In our opinion, nothing beats a good market. Rain or shine, we just can’t get enough of lazy mornings, strolling through the rows with a coffee in hand, tasting and trialling, buying local, buying handmade and buying organic. Whether you’re after a produce-filled market, like vintage clothes or are an avid antique collector, March holds something for everyone.
The Lantern Festival
Celebrate coming into the Year of the Dog by attending the annual Lantern Festival. The four-day event will showcase a number of stunning, handmade lanterns in the Auckland Domain as well as entertain its guests with all sorts of entertainment—from music and dance to martial arts. And of course, you will have the opportunity to shop Chinese arts and crafts as well as delicious street food from as many as 100 stallholders!
When: Thursday March 1st—Sunday March 4th
Where: Auckland Domain
Antique & Collectors’ Fair
Open for one weekend a month only, the Antique & Collectors Fair invites you into the Avondale Racecourse building to feast your eyes upon a wild amount of antiques and collectables. Plan to spend a couple hours here—there is so much to see that you will have to take your time. Here, you will find all sorts of furniture, with much of it made from valuable New Zealand wood, vintage tools, toys and dolls, Victorian books, all types of art, crystal glasses, vases and decanters as well as retro kitchen accessories, radios, records, textiles, linens, patterns, and fur coats.
Where: Avondale Racecourse
When: Saturday 3rd March 12.00pm—5.00pm, Sunday 4th March 8.00am—2.00pm
Massive Garage Sale
We all love a good garage sale. There’s something compelling about sorting through someone’s belongings, constructing an idea of the owner based on their acquired goods. A great garage sale is entertaining, full of vintage and nostalgia, and is of course, cheap. Perhaps the only thing better than a garage sale is a MASSIVE garage sale—bringing together many stallholders accompanied by truckloads of second hand goods. Blockhouse Bay’s Massive Garage Sale is just this kind of event. We’re talking tools, books, shoes and clothing, toys, collectables, jewellery, plants and pictures, etc. There’s always a high chance of scoring something totally rad at an place like this and you know, as they say—one person’s trash is another person’s treasure!
When: Saturday March 10th and 31st, 7.00am—12.30pm
Where: Blockhouse Bay Community Centre
Devonport Craft and Fine Food Market
Grab a friend and spend a Sunday morning strolling through Devonport’s Craft and Fine Food Market where you will be able to treat yourself to delicious, locally produced foods and one-of-a-kind handmade craft items. Enjoy the process of browsing the stalls, meeting the stallholders, tasting the produce and buying local and organic food. Browse the crafts section for unique clothing, jewellery, art, baby goods, ceramics, homeware and ceramic scores, and of course, don’t forget to stock up on the veges while you’re at it!
Where: Harmony Hall
When: Sunday March 11th, 10.00am—2.00pm
Alberton Market Days
Visit the Alberton Market Days for a chill Sunday morning, hanging out on the sunny grounds of Mount Albert’s infamous timber mansion. Pick a patch of grass and relax as you enjoy the music. Shop speciality produce from independent local businesses stocking up on things like homemade pickles and jams, honey, olive oil, flowers and coffee. Admire the handcrafted goods of cards, prints, jewellery candles, clothes, soap and beauty products, and don’t forget to treat yourself to a delicious lunch from one of Auckland’s top street food stalls! The market days are a perfect event for a family day out with plenty of entertainment for the little ones including face painting and balloon twisting.
When: Sunday March 11th, 10.00am—2.00pm
Classy Crafts Market
Howick’s Classy Craft Market serves to promote quality New Zealand made crafts, encouraging the community to shop local and shop small. Set inside the All Saint’ Community Centre you will find a variety of stalls selling all sorts of handcrafted souvenirs, clothes, dolls and gifts. You’ll see lots of soft and wooden toys, finger puppets, handmade cards, paua jewellery and heaps of snuggly knit and crochet blankets. A few local authors will also have their books up for sale, with some attending in person, ready to sign the pages!
Where: All Saints’ Community Centre
When: Saturday March 3rd and 17th, 9.00am—1.00pm
Avondale Sunday Market
Avondale Sunday Market has been around for as long as we can remember, and it sure is a goodie. The absolute cheapest way of stocking up on fruits and veges, Avondale offers a large number of store holders, allowing you to shop around for the best deals and offerings. On top of plant-based produce, you will also find fresh fish, honey, bric-a-brac, toys, clothing and even electronics! You can get your keys cut while you do the groceries and fill up on the yummy street food of all sorts of cuisines.
Where: Avondale Race Course
When: Every Sunday of the year, 7.00am—1.00pm
La Cigale French Market
Yes, we say this every month, but La Cigale really is a must visit! And if you haven’t visited it yet, you better get to it soon. We promise you’ll be glad you did. This is an upscale market with only the finest of stall holders allowed on the grounds, handpicked by the market’s owners Liz and Mike Lind. Stock up on organic vegetables enjoy a green power-smoothie, shop Turkish hummus and Spanish paella, French crepes and freshly squeezed juices. Grab a coffee from one of the three La Cigale stations, a fresh croissant from the bakery or a full breakfast from the café. Super friendly to our four-legged friends, dogs are more than welcome and you can even shout them a snack from the dog treats stall! In addition, you’ll be able to browse through La Cigale’s kitchen, clothes and French antique stores while you’re at the market, as well as stock up on the best of wines at the lowest of prices at adjacent Wine Direct.
Where: La Cigale
When: Every Saturday and Sunday of the year
Titirangi Village Market
Titirangi’s beloved village market is back on the 25th of March, bringing its familiar feel-good atmosphere, entertainment and lots of talented stall holders. Browse through more than 130 stalls of arts, crafts and produce, sip on organic coffee and enjoy live music. What would you want on a lazy Sunday morning?
Where: Titirangi War Memorial Hall
When: Sunday March 25th, 10.00am—2.00pm
Crystal Visions Holistic and Wellness Market
Te Atatu South
Treat yourself to a body and mind detox at the Crystal Visions Holistic and Wellness Market. Grab a Japanese massage or an energy healing session, buy relaxing aromatherapy candles and invest in precious stones to boost your energy in one field of your life or another. Want to know the colour of your aura? Take an aura-revealing photograph! Curious about what the future holds in store? Wonder no more! The market offers a wide range of readings from tarot and astrology to colour readings, animal wisdom and clairvoyants.
Where: Te Atatu South Community Centre
When: Saturday March 31st, 10.00am—3.00pm
Image Credit: Tititangi Village Markets