With the calendar flipping from February to March, the days getting longer and the weather is starting to warm up. That means that there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming month.
While much of the month might still technically 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 7 of the best things to do in March in New York.
(Article updated February 11, 2022, for events in March 2022.)
The Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival in Keene Valley – March 4-6
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 guest athletes.
For more information, visit Mountaineer.com.
Holiday Valley’s Winter Carnival in Ellicottville – March 12-13
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 many fun events including pancake breakfast, a sidewalk sale, demonstrations, and much more, including lots of great skiing and snowboarding.
Find out more here.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City – March 17
The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the world’s oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, will be held on Thursday, March 17.
This parade travels 33 blocks down 5th Avenue and 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 in Buffalo – March 17 and 19
The NCAA men’s basketball tournament, known to many as March Madness will be making a stop in Buffalo, New York this March.
On March 17 and 19, first and second-round games will be played at the KeyBank Center, home of the Buffalo Sabers. These games will help to narrow the field from 64 to 16, and there is sure to be a lot of exciting action happening on the court.
For more information, visit the KeyBank Center’s website.
Syracuse Half Marathon – March 20
Shake off those winter blues and run the Syracuse Half Marathon on the first day of spring.
Over 2,000 racers will take to the streets of the city, running 13.1 miles along its roads. While many places around the state offer races, the Syracuse Half Marathon is one of the largest and most well respected.
Find out more and sign up now on the event’s website.
Maple Syrup Festival at the Genesee County Village and Museum – March 19-28
If you love maple syrup, you won’t want to miss the Maple Syrup Festival at the Genesee Country Village and Museum, the largest living history museum in New York.
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.
Albany Wine Festival – March 26
Albany’s largest wine festival returns this March to the Albany Capital Center.
During the multiple sessions of the festival, there will be dozens of fantastic wineries from throughout New York offering wines both to sample and to purchase. Of course, there will also be food so that you have something to eat with all of the delicious wines.
Find out more information and get tickets at AlbanyWineFest.net.