March 2018 Latin Culture

March brings the Flamenco Festival, BNP Paribas Showdown, Armory Week, Off-Broadway Week, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and International Women’s Day. It’s Women’s History Month.

March Highlights

Holy Week (Semana Santa) is the Latin world’s main holiday season

March 25 – 31, 2018

Passover commemorates freedom from slavery and the Exodus

March 30 – April 7, 2018

New Directors / New Films presents emerging filmmakers in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, & Mexico

MoMA, Midtown
Film Society of Lincoln Center
March 15-26, 2017

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2017

Film Society of Lincoln Center
144 West 65th St
March 1-12, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day Parade includes Spanish and French marchers

Fifth Avenue from 44th to 79th St
Midtown & Upper East Side
March 17, 2018

ADAA Art Show 2017 hosts America’s top art dealers (Review)

Park Avenue Armory
634 Park Avenue
Upper East Side
March 1-5, 2017

Flamenco Festival NYC brings Spain’s finest artists to New York

New York City Center
131 West 55th St, Midtown
March 9-12, 2017

2018 Oscars, the 90th Academy Awards

Live on ABC
March 4, 2018

The Armory Show 2018 is NYC’s big international art fair

Piers 92 94
Hell’s Kitchen
March 8-11, 2018

March Calendar

It’s Armory Week, a week of art fairs in New York City.

Thursday, March 1

Actor Javier Bardem was born in Las Palmas, Spain on March 1, 1969.

Celebrate Purim Thursday, March 1, 2018 to remember the courage of Esther who spoke for, and thereby saved her people.

22nd annual Rendez-Vous with French Cinema film festival opened at Film Society of Lincoln Center on March 1, 2017.

America’s top galleries mostly exhibit solo shows at The Art Show (ADAA) at the Park Avenue Armory in the Upper East Side. March 1-5, 2017.

VOLTA NY is the 10th edition of the invitational fair that spotlights solo artist projects at Pier 90, March 1-5, 2017.

Spring Break Art Show exhibits curators, not galleries, at 4 Times Square, March 1-6, 2017.

Friday, March 2

Scope New York shows emerging international artists and galleries at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, Thursday-Sunday, March 2-5, 2017.

Contemporary Curated is a Contemporary art auction at Sotheby’s in the Upper East Side March 2, 2017 at 10am.

Independent New York shows 52 international art galleries at Spring Studios in Tribeca March 2-5,2017.

Art on Paper shows works on paper at Pier 36 in the Lower East Side March 2-5, 2017.

Clio Art Fair for independent artists is at 508 West 26th St March 2-5, 2017.

The ReelAbilities Film Festival opened at the JCC Manhattan in the Upper West Side, March 2-8, 2017.

Saturday, March 3

Sunday, March 4

NYCFC (New York City Football Club) played their season opener  March 5, 2017.

The 90th Oscars are at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California and live on ABC on March 4, 2018 at 8:30pm.


Monday, March 5

March 5, 2018 is World Tennis Day.

The 11th anniversary BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden is Monday, March 5, 2018.

Tuesday, March 6

Wednesday, March 7

Thursday, March 8

March 8 is International Women’s Day.

Tango composer and bandleader Enrique Rodríguez was born in La Plata, Argentina on March 8, 1901.

The Armory Show is at Piers 92 94 Thursday-Sunday, March 8-11, 2018.

Independent New York is at Spring Studios in Tribeca March 8-11, 2018.

The Flamenco Festival opened at New York City Center Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 8pm.

Friday, March 9

The SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas is Friday-Sunday, March 9-18. It’s not in New York, but a lot of international artists will come to New York right after it.

The Collective Design Fair is at Skylight Clarkson North May 9-11, 2018.

Saturday, March 10

Sunday, March 11

Daylight Savings Time 2018 is March 11. Set your clocks an hour forward.

Astor Piazzolla, the father of Tango Nuevo was born in Mar del Plata, Argentina on March 11, 1921.

Ballet Hispánico presented an En Familia matinee of repertory favorites at the United Palace Cathedral in Washington Heights on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

Cuban multi-Grammy® winner Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra plays their weekly gig at Birdland in Hell’s Kitchen at 9 & 11pm.

Monday, March 12

Tuesday, March 13

Mexican Tenor Luis Chapa is Pinkerton in Puccini’s Italian opera Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center March 13, 2018 at 7:30pm.

Wednesday, March 14

Rodolfo Biagi, the Argentine Tango pianist and composer, was born in Buenos Aires on March 14, 1906.

The New Directors / New Films film festival opened at the Museum of Modern Art and Film Society of Lincoln Center Wednesday-Sunday, March 15-26, 2017.

Thursday, March 15

Registration for NYC Dance Week in June opens mid-March.

Friday, March 16

Saturday, March 17

March 17, 2017 is the last day that St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown receives Easter Mass ticket requests.

March 17 is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In case you wonder, Spaniards march in it because we share a Celtic culture with the Irish.

Nicky Jam, the Puerto Rican-Dominican-American Reggaeton star, was born in New York City on March 17, 1981.

Sunday, March 18

Cuban multi-Grammy® winner Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra plays their weekly gig at Birdland in Hell’s Kitchen at 9 & 11pm.

Vive Latino 2017, one of the world’s most important Spanish-language Rock festivals, was March 18-19, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Monday, March 19

March 19 is the Feast of Saint Joseph. It’s Father’s Day, “Festa di San Giuseppe” in Italy, “El Día del Padre” in Spain, Bolivia, and Honduras, and “Dia do Pai” in Portugal . Here’s to all Dads and Step-Dads!

Tuesday, March 20

The Spring Equinox is March 20, 2018. It’s Spring! Yay!

Wednesday, March 21

March 21 is World Poetry Day. #WorldPoetryDay

Benito Juárez, Mexican national hero, was born in San Pablo Guelatao, México on March 21, 1806. There is a statue of him in Bryant Park.

Thursday, March 22

March 22 is Emancipation Day, the day Puerto Rican slaves were freed in 1873.

Friday, March 23

The 5th annual Colombian Film Festival NY was at Village East Cinema Thursday, March 23 through March 26, 2017.

Saturday, March 24

Sunday, March 25

Celebrate the Christian tradition of Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week (Semana Santa) through Saturday, March 31.

Broadway play Farinelli and the King closes at the Belasco Theatre in the Theater District.

Monday, March 26

Tuesday, March 27

The Affordable Art Fair opened March 29, 2017 with a Private View at The Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Through April 2, 2017.

Wednesday, March 28

Lady Gaga, the Italian-American pop star, was born  in New York City on March 28, 1986.

Thursday, March 29

Celebrate the Christian holiday of Holy Thursday.

Friday, March 30

Celebrate the Christian fast of Good Friday.

Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover (Pesach, Pascua or Páscoa) through Saturday, April 7.

The New York International Auto Show is at Javits Center March 30 – April 8.

The Havana Film Festival New York opened at the Directors Guild Theatre in Midtown Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Saturday, March 31

Celebrate the Christian holiday of Holy Saturday.

March 31 is César Chávez Day, the day the American labor leader was born in Yuma, Arizona in 1927.

April calendar

 March Events


Atlético Madrid Peña Oficial Atlético de Madrid en New York

Football Factory at Legends
La Liga Season Opener
Girona vs Atlético Madrid
Saturday, August 19, 2017

New York Red Bulls vs New York City is a Hudson River Derby

Major League Soccer
Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
Saturday, August 25, 2017

Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus

Friday, March 30, 2018

New York International Auto Show 2018 shows the latest rides

Jacob K. Javitz Center
655 W 34th St
Lower Midtown, Manhattan
March 30 – April 8, 2018

BNP Paribas Showdown 2018

Madison Square Garden
Monday, March 5, 2018

International Women’s Day 2018

Thursday, March 8, 2018

NYCFC plays the New England Revolution at Yankee Stadium

Major League Soccer
Sunday, August 20, 2017

“Hamilton” is the most influential Broadway show of our generation

New York Puerto Rican writer
Richard Rodgers Theatre
226 W 46th St, Times Square
Tuesday-Sunday 2017

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York’s iconic church

Catholic church
5th Ave between 50th / 51st St
Midtown East
Spanish mass

Celebrate Mother’s Day. We love you Mom!

Most countries celebrate on the second Sunday in May (May 14, 2017). Some celebrate on other days in March, May, August, October, or December.

Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ entry in Jerusalem

Sunday before Easter
Sunday, March 25, 2018

César Chávez

Celebrate the birthday of the great American union and civil rights leader in Yuma, Arizona on March 31, 1927.

Affordable Art Fair offers art from $100 – $10,000

Start your art collection at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, Wed-Sun, Mar 29 – Apr 2, 2017

NADA New York 2017, the young art show

At Skylight Clarkson Sq in Hudson Square/SoHo Thu-Sun, Mar 2-5, 2017

Independent New York 2018 hip and established galleries

A hip vibe that is attracting established galleries. Italian, French, Portuguese, and Cuban galleries showed in 2017. The next show is Mar 8-11, 2018

Armory Week 2017 is NYC’s big week of art fairs

Armory Week 2017 is Feb 28 – Mar 1

Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated

Sotheby’s Armory Week auction includes Brazilian, Chilean, French, French-Canadian, Italian, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Spanish, and Uruguayan artists Thu, Mar 2, 2017

VOLTA NY invitational show of solo artist projects

Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Cuban, French-Canadian, Honduran, Italian, Mexican, & Peruvian art at Pier 90 Mar 1-5, 2017

Scope New York 2017 emerging international artists and galleries

Argentine, Chilean, Dominican, French, Italian, Panamanian, and Spanish galleries exhibit at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea Mar 2-5, 2017

Spring Break Art Show 2017 is where you’ll find the next, next big thing

The art fair that shows curators, not galleries, in underused historic New York City spaces, explores the “Black Mirror” of the selfie generation at 4 Times Square Feb 28 – Mar 6, 2017

Off-Broadway Week

2-for-1 tickets go on sale Feb 13 for Spanish-language shows Burundanga, En el Nombre de Salomé, La Canción, and La Gringa at Repertorio Español Feb 27 – Mar 12


This 122-foot-long dinosaur skeleton from Patagonia, Argentina is so big, the head pokes through the door of the hall. American Museum of Natural History through Jan 1, 2020

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