Summer might be coming to an end, but things are heating up in the Garden City this month. March brings an exciting array of food and wine festivals, live gigs, clothing swaps, markets, whisky tastings, and the list goes on. There’s something for everybody this month, so make the most of March and check out all our must-do events in Christchurch.
Here are all the best things to do in Christchurch throughout March.
The Last Word Presents: Thomson Whisky Tasting
Listen up, whisky lovers. Fresh off the back of a double category win at The World Whiskies Awards, Auckland’s own Thomson Whisky are hosting a guided tasting night at The Last Word. Come along and learn all about Thomson’s highly impressive range of whisky plus you’ll be treated to a social dram, four tasting pours and platters. Sign us up.
Uncomfortable Silence Opening Party
Consider this your invitation to come celebrate the opening of Christchurch Art Gallery’s newest exhibition, ‘Uncomfortable Silence’. There will be an exciting array of free diversions that will be neither uncomfortable nor silent. You can expect a garden bar and BBQ, drop-in art workshops in the foyer with watercolourist Sharnaé Beardsley plus live music and artist talks. There’s something for everyone and this is an event that’s not to be missed.
North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, if you love wine and good food, North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival needs to be on your radar. Every March, foodies and winos from Christchurch and beyond gather in Waipara to indulge in lip-smackingly good eats and drops. The annual event showcases the best local chefs, bakers, makers and food trucks in Canterbury. From The Vagabond Chefs and The Rolling Om to Kaikoura Cheese and Utopia Ice, there’s something for everyone. We’re especially looking forward to trying banh mi, rice bowls and Vietnamese iced coffee from Banh Mi Baby and seeing what Simon from INATI comes up with in the way of treats.
Pride is kicking off this month in Christchurch and there’s a handful of exciting events for everyone. The aim is to bring together the diverse groups within the LGBTQIA+ community and make it a celebration for the entire whanau. Celebrate the start of Pride at the opening party, come out for coffee and meet new people, take part in speed dating or even get a workout in. Like Otautahi itself, Pride is growing stronger every year and it’s worth checking out the full roster of events.
Celebrated New Zealand singer-songwriter and force of nature Aldous Harding returns home for a handful of shows this March. Joined by two of the most compelling artists of the indie world today, Weyes Blood and Purple Pilgrims, she’ll be in Christchurch on 15th March. Get your tickets to see this triple bill in one of the most iconic Christchurch venues, Town Hall.
Mountainfilm On Tour 2020 (Openair)
In case you missed it, Open Air Cinema is on in Christchurch and we’re absolutely stoked for Mountainfilm on Tour. Get ready to be inspired with an evening of captivating films handpicked from the Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado. Mountainfilm is one of America’s longest-running film festivals and this year includes a collection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and engaging documentary short films that align with Mountainfilm’s mission to use the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. Gates open at 6.00 PM. Film starts at sundown.
Your Indigo At Gin Gin
Our mates at gin gin have another intimate gig lined up this month as part of a series of smaller performances supporting local music. Your Indigo is made up of three friends, Josh Holmes, Amiria Grenell and Bryony Matthews, each with their own musical careers and looking to create something a bit different. Tickets are limited, so get yours before they’re snapped up.
Rollickin Weekend Dog Walk
Paws what you’re doing and get ready for another weekend dog walk with Rollickin. The team will have scoops of both their dog (and human) friendly gelato for the day and every doggo who joins the walk will be gifted their first scoop on them. A gold coin donation is required to join the walk and 100% of proceeds go to the SPCA Christchurch. The walk kicks off at 11am at Rollickin Cashel St, and finishes at Rollickin The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.
Seasonal Clothing Swap At Level One
It’s time to refresh your wardrobe with Level One’s seasonal clothing swap. If you’re feeling a bit tired of your threads, bring any used clothing in good condition to be swapped. You’ll need to drop things off prior to the event and will receive tickets for the total number of items you have dropped off. Bring these on the Swap Market night so you can exchange your tickets for the same amount of items. The swap begins at 6:30 followed by drinks and an open night that will conclude at 11pm.
The Arts Centre Mākete (Market)
Sundays throughout February
Every Sunday, you’ll find us at The Arts Centre Mākete, checking out wares from local artisans, perusing quality handmade goods, arts and crafts. There’s always plenty of freshly made delicacies for brunch on the go. Set against the backdrop of the historical Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, we can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday in the city.
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