Don’t miss out! NewYork.com picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for the best events of March 17th, from a concert at Brooklyn Bowl to film screening in Williamsburg.
1. PARADE: St. Patrick’s Day Parade on 5th Avenue
Kilts might not be Irish and onlookers may view this celebration of the patron saint of Ireland as an excuse to booze before noon, but the St. Patrick’s Day parade is still a beloved tradition. For more than 250 years, this parade has marched up Fifth Avenue, sparking a day of Irish-themed celebrations across the city.
DETAILS: Starts at 11am; free; Fifth Avenue between 44th St. and 79th St.; nycstpatricksparade.org
2. BOOKS: Fashion Book Launch — Todd Selby at the Strand Bookstore
Bubbly Todd Selby is known as a photographer, illustrator, author, tastemaker and the man behind The Selby. After tackling topics like chefs in their kitchens and creative people in their homes, he turns his eye to fashion with Fashionable Selby. Designers, models and stylists are all profiled in the book. At the Strand, Selby will chat with Simon Doonan of Barneys about the new book.
DETAILS: 7pm; $15 Strand gift card or buy the book; 828 Broadway; strandbooks.com
3. DRINKS: NY Drinks Grand Tasting at the Astor Center
Tasting more than 100 wines on a Monday? Yes, please. You will also have the chance to meet winemakers during this third annual grand tasting of New York wines produced in the Finger Lakes, Long Island, Hudson River Region and beyond. This event might change your perspective on wines coming out of New York State.
DETAILS: 6pm; $35; 399 Lafayette St.; brownpapertickets.com
4. MUSIC: Reel Big Fish at Brooklyn Bowl
In addition to bowling lanes, Brooklyn Bowl also has a bar, concert space, and restaurant. Reel Big Fish, who debuted in 1995 with their album “Everything Sucks”, will take the stage on the night of St. Patrick’s Day. This southern California ska-punk band has been releasing music and touring relentlessly since the mid 90s.
DETAILS: Doors 6pm, Show 8pm; $17; 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn; brooklynbowl.com
5. FILM: Free Screening of Velvet Goldmine at Huckleberry Bar in Brooklyn
Monday is movie night at Huckleberry Bar, with two-for-one drinks and popcorn (when you sign up for movie membership). This 1998 British drama shows some of Hollywood’s most popular actors — Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor, Toni Collette, Jonathan Rhys Meyers — in early roles. Velvet Goldmine is inspired by David Bowie during the glam rock era of the 70s.
DETAILS: 9pm; free; 588 Grand St., Brooklyn; huckleberrybar.com