As you are probably aware, public gatherings of over 500 people are now banned across New Zealand, which unfortunately means a variety of Auckland’s events have been cancelled or postponed until further notice due to the ongoing concerns around public health.
While this is an uncertain and unnerving time for everyone, it’s important to remember to remain positive and to always keep yourself, your wellbeing, and those around you as number one priority.
We’ve rounded up Auckland’s cancelled and postponed events so far.
- The Comedy Festival that was due to take place from April to May has been cancelled for 2020.
- The American Street Food festival ('Murica' Food Truck And Beer Night) due to take place on 28 March has been postponed until 4 July 2020.
- My Chemical Romance were due to play Western Springs on 25 March, but the event has now been postponed until further notice. Those who have purchased tickets will be able to use them at the rescheduled dates or you can request a refund.
- Auckland Writers' Festival has been cancelled for May 2020. All ticket holders will be fully refunded.
- Polyfest—The country's largest Pasifika event has been cancelled for 2020.
- Lenny Kravitz was set to play Spark Arena on 31 March as part of his Here To Love tour. The show is now postponed until further notice.
- The National have postponed their April shows to December 7 and December 8 at the Civic Theatre.
- 2020 Corona Piha Pro—The World Surf League has postponed next week's 2020 Corona Piha Pro WSL Challenger Series. The event was set to run from March 16-22.
- The Auckland International Cultural Festival was meant to take place on Sunday 5 April but has now been cancelled.
- The remainder of Auckland Council's Music and Movies in Parks series have been cancelled.
- Silo Cinema events in Auckland have been cancelled.
- All Book of Mormon performances at The Civic in Auckland are now cancelled.
- Auckland's Royal Easter Show was supposed to take place 9-13 April but has now been cancelled
- Auckland Waterfront Half Marathon has been postponed and is looking to reschedule to August or September.
- Russell Brand’s New Zealand Performances have been cancelled and ticket holders will receive a full refund.
- Wet Wet Wet have cancelled their New Zealand tour this May.
- Diner en blanc was set to take place this weekend but the event is now postponed until 7 November 2020. If you can’t attend the event on that date, you may transfer your tickets and any purchases to another person (just like selling your ticket to a concert, if you can’t attend).
- Faraday Street Festival was due to take over the streets of Parnell on the 27 March, but has now been cancelled.
- Auckland Arts Festival —Almost all Auckland Arts Festival shows have been cancelled. Find out more here.
Although it may seem extreme, simple things like washing your hands consistently and social distancing can help to keep you and the others around you safe. Just because these events have been cancelled, doesn't mean boredom is your new best friend—after all, a staycation can be fun, right?
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Image credit: Auckland blue hour by Patrick Pellegrini