March in New York City Weather and Event Guide

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While March might not offer New York City's best weather, visitors who come to New York City in March can often enjoy the tail end of Winter Restaurant Week and the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Sometimes Easter also takes place during March, with it's "only-in-NYC" Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival.

As long as you don't think about St. Patrick's Day, March is a fairly quiet time of year in New York City. Some families do visit during their March Break, though this is not a common vacation in the greater New York area (aside from universities), so the place isn't overrun with visitors.

In March you can get some beautiful spring weather if you're lucky, but it can also be rainy and cold; it's a very temperamental month weather-wise in New York City. That said, the first signs of warm weather in New York City reveal and excitement and energy that can be fun to observe or even participate in.

March Weather

  • Average High: 50°F (10°C)
  • Average Low: 35°F (2°C)
  • March tends to be rainy, but for the most part, temperatures stay above freezing
  • There is an average of over 4 inches of precipitation in March

What to Wear

  • Pack an umbrella; you'll be happy to have it when it starts to rain. Don't fret if you forget one though, because as soon as it starts to rain you'll find you can buy one on every street corner for $5 or so.
  • A waterproof jacket or trench coat is recommended. While umbrellas are helpful, nothing compares with a good raincoat. In a pinch you can pick up a poncho at any NYC drug store (i.e. CVS, Duane Reade, Rite Aid) and while you're unlikely to win any fashion contests wearing one, you can toss it when the rain is done and it will keep your backpack or purse covered as well.
  • Pack sweaters and long pants to wear; it can be cool, particularly at night and when it's wet, it feels even colder.
  • Closed toe shoes, comfortable for walking and water-resistant if possible.

March Perks

  • Cooler weather continues to make bargain accommodations and flights to New York City available
  • March is typically less crowded than April and May
  • St Patrick's Day is celebrated enthusiastically by New Yorkers of every persuasion, with Irish pubs being quite crowded on March 17.
  • Less likely to have travel troubles due to snow than in January and February
  • The Easter Parade is a great chance to have an "only in New York" experience

March Cons

  • Rainy, chilly weather

Good to Know

  • Many American universities have a week of vacation in March called "Spring Break" and while many students head to the beach, college students often visit New York City if they live nearby.
  • Easter Weekend can mean closings on the Friday before Easter, as well as on Easter Sunday. However, Easter Monday, which is often a holiday in Europe, is not commonly observed and will have little impact on stores, restaurants and New York City institutions.

March Highlights/Events