curated by Sara Maher

The sun is shining! The birds are singing! The wind is… well, still howling, but you can’t have it all. Get your brain and body to start the slow thaw by heading out to one of these events.

Food For Thought

Eating greens doesn’t have to leave you blue. Help your little foodies find their next favorite at the Kids Food Fest. The event was started to help the fight against childhood obesity, but it does it with a healthy serving of fun. Free admission includes live entertainment, chef demonstrations, and activities like a Balanced Plate scavenger hunt, but you can also pay a little extra for hands-on cooking classes like Camp Cooking with the Boy Scouts; Healthy Candy; and Fresh Apple Cookies & Carrot Cookies; and Healthy Asian Street Food with MasterChef Junior finalist Josh Reisner.

• F downtown to 42nd St-Bryant Park and enter the park. Sat Mar 5-Sun Mar 6, 10am-4pm. Free admission; cooking classes $25.

Get Reel

True Hollywood diversity is about more than just the color of your skin. The Reel Abilities Film Festival is the largest film festival in the country “dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities.” All of the films are about people who are differently abled—including those with mental and learning disabilities as well as physical differences, and the panels focus on topics such as why filmmakers and actors with disabilities have limited opportunities in Hollywood. There are also family-friendly programs like short films and Music for Autism.

• Various locations; F-accessible venues include 58th St Library (127 E 58th St, Manhattan); Mid-Manhattan Public Library (455 5th Av, Manhattan); Mulberry St Library (10 Jersey St, Manhattan); and the New York Transit Museum (Boerum Pl and Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn). Mar 10-16, various times. All films are captioned or subtitled (unless otherwise noted) and all venues are wheelchair accessible. They also offer audio description, ASL interpretation, CART, and information in Braille for select events and upon advance request. Ticket prices vary, but many screenings are free and open to the public.

Ju Ware OR Jōmon?

Asia Week New York is an annual ten-day celebration of Asian art packed with exhibitions and auctions. The auctions are a huge draw for collectors and curators from all over the world, but there will also be museum tours, author meet-and-greets and book signings, symposiums (like Living with Classical Chinese Furniture, ooh!), and dealers and auction houses opening their doors for Open House New York.

• Various locations; F-accessible venues (all in Manhattan) include Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd. (18 E 64th St, Suite 1F); Scholten Japanese Art (145 W 58th St, Suite 6D); Laurence Miller Gallery (20 W 57th St, 3rd Fl); the Museum of Modern Art (11 W 53rd St); the Rubin Museum of Art (150 W 17th St); and Tibet House (22 W 15th St, 2nd Fl). Mar 10-19, various times. Regular museum admission fees apply. Some events may not be open to the public.

Only Books Understand You

In today’s book market, it’s hip to be YA (that’s “young adult,” for you biography readers.) More than 100 authors will participate in this year’s NYC Teen Author Festival, with bookish events ranging from author talks and signings to a performance by Tiger Beat, an all-author band (well, at least the lyrics will be good.) If you, like, love David Levithan, you’re in luck, as he’s acting as host or moderator for many of the events.

• Various locations; F-accessible venues (all in Manhattan) include NYPL Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (42nd St and Fifth Av); Mulberry St Library (10 Jersey St); McNally Jackson Books (52 Prince St); and Dixon Place (161 Christie St). Mar 13-20, various times. All events free, but book purchases strongly encouraged.

Green is Good

Right, let’s not forget America’s favorite guilt-free holiday: St. Patrick’s Day! You can celebrate it in one of two traditional ways: at a bar (literally any bar) or watching a parade. If you want to go the parade route (the more we celebrate, the worse the jokes get!), you can grab a green bagel and line up along Fifth Avenue to watch the oldest, largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world (just copying from the website, Dubliners). You can really get into the spirit by wishing sláinte agus táinte to this year’s Grand Marshal, Senator George J. Mitchell… or you can order another round.

• F downtown to Lexington Av-63rd St; 57th St; 47-50th Sts-Rockefeller Center, or 42nd St-Bryant Park; route runs north on Fifth Av from 44th to 79th Sts. Thu Mar 17, 11am-roughly 5pm. Free. Note: it is against NYC law to consume alcohol at a public event or display public drunkenness.

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