10 Things to Do in New York City this March

Visit a new restaurant inspired by The Golden Girls, attend the world’s oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade and check out a drone film festival.

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From new eateries to local festivals, there’s plenty of activity in the Big Apple this month. Here are 10 things to do in New York City in March.

Check out American art and films at the 78th Whitney Biennial

The Whitney Biennial, a major contemporary art exhibition, is back for the first time since the Whitney Museum of American Art moved into its new building in 2015. This year’s exhibition runs from March 17 to June 11 and features the work of 63 American artists in a range of mediums including photography, sculpture, drawing and performance.

Attend the world’s oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade

On March 17th, don green clothing and join millions of spectators in Manhattan to watch the world’s oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade. Find yourself a viewing spot along Fifth Avenue as dignitaries, military units and marching bands travel down more than 30 city blocks during the can’t-miss New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Get a scoop of unbaked cookie dough at Dō

The next time you’re craving something sweet, skip the ice cream and go for a scoop of unbaked cookie dough at the recently opened in Greenwich Village. The eatery, which opened at the end of January, uses a pasteurized egg product and heat-treated flour to create edible, unbaked cookie dough that can be scooped into cones or cups. Choose from cookie dough flavours such as chocolate chip, brownie batter and Fluffernutter (with peanut butter, dark chocolate chips and marshmallow fluff).

Go on a walking tour through NYC’s Fashion District

New York Fashion Week may be over, but you can still get your style fix on a walking tour of the Fashion District on March 12th or 28th. Led by Mike’s NYC Tours, visitors will learn about the city’s role in the fashion industry and the major events that helped shape the industry. The two-hour tour also includes visits to notable spots such as the Fashion Walk of Fame, where fashion designers such as Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta have been recognized with sidewalk plaques.

Sample beer from more than 75 craft breweries

Head to the Metropolitan Pavilion in Midtown to sample craft beer at the NYC Craft Beer Festival. The event, which runs on March 24 and 25, will feature 150 beers, meads and ciders from around 75 breweries, as well as a “Hard Stuff Tasting Pavilion” stocked with hard liquors. Admission (starts at US$55) gets you as many two-ounce tastings as you’d like for two and half hours and a souvenir tasting glass.

Stay warm in a plastic igloo on an outdoor rooftop bar

You don’t have to wait for spring to enjoy views of the New York skyline from an outdoor rooftop bar. During the winter months, 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar sets up heated, 11-seat plastic igloos on its rooftop deck. Order a spiced whiskey martini and admire the skyline views.

Stop and smell the roses while shopping at Macy’s

The Macy’s in Herald Square will be filled with flowers between March 26 and April 9 as part of the annual Macy’s Flower Show. This year’s theme is a reimagining of an American carnival, so expect plenty of colourful blooms and show-stopping floral arrangements alongside old carousels, traditional carnival snacks and orchestral music.

Enjoy Spanish music and dance performances at a flamenco festival

Immerse yourself in Spanish music and dancing during Flamenco Festival 2017. Held at New York City Center from March 9 to 12, this weekend-long event will feature evening performances from renowned dancers such as Juana Amaya, Olga Pericet, Patricia Guerrero and Jesús Carmona. Tickets start at US$35.

Visit a new restaurant inspired by the The Golden Girls

Fans of the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls must visit the newly opened Rue La Rue Café, where everything from its name to the food and decor is themed around Rue McClanahan (who played Blanche on the show) and the rest of The Golden Girls cast. Check out photos and scenes from the show that adorn the walls and the Emmy Award McClanahan won for her role as Blanche. Also, snack on cheesecake slices named after the characters.

Watch films made using drones at the New York City Drone Film Festival

Now in its third year, the New York City Drone Film Festival is the place to learn more about the latest developments in drone cinematography and watch new drone films. From March 17 to 19, festival attendees can check out flight demonstrations and take part in drone racing. Educational classes will also be presented. Topics include drone operation for beginners to understanding drone systems.

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