Sometimes, it's hard to decide on what to do with your free time—after all, we live in a world with so many exciting activities across music, art, and food, among other cultural sectors. If you haven't yet figured out what to do in March 2020, good news: we've done it for you. From upcoming art exhibits at The Whitney to Sarah Jessica Parker on Broadway, there's so much going on this month, so you can fully embrace the arrival of daylight savings time by getting out there and enjoying one of many exciting events—no matter where in the country you are. Whether you wind up attending an event on this list or just use it as inspiration for making your own plans, here is a comprehensive list of all the best things to do in March 2020.
Artists to See
The Lehman Trilogy
When: First preview on March 7; Opening night on March 26
Where: Nederlander Theatre in New York City
What: Directed by Sam Mendes (director of the recent Oscar nominee, 1917), The Lehman Trilogy weaves together two centuries of family history. It chronicles the "humble beginnings, outrageous successes, and devastating failure of the financial institution that would ultimately bring the global economy to its knees. It's the story of western capitalism, rendered through the lens of an immigrant family." Sure to rack up some Tony nominations, this play is the perfect thing to do in March 2020 if you're missing awards season.
When: First preview on March 9; Opening Night on April 5
Where: Stephen Sondheim Theatre in New York City
What: The film you know and love is now a musical. For those unfamiliar with the story, Mrs. Doubtfire tells the story of Daniel Hillard, who is a struggling and out-of-work actor. After losing custody of his kids, he disguises himself as a Scottish nanny named Euphegenia Doubtfire in an attempt to stay in their lives. If you're a fan of the 1993 film starring Robin Williams or just want to watch a new take on an old classic, this one is for you.
When: First preview on March 13; Opening night on April 13
Where: Hudson Theater in New York City
What: Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker return to Broadway together in the classic Neil Simon comedy Plaza Suite. Directed by Tony-winner John Benjamin Hickey, this play is a look at love and marriage in which Broderick and Parker play three couples. If you're interested, make sure you get your tickets quickly, as it's only on Broadway for 17 weeks.
When: First preview: March 24; Opening night: April 14
Where: Circle in the Square Theater
What: This play stars Tony winner Laurence Fishburne, Oscar winner Sam Rockwell, and Emmy winner Darren Criss, who play "three small-time hustlers [that] want a bigger cut of the American dream." In a story all about loyalty, greed, crime, business, and American values, you won't want to miss seeing three A-list actors at their best.
“Creating Icons: How We Remember Women’s Suffrage”
Where: National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.
What: Being that it's Women's History Month, we had to include this art exhibit as an essential item for your March 2020 to-do list. This show marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment recognizing women’s right to vote, commemorating women’s achievements in winning suffrage. Items from the National American Women Suffrage Association (now the League of Women Voters) collection, are featured. Also, materials related to Adelaide Johnson (sculptor of Portrait Monument in the Capitol), Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party (NWP), and other suffrage and women’s activism collections will be on view.
Willi Smith: Street Couture
Where: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, NY
What: This is the first museum exhibition devoted to American designer Willi Smith. The exhibition seeks to restore his place in the fashion canon as a groundbreaking cultural producer who laid new roads for fashion before dying suddenly of AIDS-related complications in 1987 at age 39. Willi Smith: Street Couture is named for Smith’s iconic fall 1983 collection, which brought together fashion, video art, and music. The designer sought to "democratize fashion through the intersection of the arts with affordable basics inspired by his diverse audience." Included in the exhibition are more than 150 works by Smith and his collaborators, such as Juan Downey, Dan Friedman, Keith Haring, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Les Levine, Dianne McIntyre, Nam June Paik, and SITE. Many of the works on view include photography, video, design drawings, garments, patterns, and ephemera- some of which have not been seen in more than 30 years.
New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
Where: New Orleans, LA
What: The New Orleans Festival hosts over two dozen restaurants that specialize in fine dining. The weekend also features over 1,000 wines from all over the world. There will even be special wine tasting events. Enjoy a nice glass in the French Quarter and relax in one of Louisiana's most exciting cities.
Uncorked: Chicago Wine Festival
Where: Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL
What: Much like at the New Orleans festival, enjoy over 200 wines and champagnes from all over the world in addition to gourmet food vendors, museum exhibits, virtual reality flight simulators, and more in this March 2020 event.
Bay Area Street Food & Craft Beer Festival
Where: San Jose, CA
What: Here's another food festival, but this time on the west coast and with beer instead of wine. You can have unlimited amounts of craft beer from regional breweries as well as access to the best street food vendors and food trucks. In addition to all the eating and drinking, make sure to stop by the boutique vendors where you can purchase orginal art and other food options. There will also be live music and games, making it a fun activity to do in March 2020.