With the calendar flipping from February to March, the days getting longer, and the weather starting to warm up, there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming month.
While much of the month might still be winter, many of the best things to do in New York in March are clearly looking ahead to the warmer days of spring.
Throughout the state, there are many fantastic reasons to travel around the state in the coming month.
Here are 10 of the best things to do in March in New York.
(Article updated February 24, 2018, for events in March 2019)
Albany, NY Wine & Chocolate Festival in Albany – March 2
If you love wine and chocolate (and who doesn’t?), make your way to Albany this month for the Albany, NY Wine and Chocolate Festival.
Nearly 20 New York wineries will be dishing out samples of their best wines and you’ll have the chance to pair them with some delicious chocolates and cheeses available at the event. There will also be many vendors there if you want to do a little shopping.
Find out more on the event’s website.
Holiday Valley’s Winter Carnival in Ellicottville – March 8-10
If you are looking to enjoy a bit more of winter, head to southwestern New York for Holiday Valley’s Winter Carnival. This annual event at one of Ellicottville’s ski resorts features everything from a snowbar to a Mardi Gras Parade through the village.
Other highlights include a costume contest, a pancake breakfast, live music, and the famous Dummy Downhill.
Find out more here.
Snommegang Beer Festival in Oneonta – March 9
The Snommegang Beer Festival will once again return to the Brewery Ommegang in Oneonta. One of the top things to do in New York in March, this great event is perfect for those that love great craft beer.
This fun event will feature more than two dozen breweries from around New York and the world, as well as live entertainment.
Find out more at America on Tap.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City – March 16
One of the country’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parades will be held in New York City on Saturday, March 16.
This parade travels 33 blocks down 5th Avenue. It consists of many great marching bands and representatives from many Irish groups from around the city.
If you can’t make it out to the parade, it will also be live streamed on NBCNewYork.com.
Find out more on the parade’s website.
The Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival in Keene Valley – March 16-17
Looking for a bit of adventure? Head into northern New York for the annual Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival. In addition to many great backcountry skiing opportunities, the festival will feature instructional clinics, demos, tours, and even guest athletes.
For more information, visit Mountaineer.com.
Storm King Winter Weekend in New Windsor – March 16-17
Storm King Art Center is a 500-acre outdoor art gallery in the Hudson Valley that is normally closed for the winter. However, they will be hosting their last winter weekend in mid-March of 2019.
During the weekend, visitors can walk the grounds and have the chance to see the amazing sculptures here under unique circumstances.
Find out more on Storm King’s website.
Great Upstate Boat Show in Queensbury – March 22-24
Excited for summer? Don’t miss the Great Upstate Boat Show held an hour north of Albany.
During the show, more than 175 boats will be on display and many more new and used boats will be available for purchase. If you’ve been looking to buy a boat or simply want to see what’s new in the industry, don’t miss this chance to experience one of the best things to do in New York in March.
Find out more here.
The Macy’s Flower Show in New York City – March 24 – April 7
Flower lovers won’t want to miss the fantastic Macy’s Flower Show in New York City. Held the last week in March and the first week in April at Macy’s flagship store, this show will turn the store into a colorful and fragrant wonderland.
In 2019, the show’s theme is “Journey to Paradisios,” and a variety of unique flower displays will be able to seen during the show.
Find out more on Macy’s website.
Brick Fest Live in Corona – March 30-31
Dubbed the “Ultimate LEGO experience” Brick Fest Live will feature large LEGO sculptures, hands-on activities and more.
Highlights include larger-than-life statues of Darth Vader and Woody from Toy Story. Visitors will also have a chance to build their own LEGO racecar, add to a collaborative mural, learn more about LEGOs, and much more.
Find out more at NYSCI.org.
Sugaring Off Sundays in Cooperstown – Every Sunday in March
The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown will once again be offering sugaring demonstrations every Sunday in March. These demonstrations offer the chance to see the process of making maple syrup and other similar products.
You’ll also be able to see historical demonstrations, taste maple products, and watch workers in the blacksmith shop.
For more information, visit the museum’s website.
Looking for more to do in New York? Check out our favorite things to do in New York in April.