March Madness Survival Guide 

March is known as a month of “madness." Luckily, we’re here to help you escape this maddening time of year! New York isn’t totally overwhelmed by the fever of basketball this year, so there's no shortage of things to distract you from the constant barrage of tournaments! There are many fun, eclectic events this March—all accessible by Amtrak. Get ready to enjoy days filled with heritage, food, sport and more!

QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL
MARCH 14-19, 2017
Queens World Film Festival | Queens, NYC | New York By Rail
 

Movies are the ultimate escape, and what better way to experience them than a film festival featuring almost 100 individual titles? Amateur filmmakers from all across the east coast will be screening their films, and the result is a huge variety—all shown across Queens! 

 

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34TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF DANCE
MARCH 25, 2017 
Festival of Dance | Kingston, NY | Hudson River Valley | New York By Rail
 

Get away from the tiresome noise and competition of basketball season and enjoy some of the finer things in life. A wide variety of tasteful music and some of the best ballet dancers in the state are here to provide an enlightening evening of several different types of dance!

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WINE AND CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL 
MARCH 18, 2017
Wine and Chocolate Festival | Albany-Rensselaer, NY | New York By Rail
 

If you couldn't find time to take your sweetheart out for Valentine's Day, don't worry! The Desmond Hotel in Albany has you and your partner covered with a raincheck date! For a small entry free, try dozens of different bottles of wine, indulge in chocolate and socialize! The perfect, relaxing spring event! 

 

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TICONDEROGA END OF WINTER CARNIVAL
MARCH 4, 2017 
Ticonderoga End of Winter Carnival | Ticonderoga, NY | The Adirondacks | New York By Rail
 

If you're looking for a family-friendly day out with the kids, then look no further. The town of Ticonderoga proudly hosts the End of Winter Carnival, geared for kids, ready to play outside in the warm spring air. Of course, there will be music and food, face painting and comedy, but don't miss fun like riding on snowmobiles!

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ATLANTIC HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
MARCH 17-18, 2017 
Atlantic Hockey Championship | Rochester, NY | New York By Rail
 

March is typically for basketball, but why does it have to be? Take a break from the madness of March and head to Blue Cross Arena in Rochester on March 17th or 18th for the Atlantic Division I hockey championship! Find out if Canisius will be knocked out of the number one position by Air Force!


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GREATER SYRACUSE ANTIQUES EXPO 
MARCH 11-12, 2017
Greater Syracuse Antique Expo | Syracuse, NY | Finger Lakes | New York By Rail
 

If you have cash for parking a room in the back of your car, then don't forget to bring your checkbook. Antiques can be an eclectic hobby, but definitely one that caters to individual taste. With over 200 vendors, there's bound to be a piece of history you've always dreamed of, just waiting for your eyes to rest upon it! 


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24TH ANNUAL CAVALCADE OF CARS
MARCH 3-5, 2017 
Cavalcade of Cars | Hamburg, NY | Buffalo | New York By Rail
 

The perfect day out for any gear head is upon us! Hundreds of vehicles will be on display—anything from street cars to high-performance dragsters! If the words turbocharger and supercharger elicit any emotional response from within your soul, this might just be the right day out for you! 

 

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