March is a wonderful time in NYC, as the cold weather starts to wane and the beginnings of spring arrive. There are tons of awesome events in the city during the month, too, to keep visitors and locals alike entertained, and there are fun happenings for people of all ages. Here are the best events in NYC in March 2019 that you should try not to miss if you make it for a visit.
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
Francophiles and cinephiles will be happy to be in NYC from March 8 to 18, 2019, when the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema festival will happen at Lincoln Center. This event is co-presented by Film Society Lincoln Center and UniFrance. The festival will feature emerging French filmmakers, as well as famous masters, so attendees can see a range of what the film landscape in the country has to offer. In addition to a lineup of films, the festival will include a photography exhibit called “Face to Face with French Cinema.” If you want to attend, check out the lineup of films on the official website.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade
NYC has a strong Irish community, and many people love to celebrate their heritage each March. Other New Yorkers simply love the revelrous spirit of the holiday. For that reason, the city hosts a St. Patrick’s Day Parade each year. In 2019, it will take place on March 16, and it will run up 5th Avenue, starting at 44th Street and ending at 79th Street. The parade is free, and it is also booze-free, so you can bring your kids to watch (it’s very wholesome). This parade is the world’s oldest and largest, which definitely makes it one of the best events in NYC in March 2019.
The Macy’s Flower Show
One smart way to welcome spring is by surrounding yourself with gorgeous flowers. That’s why the annual Macy’s Flowers Show is one of the best events in NYC in March 2019. Each year, the show, held at Macy’s Herald Square, has a theme, and the flower arrangements celebrate it. This year the theme is Journey to Paradisios, which means that designers will create a dream-like version of outer space that visitors can wander through. The Macy’s Flower Show starts on Sunday, March 24, 2019, and it ends on Sunday, April 7, 2019. While you’re at Macy’s for the show, make sure to get some shopping in, since this is a New York department store classic.
The Orchid Show in NYC
Another standout flower show in NYC that will get you ready for warm weather is the Orchid Show. The Orchid Show happens annually at the New York Botanical Garden, in the Bronx. This is the 17th year that the Orchid Show is happening, and this year the event is a tribute to Singapore, or the vibrant “City in a Garden.” The show was the brainchild of both the New York Botanical Garden and partners Gardens by the Bay and Singapore Botanic Gardens. It will take place in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and include every variety of orchid you could imagine. Buy tickets to the New York Botanic Garden to gain access. The show will happen from February 23, 2019 to April 28, 2019. For adults, there are also Orchid Evenings, or nighttime viewings of the show with cocktails and dance music, which will happen on March 16, 23, and 30 from 7 to 10 pm. Tickets cost $38 for adults ages 21 and up.