Summer is officially over and you may be feeling a little glum. However, here at Urban List, we think the arrival of March means we’ve got the hang of 2019 and we’re ready to have some fun. This month there are plenty of gigs, performances, and food-related festivities to get amongst. This month is perfect for planning a date night, celebration, or catch-up with the gang.
Here are all the best things to do in Auckland this March.
Sculpture On The Gulf
1st - 24th March
New Zealand's biggest sculpture event to experience art on a spectacular grand scale returns this March. The Perpetual Guardian Sculpture on the Gulf is your chance to walk within some of the most ambitious and striking works from New Zealand’s best artists. As well as the walk, the Waiheke Community Art Gallery will also showcase an exhibition of small sculptures. A dramatic art journey, the event has been dubbed a "must see" by the New York Times, and tens of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the island this year.
Sounds Of The Underground
If concerts are your thing, don't miss the biggest underground music event to trump all the concerts. Sounds of the Underground is back for 2019, with a stellar line up including Bay Dream’s Hydraulix, BadRapper, Lee Mvtthews, illyus & Barrientos and much, much more. The night is hosted at the original venue, Massey University bar The Ferguson. Kicking it all the way until 3am, this will not be a night for the faint-hearted.
Soul Bar’s Month Of Rosé
1st – 31st March
All month long Soul Bar and Bistro want to celebrate the pink drink that we all know and love – rosé. Every Sunday in March is Rosé Sangria Sunday Sessions at Soul, with the sangria pouring from 1pm-6pm, allowing you to unwind and relax with your favourite drink. To keep the celebrations going, Soul staff and Soul itself will be having a pink makeover, and be offering any lads or lasses with the word “Rose” anywhere in their name a Soul’s special rosé cocktail.
Ladies Who Lunch At Derby Day
The Ladies Who Lunch are back with their luxury experiences, this time they’ll be hosting a private lawn marquee at the Vodafone Derby Day on March 2nd. They’ll have you trackside for the best views of the action, with a flute of Moët and canapes to graze on. Their elevated area will have its own bar and buffet, and prizes for Best Dressed, encouraging you to come dressed in your Sunday best. The day starts a 1pm, with all access to the Cuvee afterparty once the races are done and dusted.
Ports Of Auckland Round The Bays
If your New Years Resolution was to kick your A into G, make a goal and hit it on March 3rd at the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays. 26,000 Aucklanders will take on the 8.4km course, starting at Quay Street in the CBD and ending up at the far end of Tamaki Road in St Heliers. The course keeps runners and walkers encouraged with entertainment every 600m, pushing you to cross the finish line. All proceeds from ticket sales are divided between Sea Cleaners Trust, Diabetes NZ, and Big Buddy Mentoring Trust. So start running for a good cause, it’s not too late to sign up now.
Pop Poetry At Pigeon Park
4th March – 8th March
For one week join some of some of Auckland’s best literary talent and musical masters for Pop Poetry at Pigeon Park, CBD. Making this the fourth year of Pop Poetry bringing the spoken word to life with music. As a way to kick it up a notch, this will be the first year the event teams up with light projection to turn the night into a visual show for the bean bag audience. Entry is free and there are some awesome food vendors (Crate Kitchen and NomNom) to keep your stomach satisfied too.
Arctic Monkeys At Spark Arena
Arctic Monkeys is playing Auckland’s Spark Arena for their one-off show after the release of their sixth studio album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. The award-winning English rock band will be returning to Auckland as one of their last stops on their latest world tour. Supporting them will be close friends and collaborators Los Angeles trio, Mini Mansions.
Working On My Night Moves At Basement Theatre
6th – 23rd March
The latest live theatre artwork at the Basement Theatre is breaking the rules of patriarchy and the time-space continuum. Working on my Night Moves is the third and final instalment of award-winning artists Julia Croft and Nisha Madhan’s trilogy. The series began exploring the impact of the male gaze and is a theatrical attempt to create equality around this phenomenon. The show is presented by Zanetti Productions and run for almost the entire month of March, so make sure you head along and support the movement.
Auckland Arts Festival
7th – 24th March
The bold and beautiful festival by the community, for the community, is back for another year. The Auckland Arts Festival runs from March 7th – 24th, with more than 40 individual events from music to performances, still art and theatre. Aotea Square will be set up with the return of the Victoria Spiegeltent which will host a number of music and performance events over the festival. One of the most anticipated events of the Arts Festival is Ulster American, straight from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018. A male director and actor clashes with a female playwright resulting in an explosion of confrontational and mind-blowing black comedy. The full list of events has been released, with quite a few events remaining free and open for everyone to enjoy. Here are our top picks.
Merge Café’s Pay-As-You-Feel
K' Road’s Merge Café is hosting a pop-up dinner on March 7th, co-hosted by Italian pasta chef Angelo Tredicucci. The Italian dinner encourages guests to pay-as-they-feel, with all proceeds going to support the community café which often helps Auckland’s homeless whanau. Join Merge and Angelo for a night of great food and company, all while doing your part.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
8th - 9th March
Iconic band Red Hot Chili Peppers returns Down Under this month. Performing two shows at Spark Arena, the band is expected to play a set comprising of a selection of tracks such as Dark Necessities lifted from their current and eleventh studio album, The Getaway, greatest hits and classic album tracks as such as: By the Way, Can’t Stop, Snow (Hey Oh), Otherside, Californication, Under The Bridge and Give It Away.
Soaked Oats At La Zeppa
Dunedin four-piece Soaked Oats will be playing a free show at Auckland’s La Zeppa on March 8th as part of Corona Sunsets. The band is on the rise to major fame after a 20-stop USA tour, Rhythm and Vines NYE’s performance, and their current Australian tour. Corona Sunset nights are free entry to allow you to chill with a drink and some friends and listen to some great summer tunes before the autumn chill kicks in.
Vodka Room’s Women's Day
8th – 10th March
Russia knows what’s up when it comes to celebrating the strong women in your life – even making International Women’s Day a public holiday for the country. So, of course, everyone’s favourite Russian bar want to join in on the festivities and empowerment. The Vodka Room is hosting a three-day party with caviar, high-tea, champagne, and some deluxe karaoke to round it off. Gather the most special women in your life and treat them to some fun at the Vodka Room.
Red Bull Music Presents
Ladi6, Meer, Eno x Dirty, and Andry HeartThrob will all be bringing the house down at Red Bull Music Present’s Auckland show at the Royal Auckland Yacht Squadron on March 9th. The event aims to connect New Zealand’s top breakout artists with leading tastemakers and new crowds. The lineup is diverse, so there is something for everyone, and the location couldn’t be any more perfect with Westhaven Marina providing the perfect landscape for a stunning sunset.
Auckland Colour Festival
Mount Smart Stadium will be brightly lit come March 9th with the annual Auckland Colour Festival, back again for 2019. In celebration of Holi, known as the Festival of Colours, the day will welcome a crowd of 10,000 people wishing to get amongst the dazzling colours thrown their way. The free event will include live DJ’s and music, delicious vegetarian food, and enough colour to cover the mammoth stadium.
Kelmarna Garden’s Harvest Festival
Grey Lynn’s Kelmarna Garden’s Harvest Festival is back for their fifth year. Orphan’s Kitchen, Cazador, ParisButter, and Culprit will share time over a wood-fired barbecue to create delicious dishes and pushing the boundaries of local food. Bread & Butter Bakery, Little Bird Organics, Millers Coffee, Serious Popcorn,and Karma Cola will also be joining the Harvest Festival. This year there will be a Stone Soup Syndicate “Food Matters” discussion tent with local chefs and growers, sharing their thoughts on what we can do to make our produce more sustainable. To top it off educational gardening workshops will be running, as well as live music on the day.
Anthology K' Road will be hosting a one-day festival full of wild beer and wild wine. Cult Wine and Beer Jerk introduce Wild Stock to Auckland in March with more than six dozen varieties of natural and experimental wines and funky and sour beers from breweries across New Zealand, Australia, USA, and Belgium. It’ll provide the perfect opportunity for beer and wine lovers to take a walk on the wild side and try some more exciting beverages. There will, of course, also be wild foods to accompany your jazzy drinks.
New Zealand Coffee Festival
March 15th - 16th
This month, Shed 10 will be transformed into a coffee lover's dream with an eclectic mix of coffee, food, music and culture. Expect artisan coffee (with tastings!), demonstrations from world-class baristas and gourmet food stalls serving up delicious bites. And there will be live music and DJs to help set the scene.
Judas Priest At Spark Arena
English heavy metal rockers, Judas Priest will be taking the stage at Auckland’s Spark Arena following the cancellation of Ozzy Osbourne’s show. Instead, we will be blessed with the iconic heavy metal band, who has a 40-year long career backing them. Judas Priest were leaders of the rock movement and one of the first bands to debut leather and studs on stage. The band will be accompanied by Pennsylvanian rockers, Halestorm, as special guests for this one-off performance.
Watch a game of polo—otherwise referred to as the sport of Kings—while listening to live music at Heineken Urban Polo. Heineken has taken the classic sport of royalty and created a fusion event with urban live tunes with their impressive line-up including Kilter and Miami Horror. Get prepared to dress it up and enjoy a long day of canapes and bubbly on March 16 and say goodbye to summer in style.
A Bard’s Tale The Pop Up Globe
Join the Covert Theatre for a one-night-only special at Ellerslie’s Pop-Up Globe. This will be the best play Shakespeare never wrote. Presenting A Bard’s Tale–a completely improvised comedy in traditional Shakespearian style. A Bard’s Tale has won over critics at the NZ Comedy Festival and the Hawaiian Improv Festival, and is described as “impressive, uncanny, and bloody funny”. The Pop-Up Globe has never opened their stage to outside companies so we guarantee it’s going to be good.
Racket Bar’s Boilermaker Bar
Get into the Saint Patty’s Day spirit at Roukai Lane in Britomart on March 21st because Racker Bar will be having an Irish makeover. Welcome the limited edition Boilermaker Bar with Jameson drinks specials, Irish entertainment, whisky tasting and food specials on the day. It will be exactly like sitting at a bar in Dublin. There will be cocktails and boilermakers, baked camembert, spicy chicken wings, and Murphy’s BBQ burgers.
Wallis Bird At The Tuning Fork
Multi award-winning Irish musician, Wallis Bird, will be stopping by in Auckland on her first New Zealand tour. She’s made waves in the UK, Australia, Japan, Europe, and now Aotearoa with her chilling and raw vocals and heartfelt guitar rhythms. Since her musical debut in 2005, Wallis has released five studio albums, her latest being Home, with the singles Change and Control. She’ll be playing at The Tuning Fork at Spark Arena on March 22nd before taking her electric show to Wellington and Christchurch.
Dog Day Afternoon at Silo Park
Bundle up your pooch and bring the cuddly canine down to Silo Park on March 23rd for all the cuteness you can handle. The Silo Park Dog Day Afternoon is sponsored by Black Hawk this year, inviting all dogs to join—small or large, old or young, there’s no discrimination. There will be plenty of dog-friendly events, and human-friendly food vendors and beverages on the day.
Diner en Blanc
Dust off your champagne flutes and get the dry cleaner on call because the highly anticipated dining phenomenon Dîner en Blanc is back again. Returning to Auckland on 23rd March, it’s set to be in one of the most beautiful and unexpected locations yet, bringing together Auckland’s most glamorous in one unforgettable night of French flair.
Broods At Auckland Town Hall
Following on from their whirlwind of opening for Sam Smith on tour and performing at Coachella, Outside Lands, and Lollapalooza, Broods is gracing the stage of Auckland’s Town Hall. The Kiwi siblings released their breakout single Bridges in 2014, and have not stopped soaring high since. This time around they’ll be returning to their homeland with their new album Don’t Feed The Pop Monster.
Anne Marie At Spark Arena
Known for her incredible live show and jaw-dropping voice, Anne Marie is making a visit to Auckland this month. Spark Arena is hosting her first-ever headline New Zealand show on March 28th. This will be her first major tour since the release of her record-selling debut album Speak Your Mind, featuring singles 2002, Friends ft. Marshmello and Rockabye with Clean Bandit and Sean Paul. To sweeten the deal, Kiwi band Openside will be opening for the pop star.
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