10 Great Things to Do in New York in March

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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.

Note: Events listed here happened in March 2020. We will not be updating this list for 2021 due to current restrictions. We plan to update this list in early 2022 for events in March 2022.

(Article updated February 11, 2020, for events in March 2020)

The Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival in Keene Valley – March 7-8

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.

Holiday Valley’s Winter Carnival in Ellicottville – March 14-15

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 snow bar 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.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City – March 17

One of the country’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parades will be held in New York City on Tuesday, March 17.

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.

NCAA March Madness Basketball – March 19, 21, 27, 29

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament, known to many as March Madness will be making two stops in New York this March.

On March 19 and 21, first and second-round games will be played at Siena College in Albany.

Then, on March 27 and 29, the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds for the East Region will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

For information, check out the page for Siena College and for Madison Square Garden.

Snommegang Beer Festival in Oneonta – March 21

Brewery Ommegang near Cooperstown NY
Brewery Ommegang will be once again hosting their popular Snommegang festival this March.

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.

Storm King Winter Weekend in New Windsor – March 21-22

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 2020.

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.

Maple Syrup Festival at the Genesee County Village and Museum – March 21-29

If you love maple syrup, you won’t want to miss the Maple Syrup Festival at the Genesee Country Village and Museum. This is the largest living history museum in New York and is located between Rochester and Buffalo.

During the event, visitors will have a chance to learn how maple trees are tapped and how syrup is made from the trees. There will be demonstrations, talks about the process, Native American tales, treats, and much more.

For more information, visit the museum’s website.

The Macy’s Flower Show in New York City – March 22 – April 5

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 2020, the show’s theme is “Journey to Oceanum,” and a variety of unique flower displays will be able to been seen during the show.

Find out more on Macy’s website.

Great Upstate Boat Show in Queensbury – March 27-29

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.

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 February and some of the best things to do in New York in April.

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