Hello March! We can't wait to see what you have in store for us. February was a blast, so continue the fun this month by getting amongst these epic events.
Catch a flick in the park, put on your disco pants for Auckland Pride, frolick in the sun at a variety of festivals and put on your glad rags for a week at the races.
Here are all the events going on in Auckland this month.
Auckland Arts Festival
Auckland Arts Festival is back for its thirteenth glorious year. This year is slightly different but still as marvellous. Instead of acts and artists from all corners of the world joining, this year will feature 100% Aotearoa events and performances that celebrate the timely theme of Aroha. The festival promises to light up our city and social calendars with splendour. With performances ranging from physical theatre to cabarets, circus to live music and everything in between, there’s a tantalising line up of acts in store to delight festival newbies and seasoned culture-vultures alike. Get ready for non-stop New Zealand acts—there is absolutely no limit to this event.
Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day®
Get your glad rags on for a day out at the races. Barefoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day combines the best of everything Auckland Cup Week has to offer. Picture this: a party like no other happening at Ellerslie Racecourse, a decent dose of glam, mouthwatering eats and head-bopping beats. Pair this with fun entertainment and heaps of amazing prizes to be won and you’ve got yourself the perfect day! So, whack it in your calendar before you forget.
Free Outdoor Movies
The sun is still shining, the nights are still light, so there is no excuse to be hidden away indoors watching Netflix just yet. Get outdoors and watch a movie instead, it’s way more fulfilling. Pack a picnic, or dig into the variety of food on offer at Smales Farm and pull up a pew or should we say a beanbag and watch a movie under the stars.
St Patrick's Day Festival
It’s here, the day we’ve all been waiting for—St Paddy’s Day. The Guinness is in abundance and the craic is at full capacity. Dress up in your best leprechaun costume, swig back the Jamesons, and put your drinking hat on because the true silly season has arrived. Auckland has heaps of Irish festivities happening including a parade on the 13th, but where best to celebrate all things Irish than in an Irish bar. Head to the viaduct on the 17th as O'hagans are hosting an Irish Festival—think toe-tapping tunes, Irish jigs and plenty of booze.
Ponsonby Street Festival & Rainbow Parade
It’s all-ago up in Ponsonby this Pride Festival. Wrapped up in The Ponsonby Street Festival on Saturday March 13, Pride will be celebrated with everything from foodie deals through to the legendary parade during this jam-packed day of celebrating. Almost 1,500 people will be parading down Ponsonby Road for the Auckland Rainbow Parade from 6pm, before Brazilian Dancers and Drag Queen performers sashay in the Street Festival performances from 7pm. All this buzz and frivolity will surely have you work up an appetite—so rest assured that there’ll be food, market stalls and local restaurant specials all festival to keep you fuelled. Check out more pride events not to be missed.
As well as promising a cracking line-up, epic workshops, wellness classes, comedy, poetry, markets—the list goes on, Earth Beat Festival focuses on sustainability and believes that we should care, respect and show gratitude towards Mother Earth—and we couldn't agree more. Show your love at this zero-waste fest by celebrating sustainability and new ways of living and learn about permaculture, regenerative planting and much more. The festival also holds strong Māori values and hosts a variety of workshops for you to get amongst—think hangi and Treaty of Waitangi workshops. The best part is, this diverse event is just 75-minute drive from Auckland on the beautiful shores of the Kaipara.
Auckland Plant Market
Who doesn’t love a good plant, after all, they not only brighten our rooms but also our mood. For all you crazed plant people out there, you’ll be pleased to hear that Aucklands got it’s very own Plant Market full of lush green goodness such as indoor plants, Palms and cacti. So, whether you want to introduce greenery into your house, or start adding a little sass to your garden, this plant-astic event will certainly fuel your addiction.
Just when you thought you couldn’t take another weekend spent moshing to the beat by day and getting down and dirty camping at night, the allure of seeing out the last of the summer sun at Splore should change your mind. This three-day festival/giant dress-up party is in a league of its own with everything from music and performing arts to workshops, installations, wellness centres and a whole lot of love. Settle in on the beautiful shores of Tapapakanga Regional Park, put on your party pants and prepare for a three-day entertainment extravaganza. The 2021 lineup is, as always, exciting. Expect Shapeshifter, Topp Twins, Hollie Smith, Valkyrie, King Kapisi, Orikol and heaps more. Get amongst the magic that is Splore.
Beacon Festival 2021
Calling all electronic music fans! Queens Wharf has got a treat for you as it’s hosting Beacon Festival— a festival featuring some of the best electronic music the world has to offer. Set across three stages, this electronic extravaganza will bring world-class sounds to Auckland’s waterfront. Revel in the sick beats and delicious treats from food pop ups including Bar Céleste and Five Boroughs Cuba. It’s going to be lit.
Island Time Wine & Food Festival
Venture to an exclusive island location and celebrate the best wine and food producers of the region at Island Time Wine and Food Festival. A quick 20 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland will have you sampling and sipping to your hearts content at stalls from the likes of Saint Alice, Rudi’s and Baby & Burger. Showcasing a heap of new local producers, you may even discover your next favourite. While you’re at it, thanks to a partnership with Ngāi Tai Tāmaki, you’ll also be able to learn about the history of the island through engaging experiences. Winning!
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