March is upon us, which means it's time to fill out your NCAA college basketball bracket, revel in the last of this year's winter wonderlands and brace yourself for the beauty of spring. Here's what you have to look forward to this month.
Long Island Winterfest
Enjoy midwinter music and arts among good company in the heart of Riverhead. Every weekend through March 20, you'll be able to groove to the sound of emerging and top musicians in rock, jazz, folk, country, soul and more. Between sets, explore local artists and foods with the "Art of Wine" facet of the festival, where food events and artworks fill unique vineyard tasting rooms, historic theaters and boutique hotels.
New Eyes On Alice Austen
One of America's earliest female photographers, Alice Austen, is continuously celebrated for her bold creativity. Visit the Whitney Museum of Art in Manhattan on March 31 for a roundtable discussion on early street photography, professional versus amateur photography, same-sex relationships, gender roles, immigration and more at this event that honors women and displays and New York City history. Additionally, make sure to visit the Alice Austen House to view their Staten Island Unlimited Exhibition featuring thirty-five New York photographers including work from Stephen Obisanya, pictured.
60 From The '60s: Selections From The George Eastman's Museum
This is your last chance to check out this show at the Hyde Collection Art Museum and Historic House in Glens Falls. The exhibit features the works of well-known photographers from the ‘60s, including Harry Callahan, Benedict Fernandez, Hollis Frampton, Mary Ellen Mark and more. The George Eastman Museum in Rochester loaned 60 of its photographs from this pivotal era for this show, which is up through April 3.
Binghamton Outdoor And Camping Show
Prepare for your next outdoor adventure with a visit to this expo March 18-March 20, where you can find campers, RVs, boats, gear and more. Jump on all the newest outdoor trends before the snow finishes melting - you'll be ready to hit the trails by the time the flowers bloom!
Bacon On The Lakein
Love bacon? You're in ample company. Head to the Finger Lakes to sample baconful foods paired with local wines. If that's not enough to lure you (though it should be), visit all 16 wineries' booths at the event from March 19-March 20 and you'll be eligible to win a BBQ-themed gift basket and BBQ smoker--right in time for BBQ season! Your friends, family and belly will thank you.
Bands ‘N Beans
There's nothing quite like the taste of chili, particularly when paired with the sweet and salty sounds of percussion and guitar. Travel to Lake George March 20 for all the New York-made chili you can eat, then vote for your favorite. The feast is accompanied by music, perfect for dancing off the calories.
Capital District Garden And Flower Show
Get a taste of spring with 17,000 square feet of designed landscape exhibits in upstate Troy from March 18-March 20. Prepare for an explosion of color with blooming flowers amidst greenery, waterfalls and ponds. The fragrance will get you in the right state of mind for spring. Buy plants for your garden, or just enjoy the flowers on display. You can also make your thumb green thanks to lectures, workshops and live flower demonstrations.
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