What to do in NYC March 11 - 17

By: Sarah

This week there are tons of exciting things happening. Here are my top picks from March 11 - 17 (see what is happening March 18-24 here). I’m featuring the trending restaurants, parties, museum exhibitions, events, and entertainment. For advice on the best things to do in NYC year round, watch my NYC playlist on YouTube and remember to subscribe.

Skirt by  Pure Navy.

Skirt by Pure Navy.

Trending Restaurants

St Patrick's Day Brunch Cruise

March 17

Tickets are $108

Though technically not a restaurant, I highly recommend Classic Harbor Lines St. Patrick’s Day Brunch Cruise. Upon boarding, hear the majestic sounds of a Celtic bagpipe bringing you to the far off hills of Ireland! Once they embark, enjoy a four-course Irish themed brunch menu and listen to the cheerful stylings of a live Irish fiddler playing throughout your journey.



Dirty Circus

House of Yes

March 13

Tickets start at $20

A variety show dedicated to the raw & the raunchy. Aerial. Circus. Absurdity.Skill. Hilarity. Brilliance. The finest, fittest and most ferocious performers, curated to perfection and presented on our stage for your enjoyment.


NYC Biggest St. Patrick’s Parade After Party

March 16 starting at 4pm

Magic Hour Rooftop

Open bar tickets are $65 and should be purchased in advance. Entry is free.

NYC nightlife guru Patrick Greene is throwing two epic parties this weekend! This one is in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, and since he is from Ireland, you should expect this party to be INCREDIBLE. You may recognize Patrick from his feature in my NYC Nightlife Video, where we showcased the most insane clubs in the city.

This will be the second annual Paddyfest day party at Magic Hour Rooftop. The party starts right after the parade and will go until midnight. It's going to be free entry all day & there will be live traditional music, Irish DJ's playing throughout & special St Patricks day themed acts performing throughout the day!

It's going to be free entry all day, however, if you would like open bar or a table you should book in advance.

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The Roller Wave: Rollar Disco

House of Yes

March 16

Tickets start at $10

Glide, ride, fly, get high! Studio50 H brings his Roller Wave skate party to the legendary House of Yes for an evening of roll bouncing, boozing, and boogying. Get your workout and your happy hour on at the same time.  


Festival of Colors

March 16

Tickets start at $35

Throw brightly colored cornstarch, dance to music, and buy food and drink at Holi in the City at Stage 48 for age 21+.



March 15

Tickets: Start at $25

“For one night only, our sexy clubhouse becomes a full-on strip club, with a pole stage, an array of lap dance-ready seating, and our very own Champagne Room. There will be eight dancers to entertain you: each a hand-picked burlesque, pole or circus star stepping outside the boundaries of their genre to spend the whole night dancing for you on stage and in your lap.” - www.houseofscorpio.com

St. Patrick’s Day Circus

PHD Downtown

March 17 starting at 6pm

Free but if you’d like the two hour open bar it is $65

The St. Patrick’s Day Circus is another party thrown by my Irish party buddy Patrick Greene. This year they are throwing the first ever St. Patricks Day Circus at PHD Indoor Rooftop. The party starts at 6pm & runs until midnight. It's going to be free entry all day along with Irish DJ's playing throughout & special circus acts with a twist performing throughout the day! However, there will be some limited open bar deals available such as open bar and table service. To book that click on the ticket link below. It should be a great day/weekend & it would be great to see you there.

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The Poetry Brothel: St. Patrick's Day Drag Ball

March 17

Tickets start at $50

Inspired by the lush 19th-century bordellos of Paris and New Orleans, The Poetry Brothel features readings by poets, burlesque, live music, vaudeville, aerialists, visual art, and magic at The Back Room (an original speakeasy from the 1920s) for age 21+.

St. Patricks Day Parade

March 16 - 11am to 5pm


Billed as the world’s oldest and largest St. Patrick’s parade, New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade celebrates Irish culture and the Catholic faith on 5th Avenue from 44th to 79th. No alcohol or pets.


Paper Cutting Workshop at the Museum at Eldridge Street

Tuesdays March 12 - April 2

$160 for four classes

The Museum at Eldridge Street will be turned into an art studio for this special four-evening workshop! Deborah Ugoretz, whose work is currently on exhibition at the Museum, will lead this four-session exploration of the art form she has mastered: papercutting. Participants will learn the origins and history of this centuries-old art form, and will learn the techniques needed to produce a work of their own.

Artist: Deborah Ugoretz

Artist: Deborah Ugoretz


Ailey II in NYC

March 13–17

Tickets start at $15

“There’s nothing like the thrill of discovering a new favorite artist or being the first to see new work by acclaimed choreographers. Ailey II gives you both: a company of 12 on-their-way-to-the-top dancers and a repertory of works by emerging talents fresh out of the rehearsal room. See why The New York Times says: “There’s nothing like an evening spent with Ailey II” when they return to NYU Skirball in New York City for a week-long engagement this spring.” - www.alvinailey.org

If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a ________

Now through March 31

Tickets start at $49

A NY Times critics pick! “In the village of Affreakah-Amirrorkah, no one questions that Akim is the one true, perfect beauty — not even her jealous classmates. But they’ll be damned before they let her be the leading lady in this story. A decidedly contemporary riff on a West African fable, Tori Sampson’s explosive epic is brimming with live music and dance, as these frenemies jockey for their rank in a culture built on ideals forever out of reach.” - www.playwrightshorizons.org

From left, Mirirai Sithole, Phumzile Sitole, Níke Uche Kadri and Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, crossing the river.  Credit: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

From left, Mirirai Sithole, Phumzile Sitole, Níke Uche Kadri and Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, crossing the river.

Credit: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times


Now - March 24

Tickets start at $35

A NY Times Critics Pick! “Legacy playwright Athol Fugard has made a home at Signature since being the inaugural Residency 1 playwright at the Center, and his South African-set stories, with themes of complex identities, racial tension, and social protest, remain as relevant as ever. In this new production of the “prophetic and brilliant" (The New York TimesBoesman and Lena, the human need for kindness, hope and compassion is on display in the struggle of two refugees who encounter a stranger while wandering the South African wastelands.” - http://www.signaturetheatre.org


Every Friday at 10:30pm through April 26

McKittrick Hotel

Tickets start at $35

“Susanne Bartsch brings her nightlife magic to the McKittrick Hotel. Join us on Friday nights for an eclectic and eccentric cabaret extravaganza where a night at the opera collides with a burlesque circus for a high fashion madcap unforgettable entertainment experience. This late night show will feature an ever changing roster of  NYC's most brilliant nightlife personalities. Bartschland Follies returns to The Club Car at The McKittrick Hotel.  Space is limited. Book with haste.” - McKittrick Hotel. 

Photo by Santiago Felipe for The McKittrick Hotel

Photo by Santiago Felipe for The McKittrick Hotel


Unseen Oceans

Museum of Natural History

March 12 - August 18

In this exhibition, you’ll learn about what is hidden deep within our ocean and hear from scientists on the mystery of our ocean floor.

The Value of Good Design

Now through June 15


“Featuring objects from domestic furnishings and appliances to ceramics, glass, electronics, transport design, sporting goods, toys, and graphics, The Value of Good Design explores the democratizing potential of design, beginning with MoMA’s Good Design initiatives from the late 1930s through the 1950s, which championed well-designed, affordable contemporary products.” - www.moma.org

Asia Week New York

March 13 - 21

“Carrying forth a mission to celebrate and promote Asian art in New York City, Asia Week New York is a collaboration of top-tier Asian art specialists, major auction houses, and world-renowned museums and Asian cultural institutions in the metropolitan New York area.” - http://www.asiaweekny.com

Carlo Cristi (Brussels, Belgium)

Carlo Cristi (Brussels, Belgium)


Brooklyn Museum

Now - May 12

Tickets are $20

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s unique and immediately recognizable style was an integral part of her identity. Kahlo came to define herself through her ethnicity, disability, and politics, all of which were at the heart of her work. Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving is the largest U.S. exhibition in ten years devoted to the iconic painter and the first in the United States to display a collection of her clothing and other personal possessions, which were rediscovered and inventoried in 2004 after being locked away since Kahlo’s death, in 1954.


Now - March 31

Whitney Museum

Tickets are $25

This exhibition is on display at The Whitney Museum now through March 31. This exhibition is the first Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. institution since 1989. It reconsiders the work of one of the most influential American artists. Building on a wealth of new materials, research and scholarship that has emerged since the artist’s untimely death in 1987, this exhibition reveals new complexities about the Warhol we think we know, and introduces a Warhol for the 21st century. They do tours of this exhibit every day at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

THE ORCHID SHOW 2019 - Orchid Evenings

February 23 – April 28

New York Botanical Garden

Tickets are $38

The Orchid Show is my favorite Spring time event in the city. Each year the NY Botanical Garden creates an impressive orchid display in their greenhouse. Each year it has a different theme. Singapore—where the national flower is an orchid—is the inspiration for the 17th annual Orchid Show. Read my experience and see more photos here.  The best way to experience this tremendous display is to go during Orchid Evenings. During these select nights, a live DJ plays in the greenhouse and guest’s can enjoy tasty alcoholic drinks at the bar.

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