By: Whitney Meers
It’s almost spring! You know what that means: it’s time to quit hibernating, get off your butt and embrace everything this amazing city has to offer. Mother Nature DGAF if you still haven’t caught up with Stranger Things — she’s ready to party. While we have plenty of special date night calendar options for you every night of the week, we’ve also carefully curated a few highlights we know you’re gonna love.
Read on for our top date-worthy events in March. We promise Eleven can wait.
The Best March Events In New York City
Rubin Museum of Art, Chelsea, March 9, 16, 23 & 30
In a series of films curated around the theme “time,” The Rubin Museum fellow and neuroscientist David Eagleman introduces each movie by discussing its relationship to how we think about the past, present and future. As part of the museum’s K2 Friday Nights (which also includes complimentary entry, live DJs spinning tunes, Asian cuisine and cocktails), explore everything the space has to offer before checking out a classic flick: Run Lola Run, Groundhog Day, Time After Time and Time Bandits are on this month’s slate.
BAM, Fort Greene, March 7-10
Bringing together the greatest storytellers in the radio and podcast industry, this event series at BAM features talks and conversations with Neil Gaiman, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ira Glass, the team behind investigative podcast S-Town, and stories from The Moth. RadioLoveFest is a celebration of humanity, exploring the bounds of the imagination through the art of conversation. So, if your partner’s been deleting important apps from their phone in order to make more room for their pod addiction, you’re going to want to snatch up tickets to these shows ASAP.
Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T., Hell's Kitchen, Through March 25
Take in song and story with Folk Wandering, a sweeping new musical that chronicles the making and breaking of the American Dream across three generations. Adapted by Jaclyn Backhaul and Andrew Neisler from Backhaus’s book, the performance follows the hopes, heartaches, and longings of three women through the 1910’s and into the ‘50s as they fight and forge their way to better lives. With performances by nine emerging singer-songwriters, Folk Wandering will take you from tenement Manhattan to the deserts of Utah and small-town Indiana to explore the fabric and history of the place we all call home.
Catch Athena, Gracie Gardner’s coming of age tale that follows the lives of two teenage female fencers. Watch as the girls parry, feint, and lunge across the set, all the while exploring through dialogue what it means to navigate the complex and ordinary business of growing into womanhood today. Athena is produced by The Hearth, a theater production company dedicated to celebrating female artists and producing plays that explore the spectrum of womanhood with nuanced complexity. We’d say they’re doing everything right—Athena was recently named a New York Times’ Critic Pick.
Playstation Theater, Times Square, March 10
If you’re tired of pretending you know the difference between a Malbec and Merlot, here’s your solution. The NYC Winter Wine Festival takes over Playstation Theater on March 10 so you can taste hundreds of fine wines, including plenty of hand-selected NYC vinos. The two of you will also get souvenir wine glasses so you can swirl and sample all session long — that’s three hours, or just long enough to make the ill-advised decision to have dinner at the nearby Times Square Olive Garden. So do yourself a favor and drink responsibly.
Now in its 16th year, The Orchid Show continues to mesmerize and inspire visitors with its dramatic orchid displays. Daniel Ost, one of the nation’s leading floral artists, crafts an installation that’s bright, bold and beautiful, highlighting these stunning flowers. If you plan to attend, we recommend Orchid Evenings so you can enjoy an experience that ignites all the senses as live music plays in the background.
When not limited to cable TV news shows, debates can actually be a lot of fun! At Versus, hosts Meg Pierson, Zak Martellucci, and Dustin Growick host special guest experts who use their knowledge and experience to defend and discuss interesting topics in science and beyond. March’s performance features a brain expert and a cardiac nurse battling out which rules supreme: heart or brain? It’s all in good fun but is also part of Brain Awareness Week, featuring a ton of other brainy events to check out if you’re on the same wavelength. Check out Caveat’s awesome lineup of shows all month long, here.
Imperial Theatre, Theater District, Previews Through April 11th, Officially Opens April 12th
Named by Time magazine as the best musical of the 20th Century, this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic follows the turbulent relationship between charming carousel barker Billy Bigelow and millworker Julie Jordan. The two fall in love, but when they fall on hard times, they must resort to desperate measures. Starring Tony nominees Joshua Henry and Jessie Mueller with opera star Renée Fleming, enjoy Carousel while you can in previews because this is bound to be a hot ticket once it opens in April.
Downtown Brooklyn, Barclays Center, March 16
If you’re not on that Demi Lovato kick, what are you waiting for? This amazingly talented songstress best known for her hit song “Heart Attack” (and, like, a dozen other Billboard hits) is taking over Barclays Center alongside internationally-known superstar DJ Khaled, who’s worked with the likes of Jay-Z, Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg and many more. The powerhouse pair are sure to blow the roof off Barclay’s, so if you love good music and good parties, this event is a must-attend.
Nomad, Museum of Sex, Through Oct. 2
Calling all sexy couples: This experience is 100% unmissable. We all know VR hanky panky is a thing, but the Museum of Sex knows how to keep this taboo topic classy with a virtual experience to indulge all the senses. Set to Diplo’s track “Set It Off,” you and your S.O. are invited to move around the state-of-the-art full-room setup (complete with motion trackers and all) to explore the erotic ambiance of a pole dance — in space! Complete with live performers and a director plotting your uniquely intimate experience, it’s an immersive exhibition designed to test your own inhibitions. Did we mention that it’s set in space?
Theater District, Helen Hayes Theatre, Begins March 1
Taking place in a Manhattan lobby, a murder investigation becomes a personal exploration of power dynamics between a young security guard and his boss, as well as between a rookie cop and her unstable partner. Written by Manchester by the Sea scribe Kenneth Lonergan and originally appearing off-Broadway in 2001, this revamped rendition stars Michael Cera (Juno), Chris Evans (Captain America), Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta).Check it out in previews, or wait until it opens on March 26 to see it final form.
Bushwick, House of Yes, March 21
This definitely isn’t the circus you knew and loved as a kid. Dirty Circus at House of Yes is a circus for grown ups — the type who aren’t afraid of a few inappropriate jokes and sexy charades. Here, everything you see is raw, raunchy and real. Expect a wild date night complete with a striptease, drag performances, juggling, music and more at this anything goes Brooklyn staple.
Flatbush, Kings Theater, March 30
Thow back to the early 2000s, a time when Ja Rule was “Holla, Holla”-ing and Ashanti was acting “Foolish.” Although these two have continued to make new music over the past decade and change, the turn of the century marked a time when you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing someone blaring a Ja Rule/Ashanti duet like “Down 4 U,” “Mezmerize” or “Always on Time.” Take a trip down memory lane at this show, which brings these two back to home to New York (Ja is from Queens while Ashanti is from Long Island), honoring your own relationship with hip hop hits that celebrate love and everything sexy that comes with it.
Chelsea, The McKittrick Hotel, Through April 8
An experimental theater overload, Flight is a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience testing the bounds of human courage. The performance first premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival, where it won the Herald Angel Award before setting up shop at The McKittrick Hotel. You and your sweetie will follow the heart-wrenching journey of two children on an odyssey to freedom and safety based on Caroline Brothers’ 2012 novel Hinterland. The show isn’t for the faint of heart, as it contains sexual situations that some may find triggering.
Greenpoint, Brooklyn Expo Center, March 18
If your food preferences are gooeyer and cheesier than your pet names for each other, you’re going to want to check out this epic Mac & Cheese Smackdown. Time Out New York is bringing together more than 20 NYC restaurants — including Red Rooster Harlem, Murray’s Cheese and Hill Country BBQ — all competing to win the coveted honor of the best mac and cheese in the city. Your tickets, starting at $45 each, get you access to snacks from all 20, along with free booze and other surprises.
UWS/LES, The Sill
448 Amsterdam Ave, March 13 @ 7:30 pm
84 Hester Street, March 16 @ 7:30 pm
448 Amsterdam Ave, March 22 @ 7:30 pm
With spring approaching quickly, chase any leftover winter blues you may still have by cultivating your green thumbs. The Sill, a collective dedicated to the love of indoor plants, offers numerous workshops to help you keep your plants healthy all year long. While the hugely popular Plants 101 series is already filled up for the month, you can still grab spots in workshops dedicated to caring for the Calathea. Learn all about this awesome plant before each bringing one home to continue to grow, nurture and love — just like your relationship.
Times Square, The Town Hall, March 23
Just one day after the season 10 premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race, kick off the new journey with Hater’s Roast — The Shady Tour. All the magic of the TV show comes to life on the stage, featuring Drag Race faves from through the years like Latrice Royale, Trixie Mattel, Jinkx Monson and more. Watch ‘em as they throw shade, dishing out commentary on modern romance, politics and of course, each other. It’s a night of reads, slams, jabs, zingers and more with some of the best queens in the business.
Gramercy, Gramercy Theater, March 12
Scott Rogowsky has been an integral participant in NYC’s comedy community for years, with his show Running Late now in its seventh year. But Rogowsky was recently catapulted into fame as the host of HQ, the interactive game show that causes strangers to simultaneously go silent and stare at their phones answering questions for ten minutes at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. every weekday. With his newfound fame, his variety show is bigger than ever, taking over the Gramercy Theater and featuring all-star guests. This month he welcomes Dan Rather and Michael Ian Black. Ever heard of either of these guys?
Times Square, Caroline’s on Broadway, March 8-10
Though not quite a household name yet, Michelle Wolf launched her career by catapulting through the ranks as a writer for Late Night with Seth Meyers, then as a Daily Show contributor, landing her own HBO special and soon as the host of her own Netflix talk show. She’ll be at legendary comedy venue Caroline’s from March 8-10, possibly prepping material for next big gig as host of the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Catch her while tickets are still affordable.
Long Island City, Sound River Studios, March 17, 18, 24 & 25
If you’re the type of couple that knows the baker at your local pastry shop by name, it’s time to branch out with a trip to Long Island City for the Dessert Goals NYC Dessert Fest. With truffles and treats from NYC’s top dessert shops, you’ll be blown away with pies from Petee’s, taffy from Salty Road, croissants from Supermoon Bakehouse and more. One reco: Book your tickets pronto because they’re selling fast. You can also upgrade your ticket for early access and a goodie bag full of sweet treats to go.