20+ Free Things To Do in NYC This March for Families

The streets of Midtown turn green as the huge St. Patrick's Day Parade returns for the first time since 2019. Photo courtesy of the parade
The streets of Midtown turn green as the huge St. Patrick's Day Parade returns for the first time since 2019. Photo courtesy of the parade

March brings with it a slew of stellar events that won't break the bank but are sure to get everyone out of the house, connecting IRL again. We've found more than 20 completely FREE things to do in NYC this month, including everything from St. Patrick's Day celebrations to book launches, garden parties, and more. 

Read on for our picks for FREE family activities this March in New York City, including picks in all five boroughs. You can find more top events in our always-packed Family Activity Calendar. Plus, there are loads of seasonal must-dos in our NYC Spring Guide for Families.

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Places featured in this article:


Beach 130th St. and Newport Ave.

Prospect Park at The Well House

Fifth Avenue at 44th Street

Irish Arts Center (but this event is citywide)

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve, Nature Interpretive Center

Queens Botanical Garden
Lights Up on Lincoln Square
Lincoln Square - 5:00 PM Pick
Bushwick Holiday Tree Lighting and Parade
Knickerbocker Plaza - 5:00 PM Pick
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
Dyker Heights Christmas Lights - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides