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What to Do in New York City in March 2024

By The Center Magazine StaffFeb 20 2024
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March in New York City holds the promise of warmer times ahead, though a last chance to savor the cozy activities of winter still remains. In these anticipatory days before temperatures start to rise and the days get longer, pass the time in an art exhibit or concert, or feel the heat as fans ignite the stands inside a sports arena. From the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall to the Big East Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden, the city offers plenty of options.

There’s something to be said for holding onto the winter dining scene as well. Soon enough, you’ll be sipping a spritz at Lodi, but first, thaw out one more time with a glass of red and a plate of pappardelle in a vibey velvet booth at Jupiter. On March 10, clocks will spring forward, and a celebratory feeling will fill the air, translating to even more fun. Get your groove on at the Flamenco Festival, share a laugh with John Oliver and Seth Meyers at the Beacon Theatre, or don your finest shamrock green and cheer on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Here are our top six picks for things to do in New York City in March.

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Photo by Paula Abreu Pita; courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum
Photo by Paula Abreu Pita; courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum

1. Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys at the Brooklyn Museum

Feb. 10-July 7

Giants at the Brooklyn Museum is the first major exhibit of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys’ Dean Collection, and talk about starting on a high note. The collection of works by 37 Black artists—one of which is Derrick Adams, who created the Funtime Unicorns displayed at Rockefeller Center in 2022—comes straight from the celebrity couple’s California home and includes oils on linen by Amy Sherald, photos by Lorna Simpson, portraits by Kehinde Wiley, and more. The powerful exhibit blends pop culture and fine art in a way that will speak to multiple generations, all set to a hip-hop soundtrack, of course.

Photo by Chris Lee; courtesy of Carnegie Hall
Photo by Chris Lee; courtesy of Carnegie Hall

2. Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall

March 1-3

The Vienna Philharmonic is one of the world’s most celebrated orchestras, steeped in the tradition and history of European classical music, and the old world comes to the new as the orchestra takes center stage at Carnegie Hall. During this year’s limited residency, the Vienna Philharmonic will showcase its incredible range, performing Carnegie’s first-ever performance of Alfredo Catalani’s Contemplazione and Mozart’s longest and final symphony, Jupiter. Don’t miss the chance to see this legendary symphony in one of the foremost venues for music.

Photo by Santana de Yepes
Photo by Santana de Yepes

3. Flamenco Festival

March 8-17

New York City Center’s annual Flamenco Festival is a survey of the Spanish dance form. This year, NYCC will welcome Rubén Olmo’s National Ballet of Spain for a 38-person ensemble and showcase Manuel Liñán’s incredible dance talent as part of Gala Flamenca, set to the vocals of Sandra Carrasco. Viewers can expect extravagant costumes, captivating footwork, and an up-tempo energy throughout.

Courtesy of Madison Square Garden
Courtesy of Madison Square Garden

4. John Oliver and Seth Meyers at the Beacon Theatre

March 10

John Oliver and Seth Meyers (a longtime Rockefeller Center resident) continue their monthly stand-up residency at the Beacon Theatre in March, and any show starring this quick-witted duo promises a laugh. What started as something for the TV hosts to do during the Writers Guild of America strike has turned into one of the Upper West Side’s hottest tickets. Anyone who has watched Oliver and Meyers is familiar with their knack for turning a current headline into a clever joke, so it’s sure to be both entertaining and informative. 

Courtesy of the Big East Conference
Courtesy of the Big East Conference

5. Big East Basketball Tournament at MSG

March 13-16

For college basketball fanatics, March is about one thing — and Madison Square Garden is the only place to be. This is the 42nd consecutive year MSG will host the Big East Tournament, making it the longest-standing basketball conference tournament at one venue. Fans have multiple March dates to choose from for both semi-final and final games, and tickets to fit every budget. Go big with a triple header on March 13, or save your cheering voice for the final on the 16th. No matter which schools make the cut, expect to be on the edge of your (hopefully courtside) seat.

Photo by Danny Chin via Flickr
Photo by Danny Chin via Flickr

6. St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 16

Cue the Irish dancing, bagpiping, drumming, marching, and much more, as the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes over Midtown. The parade is the oldest and largest in the world, rallying 150,000 marchers and 2 million spectators along a 1.5-mile stretch of Fifth Avenue. And it is not just contained to the streets. They say everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and the entire city seems to get behind the holiday. Revelers can expect a sea of green-clad spectators, pints of Guinness, packed pubs, and general merriment throughout the day.

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