New York City

No matter what time of year it is, New York can be a great place to visit. There’s seemingly always something to do in the city that never sleeps. But if you’re thinking of taking a bus to New York City this March, you may want to check out some of these noteworthy events taking place.

NYC Winter Wine & Food Festival

What better way to warm up this winter than a room full of great wines and tasty food? The NYC Winter Wine & Food Festival is an annual favorite for foodies and wine connoisseurs, and with good reason.  

The festival features over 100 wines from around the world, including France, South Africa, California, Spain, and Chile. In addition to the wines, guests can also enjoy a wide range of food and snack items, including domestic and imported cheeses, charcuterie, and hand-crafted specialties like sauces, olive oils, baked goods, and more.

The NYC Winter Wine & Food Festival takes place on March 7, 2020, at Webster Hall, and guests can choose to attend either the afternoon session (2:00 – 5:00 PM) or the evening session (7:00 – 10:00 PM). A VIP option, which includes early access, exclusive high-end wines, and gourmet food extras, is also available. 

NYC Craft Distillers Festival

Every festival is different, at least to an extent, but the NYC Craft Distillers Festival is truly a unique experience that gives guests a chance to do far more than taste their favorite spirits — though there will be plenty of that. This event, which takes place at the historic Bowery Hotel, is a nod to prohibition area, specifically the speakeasies that dotted the city in the 1920s.

Guests will have the opportunity to sample over 60 spirits from top craft distillers, including Gin Lane 1751, ROC, The Real McCoy, and the Virginia Distillery Co. The event will also include 1920’s jazz music, dancing, and other period-specific touches that will transport attendees back to the age of prohibition.

The NYC Craft Distillers Festival takes place on March 28, and guests can choose between the early session (1:00 to 4:00 PM) or the later session (7:00 – 10:00 PM). VIP admission, which allows for early access, is also available. 

On Air Fest

If you spend your free time tuning in to a great podcast or another form of audio entertainment, then you’ll want to consider the On Air Fest. This three-day event is filled with music, conversation, performances, listening parties, live podcasts and more. Fans, as well as hosts, artists, industry insiders, and other audio professionals, are encouraged to attend, and many do.

This year the participant lineup includes over 38 industry experts, including Theo Balcomb (The Daily), Zac Stuart Pontier (Crimetown), Shaun King (The Breakdown), Adam Rapoport (Bon Appetit)(New York Times), John Delore (Stitcher), and more

On Air Fest, which has been hailed by Fast Company as “A podcast fan’s dream come true” will be held March 5 – 8 at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Ask any New Yorker, and they’ll tell you that the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the oldest and longest-running parade. Held each year on March 17, regardless of what day of the week that is, the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade draws over 150,000 participants and over 2 million spectators.

The day starts with an 8:30 high mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral (ticketed event), and the parade itself begins at 11:00 AM and ends a full six hours later at 5:00 PM. Guests can line up along 5th Avenue to catch a glimpse of the floats, bands, bagpipers, and other exciting sites and sounds honoring the Irish. 

Of course, there’s more to the day than a parade. The city will be filled with green-wearing visitors and residents alike ready to celebrate their heritage, even if they’re just Irish for the day. There will be events all over town, and the pints, music, and fun will surely be flowing into the evening. 

Brooklyn Comes Alive 2020

What better way to brighten the winter season than with the sounds of music? That’s exactly what you’ll get if you head into the city for the Brooklyn Comes Alive festival. While there, you  can kick back and listen to talented musicians, enjoy special collaborations, and immerse yourself in an audible adventure.

This year, Oteil & Friends with members of the Dead & Company, Soulive, Phil Lesh& friends, and Mike Gordon will headline the event. Other special guests including Turkuaz and Robert Randolph & Friends, will also make an appearance throughout the evening. 

The festival takes place at the Great Hall and Kings Hall inside the Avant Gardner Complex in Brooklyn on March 21, 2020. It starts at 4:00 PM, but guests can dance well into the next day, since it’s over at 4:00 AM on March 22.

Industry Events, Summit, and Conferences

New York is the epicenter for so many things, so it’s no wonder that it also serves as the primary home to some of the biggest and best business and professional events, summits, and conferences.  That’s a real plus for business owners, managers, and other professionals want to take advantage of big city events and stay on top of industry news and trends. Taking a bus to New York City, or sending employees on the bus, can help you do just that.

March, in particular, is a busy month, as the following industry events will take place: 

  • Johnson Women in Technology Conference – presented by Microsoft (March 6) 
  • International Restaurant and Foodservice Show ( March 8 – 10)
  • International Beauty Show (IBS) New York (March 8 – 10)
  • Architectural Digest Design Show (March 19 – 22)
  • Product Marketing Summit (March 25 – 26)
  • Vision Expo East 2020 (March 27 – 29)

Don’t let the cold and gray days of  winter get you down.  Shake off those winter blues and hop on a Martz Trailways bus to New York City this March. Once there, you can check out one of the great events above or simply explore the city and see what awesome adventures await.