to please. Get tickets here.

TIP: Dylan fans should check out our Bob Dylan’s “Greenwich Village” Walking Tour.

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. 


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.

 

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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. See more about exploring Central Park in our free things to do section below.

 

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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.

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


6) T. rex: The Ultimate Predator

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is hosting an exhibit about the most famous of all dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex. 

 

 

The exhibit will include interactive elements, life-size models, fossils, and 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.

Find out how to visit the museum for free, see our post on the American Museum of Natural History tickets and discounts.


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.

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


8) 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.

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. 

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.


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.

 

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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.

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

 

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

 


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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.

 

 

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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.  


Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld will be playing at the Beacon Theater on March 13th and 14th. 

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 on stretching your dollar at the best NYC comedy clubs.


Orchid Evenings at the New York Botanical Garden  

The annual Orchid Show is much more than just a pretty flower show. Orchid Evenings features music, tours, and special performances.

The show runs all of March (it begins February 15, 2020, and runs through Sunday, April 19, 2020). There will be cash bars offering beer, wine, and cocktails for purchase. See their website for more information.


Grab a Drink 

St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17, 2020. 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. 

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

 


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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


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, 2020. 

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.


CLIO Contemporary Art Fair

Clio Art Fair runs from March 5 – 8, 2020 in the neighborhood of Chelsea, the hub of NYC’s art gallery scene.

Galleries are free to visit, so you enjoy more art when you are there. Our post on free galleries and museums recommends some of the best galleries. 

Also, Chelsea is also where you will find the High Line park, a must-see sight in NYC. Find out more from our post on things to do on the High Line.


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.   

 

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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!

 


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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. 


Operation Slumber  

Every month the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum hosts sleepovers for kids and their accompanying adult.

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.

In 202o, dates are March 13, 14, 20, 21, 28. For more information, visit the museum’s website

TIP: To find out about visiting at any time, see our post on how to get Intrepid admission deals and discounts.


T. rex: The Ultimate Predator

This exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) includes a virtual reality experience, fossils, life-size models, and interactive elements, life-size models, and fossils. 

NYC has many kid-friendly museums that you can find out about from our post, things to do with kids in NYC.


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. It begins on February 21, 2020, and runs through March 15, 2020. 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 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”.