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Forget winter and head to the New York Botanical Garden for its annual Orchid Show (Photo: Talisman Brolin/ © 2012 Talisman/NYBG)

New York in March: 15 Events You Won’t Want to Miss

Don't despair, spring is just around the corner

Little darling, it’s been a long, cold, snowy winter. But even if it’s not quite flip-flop season yet, NewYork.com still has 15 fantastic reasons to stop hibernating and remind yourself what the outside of your apartment looks like. Read on for the best ways to march into March, from taking in the fantastic foliage at the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden, to shaking it with Lady Gaga as she closes out legendary concert venue Roseland at the end of the month.

 

New York Botanic Garden

Beautiful orchards at the New York Botanic Garden (Photo: Robert Benson)

1. FOLIAGE: The Orchid Show at The New York Botanical Garden from March 1-April 21

There may still be remnants of snow on the ground, but the climate is tropical inside the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the NYBG, where this year’s orchid show takes its design inspiration from a modernist Key West garden. Look out for special events like music performances and classes, plus, on select weekend evenings the exhibit stays open late so that you can stop and smell the orchids while sipping a signature cocktail. See hidden parks and gardens.

DETAILS: Tuesday–Sunday from 10am-6pm, 6:30pm-9:30pm on Orchid Evenings; from $20; 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx; nybg.org

2. SPORTS: BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden on March 3

No matter what the temperature is outside, warm weather sports are getting in full swing at the Garden with this star-studded tennis exhibition. The evening begins with a little doubles sibling rivalry as superstar twins the Bryan brothers take on John and Patrick McEnroe. Later on 2013 Wimbledon champ Andy Murray faces six-time Grand Slam title-holder Novak Djokovic in a singles showdown. Sounds like a good excuse to get out of the apartment and rally to us. See New York City tennis courts.

DETAILS: 7:15pm; from $50; 4 Pennsylvania Plaza; thegarden.com

3. MUSIC: Paul Simon & Sting at Madison Square Garden on March 4 and 6

After years of living in the same New York City apartment building, rock gods Paul Simon and Sting finally decided to make saying hi in the elevator a little less awkward by going on tour together. During two nights at the Garden, the dynamic duo will be performing both solo sets and duets. Listen carefully during “The Sound of Silence” and you may also be able to hear the sound of Art Garfunkel crying. See more concerts and events.

DETAILS: 8pm; from $90; 4 Pennsylvania Plaza; thegarden.com

 

The Book of Mormon

See ‘The Book of Mormon’ on Broadway this month (Photo: Courtesy of ‘The Book of Mormon’)

4. THEATER: The Book of Mormon at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on March 5 (and ongoing)

Since it’s so early in the month that spring hasn’t quite sprung yet, why not spend a few hours keeping toasty while laughing uncontrollably at Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s smash hit, nine-Tony-award-winning musical about two young missionaries on a quest to spread the good word about Mormonism…in Uganda. If ticket prices seem steep, remember that theatergoers have been happy to shell out upwards of $400 a seat for them for a reason. See pre-theater dinner eateries.

DETAILS: 7pm; from $159 (get tickets!); 230 W. 49th St.

5. FILM: Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at Lincoln Center and other venues from March 6-16

The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual Francophile cinema extravaganza kicks off with the American premiere of On My Way, starring the ever-gorgeous Catherine Deneuve, who will be in attendance for the opening night revelries. Remember to bring your glasses so that you can read the subtitles for other film festival highlights such as François Ozon’s Young & Beautiful and Michel Gondry’s latest surreal spectacle, Mood Indigo. Check out the TCM Classic Film Tour.

DETAILS: Opening night starts at 7:30pm; $25 for opening night, $15 for other showtimes; opening night at Paris Theater, 4 W. 58th St., other events at Lincoln Center, 165 W. 65th St.; filmlinc.com

Whitney Biennial

‘Transit,’ video still from Reifying Desire 6, 2014. HD digital video, color, 3-D animation. (Photo: Courtesy of Monya Rowe Gallery and Mallorca Landings Gallery)

6. MUSEUM: Whitney Biennial 2014 at the Whitney Museum of American Art from March 7-May 25

Aesthetes won’t want to miss this grand exhibition orchestrated by a trio of curators (from MoMA, the Art Institute of Chicago and Philadelphia’s ICA) who will each oversee one floor of the Whitney. This year’s featured artists includes deceased writer David Foster Wallace and Mumblecore filmmaker Andrew Bujalski, as well as lesser-known talents who could be the next Georgia O’Keeffe or Jackson Pollock, both of whom were made famous by the Biennial. See what else is on view.

DETAILS: 11am-6pm Wednesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays-Sundays, 1pm-9pm Fridays; $20; 945 Madison Ave.; whitney.org

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7. MUSIC: Tibet House Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on March 11

Expect to see monks, celebrities and a wide range of top musicians at this annual concert to benefit Tibet House, an organization dedicated to preserving and restoring Tibetan culture. Honorary event chairs Chuck Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard and Arden Wohl promise to deliver quite the party with a something-for-everyone lineup starring Iggy Pop, Joe Walsh, New Order, Patti Smith, composer Philip Glass and Matt Berninger, Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of The National. See more concerts and events.

DETAILS: 7:30pm; from $35; 881 7th Ave.; carnegiehall.org

8. BENEFIT: Coney Island USA’s Spring Gala at Webster Hall on March 15

Beware the ides of March (and the fire-breathing sideshow performers) at this raucous annual benefit for the Coney Island arts organization that brings you freaks, geeks, mermaids and scantily clad dancers who recall a simpler, or at least a kitschier time. A cool $100 gets you an evening of snacks, booze, burlesque, stunts and some sure to be outrageous costumes at Webster Hall. Read more about Coney Island.

DETAILS: 7pm to 11pm; from $100; 125 E. 11th St.; coneyisland.com

 

St. Patricks Parade

A past St. Patricks Parade in New York City (Photo: Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

9. PARADE: The New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue on March 17

Since 1762, New Yorkers have taken to the streets to celebrate the Emerald Isle at America’s oldest and biggest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Whether you can trace your ancestors back to County Cork or you just want an excuse to drink green beer, come join some one million other spectators to watch marching bands, dancers and a lot of cops and firefighters make their merry way up Fifth Avenue. See beer gardens.

DETAILS: 11am; free; Fifth Avenue and 44th through 79th Streets; nycstpatricksparade.org

10. SPORTS: Nets vs. Celtics at the Barclays Center on March 21

If the first official day of spring still has that wintry chill, why not ring in the season indoors with this Boston v. Brooklyn ball game at the Barclays Center? Even if it’s still cold outside, things are sure to get heated on the court when Nets newbies and former Celtics Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry square off against their old teammates. See the city’s best sports bars.

DETAILS: 7:30pm; from $50; 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn; barclayscenter.com

11. ATTRACTIONS: New York Pass throughout the city on March 21 and ongoing

Now that it’s possible to navigate the City streets without a sled and a pair of huskies, why not take advantage of one of the Big Apple’s best deals by exploring dozens of sights for one all-inclusive fee? A New York pass gets you entry to attractions like the MoMA, the Cloisters, Ellis Island and the Intrepid, not to mention a bike ride through Central Park. Spring it on! (Sorry.)  Also, check out New York Explorer and New York CityPass.

DETAILS: All-day; from $80 for a one-day pass to $195 for a 7-day pass (get yours!); New York Pass Collection Center at 777 8th Ave.

12. NIGHTLIFE: Rites XXXV: The Black Party at Roseland Ballroom on March 22

Get into the spirit of the season with a little bacchanalian revelry at this sure-to-be-riotous extravaganza held in honor of NYC’s annual The Black Party, a celebration of gay erotic art, culture and sexual expression. With more than 5,000 revelers, DJs and even some “strange live acts,” this all-night dance party is sure to put a spring in your step. Keep the party going by visiting Copia.

DETAILS: 10pm to Sunday afternoon; $150 in advance; 239 W. 52nd St.; blackpartyexpo.com

13. FOOD: Choice Eats at Pier 36 on March 25

After working up an appetite from all that dancing, sate your hunger at the Village Voice’s seventh annual food tasting festival, featuring some of the best dishes from more than 60 NYC restaurants, plus craft beer parings, wine, cocktails and entertainment. Did we mention that the eats also include sweets from spots like Ample Hills Creamery and dessert and craft cocktail bar Butter & Scotch? See the city’s best food tours.

DETAILS: 7pm-10pm; from $60; 299 South St.; choiceeats.villagevoice.com/2014/

14. SPORTS: NCAA Men’s Basketball East Regionals at Madison Square Garden from March 28-30

Every sports fan knows that it wouldn’t be March without a little bit of NCAA madness. This year, instead of watching the action on the flat-screens at your local bar why not catch live tournament games in person at Madison Square Garden as the Big Apple plays host to the best college ballers of the East. We’d tell you who they are, but we don’t want you to steal our victory in the office pool.  See the city’s sports tours.

DETAILS: 6pm; from $450; 4 Pennsylvania Plaza; thegarden.com

 

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga helps to close out the Roseland Ballroom at the end of the month (Photo: D Dipasupil/Getty Images for The Daily Front Row)

15. MUSIC: Lady Gaga at Roseland on March 28, 30 and 31 (also April 2, 4 and 7)

Put on your dancing shoes and head to Midtown where New York says goodbye to legendary, 58-year-old club and concert venue Roseland Ballroom with a series of closing shows from quirky, 28-year-old New York legend Lady Gaga. Soak up some Big Apple music history while you take in the applause, wigs and strategically placed seashells. Read about the Roseland Ballroom’s closing.

DETAILS: 8pm; from $50; 239 W. 52nd St.; livenation.com

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