Another month bites the dust—can you believe it?
Summer is officially over, but hey don't get too sad as Autumn looks like it's going to be a real corker. With non-stop parties, multiple festivals, and Irish shenanigans to get amongst, it really is going to be a cracking month!
So, without further ado, let's check out what the City of Sails has in store for us this month.
Party In The Spark
If you didn’t get to catch Peking Duk or Drax Project last month, never fear as Spark Arena is bringing the party this month and you’re all invited. Party it up with some top-notch acts including electronic duo Peking Duk, Drax Project, Mako Road and Katayanagi Twins. It’s the perfect mid-week treat, where you can let your hair down and dance the night away. Who said that hump days have to be boring?
Vegan Food Festival 2020
Following the runaway success of last year's event, Auckland is about to host the second Vegan Food Festival. Yup, it's a fully vegan food festival—you don’t have to be plant-based to go, so if you want to try something new or learn more about the herbivore life then we say lock it in your diary. Auckland is constantly pushing the boundaries when it comes to vegan cuisine and this festival will showcase nothing but the best. You will find vegan dumplings from The Rolling Pin, epic meatless burgers by Wise Boy Burgers, delicious bites from Vege Bang Bang and Sweet As Bowl just to name a few.
Ports of Auckland Round the Bays 2020
Dust of those running shoes and tick New Zealand’s largest fun run off your bucket list. Join in the fun at the 48th annual Ports of Auckland Round the Bays—you don’t have to be a runner to take part as there’s walking and jogging options available too, so there’s no excuse to not get involved. The 8.4km course follows Auckland's picturesque coastline, so you can take in the Insta worthy views as you glide to the finish line.
Mingle at the Museum
For all you singletons out there, stop scrolling through tinder and get yourself to Auckland Museum for a night of flirty banter and endless chatter (so you hope). Bag yourself a date at Mingle at the Museum—a speed dating night with a difference. Rediscover the art of romance as you browse the galleries with other singletons and if someone catches your eye, strike up a conversation. Simple as that. Don’t worry about awkward silences as there'll be live jazz playing all night long. If you’re feeling a little frisky, sign up for the ‘Blind Date’ game show when buying your ticket— it’s going to be wild.
Auckland Arts Festival
Auckland Arts Festival is back for its twelfth glorious year. Bringing acts and artists from all corners of the world, 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 and international acts—There is absolutely no limit to this event.
Calling all electronic music fans! Queens Wharf has got a treat for you as it’s hosting Beacon Festival— a festival featuring 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.
Free Outdoor Movies - Toy Story 4
The sun is still shining, the night’s 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 much-loved Disney classic Toy Story 4 under the stars. Watch as woody and pals go on the adventure of a lifetime, reuniting them with old friends and forming new friendships too.
Russell Brand | Recovery Live
We’ve all followed English Comedian Russell Brand through his career, the highs and the lows and have watched him come out the other side. Russell returns to NZ to introduce you to the system that saved his life, continues to save his sanity and promises it will work for anyone who is willing to commit to it. Don’t miss out on this intriguing exploration into personal development and wellness from a comedian who has dedicated himself to spirituality to avoid self-destruction.
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 14th, but where best to celebrate all things Irish than in an Irish bar. So, after the parade head to the viaduct as O'hagans are hosting an entire weekend festival because you know one day is never enough. Think toe-tapping tunes, Irish jigs and plenty of booze.
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 for 2020. Returning to Auckland on Saturday 21 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. Launched in Paris over 30 years ago, the world’s poshest picnic invites hundreds of guests to wine and dine at a top-secret location. And, you’ll only find out where on the night.
Revellers don their finest white threads and BYO tables, chairs and silverware to this fabulous feast—no paper plates allowed here! The soiree begins after the traditional waving of the cloth napkin and from then on it’s time to pop the champers, light the sparklers and party on to live music under the stars. Head over here for more info.
Rooftop Summer Series 3
Who doesn’t love a rooftop soiree? Grab yourself a cocktail and enjoy the last of the warmer months at Rydges Rooftop Summer Series. A day sesh like no other—party it up with top-notch DJ’s, indulge in the finest tipples and take in the best views of the city.
My Chemical Romance
It’s been 13 long years since we last saw rock gods My Chemical Romance on Kiwi shores, but the wait is over as they make their highly-anticipated return this month and we can’t contain our excitement! Joining the line-up is special guest Jimmy Eats World. WOW, what a lineup. Rock out with these music legends and take a trip down memory lane. Trust us, it’s a trip worth taking.
Faraday Street Festival
The streets of Parnell are shut off for one night only this month as the mother of street parties is brought to life. There will be plenty of gourmet food trucks for you to sink your teeth into, live acts to keep you entertained and late-night shopping to get amongst at Faraday Street Festival. Oh and let’s not forget the pop-up outdoor bar for you to enjoy a nice cold brewski. Get involved.
Lenny Kravitz—Here to Love World Tour
He’s packed out arena’s worldwide and has been dishing out the musical goods for three decades and is now set to shake things up at Spark Arena this month—Lenny Kravitz is coming to New Zealand for the first time as part of his “Here to Love” World Tour. So if you want to see a musical legend work his magic on stage, then pencil this one into your calendar. He’s known for his energetic gigs and iconic union of rock ‘n’ roll, funk, blues, and soul, so get amongst it—it’s going to be a gooden.
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Image credit: Nick Kane