Things to Do in New York in March: Events for Each Day This Month

By Alison Durkee

March is nearly here—and whether it comes in like a lion or a lamb, the month will bring with it plenty of things to enjoy. Learn about everything from communication to the coronavirus with these upcoming talks and events.

Sunday, March 1. Improve your “day-o” with this celebration of Harry Belafonte in honor of his 93rd birthday. Apollo Theater.

Monday, March 2. Fight for creative freedom at this talk about art in China and the challenges of being an artist there, with two members of the radical group known as the “Stars.” China Institute.

Tuesday, March 3. Live-tweet this talk on #Hashtagactivism and how marginalized groups use Twitter to their political and activist benefit. The Strand.

Wednesday, March 4. Eat up this talk on our national American cuisine and its evolution—complete with tastings. Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden.

Thursday, March 5. Trek out to this talk on a failed 1793 expedition, which involved Thomas Jefferson and would have rendered Lewis & Clark obsolete—if one of the men behind it hadn’t been pulled into a covert spy mission instead. Fraunces Tavern Museum.

NYCB ballerina Lauren Lovette in Behnaz Sarafpour’s 2003 tulle and brocaded evening dress. Photograph by Isabel Magowan.

Friday, March 6. Be on “pointe” at this one-day symposium on how ballet and 20th century ballerinas have influenced the world of modern fashion. Museum at FIT.

Saturday, March 7. Mark Women’s History Month with Geographies of Gender, the theme of the March Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum.

Sunday, March 8. Make a splash at this panel discussion on the fight for clean water. Whitney Museum of American Art.

Monday, March 9. Spread information about the coronavirus outbreak at this event on the virus’s economic impact in China. Asia Society and Museum.

Tuesday, March 10. Draw up a way to attend this digital showcase and salon on American women artists working before 1945.

Wednesday, March 11. Turn the page on this talk exploring the creation of early American libraries and how the slave trade and book trade were inextricably linked. The New York Society Library.

Thursday, March 12. Hearken to a tale of two Elizas, as an art historian discusses famous artist Eliza Pratt Greatorex and the self-made Eliza Jumel, former owner of the lecture’s location. Morris-Jumel Mansion.

Friday, March 13. Gallop over to this talk on how running literally changes your brain. Rubin Museum of Art.

Saturday, March 14. Take a sip at this traditional Japanese tea ceremony, performed in a hidden indoor Japanese garden on the Upper East Side.

Sunday, March 15. Pay a visit to the doctors as a pair of real-life ER MDs overshare in Doctors Without BoundariesCaveat.

Monday, March 16. We’re certain you should attend this talk on radical uncertainty and what strategies we should adopt to combat unknowable outcomes. Fordham University.

Tuesday, March 17. Expand your reading list by taking part in the 10th annual Irish Arts Center Book Day, in which volunteers and staff hand out 10,000 books by Irish and Irish-American authors for free around New York City. Irish Arts Center.

Wednesday, March 18. Keep healthy at this panel discussion on preventative health and longevity, which will offer diverse perspectives from a physician, tech startup, biohacker, and a trainer. Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Thursday, March 19. Invest in an evening lecture by Tom Shachtman, author of The Founding Fortunes: How the Wealthy Paid for and Profited From America’s Revolution. Fraunces Tavern Museum.

Friday, March 20. Spice up your Friday with this talk on Indian cooking in America. Symphony Space.

Saturday, March 21. Dance down to the Kitchen for this conversation with a group of choreographers about the arts space’s dance programming in the 1980s-90s and its place within the broader dance world. The Kitchen.

Sunday, March 22. Get music on the brain as psychology professor Aniruddh Patel gives a One Day University talk on how we process compositions, followed by live demonstrations performed by the Special Music School. Merkin Concert Hall.

Monday, March 23. Achieve bliss at this talk on what bliss looks like in the brain. Rubin Museum of Art.

Tuesday, March 24. It’s a feat to attend this look at the science behind sideshow attractions, from sword swallowing to the bed of nails.

Wednesday, March 25. Invest in this walking tour exploring the history of Wall Street. Museum of American Finance.

Thursday, March 26. Keep it private that you’re at this conversation with Snowden’s Box authors Jessica Bruder and Dale Maharidge, about how they became behind-the-scenes players in the Edward Snowden drama, and what they learned about the demise of privacy in the digital age. Greenlight Bookstore.

Friday, March 27. Act out at this talk on silent-era scandals in the early days of Hollywood. The National Arts Club.

Saturday, March 28. Cross the East River for this special women-focused tour exploring the history of Roosevelt Island and its previous life as an island of institutions. Boroughs of the Dead.

Sunday, March 29. Walk down 42nd Street from east to west on this tour exploring the thoroughfare’s Art Deco skyscrapers.

Monday, March 30. Speak out at this conversation on the secrets of great communication with actor Alan Alda and communication expert Steven Pinker. 92nd Street Y.

Tuesday, March 31. Learn the reality of NYC Muslims at a free Brooklyn Library screening of American Muslim: A Film About Being Muslim in the Age of Trump.

For a printable PDF of this calendar, click here.

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