Close those wallets! Let’s be real, we don’t have the funds to spend this month, April is approaching us and we gotta save those dollars for hot cross buns and excessive amounts of chocolate. Not to mention the much-needed recovery from spoiling either your S/O or yourself on Valentine’s Day. Here are some free things to do in March so you can save yourself from drowning in debt.
Lantern Festival 2018
It’s that time of year again! March would not be the same without kicking it off with the infamous festival of lights and street food. This is a free entry event so you’re welcome to just go and appreciate the lanterns and atmosphere. Although the food comes with a price tag, the costs aren’t too bad and won’t overly-stress your bank accounts!
When: Thursday, 1st March – Sunday, 4th March
Where: Auckland Domain, Domain Dr, Grafton
Parnell Year of the Dog Exhibition
Parnell Art Galleries have brought together 20 New Zealand Artists and Celebrities (Leda Daniel and Erin Simpson to name a couple) and create exclusive ‘Dogs of Art’. They’re displayed throughout various galleries in Parnell, as well as retail shops and other stores. So get yourself a map from either a local café or gallery and start your journey through the ‘Dog Walk of Parnell’.
When: Thursday, 1st March – Sunday, 4th March, 10am – 7pm
Pasifika Festival 2018
Back for the 26th year, enjoy a free night at the Pasifika Festival and celebrate the diverse cultures of Auckland’s Pacific whanau. There’ll be 11 villages that represent a different Pacific Island culture through either arts, crafts or food. Performances will also be held at the festival so we can really enjoy the Pasifika atmosphere! If you’re on the mad saving grind and don’t have the funds for the goodies, head over next door to Pasifika Vibes @ MOTAT where you get to celebrate more Pasifika art and culture.
When: Saturday, 24th March (9am – 5pm) – Sunday, 25th March (10am – 7pm)
Where: Western Springs Lakeside Park, 859 Great North Road, Western Springs
Shake Your Booty
It’s never too late to achieve your new year’s resolution of being more healthy and active! Get yourself to Browns Bay Beach to Shake Your Booty, a free and fun dance-class experience. That’s right, we’re talking about Zumba, but it’s not any old Zumba class… it’s Zumba on the beach?! Get your squad together and follow your epic workout with a dip in the ocean. Summer is almost over after all, so make the most of it!
When: Every Sunday, 9am – 10am. 25th Feb – 25th March
Where: Browns Bay Beach
Backbeat Bar Open Mic Night
Reminiscing on those days of guitar lessons and jammin’ with your best buds? Well, forget nostalgia and do one of your resolutions justice by heading to Backbeat Bar Open Mic Night. All gear is provided, so, get yourself down there for a night of jammin’ and good quality music.
When: March 1st, 15th, 29th
Where: Blackbeat Live Music Venue, Auckland
Flicks + Fun
As summer winds down once again, we get to pay our much-deserved enthusiasm for the movies some sweet love and affection. And what better way to do so than at Flicks + Fun Auckland? Family favourites such as Finding Dory and E.T are just some of the flicks to be included and of course, delish eats will be available. Check out the schedule of what is planned and mark your diaries, this one’s gonna be a goodie!
When: Friday 24th (5pm – 10pm) – Saturday 25th (10am – 10pm)
Where: Browns Bay Beachfront